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Alwan to Launch Print Standardizer 2.0 and Print Verifier 1.0 #Ipex

April 12, 2010

Unique to Print Verifier is its ability to hold a number of quality control settings in its "Settings" manager. This allows users to save, export and import quality-control analysis conditions including: Target, Instrument, Control strip, Measuring conditions, and Certification method. This unique capability guarantees printers and print buyers that they are performing quality control measures in identical conditions, hence avoiding mistakes and inaccuracies that can lead to false results, disagreements, and other potential conflicts that can now be avoided.

"We are pleased to have successfully tackled the technical challenges that Version 2.0 of Print Standardizer encompassed," said Luc Regnault, Alwan's Director of R&D and recipient of much industry recognition, including the prestigious French "Ordre National du Mérite" decoration. "One of those significant challenges was the use of Black Backing measurement on the press when most popular reference printing conditions are available with white backing. The ability to extract information about the status of the press from measurements with a dot gain curve applied on them was another of those challenges that we were able to overcome in this version.”

Regnault cites ISO 12647-2 and ISO 12647-3 compliance criteria for sheets and print runs as the most delicate challenge of all, adding, “All similar software that we tested failed to deliver the right assessment and result in many cases. This can lead to problematic situations that Print Standardizer and its users do not encounter. When Alwan Print Standardizer passes a sheet or a print run, we can guarantee that those sheets or press runs will pass the audit criteria of certification organizations."

"We are also very excited to bring to the market, for the first time in Alwan's history, solutions that operate on both Mac and PC platforms," said Khoury, Alwan's President and an international ISO 12647 expert. "We are confident that we will be able to leverage our broad participation in today’s standardization market to help further develop the market, increase our market share, and keep prices affordable to help printers more easily adopt standardization solutions.”

Availability & pricing
The Standard Retail Price for Print Standardizer 2.0 is 6 000€, half the price of version 1.0. With the promotions and bundles with instruments that Alwan’s channel will be offering upon its launch at IPEX, the company expects that its street price will be significantly less, making it easier than ever before for printers to enter the world of ISO 12647 compliance.

About Alwan Color Expertise
Alwan Color Expertise was founded in Lyon, France, in 1997 by the current President Elie Khoury and his vision - to demonstrate how important standardizing and controlling color throughout every stage of production is - has resulted in the company becoming a world leader in standardization and color management implementation.

Today, Alwan provides software, consultancy and training to key players throughout the graphic arts industry, from printers to publishers and from software developers to hardware manufacturers.  Alwan Color Expertise offers a choice of four full-featured software solutions within the Alwan CMYK Optimizer product family. Each delivers specialized capabilities that enable all partners along the graphic production line to guarantee the color accuracy of their work, while ensuring optimum production further down the line.

Alwan has recently established very strong  partnerships with many graphic industry players who are involved in standardization worldwide.  They include research organizations, Universities, software publishers and OEMs.

The outcome of these co-operations is the recent release of two new and unique ISO 12647 out-of-the-box standardization solutions:
• PDF Standardizer, developed in partnership with Enfocus, offers a simple and reliable way to create PDFs that comply with ISO 15930-1 (PDF/X1-a), Ghent PDF Workgroup specifications as well as with ISO 12647 color printing standards.
• Print Standardizer, developed in partnership with X-Rite, provides an affordable and easy-to-implement G7 and ISO 12647 standardization in the press room.

Alwan Color Expertise has appointed specialist distributors for each of the targeted market segments. An ever-growing number of leading pre-press manufacturers are either bundling Alwan software with their products or recommending it with their systems, such as Compose System, Dalim, Enfocus, Nazdar, X-Rite and others... for info.



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