With wins in both the “Grand Format Roll-to-Roll Solvent and Latex Inks” and “Poster Size – Solvent/Latex Printers <96-inch” categories, Mutoh’s high-speed ValueJet series stole the show. Coupled with the streamlined performance of the Caldera RIP engine, the ValueJet 1638 and 2638 offer exceptionally efficient production, said Mutoh.
Thriving with ONYX
ONYX Thrive workflow software is scalable print production solution based on Adobe PDF Print Engine technology. ONYX Thrive software manages the wide-format print production workflow process offering PSPs predictable, high-quality printing results. Version 1.2.5, released this past January, includes support for the Windows 8 operating system, providing a seamless transition for PSPs upgrading to this OS or purchasing new hardware with Windows 8 already installed. Version 1.2.5 also adds functionality for white and specialty ink profiling, printing, and handling, including:
- Color Management Engine updates for brighter, more vibrant images when printing with expanded ink gamuts for better output quality and ink utilization.
- New support for native CMYKO and CMYKO+SS ink configurations found in the recently introduced Epson SureColor SC70600 and SC50600 series printers.
- Improvements to Spot Channel Preview in the Layout Tool.
- Improved various user interface elements for spot channels and expanded gamut ink usage such as an improved display for ink volume, which helps catch errors before printing and reduces the need for reprints. Additional improvements to the Media Manager user interface include an easier way to create new print modes to support printer modes that use white and specialty inks.
- New ONYX HIVE Image (Hexagonal Ink Verification and Evaluation Swatch) feature enables users to evaluate many ink combinations simultaneously to fine tune print modes during the profile creation process.
This version update, along with support for a variety of new printer models, are essential for users who are looking to achieve accurate color with latest wide format print technologies. Support for the new Epson SureColor SC70600 and SC50600 series printers and new imagePROGRAF models from Canon is included, ONYX reported.
Last June, Xanté announced that its iQueue 7 workflow software is available as a multi-user site license. Now all users within a network have access to advanced iQueue Ultimate features such as full job control, screening and halftoning controls, independent CMYK density controls, job cost estimation, and imposition for the Xanté Ilumina, PlateMaker, FilmMaker and ScreenWriter technology series. In the wide-format space, “iQueue drives all our digital output devices, including the PlateMaker 5 digital CTP,” confirmed Xanté graphic designer Steve Willis.
Along with the new multi-user site license capability came a significant enhancement to the Right-On spot color matching system. The technology can now not only accurately match spot colors within a document, but also spot color match images within a print file in virtually any file format. This feature gives customers the automated ability to spot color match logos in JPEG and other common image formats within a document. And users can easily convert images (JPEG, TIFF, etc.) to outlined EPS formats for use when creating documents with even greater spot color control. This enhancement now is a standard feature for iQueue Ultimate Workflow Software.
“Our customers are demanding greater automation and easier tools,” said Xanté founder and CEO Robert Ross. “New iQueue 7 is a major effort doing just that. Virtually anyone in the shop can now operate iQueue with very little training, bringing down cost and improving print quality.”
At drupa 2012 last May, Xanté demonstrated on a worldwide stage for the first time its Excelagraphix 4200, a 42-inch-wide inkjet printing system, bringing unrivaled speed (1,788 square feet per hour at 1600x1600 dpi), performance, and affordability for short-run and variable data color printing to packaging—including folding carton and corrugated cardboard. Xanté’s substrate support gives customers the ability to print indoor signage and design graphics through a simple print path height adjustment on the Excelagraphix 4200, which also earned a Best in Category “Must See ’Em” award in the Pressroom, Wide-Format category at Graph Expo 2012 last October.