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Supported Print Technologies

ColorFlow Software supports the following print technologies:

  • Offset printing (sheetfed, heatset web, coldset web)
  • Flexographic printing
  • Electrophotographic printing
  • Inkjet printing
  • Digital halftone proofing

Device Colorants

CMYK process printing and spot colors

Chart Generation and Measurement

ColorFlow Software generates and measures charts for device characterization using an integrated chart reader.  Chart types include:

  • CMYK Color Characterization charts (based on IT8.7/4 chart)
  • CMYK Tonal Characterization charts
  • CMYK Tint Ramps for generating TVI-based curves (spot patch measurement or keyboard entry of data)
  • P2P25 for i1(iO)  and P2P25Xa for i1iSis
  • Measurement Conditions M0, M1, and M2 (on supported devices)

Keyboard Entry of Data

Tonal Data entry for Tint Ramps can be done for:

  • Tint Ramps for generating plate curves
  • Tint Ramps for generating TVI-based print curves

Chart Data Import

Chart measurement data can be imported from the following applications:

  • Profile Wizard 4.0 (CGATS 1.7 format)
  • X-Rite ColorPort 1.54 (Mac), vTBD (PC) CGATS.17 format
  • X-Rite Measure Tool (CGATS 1.7 format)
  • X-Rite Profile Maker v5.0 (CGATS 1.7 format)
  • X-Rite MonacoPROFILER 4.8 (CGATS 1.7 format)
  • Heidelberg Prinect Image Control (CGATS 1.7 format)

Chart Data Export

Chart measurement data can be exported:

  • CGATS.5 tab-delimited text format
  • Export of average data for multi-sheet measurements

Supported Industry Standards and Specifications

ColorFlow Software includes characterization data for the following:

  • Characterized reference print conditions CGATS21-2-CRPC1 through CRPC7
  • FOGRA 28–32, 39–42, 45–50
  • GRACoL 2006 Coated Type 1
  • IFRA 26
  • IFRA 30
  • ISO 12647-2:2004 TVI Curves (A through H)
  • ISO 12647-2:2013 TVI Curves (A through E)
  • PSR Gravure HWC
  • PSR Gravure SC
  • PSR Gravure LWC
  • PSR Gravure MF
  • SWOP 2006 Coated Type 3
  • SWOP 2006 Coated Type 5

ColorFlow Software includes ICC device profiles of PDF/X Output Intents registered at www.color.org

Plate Curves

Curve Generation

  • Single-channel plate linearization curve, based on plate measurements, is applicable to all separations

Curve Export

  • Export of Harmony Transfer Calibration Curves

Curve Editing

  • Curve is recomputed when plate measurements are updated.

Print Curves

Curve Generation

  • CMYK Curves based on Tone Value Increase (TVI) or Gray-balance method
  • Custom Spot curves based on Tone Value Increase (TVI)  
  • Mapping of other Spot color names to CMYK curves
  • Generation of Custom Transfer Curves including CMYK and Spot curve channels

Curve Import/Export

  • Import and export of Harmony Transfer Curves

Curve Editing

  • Editing of all curve types via numerical and graphical methods
  • Editing effect can be visualized through on-screen display of a user-selectable image
  • ColorFlow Software includes unique gray-balance curve editing capabilities

Device Profiles

Profile Generation

  • CMYK ICC device profiles (v2 and v4)

Profile Import/Export

  • Import of ICC-compliant device profiles
  • Export of ColorFlow-generated ICC device profiles

Profile Editing

  • Adjustment of CMYK profile White Point, Input or Output Tonality, Dark Point, Gray Balance, and Selected Color

DeviceLink Profiles

Profile Generation

  • RGB-to-CMYK and CMYK-to-CMYK ICC DeviceLink profiles (v2 and v4)

Profile Import/Export

  • Import of ICC-compliant device profiles
  • Export of ColorFlow-generated ICC device profiles

Profile Editing

  • Adjustment of CMYK-CMYK DeviceLink White Point, Input and Output Tonality, Dark Point, Gray Balance, and Selected Color

Reports

  • Print characterization report
  • Print comparison report for comparing one device response to another, or to a reference print condition
  • Verification report for comparing the response of a device with its curves and/or DeviceLink to the target response

Languages Supported

English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean

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