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KlearVision Showcases New Version of Award-Winning Photo-D Software At PRINT 05

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HOLON, ISRAEL and CHICAGO (PRINT 05 drupa Innovation Parc) – September 6, 2005 -- KlearVision Digital is debuting a new version of its award-winning Photo-D auto-correction software in the drupa Innovation Parc booth #5212 at PRINT 05, being held September 9 – 15 at McCormick Place, Chicago. This new version has been specifically enhanced for the graphic arts marketplace, with new features including ICC support, improved UI, and faster processing. “We’re taking graphic arts workflows to the next level with automatic correction and optimization of photographic image content for high quality color reproduction,” says Moshe Keydar, president and founder of KlearVision, Color Technology consultant at GretagMacbeth, and former chief color scientist at Scitex. “Photo-D’s dramatic improvement over today’s typical, labor-intensive image processing is rapid, automated, superior image quality. “Push button color for digital photography is becoming a reality.” Photo-D is a comprehensive, rule-based Intelligent Expert System (IES) that automatically optimizes and enhances digital image files, preparing them for printing or viewing. Using sophisticated “fuzzy logic” and “artificial intelligence” (AI) algorithms, Photo-D, in effect, emulates the decision-making expertise of a traditional color expert, or digital imaging professional, to analyze, correct and produce high-quality image files. From these files, anyone – from a photo lab technician to a photo hobbyist; from a publishing house to a minilab at the corner drug store – can create exceptional images that are accurate in every way. Photo-D software acquires sets of photos and analyzes them as a “human” graphic arts expert would. Photo-D looks for problems associated with under- or over-exposure, contrast, brightness, color and details, and then corrects the problems automatically to obtain optimal, quality results. Red-eye can be corrected to natural eye color automatically. The original and corrected photos are then displayed side by side, for easy comparison and selection. Photo-D eliminates infinite man-hours spent “fixing” images in Photoshop or other image editing programs. It is an affordable technology built by a former chief color scientist at Scitex; so its applicability to graphic arts workflows, in particular, is extremely high. The technology gives digital photography professionals, designers, and prepress professionals in the digital imaging and graphic arts markets a sophisticated, high volume, automatic digital image correction solution that not only speeds up processing, but also makes more digital pictures useable with just a click of the mouse. With workflow capabilities such as predefined Hot Folders, and quick production of thousands of pictures per hour that is customizable to fit users’ needs, Photo-D is a user-friendly solution for professionals. New ICC Support & Meta Data Retention The new Photo-D transforms images from their original color space, as defined by the digital camera (or scanner), to the destination (output/print) color space. This is done by using the corresponding ICC Profiles, in various rendering intents. In case the embedded profile does not exist in the image, the user can use his/her preferred ICC profile. Monitor previews are achieved using the monitor ICC Profile, thus simulating the actual print on the display. The resulting image therefore includes the embedded ICC Profile; ensuring a smooth transition into the next stage of the graphic arts workflow. Keeping the meta data: Photo-D keeps the metadata of the original image even after automatic processing.