Color Scanners--The Color of Digital Originals
At Fuji, which recently launched the C-550 flatbed scanner featuring optical resolutions of up to 5,000 dpi, in addition to work with ICC profiles, research is being done to close the color loop with the help of Pantone's Hexachrome technology.
"We find Hexachrome solves a lot of color issues, as they relate to spot colors," Dunn reports. "We can actually scan Hexachrome, with our scanners working interactively with Hexachrome—because of this, we've obviously stepped up our relationship with Pantone."
Hexachrome is a standardized, ultra high-fidelity process printing system developed by Pantone that incorporates six ink colors as opposed to four. The six inks are modified, more vibrant versions of cyan, magenta and yellow with the addition of green and orange. Black is the sixth color.
At Kodak Professional, Hexachrome sets the expectations of the scanner. Kodak is also committed to the scanning movement away from CMYK-specific output to RGB-specific output, as Chris Heintz, program manager for Color-Flow, reports. "People want to scan an image once and use that scan as many ways possible, across as many varying media as possible, including output on the Internet," Heintz states, noting the move away from CMYK scan is the concept the future will necessitate.
At Optronics, the ColorGetter team has released the new ColorRightPro 1.0 for Macintosh, Windows 95, and Windows NT, and is also issuing updates to the popular ColorRight 5.2 for the Macintosh, and ColorRight PC 3.5.2 for Windows 95 applications early this summer.
"We are now focusing on new challenging scanner issues—these are both hardware and software based, and look to automate the high-end scanning process," reports Mike Mello, product manager for scanning systems at Optronics.
The future of scanning is calling for different workstations, feeding into a server, running multiple scanners, each of which is digitally armed with a color management tool. A prepress department can then manage all aspects of the scanning workflow, reports John Lang, product manager for color systems at Agfa Div., Bayer Corp., which promotes ColorTune color management software.