GMG, who develop and supply 'high-end color management software solutions', has released GMG ColorProof 5.6, the latest version of their award-winning proofing software.
"With the popular adoption of optically brightened papers, a problem arose. The papers improved image appearance and tended to be cost-effective to purchase. However, they were out of conformance with proofing standards. Users will find that GMG has conducted a lot of research and testing into helping customers who print with optically brightened media to achieve colour consistency," says Birgit Plautz, GMG Director Business Unit, Graphic Arts. "We have also added features to connect and work even better with prepress-workflows, and operate more efficiently with RIPs and printers."
Most significant for proofing accuracy is the new GMG solution for optically brightened media. Until recently, measuring devices and the light in viewing booths had not been subject to any standards regarding how they measured or illuminated print media that contains optical brightening agents (OBAs) to increase the 'whiteness'. With the recent revisions of those ISO norms and eventually the updated ISO 12647-2:2013 several changes have been made to address the colour matching problems caused by OBA enhanced media.
It also has new features to make it work more efficiently with workflows and in multiple-site operations. And they have made it easier to operate centralised colour management that oversees multiple locations or remote sites. ColorProof 5.6 can also re-assign jobs to different printers for continuous productivity. The new option has been integrated to automatically move pending jobs from one printer to another compatible printer in case the current printer cannot print (for example, because it has run out of ink or paper). This eliminates a backlog of files that are waiting for the printer to be attended to.