DIGITAL PROOFING -- Bouncing a Process Check
The Epson printer is also supported by EFI Screenproof, which produces digital halftone proofs from the 1-bit file used to produce a plate. EFI Premium and Premium Suite (includes a Best Eye spectrophotometer) Option packages are available as add-on tools for EFI Screenproof and Colorproof to enable the calibration and linearization of printers and the creation of paper and reference profiles. Both feature a new version of EFI Color Manager, which now offers support for seven spectrophotometer models.
ProofMaster Dalmatian from PerfectProof enables proofing of 1-bit files, as well as standard DTP formats. Versions are available to support two-, four- and eight-up workflows on Mac OS X and Windows platforms.
Version 2.0 of ProofMaster Folio, Mezzo and Grande software packages adds the ability to certify that proofs are color accurate according to the ISO 12647-2 standard. A small color control strip is added to the bottom of the proof, which is then measured with a spectrophotometer and the data compared to the press target. The summary report can be printed as a label to be affixed to a proof. The upgrade also features new tools for editing color profiles.
Onyx Graphics is now shipping Onyx Proof software, which enables users to generate color-accurate press proofs from supported ink-jet printers. The software implements industry-standard ICC profiling tools and is available in three packages—Onyx Proof Pro, Standard and Lite. The first two include installation and on-site training, with a Gretag Macbeth Eye-One color management device and ProfileMaker 4 software also bundled in the Pro package.
While not strictly positioned as a proofing device, the CL30 HSE (Heavy Stock Enabled) laser printer from Xanté Corp. provides the opportunity to proof on heavier stocks. The device can handle stocks up to a 130-lb. or 16-pt. cover and 200-lb. index with a straight paper path. It features a 12.9x47.24˝ maximum print size, 30 page per minute print speed and 1,200x1,200 dpi resolution.