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IDEAlink Curve Available for Pre-Order

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

Alexandria, VA, June 14, 2006. The International Digital Enterprise Alliance (IDEAlliance) today announced that IDEAlink Curve, a tool to simplify implementing the G7 proof-to-print process is now available for pre-sales. Background Throughout 2004 and 2005, the GRACoL (General Requirements and Applications for Commercial Offset Lithography) Committee of IDEAlliance developed an unambiguous description of how good commercial printing “appears” to the eye on a Number 1 sheet and developed new calibration and process control methods that make use of spectrophotometry and CTP to enable printers to replicate visual appearance more easily on any press or proofing system. The G7 process is revolutionary because it is the first specification designed to reliably and efficiently match the visual appearance of gray balance and NPDC (neutral print density curves) on multiple devices by defining absolute gray scale values rather than the traditional relative TVI measurements. Although G7 was developed by the IDEAlliance GRACoL Committee, Steve Smiley, Chair of the IDEAlliance Print Properties Committee (PPC) and Director of Engineering at Vertis, Inc. indicated, “The good news is that recent experimental press tests conducted by PPC indicate that G7 can be applied to any type of printing. G7 is not just for commercial printing but for publication printing, news printing, flexographic printing and more. This means that separations or files generated for one printing method will have a better chance of reproducing properly if printed accidentally on another. The G7 process has generated a great deal of excitement among print buyers because by following this methodology, we can print on virtually any type of press and on any substrate while maintaining a common visual appearance in neutral tones.




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