06 Dec 2019

Claro Layout released: Optimisation and enhancement of images in InDesign documents

Elpical

mediaPro 09 provided the opportunity for Positive Focus to introduce Claro Layout, an Adobe InDesign plug-in from Elpical that offers automated quality analysis and predictable enhancement of pictures placed in an InDesign document. It optimises image size and resolution to suit the enclosing picture box and automatically names, saves and re-links the optimised image. Positive Focus, distributor of Elpical products in the UK and Ireland, is promoting the time saving features with special introductory pricing that runs until 22nd December.

Claro Layout joins Claro Premedia Server, a multithreaded server solution for image optimisation and enhancement and Claro Single, which uses Enfocus Switch as the front end, in Elpical’s product family. Claro technology is also embedded in DMP FLO Suite. Claro’s Individual Image Analysis checks each image for sharpness, brightness, contrast, colour balance, skin tones and natural greens and then applies specific corrections only to those aspects that merit changes, avoiding over-corrected images.

Alan Dixon, Technical Director at Positive Focus said: ‘It has always been time-consuming to change a picture’s parameters to suit the way it is used in a specific document, so many designers just don’t bother, creating a problem downstream for the printer. If you mask down an area of a larger image, the whole image still gets embedded in the print file, not just the pixels you need. With Claro Layout you hold one master file of each image, drop it into the page layout, position it as you require, then select the settings you need from the Claro plug-in. Resolution, cropping and scaling are all handled automatically, and you also have immediate access to Claro’s intelligent image enhancement, optimisation facilities and colour profile management. Claro Layout automatically performs all of the necessary changes on a single selected image, multiple images on one page, a whole page or a whole publication. Documents that are optimised in this way transfer faster and print more reliably, and operators can save many hours of tedious work with a few mouse clicks.’

‘You can work with files stored locally or on a file server, across your network, so this is a solution that suits everyone, from a designer working on his own to a large commercial studio within an agency, publishing house or printer, and will show a rapid return on the original investment. It’s possible to combine Elpical’s server products with Claro Layout in enterprise environments.’

‘Working on large documents, used as masters for on demand digital print and personalisation, where processing speed is a critical issue, we set an appropriate image resolution, as digital print does not require the full 300dpi usually specified for litho, and complete what could be days of hand work in minutes. The optimised file can be half to a third the size of the original, significantly reducing printing times. We solve the problem of large images being used at postage stamp size, with no loss of quality and no guess-work involved in getting size and cropping correct. Claro Layout will also apply the appropriate colour profile to cater for different output devices or paper types.’

PitStop Pro 09 competitive upgrade from FlightCheck

PitStop PRO 09

XChange UK are pleased to announce a new exclusive PitStop Pro 09 Competitive Upgrade from FlightCheck Pro or FlightCheck Designer. This competitive upgrade gives existing users of FlightCheck Professional or FlightCheck Designer the opportunity to upgrade to the power of PitStop Pro 09 and save. PDF has become the standard for delivering press-ready files and PitStop Professional allows users to make minor edits to a PDF job at any stage.

London, United Kingdom - XChange UK, the source for extended technology worldwide are pleased to announce a new exclusive PitStop Pro 09 Competitive Upgrade from FlightCheck Pro or FlightCheck Designer. This competitive upgrade gives existing users of FlightCheck Professional or FlightCheck Designer the opportunity to upgrade to the power of PitStop Pro 09 and save £200! PDF has become the standard for delivering press-ready files and PitStop Professional, unlike native file checking software like FlightCheck Professional or FlightCheck Designer, allows users to make minor edits to a PDF job at any stage - even just before press time.

PitStop Pro 09 is an Adobe Acrobat plug-in indispensable for every graphic arts and publishing professional. Its interactive and automated editing capabilities allow everyone to perform advanced PDF editing and correction up until the very last moment. PitStop Pro offers the most comprehensive and intuitive preflight experience available. Its powerful Certified PDF technology provides immediate visual feedback and allows tracking of every edit made to a PDF. Having proven to be a real job-saver, PitStop Pro offers immediate return on investment. PitStop Pro's comprehensive interactive inspection and editing tools enable changes of virtually all of the attributes of a PDF available. Global Change speeds up the editing by offering universal modifications throughout an entire document and Action Lists automate repetitive tasks.

"We are both a design studio and pre-press facility. As a result we receive a large number of jobs submitted by outside clients. When the work was coming in (on disk) as Quark and InDesign files we found that FlightCheck was a very good way to examine the job and make sure that everything was presented as press ready. Over the last few years more and more jobs are being submitted either by email or to our FTP site as PDF files. Flightcheck can check these but PitStop, by virtue of running inside Acrobat offers a far more sophisticated way to prepare jobs for output. At the same time we developed a digital print service and large format printing which have their own prerequisites and PitStop can cater for all this. The main point that I find PitStop wins over Flightcheck (which can do a lot of this stuff) is that it allows you to make minor edits to a job at a very late stage. If a job arrives in full process colour but should have main text in a spot colour then PitStop is your weapon of choice. I have corrected text; moved objects; changed particular fonts and even added a missing object at very late stages in the workflow." - Richard Gardner, Colourtone Print & Graphics, UK

Top new features for PitStop Pro 09 include:
* PitStop Pro 09 is faster than ever before and has a user interface optimised to help you be as efficient as possible. Toolbars, menu items and panels have been streamlined and work together more smoothly as before.

* With PitStop Pro 09, making document-wide changes is easier and faster than ever before. The redesigned, enhanced global change engine offers many additional benefits: effortlessly save different versions of global changes with predefined settings and keep shortcuts to your favourite global changes at the top of the global change panel. The range of global changes that can be implemented throughout the document has also been dramatically extended.

* PitStop Pro 09 includes powerful design layout tools that can quickly visualise existing page boxes and safety zones. Design layouts including proper page boxes and printer marks can instantly be applied as well.

* PitStop Pro 09 consolidates tools to focus more on how you use them in your daily work, and additionally it offers support for workspaces. Each workspace lets you configure exactly those tools and panels you want to see.

The competitive upgrade is available now through XChange UK.

ColorGATE RIP Software Certified for the New HP Designjet L25500

Colorgate RIP

ColorGATE, a participant in the international HP Designjet Certification Program, has announced that Productionserver has been certified for the HP Designjet L25500 with an outstanding rating of 21 stars.

Users now have the certified guarantee that, with Productionserver, they will be able to take full advantage of the complete range of functions offered by the HP Designjet L25500.

The solution scored full points for all the certification criteria: calibration (3/3), media flexibility (3/3), printer reporting (3/3) and job management (3/3); in addition, the ColorGATE production RIP has also been equipped with high-quality profiles for the modern HP media, including the recyclable signage media of HP heavy textile banner / HP light textile banner, HP HDPE reinforced banner, HP photo-realistic poster paper as well as HP white satin poster paper—this led to another three of a possible three stars for the criterion of HP Media Support. HP has published the current star rating for the ColorGATE Productionserver.

In contrast to the international competition, the ColorGATE solution was also able to claim the maximum number of points in two further areas of the HP certification process. Tested for printing performance, for example, Productionserver proved that it is able to support the new HP concept of concatenating, which provides for optimum throughput for job processing by automatically sorting and grouping the jobs according to the print settings; this reduces the switch from cooling to new heating phases to a minimum. Three of three stars were also awarded for the complete integration of HP Professional PANTONE Emulation (HP PPE).

"The exact reproduction of PANTONE colors always presents an exacting challenge, in the field of advertising in particular," said Thomas Kirschner, managing director, ColorGATE. "The use of the HP Designjet L25500 in combination with the HP PPE-enabled Productionserver allows reproduction results that clearly surpass all the alternative methods currently available on the market—and that is possible even without the installation of special libraries. The results: top-quality, more productively and simply than ever before."

"We are very happy that we are able to support an eco-friendly solution with our feature-rich production RIP right from the day of its market introduction in an area of application that used to be restricted exclusively to the solvent segment," said Kirschner.

On the release of Productionserver Version 6, ColorGATE now presents two editions that have been customized for use with the new HP printing system: the PS 6 HP L25500 Best-Price Edition includes Productionserver 6 Pro with one queue, one RIP process and one printer driver; the PS 6 HP L25500 Producer Edition is additionally equipped with another RIP process for optimal capacity utilization along with an integrated profiling solution. It also features Ink Saver, a new ColorGATE technology that uses GCR-optimized DeviceLink profiling to reduce ink costs by up to 30 percent. Both editions are now on offer at an attractive price. "The price/performance ratio is simply phenomenal," said Kirschner. "That should make it very, very easy for all interested users to make a quick decision."

GMG SmartProfiler now shipping

GMG logo

The easy to use profiling tool GMG SmartProfiler brings colour quality and colour consistency for digital and LFP printers to the next level and opens new business opportunities.

GMG, supplier of high-end colour management and proofing solutions announces that the unique color profiling solution GMG SmartProfiler is now shipping.

GMG SmartProfiler is a wizard which allows users to create high quality ColorServer profiles even without profound knowledge of colour management.

"We have been using GMG's ColorServer for our wide format industrial printing applications for a while. The colour results are great and we achieve excellent matches between different machines and media. However, the process requires good colour skill and knowledge. GMG's new SmartProfiler makes the process much easier and faster, allowing us to support our entire production process. GMG listened to our needs and has provided a great upgrade to an already excellent product," says Bob Boileau, General Manager of Screen Print Dow, Wilmington, USA.

The combination of GMG SmartProfiler and GMG ColorSever opens new opportunities for digital and LFP printers to enhance the colour quality and colour consistency to a totally new level. Therefore the GMG products secure the high investments in digital and LFP printers. The higher print quality increases the customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Users, especially in the rapidly growing digital and large-format printing sectors, increasingly expect high colour accuracy, repeatability and colours that match those of print media produced by classic printing processes, such as offset or gravure printing.

With centrally controlled colour management, using GMG SmartProfiler and GMG ColorServer, companies can greatly increase productivity, production reliability and in particular the colour quality of their products. Due to the identical quality of the printed output, flexibility in hybrid production environments is enhanced, because the output system to be used for printing can be selected at the last minute.

"X-Rite and GMG have shared a mutual commitment to accurate and consistent colour reproduction in pre-press, digital and large format workflows for years. X-Rite's i1 solutions have long been the de-facto standard across the industry when it comes to consistent, high-quality colour management, offering extremely fast and highly accurate measurement, precise patch recognition and unmatched versatility. When combined with GMG's profiling tools, X-Rite's i1 solutions offer customers unprecedented levels of productivity, reliability and flexibility, and we are delighted to further expand our long term and fruitful partnership, with our instruments' seamless support for GMG's new SmartProfiler solution," comments Sonia Megert, X-Rite's Vice President of Inbound Marketing.

The high degree of automation in GMG's colour management will help to cut costs, while increasing productivity and achieving consistent colours.

EFI Fiery Announces Immediate Support for Microsoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 Support

EFI™ today announced that for customers upgrading to gain the benefits of the newest Microsoft® Windows® 7 operating system release, EFI solutions will work seamlessly in their print environment. Fiery® server, Fiery Central and EFI MicroPress® production print customers can continue to run their print operations, without impact, using the currently shipping WHQL-certified drivers, without making any changes to their Fiery configuration.

"As part of our ongoing commitment to support Microsoft systems, EFI is excited to offer customers who install Windows 7 an easy, pain-free way to ensure they can print the documents they need day one," said Charlotte Tueckmantel, manager of product line management, Fiery division, EFI. "Many alternative solutions require a complex upgrade or won't support the new Windows 7 for months. After rigorous testing, we are delighted with the feedback our customers are giving us about Fiery working with the latest Microsoft operating system."

An industry-leading product since 1991, with more than 1.6 million installations worldwide, Fiery servers deliver power, performance, and speed to high-end print environments such as graphic arts, design firms, commercial printers, and pre-press businesses with unmatched colour output, extensive variable data printing support, and superior workflow management. A 2009 BERTL®'s Best award winner, Fiery Central is a complete workflow designed to centralise and unify digital production. EFI MicroPress controller and production workflow solution helps customers increase efficiency and reduce costs through streamlined and automated workflows.

BARBIERI Releases Cost Saving with Colour Management White Paper

BARBIERI

BARBIERI electronic wants to share the knowledge gained in more than 25 years of colour measuring with their customers and partners to help them getting most accurate colours on most different media in digital printing.

The BARBIERI White Paper points out the colour measuring challenges most different media pose as well as how to meet them.

Step by step the whole preparation and measuring process is described and guidance is provided on optimal techniques, highlighting technical insights in measuring technology in order to understand how colour measuring works and to learn how to address future measuring challenges.

The 'cost savings' white paper is free of charge and can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

For an International list of official Barbieri distributors click here. Barbieri devices are distributed in the UK by IGS UK Ltd, www.igsuk.net