Onyx Graphics - 10/11/2007
ONYX Graphics, Inc. Releases ONYX Workflow Software Version 7.1
Salk Lake City, Oct. 11, 2007 -- ONYX Graphics today announced it has released Version 7.1 for its popular
workflow software packages: ONYX® ProductionHouseTM, ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RIPCenterTM
software. New features in Version 7.1 include a new Profile Download Client that makes it easier to obtain
media profiles; support for the PANTONE® GoeTM System; support for the Microsoft® Windows Vista®
operating system; and dual-mode printer drivers for continuous-tone and half-tone printers. Also included are
improvements in RIP-and-print and Layout and Media Manager functions. ONYX Graphics will be demonstrating
Version 7.1 in its booth 2812 at the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) exhibition in Orlando,
October 24-27, 2007.
New Features and Improved Workflow
The new Profile Download Client for Version 7.1 makes obtaining media profiles much easier than before.
Using the new client application, users can access the ONYX web site to view the latest list of media profiles
available for ONYX printer drivers. Users can select a custom list of profiles to download and then easily install
them onto their Version 7 product. The client application can also be used to obtain printer driver updates from
ONYX. Users can install the Profile Download Client on their system running ONYX Version 7.1 or on other
supported Windows systems connected to the Internet.
Version 7.1 includes the complete spot color matching table for the new PANTONE Goe System. This enables
RIP-Queue to automatically match spot colors in PostScript® and PDF files that use the new Goe System naming
convention. The new PANTONE spot colors are also available in the ONYX ProductionHouse Layout Tool for
manual spot color replacement.
The Windows Vista operating system is now supported in Version 7.1. Vista compatibility includes Vista Business
and Enterprise editions, both 32- and 64-bit versions.
Printer driver technology and RIP-and-print improvements
Printer drivers in Version 7.1 can now include dual-mode printer drivers - print modes for continuous-tone
(contone) and halftone printing. This support is for newer printers from Canon, HP, and Epson that offer both
halftone and contone print paths. This new features replace two separate drivers that were previously required
to print in contone or halftone mode. Version 7.1 offers users a simpler workflow enabling full use of their printers’
Version 7.1 includes Smooth Dot technology that can dramatically improve the smoothness of output from
variable-droplet print heads. By using data from new ink configurations that contain ink usage algorithms,
Smooth Dot can also help make the profiling process faster and easier.
Also in Version 7.1 are improvements to RIP-and-print functions including RIP-and-print-on-the-fly for PostScript
and PDF files, with a print buffer control in RIP-Queue for optimal print speed.
Layout and Media Manager improvements
Improvements to the Layout tool include enhancements to the user interface to make it more user-friendly. A
right-click tool menu has been added, and the tools can be hidden, docked or floated for easier use.
The Media Manager application in Version 7.1 also includes an improved user interface for setting ink restrictions
and transition controls. The new advanced user interface displays a graph of all ink curves and includes a
measurement tool that can graph density and ink color changes in test image swatches. The ONYX Profile
Generator module has also been improved with new options for UCR and color interpolation.
Support for Additional Printers and Cutters
Drivers for the following printer models have been added:
- Canon® ImagePROGRAF® iPF8000S, iPF9000S, iPF610 and iPF710
- Epson Stylus® Pro 11880, 9880, 7880 and 4880
- Mimaki® JV33-130, JV33-160, JV5-260S and JV5-320S
Drivers for the following printer models have been updated to support additional features:
- HP® Designjet® Z6100: addition of contone modes and Print & Scan functionality for internal color devices
- HP Designjet Z2100 and Z3100: addition of Print & Scan functionality for internal color devices
- Canon ImagePROGRAF iPF5000, iPF8000, iPF9000, iPF700, iPF600, iPF500, iPF5100 and iPF6100:
addition of contone modes
Drivers for the following cutters have been added:
- Graphtec® CE Series
- Roland XC540 and GX Series
- Mimaki CG-75 ML
- flatbed cutters from MultiCam, Aristo and Zünd
ONYX Graphics workflow software Version 7.1 is now available at no charge for download by registered
licensees of Version 7. Registered licensees of Version 7 can download Version 7.1 from www.onyxgfx.net. To
upgrade from a previous version, users should contact a local ONYX reseller. To locate a reseller, visit the ONYX
Graphics web site at www.onyxgfx.com, or call 800-828-0723 (international +1-801-954-5380).