Here's the Proof!
New digital proofing technologies streamline a critical process in the prepress workflow.
by Marie Alonso, Prepress Editor
ALL THE BUZZ in proofing is soft proofing, color calibration, and digital proofing for the packaging environment. And it has been for several years, but with increasing fervor, collaborations, and software enhancements. Companies aspiring to take leading positions in their respective specialties are joining the progressive package-printing leaders in deploying the latest, most sophisticated digital proofing technologies available.
Electronics for Imaging (EFI) has truly redefined itself, acquiring Best Color in order to gain a strong hold on the digital proofing market. Today, it is strongly marketing its EFI Premium Option and EFI Premium Suite Option software add-on tools for its EFI Colorproof, EFI Screenproof, and EFI PhotoXposure Proofing Solutions. These new options enable the calibration and linearization of printers, as well as the creation of paper and reference profiles to achieve the highest quality color output from laser and/or inkjet print devices. Both options feature an updated version of EFI Color Manager, which now offers support for two additional spectrophotometers, the EFI ES-1000 and GretagMacbeth iCColor.
Creo, a company with a focus on end-to-end packaging prepress, is offering its latest proofing solution, Synapse InSite, which provides Internet-based communication between package printers and their customers. With an Internet portal into the Brisque and Prinergy prepress environments, it is positioned to deliver convenient job submission streamlining, job-status tracking, on-line collaboration, and remote proofing or approval. It provides secure, controlled Web access for print jobs, and enables users and their clients to upload and download jobs and job data; proof online with geographically-dispersed users collaborating simultaneously; and access to secure job-status reporting using a standard Internet browser, to name a few. Job status can also be viewed online.
The Grand Sherpa
A Sherpa is a member of a Tibetan people living in the Himalayas who provides support for foreign trekkers and mountain climbers, and Agfa's :Grand Sherpa digital proofer definitely lives up to its name. Accomplishing converters' digital proofing needs from layout of the printing form to proofing the quality of the data file, the :Grand Sherpa combines Agfa's Quality Management Software (QMS), ColorTune Pro color management software (CMS), and AgfaJet Media to produce contract proofs, mock-ups, digital overlays and die line cutting proofs.