ColorGATE's RIP Software Now Available in Version 7.20
With version 7.20 of ColorGATE’s RIP software, customers now benefit from the new optional TVI Calibration Module (TVICM) which allows tonal
value corrections, similar to offset printing. TVICM is easy to use because of the integrated process calibration wizard. Also, the simulation of spot color
gradients have been improved and the preview feature for cut paths has been integrated. Furthermore, the internal control wedge evaluation for large
format printing in Proofgate 7 and Proofgate 7 Module (PGM) has been adjusted to the PSD defaults. In addition, the new release provides support for
a large number of printers and enhancements in e.g. Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) and G7 Calibration Module (G7CM).
ColorGATE Achieves Certification for G7 Calibration
IDEAlliance/ColorGATE is proud to announce that Productionserver 7 has successfully completed the IDEAlliance G7® systems certification and is
now an officially certified G7 System. Productionserver 7 is a large format RIP solution that creates G7 compliant curve calibrations, providing a
seamless implementation of G7 for print service providers.
The G7 Calibration Module (G7CM) from ColorGATE automatically integrates into the profiling assistant and can be used to calibrate all supported devices,
either directly or indirectly, driving all digital or analog files. The G7CM is easy to use and takes the user through the calibration and evaluation process in
just a few simple steps, while all calculations and adjustments are automatically applied without the need for manual corrections. The iterative process
does not require extensive color management knowledge or deeper understanding of the underlying process. Together with the other ColorGATE
calibration and profiling solutions, the G7 Calibration modules complete the range of powerful and user-friendly tools to ensure best possible color
quality and performance.
"Congratulations go out to ColorGATE with the certification of Productionserver 7 to G7 system capabilities,” commented Joe Fazzi, Vice President of
Media Production Technologies for IDEAlliance. “We applaud their leadership within the wide and grand format inkjet market in furthering the
implementation of the IDEAlliance G7 methodology."
“The G7 calibration method is a widely recognized sign of quality, especially in North America where it was originally developed.” says Gerrit Andre,
Trainer and Product Specialist at ColorGATE. “The G7 method results are smooth gradients as well as a stable and neutral gray balance - which is the
base for highest quality ICC profiles and optimal color reproduction. Print buyers now recognize print shops using G7 as reliable partners because it
ensures quality and predictability of the end results. The integration in our longstanding Productionserver solutions helps our customers to accomplish
market demands with the typical ColorGATE ease of use.”
The G7 Calibration module is an option to all Productionserver 7 variants and is already included in the PS7 Fujifilm Diamond Edition.
The new VDP Creator in the portfolio, ColorGATE closes the gap in the area of Variable Data Printing (VDP). The easy to handle design software
is the ideal tool to create professional, customized artwork master templates for the output of print jobs on digital printing systems. VDP Creator suites
perfect for print service providers in large format printing (LFP) with medium and small print runs. It can be connected directly to ColorGATE RIP
software solutions. Promising areas of application are e.g. in the markets of digital label printing, signs and displays as well as promotional items.
Due to the versatile options, this software will definitely open up more areas of application in the future.
VDP Creator Starter Kit is available from € 99, ??- * per license (at 5000 prints/credits). When 5000 credits are spent, users can order online via
internet at any time further credits, choosing between VDP Creator 10,000 credits vouchers or VDP Creator 25,000 credits voucher.
Fast and intuitive production of professional, individualized artwork masters
Equipped with a variety of functions, the stand-alone design software VDP Creator features an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), enabling
users to create professional customized print templates consisting of different static and variable elements (e.g. from a database) within minutes.
Neither an expensive, separate graphic design software, nor in-depth graphic design knowledge is required.
Through a variety of professional functions even complex data structures and layouts can be simply merged by drag and drop, e.g. text, images,
graphics (also transparencies and overlays are possible), barcodes, QR codes, etc. In addition a multiple user support allows different users to
work with one software license, while one user has the right to print.
So far current In-RIP and stand-alone VDP solutions available in the LFP market usually possess only limited basic functions or are very expensive.
External solutions are mostly just available as plug-in for graphic design software. Users need to acquire an extensive knowledge in handling these
tools and especially variable content. Thus VDP Creator from ColorGATE is unique in this form and covers the entire prepress process.
VDP Creator supports spot colors, all major databases (e.g. dBase DBF, Microsoft Access / Excel, TXT or CSV, Oracle, SQL etc.), all the relevant
graphic input formats (e.g. TIFF, PDF, PS, EPS, EPSF, BMP, PDF, JPEG , WMF, PNG, GIF), and standard output formats, such as PostScript,
optimized PostScript, PDF and Adobe PDF/VT-1.
VDP Creator and ColorGATE RIP software
VDP Creator harmonizes perfectly with the different ColorGATE RIP software solutions as there are Productionserver 7, Filmgate 7, Photogate 7
and Proofgate 7. Combining VDP Creator and ColorGATE RIP software ensures highest color accuracy and maximum color consistency and
repeatability at any time for any individualized print product. Also, spot color handling (white print, silver print, paint, primer) and forms and finishing
operate perfectly in this combination. Applying the virtual printer driver of ColorGATE, even printer-specific formats of a printer can be imported as
templates into VDP Creator.
Conclusion: With VDP Creator, based on the well-proven technology of a leading manufacturer in variable data printing, even print service providers
in large format printing with smaller print run lengths will know the true promise of variable data printing and benefit from easy handling, fast production
times and low production costs. In addition, an attractive pay-per-print-model also ensures low investment costs —with just 99,- €* per license for 5000
prints VDP Creator is currently unique in this area.
ColorGATE PRODUCTIONSERVER:Best HP-certified RIP solution in
Z6100 compatibility test
Three stars six times over, which means the best marks in all disciplines; those are results that thirdparty supplier
RIP solutions have never before achieved in the HP Designjet compatibility test. And it was ColorGATE
PRODUCTIONSERVER that accomplished this amazing feat. Now the ColorGATE flagship bears the “Certified
for HP Z6100” seal as the best offer currently available on the market. The compatibility criteria for the unique
HP certification program covers printing performance, the use of the integrated spectro photometer, support of
HP media for printing quality, reports on printer status, printing job registration and printing job termination.
"During the past seven years, the HP Designjet 5000/5500 was the large-format printer that was sold the most
in combination with ColorGATE RIP products. When we found out that the next-generation HP Designjet Z6100
would raise the bar in terms of speed, color management and printing quality, our development goals were very
clear," said Thomas Kirschner, ColorGATE Managing Director. "It was our aim to create the most compatible
RIP product to form an ideal symbiosis with the new HP large-format series with respect to diversity of application,
productivity and quality in the provision of every-day services." Based on the results of the latest HP Designjet
compatibility test for PRODUCTIONSERVER 5.x (explicitly in combination with the PROFILER Module), it looks
like this mission has been accomplished:
Fully automatic ICC profiling in less than 20 minutes to achieve optimal color reproduction and consistency: the
ColorGATE driver for the spectro photometer permanently integrated into the HP system makes it possible. It’s
also ideal for perfect film production or proofing applications, when ColorGATE uses the integrated measuring
tool for DeviceLink optimization or for automatic mediawedge evaluation. ColorGATE profiling provides just as
much convenience in the interactive mode. The PROFILER Modules, which are able to perform profiles directly,
with user assistance from the software, make any user even faster and more flexible than ever before.
"Everyone at ColorGATE is very happy that HP has certified these RIP capabilities and has awarded our new
PRODUCTIONSERVER the highest possible rating," Kirschner continued. "We are firmly convinced that an HP
Designjet Z6100 in combination with ColorGATE PRODUCTIONSERVER currently represents the most universal,
water-based large-format printing system to cover all types of high-quality LFP orders and give you the best
value for your money."
ColorGATE revolutionizes proofing: PROOFGATE Technology plus
Professional in-house digital proofing, certified according to ISO standards, with the integrated, licensed FOGRA
media wedge and consistent quality assurance in the long term. ColorGATE PROOFGATE Version 5.01
Technology now delivers the turnkey system solution with even more optimized performance to satisfy the most
exacting demands in practical application. Technologically mature, intuitive to operate and easier than ever to
integrate into the individual workflow. And there’s more. ColorGATE also now offers the new, professional proof
paper to pave the way to perfect results: PROOFPAPER ISOPROOF275g.
ColorGATE PROOFGATE Technology 5.01 is rich in new functional highlights: certified digital proofing based
on ISO standard (ISO 12647-7). The new ISO 12647-7 proofing standard is now fully supported in Generation
5.x (e.g. FOGRA wedges updated with control wedge evaluation). The FOGRA media wedge and proof
evaluation are included. Proofing with reference values on the basis of the current FOGRA 39 guidelines.
Gray balance and primary color proof evaluation based on deltaH. Unique MEDIA DEVICE
SYNCHRONIZATION (MDS) for consistently calibrated, identical printers at different locations. Because
PROOFGATE 5.01 also delivers ready-to-use MIM combinations, which contain high-quality output profiles and
DeviceLink profiles for all standard transformations for the inkjet printers and suitable proof media. With MDS,
the individual printing system can be calibrated to these reference values at the click of a mouse. Even minimal
deviations - such as surrounding air, temperature or other system changes - are corrected independently and
repeatedly at any time.
ColorGATE PROOFGATE Technology 5.01 is available at ColorGATE sales partners in brilliant plug ‘n’ play as
the PROOF Module, the power add-on to the platform-independent center management of
PRODUCTIONSERVER and the PHOTOGATE Creative Suite. Or in the stand-alone edition tried and tested a
thousand times over: PROOFGATE small edition - for printers up to 17" format, PROOFGATE medium edition -
for printers up to 24" format, PROOFGATE large edition for printers >24" format. The special customer loyalty
offer for ColorGATE users: for customers who purchase of an upgrade to PROOFGATE Technology 5.01,
ColorGATE retailers will offer all the PROFILER Modules at an attractively reduced price up until the end of
Specially developed for ColorGATE systems with proof technology (PRODUCTIONSERVER/PROOF Module,
PROOFGATE, PHOTOGATE), PROOFPAPER ISOPROOF275g is now the ideal medium for offset and gravure
printing proofs. FOGRA-certified, ISOPROOF275g meets all the proof-relevant criteria of ISO standard (ISO
12647-7), saves ink, time and money: with a very low proportion of optical brighteners, its white point hits the
FOGRA standard virtually dead-on and effectively eliminates the need for any paper simulation. PROOFPAPER
ISOPROOF275g is available in retail outlets as sheets or rolls
Flexible and cost-efficient screen film production with FILMGATE4
Hannover, May 27, 2005 - ColorGATE, the leading supplier for color management and printing software
solutions (RIPs) introduces the innovative screen printing solution FILMGATE4 as successor to SCREEN&SIGN3.
FILMGATE4 excels via its versatile functionalities at easing the change towards digital generation of printing
films on inkjet printers not only for screen printers.
Spectacular quality and distinctive cost-saving potentials are assigned with the digital generation of screen
printing films. A possible change to In-house production of films means, that the manifold expensive costs of
external film purchase and generation costs are eliminated. At the same time, the screen printing films can be
flexibly generated just-in-time, i. e. when and where they are really needed. Through the inexpensive In-house
production printers can react quickly to last minute customer wishes or order changes without having to wait
for outside providers. The market situation of the print shop is increased through its flexibility, expanded service
spectrum and larger profit margins. In order to satisfy these requirements, ColorGATE has been developing the
new screen printing solution FILMGATE4.
Already existing inkjet printers at the shops are being converted to production output units for screen printing
films daylight conditions and a full chemical-free environment inclusive. The whole production process is
streamlined and tremendous cost savings are achieved.
The complete solution for film generation consists of FILMGATE4, the software to generate film output, and the
use of appropriate standard inkjet printers as output devices plus the applicable media like the Agfa SelectJet
Film. The software sees that all tasks can be done within one program. The user-friendly interface of
FILMGATE4 ensures clear and reliable operation with its simple and well-structured organization. Pre-defined
workflow and job settings, even for users without prepress experience, make the automatic production of high-
quality screen films possible, after only a minimal familiarization phase.
FILMGATE4 is the ideal software for:
€ commercial screen printing
€ industrial screen printing
€ advertising equipment
€ advertisement creation and much more
FILMGATE4 supports PDF and separated PDF-files. This ensures that the high process security PDF is offering
can be secured along the whole output process. For example, possible image setting errors, due to missing fonts,
images or incorrect color spaces can be avoided through the use of PDF/X-1a. Thanks to the implementation
of current technologies, FILMGATE4 also processes separated PDF files. This saves time in preparation of the
data and ensures a reliable and simple image setting process.
An unlimited number of spot colors can be used with FILMGATE4. In the area of screen printing in particular,
the use of special colors is commonplace. For this reason, the software recognizes and processes all spot
colors used in the document with no limit as to their numbers – even in separated PDF files. Through the use of
special screening algorithms, undesirable moiré can be prevented.
Much care and effort has been dedicated in order to achieve the highest quality of film output and printing
speed. In FILMGATE4 differing screening types are available to the user:
€ ColorGATE’s own Super Rosette screening technology is an advanced amplitude-modulated screening with
round or elliptical raster dots. It serves to output very fine screen gradients, perfectly fitting to the typical raster
frequencies in screen printing, and therefore minimize moiré effects. This screening method is far more superior
towards classic PostScript screening (also available) in terms of precision.
€ The new ColorGATE Hybrid screening technology ensures further moiré-minimizing output of screen printing
films, whereby for cyan, magenta and black Super Rosette AM-screening is used, the yellow channel uses
Intelligent container functions see that, data not been separated out in advance can be separated and arranged
in a space- and time-saving manner. If all incoming data shall be automatically separated into the
corresponding color selections, FILMGATE4 can take on this task automatically through its automation functions.
Without extra work, the innovative ColorGATE-functions serve for effectively placing the images on media
whereby the use of media is reduced distinctively, resulting in cost- and time-savings. Orders can be defined in
a way, which allows the output on multiple printers at the same time. Also, multiple job copies can be printed
together on a machine and arranged accordingly, so that a minimum media use is ensured. Innovative functions
for efficient production in FILMGATE4 make this task a snap and assures further saving potential.
In order to allow correct linearization by users without expert knowledge, the corresponding settings for all
typical requirements are contained in FILMGATE4 as MIM combinations. With only a few mouse clicks, the
user can achieve the results needed. A complete linearization wedge is output for each color selection for the
calibration of the films. After calibration using a densitometer, the measurement values can be entered into
FILMGATE4 to linearize the printer.
FILMGATE4 supports the following printers:
Agfa Sherpa-Drucker 24M, 44M
EPSON Stylus Photo 2100/2200; EPSON Stylus Pro 3000/4000/4800/7600/7800/9600/9800/10600
HP Designjet 5500
Roland FJ 500/600
"With a density of up to 4.9 and screen rulings up to 120 lines per inch, the films satisfy all the requirements for
modern screen printing operation and can also be used in many offset applications", explains John Ingraham,
Business Development Manager from ColorGATE.
If not only screen printing films but large format images are supposed to be output as well, then the flagship of
ColorGATE, PRODUCTIONSERVER4 SELECT/Pro with FILMGATE4-Module is the right solution. The
renown and well-proven workflow software for the output of large format images on inkjet printers can be obtained
with the FILMGATE4-Module. Large format shops in particular, can broaden their range of products on offer
with screen printing film generation. On the other hand, screen printers can print small runs in color up to
legally binding proofs by using ColorGATE’s flagship.
"Our philosophy, Pleasure for Production, results in offering our customers intuitive user interfaces, highly
developed technical functionalities and full automation within one single program, thereby offering them the
possibility of boosting their efficiency and effectiveness manifold. FILMGATE4 is the upcoming standard
solution with innumerable benefits. Pleasure for Production enhancing the pleasure to work with our solutions
instead of encumbrance work is very important to us in our daily work", Catherine Kirschner, MarCom Manager
from ColorGATE explains. "Double or multiple use of existing hardware resources is one of our guiding ideas.
In addition it shall be done out of one single software application. This claim, we have defined, is being realized
for our customers by us. FILMGATE4 and PRODUCTIONSERVER4 SELECT/Pro with FILMGATE4 offer
screen printers the possibility to cost-efficiently generate their own screen films. In addition digital or large format
print studios can enlarge their product portfolio without the need to purchase additional software. This not
only serves for competitive and high quality production but as well for fast amortization of the deployed
At Fespa, ColorGATE will be showing the solution FILMGATE4 together with the Agfa Sherpa inkjet printer
and the brand new EPSON Stylus Pro 4800. The print media at the ColorGATE booth 349 in hall B2 will be the
Agfa SelectJet Film on which the excellent results, whose quality is looking for one’s peers, are being output.
FILMGATE4 as well as PRODUCTIONSERVER4 SELECT/PRO with FILMGATE4-Module will be available by
the end of June 2005 via the authorized ColorGATE distribution partners. The smallest solution of FILMGATE4
is available from 1,199 euros (up to 1,699 euros). PRODUCTIONSERVER4 SELECT with FILMGATE4 will
cost 1,999 euros, PRODUCTIONSERVER4 PRO with FILMGATE4 3,999 euros.
Existing users can upgrade to FILMGATE4 and PRODUCTIONSERVER4 SELECT/PRO with FILMGATE4
on special offers. Upgrades are available from 499 euros onwards.