OKI Europe has launched a dedicated colour media profiles database for ColorPainter users with over 14,000 media profiles, giving registered users fast, free access to accurate media and colour management settings and unlocking new revenue opportunities for graphic arts businesses and creative organisations.

New research[1] from digital print software provider, PrintFactory, reveals that a widespread reliance on default solutions could be costing large-format operations thousands in, avoidable, wasted time, ink and media.

Hamillroad Software today announced the launch of the Hamillroad Partner Program aimed at establishing mutually beneficial relationships with providers of complementary products in the printing and graphic arts industry.

We are delighted to announce our strategic partnership with Hewlett-Packard China, which will see PrintFactory color management software bundled with HP Latex and HP DesignJet D5800 wide-format printers.

Onyx Graphics, Inc., have announced the formal launch of two new colour management and profiling workshops that have been added to its portfolio of training and certification offerings. Following the success of the ONYX 12.2 workshops, these new ONYX 18 workshops now incorporate the new ONYX Color Engine, ColorCheck, AccuBoost, and PosterColor 2.0 functionalities as well as iccMAX compatibility of the company's award-winning ONYX 18 software. The one- and two-day programmes - offered at both introductory and expert levels - focus on real business scenarios to help attendees understand the importance of colour management in wide format workflow and apply that knowledge to produce superior colour output that can be validated to their customers.

SA International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, will use SGIA Expo (October 18-20 – booth 932) to demonstrate how large format print providers and sign shops can enhance their operations and increase business opportunities using its extensive software solutions.

ColorGATE and Durst Phototechnik AG, one of the world's leading manufacturers of future-oriented digital production technologies, are pleased to announce their exclusive distribution partnership for the ceramic industry. A perfect symbiosis of software and hardware for further development, sales and service of the first complete solution for digital tile decoration. Manufacturers of ceramic tiles can now not only benefit from the proven quality of the Durst Gamma series, but thanks to the integration of ColorGATE's Ceramic Productionserver (CPS) also from an optimized workflow, accurate color rendering and highly efficient and color-consistent reproduction of existing wall or floor tile designs. The close cooperation with Durst Phototechnik AG ensures not only the continuous further development of the CPS, but also that it meets practical requirements.

At FESPA Global Print Expo in Berlin, Onyx Graphics officially launched ONYX 18 software, the latest version release that includes new colour technologies for colour accuracy, consistency and conformance to standards such as G7 and Fogra that print service providers can prove to their customers. On the opening day, ONYX 18 software was honoured with the 2018 EDP Award for Best Colour Management software.

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and Pantone LLC, announced today that their cloud-based digital color standard ecosystem, PantoneLIVE™, will include the official spectral data from the popular Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors System for cotton and nylon and the Pantone Matching System (PMS) for plastics and coatings. For the first time, color specifiers and manufacturers will have instant access to up-to-date spectral values for Pantone Colors for plastics, coatings and textiles, including the Pantone Color of the Year 2018: PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet. The new offering, PantoneLIVE Production – Plastic, Coatings and Textile, integrates with X-Rite color management tools to ensure seamless color communication from design to production, improving consistency between design intent and finished products.

Color management experts GMG have further expanded their plugin for Adobe Photoshop in Version 1.3. Now color accurate separations from RGB into Multicolor color spaces are possible with up to seven colors. This is based on GMG OpenColor separation profiles. GMG product manager Peter Schöffler explains: "By using separation with the ChannelExtender, image data can be flexibly adapted to the printing process used." The conversion can be switched on or off at any stage during image processing. This way the final result can be directly simulate at any stage of processing. A further innovation: The ColorBoost function makes images more saturated and vivid.

Guaranteeing consistency of colour reproduction across devices and substrates has always been a challenge for the wide-format print sector - but it doesn’t have to be.

Wide-format print operations can now enjoy unrivalled brand and reputation protection thanks to a series of colour management and quality assurance enhancements made to the PrintFactory software suite. The new features, which have been introduced in the PrintFactory Version 6 update, have been driven by customer demand and the company’s desire to be the industry frontrunner in delivering fully automated workflows.

Barbieri Electronic of Brixen, Italy is the market leader in the field of color measurement for professional large format, flatbed and industrial printing. The company’s customer base reads like a Who’s Who of professional digital printing. Across all industries, great importance is attached to absolutely reliable colorimetric values for 100 percent color rendition on different materials. And that is the guarantee given by the family-run international technical laboratory from South Tyrol. The leading innovator and driving force at Barbieri is CTO Markus Barbieri. His involvement in the relevant standardization bodies and research institutes is indicative of his commitment to further development in the areas of exact color measurement, visual perception and faithful reproduction. His aim is always to meet and even exceed the expectations of his customers and end users.

Global Graphics Software and GMG announce a technology partnership that will overcome the color management and quality issues often found in digital packaging and label production. The partnership will make GMG’s award-winning technology available within Fundamentals, Global Graphics Software’s toolkit for building a digital front-end for inkjet presses. Fundamentals is a software and engineering services package that helps inkjet press manufacturers get to market quicker.

Ilford offers a range of their finest papers for Eizo´s color management software Quick Color Match. Amongst them: Gold Fibre Silk, Gold Fibre Gloss, Smooth Cotton Rag, Textured Cotton Rag, Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss.

With GMG CoZone 2.2 you can easily approve content and images via the cloud. Integrated soft and hard proofing and an optimized workflow create a particularly powerful solution. Thanks to its ultra high resolution, users can now also review designs for large-format productions in detail.

Color management expert GMG is making its proof control software for digital printing future-proof with version 2.4. Product manager Jens Bloeck explains: "We are meeting industry demands with the support of the digital standard Fogra PSD (process standard for digital production): process stability and quality assurance are playing an increasingly important role in digital printing."

Barbieri electronic has its finger on the pulse of the times with a world first by the name of Spectro LFP qb.

On 30 January, version three of the newly titled BPIF Colour Quality Management Certification Scheme is being launched at the St Bride Foundation in London. The new scheme has been simplified to enable more companies to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in colour management. The launch results from feedback from all interested parties since the first publishing in 2010 of the ISO 12647 Colour Management Certification Scheme.

Remember 'The Dress' back in 2015? What was your take – white and gold, or blue and black? The discussion divided the internet (and perhaps a few friendships), but it was more than an online sensation: it brought to light how our perception of colours are far from consistent.

At the upcoming 2018 Color Conference, attendees will have many opportunities to learn from—and about—GMG. GMG Americas, the US-based office of GMG, headquartered in Tubingen, Germany and the leading developer and supplier of high-end colour management software solutions, announces they will be a platinum sponsor, offering two presentations about significant colour issues, as well as a presentation and literature table providing an overview of the company’s extensive colour management solutions. The Color Conference, hosted by Printing Industries America and SGIA, will be held January 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, San Diego.

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