In the Prepress/Software Pavilion, GMG Americas (Booth 4837) is demonstrating the GMG ProductionSuite 2.0, which has won a MUST SEE ’EMS award at PRINT 13. Launched in June, the Version 2.0 release is an update of the most complete production solution for wide-format printing. Highlights include an easy-to-use version of SmartProfiler to profile all combinations of printers, media, and inks; more powerful layout tools; and a new interior decoration option.
GMG ProductionSuite offers the entire range of functions required in a wide-format production environment. It is modular, comprising of a prepress file Editor, RIP, SmartProfiler, and PrintStation, and supports more than 1,000 output devices. A flexible licensing model permits custom installation: from a simple configuration on one computer with only one RIP, one Editor and functions for driving one or two output devices, all the way to an extensive decentralized configuration with several editors that can send jobs to more than 10 printers and cutters. With additional functions, such as industrial cutting, true shape nesting, and screen and variable data printing, ProductionSuite also fulfills some of the more unique requirements of wide-format printing, according to GMG.
is easier to achieve
GMG SmartProfiler is a wizard for the calibration and profiling of all supported print devices, says its developer. With highly automated SmartProfiler color management, printers get guaranteed repeatability without any need for expert color knowledge—even with spot colors.
ProductionSuite 2.0 features a new, automatic rendering intent. “While most profiling and color management tools may require an operator to go through a number of trial and error steps to obtain a satisfactory separation, in SmartProfiler 2.0 GMG takes responsibility for building the profile,” explains Markus Finkbeiner, Director, Business Unit Wide-Format Printing, at GMG. “It is truly a ‘smart’ profiler, creating the profile depending upon media, ink set, substrate, and other variables.”
SmartProfiler 2.0, which now operates on both OS X and Windows platforms, has a new user interface to make it even easier to get outstanding color results. It is one, complete software application to create all profile components, including print mode, ink splitting, calibration, and profile. The integrated media manager inside SmartProfiler offers a complete, streamlined overview of every profile including, for example, spot color edits. GMG Device Link (MX4) profiles now are created on the fly, based on where the file is intended to be output. There is no longer any need to create several printer-media-mode (PMM) combinations for different RGB and CMYK workflows.
Operators can manage the profiles, creating names for parameters such as mode and media that best identify each profile. A new test chart generator recognizes the defined media width and measurement device. SmartProfiler 2.0 also creates optimized test chart layouts for large- and wide-format printers. It offers full support internal measurement devices, such as those found in HP Designjet and Epson StylusPro.
“While an expert can deliver acceptable color results with most any color management solution, with GMG ProductionSuite 2.0, anybody can produce the same exceptional color results, right out of the box,” says Finkbeiner.
More flexibility for a
variety of jobs
With the new Layout feature, ProductionSuite 2.0 can be integrated into even more workflows, producing a wider variety of print products. True shape nesting is easy to program. For example, users can create 100 stickers, rescale them in three different sizes, and nest them by true shape, all with just a few mouse clicks. Integrated cut and white support are built in. If desired, users can even open a true-shape nested job within the RIP, change the job layout by readjusting parameters such as the amount of images, job rotation, and cutting information—and then print and cut the job. So nesting can be created by either the prepress operator or the print operator.
Wide-format workflow at an
entry level price
GMG also has released the ProductionSuite-Focus Edition, an entry level price version of ProductionSuite intended for print shops that wish to bundle a complete workflow—instead of solely a RIP—at the time of purchase of a new digital printer. The Focus Edition is a fully functioning workflow system, including all four ProductionSuite modules. It also offers the same cutting functionality as the standard licensed version. However, it is offered with a one-user license and one printer driver; upgrades are available to add more printer drivers. (Optional modules are not available.) “We wanted to offer small and medium-sized print shops the benefits of GMG ProductionSuite at a very affordable price,” comments Finkbeiner.