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New Workflow Products and Technologies

(May 2006) posted on Wed May 24, 2006

A dozen of the latest tools to aid you in pushing production forward.

Serendipity updates Megarip: The Australian-based Serendipity Software Pty has introduced version 4.2 of its Megarip software for wide-format printing. Version 4.2 has been upgraded to feature better PDF compatibility for JPEG 2000 images as well as files with spot-color overprint. In addition, halftone angles can now be specified up to 8 colors. Other features include job nesting and soft proofing. Megarip supports PDF, PostScript, TIFF, and JPEG file formats, as well as ICC profile device links.

Huey bundled with Paint Shop Pro:Corel has announced that it will support Pantone"?s new huey monitor-calibration tool, and is offering it in combination with the company"?s Paint Shop Pro X digital photo-editing product.

Xitron Xenith upgrades: Xitron has upgraded its Xenith 4PDF and Xenith Extreme workflow solutions. Version 6.04.3 includes preflighting with a new Enfocus library; optional direct driver support for the Epson UltraChrome K3 printers including the 4800, 7800, and 9800; and enhancements to the client software for both Mac and Windows platforms. Existing users with a support agreement can receive the upgrade for free.

EFI updates PrintSmith: EFI is now shipping PrintSmith 7.2. The upgrade enables users to automatically know what inventory is available; informs users when it"?s time to reorder; and provides an employee time clock that works with EFI Tracker to better manage production hours and employee productivity. Version 7.2 also features a delivery ticket generator that allows for a package audit trail and an estimator checklist. MSRP: $2995.

Wasatch adds Designjet 9000s driver: Wasatch Computer Technology has added a driver for the new Hewlett-Packard Designjet 9000s low-solvent printer. The driver is included in Wasatch SoftRIP Version 5.1.6, and as an optional add-on for Wasatch SoftRIP HP Only Edition.

Portfolio 8 updated: Extensis has released updates to its Portfolio 8 digital asset management solution. Updates include 22 new camera RAW formats on both Mac and Windows Portfolio version and two file-format support filters that add support for Microsoft Office users.

Agfa Delano SWOP certified: Agfa has earned SWOP certification for the soft-proofing functionality in its Delano Web-based project-management solution. This is the company"?s first soft-proofing SWOP certification.

Dalim products to include GretagMacbeth color management: GretagMacbeth"?s Colour Management Module will be integrated into Dalim Software"?s Dalim Twist prepress workflow system and Dalim Mistral/Dalim Printempo web-based production management systems. The module will help Dalim Software users automate various color-management tasks.;

Epson Stylus Photo R800 includes ProfileMaker 5: Epson is distributing GretagMacbeth"?s ProfileMaker 5 color-management software with its Epson Stylus Photo R800 printers. The software creates ICC profiles for the 8-color, 5760 x 1440-dpi printer.;

Kodak Profile Wizard Mio v. 3.1.100: The latest version of Kodak Profile Wizard Mio color-management software generates ICC profiles for input and output devices, and monitor displays. Profile Wizard Mio software 3.1.100 complies with ICC version 2.0 and 4.0 and includes: ICC profile-editing capabilities including device link profiles and many color profiles for 6-color devices. It also features control over gradation, luminance and saturation, gray balance, white point, and color correction. MSRP: ????

Compose to distribute FirstProof: Compose USA has announced that it will be the master distributor of UK-based Hamillroad Software"?s FirstPROOF line of remote-proofing products, starting with the newest version"?version 3.1. Compose will be selling: FirstProof Standard, Lite, and Professional.

AbsoluteProof adds ColorPort: X-Rite"?s ColorPort color-profiling software will now be included with Gimle"?s AbsoluteProof software, which supports Hi-Fi color workflows such as Hexachrome, and the Extrachrome Pantone-matching system. X-Rite"?s ColorPort product creates, measures, and exports target data imported from color-measuring instruments; the data can then be used to create an ICC profile. Note: ColorPort can also be downloaded as a standalone item at no cost from X-Rite"?s website.,

Import PageMaker files into QuarkXPress: Markzware"?s new PM2Q6 QuarkXPress XTension module imports versions 4.2-7.x of Adobe PageMaker files into QuarkXPress 6.0. The module is available for Macintosh only. MSRP: $199.


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