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GretagMacbeth and EFI team to offer accurate color proofing in volume print production environments

Press release from the issuing company

Regensdorf, Switzerland and New Windsor, NY;September 24, 2004 – GretagMacbeth, a worldwide technological leader in color management solutions for the graphic arts, today announced that EFI Proofing Solutions with Best technology now support the GretagMacbeth iCColor 200 series automated chart readers. EFI Premium Option 1.1 profiling and linearization software used with the EFI Colorproof and EFI Screenproof packages, and the new EFI Colorproof XF platform, which the company plans to release this fall, will support GretagMacbeth ICColor chart readers. “GretagMacbeth’s iCColor spectrophotometers are highly accurate, easy to use instruments, offering just the right hardware to complement to EFI’s range of workflow and color management software,” says Thorsten Breiding, Vice President / General Manager Proofing of EFI. “Our Premium Options are intended to ensure any level of user can create custom ICC compliant profiles for their inkjet papers or printing presses, and the iCColor will help enable customers to meet these requirements.” Adds Breiding, “In addition to new support for iCColor in EFI Premium Option, the calibration software standard in our Colorproof and Screenproof packages now also supports the iCColor device. This will enable customers to provide consistent, reliable proofs on a regular basis from day to day and month to month. EFI Colorproof and Screenproof are known throughout the world for enabling inkjet proofing to become a reality and this collaboration with GretagMacbeth is another step in keeping us ahead of our customers’ demands and needs.” “GretagMacbeth’s iCColor 200 series was developed with multiple criteria: to meet the needs of the most demanding customers for color accuracy while also making the operation as fast and simple as possible,” adds Mark Geeves, VP OEM Sales Worldwide at GretagMacbeth.” The combination of iCColor and EFI’s Colormanager will give all levels of EFI’s customers the ability to create accurate custom ICC profiles characterizing their various press and inkjet paper requirements. This will thereby help them to increase their profits and in turn offer value-added services to their customers” GretagMacbeth’s iCColor 200 series automated digital spectrophotometers make color measurement in production environments a fast, accurate and easy-to-use process. They read test charts in both horizontal and vertical directions as an automated, high speed, hands-free process, thereby improving precision and eliminating any margin of error in color measurement. Designed specifically for color management applications in prepress and photo processing, the iCColor spectrophotometers are capable of reading 150 patches/min. – making them the fastest spectral chart readers available today. The machines provide the highest level of colorimetric precision covering the entire spectrum from 380nm to 730nm. To further increase their versatility, they can also be used for taking individual, spot color measurements. EFI’s Premium Options help users creating ICC profiles that ensure consistent, accurate proofs optimized for the unique characteristics of the local proofing printer and the final output device or process. EFI Colorproof is a contone proofing system for production environments. EFI Screenproof is a high-end solution for publishing and printing houses that need to use and review the original screening data of the production print.