ONYX Graphics

Version X10 Production RIP

Onyx Graphics Inc. has announced the availability of Version X10 of its production RIP products: Onyx ProductionHouse, Onyx PosterShop, and Onyx RIPCenter. Version X10 dramatically simplifies everyday printing tasks, giving shops greater control over their workflow.

"Based upon the positive feedback from customers and partners that have tested our Version X10 RIP products, we are confident that we have met their needs and are ready to release the product globally," said Jeb Hurley, CEO of Onyx Graphics. "The innovations in Version X10 give print shops the ability to automate their print-and-cut processes, provides faster color profiling, and greater color control—improving their shops' efficiency and profitability."

Onyx Version X10 RIP products include an improved profiling process [Onyx ProductionHouse software only] and an automated print-and-cut workflow. It also includes an improved native PDF, PostScript, and raster image processing engine for more reliable file handling and reproduction of images from Macintosh and PC-based creative applications. Onyx software Version X10 also improves wide format output quality with an innovative Smart 16-bit processing technology and the new Pantone Plus Series spot color matching system.

With Onyx Version X10 RIP products, users can more easily and quickly build workflows for print-and-cut jobs using Quick Sets for storing cutter parameters; they can save time and reduce production costs with unattended printing and automatic nesting of images. Users can also save time by eliminating the need to return to the design application to fix unwanted cut paths and manage multiple cutting styles in CUT-Server.

"Onyx software Version X10 is a cutting solution that works the way I work," said Dennis Davison of Big Systems, an Onyx software user. "Layers, queues, various cutters, CUT-Server—Version X10 has it all."

Users will see significantly fewer steps for creating profiles with Version X10 RIP products. With its new highly-automated color profiling system and easy-to-follow guide, users can build media profiles in minutes instead of hours. The new Profile Build options maximize output quality and offer the ability to use dynamic or custom-defined ICC presets. New Enhanced Color gamut mapping provides the ability to achieve more vivid color output.

"I've been intimidated by profiling, but Onyx software Version X10 takes out all the guesswork," said Scott Manwaring of Rainbow Signs, an Onyx software user. "It's simple, quick and painless. I'm able to get multiple profiles done in the time it used to take me to get through one."

For those who prefer to fine-tune their output color, new advanced Black Diamond tools are available for greater control over output quality. With easy recalibration tools, users can quickly and easily maintain consistent output over multiple media types and devices.

Additional new Version X10 features include:

• Streamlined Quick Set user interface to easily build the workflow automation.

• Smart 16-bit Processing has been added to the Onyx 32-bit color engine for better color while maintaining production speed.

• Job-based RIP options enable increased automation and reduction in errors by enabling users to easily manage and build workflows for more complex PDF and PostScript files without changing the default behavior of the RIP.

• Onyx Links web customer support integration for easy access to support resources.

• Native PDF and PostScript raster image processing for reliable and optimized file processing.

"Files from Adobe Creative Suite applications work great in Onyx software Version X10, keeping my production running," said George Owen of Spectrum Graphics, an Onyx software user.

Also included is Onyx PrintMetryx JobView service, an advanced job log that enables on-line tracking of job costs and resource usage. This service gives print shop owners and production managers insight into daily printing operations. Each print job contains a thumbnail image, detailed information about the print job, and costs for ink and media.

New Version X10 is available now through Onyx authorized dealers for Onyx ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop, and Onyx RIPCenter software packages. For current ONYX Advantage or Onyx Premium service agreement holders, Version X10 is available at no charge. Licensees currently using version 7.0 or above should contact an Onyx authorized dealer to purchase an Onyx Advantage or Onyx Premium service plan.

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