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ICS announces press director, cross-platform, color-accurate monitor proofing solution

Press release from the issuing company

New York - ICS, Inc. the leader in monitor proofing solutions, announces the release of the new Press Director monitor proofing system, bringing ICS's patented monitor calibration and color verification technologies to the production pressroom. The application is designed to run on the press console or with a light booth in standalone "kiosk" installations, and automated proof navigation is supported for press consoles with sliding rail systems.

"For many printers the hard copy proof is the last analog link in an otherwise 100% digital workflow," says Jeffrey Silverman, President and CEO of ICS. "With Press Director we have delivered the same cost savings, cycle time reduction and color quality found in our flagship Remote Director product, in a package specifically designed for the production pressroom."

Silverman says that this revolutionary new proofing system was built from the ground up to provide the utmost in color accuracy, speed and ease of use in a streamlined package that can be installed on virtually any Mac or PC in a pressroom environment.

"Press Director eliminates the downtime, inaccurate color and miscommunication caused by supplied customer proofs," says Dan Caldwell, VP Operations at ICS. "Our simple and intuitive user interface was designed by press operators, and supports both keyboard & mouse or touch screen controls for unparalleled flexibility in pressroom installations."

Patented Color Technology Yields Accuracy for Time & Cost Savings
Press Director's patented color technologies maximize the advantages of a 100% digital workflow by doing away with handling & storage of hard copy proofs in the pressroom while increasing color accuracy and consistency. Viewing a single imposed proof on press with every page in the correct color space minimizes inline conflicts, cuts makeready times and allows the operator to save good printed product sooner with significantly less waste than what is possible when running to hard copy color guidance. Scheduling and Production departments can get jobs to press on time without waiting for proofs to be returned from clients.

Better Than Hard Copy Proofing
Monitor proofing brings the press operator tools that are not available with hard copy proofs. Pinpoint accurate densitometers, ability to view individual channels or combinations of colors and total ink coverage warnings are just a few of the unique features that are only available with Press Director monitor proofing.

Supports Open Industry Standards
Press Director supports open industry standards including SWOP, GRACoL and Fogra. In addition, companies with fingerprinted presses can utilize their existing print characterization data and ICC Profiles to obtain precise color match between Press Director and their preferred reference printing condition.

Integration with Customer's Display & OS Configuration of Choice
Press Director's open architecture allows customers to choose their own configuration of supported monitors, light booths, hardware, operating systems and measuring devices to ensure that their press operators are viewing color-accurate proofs, every time.