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November 2003

The Adobe Creative Suites (and individual components) are slated to be available in the fourth quarter of 2003. Current users can upgrade to the Premium Edition for an estimated street price of $749 or to the Standard Edition for $549. The estimated street prices for full editions are $1,229 and $999, respectively. (www.adobe.com)

ICC Does Work on Spec

RESTON, VA—The International Color Consortium (ICC) has launched a couple of initiatives to enhance the viability of its color management specification. For one, it has teamed up with the Technical Committee 130 (Graphic Technology) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to draft a letter calling on vendors of profiles and profile-building software to eliminate restrictive license language that prevents customers from exchanging profiles with others or embedding them in job files.

Of concern are clauses that prohibit customers from distributing profiles to third parties. Such restrictive language can be a barrier to effective, all-digital workflows and "are therefore too restrictive for many customer workflow procedures, particularly procedures that are using file formats defined in the PDF/X family of international standards," the letter says.

The solution proposed by the two organizations is for vendors to explicitly permit customers to exchange or embed profiles "for rendering and/or processing of the specific objects to which they are related. We believe that this change will reflect business reality," the letter continues.

In addition, at its most recent meeting, ICC took key steps toward having the specification adapted into an international standard and moved toward finalization of a new version. The consortium has been working to make its specification consistent with the ISO format and other requirements to gain ISO recognition of the specification as an international standard. Meanwhile, it decided to submit Version 4.1 of the specification, incorporating a number of minor revisions, for public comment. This update is said to address ambiguities that had been noted in the specification's definition of colorimetric renderings and usage of perceptual rendering intents.

NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies serves as ICC's administrative secretariat. For more information about standards development, visit www.npes.org/ standards/workroom.html. (www.color.org)
 

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