Onyx Graphics - 6/16/2014
Onyx Graphics Extends its Color and RIP Expertise with ONYX Textile
Onyx Graphics, Inc. today announces the availability of a new addition to its award-winning suite of RIP and print workflow products. ONYX® Textile
Edition software is designed specifically for the large format textile printing marketplace as an application specific edition for ONYX RIPCenter™,
ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX ProductionHouse™ packages and as a module for ONYX Thrive™ software. ONYX Textile Edition software was
previewed at the International Sign Expo in Orlando, FL, April 24-26, 2014 and at FESPA Digital in Munich, Germany, May 20-23, 2014.
ONYX Textile Edition software includes all the functionality of ONYX 11 software - such as Swatchbooks, sewing marks and disproportionate scaling -
with the addition of textile specific features that can save time and reduce waste. A single, simple process streamlines job preparation and offers the
ability to run an entire shop using one RIP or print workflow product. ONYX Textile Edition software combines Step-and-Repeat, Colorways and
Ink Configuration Builder functions with ONYX Color – Onyx Graphics’ proprietary color engine - to increase the predictability of color textile
“We understand that the right tools are critical in taking advantage of the rapidly expanding textile market,” said Kevin Murphy, President of Onyx
Graphics. “We’ve taken a vibrant, simple and smart approach to addressing the unique color challenges in digitally produced textiles.”
Step-and-Repeat functionality within the ONYX Textile Edition simplifies pattern creation by building repeating patterns with fewer clicks. Users can
achieve unlimited layout possibilities with vertical and horizontal repeats, rotate and mirror options and the ability to add image offsets. The ONYX
Step-and-Repeat function means users can quickly create edge-to-edge fabric and wall covering designs from a single repeatable image, eliminating
the need for third-party applications. Users can experience substantial time savings when creating full-bleed repeats for any size material or application.
The Colorways function enables users to quickly create patterns in multiple colors from a single file by selecting from a specified Swatchbooks color or
manually selecting colors to produce unique patterns. Users can save valuable time because this simple, intuitive Colorways application eliminates the
need to switch between multiple programs. The job setup function is achieved using the familiar ONYX interface.
Textile printing has some unique color challenges. Without the proper ink controls, colors can appear dull and less saturated. ONYX Color has been
enhanced to overcome these color challenges. Onyx Graphics’ proprietary color engine delivers an expanded color gamut that gives users the ability to
match corporate colors, achieve deeper darks and print a wider range of colors. Available exclusively from ONYX, ChromaBoost™ technology allows
users to achieve brighter, more saturated colors by increasing the chroma (the intensity of the color) by as much as 40 percent.
The Ink Configuration Builder enables the quick creation of ink configurations for alternate ink sets (e.g. specialty textile colors) supported by a user’s
print device. Specialty ink sets often come to market after a print device has been in service for awhile, and its driver software may no longer be updated.
The Ink Configuration Builder allows users to easily create their own ink configurations to support these specialty ink sets. In addition, the innovative
Output Ink Reference chart gives users visibility to which ink is in which channel so they can easily determine the order in which the ink will print. The
reference chart and ink configuration features included in ONYX Textile Edition software let users accelerate printing by making changes to ink
configurations during media set-up. Users gain control over ink and color to achieve predictable, vibrant results every time.
ONYX Textile Edition software is available now as an edition for ONYX RIPCenter, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX ProductionHouse packages and will
be available on June 30, 2014 as a module for ONYX Thrive software. To purchase ONYX Textile Edition software, customers should contact their
authorized ONYX reseller or visit www.onyxgfx.com for more information.
Onyx Graphics - 3/13/2014
Onyx Graphics Announces Enhanced Suite of Professional Services
Onyx Graphics is expanding its product offerings in the Professional Services market. Under the Professional Services segment, Onyx Graphics will
offer personalized, custom, on-site workflow and color management consulting based on its extensive color expertise from 25 years in the wide-format
color RIP market. Print service providers (PSPs) can benefit from the new offerings by learning how to utilize ONYX® software to its fullest potential
and automate time-consuming tasks to maximize production.
A seamless color management system is crucial to success but can be difficult to configure. PSPs can eliminate the hassle of trial and error by turning to
ONYX experts in accurate color for Color Management and Profiling consulting. During Color Management and Profiling, knowledgeable, well-trained
ONYX color consultants come on-site and show the proper steps for calibrating, generating a color profile, and maintaining color management parameters
across devices. Print shops establishing an ONYX workflow benefit from Installation and Workflow Assessment consulting to get up and running quickly
and efficiently. Shops with a unique workflow are encouraged to create a custom curriculum with advanced custom consulting. Customized
consulting guarantees personal attention and focus on a PSP’s unique needs.
Satisfied customers are already experiencing the benefits that Professional Services from ONYX can provide. Sleek Advertising LTD. In Regina,
“We are nothing short of fully impressed by the ONYX consultant’s knowledge, approach, and problem solving ability to meet our training needs. He not
only explained the how but more importantly the why in calibrating our machines for quality color management, setting up quick set templates and explaining
the capabilities of the ONYX software. We made the right decision investing in ONYX 11.”
Investing in ONYX Professional Services today can save both time and money in the future. Print service providers typically experience decreases in
waste while realizing an increase in production efficiency and profits. Improved customer satisfaction and a heightened competitive edge can also
be recognized with Professional Services from Onyx Graphics. Take advantage of the full range of Professional Services by visiting
Onyx Graphics - 1/23/2014
Onyx Graphics Announces 25 Years of Innovation
Onyx Graphics, Inc. is pleased to be celebrating 25 years as an award-winning provider of RIP and print workflow software for the large format display
graphics marketplace. Onyx Graphics specializes in providing solutions that drive smarter workflows and help companies improve their bottom line results
by reducing printing costs and increasing productivity.
Onyx Graphics has seen remarkable growth since it was founded in 1989 as the first commercial large format print software company. Color has been at the
core of Onyx Graphics’ products since the beginning, when the company’s color experts used their extensive knowledge of color behavior and management
to develop its unique color engine optimized specifically for large format printing. To this day, the Onyx Graphics staff of dedicated professionals includes
color scientists, one of whom is the Vice Chair of the International Color Consortium (ICC).
Over the years, Onyx Graphics has been recognized throughout the world for delivering software that enables users to quickly generate sellable, superior
printed output. A recent innovative solution is ONYX® Thrive™ workflow software, the first and only wide format print workflow software that – end-to-end –
uses Adobe® PDF Print Engine technology.
Other unique products from Onyx Graphics include the Thrive Production Manager browser-based user interface that enables workflow control from
anywhere, optimizing both operator and output device productivity. More recently, the ONYX Connect™ portal provides access to printed job information
with a simple, open interface to business software. Its latest release, ONYX 11 software, includes new features and enhancements that simplify large format
print production and make printing more predictable. The company also collaborates with leading printer manufacturers to ensure Onyx Graphics’
software solutions work seamlessly with popular hardware, often right “out of the box.”
"In 2014, we enter our 25th year of innovation. We are pleased to be celebrating this milestone with many customers that have been with Onyx
Graphics through the past 25 years," said Kevin Murphy, President of Onyx Graphics. "We attribute much of our continued success to our loyal
customers around the world who have made Onyx Graphics software their one-stop solution for a simplified, reliable workflow. We’re proud of our
heritage and eager to provide our customers with advanced color technology and solutions for the next 25 years."
Onyx Graphics - 11/19/2013
ONYX Graphics Updates its Corporate Web Site
Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced today that it has updated its corporate website. This online resource for users, prospective customers and the Onyx
Graphics dealer community features a modern feel with easy-to-navigate links. The web site can be accessed at www.onyxgfx.com.
“The new website reflects our commitment to innovation and continuing customer satisfaction,” said Kevin Murphy, President & CEO of Onyx Graphics.
“The modern look and simple design make it an asset in the digital world. From a global perspective, the website renovation supports our commitment
to communicate with all customers in the competitive global marketplace.”
The Onyx Graphics corporate website is more than just a digital homepage – it is a resource for customers around the world. Access to documentation,
training videos and the Partner Portal are available through the myonyx page on the web site (registration required). Detailed product information,
brochures in seven languages and access to the recently-announced ONYX TV video library are all accessible from one central location.
Onyx Graphics - 11/12/2013
ONYX Graphics Announces ONYX 11 Software Release
Onyx Graphics, Inc. today announced ONYX® 11 software, the next generation of the company’s wide format workflow and RIP products. Built on the
proven platform of X10 RIP software and ONYX Thrive workflow software, ONYX 11 can increase operator productivity and reduce waste, and offers
tools to help print providers gain a greater insight into their printing operations. ONYX 11 software was on display throughout the 2013 Specialty
Graphic & Imaging Association (SGIA) exhibition in Orlando, FL.
Specifically developed to make printing more predictable, ONYX 11 software enables print operators to print jobs right the first time. ONYX 11 software
is available for the full ONYX software product line including ONYX Thrive™ workflow software and ONYX ProductionHouse™, ONYX PosterShop® and
ONYX RIPCenter™ RIP software.
"Thanks to the new Job Ticketing feature in ONYX 11 I can find any archived job within seconds,” stated Tyler Nylund of Integrity Color, an ONYX
software user. “This tool has enabled me to save countless time and effort along with providing a simple-to-use, yet powerful archival solution."
Included are 21 new features and enhancements that simplify wide format print production and optimize color quality. Below are highlights of some of the
new items to be found in ONYX 11 software.
Color swatch books for best color matching
With the new ONYX 11 swatch books tool, users can print variations of a specified color and quickly determine the best match between printed output and
the desired color. This makes it simple to match color right the first time without unnecessary guesswork, saving both time and materials.
Integrated job ticketing helps track all aspects of a job
Tracking job and customer information through the production process can be time consuming and challenging when job tracking systems and
production software are different. With job ticketing in ONYX 11 software, users can input job identification numbers from their job tracking system,
customer data and job-specific notes. This data can be tracked and edited in RIP-Queue and the job editor module as well as the Thrive Production
Manager module, providing the entire production team with data to ensure the job is printed right the first time. Another time saving feature in ONYX 11
software gives users the ability to quickly search for jobs in the print queue based on any of the job ticket information, making it easy to locate and
Job previewing and simplified tools make printing more predictable
ONYX 11 software includes new features that simplify job preparation that help take the guesswork out of the printing process. This release adds the ability
to rotate images when they are being opened, which can save up to 50 percent of job preparation time. Simplified sizing and cropping tools, and the
addition of disproportionate scaling make it easy for users to quickly adjust images the way they want. A redesigned job properties window now includes
a new sewing marks tool that add printed guidelines to the printed piece, helping reduce overall finishing time.
With the addition of accurate color-managed previews in RIP-Queue, a large preview in job properties, and a visual preview of how images will nest
together, print operators will gain confidence in knowing their jobs will print as expected.
ONYX Color innovations improve quality, consistency and profiling
Building upon Onyx Graphics’ industry leading color technology, three significant color innovations have been added to ONYX 11 software.
ChromaBoost™ technology – unique to ONYX Color – significantly improves the appearance of bright colors on difficult-to-profile media, increasing the
chroma (the intensity of the color) by as much as 40 percent. Spectral calibration makes it easy to ensure consistent printing across time by accurately
adjusting for color changes due to environmental changes or even differences in media or ink batches. Advanced tools for specialty inks enable
users to more easily create profiles for applications such as backlit printing, and help them take full advantage of white, varnish, metallic and other
ONYX Connect helps gain greater insight into printing operations
ONYX Connect™ is an open system that provides a simple developer interface to connect a print service provider’s current business workflow solutions to
ONYX production software, without needing to replace existing business workflows with a proprietary or RIP-specific solution. ONYX Connect enables
business owners and production managers to gain greater insight into valuable production information such as estimated ink consumption, media usage
and production times. It also includes the ability to automate job submission through JDF (Job Definition Format) and hot folders providing control of
critical job settings and reducing errors introduced by manual intervention during the production process. Additionally, ONYX Connect extends the
capabilities of the browser-based ONYX Thrive Production Manager by adding remote access to the printed job information.
21 New Features and Enhancements
A complete list of the 21 new features and enhancements is below.
• Color swatch books
• Integrated job ticketing
• Nesting with image preview
• Color managed previews for RIP-Queue
• Expanded job properties window
• Rotate jobs immediately when opening files
• Rotate jobs directly in RIP-Queue
• Job and key word search tool
• Disproportionate scaling
• Custom sewing marks
• Latest generation in RIP technologies
• Enhanced cutting technologies
• Auto configuration for Thrive installation
• Thrive Production Manager II
• ONYX Connect
Innovation in Color
• Spectral calibration
• Specialty and spot color ink restriction
• Improved i1 device support
• Pause and resume color measurements
• New quality evaluation Images
ONYX 11 software is now available. To purchase ONYX 11 software or to upgrade through the ONYX Advantage™ software maintenance program,
customers should contact their authorized ONYX reseller or visit www.onyxgfx.com for more information.
The ONYX Advantage program gives ONYX software users an easy way to keep their software current and secure their investment. ONYX Advantage
provides product upgrades, new printer drivers, and access to on-demand training and support videos. Current ONYX Advantage agreement holders
can obtain ONYX 11 now by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting a key update.
Onyx Graphics - 7/30/2013
Onyx Graphics Launches ONYX TV Offering Instructional Videos
Onyx Graphics today announced ONYX® TV, a new online video resource featuring Onyx Graphics experts sharing their knowledge and tips on the full
ONYX software product line. Viewers can now watch instructional videos featuring in-depth information on ONYX ThriveTM workflow software;
ONYX ProductionHouseTM, ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RIPCenterTM RIP software; and the SmartAppsTM line of plug-ins
available at http://www.youtube.com/user/OnyxGraphics/videos.
“We want to help our customers get the most out of their software,” said Bryan Manwaring, Director of Product Management at Onyx Graphics. “By
offering a visual explanation of technical features and tutorials, designers and print operators alike can benefit from exploring our innovative
technologies through ONYX TV.”
In addition to tutorials, Onyx Graphics professionals share their expertise and tips for getting the best results using ONYX software. Multiple categories,
including Software Expertise and Product Information, appeal to a wide audience from advanced software users to professionals experiencing ONYX
software for the first time.
Exploring ONYX TV
ONYX TV features a learn-at-your-own-pace approach with topics ranging from initiating Quick Sets to Simple Color Management, plus a four-part series
on Specialty Ink. Whether users are installing ONYX software for the first time or attempting an advanced design using metallic ink, they can access
ONYX TV for step-by-step guidance and quick tutorials. New videos highlighting all aspects of ONYX technologies are frequently added, so users can
discover a topic that interests them by subscribing to ONYX TV.
ONYX TV is available now free of charge at http://www.youtube.com/user/OnyxGraphics/videos. Users can subscribe to ONXY TV for instant
notification when new videos are added.
Onyx Graphics - 5/13/2013
ONYX Graphics Adds Support for Mimaki JV400 Printer
ONYX Graphics, Inc., today announced it has added support for Mimaki® JV400 printers. The driver is available for all ONYX Graphics version
1.2 / 10.2 workflow solutions software products.
The Mimaki JV400 is available in two variations. The JV400 LX printer may be configured with water-based white latex ink. The five-color mode
printer incorporates lower ink curing temperatures allowing users greater flexibility and choice of media for outdoor and indoor printer applications.
Mimaki’s JV400 SUV printer combines the flexibility of solvent ink with the durability of UV cured inks.
ONYX Graphics recommends ONYX ThriveTM print workflow software with the Mimaki JV400 series. ONYX Thrive software is a scalable solution
based on Adobe® PDF Print Engine technology enabling users to achieve brighter, more vibrant images; reduce manual intervention and eliminate
repetitive tasks. It includes ONYX Graphics’ unique PowerChroma™ Black Generation tool with a new GCR (Gray Color Replacement) Plus feature,
white and specialty ink tools, an easy recalibration tool and highly automated color profiling with Black Diamond tools. ONYX Thrive software also
includes network licensing and a production manager that enable users to customize their print workflow and easily grow with business demands.
Onyx Graphics - 5/6/2013
ONYX Graphics Workflow Software Compatible with Metallic Ink
ONYX Graphics, Inc., today announced that its software packages are compatible with a recently released metallic ink swatch book. The
ReferenceGuide - Metallic Edition was developed by Color Concepts Europe and is currently compatible only with ONYX® ThriveTM print workflow
software; and ONYX ProductionHouseTM, ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RIPCenterTM RIP software.
Color Concepts Europe promotes its ReferenceGuide as a complete solution that makes it easy for advertising/design agencies, brand owners and
print companies to integrate metallic inks into their designs. The reference guide enables printing of CMYK and metallic colors in a consistent manner
on different media. It consists of a swatch book with 100 metallic colors assembled in consultation with various styling experts and advertising/design
Using the ReferenceGuide, designers can choose a color from the swatch book and then select the correct color profile in the ONYX Color Library.
With these certified profiles, users can easily and accurately fill objects, layers or masks in the file, in order to reproduce metallic colors for numerous
The ReferenceGuide – Metallic Edition box consists of three parts:
1) Three printed swatches produced on an Epson® SureColor® SC-S70600 10-color printer.
2) A number of color libraries available for Adobe® Photoshop®, InDesign® and Illustrator® software; and QuarkXPress® and CorelDraw® software.
3) Specially-developed metallic color profiles for use with ONYX software packages.
Onyx Graphics - 4/15/2013
ONYX Graphics SmartApps V1.2 Now Compatible with Adobe Illustrator
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced the release of version 1.2 of its SmartApps™ VehicleWraps and Sign&Banner plug-ins for Adobe® Illustrator®
software. This new version is compatible with Adobe Illustrator CS6 , and includes support for Microsoft® Windows® 8 and Macintosh® OS 10.8.2
operating systems. SmartApps plug-ins were recently on display in the ONYX Graphics booth at the International Sign Expo, April 4-6, in Las Vegas, NV.
“Lack of preparation tools available today force print service providers to fragment their design and prep workflow, significantly increasing turnaround
times,” said Kevin Murphy, President and CEO of ONYX Graphics, Inc. “SmartApps plug-ins simplify and combine design and preparation steps to
create a more cost-efficient and productive workflow in an application that is already familiar to them.”
SmartApps: RIP-independent and platform-friendly
SmartApps plug-ins cut production time and costs by optimizing workflow using existing design applications. Designed to help those who prepare files
for wide format printing, SmartApps plug-ins are application-specific, operating system independent (can be used on Macintosh or Windows platforms),
easy to use and affordably priced. They are complementary to any wide format RIP software – ONYX RIP software is not required to use the plug-ins.
SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in gives users the ability to combine design and paneling of vehicle wraps within one application to streamline print
production and finishing. With the SmartApps Sign&Banner plug-in, users can prepare all aspects of a sign or banner including grommet marks,
bleeds and folds. Both plug-ins work right from within Adobe Illustrator software to provide useful tools in just a few clicks.
Compatible with popular operating systems
Version 1.2 of SmartApps VehicleWraps and Sign&Banner plug-ins also includes support for Windows 8 and Mac OSX Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
operating systems. This compatibility provides a seamless transition for users upgrading to these OS platforms, or purchasing new hardware with
one of these operating systems already installed.
Onyx Graphics - 1/8/2013
ONYX Graphics Adds Support for the
Roland SOLJET PRO4 XR-640 Large Format Printer/Cutter
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced it has added support for the Roland® SOLJET® PRO4 XR-640 large format printer/cutter. The printer
driver is available for ONYX® ThriveTM version 1.2 print workflow software and all ONYX RIP version X10.2 software packages.
This driver supports the SOLJET PRO4 XR-640 printer’s new Eco-Sol MAX® 2 ink set including light black ink, optional white and metallic silver inks,
and resolutions up to 1440 dpi. In addition, several universal media profiles are included that support a wide range of banner and vinyl media.
For best results, ONYX Graphics recommends ONYX Thrive print workflow software with the Roland SOLJET PRO4 XR-640 printer/cutter. ONYX
Thrive software is a scalable solution based on Adobe® PDF Print Engine technology enabling users to achieve brighter, more vibrant images, reduce
manual intervention and eliminate repetitive tasks. It includes ONYX Graphics’ unique PowerChroma™ Black Generation tool with a new GCR (Gray
Color Replacement) Plus feature, white and specialty ink tools, an easy recalibration tool and highly automated color profiling with Black Diamond
tools. ONYX Thrive software also includes network licensing and a production manager that enable users to customize their print workflow and
easily grow with business demands.
Onyx Graphics - 1/3/2013
ONYX Graphics Announces Support for Windows 8 in Print Workflow
and RIP Software Packages
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced that the latest versions of its print workflow and RIP software packages now include support for the
Windows® 8 operating system, providing a seamless transition for print service providers upgrading to this OS or purchasing new hardware with
Windows 8 already installed. This support is available in version 1.2.5 of ONYX ThriveTM print workflow software and version X10.2.5 of
ONYX ProductionHouseTM, ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RIPCenterTM RIP software packages.
These new versions also add functionality for white and specialty ink profiling, printing and handling, including:
• Color Management Engine updates for brighter, more vibrant images when printing with expanded ink gamuts for better output quality and ink
• New support for native CMYKO and CMYKO+SS ink configurations found in the recently introduced Epson® SureColor® SC70600 and
SC50600 series printers.
• Improvements were made to Spot Channel Preview in the Layout Tool.
• Improved various user-interface elements for spot channels and expanded gamut ink usage such as an improved display for ink volume, which
helps catch errors before printing and reduces the need for reprints. Additional improvements to the Media Manager user interface include an
easier way to create new print modes to support printer modes that use white and specialty inks.
• New ONYX HIVE™ Image (Hexagonal Ink Verification and Evaluation Swatch) feature enables users to evaluate many ink combinations
simultaneously in order to fine-tune print modes during the profile creation process.
These version updates, along with support for a variety of new printer models, are essential for users who are looking to achieve accurate color with
latest wide format print technologies. Support for the new Epson SureColor SC70600 and SC50600 series printers and new imagePROGRAF®
models from Canon is included.
Onyx Graphics - 4/30/2012
ONYX Graphics Announces Version X10.2 Production RIP Software
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced version X10.2 of its market-leading production RIP products: ONYX® ProductionHouseTM, ONYX PosterShop®
and ONYX RIPCenterTM. Version X10.2 software include new features that can help reduce ink usage, optimize color handling and reduce manual intervention, thereby improving the workflow.
Color technology enhancements in ONYX ProductionHouse version X10.2 software
Version X10.2 software adds the GCR (Gray Color Replacement) Plus tool to ONYX PowerChromaTM black generation technology in ONYX
ProductionHouse software. The GCR Plus tool maintains smoothness in highlights and mid-tones, while saving ink in shadow areas. Users can
save up to 30 percent in ink usage without sacrificing output quality .
Also available for ONYX ProductionHouse software is a new Vivid Color gamut mapping tool, an option that enables users to build profiles with brighter
tone mapping, resulting in more colorful prints. This feature works particularly well to help brighten output when using mid- to low-gamut ink and media combinations.
Overall color improvements
For all version X10.2 software packages, users will see an improved balance in three-color (CMY) gray output as well as improvements to CMYKOG and CMYKRGB separations.
Better spot color control is also included for all version X10.2 software packages giving users the ability to replace name spot colors with device user-
defined ink combinations. This feature enables users to take full advantage of new printers with specialty inks, giving them the ability to deliver unique
and high-impact images to their clients. Production efficiency is increased through the ability to automate user-defined color replacement simply by
defining the Color Filter within the preflight function [now called Job Editor] and adding it to a Quick Set. All files that are processed through that Quick
Set will automatically be adjusted with no further operator intervention.
Improved multi-page PDF file handling
The ability to manage multi-page PDF print jobs was introduced in version X10.1 software packages. Improvements in all version X10.2 software
packages include the ability to process multiple pages at one time (when more than one RIP license is present), which can help increase production
efficiency. The prepress-to-production handoff is also streamlined by the software’s ability to honor individual page sizes in PDF documents, requiring
no further manual adjustments.
Automated sizing now available in Quick Sets
Also added for all version X10.2 software packages is a Reduce Size to Fit feature that automates the workflow in the Quick Sets module. By setting
workflows to automatically size-to-fit media or to a specified magnification, operator intervention is reduced or eliminated, improving throughput and
decreasing potential manual errors that lead to re-runs.
Upgrade available free to ONYX Advantage and ONYX Premium service agreement holders
The ONYX AdvantageTM and ONYX PremiumTM software agreements are designed to give ONYX PosterShop and ONYX ProductionHouse software
users an easy way to keep their software up-to-date. These ONYX Service packages provide product upgrades, new printer drivers and automatic
disk updates. Current ONYX Advantage and ONYX Premium service agreement holders can obtain this version X10.2 for ONYX ProductionHouse
and ONYX PosterShop software now by contacting email@example.com and requesting a key update. To purchase an ONYX Advantage or ONYX
Premium service agreement, customers should visit www.onyxgfx.com.
For customers without an ONYX Advantage or ONYX Premium service agreement and for ONYX RIPCenter software users, the upgrade will be
available for purchase beginning in early May 2012. Customers should contact an authorized ONYX Graphics reseller or go to www.onyxgfx.com to
find a list of authorized resellers.
Onyx Graphics - 3/28/2012
ONYX Graphics Announces SmartApps VehicleWraps Plug-in for Adobe
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today introduced the SmartApps™ VehicleWraps plug-in for Adobe® Illustrator® software, giving users the ability to combine
design and paneling of vehicle wraps within one application to streamline print production and finishing. SmartApps VehicleWraps is the newest
addition to the SmartApps line of products focusing on wide format plug-ins for design applications. The SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in was
recently previewed in the ONYX Graphics booth at the International Sign Expo, March 22-24, in Orlando.
“Lack of preparation tools available today force print service providers producing vehicle wraps to fragment their design and prep workflow,
significantly increasing turnaround times,” explains Kevin Murphy, President and CEO of ONYX Graphics, Inc. “The SmartApps VehicleWraps
plug-in simplifies and combines design and preparation to create a more cost-efficient and productive workflow in an application that is already
familiar to them.”
Reduce file preparation time and costs
Designers using Adobe Illustrator software to create vehicle wraps have access to easy-to-use tools including third-party vehicle templates for image
and text placement. However, they lack the proper tools to prepare print-ready panels for the RIP. When the file arrives at the print station, production
staff must then utilize generic tiling tools in the RIP to prepare panels for printing. Tiling functionality in RIP software is not specific to vehicle wrapping
and may not provide tools needed to edit individual tile overlaps and bleeds, name each tile, or create tiles for windows and body panels at the same
time. The result is often a dual overlap: a duplication of effort for both the designer and print production staff, plus added back-and-forth
communication – all of which increases preparation time and creates a more error-prone workflow.
The SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in provides designers the necessary tools from within the design program that help eliminate the overlap and
streamline production. Designers can easily specify necessary set-up items such as tiles and bleeds so when the print production staff receives
the file, no additional preparation is necessary.
In addition, the SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in can help reduce overhead costs by decreasing the time spent preparing vehicle wraps for print.
Reduced media costs can also be realized with the ability to individually edit bleeds and overlaps for each panel.
Lack of proper tools to facilitate communication between print service providers and installers can make it difficult for installers to know exactly where
each panel should be placed and is a common reason for redoing a print job. The SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in offers tools to create tile maps to
easily communicate panel placement and print names on each panel to help identify them. This feature simplifies communication, helps streamline
installation and greatly reduces the risk of a job reprint.
SmartApps: RIP-independent and platform-friendly
The SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in is the third in the new SmartApps toolset that help cut production time and costs by optimizing workflow using
existing design applications. Designed to help those who prepare files for wide format printing, SmartApps plug-ins are application-specific, operating
system independent (can be used on Macintosh® or Windows® platforms), easy to use and affordably priced. They are complementary to any wide
format RIP software – ONYX® RIP software is not required to use the plug-ins.
The SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in will be available in May 2012 with the ability to evaluate it as a 30-day full-version trial. For more information,
Onyx Graphics - 2/20/2012
ONYX Graphics Announces ONYX Thrive Workflow Software
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today introduced ONYX® Thrive™ workflow software, a new, scalable print production solution based on Adobe® PDF Print
Engine technology. ONYX Thrive software manages the wide format print production workflow process offering print service providers accurate,
predictable, high quality printing results, and reducing costly errors.
ONYX Thrive software is designed for service providers that want to invest in workflow software to manage their print production environment rather
than purchase separate raster image processor (RIP) products that require individual operator attention. Print service providers can feel confident
about investing in workflow software that fits the way their shops work today, with the peace of mind that comes with the ability to scale their ONYX
Thrive software as business grows.
“Print service providers tell us they need predictable and accurate reproduction of increasingly sophisticated graphic design to support new
business opportunities while utilizing their existing printer technologies,” explains Kevin Murphy, President and CEO of ONYX Graphics, Inc. “We
are pleased to offer ONYX Thrive software to meet the needs of print service providers who are looking for a high performance PDF workflow that
can support their business growth.”
Preempting unexpected results that can delay production and add costs
On a daily basis, print service providers accept digital files from their clients that are created using a variety of graphics software applications. In wide
format and specialty graphics applications, these digital files are commonly created using the latest graphic design effects and techniques and are
most often submitted as PDF, Adobe PostScript®, or EPS files. Today, these digital files are sent to a variety of RIP products in the shop that –
depending on how the file was built – can process the files in a different manner, which can deliver unexpected results. If the print doesn’t match
the client’s intent, the file must be corrected and re-run, resulting in increased labor and material costs for the shop, reduced turnaround time, and
potentially lost profit on that job.
ONYX Thrive software seamlessly handles these varied file formats and reproduces the client’s intent in an accurate, predictable manner. Print service
providers can be confident in the printed output and avoid the costs associated with handling unexpected results.
Powered by Adobe PDF Print Engine
ONYX Thrive workflow software is powered by Adobe technologies including the Adobe PDF Print Engine , a rendering engine technology that Adobe
partners – such as ONYX Graphics – use to build tailored solutions for their market segments. The Adobe PDF Print Engine enables a true end-to-end
PDF workflow from digital file submission through color management, printing and cutting.
In ONYX Thrive software, the Adobe PDF Print Engine natively renders PDF digital master files generated by any graphics authoring application,
maintaining fidelity to the creative intent across the workflow. This eliminates late-stage surprises common in the rasterization of complex graphic
design effects, including issues related to transparency layers, mixed color spaces, and spot color handling. Knowledgeable print service providers
appreciate the importance of accurate, predictable output made possible by use of PDF, the industry’s richest and most reliable imaging model.
ONYX Thrive workflow software maximizes throughput with a high performance software architecture that harnesses the scalability of the Adobe PDF
Print Engine. For example, a six-core processor computer can be maximized to simultaneously run six Adobe PDF Print Engines, even if only four printers
are being driven. The result is the ability to keep printers and cutters fed at maximum capacity.
Featured in ONYX Thrive software is the new Thrive Production Manager browser-based user interface that enables print service providers to submit,
control, and monitor jobs and devices from their Macintosh®, Windows® PC, or mobile device. Print service providers will no longer need to move
among several independent RIP workstations and output devices to monitor and manage production, optimizing both operator and output device
Automation, Color and Ink Savings
ONYX Graphics is known for Quick Set automation, and ONYX Thrive software continues that tradition. Quick Sets simply define the automated steps
for jobs to follow, enabling operators to submit digital files and move on to other tasks as the files travel through the workflow unattended. Advanced
nesting enhances automation by optimizing media use and reducing waste.
ONYX Thrive software includes the ONYX Profile Generator module, featuring simple Print > Read > Next color profiling. Powerful advanced user tools
are available to control and fine tune color profiles for the most demanding clients.
ONYX Thrive workflow software will debut at the FESPA Digital 2012 exhibit being held in Barcelona from February 21-24, 2012. The product will be
available in Spring 2012. It joins the award-winning print production product line including ONYX ProductionHouse™, ONYX PosterShop®, and ONYX
RIPCenter™ software packages.
Onyx Graphics - 10/31/2011
ONYX Graphics Announces SmartApps PitStop Pro Plug-in for Adobe
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today introduced the SmartApps™ PitStop Pro plug-in for Adobe® Acrobat® software, which gives users the ability to optimize
their productivity by eliminating the time-consuming steps typically taken when client PDF files contain color or font issues.
“Wide format print shops struggle with incoming PDF files that have originated from a variety of sources,” explains Danielle Mattiussi, ONYX Director of
Product Marketing. “The new SmartApps PitStop Pro plug-in gives them the ability to move to a dependable PDF workflow, regardless of the file
source. SmartApps PitStop Pro plug-in is a wide format PDF preflighting solution that catches many specific trouble areas and problems and provides
quick solutions, so print shops will no longer have to waste valuable prepress and production time managing this lack of predictability around issues
such as transparencies, color or other print related issues.”
Design applications can create uncertainty in print production due to special effects such as drop shadows, spot colors and fonts. Client files that must be
made print-ready by the print shop add time and cost to any given print job – time that can’t always be billed back to the client.
The SmartApps PitStop Pro plug-in helps fix troublesome client PDF files quickly and efficiently without ever leaving Adobe Acrobat software. Key
• In seconds, the plug-in checks all aspects of wide format PDF files to create certified print consistency.
• Includes a wide format-specific preflight checklist that creates a reliable “digital master” so PDF files print correctly, with the highest quality and optimal
• Automatically highlights spot color and color management issues and provides quick options for correction.
• Automatically detects file issues such as missing or bad fonts, missing bleed and more.
• Includes tools to quickly edit PDF files from inside Adobe Acrobat software without damaging the integrity of the original file.
• Action Lists that enable automation of many tedious changes to multiple PDF files, such as color conversions and adding finishing marks.
Increases productivity and reduces waste
The SmartApps PitStop Pro plug-in gives wide format print shops the ability to quickly review and resolve PDF issues and establish a predictable PDF
workflow. Users can quickly eliminate PDF color and file issues before printing, reducing costly reprints. The plug-in also offers peace-of-mind as print
shops no longer need to be concerned about the quality of incoming client PDF files, or waste time by unnecessarily preflighting incoming files.
SmartApps: RIP-independent and platform-friendly
The SmartApps PitStop Pro plug-in is the second in the new SmartApps toolset that cut production time and costs by optimizing workflow using existing
design applications. Designed to help those who prepare files for wide format printing, SmartApps plug-ins are application specific, operating system
independent (can be used on Macintosh® or Windows® platforms), easy to use and affordably priced. They are complementary to any wide format
RIP software – ONYX® RIP software is not required to use the plug-ins.
Onyx Graphics - 10/4/2011
ONYX Graphics Announces Update of SmartApps Sign&Banner
Plug-in for Adobe Illustrator Software
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced the release of SmartApps™ Sign&Banner plug-in Version 1.1 for Adobe® Illustrator® software, which simplifies
and accelerates set-up of wide format signs and banners.
“Print shops understand time is money,” explains Danielle Mattiussi, ONYX Director of Product Marketing. “Which is why they are excited at the productivity
gains they get from using the SmartApps Sign&Banner plug-in. The return-on-investment is very compelling because, with a small investment in software,
shops have a tool that can help them significantly reduce their costs and get more work done.”
Plug-In Enhancements for Double-sided Banners
Based on customer requests, SmartApps Sign&Banner plug-in Version 1.1 includes enhancements to the bleed setup tool that dramatically reduce the
time to prepare double-sided banners. Designers can use the new Double-sided Bleed feature to specify an amount of print bleed and the plug-in
automatically matches the correct bleeds for the reverse side of double-sided banners. The tool can also account for banner poles or framing and uses
presets for automating the process for different banner types. The result is a tool that enables shops to quickly set up double-sided banners for quicker
printing and finishing.
Mac OS X Lion Compatibility
SmartApps Sign&Banner plug-in Version 1.1 also includes compatibility for Adobe Illustrator software (versions CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5) running on the
new Macintosh® operating system, Mac OS® X Lion.
What People Are Saying
“In minutes with this plug-in a shop can save hours of work. The plug-in interface is simple to use, convenient and easy to understand. But most of all, it
does exactly what it promises – stops you wasting money and gives you more time to work on other jobs,” said Joël Doutrelepont, Owner, iMedias
"We see that banner prep is a lot easier and faster to do in the design program than in RIP preflight programs. This plug-in saves us over 10 hours per
month in finishing costs. Considering our hourly shop rate, that's a decent chunk of change," said Michael Riley, Shop Designer, Insignia Signs (West
"I love the plug-in as it completely removes any finishing errors that occur when my employees measure where folding and grommets get placed. The
plug-in lets us do this with one click in prepress and save 10-15 minutes in finishing time per banner. The Plug-in also makes every banner that we
produce look the same every time! This is definitely one of the most useful tools that I have at my shop," said Kenny Miller, Owner, ThumbPrint Digital
Printing and Signs (Sun Valley, California).
RIP-independent and platform-friendly
The SmartApps Sign&Banner plug-in is the first in the new SmartApps toolset for creative applications. Designed to help those who prepare files for wide
format printing, SmartApps plug-ins are application specific, operating system independent (can be used on Macintosh® or Windows® platforms), easy
to use and affordably priced. They are complementary to any wide format RIP software – ONYX® RIP software is not required to use the plug-ins.
The SmartApps Sign&Banner plug-in Version 1.1 is available now as a free 15-day, full-version trial and purchase. Existing SmartApps Sign&Banner
customers can download and install the Version 1.1 update at no cost. For more information or to locate an authorized SmartApps Authorized Reseller,
Onyx Graphics - 6/16/2011
ONYX Graphics Adds Support for HP Scitex LX820 and LX850 Printers
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced it now supports HP Scitex® LX820 and LX850 printers with select packages of its award-winning RIP software.
ONYX RIP software solutions include key features such as native PDF file handling, ONYX Smart 16-Bit™ color blends and gradients and workflow
The HP Scitex LX850 printer is a 126-inch (3.2 m) latex ink printer that includes dual-roll, roll-to-free fall and roll-to-collector handling and an ink collector.
The HP Scitex LX820 printer is a 126-inch (3.2 m) latex ink printer that offers a roll-to-roll configuration.
As an HP Platinum partner, ONYX Graphics collaborated with HP to develop the HP Scitex LX820 and LX850 drivers at top performance capabilities
so customers can be highly productive and achieve superb quality. Both drivers include the HP Professional PANTONE® Emulation (HP PPE)
technology, ensuring customers can take advantage of the HP Scitex LX820 and LX850 printers’ media versatility and print quality. HP
Professional PANTONE Emulation technology automates the process of color matching HP printers to various media combinations.
Both drivers take advantage of the printers’ ability to print very large images where output file size is greater than 4GB. The drivers support the
printers’ bi-directional media information connectivity, which makes it easy for users to create new profiles for custom substrates.
The drivers also include 32-bit ONYX ICC profiles for more than 25 media for a variety of print applications including banner, backlit, wall paper,
canvas, fabric, film printing, etc.
Onyx Graphics - 6/6/2011
ONYX Graphics Adds Support for Epson Stylus Pro 4900, 7890 and
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced it now supports Epson Stylus® Pro 4900, 7890 and 9890 printers with the company’s ONYX® ProductionHouse™,
ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RipCenter™ Version X10 RIP software packages. ONYX RIP software solutions include key features such as native
PDF file handling, ONYX Smart 16-Bit™ color blends and gradients and workflow automation.
The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer is a 17-inch desktop photographic printer. The 24-inch Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro 9890
models are Epson’s mid-range, high quality wide format printers.
ONYX Graphics developed the Epson Stylus Pro 4900, 7890 and 9890 printer drivers and profiles to operate the printers at top performance
capabilities. The ONYX drivers include support for the following Epson Stylus Pro Series features:
• 2880x1440, 1440, 720x1440, 720, 720x360, 360x720 and 360 dpi
• For Epson Stylus Pro 7890/9890 printers: Epson UltraChrome K3® ink set
• For Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printers: Epson UltraChrome® HDR ink set
• ONYX halftone modes (for maximum control of ink usage)
• Continuous-tone mode that supports Epson AccuPhoto™ high-definition screening technology
The drivers also include 32-bit ONYX ICC profiles for high quality and productivity print modes on popular Epson media.
The ONYX drivers and media profiles for the Epson Stylus Pro 4900, 7890 and 9890 printers are available now from the Printer & Profile Download
Manager on the ONYX Graphics web site: http://www.onyxgfx.com/downloads. All current ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop and
ONYX RIPCenter Version X10 license holders can download the drivers and profiles and run the printer with no additional driver permissions
Onyx Graphics - 5/24/2011
ONYX Graphics Announces Plug-In for Adobe Illustrator Software
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced its ONYX® SmartApps™ Sign&Banner Plug-in tool for Adobe® Illustrator® software that simplifies and accelerates
set-up of wide format signs and banners. This plug-in is the first in the new ONYX SmartApps RIP-independent product line that helps print providers
and designers quickly and easily prepare files for wide format print production.
“We are excited to launch the wide format market’s first line of plug-ins for Adobe Creative Suite® software that provides specific tools for common
wide format print applications,” explains Dean Derhak, Marketing Director at ONYX Graphics. “With this and future plug-ins from ONYX Graphics,
designers and prepress operators can more quickly prepare jobs with their existing design applications.”
With the Sign&Banner Plug-in tool, anyone designing or producing signs and banners can dramatically reduce their preparation time and reduce
mistakes in finishing. With the plug-in, shops can prepare all aspects of a sign or banner – including grommet marks, bleeds and folds – right in
Adobe Illustrator software in less than a few minutes.
Grommets: manually measuring grommets for a banner requires additional time and effort that can lead to higher production cost per banner.
Some shops use RIP software to add grommet marks, but involving printer operators in banner setup slows production time. The Sign&Banner
Plug-in enables placement of grommet data at the design stage and from within Adobe Illustrator software, saving production time and
potentially costly job re-runs.
Print bleeds: adding print bleed data (overprinting the media area) manually for banners is time-consuming. Complicated bleeds – such as
duplicate or mirror bleeds – can take time to add to an image, particularly after the design is finished. With the Sign&Banner Plug-in,
designers and print providers can prepare print bleeds automatically and overcome Illustrator’s bleed limitations.
This plug-in also offers the ability to “design-to-scale” so jobs are print-ready at the correct size.
About ONYX SmartApps
The Sign&Banner Plug-In is the first in the new ONYX SmartApps toolset for creative applications. Designed to help those who prepare files for
wide format printing, ONYX SmartApps Plug-Ins are application specific, operating system independent (can be used on Macintosh® or
Windows® platforms), easy to use and affordably priced. They are complementary to the ONYX RIP software line, but completely
independent – ONYX RIP software is not required to use the Plug-Ins.
The Sign&Banner Plug-in is compatible with Adobe Illustrator software versions CS3, CS4 or CS5 on Macintosh or Windows platforms.
Available languages include English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese and Korean.
Availability and pricing
The Sign&Banner Plug-In is expected to be available as a 15-day, full-version trial and for purchase by the end of June 2011. For more
information, visit www.smartappsplugins.com\banner.
Onyx Graphics - 4/26/2011
ONYX Graphics Announces Version X10.1 Production RIP Software
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced version X10.1 of its market-leading production RIP products: ONYX® ProductionHouseTM, ONYX PosterShop®
and ONYX RIPCenterTM. Version X10.1 software includes tools and options that improve productivity and assures consistent print quality.
This new version includes a feature that makes it a support tool for G7® process to help users produce excellent balanced gray and color consistency
across print devices that meet G7 standards. It also offers an optional JDF module to provide workflow connectivity for those print providers using JDF
workflow components. The ability to split multi-page PDF files is also available, which optimizes production for jobs created from Adobe® Illustrator®
“We are pleased to offer the only wide format RIP products recognized by IDEAlliance as G7 support tools,” explains Danielle Mattiussi, Director of
Product Portfolio and Business Development at ONYX Graphics. “ONYX ProductionHouse and ONYX PosterShop software users can achieve G7
Certification with their wide format devices, ensuring ONYX Graphics customers win over and impress demanding digital print buyers.”
G7 support tool
G7 is a proof-to-print process based on a set of color criteria developed to ensure digital print technology elements – RIP, printer, media and ink – can
reproduce a typical offset lithography sheet. The G7 process specifies a calibration method that helps printers reliably achieve a close “visual match”
from proof to press. Consistent and accurate proofs can reduce costs, decrease turnaround times and eliminate re-makes of a print job.
The new G7 support tool in version X10.1 helps shops achieve gray and color consistency across all of their wide and grand format printers driven by
ONYX RIP software. This tool was developed to work with CHROMiX Curve2 software, the most widely used software for performing G7 calibration.
Curve2 software is used to generate the G7 calibration targets; ONYX PosterShop and ONYX ProductionHouse software import the calculated data
and automatically set the calibration targets. This makes it much easier for print shops to achieve G7 Certification.
ONYX Graphics is the first RIP software company to integrate Curve2 software into the profiling process. For more information on Curve2 software,
Job Definition Format (JDF) is an interface standard developed for and by the graphic arts industry to facilitate automated print workflows. This digital job
ticket can now be shared between systems automatically reducing the manual intervention that is required to move a job through the shop. It minimizes
the expense associated with errors, increasing reliability and ultimately leading to higher quality.
“JDF enhances our automation capabilities beyond Quick Sets by extending our connectivity to other JDF-enabled products,” said Mattiussi. “We are
excited to offer the JDF option and take a leading position in the growth of JDF within the wide format market.”
This feature is available as an option for ONYX PosterShop and ONYX ProductionHouse version X10.1 software.
Multi-page PDF optimizations
Due to the growing popularity of the artboards feature in Adobe Illustrator software, print shops are seeing an increase in multi-page PDF print jobs.
Using artboards gives designers the ability to work on multiple images and sizes in a single PDF file, which is faster and easier to organize. However,
most wide format RIP software does not handle these files efficiently, costing print shops time and money.
With the new multiple page PDF optimizations in version X10.1, the ONYX RIP-Queue can process each different page size and optimize page
nesting for maximum media savings. It also speeds performance since each page can be processed and sent to the printer individually, without
having to wait for the entire PDF file to be processed. This feature is included in ONYX RIPCenter, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX ProductionHouse
version X10.1 software.
Version X10.1 will be available at the end of May 2011. ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX RIPCenter version X10 users that
purchased a license on April 11, 2011 or later are already licensed for version X10.1 and will be able to download the new version from
Current ONYX AdvantageTM and ONYX Premium service agreement holders, as well as customers with version X10 licenses purchased after
December 1, 2010, can obtain this major update by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting a key update.
Onyx Graphics - 11/1/2010
ONYX Graphics Supports New HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced it has achieved HP certification of ONYX Graphics’ raster image processing (RIP) software to drive the recently-
announced HP Designjet® Z6200 photo printer. The ONYX driver will be available to licensed users of ONYX ProductionHouseTM, ONYX PosterShop®
and ONYX RIPCenterTM version X10 RIP software packages.
“We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HP as a Platinum Partner,” said Danielle Mattiussi, Director, Product Portfolio and Business Development.
“The ONYX driver for the HP Designjet Z6200 photo printer is another successful joint development effort where ONYX Graphics has achieved the maximum
certification rating. With ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop, or ONYX RIPCenter packages, customers can be highly productive and achieve
Through the HP RIP Certification Program, HP Designjet Z6200 photo printer owners can be confident that ONYX Graphics – as an HP Platinum Partner – is
helping them maximize their investment. HP confirms which RIPs reach a superior level of integration, compatibility and performance with a particular HP
printer. The overall level of integration and performance is reflected in the ‘star rating’ awarded. ONYX workflow software version X10 received full “Three
Star Rating” marks for the HP Designjet Z6200 photo printer driver.
The ONYX driver for the HP Designjet Z6200 photo printer includes support for the following features:
Multiple ink configurations: The ONYX driver’s unique support of RGB continuous tone and CMYKmkR photo and CMYKmkR matte halftone configurations
on the same printer driver makes it easy to use available HP media profiles. Customers with the ONYX Media Manager module can also create high quality
color profiles for third-party media.
Automatic updates: The ONYX driver implementation of the bi-directional communication capabilities of this printer assures customers that, when a firmware
upgrade is issued or a new media package from HP is installed on the printer, the ONYX driver will receive that information dynamically and automatically
support any new media types and print modes.
Color matching: Out-of-the-box PANTONE®, HKS and RAL spot color matching works very well with the included HP media profiles built with the ONYX
32-bit color engine. For example, the included profile for HP Premium Instant Dry Gloss Photo Paper enables users to accurately print more than 95% of
PANTONE coated colors.
Custom media: The ONYX driver supports creation of custom media types through the ONYX Media Manager module. These customer-created media types
are displayed in the driver media list and uploaded for display on the printer’s front panel.
Spectrophotometer support: The HP Designjet Z6200 photo printer has an onboard spectrophotometer color device for color profiling and calibration. ONYX
software fully supports all of the functions of this color device including fast recalibration and new media profiling (for use with ONYX ProductionHouse version
X10 software only).
User interface: ONYX software displays all printer-generated information messages in a user-friendly interface and displays pop-up warning messages when
error conditions occur.
The ONYX driver includes the following media profiles for top HP media for both half-tone and continuous-tone printing:
• HP Artist Matte Canvas
• HP Everyday Adhesive Matte Polypropylene
• HP Everyday Pigment Ink Gloss Photo Paper
• HP Everyday Pigment Ink Satin Photo Paper
• HP Heavyweight Coated Paper
• HP Opaque Scrim
• HP Premium Instant-dry Gloss Photo Paper
• HP Premium Instant-dry Satin Photo Paper
• HP Premium Vivid Color Backlit Film
• HP Super Heavyweight Plus Matte Paper
Onyx Graphics - 10/28/2010
ONYX Graphics Joins Initiative to Bring JDF Standards to Wide Format
ONYX Graphics, Inc. has joined forces with industry leaders to define open Job Definition Format (JDF) standards for the wide format printing market. JDF is a
technical interface standard developed for and by the graphic arts industry to facilitate cross-vendor print workflows.
“Today, our customers maximize productivity and quality using ONYX® Quickset automation and software tools available in every ONYX RIP product,” said
Danielle Mattiussi, Director of Product Portfolio and Business Development at ONYX Graphics. “JDF further enhances our automation capabilities by extending
our connectivity to other JDF-enabled products. This digital job ticket can now be shared between systems automatically, reducing the manual intervention
that is required to move a job through the shop. It minimizes the expense associated with errors, increasing reliability and ultimately leading to higher quality.
We are excited to be a part of the JDF initiative as it gains momentum in the wide format market.”
This initiative, under the guidance of the International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) is chaired by HP,
which introduced a new certification program that enables alliance partners’ workflow products – including those from ONYX Graphics – to be “HP Certified for
Wide Format Printing JDF Exchange.” The initiative is designed to resolve interoperability shortfalls between web-to-print tools, production devices, raster image
processors and digital front ends so that they work together to streamline wide format printing workflows for increased productivity. ONYX Graphics is among
the first alliance partners to achieve certification through the program. This enables wide format print providers using ONYX Graphics production software
products to take advantage of automation tools that reduce costs and differentiate their service offerings.
ONYX Graphics has also joined the CIP4 workgroup and will release certified JDF workflow interfaces for its various production workflow products, starting
with an update to ONYX ProductionHouseTM software Version X10 early next year.
ONYX Graphics has worked closely with other JDF alliance partners including Cyrious Software, a leading provider of estimating and business management
software, to increase automation of job submission and business information. “Cyrious is very pleased to be working with ONYX Graphics, HP and the other
certified JDF partners in what is a natural next step for increasing productivity and profitability,” said Cyrious co-CEO Charlie Carter. “Being able to exchange
information between Cyrious Control, ONYX RIPs and the other JDF certified equipment and systems will sharpen the accuracy of estimating profitability,
increase the visibility and manageability of work-in-process in production, and reduce costly errors.”
Onyx Graphics - 8/31/2010
ONYX Graphics Production RIP Software Supports the New PANTONE
With the recent release of version X10 of production RIP software, ONYX Graphics, Inc. adds support for the new PANTONE® PLUS SERIES, the next
generation of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® and the PANTONE FASHION + HOME System Color Libraries. Users of ONYX® ProductionHouseTM,
ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RIPCenterTM version X10 RIP software will see immediate compatibility with content creation software also using the
PANTONE PLUS SERIES, leading to easier processes, shorter timelines and improved color matching capabilities.
“We have enjoyed a long-standing, collaborative partnership with Pantone, sharing a goal of delivering technology innovation that heightens color consistency
and impacts the success of print service providers,” said Dean Derhak, product director at ONYX Graphics. “Support for the new PANTONE PLUS SERIES in
our production RIP software gives print shops easier working processes, shorter design-to-print timelines and improved digital print compatibility. We also have
customers providing paper and textile print products for markets using the PANTONE FASHION + HOME System that need easy color matching to that
Pantone is the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design and print industries. With PANTONE PLUS SERIES and
PANTONE FASHION + HOME color definitions incorporated into ONYX production RIP software, operators can simply process print jobs containing named
PANTONE spot colors, and the software will automatically match output to the PANTONE colors as closely as possible. This capability extends to all printers
supported by ONYX production RIP software including CMYK, CMYKOG and RGB photo imaging print devices.
“As a global leader in color technologies, it is our philosophy and our commitment to empower our clients to become leaders in their own industries,” said Andy
Hatkoff, vice president of technology licensing and business development at Pantone. “For printers and production experts, that means having the processes to
efficiently and accurately reproduce color across a wide range of applications. We are very pleased to have had such a long-standing and rewarding
relationship with ONYX Graphics, and welcome its support of our color technology in the wide format digital printing market.”
Support of the new PANTONE PLUS SERIES and PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color Libraries saves operators time by eliminating manual input or color
definitions, thereby reducing inaccuracies in the final output and increasing efficiency of the printing process.
ONYX Proprietary Color Engine Boosts Color
Unlike other wide format RIP providers, ONYX Graphics has developed an integrated color management engine specifically designed for wide format inkjet
printing. The ONYX proprietary 32-bit floating point based color management engine includes patented black generation and gamut-maximizing technology that
takes full advantage of the full gamut of wide format inkjet printers when performing spot color matching. This provides ONYX customers with extremely easy
and accurate spot color matching with the most possible colors.
The ONYX Spot Color Reporting feature in ONYX ProductionHouse and ONYX PosterShop Version 7 and X10 packages shows users how accurately
PANTONE colors can be matched on each printer, ink and media combination. Operators can see how accurately the RIP color engine can match all
PANTONE colors before printing, providing confidence in printing and reducing do-overs.
Support for the PANTONE PLUS SERIES is available in version X10 of ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop, and ONYX RIPCenter software packages.
Support for the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color Libraries will be included in an upcoming free update to Version X10. For current ONYX AdvantageTM or
ONYX Premium™ service agreement holders, the Version X10 upgrade is available at no charge. Licensees currently using Version 6 or 7 should contact an
ONYX authorized dealer to purchase an ONYX Advantage or ONYX Premium service plan. Visit www.onyxgfx.com for more information.
Onyx Graphics - 6/7/2010
ONYX Graphics Announces Version X10 Production RIP Products
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced the availability of Version X10 of its market-leading production RIP
products: ONYX® ProductionHouseTM, ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RIPCenterTM. 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 a highly efficient 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
Flexible and automated print-and-cut workflow
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!”
Improved profiling process
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.
Better file handling and enhanced user interface
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
• 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 LinksTM 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.
Includes innovative job logging and tracking
Also included is ONYX PrintMetryxTM 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
Onyx Graphics - 10/15/2009
ONYX Graphics Introduces ONYX PrintMetryx Software-as-a-Service
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced the ONYX® PrintMetryxTM Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform of
web-based tools designed to give insight to wide format printing operations. The first two products utilizing this
new platform will help wide format print shops better manage their printing costs: ONYX PrintMetryx JobView
service, a free, easy to use tool for tracking printing costs; and ONYX PrintMetryx In-House service, a
subscription-based service designed to help in-house printing departments save time, reduce costs and improve
"With this new family of SaaS products, ONYX Graphics expands our portfolio to address the growing need of
print providers to have on-demand access to information about their printing operations," said Jeb Hurley, CEO
of ONYX Graphics. "Companies are bringing printing in-house to decrease print turnaround time and reduce
costs, making accurate reporting of productivity and printing costs especially important."
ONYX PrintMetryx JobView Service
ONYX PrintMetryx JobView service will be available at no cost with a subscription to ONYX LinksTM service
option – plus the latest version of ONYX RIP software version 7.3.2 packages. ONYX PrintMetryx JobView
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.
Shops using ONYX PrintMetryx JobView service can also track production trends such as what is printed each
day and which printers and media are used most frequently. Tracking production trends helps ensure that the
shop is running efficiently and that materials are available when needed.
ONYX PrintMetryx In-House Service
ONYX PrintMetryx In-House service is a web-based subscription service that shows the value of in-house
printing by delivering proof of production and reports on printing costs. To help production managers save
time and money, the ONYX PrintMetryx In-House service streamlines print tracking and reporting, enabling
the creation of reports in minutes rather than hours. Visual dashboards quickly display work and cost information,
and users can quickly find a job and view the details. Users can also customize reports to display the information
"We started printing our own signs to save money on printing costs," said Jeremy Brown, an ONYX PrintMetryx
In-House Service customer. "By using the ONYX PrintMetryx platform, I can see how much a sign costs to print
and show management how much we are saving by printing the signs ourselves instead of outsourcing our prints.
Since printing is a cost center, the ONYX PrintMetryx platform helps me show the value of doing printing in-house."
ONYX PrintMetryx JobView service and ONYX PrintMetryx In-House service require the new version 7.3.2 of
ONYX RIP software (ONYX ProductionHouseTM, ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RIPCenterTM packages).
For more information on ONYX PrintMetryx services, visit www.OnyxPrintMetryx.com ONYX RIP software
version 7.3.2 is available now from ONYX. Visit www.onyxgfx.com for more information.
Onyx Graphics - 10/9/2009
ONYX RIP Software Achieves Certification on the New HP
Designjet L25500 Printer
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced it has achieved HP Certification of ONYX Raster Image Processing
(RIP) software to drive the new HP Designjet L25500 printer.
Customers can take advantage of the versatility of the HP Designjet L25500 printer to attain high-quality results
with a variety of applications. ONYX RIP software includes profiles for HP’s industry-leading media including
recyclable(1) HP Heavy Textile Banner, HP HDPE Reinforced Banner, HP Light Textile Display Banner, HP
Photo-Realistic Poster Paper and HP White Satin Poster Paper.
ONYX ProductionHouseTM V7.3.2 software enables automatic, low maintenance printing with proactive alerts
and a simple, at-a-glance view of printer status, job status and job accounting data. ONYX ProductionHouse
software also offers accessibility to the embedded web server through the user interface.
ONYX ProductionHouse software has achieved HP Professional PANTONE® Emulation (HP PPE) certification
for the HP Designjet L25500 printer, ensuring customers can realize the printer’s impressive media versatility
and print quality. HP Professional PANTONE Emulation technology automates the process of color matching
HP printers to various media combinations.
Benefits of the HP RIP Certification Program
Through the HP RIP Certification Program, HP Designjet L25500 printer owners can be confident that ONYX
Graphics – as a Platinum HP Partner – is helping them maximize their investments. HP confirms which RIPs
reach a superior level of integration, compatibility and performance with a particular HP printer. The overall
level of integration and performance is reflected in the ‘star rating’ awarded. See www.hp.com/go/L25500/
solutions for further details.
HP Certification of ONYX RIP software on the HP Designjet L25500 printer includes an exhaustive set of tests
defined by HP: printing performance, HP Professional PANTONE Emulation, printer calibration using on-board
device, HP media support and quality, media flexibility, printer status reporting and job management.
The HP Designjet L25500 printer driver and media profiles are compatible with the following ONYX RIP V7.3.2
software packages: ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX GamaPrintTM Pro.
All are available now.
Onyx Graphics - 10/6/2009
ONYX Graphics Introduces ONYX Imagez RIP Software
Simple, All-Purpose Raster and Postscript / PDF RIP Software for Large Format Aqueous and Entry-Level
Solvent Inkjet Printers
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced ONYX® ImagezTM software, a basic, affordable RIP (raster image
processor) package designed for large format aqueous and entry-level solvent inkjet printers. It is ideally suited
to single-person and in-house users that want professional print results while maintaining complete control
over print operations.
“Aqueous inkjet printers are often found in corporations, law firms, universities and hospitals, which use them to
create signage, posters and presentations,” said Dean Derhak, ONYX Director of Product Management.
“These groups have brought their printing in-house to save money on outside services. However, they have
found that standard operating system printer drivers are lacking in vital features. ONYX Imagez software is an
economical RIP that gives in-house users the tools they need to reduce media usage and produce great color.”
ONYX Imagez software will also appeal to freelance designers, photo enthusiasts and anyone desiring
professional print results from their large format (24 to 44 inch wide) aqueous inkjet or entry-level solvent
ONYX Imagez software gives users the same award-winning ONYX color engine as ONYX production RIP
solutions, but with a simple workflow for non-production applications. It delivers great color output and offers
media-saving nesting tools. ONYX Imagez software supports aqueous inkjet printers from Canon, Epson and
HP as well as entry-level solvent printers from HP, Mimaki, Mutoh and Roland through an easy-to-use interface.
It can produce an on-screen proof of actual print color, eliminating the need for – and the media and ink costs
of – a test print. Further media savings can be realized using the automated or manual print nesting feature.
ONYX Imagez software includes PANTONE® spot color matching so brand managers can be assured of
color fidelity every time.
Additional features include support for media recalibration, a job queue list, auto-centering either horizontally
or vertically, easy color correction, proof text watermarking and tiling. It supports Postscript®, PDF, JPEG
and TIFF file formats. Photo package templates are also included for users to quickly and easily produce
multiple copies of photos in select standard sizes.
ONYX Imagez software will be available in two versions: ONYX Imagez, the basic package, and ONYX Imagez
Pro, which includes an Eye-One® densitometer for media calibration. The packages will be available for
purchase as software downloads from the ONYX Imagez web site in November 2009. Customers interested
in ONYX Imagez software can sign up for a free, full-featured downloadable 30-day trial.
Onyx Graphics - 9/17/2009
ONYX Graphics Announces New Versions and Pricing of ONYX
PrepEdge Job Preparation Software
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced the release of ONYX® PrepEdgeTM Pro software Version 2.1 and
ONYX PrepEdge software, a new entry-level job preparation tool designed specifically for wide format printing.
"More than 70% of wide format shops say prepress job preparation is their biggest workflow bottleneck,"
explains Dean Derhak, ONYX Director of Product Management. "Shops have embraced ONYX PrepEdge Pro
software because it addresses their main workflow bottlenecks and increases overall shop productivity. The
prepress operators using the product gave us suggestions on how we could improve the toolset for this release."
New Entry-Level Version
ONYX PrepEdge software is a simpler, lower-cost version of the ONYX PrepEdge Pro software. It was
developed specifically for shops without access – or with limited access – to a professional designer to prepare
print jobs. This package offers a complete set of easy, wide format job preparation tools without the more
complex design and PDF Editing capabilities. The new ONYX PrepEdge software can reduce labor costs in
the prepress and production stages because it can be used by non-designer prepress operators. "The return-
on-investment is very compelling for these shops because, with a small investment in ONYX PrepEdge software,
they can prepare jobs more quickly while reducing production costs," said Dean Derhak.
Enhancements to ONYX PrepEdge Pro Software
Based on prepress operator’s requests, ONYX PrepEdge Pro software version 2.1 includes enhancements to the
tiling and contour cutting tools to further reduce prepress operator time. Customers also suggested an improved
look to the white ink tool to make each option visually intuitive. The result is a powerful tool that quickly lets
prepress operators set up white ink jobs. The enhancements support the white ink workflows of Océ Arizona®
series UV curable flatbed printers and Roland® VersaWorks® RIP software.
What People Are Saying
Hems and grommets are easy now with ONYX PrepEdge Pro software; we love how it handles all of our banner
set-up. Plus we use it all the time to prep files and make cut paths. ONYX PrepEdge Pro software really takes
care of our file preparation needs and saves us a lot of time! said Maureen Promboof, DigiGraphics, Warrenville, IL.
We are so satisfied with ONYX PrepEdge Pro software that we use it all the time. Our team puts it to work on
PDF files when we need to change orientation, add bleeds and marks or compensate for missing fonts. It helps
our team get files ready to print quicker and tackles our general pre-flight tasks with ease, said Kelli Jarzombek
of 1st Source Digital, Selma, TX.
Our team is able to seamlessly utilize ONYX PrepEdge Pro software on our Macintosh® systems and submit jobs
to Caldera or ONYX software; this improves our workflow and allows us to complete tasks quicker, commented
Doug Seney of Light Visions Ltd., Winnipeg, MB.
RIP-independent and platform-friendly
ONYX PrepEdge software works with all wide format software RIPs. It is the only job preparation software that
can run on Mac® OS® X 10.4 or higher, Windows® XP or Windows Vista®. ONYX PrepEdge software offers
capabilities specific to the wide format printing workflow, works well with design applications, and goes beyond
the PDF editing tools that are currently available.
Availability & Pricing
ONYX PrepEdge software is now available in two versions: ONYX PrepEdge and ONYX PrepEdge Pro packages.
Both packages include wide format tools for sizing and cropping, tiling and tiling templates, printing job tickets,
grommeting, contour cutting, color management, image place holding and white ink workflow. ONYX PrepEdge
Pro software adds a full PostScript®/PDF editor, vector image object editing tools, color correction tools, a color
library matcher, spot color replacement and a text editor. To view an online demonstration of ONYX PrepEdge
Pro software, visit www.onyxprepedge.com.
ONYX PrepEdge Pro Software Version 2.1 is available now from select ONYX Authorized Resellers and direct
from the ONYX on-line store. The new ONYX PrepEdge software is US$995 for a single license. New
manufacturer’s list prices have also been announced for ONYX PrepEdge Pro software. A single-license of
ONYX PrepEdge Pro software is now US$1495. Multiple license packages are also available through ONYX
Onyx Graphics - 7/15/2009
ONYX PrepEdge Pro Software Receives Gold Seal of Approval
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced that its ONYX® PrepEdgeTM Pro software package was recently
awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from GiveMeHelp, Inc. ONYX PrepEdge Pro software is a professional job
preparation tool designed specifically for wide format workflows. It reduces job preparation time and media waste,
and increases throughput and productivity for wide format print service providers in the prepress stage of their
GiveMeHelp (www.givemehelp.com) is an independent consulting firm that provides training and tools to
software users in the graphic arts industry. Owner Mark A. Rugen tested ONYX PrepEdge Pro software,
concluding with the following statement: "In my estimation, this is a real winner! It certainly lived up to all the
claims. Based on my testing and some of the testimonials of those already using this program, it’s worth every
Onyx Graphics - 2/19/2009
ONYX Graphics Launches ONYX PrepEdge Pro Software
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced the availability of ONYX® PrepEdgeTM Pro software, a professional
job preparation tool designed specifically for large format workflows. ONYX PrepEdge Pro software reduces
job preparation time and media waste, and increases throughput and productivity for large format print service
providers in the prepress stage of their printing workflow.
ONYX PrepEdge Pro software highlights:
- Eliminates the need for other job preparation applications; includes all production large format tools and a PDF
- Reduces job preparation time by up to 75 percent.
- Only large format job preparation tool that runs on Macintosh® and Windows® PC platforms.
- Works with all large format RIP (raster image processor) software
Job preparation is the main bottleneck in most large format print workflows. The problems can include customer
file issues; disparate settings from using multiple content creation applications such as Adobe® Illustrator®,
CorelDRAW® or QuarkXPress®; color matching issues; and lack of tools specific to large format printing.
These problems negatively affect productivity: printer operators waste time fixing or preparing jobs instead of
printing; ink and media are wasted due to multiple test print runs; and deadlines are missed because files are
not ready or will not print.
Range of professional tools designed specifically for large format workflow
ONYX PrepEdge Pro software addresses all job preparation issues prior to print processing. It is the only job
preparation software that includes features specific to large format job preparation such as one-click grommet
placement; size, crop and positioning tools; bleed and fold tools; complex tiling and template tools; fast contour
cut path generation; and a raster image to vector tool.
ONYX PrepEdge Pro software gives users the ability to view color-accurate, on-screen proofs, and quickly
check and fix file anomalies. The built-in color correction and management tools include controls to correct
hue, saturation, brightness, contrast and color balance. It includes a simple and accurate spot color matching
function with the ability to create and save spot color libraries in addition to the on-board PANTONE®, RAL,
HKS® and industry cutting vinyl color libraries.
With ONYX PrepEdge Pro software, prepress operators can quickly and easily edit any image, text or graphic
element of a PDF file. It is the only large format job preparation software that includes a full professional PDF
editor. Shapes, lines and gradients can be manipulated, and text or fonts can be changed. Users can import
files and save the output as a PDF. Job templates, including tiling and placeholder setups, can be saved.
Increases productivity and decreases media waste
Print shop owners and their production managers can rely on ONYX PrepEdge Pro software to optimize their
large format workflow, ultimately resulting in cost savings. Integrating ONYX PrepEdge Pro software into their
workflow addresses all preflight issues prior to production and eliminates the need for print operators to master
multiple creative content applications or other job preparation applications. Because the workflow is optimized
and issues that lead to multiple test print runs (and media waste) are eliminated, shops can also see a decrease
in media usage.
Users see immediate savings
"ONYX PrepEdge Pro software really saves us a lot of time in pre and post-production with banners," said
Chris Panza, Production Manager at Image Graphics 2000, Pompano Beach, Florida. "On one job of 50
banners, it cut our time in half and saved us over five hours."
"ONYX PrepEdge Pro software has been beautiful for setting up our banners and vehicle wraps," explains Scott
Manwaring, Manager of Digital Print Services, Rainbow Sign & Banner, St George, Utah. "We took on a lot of
banner and wrap jobs in the last couple of weeks and ONYX PrepEdge Pro software worked perfectly. I quickly
removed bleed lines the customers had added, along with some bad clipping masks. It's easily saved us eight
hours of time. Before using ONYX PrepEdge Pro software, we spent a lot of time on paneled jobs going back
and forth making small changes between Illustrator software and our RIPs. ONYX PrepEdge Pro software just
cuts out so many steps. Once a job is ready, we submit it once and we're done. With ONYX PrepEdge Pro
software in our workflow we can cut days of lead-time off of our biggest jobs."
"Nothing needs to be done through Illustrator software anymore," describes Richard Nuhn, Manager of NC
Pestill's Hamilton, Ontario, grand format production location. "On banners, we get unbelievable time savings
with ONYX PrepEdge Pro software. For example, we produced two 2-foot by 10-foot banners that took us 22
minutes to prepare using Illustrator software. With ONYX PrepEdge Pro software, we produced them both in
less than five minutes. Those job preparation savings add up. What used to be a weeks-worth of job prep time
using Illustrator software, we can now do in a day using ONYX PrepEdge Pro software. More importantly for us,
job preparation isn't a bottleneck so we can do today's work today."
RIP-independent and platform-friendly
ONYX PrepEdge Pro software works with all large format software RIPs. It is the only job preparation software
that can run on Mac OS® X 10.4 or higher, Windows XP or Windows Vista® platforms. It offers capabilities
specific to the large format printing workflow, which is a step beyond existing PDF editing tools that are currently
Onyx Graphics - 8/28/2008
ONYX Graphics Adds Support for New Epson Stylus Pro GS6000
Commercial Outdoor Printer
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced it has added support for the new Epson Stylus® Pro GS6000 commercial
outdoor printer. The printer driver is available now.
Working closely with Epson, ONYX Graphics has developed a top-quality production driver for the Epson
Stylus Pro GS6000. The unique features of the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 are enhanced by the remarkable
productivity, cost savings and color output provided by the ONYX® workflow family of products.
"This alliance between Epson and ONYX has allowed us to combine our newly developed Epson Stylus Pro
printers with ONYX workflow software products in order to address the diversifying needs of print-for-pay users
in the best possible way," comments Hiroshi Sotokawa, General Manager of Epson's Inkjet Business Product
Planning Department. "I'm confident that this new combination of technologies will set a new standard for signage."
"Epson is a world leader in print technology with a reputation for manufacturing high quality printers that produce
superior image quality," said Jeb Hurley, President and CEO of ONYX Graphics, Inc. "Our ongoing relationship
with Epson enables ONYX to bring our expertise in color workflow for solvent printing to the table, and together
we have developed tools that deliver exceptional and consistent results."
The ONYX driver combines key features of the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 with ONYX product benefits:
- Full support for all Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 print modes, including the high-speed 720 x 360 dpi two-pass print
mode: immediately use whatever print mode – high speed or high quality – is required to get the job done
- Printer status viewable in the RIP-Queue, displaying ink levels and heater temperature
- Automatic spot color library matching, including PANTONE®, HKS and RAL professional color libraries, which
help reduce manual print-and-test trials that can increase throughput time
- Streamlined system for fewer steps from file to print
- Support for printing with only CMYK inks, reducing ink costs (omitting orange and green when not necessary)
- Intelligent nesting saves media; job tracking provides cost data by job; and soft proofing reduces turnaround
time by eliminating the hardcopy proof step
Superior Color Output
- Epson-qualified media profiles, including media from Epson and other popular media manufacturers, supported
for various print modes, ensure customers consistently get the high quality they are expecting
- More vibrant colors with true CMYKcmOG color-managed printing for maximum gamut and spot color matching
using the printer’s expanded ink set
- ONYX ProductionHouseTM and ONYX PosterShop® software are G7 and SWOP® (Standard Web Offset
Printing) certified so users can confidently use digital press proofs with the assurance of matching SWOP criteria
The Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 printer driver is included in the new ONYX PosterShop and ONYX
ProductionHouse Version 7.2 software packages purchased after August 11, 2008. Registered users with
licenses obtained prior to August 11 can purchase the driver for ONYX 7.2 versions of ONYX ProductionHouse,
ONYX PosterShop and ONYX RIPCenterTM software.
Onyx Graphics - 8/21/2008
ONYX Graphics Releases ONYX Workflow Software Version 7.2
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced it has released Version 7.2 for its popular workflow software packages:
ONYX® ProductionHouseTM, ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RIPCenterTM. The new features in Version 7.2
are designed to boost productivity, help realize additional cost savings, and ensure consistent output quality.
It is available now.
Extended productivity with support for additional devices
Version 7.2 extends the productivity of ONYX workflow software by adding support for new printers, cutters and
Drivers for the following printer models have been added: Epson® GS6000, HP Designjet® L65500, Seiko
ColorPainter H-104S, Canon® iPF605 & iPF720, and Graphtec® Signjet 500.
Drivers for the following cutters have been added: Gerber® M-Series and Roland® GX Series.
Drivers for the following color devices have been added: Spectro Swing from Barberi, which supports both
sheet-fed swatches and backlit and clear film media.
New Dot Pattern Produces Smoother Images and Enables Greater Ink Cost Savings
Included in all Version 7.2 software packages is a new dot pattern, “FDRP Enhanced,” a new error diffusion dot
pattern that produces finer, smoother output, especially in printers with “fixed-dot” modes. The results are most
apparent in critical areas such as flesh tones and solid fill areas. FDRP Enhanced enables users to print at
lower resolutions, thereby using less ink without compromising image quality.
Output Quality Improvements
Several enhancements have been included in Version 7.2 to continue to meet the high quality demands of
More Robust and Accurate Color
Improvements in the ONYX ICC Profile Generator increase accuracy and smoothness of grey and black
generation while improving color output and accuracy on CMYK+ printers. Version 7.2 uses innovative
dynamic ink separation technology that maximizes the use of the special printers’ inks, while still maintaining
accurate grey and spot color matching. This dynamic technology works in each print mode, so users get the
best possible color on every printer media and resolution.
New Spot Color Matching Capabilities
Version 7.2 includes support for HP Professional PANTONE® emulation technology on select HP printers.
Also included are enhanced drivers for the HP Designjet L65500, 8000s, 9000s, 10000s, Z2100, Z3100 and
Z6100 printers and HP’s proprietary spot color mapping algorithms for more accurate matches of out-of-gamut
PANTONE spot colors.
Integrated RAL and HKS color libraries for automatic professional color standards matching are now standard.
In addition, the new PANTONE Goe® uncoated colors have been added to the existing full PANTONE color
matching library. Version 7.2 also includes support for automatic spot color matching in color blends, for easy
and accurate color matching of gradient logos and graphics.
The following additional updates and enhancements are included in Version 7.2:
• Fixes for PDF transparencies and other RIP file issues
• Improved cut contour speed and accuracy
• Multi-select jobs added to Layout
• Removed 5,000,000 halftone line limit on PDF/EPS files
• Consistent application of International Color Consortium® (ICC) profiles embedded in PDF 1.7 files
• Localization and translation updates
Onyx Graphics - 5/21/2008
ONYX Workflow Software Achieves G7 Certification Level 1 for Press
Salt Lake City, UT - May 21, 2008 - ONYX Graphics Inc., a leader in wide format digital printing solutions, today
announced that ONYX® workflow software products can be used to produce press proof output that complies
with G7® Certification Level 1 standards. G7 is a proof-to-print process based on a set of color criteria
developed to ensure digital print technology elements - RIP, printer, media and ink - can reproduce a typical
offset lithography sheet. Certification ensures users can confidently use digital press proofs with the assurance
of matching Standard Web Offset Printing (SWOP®) criteria.
The certification was awarded to ONYX ProductionHouseTM software driving the Epson Stylus® Pro 11880
printer with Epson® Premium Luster Photo Paper 260g and Epson Ultrachrome® Ink. The certification
standards measure color reproduction through the use of International Color Consortium® (ICC) color matching
profiles for primary and secondary colors and specific grey values. The ICC profile created in ONYX Profile
Generator - a key element available only in ONYX ProductionHouse software - exceeded all testing standards
and achieved a certification category of GRACoL® Grade 1, the highest available (to view a copy of the
certificate detailing the measured values, visit www.onyxgfx.com).
"This certification reinforces our proof-of-concept that ONYX Profile Generator is a high quality, extremely
accurate tool for generating ICC profiles, giving users tremendous confidence that their output will be
on-target," said Jon Reese, Director of Marketing for ONYX Graphics, Inc. "Given a similar starting point with
paper white point values and ink gamuts, it’s feasible that ONYX Profile Generator can create proof-worthy
prints using other printer hardware and inks. Users don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a separate
color management system when the capability already exists in ONYX ProductionHouse software."
Certification was awarded to this specific combination of ONYX workflow software and Epson hardware, ink
and media. The ICC profile that earned certification can be used with any ONYX workflow software product
including ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop®, ONYX RIPCenterTM and ONYX GamaPrint TM
software. The ICC profile, as well as the printer driver with the profile, is available on request from ONYX
The G7 process specifies a simple calibration method that helps printers reliably achieve a close “visual match”
from proof to press. Consistent and accurate proofs can reduce costs, decrease turnaround times and
eliminate re-makes of a print job. Commercial printers that employ G7 certified systems can develop internal
guidelines for reliable process controls and assure print predictability before going on press. Print buyers can
be assured of proof accuracy when working with a G7 certified supplier.
Onyx Graphics - 10/19/2007
Onyx Graphics, Inc. Adds Support for New Line of Wide Format
Epson Stylus Pro Printers
Salt Lake City, Oct. 19, 2007 -- ONYX Graphics today announced it has added support for the recently-
introduced Epson Stylus® Pro 7880, 9880 and 11880 wide format printers. These new printers use Epson
UltraChrome K3 inks and can achieve extremely high quality with resolutions up to 2880 x 1440 dpi.
ONYX Graphics workflow solutions software products include key features such as PANTONE® Spot Color
Matching, Contour Cutting Workflow and Automatic Job Nesting, which enhance the performance capabilities
of these printers. The Epson Stylus Pro models supported include the 7880 (24-inch), 9880 (44-inch) and
11880 (64-inch) printers. ONYX Graphics has teamed with Epson to create an easy, scalable and flexible
workflow solution. The ONYX drivers include support for the following key features of these Epson Stylus Pro
Printer Resolution: 2880 x 1440; 1440 x 720; 720 x 720; 720 x 260 and 360 x 360 dpi
Ink Configuration: Photo Black/Matte Black (switchable), Light Black, Light Light Black, Cyan, Light Cyan,
Vivid Magenta, Vivid Light Magenta, and Yellow
Print Methods: On-board contone, Epson® halftone, ONYX halftone and custom screening
Print Modes: Fast contone and versatile halftone
Printer Calibration: Epson printer calibration ID technology
Media Profiles: Epson-qualified color profiles for more than 20 Epson media
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).
Onyx Graphics - 3/15/2007
ONYX Graphics Adds Support for Mutoh® ValueJetTM Series Inkjet
Salt Lake City, Mar. 15, 2007 -- ONYX Graphics today announced it has added support for the Mutoh ValueJet
Series inkjet printers. Drivers for these printers are now available for use with ONYX® Production HouseTM
and ONYX PosterShop® Version 7 Workflow Solutions software products. ONYX software solutions include
key features such as PANTONE® Spot Color Matching, Contour Cutting Workflow and Automatic Job Nesting,
which enhance the performance capabilities of the Mutoh ValueJet Series printers.
"Mutoh is excited about the new release of drivers for the ValueJet printer line-up as part of Mutoh America Inc.
and ONYX’s continuing partnership in the digital printing industry," said Randy Anderson, Software Media and
Color Program Manager, Mutoh America Inc. The Mutoh ValueJet 1204-48, Mutoh ValueJet 1604-64 and Mutoh
ValueJet 2606-100 are Mutoh’s new wide format, outdoor inkjet printers. ONYX has developed the Mutoh
ValueJet Series drivers and profiles to operate the printers at top performance capabilities.
The ONYX drivers include the new Mutoh Wave and Scan width commands supported by the printer firmware.
The improved driver control automates the way the heads of the printer lay down ink and can increase quality
depending on print condition. The ONYX drivers also include support for other Mutoh ValueJet features including:
Resolutions: 1440 / 1440x720/ 720 / 540x720 dpi mode combinations (resolutions and passes).
Ink Configurations: CMYK on 1204-48 and 1604-64 models; CMYKlclm on 2606-100 model.
Media Options: Support for quality mode modification; user media selection; and individually controlled pre-,
platen- and post-dryer-heater controls.
The driver includes 11 media profiles for the Mutoh ValueJet 1204-48 and Mutoh ValueJet 1604-64 models.
ONYX Profiles are available on the ONYX website at www.onyxgfx.net and also on Mutoh’s website:
Onyx Graphics - 12/11/2006
ONYX Graphics Adds Support for HP® Designjet® 8000s Printer
Salt Lake City, Dec 11, 2006 -- ONYX Graphics today announced it has added support for the HP Designjet
8000s printer. The driver is available for all ONYX version 7.0 workflow solution software products including
ONYX ProductionHouse(tm), ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RIPCenter(tm).
In alliance with HP, ONYX Graphics has optimized the HP Designjet 8000s driver and profiles to operate the
printer at its top performance capabilities. ONYX software solutions include key features such as PANTONE®
Spot Color Matching, Contour Cutting Workflow and Job Nesting, which enhance the performance capabilities
of the HP Designjet 8000s printer. The ONYX driver includes support for the following HP Designjet 8000s
- Printer Resolution: 720 x 720 dpi, 540 x 720 dpi and 360 x 360 dpi.
- Ink Configurations: CMYK, CMYKcm, CMYKOG, CMYKOB, CMYKRB, CMYKSS.
- Media Options: supports heater settings for front, print and rear; print direction; cutter; media feet length
and media feed adjust; and mode select.
- Superior Error Handling: bi-directional communication support for error handling; displays select printer
warnings before printing.
The HP Designjet 8000s printer is a 64-inch inkjet that creates long-lasting outdoor signage. According to HP,
this printer will boost production and profitability, increase print volume, improve services and reduce ink and
The ONYX driver includes color profiles for all HP media for the HP Designjet 8000s. Additional third-party profiles
from media providers such as Avery®, Kapco® and Océ® will be available on the ONYX website over the coming
weeks. ONYX continues to work closely with HP and other media providers to produce a wide range of media
The HP Designjet 8000s printer driver is included in ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX
RIPCenter Version 7 in new software packages purchased after December 11, 2006. Registered Version 7
users with licenses obtained prior to December 11 can purchase the driver for US$495 or €595.
Users can download the driver and media profiles from the ONYX Graphics website. To locate an authorized
ONYX Authorized Reseller, visit www.onyxgfx.com, or call 800-828-0723 (international +1-801-954-5380).
Onyx Graphics - 10/4/2006
ONYX Graphics Adds Support for HP® Designjet® 10000s Series Printer
Salt Lake City, Oct. 4, 2006 -- ONYX Graphics today announced it has added support for the HP Designjet
0000s Series printer. The driver is available for all ONYX version 7.0 workflow solution software products
including ONYX ProductionHouse and ONYX PosterShop®.
In alliance with HP, ONYX has optimized the HP Designjet 10000s driver and profiles to operate the printer at
its top performance capabilities. ONYX software solutions include key features such as PANTONE® Spot Color
Matching, Contour Cutting Workflow and Job Nesting, which enhance the performance capabilities of the HP
Designjet 10000s printer.
The HP Designjet 10000s Series printer is a 100-inch inkjet that creates long-lasting outdoor signage. According
to HP, this printer will boost production and profitability, increase print volume, improve services and reduce ink
and media costs. The ONYX driver includes support for the following HP Designjet 10000s features:
Settings: Users can select the default calibration tables for color control with intuitive correction tools or add
and calibrate their own printing materials to deliver precise color.
Save Media: In the RIP-Queue’s job log, users can view ink channel usage and estimated costs prior to printing.
Quality Mode: Users can easily modify jobs and view the final layout on-screen before printing.
Dual-Roll Mode: With an upcoming ONYX software service pack release, the driver will also support dual-roll
capabilities, where jobs can be nested and printed on two separate media rolls simultaneously for faster
The ONYX driver includes color profiles for all HP media for the HP Designjet 10000s in addition to profiles from
third-party media providers such as 3M®, Avery®, Kapco®, Océ®, Oracal® and Multi-Fix®. ONYX continues to
work closely with HP and other media providers to produce a wide range of media profiles.
The HP Designjet 10000s Series printer driver is included in ONYX PosterShop and ONYX ProductionHouse
Version 7.0 software packages. The driver is a $499 add-on for ONYX RIPCenter Version 7.0 software.
Users can download the driver and media profiles from the ONYX ftp site. To locate an authorized ONYX
Authorized Reseller, visit www.onyxgfx.com, or call 800-828-0723 (international +1-801-954-5380).
Onyx Graphics - 8/1/2006
ONYX Graphics Adds Support for Mimaki JV5 Series Inkjet Printers
Salt Lake City, August 1, 2006 -- ONYX Graphics today announced it has added support for the Mimaki JV5
Series inkjet printers for ONYX ProductionHouse and ONYX PosterShop® 7.0 Workflow Solutions software
products. ONYX software solutions include key features such as PANTONE® Spot Color Matching, Contour
Cutting Workflow and Automatic Job Nesting, which enhance the performance capabilities of the Mimaki JV5
The 54-inch wide JV5-130S and 64-inch wide JV5-160S are Mimaki¹s next generation of wide format solvent
inkjet printers using newly developed print heads. ONYX has developed the Mimaki JV5 driver and profiles to
operate the printers at top performance capabilities. The ONYX driver includes support for the following Mimaki
Printer Settings: Users can select the number of passes, print direction, quality mode and heater temperature.
Bidirectional Status Reporting: Users can see in real-time the amount of ink remaining for each color in the
Mimaki JV5, enabling continuous printing by replacing ink cartridges only as they are used. In addition, other
information regarding status of the device and printer condition is displayed.
ONYX will offer a wide range of media profiles when the JV5 begins shipping.
The Mimaki JV5 Series driver will be included in all standard 7.0 versions of ONYX ProductionHouse and ONYX
PosterShop software. The driver will be available at no charge to existing license holders upon release of the
Mimaki printer, expected in early Fall 2006. To locate an authorized ONYX Authorized Reseller, visit
www.onyxgfx.com or call 800-828-0723 (international +1-801-954-5380).
Onyx Graphics - 3/22/2006
ONYX Graphics Adds Support for HP® Designjet® 9000s Series Printer
SALT LAKE CITY, Mar. 22, 2006 -- ONYX Graphics today announced it has added support for the HP Designjet
9000s Series printer. The driver is available for all ONYX version 6.5 workflow solution software products
including ONYX ProductionHouseTM and ONYX PosterShop®.
In alliance with HP, ONYX has optimized the HP Designjet 9000s driver and profiles to operate the printer at its
top performance capabilities. ONYX software solutions include key features such as PANTONE® Spot Color
Matching, Contour Cutting Workflow and Job Nesting, which enhance the performance capabilities of the HP
Designjet 9000s printer.
The HP Designjet 9000s Series printer is a 64-inch inkjet that creates long-lasting outdoor signage. According
to HP, this printer will boost production and profitability, increase print volume, improve services and reduce ink
and media costs. The ONYX driver includes support for the following HP Designjet 9000s features:
Settings: Users can select the default calibration tables for color control with intuitive correction tools or add
and calibrate their own printing materials to deliver precise color.
Save Media: In the RIP-Queue¹s job log, users can view ink channel usage and estimated costs prior to printing.
Quality Mode: Users can easily modify jobs and view the final layout on-screen before printing.
The ONYX driver includes color profiles for all HP media for the HP Designjet 9000s in addition to profiles from
third-party media providers such as Avery®, Kapco® and Océ®. ONYX continues to work closely with HP and
other media providers to produce a wide range of media profiles.
The HP Designjet 9000s Series printer driver is included in new ONYX PosterShop and ONYX ProductionHouse
software packages purchased after March 1, 2006. Registered users with licenses obtained prior to March 1
can purchase the driver for ONYX 6.5 versions of ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX
Onyx Graphics - 1/25/2006
Onyx Helps HP Reach Outdoor Signage Market with Turnkey Inkjet
SALT LAKE CITY, Jan 25, 2006 - Onyx announced today that its software packages will be part of turnkey
solutions for the new line of HP Designjet Series of low-solvent inkjet printers. The availability of Onyx software
with this line of HP printers brings together two giants in the large format inkjet printing industry to deliver quality
out-of-the-box solutions for the outdoor signage market. Onyx software packages will be included in the printer
bundle or available as the software-of-choice option, depending on printer model.
"HP is a world-class company and we’re pleased it has selected Onyx for its workflow component," said Walter
Noot, President and CEO of Onyx Graphics, Inc. "We see this partnership as an offering of the best hardware
and best software solutions available, working in tandem to deliver productivity, quality output, value and
profitability for our mutual customers."
"Working with Onyx helps HP to provide out-of-the-box productivity," said Enrique Lores, Vice President and
General Manager, Inkjet Commercial Division, HP. "In addition to providing powerful product features and
excellent technical support, we’ve determined that the inclusion of Onyx software will ensure maximum value
for HP Designjet customers."
Onyx SignEZ 2.0, a specialized OEM version of Onyx workflow software, will be bundled with HP Designjet
8000sr model printers. The HP Designjet 8000s Series printer offers out-of-the-box productivity and is ideal for
a wide range of long-lasting large format applications. It can produce a wide variety of signs and banners,
printing 89 square feet of vivid, long-lasting color output per hour at 720 x 720 dpi. The HP Designjet 8000s
Series printers are expected to begin shipping in May 2006.
Onyx PosterShop® 6.5 for the HP DesignJet will be available from HP as an option with the HP Designjet
9000s Series printer. It will include drivers for the HP Designjet 9000, HP Designjet 8000 and HP Designjet
5500 Series printers. The HP Designjet 9000s Series can print at speeds of up to 176 square feet per hour at
720 x 720 dpi, and 220 square feet per hour at 540 x 720 dpi. The HP Designjet 9000s includes an in-the-box
Take-Up Reel Kit (available as an accessory with the 8000s) for continuous unattended runs, fast data
transmission rates, and easy-to-use USB 2.0 connectivity. Its high print speeds and low printing costs accelerate
return-on-investment, creating a strong advantage when competing with screen printers. The HP Designjet 9000s
Series printers are expected to begin shipping in March 2006.
In addition to the HP product offerings, Onyx drivers for the HP Designjet 8000 Series and HP Designjet 9000
series will be available for standard Onyx products upon release of the printers. Existing Onyx RIPCenter,
PosterShop and ProductionHouse 6.5 users will be able to add the new drivers for $495 each. New software
packages purchased after the release of the printers will include the new drivers.
Onyx Graphics - 12/8/2005
Onyx Graphics and Aries Graphics Announce Availability of
"Design-to-Print" Large Format Printing Solution
PHOENIX, AZ, Dec 8, 2005 Onyx Graphics, Inc. and Aries Graphics International announced today the
availability of the "Design-to-Print" large format printing solution for the sign and display industries. The solution
consists of Aries Graphics Sign Wizard 6 design software, a front-end design program that combines the best
of raster and vector graphics, and Onyx Graphics Workflow Version 6.5, the industry-leading color production
software. These two programs have been integrated to create a seamless workflow from design-to-print for
Customers of the "Design-to-Print" solution will benefit from increased capabilities and productivity in the design
stage, better integration and workflow going to the RIP, and superior quality and color consistency in the final
The companies also announced today a strategic engineering and marketing relationship to further develop
and promote the "Design-to-Print" solution. "The signage market continues to grow and with this collaboration,
Onyx Graphics brings more value to the workflow and end-product quality for sign shops of all sizes," said
Walter Noot, President and CEO of Onyx Graphics, Inc.
"The integrated products of Aries Graphics and Onyx Graphics create a compelling solution for today's signmakers
who have been asking for an easy design-to-print workflow. We are delivering this today," said Jim Fassett,
President of Aries Graphics. "We look forward to working with Onyx Graphics to truly deliver on the promise
of large format printing for all sign shops."
The Design-to-Print solution integrates the design and the production processes into a single coherent workflow.
Sign Wizard, a leading front-end design software program in its 15th year in the sign industry, enables users to
easily create compelling signs and graphics by combining advanced raster and vector-based capabilities.
Finished designs are brought directly into Onyx Graphics software for final checking and printing.
"It gives me great satisfaction to see these two market leaders come together in a way that will benefit the
industry so much," said Charlie Dick of Major Signs in Suffolk, VA. "I have been using Sign Wizard and Onyx
PosterShop® together for over a year, and now they are so integrated that it makes it much easier to be in the
large format printing business. Now I can just focus on creating great workSthe technical details are taken care
Onyx Graphics - 11/8/2005
Streamlines Workflow for Users of White Ink, Spot Colors and Liquid
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 8, 2005 -- Onyx Graphics today announced it has released a Specialty Ink Tools module
for users of Onyx ProductionHouse and Onyx PosterShop® version 6.5 software. The Specialty Ink Tools
module was created to streamline the workflow for users of select large format inkjet printers that have the
capability to use white ink, spot colors, or liquid laminates.
The Specialty Ink Tools module dramatically reduces job preparation time by streamlining the application of
special ink. With the Specialty Ink Tools module, users can view media color and special ink areas on-screen
before printing; adjust ink fill behind or over an image area; control the ink fill areas; select background colors
with one click; and save settings and apply them to any Quick Set for full automation of future print jobs.
Included are workflow sets for a variety of ink and printer types:
White Ink Workflow: White ink printing capability opens up new revenue opportunities for large format service
bureaus by enabling printing on colored or clear surfaces. With white ink, users can print into colored surfaces
including metal, vinyl, wood, tile and fabric. By applying a flood of white ink, clear materials can be used to
create backlit images and double-sided view panes used in glass doors and windows. It can also be used to
print onto a glass mirror surface.
Spot Ink Tool in Preflight: This new quick and easy feature enables the operator to select the media color and
designate which areas will receive the spot ink, while working in the Preflight screen. Additional information
such as fill amount and spread can also be selected. This new process eliminates the need for the designer to
include a separate channel in the authoring program.
Spot Layer Tool for Multi-Print Printers: For printers that can rewind and reprint, this toolset enables users to
set up custom layers to create print effects such as double-sided images on clear materials and richly
Onyx Graphics - 7/13/2005
New Release Increases Processing Speed, Includes Ink Usage
SALT LAKE CITY, July 13, 2005 -- Onyx Graphics today announced it hasreleased version 6.5 of its Color
Production workflow software packages including Onyx ProductionHouse(TM), Onyx PosterShop® and Onyx
RIPCenter(TM)software. Version 6.5 includes performance improvements of up to 30 percent over version 6.0
and an Ink Usage Tracking feature that helps printproviders estimate ink usage before a job is run. All version
6.5 software packages are available for order now.
Onyx Graphics workflow software version 6.5 has been optimized to run on Intel® Pentium® 4 and greater
platforms. Users will see performance improvements of 20 to 30 percent over version 6.0 when using version
6.5 and the recommended platform. Version 6.5 is fully compatible with color output, printer drivers and media
profiles developed in version 6.0.
A new Ink Usage Tracking feature is included that can estimate the amount of ink that will be used before the
print is run. This feature gives print providers valuable cost-tracking tools that can help them understand the
true costs of a specific print job in order to maximize profitability. Tracking is available for all dot patterns and
resolutions. The information is retained in a job log for easy access and customization, which enables the
user to make ink usage adjustments to optimize print output.
"This version of Onyx Graphics workflow software reflects the company's dedication to giving our customers
the best tools to improve productivity and profitability," said Walter S. Noot, General Manager of Onyx Graphics.
"In order for users to stay competitive, they need to increase productivity and reduce costs. We believe the
new features we are introducing in version 6.5 address those specific needs."
Easy Upgrade Path for Version 6.0 Users
Users of version 6.0 can use Onyx AutoUpdate for a free downloadable upgrade to version 6.5. Onyx
AutoUpdate is a free companion application to Onyx Graphics Workflow Software version 6.0 or greater
that checks the installed version's software settings and automatically downloads any needed updates.
Onyx Graphics - 3/22/2005
Onyx Graphics Names Walter Noot as General Manager
MIDVALE, UT, Mar. 22, 2005 Onyx Graphics, a leader in large format digital printing solutions, today
announced that Walter Noot has been named General Manager. In this position, Mr. Noot will be responsible
for leading the continued growth of Onyx Graphics as the market-leading supplier of workflow solution software
for large format digital printing environments.
"The Onyx Graphics team and its technology are outstanding in the print industry. I'm excited to be able to
collaborate with such an organization,"said Walter Noot. "Together we will propel the company to the next
level by continuing to invent and support innovative business solutions for our customers' success."
Mr. Noot, 39, comes to Onyx Graphics from Aniden Interactive where he was President. Aniden is a graphics
services company specializing in content development, technical illustration, and interactive training. Before
Aniden, he served as the COO and Vice President of Operations for Arius3D Inc. Arius3D is the world leader
in 3D color laser scanning technologies. Prior to that, Mr. Noot was a Divisional Vice President, Production &
Development, for Computer Associates. He has also served as Vice President, Production/Development for
Viewpoint Digital. Viewpoint leads the world in 3D modeling and in its content catalog. He holds a bachelor's
degree in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Onyx Graphics - 1/1/2005
Onyx Graphics and Microgeo Align Forces
Microgeo, a subsidiary of Sonda, will partner with Onyx Graphics in selling and marketing a new Onyx, Latin
American edition, product line for large-format digital color printing software. Microgeo will be responsible for
building the reseller channels throughout Latin America, along with a full line of printers, inks and wide portfolio
of compatible media.
Microgeo will build an extensive dealer network in the wide-format printing, graphic arts and signage industries.
"Onyx Graphics is a perfect partner for Latin America. The exceptional image output of the Onyx PosterShop
Latin America Edition is achieved with advanced software technology, and is the best in its class. No other
product is able to deliver high quality imaging with such vibrant colors." said Robert Richter, vice president, sales,
Microgeo will inaugurate the partnership with Onyx Graphics highlighting Onyx PosterShop for Latin America
Editions at the Graphics of the Americas Trade Show Feb. 4-6 in Miami.
"We’re excited about the opportunities that will come about as a result of this relationship," said Neil Baker,
vice president of worldwide sales, Onyx Graphics. "Microgeo is a leader in wide-format printing distribution and
technology with a proven track record in the region. We are excited to tailor our product line to meet the needs
of Latin America and to build a successful and long term relationship with Microgeo."
Onyx Graphics - 9/4/2003
Onyx Graphics Offers Free Instructional Workflow CD
Midvale, UT, September 4, 2003 -- Onyx Graphics announces a new version of its popular Workflow Tutorial
CD that reflects the features found in Onyx 6.0 version products. The free CD now includes tutorials on In-House
Proofing and Contour Cutting workflow.
The tutorials, developed in partnership with the Graphic Intelligence Agency (GIA), are designed to help Onyx
customers learn about a variety of wide format working environments and to determine which workflow model
might enhance their facility¹s productivity.
The Onyx 6.0 Multimedia Workflow Tutorial CD is now included in the version 6.0 release of Onyx ProductionHouse,
Onyx PosterShop®, and Onyx RIPCenter software. In addition to In-House Proofing and Contour Cutting, the
tutorials cover topics such as Photo, Color Proofing, Remote Proofing, and Screen Printing workflow environments.
Existing customers are encouraged to visit Onyx at the following trade shows to pick up a free CD: Graph Expo in
Chicago, September 28-October 1, Onyx booth #4670; SGIA & DPI in Atlanta, October 15-18, Onyx booth #1056.
The Workflow CD is also available on request from Onyx Graphics.
Onyx Graphics - 7/23/2003
Onyx Graphics Adds Support for Encad VinylJet 36 Inkjet Printer
MIDVALE, Utah, July 23, 2003 -- Onyx Graphics today announced it has added support for the Encad VinylJet
36 inkjet printer. The driver is available for all Onyx 5.6.1 and Onyx 6.0 Workflow Solutions Software products.
The Encad VinylJet 36 is a 36-inch wide inkjet printer that uses specialized inks and infrared curing technology
to produce long lasting outdoor signage. The Onyx driver includes support for the following Encad VinylJet 36
- Settings: this feature applies either the Media Options or the Printer Settings to the output
- Save Media: this feature directs the printer to cut the media at the end of each job
- Quality Mode: this feature enables users to select Draft, Photo, Enhanced or Best print mode
In addition, several universal media profiles are included that work with a wide range of banner and vinyl media.
For best results, Onyx recommends using Onyx PosterShop software with the Encad VinylJet 36. Onyx PosterShop
software includes a PostScript RIP, a raster RIP, and support for two active printers with multiple Hot Folders.
It also includes media management, calibration, pre-flight preview, size, custom tiling, and color correction tools.
An upgrade path is available that provides support for additional printers and RIPs plus Onyx Step & Repeat and
The Encad VinylJet 36 driver is available to registered licensed users of Onyx 5.6.1 and Onyx 6.0 versions of Onyx
ProductionHouse, Onyx PosterShop and Onyx RIPCenter software. The driver is available at no charge through
Onyx's web site at www.onyxgfx.com. Select DOWNLOADS >> DRIVER AND MEDIA LIBRARY. It is also included
in all new packages of Onyx 6.0 software.
Onyx Graphics - 7/16/2003
Onyx ProductionHouse Software Optimizes Color Production Workflow
in High Production Commercial Environments
MIDVALE, Utah, July 16, 2003 -- Onyx Graphics today announced it has released version 6.0 of its Onyx
ProductionHouse color production software for large format digital print devices. Onyx ProductionHouse 6.0
software is available for order now.
Onyx ProductionHouse software is the premier product in a family of workflow solutions for commercial digital
print environments. Each Onyx software product features a toolset and workflow that suits specific print segments,
while satisfying user experience levels and prints volumes. All are built on Onyx’s core technology a common
Raster Image Processor (RIP) engine, print queue and color management system called Onyx RIP-Queue.
Onyx ProductionHouse software, the industry standard for RIP software in high-productivity commercial environments,
enables users to work across platforms and drive multiple printers from various manufacturers. Onyx
ProductionHouse software includes all the features of Onyx PosterShop® software plus support for two active
RIPs to simultaneously RIP two PostScript® or raster files and four printers with multiple Hot Folders used for
specifying job properties. Interactive sizing, cropping and custom tiling settings, as well as full pan and zoom,
instantly display on the user’s monitor. Users can print directly from creative applications, or drag-and-drop jobs into
the appropriate Hot Folder, for automated processing and printing.
New Features in Onyx ProductionHouse 6.0 Software
A number of new features designed to optimize workflow productivity have been included in Onyx
ProductionHouse 6.0 software:
Contour Cutting Support
Onyx ProductionHouse 6.0 software enables users to print on any printer and contour-cut on any cutter. Users
can nest, resize, copy and tile multiple cut jobs from within the RIP-Queue. Supported cutters include devices
from Graphtec®, MutohTM, Roland® and Summagraphics® plus a generic driver to support other contour
cutters. Also included is support for printer/cutter devices from Graphtec and Roland. Support for i-cut®
devices is available as an option.
Contract Proofing Workflow and Tools
With Onyx ProductionHouse 6.0 software, users can automatically print concept and contract proofs to any
proofing printer, enabling users to offer their clients proofs of large format jobs without affecting production.
Onyx ProductionHouse proofing tools also include media and ICC profile analysis tools that display the size of the
media color gamut. With Onyx Media Analyzer, users can view and compare media color gamuts in 3-D animation,
as well as qualify media and measure gamuts before calibration or profiling, saving production time during this
crucial step. Users can also see gamut analysis reports that list all spot colors and display exactly how well each
of the user’s media profiles can match those colors. Another tool enables users to proof and print PostScript spot
color separation files on any printer.
Web-Based User Interface
Onyx ProductionHouse 6.0 software includes a portal for web-based print job submission and queue management.
Onyx Web Job Queue works on Windows® and Mac OS® LAN-based web browsers such as Internet Explorer®
and Netscape®. Users can submit jobs, view and edit job settings, and control the job queue order from nearly
any web browser.
Onyx PosterColorTM Color Rendering
Onyx PosterColor technology, an Onyx exclusive, provides outstanding color rendering for poster color output
by making CMYK colors reach their full saturation levels on any media using any ink. This technology maintains
gray-balance and hue matching and takes advantage of the full ink gamut delivering colors that pop, even on
matte media. Onyx PosterColor software also works in conjunction with spot color matching tables to ensure
correct color matches for corporate identity pieces.
Additional Standard Screening Patterns
Among the new screening patterns in this software is Smooth Screen, an exclusive screening technology that
can significantly reduce visible banding on solvent-based and grand-format inkjet printers. Additional default
screening patterns include Silk Screening, Newsprint and Standard Web Offset Printing (SWOP®).
Support for JPEG 2000 and 16-bit TIFF image file format
Naming and saving of customized color management selections
Zero-Line Crop Mark for seamless joining of printed tiles
Improved Virtual Printer connectivity to Macintosh® computers
Flip alternate images in Step & Repeat application
Import new media and media profiles directly from the RIP-Queue
Availability and Pricing
Onyx ProductionHouse 6.0 software is available for order now at a list price of $4,995 for the base product,
excluding options and proprietary printer drivers. Onyx ProductionHouse 6.0 software requires a key update,
new CDs, and manuals. Registered users of Onyx ProductionHouse 5.6 software can upgrade to Onyx
ProductionHouse 6.0 software for $1,495. Upgrade pricing is available for other Onyx 5.6 Workflow Solutions
products. Onyx ProductionHouse 6.0 software will run Onyx ProductionHouse 5.6 software files and will
automatically import Onyx ProductionHouse 5.6 settings, printers, media profiles, quicksets, and jobs into
Onyx ProductionHouse 6.0 software. Customers who purchased Onyx ProductionHouse 5.6 software after
June 1, 2003 are eligible to receive Onyx ProductionHouse 6.0 software at no additional cost with proof of
purchase and registration.
Onyx Graphics - 7/16/2003
New Onyx PosterShop® Software Optimizes Color Workflow
MIDVALE, Utah, July 16, 2003 -- Onyx Graphics today announced it has released version 6.0 of its flagship
Onyx PosterShop color production software for large format digital print devices. Onyx PosterShop 6.0
software is available for order now.
Onyx PosterShop software includes an impressive array of pre-flight tools
that gives users the ability to easily perform difficult tasks with consistent results from one job to the next.
Interactive sizing, cropping and custom tiling settings, as well as full pan and zoom, instantly display on the
user’s monitor. Onyx PosterShop software includes support for two printers with multiple Hot Folders used for
specifying job properties. Users can print directly from creative applications, or drag-and-drop jobs into the
appropriate Hot Folder, for automated processing and printing.
Onyx PosterShop software is the industry standard for Raster Image Processor (RIP) software to process and
drive large format printers. It is one of the products in the Onyx family of workflow solutions for commercial
digital print environments. Each Onyx software product features a toolset and workflow that suits specific print
segments, while satisfying user experience levels and prints volumes. All are built on Onyx’s core technology
a common RIP engine, print queue and color management system called Onyx RIP-Queue.
New Features in Onyx PosterShop 6.0 Software
A number of new features designed to optimize workflow productivity have been included in Onyx PosterShop
Web-Based User Interface
Onyx PosterShop 6.0 software includes a portal for web-based print job
submission and queue management. Onyx Web Job Queue works on Windows® and Mac OS® LAN-based web
browsers such as Internet Explorer® and Netscape®. Users can submit jobs, view and edit job settings, and
control the job queue order from nearly any web browser.
PosterColorTM Color Rendering
This exclusive Onyx technology provides outstanding color rendering for poster color output by making CMYK
colors reach their full saturation levels on any media using any ink. This technology maintains gray-balance
and hue matching and takes advantage of the full ink gamut delivering colors that pop, even on matte media.
Onyx PosterColor software can also work in conjunction with spot color matching tables to ensure correct color
matches for corporate identity pieces.
Additional Standard Screening Patterns
Among the new screening patterns in this software is Smooth Screen, an exclusive screening technology that
can significantly reduce visible banding on solvent-based and grand-format inkjet printers. Additional default
screening patterns include Silk Screening, Newsprint and Standard Web Offset Printing (SWOP®).
Support for JPEG 2000 and 16-bit TIFF image file format
Naming and saving of customized color management selections
Zero-Line Crop Mark for seamless joining of printed tiles
Improved Virtual Printer connectivity to Macintosh® computers
Optional features available: Contract Proofing Workflow and tools; Contour Cutting Workflow; Contour Cutting
for Inkjet Print & Cut devices; and i-Cut® support
Availability and Pricing
Onyx PosterShop 6.0 software is available for order now at a list price of $2,995 for the base product, excluding
options and proprietary printer drivers. Onyx PosterShop 6.0 software requires a key update, new CDs, and manuals.
Registered users of Onyx PosterShop 5.6 software can upgrade to Onyx PosterShop 6.0 software for $995.
Upgrade pricing is available for other Onyx 5.6 Workflow Solutions products. Onyx PosterShop 6.0 software will
run Onyx PosterShop 5.6 software files and will automatically import Onyx PosterShop 5.6 settings, printers, media
profiles, quicksets, and jobs into Onyx PosterShop 6.0 software. Customers who purchased Onyx PosterShop 5.6
software after June 1, 2003 are eligible to receive Onyx PosterShop 6.0 software at no additional cost with proof of
purchase and registration.
Onyx Graphics - 7/1/2003
Onyx Graphics Adds Support for Hewlett Packard® Designjet®
120 Series Inkjet Printers
MIDVALE, Utah, July 1, 2003 -- Onyx Graphics today announced it has added support for the HP Designjet
120 Series inkjet printers for all Onyx 5.6.1 Workflow Solutions Software products. The new driver is especially
significant for Onyx Proof Prepress Color Proofing Workflow Solution Software, which enables users to generate
color-accurate press proofs from supported inkjet printers like this. The HP Designjet 120 printer accepts sheet
media up to 24.6 inches wide.
The Onyx driver includes support for the following HP Designjet features:
Modify attributes associated with a specific resolution
Four quality modes: Best, Fast, Normal, Superbest
Media types: Brochure & Flyer 2 Side, Coated, HW Coated, Premium Photo, Proofing Gloss,
Semi-Gloss Proofing, and Transparency
Automatic cutting selection: on or off
The Onyx Proof product includes the following HP DesignJet 120 profiles for dye inks:
HP Coated Paper (Dye)
HP Proofing Glossy (Dye)
HP Proofing Matte (Dye)
HP Proofing Semigloss (Dye)
The HP Designjet 120 driver is available to registered licensed users of Onyx 5.6.1 Workflow Solutions
Software products. The driver is available at no charge through Onyx’s web site at WWW.ONYXGFX.COM;
select DOWNLOADS >> DRIVER AND MEDIA LIBRARY. It is also included in all new packages of
Onyx 5.6.1 Workflow Solutions Software products.