05 Apr 2020

Wasatch News - Black Point Compensation

Wasatch Black Point Compensation


Black Point Compensation addresses problems caused by differences in the darkest level of black achievable on one device and the darkest level achievable on others. It is a powerful tool for correction of problems with "dusty blacks".

An Industry Standard

Popularized by its use in graphics applications, Black Point Compensation is a pre-standard variation of the ICC-defined Relative Colorimetric rendering intent and is under consideration for inclusion in the standard by ICC.

Color Rendering

Black Point Compensation is included in SoftRIP as a new rendering intent and can be selected for use with existing ICC profiles. It will not invalidate ICC profiles in any way, but will only work in Wasatch systems that have a revision date of April 21, 2009 or later.

Easy to Use

To use this new feature, simply select BPC Relative Colorimetric from the ICC Input Profiles section in the Color Transforms screen. This will automatically transform the gamut of your ICC profile to accommodate for the darkest black achievable on your device.

G7 Certification Easier

The addition of Black Point Compensation helps users control the overall tone of an image. It also provides another way to address the "dusty black" problem and helps make the GRACoL® G7 certification easier to achieve.

Wasatch SoftRIP is available in the UK and Europe from Tech8

Océ Showcases Innovative Large Format Printing and Workflow Solutions

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Solutions are on Display at the 2009 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention and Design Exposition

May 1, 2009, San Francisco, CA – Océ, an international leader in digital document management, is displaying its new print, scan and workflow solutions to help architectural firms improve communication and collaboration with project team members throughout the design-build process, leverage the value of color, streamline workflow, and increase productivity. These innovations are showcased in Océ’s booth (#1657) in the Technology Pavilion at the 2009 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, April 30 – May 2 in San Francisco, CA. Also being demonstrated are large format printing and productive project management software solutions geared toward helping architectural users to streamline their daily operations.

Océ will debut the Océ PlotWave® 300 printer - a compact, all-in-one, large format monochrome print system that is ideal for firms that need a print/copy/scan system that fits into small spaces plus is intuitive and economical to operate. Recognizing the power that color provides in technical documents to minimize complexity and add clarity, the Océ ColorWave® 600 printer offers the best of toner and inkjet printing in one system for high speed, high production color toner printing on plain paper. Océ also unveils Océ Repro Desk® Studio, the newest print software for CAD environments, which eliminates complexity and reduces time spent on print jobs plus provides tracking and reporting for cost recovery purposes, and Newforma® Project Center software, which helps architects organize and manage project email, share and track project information with external team members, and streamline the design review and contract administration processes.

"Like most businesses challenged by today’s economic uncertainty, architect professionals are feeling the squeeze to do more with less," said Sal Sheikh, Vice President, Marketing, Océ Wide Format Printing Systems division of Océ North America. "Océ’s latest printing, workflow and project management innovations enable our architectural customers to help meet tighter budget constraints and shorter project deadlines by saving time, lowering operating costs, reducing errors and streamlining project processes."

New Simple, Green, Durable All-in-One Printer Saves Money and Space
The compact Océ PlotWave 300 all-in-one, large format monochrome system is ideal for lower volume technical document users. As technical document printing becomes increasingly less centralized, users require a print/copy/scan system to be easy to use, energy efficient, quiet, instantly print-ready, and able to withstand the workload of multiple walk-up users. The Océ PlotWave 300 system uses patented Océ Radiant Fusing technology to provide the most efficient way to fuse toner onto paper. The system starts up instantly, uses half the energy of comparable systems, makes no noise when idling and produces virtually no ozone emissions.

Ideal for users with limited space, the Océ PlotWave 300 does not need extra tables, paper racks or ventilation so it can easily fit into tiny spaces. Designed with simplicity in mind, the system includes features such as a built-in USB port for printing and scanning right from the printer, an output delivery tray on the top of the machine, air separation to prevent prints from curling, and a scroll and click panel and smart buttons that makes it easy to use for both experienced and new walk-up users. The system is constructed of solid, hard-wearing materials designed to make it last longer than comparable systems – perfect for firms looking to keep new equipment costs in check.

Océ ColorWave 600 Printer Helps Architects Leverage the Power of Color Throughout the Design/Build Process
The Océ ColorWave 600 printer brings the benefits of monochrome printing to color printing – fast turnaround times, easy workflow, cost-effective quality on plain paper and reliable print stacking – enabling firms to incorporate color plan sets into not only the design phase of a project but also throughout the entire project’s lifecycle. Color in technical documents minimizes complexity, adds clarity, and can reduce construction-related problems to help avoid costly rework and speed project completion.

The Océ ColorWave 600 printer harnesses unique Océ CrystalPoint™ technology to combine the best of toner and inkjet printing in one device for high speed, high production color toner printing on plain paper. Prints are instantly dry, regardless of coverage, and waterfast. There’s no risk of smearing or information loss when prints are used outside in the rain or even when highlighting changes on a drawing. With the Océ ColorWave 600 printer, there is no longer a significant difference between color and black & white output when it comes to productivity and print quality. Plus the printer produces no ozone, odor or fine powder emissions.

Designed for the technical document printing market, the Océ ColorWave 600 printer can also be used to produce short-term graphics applications such as architectural renderings, temporary signage and artistic impressions. With an impressive print speed of two E-size sheets per minute, the Océ ColorWave 600 printer delivers high quality color prints on plain and recycled paper plus a range of specialty media including blueback papers, outdoor papers, films and Tyvek®.

Innovative Workflow, Project Management Solutions Improve Productivity, Reduce Errors
New Océ Repro Desk Studio is an innovative entry-level wide format software package that gives end-users an easy-to-use tool to print to their in-house print devices, or even to an external print provider, all with the same, clear user interface. The software eliminates complexity and reduces the time spent on print jobs. Integrated accounting allows jobs to be assigned to users and projects, turning print costs into chargeable income. The accounting features of Océ Repro Desk Studio software have been co-developed with Sepialine, an industry leader in cost tracking and recovery technology for service professionals.

Newforma Project Center project information management software enables a more productive environment for the entire design/construction project team by streamlining work processes; reducing exposure from errors and omissions; and improving documentation organization, access and communication. Users can easily organize and manage project email, share and track project information with external team members and streamline the design review and contract administration processes. With integration support for Océ Client Tools™ software, users simplify printing and avoid costly workflow bottlenecks via batch processing of multiple file types, digital file previewing from the desktop before printing, and local or remote job submission.

Product Availability
All systems and solutions are available now except for Océ Repro Desk Studio software. For more information, call Océ at 800-714-4427 or visit www.oceusa.com.

Corel to Offer New Creative Experiences with Windows 7

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Company's Future Consumer Graphics and Digital Media Releases to Showcase Windows Touch Capabilities

Maidenhead, London - 5 May 2009 - Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL) (TSX:CRE) today announced that it is working with Microsoft Corp. on Windows 7. Corel (www.corel.com) is committed to delivering its core applications for the Windows 7 platform and is currently developing its next generation of creative consumer products that will offer an all-new, hands-on experience built on the power of Windows Touch technology.

Offering unprecedented stability and performance along with new features such as Windows Touch, JumpLists and Libraries, Windows 7 delivers exciting new possibilities for Corel's software development teams while providing consumers with a more engaging and expressive computing environment.

"Corel has a long history of 'firsts' when developing software for the latest Windows platforms. With the upcoming introduction of Windows 7, Microsoft's new operating system will redefine how people think about computing. Drawing on our customer research, we're taking advantage of the solid performance and powerful touch capabilities Windows 7 offers to turn the typical user experience of mouse clicks and menus on its head, completely changing how users interact with creative software," said Joe Roberts, Executive Vice President, Products for Corel.

"Corel's consumer graphics and digital media products are ideally suited to take advantage of the new hands-on capabilities in Microsoft's latest platform. We believe the user should always be at the center of the creative process and Windows 7 will enable us to eliminate the traditional software menu model to offer a new environment that fosters more natural and connected interactions between people and their content - whether it is a favorite photo, video or digital painting."

Microsoft recently introduced the Windows 7 Release Candidate and Corel is working closely with the company to prepare for the debut of this new operating system later this year.

"We are excited to see Corel's commitment to deliver a suite of solutions for Windows 7," said Mike Nash, Corporate Vice President, Windows Product Management at Microsoft Corp. "Corel's adoption of key Windows 7 technologies such as jumplists, touch and libraries is a great example of the kind of innovation that is possible on Microsoft's upcoming Windows release."

For more information about Corel's plans for Windows 7, please visit www.corel.com/windows7

Wasatch and BS2i - It's a wrap

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Wasatch SoftRIP was instrumental in helping BS2i, an extra large-format printer in Honfleur, France, wrap France's tallest skyscraper, Tour Maine-Montparnasse. No stranger to the large-format printing industry, BS2i prints 30,000 to 40,000 square meters of graphics every month. They were awarded the job to provide large-format printing for The Vendée Globe, the grueling, round-the-world yacht race held every four years, by Athem, a Paris-based company that is well-known for staging brands universally through spectacular creations and ultra large formats.

EFI and Epson collaborate on Proofing system

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Epson America, Inc. and EFI™ have joined forces to create what both companies expect will be the most advanced and complete proofing solution on the market to date. The new Epson Stylus® Pro 900 Series Proofing Editions combine the unique proofing advantages that come with the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 or 9900 wide format ink jet printers, along with EFI's most robust proofing RIP workflow to date, EFI Colorproof™ XF v4.0 for Epson. The end result is a unique and complete solution designed to redefine what's possible for virtually all contract-proofing applications.

"Epson is committed to being the world's leading manufacturer and provider of proofing solutions," said Mark Radogna, group product manager, Epson America, Inc. "This commitment means striving to deliver the best hardware, ink, software, and media on the market, finding new ways to keep advancing those technologies, and taking the kind of confident steps as a company that will keep the industry moving forward. Working with EFI on this ground-breaking proofing solution is a great example of that philosophy in action and we're very confident this collaborative effort will pay off for our customers in many new and exciting ways."

Epson worked closely with EFI to develop the workflow software (RIP) for the Epson Proofing Edition Series. EFI Colorproof XF v4.0 RIP for Epson takes advantage of the latest Adobe® PostScript® 3 and Adobe Print Engine 2.0 technologies and processes files to ensure consistent and accurate proofs for all types of color print work - commercial or flexographic. And with complete support of Epson's optional SpectroProofer™, virtually any color management process is completely automated, reducing complex labor costs significantly.

"This collaboration between us and Epson combines the best of both companies to provide a powerful proofing workflow solution for both commercial and flexographic proofing applications," said Marc Olin, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Advanced Professional Print Software. "Never before has such an innovative proofing solution been brought to market at such a great price point."

The Epson Proofing Edition Series comes with virtually everything needed to begin making contract-quality proofs right out of the box. The solution includes an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 (24-inch) or 9900 (44-inch) wide format ink jet printer, a complete set of Epson UltraChrome® HDR ink cartridges, and a full 24-inch roll of Epson Standard Proofing Paper 240. Furthermore, it comes with EFI Colorproof XF 4.0 for Epson (software-based RIP) with pre-installed profiles for Epson's entire line of Professional Proofing Papers.

Availability, Service and Support

The Epson Proofing Edition Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 are now available through authorised resellers. They are supported by a standard Epson PreferredSM Limited Warranty, a one-year program that includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and usually next-business-day on-site service in the unlikely event of any hardware failure. Optional Epson Preferred Plus Service Plans are also available, offering one or two additional years of protection.

GMG partnering with HP and Mimaki at FESPA

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GMG, developer and supplier of high-end color management and proofing solutions, will be present on two stands at this year’s FESPA Digital. GMG will be exhibiting on stand number C70 (Hewlett Packard) and on stand number B70 (Mimaki Europe B.V.). The FESPA Digital will take place from 12-14 May in Amsterdam.

“The future is digital” – GMG subscribes to this motto demonstrating innovative software solutions to be utilized in the context of Hewlett Packard and Mimaki Europe B.V. products. The main focus will be on GMG color management solutions.

Accordingly, GMG ColorProof o5 will be on show in conjunction with the HP Designjet Z-series. The combination of GMG ColorProof o5 and a printer of this series enables an automated production of high quality contract proofs. Due to the automatic GMG ColorProof calibration of the HP Designjet Z-series and the integrated measuring device, there is no deeper knowledge of color management required to attain proofs meeting all industry standards.

Furthermore, GMG will demonstrate the extensive functionalities of GMG ColorServer as used in the general production area. As the need for color fidelity and print quality is rapidly growing in this area. With GMG ColorServer, the user can perform automated RGB-to-CMYK color conversions and separations. In case of PDF files, also CMYK-to-CMYK conversions are possible.

On the Mimaki Europe B.V. stand, visitors may expect the demonstration of a special use case of GMG ColorServer in combination with the Mimaki UJF-605 printer series. The functionalities of the GMG color management solution are here specifically applied for producing mock-ups in the packaging industry.

Of course, all visitors of the FESPA Digital 2009 are welcome to ask for general information on the product line of GMG.

“GMG is proud of being present at the FESPA Digital for the first time. Over the recent years, our products have been well established in the traditional proofing and color management business. More and more customers however use a heterogeneous production environment, e.g. offset and digital printing in parallel. Experience has shown that also in these cases our customers benefit greatly from the automatic color conversions via GMG ColorServer”, says Jawdatt Mawassii, Vice President Strategy & Business Development at GMG. “In combination with our worldwide renowned proofing software GMG ColorProof, we offer a complete solution for the optimal control of different output devices.”