Remote Proofing--The Collaborative Proof
Polaroid's family of digital color proofing products, the DryJet contone system and PolaProof halftone system, are designed to enable color-critical decisions and approvals more quickly, reliably and cost-effectively at key intermediate proofing points in the production cycle. Using the same language to communicate through a common, trusted proof, printers and their customers can confidently use remote proofing as a powerful tool that permits them to manage color far earlier in the process when modifications are less costly and are easier to make.
"To fit perfectly into the paradigm of a high-performance, responsive and flexible remote proofing network, digital proofing systems must incorporate operating characteristics that provide extraordinary color accuracy on actual printing stocks," Polaroid's Agger reports.
Nicholas Patrissi, print media markets specialist at Imation, is enthused by the growing number of applications for high-speed data transport. "With the trend to broaden the range of the supplier network, out of town or even out of the country, the time and money used to ship proofs—even with express services—can best be used elsewhere," he states.
Imation's Rainbow proofing system provides a complete package available for any appropriate file transfer software and infrastructure. Imation's color fidelity systems help guarantee color from proofer to proofer. For example, the Rainbow proofing system is targeted to industry standard Imation Matchprint color specifications. A printer can use Imation Rainbow Spectral Profiler software to establish color matches to any press or color condition.
One such example from the Imation remote proofing portfolio is Fidlar Printing, a general commercial printer in Davenport, IA. Fidlar set up remote proofing with its biggest account after the customer had moved 140 miles from Davenport to Des Moines, enabling the printer to continue providing the kind of service it offered when the customer was in town.
For Fidlar, Imation saw three essentials to remote proofing: cost-effective digital file transfer from vendor to client; a digital proofer that meets customers' needs, as well as a color target for the proof; and a way to guarantee color at the receiving site.