FOSTER CITY, Calif. - June 13, 2007 - EFI, the world leader in color digital print servers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions, today announced that EFI Colorproof XF, the award-winning proofing and large-format production solution, once again turned in an outstanding performance at the IPA Color Proofing RoundUP. The fifth annual performance evaluation judged by the IPA, a community of professionals within the premedia, creative, corporate, print publishing, packaging and in-plant environments, drew 22 competing hardcopy proofing solutions and was held in Chicago June 5-7. With its stellar results at the 2007 IPA Color Proofing RoundUP, the newest version of EFI Colorproof XF, winner of the 2007 BERTL's Best Wide Format Pre-press/Proofing Solution, reinforced its renown for outstanding performance, color quality, flexibility and intuitive interface.
Colorproof XF is designed for print and prepress professionals, publishers, and creatives. EFI recently launched Colorproof XF for Flexo, which includes unique, powerful new features for the packaging industry. Westmont, Ill.-based Precise Graphics takes advantage of this solution and attended the RoundUP. Owner John Valavanis said, "The IPA RoundUP showed that while most systems are capable of quality results, EFI Colorproof XF delivers the highest quality with speed and ease. Working with EFI, All Printing Resources and Chromaticity, I realized we didn't have to 'pick only two.' Colorproof XF gives us the best in speed, quality AND ease of use - and that impacts my bottom line."
Colorproof XF delivered an exceedingly strong performance among the participating proofing solutions, many of which are priced at three times Colorproof XF. This year the IPA adopted a "Pass or Fail" grade policy or a number-based judgement in six rigorous tests to define the industry's best, including, Proofing the Testform (or Proofing to Numbers), Remote Proofing, Visual Evaluation of the Testform, Spotcolor and n-channel. EFI soundly "passed" in all categories in which the company participated. In the Proofing to Numbers category, the IPA tested for adherence to current SWOP (Specifications for Web Offset Publications) and GRACoL (General Requirements for Applications in Commercial Offset Lithography) industry standards, and Colorproof XF readily passed these tests as well. EFI's compliance with GRACoL, ICC, PDF and other open standards ensures that Colorproof XF easily, seamlessly integrates into customers' overall print shop operations, including offset/digital hybrid environments.
Colorproof XF driving the HP Z3100 large format printer with the embedded spectrophotometer passed the pass/fail test in the Proofing to Numbers category and produced optimal results in the Spotcolor visual test. The embedded spectrophotometer allows a fully automated linearization and profiling process as well as the color verification based on a control strip. Colorproof XF turns the HP Z3100 into a powerful printer with the highest degree of automation. An important EFI large format partner, HP recently announced that Colorproof XF has been tested and certified by its new RIP certification initiative for the HP Designjet Z6100 Printer series. Colorproof XF also supports the HP Designjet Z2100 large format printer.
"Our strong performance at this year's Color Proofing RoundUP is another terrific industry affirmation for Colorproof XF," said Stefan Spiegel, general manager, EFI Graphic Arts Solutions. "But we are even more proud of the accolades we receive from our customers, like Precise Graphics, as they experience the powerful impact of Colorproof XF integrated into their overall workflow, enabling greater business success."
With EFI solutions customers are empowered with a more accurate, more efficient production workflow -- from capturing the designer's original design intent to real-time estimating, accounting and billing, to proofing and producing brilliant digital output with Fiery-driven high quality print engines. Colorproof XF features the Fiery Option, fully integrating Fiery digital print server technology, which is used by more than 14 million customers worldwide. The Fiery Option enables these customers to deploy ColorProof XF to proof on an inkjet printer and then seamlessly utilize their Fiery for color management and workflow on a production laser-based printing system. Colorproof XF also features seamless integration with Digital StoreFront for job submission over the web, and with EFI Print MIS solutions for optimal print shop management.
EFI Colorproof XF is available today from certified EFI dealers and distributors worldwide. More information is available at www.efi.com/products/prepress/proofing/colorproof-xf.