New versions of GMG Colorserver and GMG Inkoptimizer at Print '09

GMG ColorServer

GMG, supplier of high-end color management and proofing solutions, is showing version 4.6 of both GMG ColorServer and GMG InkOptimizer for the first time at Print 09 in Chicago from September 11-16. Version 4.6 represents a major upgrade of these two highly successful and popular products of GMG's portfolio. GMG ColorServer color management software provides fully automatic color space transformations while GMG InkOptimizer allows fully automatic ink reduction.

The new versions of both products will be demonstrated on GMG's booth and will be available within the next 60 days. In addition to providing the tried-and-tested functions of the previous GMG ColorServer and GMG InkOptimizer, the major new features of version 4.6 focus on maximum production reliability and increased productivity.

Today, nearly every application can create PDF files, resulting in a wide variety of PDFs with different versions and color spaces being delivered to print houses, repro and prepress businesses, advertising agencies and publishers. Checking and normalizing these files manually is a very time-consuming process. The processing of PDFs is now based on the Adobe® PDF Library, guaranteeing the correct handling of PDF files and therefore full productivity. PDF files can now be flattened, and transparent and overprinting elements yield identical results as in the Adobe Acrobat® reference software. PDF levels with language versions, varnish or die-cutting formes can be specifically excluded from processing.

Many designers use spot colors with no thought as to how they are to be realized on the press. Spot colors can now be converted automatically to the CMYK values of the respective output color space, which is a great advantage in terms of time. GMG ColorServer replaces every spot color with the best possible match in the CMYK color space. Conversion is performed using the GMG SpotColor database, exploiting the maximum gamut of the selected color space.

PROFILEEDITOR WITH IMPROVED GAMUT MAPPING FUNCTION New Gamut Mapping algorithms ensure that colors are optimally converted between different color spaces, e.g. when color needs to be converted from a wide color space to a smaller one. Manual retouching of files is reduced dramatically.

Besides the intuitive, clearly structured, new user interface, GMG ColorServer 4.6 is shipped with preconfigured hot folders for standard printing conditions. Configurations for all leading printing standards can be imported immediately after installation, meaning GMG ColorServer 4.6 is instantly up and running. The GMG-tested hot folders guarantee every user the best possible color conversions, avoiding errors from the outset and therefore benefiting production reliability.

NORMALIZING TO A COLOR SPACE AND INK REDUCTION IN ONE STEP In version 4.6, GMG ColorServer and GMG InkOptimizer can be seamlessly integrated and configured together in one hot folder. For customers who work both with GMG ColorServer and with GMG InkOptimizer, this means increased productivity, because normalizing and processing in GMG InkOptimizer can take place in a single process step. This reduces the configuration effort, facilitates integration and boosts the processing speed.

Compared to the previous version, the processing speed has been increased drastically. For example, the speed of PDF conversions is doubled and PDF files are color-managed and ink-optimized within seconds.

"GMG ColorServer and GMG InkOptimizer 4.6 implement features urgently required by the graphic arts industry. The new version enables users to keep color under control, regardless of the printing conditions or media that need to be considered for the creation of printing data," explains Paul Willems, CEO of GMG GmbH & Co. KG. "We are convinced that, in these uncertain economic times, GMG ColorServer and GMG InkOptimizer perfectly fit the needs of the whole industry sector regarding time and cost savings, maximum production reliability and productivity."