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GretagMacbeth at IPEX 2006

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

IPEX 2006, Birmingham, UK; April 2006 -- Visitors to the GretagMacbeth stand at IPEX had the opportunity to view a variety of new solutions and technologies that set the standard for true digital color communication throughout the print and packaging production workflows. Digital technologies have increased the expectation for rapid turnaround time, shorter production runs, and lower costs—but with no sacrifice in quality. GretagMacbeth solutions enable a “color communication network” among all of the participants in the workflow—from brand owners and their designers to photographers, and finally to prepress and pressroom professionals—permitting everyone to share spectral data and benefit in terms of consistency, quality, turnaround time, and flexibility. “Integrated color control throughout the digital workflow is essential for maximizing flexibility, shortening cycle times, and reducing cost from design all the way through to production,” said Iris Mangelschots, vice president and general manager of the GretagMacbeth Digital Imaging Business Unit. “For example, brand owners want the flexibility to adapt packaging for seasonal and/or regional promotions at reduced overall production costs. They depend on the entire production supply chain to meet these goals. Until now, several areas of the production chain have been disconnected when it comes to communicating and producing consistent, accurate digital color. But now, with the introduction of new color technologies from GretagMacbeth, a true spectral color communication network can be established for every segment of the supply chain and brand owners can truly achieve their expected goals,” For Brand Owners and Creative Professionals At IPEX 2006, GretagMacbeth announced an expanded suite of monitor calibration solutions to match every budget and need. In addition, the newest version of its award-winning Eye-One Pro solutions was on display. •NEW Eye-One Display 2 – professional monitor profiling with even more advanced user controls including Workgroup Match for anyone needing to match multiple monitors, Ambient Check and Match for the most accurate correlation from monitor to viewing conditions, Push-Button Calibration for popular monitors, and Validation to track monitor performance. •NEW Eye-One Display LT – professional color monitor calibration for the cost-conscious creative professional and discerning digital imaging enthusiast. •NEW huey—the first low-cost monitor color correction tool for consumers and digital photo enthusiasts that automatically adjusts the color of the monitor and can continually adapt it for changing room lighting. •Accelerated Eye-One Pro Spectrophotometer – with new ruler and backup board that ensure accurate and consistent measurements at twice the speed. •NEW Eye-One iO – fast, versatile, affordable and automatic scan table for accurate test chart reading on various substrates up to 10 mm. For the Prepress Market GretagMacbeth brings automated chart reading to the next level with its award winning Eye-One technology. In addition, the enhanced Eye-One Match and ProfileMaker software advances color management with even more accurate monitor profiling and a variety of solutions tailored for different print production methods. •NEW Eye-One iSis – automated chart reader with Eye-One spectral technology inside, capable of measuring reflective test charts with an absolute minimum of effort and training. Ideal for high production markets like prepress, photo processing and high-speed digital printing, the Eye-One iSis reads up to 2,500 patch test charts on a single A3+ chart, eliminating the hassle of cutting and feeding multiple charts (available in A4 and A3+ format). •NEW Eye-One iO – fast, versatile, affordable and automatic scan table for accurate test chart reading on various substrates up to 10 mm for high production markets like packaging, photo and fine art printing. •ProfileMaker 5.0.5 – advanced profiling software with tailored versions for every imaginable printing process, including CMYK, Multi-Color (such as Hexachrome and Opaltone or CMYK plus 6 additional channels) and true n-Color printing where the user can select any primaries. This popular software suite now includes the new ‘Colorful’ gamut mapping for better shadow detail and overall tone reproduction, as well as support for the new Eye-One iO scanning table. •NEW Eye-One Match 3.6 – the newest software with significant monitor profiling enhancements including Workgroup Match for anyone who needs to match multiple monitors, Ambient Check and Match for the most accurate correlation from monitor to viewing conditions, Push-Button Calibration for popular monitors and Validation to track monitor performance. Eye-One Match 3.6 also features the same “Colorful” gamut mapping technology as our ProfileMaker 5.0.5, delivering unmatched output profile quality. For the Ink Supplier and Pressroom Professional In the competitive print market, maintaining consistent quality control throughout the production process is critical for implementing a complete color managed workflow from design to output. GretagMacbeth solutions ensure that colors are consistent and accurate, minimizing time and waste. •NEW DensiEye 750 – an enhanced version of the popular DensiEye 700 pressroom densitometer that includes density trend, contrast and hue error / grayness. It makes accurate color control in the pressroom more accessible at a very accessible price point. •NEW vipFLEX – flexo plate reader which accurately and quickly measures all important parameters on flexo plates. The new companion GretagMacbeth PlateQuality Flexo Software permits storing and tracing flexo plate measurement data and images for quality assurance in flexo plate production. •NEW vipPAQ 2.0 – the first inline densitometric color measuring system for the ultimate in quality control on flexo presses. With its new capability of importing SpectroEye reference measurement and CxF data, it is fully integrated with the prepress workflow. •NEW NetProfiler2 – a patented, web-based breakthrough technology for remote global instrument management. Now with new licensing policy, users can profile any number of SpectroEye devices by purchasing a single Paper Standard license. •NEW Ink Formulation 5 – designed to provide faster, more accurate formulations, even on mirroring substrates, plus ink leftover reduction functionality. Now with SpectroEye Ethernet support. •NEW Color Quality 5 – Consistent color quality for ink and print production, store all data for a job in a single place—including references, color standards, tolerances, measurement conditions and any other important order details. Now with SpectroEye Ethernet support. Technology partners at IPEX Heidelberg Partner Highlight: The new Heidelberg Prinect Inpress Control offers an inline spectrophotometer enabling offset printing to compete favorably with digital printing at smaller print runs. Introduced at IPEX, Inpress Control is the newest element of the Prinect portfolio featuring GretagMacbeth technology. It is the only inline spectrophotometer solution offered in offset printing, reducing waste and makeready time to an extent never seen before. huey is available mid-April through GretagMacbeth resellers throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. GretagMacbeth has formed a strategic marketing relationship with Pantone Inc., giving them the exclusive rights to market the product in the United States and Canada, and to co-market the product through their respective resellers throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. GretagMacbeth solutions were demonstrated on the following manufacturers IPEX stands: Apple, Agfa, AIT International, Artwork Systems, Canon Europe, Creo POD, CGS, Dalim, DuPont, EFI, Eizo, Epson UK, Esko, Fuji Foto Film, GMG, Heidelberg, HP, Hubert Stehling, Kodak, MAN Roland, Matchmycolor.com, Pantone, Screen, and Sun Chemical. The great number of GretagMacbeth technology partners at IPEX was testimony to the tremendous market acceptance GretagMacbeth products have received in the industry.




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