23 Jun 2021

Free upgrade to latest Mimaki RIP software now available

Mimaki Rasterlink PRO 5 RIP

For several years now, Mimaki customers have benefited from a top level postscript RIP bundled with their printer purchase and the latest version of the RasterLink Pro package is now available. Customers using version 4 of the RIP can upgrade to version 5 via a web link, providing a host of new features and productivity gains - for free.

John de la Roche; National Sales Manager for Mimaki’s exclusive UK & Ireland distributor; Hybrid Services Ltd, said; “Adding productivity gains to the software is as important as our continued drive to develop the hardware side of the business, and to allow a large portion of our customer base to benefit from this for free is great news.”

With full support for the latest Windows 7 operating system, Mimaki RasterLink Pro 5 also delivers new features such as improved postscript handling, file and RIP detail annotation on printed images, greater productivity with improved hot folder functions and a new web update feature for simpler future product updating and profile downloading. Users upgrading from older versions benefit from the new application’s 16 bit rendering – providing seamless vignettes and smooth tonal transitions to blends and gradations.

Version 5 of the software is provided free of charge with all new Mimaki printers – with specific “Sign & Graphics”, “Textile & Apparel” and “Industrial Product” versions supplied, dependent upon the printer model. All versions support powerful white ink printing functions and achieve an exceptional quality of output.

GMG supports Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 for proofing

GMG Colorproof and Epson WT9700

GMG ColorProof and FlexoProof XG exploit the expanded color gamut of the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 inkjet printer up to the maximum, enabling the GMG/Epson proofing system to achieve perfect contone and halftone proofs on transparent or metallic foils.

Tuebingen (November 30, 2009) - GMG, developer and supplier of high-end color management and proofing solutions, is pleased to announce that GMG contone and halftone proofing solutions support the brand-new Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 printer to enable the production of top-quality contract-level packaging proofs.

GMG's ColorProof contone proofing software and the halftone modules FlexoProof XG and DotProof XG ensure that GMG's unrivaled quality and repeatability can be produced even for spot colors and white simulation in flexographic, offset and gravure printing. The Epson Stylus Pro WT7900's new water-based white ink enables high density white tints and accurate overlays needed for packaging proof applications.

Compared to traditional proofing solutions, such as the DuPont Cromalin analogue proofing system and Kodak Approval, or press proofs, agencies, prepress businesses, print houses and brand owners can now produce with the GMG/Epson solution digital proofs at a fraction of the current costs. Due to the ease of use of the GMG software, the required time to create new color profiles and to produce the proofs digitally is reduced dramatically. Users have already given an enthusiastic reception to the extreme simplification of their workflow leading to color accurate print simulation of the print on transparent foils. "This printing system is the best and most economic solution for contract packaging proofs", says Kenneth Hostyn, Proofing Manager at Athena Graphics, prepress specialist for packaging printing. "We experience 75% time savings as all manual steps which previously had been required, became unnecessary overnight." Additionally, costs for consumables are reduced by up to!

The groundbreaking color management technology implemented in the GMG printer driver provides the best possible color accuracy and repeatability achievable using a digital proofing system. Unlike many competitive products, GMG DotProof and GMG FlexoProof produce genuine, absolutely color-accurate halftone proofs by directly processing 1-bit imagesetter data, so that they can be inexpensively proofed on inkjet printers, and errors detected at an early stage.

According to Dominic Weschle, Technical Consultant for Print Color Management at Janoschka's headquarter in Kippenheim, Germany, "customers have been immediately impressed by the high-quality proofing results on transparent materials and are extremely happy that they quickly see an accurate preview of the final product." This allows for faster communication and prepress approval cycles, which is of crucial importance for suppliers and their clients as product life cycles become increasingly shorter.

High quality remote proofing is another core application due to the unique calibration and profiling technology of GMG. Automated production workflows and highest repeatability of perfect color results guarantee the same high quality of packaging proofs at different locations.

Orders for the GMG/Epson digital proofing system are being taken now with shipments in January 2010.

EFI RIP Software Free with Canon imagePROGRAF Large Format Printers

EFI eXpress RIP with Canon iPF printers

To celebrate the launch of the new EFI eXpress Photo RIP software,  Velmex Distribution the UK distributor for Canon large format printers & EFI software products, are giving away this professional software free with all Canon 44” & 60” printers. The promotion will run in conjunction with the current Canon Star buy offer.

Velmex Distribution, the specialist distributor of Canon large format printers and EFI RIP software, has announced this week any Canon 44” or 60” large format printers purchased from them will receive a free copy of  EFI’s new  eXpress Photo RIP software.  The promotion will run in conjunction with Canon’s ‘Star Buy’ offer. Launched in October this year, it offers the 44” Image PROGRAF iPF8100 and production iPF8000s at £3995(including stand).   Any customers looking for a smaller 17” or 24” printer can add EFI Photo eXpress software to their order for £99. The regular retail price of EFI Photo eXpress is £560 and the postscript version has a retail price of £700.

The software is available for both Mac and PC; it includes a number of key features aimed at ensuring high quality, easily managed output.

The software is full of intuitive functions; it improves media utilisation with nesting, saving on time and media wastage; it automatically configures photos, (single and multi-image templates) and creates contact sheets. A bespoke feature allows users to create a ‘Collection’ of custom standard sizes, perfect for photo book printing.  Tasks are achieved faster with the ‘Quick Set’ function, giving users the ability to preset and select quickly, options they use regularly; such as poster printing, photo printing or proofing.  The full RGB workflow provides 16 bit for the highest quality output. All regular file formats are support: TIFF, JPEG, BMP, and PSD (customers can add postscript (PDF) at an additional charge). Latest media changes are easily managed with an online profile download. Customers can be kept up to date with new features by regular online software updates.

Mark Keeley, Managing Director of Velmex Distribution said, “EFI’s Photo eXpress is perfect for those looking to move to a 44” or 60” printer.  This RIP is very easy to operate and provides plenty of tools to make larger format photo printing more cost effective and simpler.  The savings offered on this combined bundle makes the decision to move to 44” or 60”printing more affordable than ever before.”  Offers are available whilst stocks last.

Spectro LFP 3 Spectrophotometer from Barbieri Electronic


Barbieri Spectro Lfp S3

BARBIERI Spectro LFP RT Series 3

The BARBIERI spectrophotometer for automatic measurement of most different materials in Large Format, Flatbed and Industrial Printing.



The Spectro LFP RT Series 3 is the automatic color measuring device for both reflection and transmission in large format, flatbed and industrial printing.

Main features


  • For transparent and reflective media
  • Measuring aperture switchable between 8, 6 and 2mm
  • For heavy and thick materials
  • Supported by most RIP-software
  • 3 reading modes:
    - Automatic measurements
    - Spot measurements
    - Density measurements
  • Some examples of materials which can be measured fully automatically: textiles, glass, backlit film, papers, vinyl, cardboards, plastic plates, gypsum plates, wood, stone and ceramic plates.
  • Available in 2 versions:
    - Spectro LFP RT
    - Spectro LFP Tex (see table below)
  • Upgrade from Tex to RT version


Application fields


  • Creation of ICC profiles for digital output devices for most different materials (both reflective and transparent)
  • Linearization of digital output devices
  • Single measurements of logo-colors (Pantone) with subsequent check of the color-true printing
  • Use as a densitometer to determine density values for films and papers


Recommended accessories


  • Sample holder for different materials
  • Electrostatic sample holder for textiles and thin media
  • UV-cut filter
  • Polarization filter
  • Carrying case (trolley)
  • BARBIERI Profile-Xpert - professional Color Management software


Technical data


  • Measuring speed: approx. 10min. for 1248 fields
  • Maximum measuring area: 290 x 200mm (11.42 x 7.87in)
  • Target thickness: max. 20mm (0.79in)
  • Smallest measuring step: 0,2mm (0.01in)
  • Measuring apertures: - reflection 2, 6 and 8mm (0.08, 0.24 and 0.31in) (switchable) - transmission 2, 6 and 8mm (0.08, 0.24 and 0.31in) (switchable)
  • Geometry: - reflection 45°/0°  - transmission d/0°
  • Calibration: automatic with internal white reference
  • Physical illumination: type A
  • Measurement time: < 0,3sec.
  • Repeatability: < 0,2 ∆E94 on white or ± 0,005D (up to 1.000D)
  • Inter-instrument agreement: typ 1 ∆E94
  • Measuring sensor: diffraction grating with diode array
  • Spectral resolution: 3,5nm
  • Spectral range: 380 ... 780nm
  • Density measuring range: 0...2.3D
  • Interface: USB for Mac, PC and Linux, RS232
  • Dimensions: 571 x 433 x 160mm (22.48 x 17.05 x 6.3in) (LxWxH)
  • Weight: 11kg


System requirements


  • Microsoft Windows XP or later (32 and 64 bit)
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later (Intel)
  • Including free measuring software Profile-Xpert Gateway for Mac and PC
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BARBIERI Spectro Swing - Easy to use, versatile and reliable.


Barbieri Spectro Swing

BARBIERI Spectro Swing - Easy to use, versatile and reliable

The BARBIERI spectrophotometer Spectro Swing is the easiest way to linearize and profile your digital output device for top color quality. It is the ideal measuring device for production environments as it is tailored to the needs of all aqueous, solvent and UV roll-to-roll printers.

For most different, flexible media (paper, banner, canvas, canvas cover for trucks, backlit etc.)

Thanks to his ability to measure also transparent materials and to measure most different flexible media, the Spectro Swing is a very special and unique measuring device.

As the Spectro Swing is available in reflection OR transmission version only it gives the opportunity to get a measuring device at a convenient cost with the possibility to upgrade it in a second step to reflection AND transmission.

The instrument will be delivered with a special measuring software (BARBIERI Profile-Xpert Gateway) which allows you to measure every kind of targets, to use the instrument for linearization applications and to use it with other software.


Application fields


  • Creation of ICC profiles for digital output devices for different media (both reflective and transparent)
  • For linearization of digital output devices
  • Use as a densitometer to determine density values for films and papers


Main features


  • Available in 3 versions:
    - Spectro Swing RT: (transparent and reflective media)
    - Spectro Swing T: (transparent media only)
    - Spectro Swing R: (reflective media only)
    - Easy upgrade by activation code from R or T to RT version.
  • For transparent and reflective media
  • Easy to use thanks to its "no-button operation"
  • For most different, flexible media (paper, banner, canvas, canvas cover for trucks, backlit etc.)
  • Time saving
  • Easy-Operation-Mode
  • Avoiding handling errors
  • Extremely high measuring precision and repeatability
  • Supported by most RIP and Profiling Software [more]
  • 3 reading modes:
    - Automatic measurements
    - Spot measurements
    - Density measurements
  • BARBIERI typical design: simple, robust and reliable.
  • Compatible for Mac and PC


Target markets


  • For all aqueous, solvent and UV roll-to-roll printers
  • Digital photo and inkjet printing
  • Packaging
  • Proofing
  • Fine art printing
  • Traditional printing
  • Consumer printing


Recommended accessories


  • BARBIERI Profile-Xpert - professional ICC profile creation software [more]
  • UV-cut filter
  • Transmission sample holders (Spectro Swing RT, Spectro Swing T)


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Adobe Adds Productivity and Collaboration Capabilities to Acrobat.com


Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the next release of Acrobat.com, which includes several major updates designed to make working together across organizations even easier than before. Incorporating over 35 customer-suggested features, this release simplifies the way people work when communicating and collaborating over the Web. In addition, Acrobat.com has added smartphone access, enabling people to get their work done from anywhere.

Built on the Adobe Flash Platform, Acrobat.com has an easy-to-use online file organizer that allows users to store, share and organize files, create PDF files, launch online office applications, and initiate Web meetings. With this set of applications, users can:

- Easily share files: Users can work together across organizations without the hassle of using ftp servers or worrying about e-mailing large files.
- Access work from anywhere: Any Internet-connected computer or supported smartphone gives users real-time access to all of their files on Acrobat.com.
- Collaborate in real-time: Users can easily conduct Web meetings from Macs or PCs with Adobe ConnectNow.
- Improve productivity: With applications such as Adobe Buzzword, users can easily work together to co-author and obtain feedback on documents, without the need for multiple versions.

Mobile access:
The Acrobat.com mobile application by scanR allows users to upload document images from a supported mobile phone and have them automatically stored as searchable PDF files in Acrobat.com. In addition, users can read their files stored in Acrobat.com, share files with others and fax documents from their Acrobat.com organizer or directly from their smartphone. Users of the free service will be able to send two outbound faxes and upload up to five documents from a mobile phone. An upgrade is available for users that need to fax or upload more documents.
Additional key updates:
Also new in this release are enhancements to Buzzword, as well as Presentations and Tables, which were formerly on Acrobat.com Labs and now in beta. Key updates include:

- Import and export/publishing options: Presentations now includes support for importing PPT/PPTX files, and users can export their tables to PDF, XLS or CSV for sharing data in whatever format is best suited for the situation. Buzzword also now enables export to EPUB, the electronic book publishing format for eBook readers such as Stanza on the iPhone, Sony Reader, and others.
- Web image integration: Users can browse Flickr and Google images, preview pictures and easily import them into presentations.
- Adobe Kuler integration: Users can browse color sets in Kuler and apply them to presentations to create a unique look.