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Heidelberg Supercolor Optimizes Color Management

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Press release from the issuing company

New York, April 7, 2003 - Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) announced at On Demand in New York (April 7th - April 9th 2003) the U.S. introduction of Supercolor, a new software tool that analyzes the colors and color spaces of PDF documents and optimizes output on different media. Supercolor, developed by Heidelberg, extends the company's expertise and tools for color management. It uses Heidelberg's "Color Matching Method" (CMM), which experts praise for its excellent color management results. Supercolor is an Acrobat plug-in that can be used on both Mac and PC. The Supercolor concept is targeted at all users in the graphic arts industry who need to process PDF documents with professional results and absolute color fidelity for output in offset and digital printing, Web publishing and for CD ROM productions. Supercolor supports ISO standard PDF/X-3, the new PDF specification optimized for print output. "Heidelberg's long tradition as a leader in the color management field continues with the unveiling of this new product," said Ray Cassino, marketing director, prepress Heidelberg USA. "Heidelberg understands that to maintain its leadership position in the industry, it needs to continually develop new and innovative software. Supercolor helps maintain this advantage." Supercolor can eliminate problems, particularly during printing, that occur when using colors from the PDF color spaces Lab, ICCBased, DeviceN, CalRGB and DeviceRGB. Supercolor checks PDFs for all the color spaces, ICC profiles and special colors used. This provides a reliable means of identifying potential sources of error quickly. Supercolor shows all colors and color spaces used in the PDF and enables them to be processed individually: Graphics and images are transferred to the required output color space in accordance with a rendering intent. Special colors can be renamed, combined or deleted. Special colors can be converted to the process colors, either by using internal color tables or by integrating global color tables (e.g. PANTONE, HKS). Supercolor has even more outstanding functions. It features a whole range of different settings for overprinting/knockouts (cutouts) and individualized handling of gray values (e.g. retention of black generation). Supercolor also supports automatic color changing. For example, Supercolor will automatically change a specified RGB color into its CMYK equivalent or a spot color. This function is particularly useful when working with Microsoft Office files. Straightforward navigation means that image- and graphic-heavy documents too can be checked and optimized quickly and reliably. Either the entire document or only individual pages can be edited. Because Supercolor used in combination with Adobe Acrobat 5.05 also supports batch processing, several PDF documents can be optimized automatically. Supercolor is also well suited as independent color management software in a manual workflow as it is when used as an add-on module for post-editing in an automated workflow such as the new Prinect Printready System. For customers with the existing Meta Dimension workflows, Supercolor can further enhance its functionality, by giving customers the choice of in-rip or interactive color management. Color processing with Supercolor is also a perfect way of ensuring excellent trapping results with a downstream trapping program such as Supertrap.




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