Datacolor hosts a series of webinars in April and May on color management in industrial production workflows:
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At Drupa 2012, Color Key Pro was one of the companies showing interesting new solutions. Their press console software was originally developed in-house at an sheetfed offset plant. The Color Key Pro software is a third-party solution for ink key presetting, density adjustments during the print run etc. At Drupa they also showed their first [...]
Finally, the hardcover edition of “Offset Printing – Controlled Process” is now in print.
If you are responsible for maintaining Macs in a production environment, it might be wise to take your time and do proper testing before rolling out OS X 10.8 and Adobe Creative Suite 6.
X-Rite has announced new partnerships and acquisitions in the field of “digital appearance”, which contains not only on-screen color simulations but more complex rendering of structures and materials.
eXact is the new pressroom spectrophotometer from X-Rite and the successor to the 530 and SpectroEye product lines. This video gives a quick overview of the hardware and some of X-Rite’s own companion software:
ChromaQA is Techkon USA’s online quality control tool for printers and print buyers in the digital and flexographic packaging market:
Mac OS X 10.8 seems to be a more incremental update than 10.7. It is still a good idea to check compatibility for your production software before upgrading.
The first book from Optirep is ready for order now. Offset Printing – Controlled Process is a one-of-a-kind handbook on the offset printing process.
A GMG user talks about their inkjet and wide-format Production Suite. This is the technology GMG got from acquiring Aurelon, makers of the ProofMaster and PerfectProof technologies.
Another great video for ColorThink users – how you can use ColorThink to troubleshoot “bad” printer profiles:
Mellow Colour releases two new color products at Drupa: the remote print approval system ImpressionProof, and the entry-level pressroom scanner RabbitScanner.
Fogra and ECI has released three new reference characterization data sets, and three new ICC profiles based on these.
New promo video from X-Rite showing the details of the new i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer:
Short video from Hallmark Institute of Photography on how they use Color Checkers to do color adjustments in Final Cut Pro:
A quick look at the recent news from X-Rite, BabelColor and ColorLogic: Danaher buys X-Rite
Color Engine is the central hub for working with spot and brand colors in an Esko workflow.
With TECHKON’s new iRegister app, an iPhone can be used to check register on press. This is an easy to use, and cheaper, alternative to dedicated register measurement instruments such as the discontinued TECHKON RMS 910.
TECHKON will show an improved version of their SpectroDens instrument at Drupa, with new optics and a full color display.
What is happening in the packaging and branding world: News from IDEAlliance, Pantone, CGS and GMG.
Chromix have just started a series of videos, showing useful tips and tricks for their ColorThink utility software. The first installment details how to use ColorThink to check and evaluate a printer linearization. Future videos will be posted both on YouTube and Chromix’ own ColorWiki.
If you are on the market for a digital press, there is a wide range of devices and front-ends to choose between. One starting point for getting the best possible output quality within your budget and price range, is to evaluate engines that has achieved an independent third-party quality certification. IDEAlliance has provided such certifications [...]
Ultraviolet light has become a bigger issue in color management for print lately. At the G7 Forum and Tech Conference hosted by IDEAlliance in Chicago this week, many of the discussions involved the issues of UV light and optical brighteners. There are two main reasons for this: The light tubes we use in viewing booths [...]
Datacolor is now shipping their new Spyder4 monitor calibrator. This video gives an in-depth introduction to the 7-filter sensor, and the new features in the Spyder software.
When you evaluate or troubleshoot print, some measurement of the gradation is used across all print technologies. Whether you measure dot gain, traditional print contrast, G7-style contrast or the density of tints, it is all a measure of how open or closed the dots are. High dot gain or low print contrast means dark images [...]
An interview with Memjet´s Jeff Bean on their groundbreaking inkjet technology and their Drupa plans.
A new video from Techkon USA showing the capabilities of the SpectroEdge inline instrument, suited for both digital and flexographic presses.
In color management the terms LUT is used for two completely different types of color profiles, ICC profiles for graphic arts or non-ICC profiles for motion graphics and video.
Datacolor has posted an instructional step-by-step video on how to calibrate an Epson R800 desktop inkjet printer with the Spyder3Print package.
Recent color management news for premedia:
Some short news and links on quality in the packaging world:
The print industry is gearing up to the massive DRUPA trade show in Germany in May. Heidelberg has announced the themes and ideas their show presence is built upon. Quality management and overall efficiency is a big part of this.
The Altona Test Suite is a well-known set of test forms (PDF documents and hard prints) for checking the color management and PDF/X handling of your workflow. The suite is being upgraded to version 2.0, and the first released part is Technical Page 2. This test page is suited for checking font and transparency handling [...]
In-depth instructional video from AdoramaTV on how to use the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport.
Last year Eizo released the CG245W monitor with a built-in calibrator. This year the same functionality came to a bigger monitor, the 27-inch CG275W.
“The first printing press that sees everything”, says Heidelberg about the latest version of Prinect Inpress Control.
What X-Rite software can I use with my EyeOne Pro after upgrading to Mac OS 10.7? Several readers have written in about this. The answer depends on what software package you previously have been using. There are several X-Rite applications that are not supported on Lion:
The third edition of A Guide to Graphic Print Production is fresh of the presses. If you are involved in any sort of print production, this is a good reference book to have around.
For me, one of the highlights of this year´s GraphExpo show was to see the Memjet prototype Xanté was showing. There has been much discussion and rumors about the super fast Memjet heads for a few years, so it was interesting to see a real device. While still a prototype, it showed that the full [...]