X-Rite Pantone and ColorMetrix Offer Seamless Way for VerifiedColor
Customers to Access PantoneLIVE
X-Rite Inc. with its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone LLC has reached an agreement with ColorMetrix Technologies LLC to offer a seamless way for
users of its VerifiedColor software to fully utilize the power of PantoneLIVE™ Color Libraries.
“Packagers, converters, wide-format printers and other customers that use VerifiedColor software to validate colors will save time and improve the
accuracy of workflows throughout their supply chains with the new PantoneLIVE user interface,” said James Raffel, CEO of ColorMetrix.
ColorMetrix, a Milwaukee-based developer and provider of color validation software, is currently developing the VerifiedColor version that
connects with PantoneLIVE, with an expected launch date in summer. X-Rite Pantone is a worldwide leader in color standards and the design
and manufacture of color management solutions for printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, and industrial applications.
"We believe PantoneLIVE will add value to both of our respective clients looking to streamline their color verification process," Raffel said.
"VerifiedColor takes custom spot color libraries and manages them with a state-of-the-art workflow and database system."
PantoneLIVE is a cloud-based, color management service that is supported by an ecosystem of industry-leading solutions and that maintains digital
color libraries to guarantee accurate color communication for any supplier around the world. Brand owners and other approved members of the
supply chain can manage digital access rights and facilitate color communication across packaging materials from design to production – helping
minimize color revisions, creating go-to-market efficiencies and ultimately lowering development costs.
"We are very pleased to be working with ColorMetrix on providing this solution to its customers, many of whom use Pantone's universal color language,"
said Iain Pike, market director for PantoneLIVE. "Our new relationship with ColorMetrix is another example of how software providers and developers
can tap into the power of PantoneLIVE seamlessly as a way to add value to their products in a relatively inexpensive manner."
X-Rite Launches Rebate Program for Print and Packaging Industry
X-Rite, Incorporated is accelerating the introduction of advanced technology in the print and packaging industry with a worldwide trade-in program for the
X-Rite-eXact series of spectrophotometers.
Customers can receive a rebate ranging from $700 to $1,000 (550€ to 800€) that can be applied to a purchase of a standard, advanced or densitometer
version of eXact for each qualifying instrument they send in that appears on a specified list of more than 38 X-Rite, GretagMacbeth (Gretag) or
competitor's handheld instruments.
The trade-in program expires June 30, and customers can obtain more detailed information about the terms and conditions of the offer by
referring to www.xritetradein.com. Instruments that are traded in will be disposed of in an environmentally responsible fashion.
Among the instruments qualifying for the trade-in program are the X-Rite models 400 series, 504, 508, 518, 520, 528, 530, 918, 939, 938, 948, 968,
X-Rite (or GretagMacbeth) SpectroEye and SpectroEye LT, GretagMacbeth (or Gretag) D19C / D196, X-Rite (or GretagMacbeth) DensiEye 100,
700, 750 and selected models from competitors.
The eXact spectrophotometer makes color measurements quick and easy for brand managers, pre-media, ink suppliers, printers and converters, while
solving the widespread problem of measuring and matching colors on various substrates and surfaces.
With split-second measurement times and improved accuracy to simplify workflow, the eXact instrument is the first spectrophotometer in the industry to
offer customers a way to measure true daylight conditions by supporting all the M Standards inclusive of the complete M1.
For today's needs of matching proof to press across many substrates, the X-Rite eXact brings to the supply chain a simple-to-use device that is fully
compliant with ISO 13655:2009 measurement standards.
In addition to using advanced measurement technology, the new platform is easy to learn, thanks to the intuitive software and touch screen controls.
The eXact instruments can be set up to position key elements in the order most likely to be needed by personnel such as press operators and
operations managers, giving users instant access to the tools they need, often in a single click. The platform uses X-Rite Graphic Arts Standard
(XRGA) and Color Exchange Format (CxF™) to communicate color for easy data exchange.
With flexibility to match a company's requirements and budget, the eXact series of spectrophotometers works seamlessly with other powerful X-Rite
solutions for the printing industry, including Color iQC Print, InkFormulation 6, NetProfiler 3.0 and PantoneLIVE™ cloud-based color service that gives
brand owners a means to connect their whole supply chains.
Color iQC Print and PantoneLIVE shave days off projects by making sure that all the links in the supply chain – from brand owners and designers to
product production – have reliable and accurate color information when and where they need it.
X-Rite Pantone Showcases Advanced Solutions for Managing Color
X-Rite, Incorporated and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone LLC will showcase some of the most advanced solutions in the measurement and
management of color for the label and converting industries at the Labelexpo Americas 2012 trade fair to be held Sept. 11-13 in metropolitan Chicago.
X-Rite Pantone representatives will demonstrate how any stakeholder -- from brand owner and specifier to design and pressroom -- can achieve
higher efficiencies and improved quality through standardized, automated workflows and precise color measurement and management.
X-Rite Pantone representatives will be showing several new solutions that were recently unveiled at the drupa 2012 show in Düsseldorf, Germany.
"I think it's fair to say that no vendor in the graphic arts industry owns color reference and management like X-Rite Pantone," said X-Rite Senior Vice
President of Sales and Marketing Vic Stalam. "By the same token, we introduced new platforms for measurement, enhanced color libraries and wholly
integrated color communications solutions at drupa that are probably the most exciting package of new offerings for graphic arts in the company's history."
Building upon its stature as the leader in color communication solutions, Pantone has launched PantoneLIVE that was recently used by the
U.K.-based subsidiary of food giant H.J. Heinz Co. to tie together a supply chain of European companies involved in producing its labels and packaging.
At the Labelexpo Americas show, X-Rite Pantone will also highlight:
• The newly enhanced i1Pro 2 platform that provides an even higher level of accuracy, versatility, ergonomics, functionality and value than i1 Pro, the
workhorse for the prepress, digital printing and photography industries for the past decade. X-Rite representatives will also show i1Profiler, the
company's new next generation of color profiling software;
• X-Rite eXact, a new spectrophotometer platform that incorporates the latest touch-and-swipe navigation technology and intuitive software to make
color measurements quick and easy for pressroom personnel, including ways to monitor and control color the new and emerging ISO standards; and
• New products from Pantone that expand its color libraries and other solutions from X-Rite specifically targeted for prepress, print, publishing and
The new spectrophotometer platforms are equipped with the X-Rite Graphic Arts Standard (XRGA) to make it quicker and easier for companies
and professionals involved in digital production printing to adhere to ISO standards and have confidence that data sent or received from all links
in the supply chain is reliable and repeatable.
X-Rite Announces New i1Pro 2 Professional Color Management Solutions
X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announces its
new portfolio of i1 Professional Color Management Solutions which now include a newly redesigned i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer.
Built upon the success of X-Rite’s i1Pro spectrophotometer as the de facto industry standard for more than a decade, the newly enhanced i1Pro 2 device
has been redesigned to provide an even higher level of accuracy, versatility, ergonomics, functionality and value. Combined with the recently released
i1Profiler software v1.3, which accommodates all levels of proficiency and expertise, the new i1Pro 2 portfolio of four different products is specifically
targeted to meet the unique needs of photo, pre-press, digital print and publishing professionals, providing exceptional value at very attractive price points.
This new portfolio, comprised of X-Rite’s i1Basic Pro 2, i1Photo Pro 2, i1Publish Pro 2 and i1Publish products feature groundbreaking new technology
and applications. Each Pro solution includes the new i1Pro 2 second generation spectrophotometer – the most accurate and forward thinking profiling
device available today accommodating three measurement conditions in one single device. These conditions include the most commonly used M0
(Standard Illuminant A), the emerging M1 (illuminant D50) and M2 (known as UV-cut). Also included are i1Profiler, X-Rite’s entirely new next
generation color profiling software, PANTONE Color Manager color swatch bridging software and ColorChecker Camera Calibration software.
“Exceptionally accurate color measurement and calibration remain basic building blocks for professional-level workflow,” commented Vic Stalam, X-Rite’s
Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing. “Nowhere is repeatable, predictive color management more critical than in the prepress, digital printing
and photography markets that make up the core imaging market customer base for X-Rite. With the introduction of these new products, X-Rite once
again delivers to color professionals around the world the products they need that incorporate important emerging color standards.”
About Next Generation i1Pro 2 Spectrophotometer
The i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer introduces a new level of color accuracy, delivering increased ease of use and an expanded professional level feature
set, including supporting the latest developments in industry measurement standards. i1Pro 2 solutions are sure to maximize profitability and minimize
wasted time, ink and paper, while delivering the confidence that the user’s digital workflow is perfectly and professionally calibrated and profiled.
New i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer highlights:
New illuminant design allows for 3 standard measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0: Tungsten; ISO 13655 M1: D50; ISO 13655 M2: UV Cut) plus
Optical Brightener Compensation (OBC) without changing filters or needing a second instrument.
Enhanced Optical Brightener Compensation allows for the most accurate profiling for today’s enhanced range of substrates. Now users can predict what
colors printed on optically brightened paper will look like under different light conditions using a single hand-held device.
Positioning Detection Sensor provides a more robust scanning experience even on special substrates and low-resolution printers. It allows for the
measurement of smaller patch sizes (as low as 7mm) in manual mode and enables dual measurement workflows for OBC, M1 and M2.
New Status LED guides users through the measurement process and provides feedback on device status, improving the user experience.
New Design Ergonomics throughout allows for greater usability, flexibility, cleaning, protection, and storage of the precision i1Pro 2 device.
Better temperature stability and higher brightness levels improves emissive measurement, resulting in the best possible calibration and profiling of monitors
All new diagnostics and self-correction features
Built-in wavelength calibration technology allows for self-diagnosis of optical grating in relation to sensor during white calibration (with automatic correction
Maintaining and protecting the device (and investment) is easier than ever
Self-cleanable aperture protection glass and calibration white tile cover provides additional built-in protection from dust and dirt.
About i1Profiler Software
With the latest release of i1Profiler software v1.3, X-Rite has further enhanced this next generation professional color management software. i1Profiler
offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and features a number of unique color management capabilities such as optimizing profiles, creating profiles
with ambient light measurements, compensating for optical brighteners in papers, and utilizing simple yet advanced controls for black separation and
providing significant ink savings, adding to users’ power and control in creating professional quality profiles. Users can choose between a ‘basic’,
wizard-driven interface; or an ‘advanced’, user-driven interface to create high quality, precise, custom color profiles for monitors, projectors, printers,
New i1Profiler Software v1.3 highlights:
• i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer support added for monitor, projector and printer profiling
• M1 measurement condition support added
• White point editing added – from current measurement, saved measurement, ICC profile, or custom
• Improved CGATS reading module
• Improved handling for printer test chart measurement
• Default patch size reduced to 7mm
• Two new measurement workflows added:
o Measure Chart – specify number of rows and columns
o Measure Reference Chart – import CGATS reference from ProfileMaker 5
• Improved CMYK+n profile generation
• Russian language support added
About X-Rite i1 Professional Color Management Solutions
i1Basic Pro 2 is a fundamental solution for high-end monitor and projector profiling, monitor and printing quality verification, and spot color
measurement. Designed for an imaging professional’s unique needs, i1Basic Pro is ideal for an effective workflow in a color-managed ecosystem.
i1Basic Pro includes i1Profiler software, PANTONE Color Manager software and an i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer.
i1Photo Pro 2 is specifically designed for discerning photo professionals to manage their RGB workflow from camera to display and projector to print.
Professional photo users will enjoy the highest quality color results that especially target highlight and shadow details and delivers greater color
accuracy for more neutral grays and natural skin tones. With the new Optical Brightener Compensation capability, photographers can even optimize
their prints by taking into account optical brightening agents often found in photo papers and create output profiles for specific lighting conditions in
studios or galleries, or wherever the print will be displayed.
i1Publish Pro 2 is the ultimate, fully-featured ICC profiling solutions for imaging professionals that need to color manage their complete RGB, CMYK and
CMYK+ (CMYK plus any 4) prepress workflows, complete with quality assurance validation and verification functions. This includes a display QA
function to check soft proofing and a printer QA function to check print quality using ISO 12647-7 compliant media wedges (IDEAlliance Digital
Control Strip, Fogra Media Wedge, Japan Color Control Strip). With the Optical Brightener Compensation (OBC) capability users can easily adapt
to any non-standard viewing environment. With the M1 measurement capability, imaging professionals can rely on consistent measurement for
visual matching under emerging industry standard viewing conditions.
i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Publish Pro 2 include i1Profiler software, an i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer, PANTONE Color Manager software, ColorChecker Proof
target (for direct viewing analysis of ColorChecker target compared to customer’s printed target and for Optical Brightener Compensation (OBC)
evaluation), mini ColorChecker Classic target, and ColorChecker camera calibration software. i1Publish (a standalone software package) includes
all of the above except for the spectrophotometer.
X-Rite Announces $150 Rebate Promotion for i1Publish Upgrade
X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, and its wholly owned
subsidiary Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced a $150 cash
back promotion for X-Rite customers who want to upgrade their i1Match, ProfileMaker or MonacoPROFILER software to i1Publish which contains the
next generation i1Profiler color management software. i1Profiler delivers an entirely new, flexible user defined experience to generate the highest
quality ICC profiles for unrivaled color accuracy.
Fully supporting the new Mac OS X 10.7 Lion operating system, the latest version of i1Publish is a fully-featured ICC profiling solution that includes
i1Profiler software, ColorChecker Camera Calibration software, PANTONE Color Manager software and two ColorChecker targets – ColorChecker
Classic and ColorChecker Proof. i1Publish quickly and easily creates custom profiles for cameras, monitors, digital projectors, and RGB, CMYK and
CMYK+4 printers, ensuring color accuracy from capture to output. It also features new assurance validation and verification functions using digital
Users of i1Match, ProfileMaker and MonacoPROFILER users will see improved color quality thanks to a new engine that creates highly accurate profiles
for the truest color all the way from capture to output. A new user interface features both basic and advanced modes to give users the flexibility they
need. It’s easily customized and enables users to save and share workflows or workflow components.
The following enhancements are what users who upgrade to the new i1Publish can expect:
• Improved color quality - new color engine creates highly accurate profiles for the truest color from capture to output
• New user interface – basic and advanced modes provide the ultimate flexibility; easily customize, save and share workflows or workflow
• Accurately capture colors every time with included ColorChecker Camera Calibration software and target
• Accurately view colors every time on your monitors and projectors
• Accurately print colors every time on RGB, CMYK and CMYK+ printers
• New Quality Assurance Tools
• Fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion operating system
Through Sept. 30, 2011, X-Rite is offering customers a $150 cash back rebate on the upgrade for US and Canadian customers who have i1XTreme,
i1Proof, i1XT, i1Pro OEM, i1Photo Pro, i1Photo LT, i1Photo, i1Photo SG, i1Design LT, i1Basic, i1 Basic Pro, ProfileMaker 5, MonacoPROFILER 4.
X-Rite Announces Fall Tour Dates for Color Management Seminars
X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, and its wholly owned
subsidiary Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced the fall tour
dates for their popular 'Fundamentals of Color and Appearance' (FOCA) and 'Going Beyond Density' seminars.
'Fundamentals of Color and Appearance' is a one-day seminar that instructs quality control and assurance professionals, lab technicians, parts suppliers,
pre-media and digital pressroom personnel and manufacturing specifiers on how to evaluate and approve colors in their workflows. Taught by X-Rite
color experts, FOCA provides practical information applicable to any industry dealing with color in easy-to-understand terms, including retail and apparel
brands, business and consumer electronics, automotive, graphics arts, packaging andtheir related industries in plastics, coatings, and textile
manufacturing. X-Rite color experts will give attendees a solid foundation in the basics of color and appearance, and provide instruction on how
to measure, view and understand color data.
The $595 course requires no prior color training and will address color control for a variety of industries. X-Rite's FOCA seminar may qualify as
continuing education under certain accreditation programs.
FOCA's fall dates and venues are as follows:
Detroit, MI: 09/22/2011 (Detroit Metro Airport Marriott, Flynn Drive Romulus, MI)
Atlanta, GA: 09/27/2011 (Courtyard Atlanta Airport North/Virginia Avenue, International Boulevard, Hapeville GA)
Los Angeles, CA: 09/29/2011 (FIDM 17590 Gillette Avenue, Irvine CA)
Boston, MA: 10/06/2011 (Residence Inn Boston Framingham, 400 Staples Drive, Framingham MA)
Chicago, IL: 10/13/2011 (Residence Inn Chicago Schaumburg, 1610 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg IL)
Lyndhurst, NJ: 10/25/2011 (Courtyard Lyndhurst Meadowlands,1 Polito Avenue, Lyndhurst NJ)
Each attendee will receive an X-Rite Munsell Interactive Learning Kit to reinforce the lessons with worksheets, samples, and exercises, as well as
X-Rite’s exclusive 'Fundamentals of Color and Appearance' book to be used as a reference on color in easy-to-read language.
All FOCA attendees will receive a discount voucher towards an X-Ritepurchase and have the ability to win a free seat of quality assurance software
and a CAPSURE handheld color matching tool.
'Going Beyond Density: Optimal Process Control for Printing' is a modular seminar featuring a morning and an afternoon session. Participants can opt to
attend one session (for $395) or both (for $595).
This seminar is designed for any press operators, quality assurance or quality control managers, production supervisors, and prepress professionals looking
to better understand how to improve efficiencies in the pressroom. Topics will include color theory, how to shorten make-ready time, lower consumable
costs, increase efficiency throughout your workflow, and increase the return on your recent investment in color management equipment. Attendees will
gain a complete understanding of the best practices for process control, be introduced to the key concepts of the G7 methodology, and also improve
their understanding on spot color management from Pantone.
The morning session will look at offset press process control with aparticular focus on process color. The afternoon session will focus on flexographic
press process control with a particular focus on packaging and spot colors,including Pantone.
“The success of our 'Going Beyond Density' seminar this spring has led us to increase the number of locations for our fall tour in order to meet the needs
of our customers. We havedeveloped a curriculum, in coordination with Pantone that delivers superiorvalue to our attendees. The marketplace is
requesting tools to increase productivity and reduce costs and this seminar series supports this need,” explains Murphy Keeley, VP of Services at
Fall dates and venues for 'Going Beyond Density' are as follows:
Baltimore, MD: 9/13/2011 Courtyard Baltimore BWI Airport 1671 West Nursery Road Linthicum, MD
Los Angeles, CA: 9/15/2011 Los Angeles Airport Marriott 500 East First Street Long Beach, CA
Chicago, IL: 10/4/2011 Spring Hill Suites Chicago 1550 McConnor Parkway Schaumburg IL
Raleigh, NC: 10/6/2011 Courtyard Raleigh-Durham Airport 2001 Hospitality Court Morrisville, NC
All attendees of the 'Going Beyond Density' seminar will receive a discount voucher towards an X-Rite purchase and will have the ability to win an i1Publish
Organizations that send 5 people to an event will receive a free seat for a sixth person to attend. To register and obtain further information about these
seminars, please go to www.xrite.com/foca or www.xrite.com/processcontrol or call 888-439-4403. For a limited time, attendees can save 10 percent
and get a free t-shirt by using the coupon code FOCA11 or GBD11 when registering.
X-Rite Announces New Display and Projector Color Calibration Solutions
X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announces the
immediate availability of i1Display Pro and ColorMunki Display, two all-new technologically advanced hardware and software solutions for color
calibration and profiling of displays, laptops and projectors.
The i1Display Pro is the ultimate choice for discerning photographers, designers or any imaging professionals looking for the highest on screen color
accuracy. i1Display Pro offers power users ‘Advanced’ user-defined settings and in-depth quality assurance tools for precise color control, as well as
predefined ‘Basic’ settings to provide them with the perfect balance of speed and options to suit their individual workflow and changing needs.
The ColorMunki Display is the ideal color solution for both passionate and professional photographers and designers looking for professional color
results in an easy-to-use format that doesn’t require in-depth knowledge of color science. ColorMunki Display features an ‘Easy’ mode with a selection
of one-click presets and an ‘Advanced’ mode, with easy to navigate wizard-driven options for more control. ColorMunki Display provides users
everything they need in an easy to use solution that delivers high quality calibration and profile results in no time.
“Professional and passionate imaging professionals who are concerned about color perfection know that a properly calibrated and profiled display is an
essential and critical component for a successful and efficient creative workflow,” said Thomas Kunz, X-Rite’s Market Manager, Imaging. “The new
i1Display Pro and ColorMunki Display solutions provide all levels of users with perfectly calibrated displays and projectors, consistently and easily. This
ensures a user’s digital files will be viewed and shared accurately to enable faithful reproduction every time.”
These two new solutions feature the industry’s most advanced colorimeter bundled with new display and projector profiling software to ensure unrivaled
color accuracy and consistency now and in the future. Both i1Display Pro and ColorMunki Display devices feature an advanced, high-end, optical
system with custom-designed filters that offer superior color measurement results on all modern display technologies and is fully updatable for future
The new all-in-one colorimeter design also combines three important functions – ambient light measurement, display profiling, and projector profiling.
An, integrated, ambient measurement diffuser makes it seamless to take ambient light measurements of the users work environment. Rotate the
ambient diffuser out of position and it now acts as a tabletop stand for positioning of the device when creating projector profiles, or use the integrated
tripod mount. Finally, the device is positioned on the display using an integrated counterweight with push button action to easily adjust the position for
The new i1Display Pro and ColorMunki Display also incorporate the next generation display and projector profiling software with features like Ambient
Light Smart Control that measures and compensates for ambient lighting conditions (for color accuracy regardless of the viewing conditions) and
FlareCorrect™ for the measurement of display surface flare which automatically compensates for on-screen glare. The Intelligent Iterative Profiling
technology of these solutions enables users to attain the highest quality color results on all modern display technologies including new LED backlight
and wide gamut displays. X-Rite’s Automatic Display Control (ADC) automatically adjusts the user’s display hardware, further simplifying the process
while attaining high quality results.
X-Rite Ships New i1 Professional Color Management Solutions
X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announced that its
new portfolio of i1 Professional Color Management Solutions is now available from X-Rite’s online store (North America), and from the company’s
worldwide network of resellers. Designed to accommodate all levels of proficiency and expertise, these high performancesolutions consisting of a
combination of hardware, software and comparativecolor targets are specifically focused on meeting the unique needs of photo, pre-press, and
publishing professionals, providing exceptional value at very attractive price points.
The new portfolio is comprised of i1Basic Pro, i1Photo Pro, i1Publish Pro and i1Publish (software and target suite). All four feature groundbreaking new
i1Profiler software technology designed to accommodate all skill levels, and provide the power and control needed to create the highest quality color
profiles, as well as the new PANTONE Color Manager color swatch bridging software. ColorChecker Proof, a new ColorChecker target for direct
viewing analysis against a printed target and ColorChecker camera calibration system are also featured.
i1Basic Pro is a fundamental solution for high-end monitor profiling, monitor and printing quality verification, and spot color measurement. Designed for an
imaging professional’s unique needs, i1Basic Pro is ideal for an effective workflow in a color-managed ecosystem. i1Basic Pro includes i1Profiler
software, PANTONE Color Manager software and an i1Pro spectrophotometer.
i1Photo Pro is specifically designed for discerning photo professionals to manage their RGB workflow from camera to display and projector to print.
Thanks to the iterative profilingcapability of the i1Profiler software, professional photo users will enjoy the highest quality color results that especially
target highlight and shadow details and delivers greater color accuracy for more neutral grays and natural skin tones.
“i1Profiler has allowed me to build very smooth profiles on first attempt, with subtle and fine gradient definition, while using only a small number of color
patches. With i1Profiler I have been able to optimize my profiles for specific images, and spot colors. I’ve also used it to deal with problematic devices,
raising the bar on color expectations with ICC profiles. I love the new ergonomic and user-friendly user interface and the fact that I can now confidently
expect color fidelity at its best, each and every time,” commented Neil Snape, from Neil Snape Photography a Paris-based beauty and fashion
i1Publish (a standalone software package) and i1Publish Pro are the ultimate, fully-featured ICC profiling solutions for graphic arts professionals that
need to organize and manage their complete RGB, CMYK and CMYK+N (CMYK plus any 4) prepress workflows, complete with new assurance
validation and verification functions using digital standards. This includes a display QA function to check soft proofing for ISO (G7, SWOP, PSO,
Japan Color) and a printer QA function to check print quality using ISO media wedges (IDEAlliance ISO Control Wedge or Fogra Media Wedge).
“The difference in quality, smoothness between i1Profiler and the previous generations of profiling software is night and day. The new i1Prism color
engine is spectacular! To test i1Profiler, we built profiles for output to some digital presses. For one set of presses, 48 ECI targets measured and
averaged into a CGATS Lab file. This was then imported into i1 Profiler. We used many images and synthetic data files to test the output. One has
60 some pages of very special gradients that all fit within the color space of the source data we use for these presses. The results on press were
truly impressive, with excellent color transitions,” added Andrew Rodney, Digital Imaging Consultant at The Digital Dog, a training, consulting and
service business dedicated to digital imaging, electronic photography, color management, and Adobe Photoshop.
“The quality of i1Profiler's profiles is outstanding and unlike anything we've seen before. The i1Prism engine addresses a number of the challenges that
profiling packages have struggled with for years like CMYK separation optimization, edge gamut saturation, natural skin tones, and correcting non-linear
tonal variation. Devices that suffer from non-linear tonality become remarkably well behaved and produce perfectly smooth granger rainbows once
profiled with i1Profiler, using a small number of color patches. The difficult task of reproducing black and white images on full color printing processes
has never been easier or better looking. i1Profiler's perceptual rendering offers fantastic edge gamut saturation, natural skin tones and gray balance.
i1Profiler is an impressive display, projector and printer profiling solution that makes it easier to get better results than we've seen in the past,”
commented Scott Martin, Color and Workflow Consultant at Onsight, a capture-to-print training and consulting business that helps digital imaging
professionals optimize theirworkflows for quality and efficiency.
X-Rite & Pantone Announce New Color Management Seminar
X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, and its wholly owned
subsidiary Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced a new educational
color management seminar.
Targeted at printing, packaging, pre-press, and graphic design professionals the two-day, modular seminar will open in Chicago on March 29th and
30th, followed by New York City on May 17th and 18th. Topics covered will address all aspects of color management, from process control and
pressroom workflow, to color control for designers, spot color management and how to improve display to print matching.
The color management seminar consists of 3 sessions, and attendees will have the option to participate in any one or all of the sessions, as
Day 1: “Going beyond density: optimal process control for printing.”
AM Session: Offset press process control with a particular focus on process color. Ideally suited for sheet-fed or web offset quality assurance
managers, prepress professionals, production supervisors, and press operators.
PM Session: Flexographic press process control with a particular focus on packaging and spot colors, including Pantone. Ideally suited for flexographic
quality assurance managers, prepress professionals, productionsupervisors, and press operators.
“These two half-day sessions are designed to help attendees gain better control of all the variables that can affect color quality on press. We will discuss
press conditions, plate quality control and why it is so important to look at measurements beyond just density to truly control color. We will also provide
basic troubleshooting guidelines to deal with measurements that are out of spec,” explains Murphy Keeley, VP of Services at X-Rite.
Day 2: “Color immersion: an in-depth look at color management for creative/design professionals.”
Led by Pantone color experts, this full-day session is ideally suited for wide format printers, sign-makers, prepress professionals, graphic designers
and commercial photographers. Attendees will learn all aspects ofcolor management from design through prepress. Topics will include “How to Work
with Cameras for More Accurate Color“, “Display Calibration to Improve Color Editing”, ”How to Get better Display-to-Print Matching”, “Proper Use of
Pantone Colors in your Files”, ”Color Management Setup in Adobe® CS”, “Preflighting for Different Output” and ”Producing Color-Accurate Proofs that
Match Your Press”.
“Print buyers and brand owners are becoming more demanding in their color requirements. With tighter margins, wasted time and materials are not
acceptable. Improving turn-around speeds with better color and less waste is more important now than ever, and mastering the tools andmethods to
manage color is critical in all areas of production, from file creation all the way to the pressroom. Leaders in the printing and design industries are
recognizing the need for quality color management education, and to fulfill this demand, X-Rite/Pantone has put together this very comprehensive
course,” comments Murphy Keeley.
The first seminar will take place in Chicago, IL March 29-30, 2011 at the Marriott Hotel located at 540 North Michigan Avenue. The next event will take place
in New York City May 17-18 at the NYC Seminar and Conference Center 71 West 23rd Street. To register and obtain further information about this new
seminar, please go to http://www.xrite.com/processcontrol and http://www.pantone.com/immersion, orcall 888-439-4403. Early bird discounts are
available. Seminar attendees will be entitled to enter a free drawing at the end of each day to win one of X-Rite’s award-winning i1 Solutions on day 1,
and a CAPSURE color-capture device on day 2.
X- Rite’s Prepress and Pressroom Solutions Now Shipping With New
Graphic Arts Standard
X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announced that most of
its pre-press and pressroom instruments and software are now manufactured to the new XRGA standard. Joining the list of XRGA native solutions
(PANTONE PLUS SERIES digital library, ColorMunki Design, ColorMunki Photo and EasyTrax), all new orders of the following products will now ship from
the factory as XRGA compliant: the 500 Series, 939, SpectroEye, IntelliTrax, X-RiteColor Master v8.3, InkFormulation 6, ColorQuality 6, Color iMatch / Color
iQC v7.1, and ColorPort v2.0.1. Existing customers can have their instruments updated for free when then send them in for annual recertification.
Software updates and data transforms are available online from xrite.com. Any new products developed and released by X-Rite for the graphic arts industry
in the future will be XRGA native.
XRGA is a new metrology standard for the Graphic Arts industry. Designed to take advantage of advances in color science and new international
ISO standards, XGRA provides a way to reduce measurement discrepancies between legacy instruments previously developed by X-Rite and
GretagMacbeth. The XRGA standard improves inter-model agreement so that users can enjoy high-quality data exchange between sites that use
different instrumentation, regardless of their legacy affiliation.
X-Rite Ships InkFormulation 6 and ColorQuality 6 Software
X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announced theimmediate
availability of version 6 of its InkFormulation and ColorQuality software packages. Developed for ink manufacturers and printers who formulate their own ink, X-
Rite’s InkFormulation provides a fast, accurate and consistent ink formulation, formula creation, storage, approval and retrieval solution foroffset, flexographic,
gravure and screen-printing inks. InkFormulation 6 and ColorQuality 6 give ink suppliers and printers more flexibility over recipes and assortments, improve basic
materials handling, automatically determines the right ink film thickness and helps to eliminate hazardous waste. InkFormulation 6 and ColorQuality 6 are now
also XRGA compliant.
Thanks to a sophisticated math engine that provides better prediction of ink interactivity with substrates, InkFormulation 6 is able to rapidly calculate the optimal
and most cost-effective recipe based on the printing process, ink, illumination, pigment pricing, and number of components and materials to beused.
InkFormulation 6 helps printers and ink suppliers speed up the ink formulation workflow process (including liquid inks and special inks), withconsistent,
reproducible results on a broad variety of substrates and ink film thicknesses, including transparent films and metalized substrates. It also increases color
accuracy, helping to meet color specifications better than ever before.
With version 6’s newly improved Basic Material Module, users can work with a variety of additives within one assortment, allowing them to change a single
additive in a recipe without having to re-do the draw down or create a completely new assortment. This new enhancements of this module significantly simplifies
the handling of assortments and recipes, giving users more control over their ink database.
The new Film Thickness Calibration Module allows users to quickly and preciselydetermine the right ink thickness for flexo, gravure and screen-printing. Users
no longer need to re-measure known recipes for different line screens or rollers and adjust the film thickness manually; they can simply enter the roller or screen
volume as a parameter. The software will automatically calculate the required film thickness and apply it to the whole assortment.
InkFormulation 6 and ColorQuality 6 now both support the new X-Rite Graphic Arts Standard (XRGA). Databases in both applications contain XRGA data, and
data being imported from connected instruments will automatically be converted, if necessary. Version 5 databases will be automatically converted as well when
imported into version 6.
X-Rite’s renowned Leftover Management feature, also included in InkFormulation 6 allows leftover inks to be reused in new recipes during the formulation
process. InkFormulation provides recommendations on how to reduce the amount of leftover inks and allows for any surplus to be reworked into new
formulations, reducing inventory and waste, lowering disposal costs and providing a rapid return on users’ InkFormulation investment (typical ROI for spot color
printers, especially in flexo, gravure and screen printing is less than 6 months).
InkFormulation 6 offers unsurpassed flexibility of data exchange with networked databases and Internet communication features so ink suppliers and printers
can efficiently share color data with locations across the globe. The new version now also supports the latest generation of CxF (Color Exchange Format), the
universal file format for color communication, allowing them to accurately and unambiguously communicate all commercially significant aspects of their ink’s
formulation requirements. At each step of the process, colors are defined and stored as CxF files so that they can be seamlessly and faithfully
exchangedbetween instruments and applications throughout the printing workflow.
Current users of X-Rite’s Color Master software who choose to switch to InkFormulation 6 to take advantage of these new ground-breaking features will also be
able to easily import their existing databases.
InkFormulation 6 also features a number of usability enhancements including: more flexiblesorting criteria for recipes; direct and simplified substrate database
access; a new Print Layout Editor to allow users to define and customize their print layouts (logos, images and labels can be inserted and printed to label ink
cans and simplify inventory creation); a new ‘undo’ function to allow users to return to the preceding step within the formulation workflow rather than having to
begin all over again; simplified user administration tools.
InkFormulation’s advanced matching algorithms improve results, especially in highly opaque applications or when formulating for use on different substrates
such as metallic foils and transparent films. Final color correction is quick and easy, and can even be done on-press.
InkFormulation 6 now also features a digital library pack including the new PANTONE PLUS SERIES (C, U), PANTONE® Goe™ System (C, U) libraries, the
PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® (M) libraries and the HKS (E, K, N, Z) libraries. The libraries provide data for No-filter, Pol-filter, D65-filter and UVcut-filter
(PANTONE libraries only) measurements.
InkFormulation is available in four versions:
A cost-effective system designed for small to medium sized printers. Users can easily and quickly formulate custom inks, working with a database supplied by
their preferred ink manufacturer. Configured with an X-Rite Color Handheld device, this solution is ideal for the printers who previously could not justify having in-
house formulation capabilities.
Formulate custom inks without creating and maintaining a colorant database. You can import and work with colorant databases supplied by your preferred ink
manufacturer. Includes ColorQuality software to guarantee precise measurement, continuous control, and consistent documentation.
A full version of InkFormulation designed for the Ink Manufacturer, providing the ability to create, store and modify a colorant database. This allows users to
build and maintain a complete colorant database featuring all the inks they use.
A web-client solution for ink manufacturers and suppliers that allows their customers to access a centralized, easily-updatable database of ink formulation via
the Internet. Printers who do not wish to install local ink formulationcapability can easily access high quality ink formulation databases they can rely on for
mixing and matching inks.
X-Rite Announces New i1 Professional Color Management Solutions
X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announced its new
portfolio of i1 Professional Color Management Solutions. Designed to accommodate all levels of proficiency and expertise, these high performance solutions
are specifically targeted to meet the unique needs of photo, pre-press, and publishing professionals, providing exceptional value at very attractive price points.
The portfolio is comprised of i1Basic Pro, i1Photo Pro, i1 Publish and i1Publish Pro. All four feature groundbreaking new technology and applications:
i1Profiler, X-Rite’s entirely new next generation color profiling software; new PANTONE Color Manager color swatch bridging software; and ColorChecker
Proof, a new color checker chart for direct viewing analysis against a printed target.
“With the availability of our easy-to-use, next generation color profiling solutions, X-Rite puts unprecedented color control and robust features into the hands of
a broad array of imaging professionals – people who require precise color in a variety of projects,” commented Dr. Sonia Megert, X-Rite’s Vice President of
Inbound Marketing. “The integration of the industry-standard i1Pro spectrophotometer and today’s most powerful color profiling software ensures
tremendous value for our customers. Our new i1 Professional Color Management Solutions are more-than-ever within reach, with features that are designed
to accommodate all skill levels, and provide the power and control needed to create the highest quality color profiles in one, convenient solution.”
About X-Rite i1 Professional Color Management Solutions
i1Basic Pro is a fundamental solution for high-end monitor profiling, monitor and printing quality verification, and spot color measurement. Designed for an
imaging professional’s unique needs, i1Basic Pro is ideal for an effective workflow in a color-managed ecosystem. i1Basic Pro includes i1Profiler software,
PANTONE Color Manager software and an i1Pro spectrophotometer.
i1Photo Pro is specifically designed for discerning photo professionals to manage their RGB workflow from camera to display and projector to print. Thanks to
the iterative profiling capability of the i1Profiler software, professional photo users will enjoy the highest quality color results that especially target highlight and
shadow details and delivers greater color accuracy for more neutral grays and natural skin tones.
i1Publish (a standalone software package) and i1Publish Pro are the ultimate, fully-featured ICC profiling solutions for graphic arts professionals that need to
organize and manage their complete RGB, CMYK and CMYK+N (CMYK plus any 4) prepress workflows, complete with new assurance validation and
verification functions using digital standards. This includes a display QA function to check soft proofing for ISO (G7, SWOP, PSO, Japan Color) and a printer
QA function to check print quality using ISO media wedges (IDEAlliance ISO Control Wedge or Fogra Media Wedge).
i1Photo Pro and i1Publish Pro include i1Profiler software, an i1Pro spectrophotometer, PANTONE Color Manager software, ColorChecker Proof target, mini
ColorChecker Classic target, and ColorChecker Passport camera calibration software. i1Publish includes all of the above except for the spectrophotometer.
About i1Profiler Software
With the new i1Profiler software, X-Rite has developed a next generation toolset that combines the best features of its i1Match, ProfileMaker and
MonacoPROFILER solutions. i1Profiler software offers an unprecedented level of flexibility to address the needs of digital imaging workflows. It features a
number of unique color management capabilities, adding to users’ power and control in creating professional quality profiles. Users can chose between a
‘basic’, wizard-driven interface; or an ‘advanced’, user-driven interface to create high quality, precise, custom color profiles for monitors, projectors,
printers, and presses.
At the core of i1Profiler is X-Rite’s i1Prism engine, whose unique profiling technology lets users build printer profiles for up to 8-color workflows (RGB, CMYK
and CMYK plus any 4). This reliable, iterative technology is extremely robust, allowing for further profile optimization based on any combination of images,
spot colors or captured colors. Users can select from any of the included PANTONE color libraries, including the new PANTONE PLUS SERIES and
PANTONE Fashion + Home. This results in the best possible image quality and color accuracy.
Using just one software tool, users can optimize their profiles, build profiles with ambient light measurements, compensate for optical brighteners in their
papers, and utilize simple yet advanced controls for black separation. i1Profiler lets users save and reuse assets or preferred settings with drag-and-drop
functionality - meaning profile generation workflows can be created or shared with others quickly, easily, and efficiently. This exchange functionality also
allows users to communicate palette information and other color data across the office or around the world using X-Rite’s Color Exchange Format (CxF) for
the most comprehensive digital color data exchange.
About PANTONE Color Manager
PANTONE Color Manager will dynamically keep all digital PANTONE libraries up to date, accurate and ready to use in Adobe® and Quark®
creative applications. The tight integration of i1Profiler with PANTONE Color Manager swatch bridging software gives users seamless access to all
PANTONE colors for precise spot color matching, and unparalleled accuracy of spot color reproduction. It also makes multiple color space selections simple
for easy color translation to multiple applications and is ideal for photographers that need to shoot corporate ID images.
PANTONE Color Manager includes a unique new feature, which simplifies the creation and distribution of corporate brand style guides. Designers can
include palette information, digital color data, and output profiles to ensure that their brand color is faithfully reproduced in any print production process
around the corner or across the globe.
About ColorChecker Proof
To help users perform a visual color evaluation of their results using physical standards, i1Photo Pro and i1Publish Pro solutions include the new
ColorChecker Proof, a 24-patch ColorChecker Classic target precut for direct viewing against a printed target. When used in proper lighting conditions,
this offers a much more precise visual verification of output quality, so that the user can quickly determine if any adjustment is needed.
About ColorChecker Passport Software and Classic Target
With the ColorChecker Passport Camera Calibration Application and Lightroom® Plug-In, users can quickly and easily build DNG profiles for Adobe® Imaging
solutions including Lightroom®, Photoshop®, Photoshop® Elements, Camera Raw (ACR) and Adobe® Bridge. This advanced profiling technology, which
has become widely adopted in RAW workflows since its launch in September 2009, provides excellent results with just the small 24-patch ColorChecker
Classic target included in both i1Photo Pro and i1Publish Pro. It produces DNG profiles that work exceptionally well, even in unusual or artificial light sources.
Plus, software auto-detection will locate the target automatically. Whether shooting with just one camera or multiple cameras, photographers can easily
establish an accurate color foundation and maintain control of their colors.
Pricing, upgrades and availability
The new i1 Professional Color Management Solutions will be available in October 2010 from X-Rite’s online store (North America and Europe), and also from
the company’s worldwide network of resellers. i1Publish will also be offered with two upgrade options based on original solution purchased. For more
information, please visit xrite.com or XritePhoto.com.
X-Rite today unveiled EasyTrax, the industry's most affordable, semi-automated press-side color scanning
solution. Combining a rich feature set with affordable pricing, and seamless integration with X-Rite's extensive
range of prepress and pressroom color solutions, EasyTrax provides an easy-to-use solution to meet the color
management and process control needs of small to mid-size printers around the world.
With an entry-level price starting at $10,995, EasyTrax brings affordable process control to commercial offset or
folding carton packaging printers with smaller format color presses (20 to 40 inches), or those working in a
primarily process color environment (2 to 6 colors). It is ideally suited for printers who wish to regularly monitor
press runs to ensure they precisely match their customers' quality requirements, and meet industry specifications
X-Rite ColorMunki Award-winning Color Management System Enhances Workflow Options With Latest Version
ColorMunki 1.1 Offers Advanced Features, Incorporates More Flexible Options & Complete Color Control For
Both Photo and Design Users
X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management and measurement technologies,
announces an all-new 1.1 software for its award-winning ColorMunki Photo & Design, (www.ColorMunki.com),
now expanded to work with more popular design packages.
“X-Rite continues to evolve ColorMunki by listening to our customers and enhancing our color management offerings
accordingly–supporting the latest packages such as Corel, QuarkXPress, and Photoshop CS4. Version 1.1 also
offers the ability to control lighting conditions under which color is viewed. Like everything else with ColorMunki,
we’ve made this pro-like step easy,” states X-Rite Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Iris Mangelschots.
ColorMunki 1.1 Key Advantages:
More Precise, Pro-like Display Control–now, for the first time, users can easily adjust light functionality when
color matching–even from display to display, including
Optimized Display Luminance–based on either ambient light measurement or user specified values;
User-defined ambient light levels–quickly evaluate work environment lighting before profiling;
Optimized display contrast and brightness (backlight) workflow–with all-new automated pass/fail
contrast-clipping test where user proceeds to next step when passed for a quicker workflow;
More precise control of display luminance–with target and actual measured luminance values displayed
and an option for automatic video LUT adjustments;
User-defined profile naming
Expanded AppSet support:
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4*;
Adobe InDesign CS4* (Mac/Windows);
Expanded palette synchronization:
Adobe Photoshop CS4*;
Adobe InDesign CS4* (Mac/Win platforms);
ColorMunki Photo version 1.1 also contains the end-user license agreement to install and run
ColorMunki Photo software on an unlimited number of computers, allowing for a greater degree of flexibility
to color manage multiple computers typically owned by photographers.
The ColorMunki Family Of Products:
X-Rite ColorMunki Photo–a completely integrated color control solution to calibrate displays, projectors
and printers for accurate screen-to-print color matching, designed especially for wedding, portrait and
event photographers—or any passionate advocate.
PANTONE ColorMunki Design–a fully integrated color inspiration and control solution that offers
agencies, corporate in-house and freelancers the freedom to capture and design with any color from the
visible spectrum. Includes essential color control functions for calibrating displays, projectors and printers
including spot-color optimization.
PANTONE ColorMunki Create–tools developed to work seamlessly with today’s most popular design
applications to create, manage, search, verify and share color palettes, then view the colors accurately
with an included monitor calibration device.
ColorMunki Photo comes with an in-the-box DVD-flash-based Interactive Training Video (www.colormunki.com/colorknowledge/training?type=photo). Designed to make color more fun and easy,
this interactive user driven educational tool covers color management basics and all aspects of
ColorMunki, in seven-languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Japanese.
“The ColorMunki family of products reflects the X-Rite commitment to developing tools that make
exceptional color management easy to implement into every creative’s digital imaging workflow,”
X-Rite and Pantone Launch ColorMunki Family of Breakthrough Color
ColorMunki Photo, ColorMunki Design and ColorMunki Create Empower Users to Create and Control Color from
Inspiration to Final Output
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 17, 2008 – X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color
management and measurement technologies, along with recently acquired Pantone, Inc., the global authority on
color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today introduced ColorMunki™, a
breakthrough in both price and performance.
Based on X-Rite and Pantone’s deep understanding of the photo and design communities, ColorMunki solutions
are the industry’s first easy-to-use, convergent technologies developed specifically to feed the artistic imagination
of creative professionals – at an affordable price. Designed to meet the requirements of creatives working in a
digital environment across industries, the revolutionary ColorMunki family ensures accurate color from inspiration
to final output in ways never before possible.
“Our all-new ColorMunki portfolio reflects a deepened commitment to customers. We've developed solutions for
distinct segments of the creative community facilitating an unprecedented digital workflow that seamlessly
incorporates color. The exceptional ease-of-use has extended the appeal of our solutions. Finally, color excellence
can be integrated effortlessly into anyone's creative vision, setting a new industry standard," states X-Rite Senior
Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing Iris Mangelschots.
ColorMunki solutions provide photographers and designers new technological advances that – for the first time –
address core issues of color creation, control and communication in easy-to-use, integrated solutions. The
ColorMunki portfolio includes ColorMunki Photo, ColorMunki Design and ColorMunki Create, all supported by
www.colormunki.com. The products are a combination of software and hardware that give creatives freedom
and flexibility to create and produce with color confidence.
The ColorMunki Portfolio Includes:
Designed for the digital workflow of social, wedding and portrait photographers – or anyone passionate about
photography – ColorMunki Photo delivers an easy, quick and affordable solution for matching colors from display
Developed with professional photographer input, ColorMunki Photo is a completely integrated, versatile solution
that calibrates displays, projectors and printers, measures ambient light and captures spot colors. The new
AppSet™ automatically sets the printer profile for the user. ColorMunki Photo also includes new, exciting color
creation and communication tools, such as automatically extracting colors from images and transporting images
with DigitalPouch™ to ensure ViewSafe™ environments. ColorMunki Photo gives photographers ultimate color
control for their images.
Developed for graphic professionals from freelancers to corporate in-house designers, ColorMunki Design
provides the freedom and simplicity to select, specify and store color palettes in a calibrated environment,
assuring precise color viewing and reproduction. Palettes can then be seamlessly imported into popular design
applications including Adobe® Photoshop®, InDesign® and QuarkXPress®, as well as other industry-standard
applications. Colors can be selected from multiple sources including PANTONE® Color Libraries, system-level
color pickers, inspirational images, color harmonies and key word searches. ColorMunki Design allows users to
quickly and accurately capture colors from any surface, easily calibrate monitors, projectors and printers for
accurate display-to-print matching, and verify spot colors for process-safe reproduction in any medium.
ColorMunki Create is an affordable, simple starting point for designers whose primary requirement is color palette
creation. ColorMunki Create offers spectral color selection from system-level color pickers, inspirational images,
color harmonies and key word searches, with the ability to snap-to PANTONE Goe™ Colors for repurposing into
usable palettes. In addition to software, ColorMunki Create offers a simplified approach to on-screen color
control to let designers realize their creative vision. ColorMunki Create is easily upgraded to ColorMunki Design
using the discount voucher included in the box.
All three solutions are supported by www.colormunki.com, an online portal where designers and photographers
can experience key ColorMunki software capabilities such as create, share and view color palettes with peers,
search and select colors from images provided by the www.photoshelter.com community, and test their color-
viewing ability with an online test. Creatives will also be able to purchase any of the ColorMunki solutions directly
through the Web site.
Pricing, Availability and System Requirements
ColorMunki Photo and ColorMunki Design will be available in late March 2008 at www.colormunki.com and
other photo, design, major electronics and online retailers for an SRP of USD $499/€429.
ColorMunki Create will be available in June 2008 at www.colormunki.com and other design and online retailers for
an SRP of USD $149/€129.
Additional PANTONE Color Libraries can be purchased for use with ColorMunki Design and ColorMunki Create
from www.colormunki.com for an SRP of USD $19.95/€19.95.
The ColorMunki family of products is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and Windows XP and higher.
X-Rite Announces vipPAQ 2.0 Inline Color Management Solution for
Flexography and Gravure Printing
Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 13, 2007 - X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the leading provider
of color management and measurement solutions, today announced vipPAQ version 2.0, the upgraded inline
multi-channel densitometric color measuring system that optimizes production control and quality assurance in
flexography and gravure printing.
vipPAQ version 2.0 is a modular inline solution that consists of up to four 9-channel densitometers with
handheld-compatible optics, a controller, and system software. It is the only solution that can be installed on
press, which is able to control the density of any spot color, due to the various measurement channels distributed
over the complete visible spectrum. With the new Import Tool application, reference values can be directly
measured with an X-Rite handheld spectrophotometer or imported from other applications (e.g. from X-Rite
InkFormulation), which helps to dramatically reduce set-up time for print runs. It also enables higher production
speeds since there is no need to slow down the press for color quality inspections. The result is 100% control
over the print production process ensuring a real improvement in quality. vipPAQ thereby helps to increase the
productivity and save ink and paper
"The upgrades to the vipPAQ system make one of the industry’s most powerful inline color measurement solutions
even more flexible and user-friendly," said Christian Benz, Senior Product Manager for Pressroom Instruments,
X-Rite. "With the new software, data can be easily managed within the prepress-printing workflow, which is
essential for production control and quality assurance. We believe that this upgrade will add significant value for
new users and for those who currently rely on the vipPAQ system for accurate and efficient results."
For flexo printing, vipPAQ enables faithful and accurate ICC color management by measuring optical density
inline during the press run, allowing consistent reproduction of targeted printing conditions. Accurate spot and
process color control is an essential part of packaging production workflow. vipPAQ 2.0 is the only such complete
solution available on the market.
The benefits of vipPAQ 2.0 compared to vipPAQ 1.4.6 include:
· New vipPAQ Import Tool to setup the references for the print run in any location within a network (e.g. in
prepress). Reference values can be imported from other applications or directly measured with the X-Rite
spectrophotometers SpectroEye and 530 and 939
· New vipPAQ Job Viewer application, to view and analyze measurement data of a print run on any PC in
a network (e.g. in QA)
· Multi-trigger control element; splits the control strip when working with limited space
· Dot area value displays, to control halftone patches
· Continuous measurement without trigger marks, e.g. to capture data from a coating line.
· Alarm capability; option to connect alarm system (flashing light or sound) to host computer to increase
visibility of out-of-tolerance warnings
· Supports the languages: English, German, French, Italian and Spanish
vipPAQ 2.0 reduces the setup time for print runs and enables users to identify potentially costly errors early in
the workflow through real-time control of the actual print condition at the control console. It also eliminates the
need to slow the run for quality inspections. vipPAQ 2.0 provides total control during the production process,
allowing for consistent color reproduction and easy location and removal of print run errors. For accurate future
reprints, vipPAQ 2.0 records the exact print conditions and archives the job data for optimum quality control.
Contact your local X-Rite office for availability and pricing.
X-Rite to Acquire Pantone, Inc. Extending Reach in the Color Industry
Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 23, 2007 - X-Rite, Incorporated (Nasdaq: XRIT) a leading provider of color
solutions for measuring, formulating, matching, and simulating color, announced today it has entered into a
definitive agreement to purchase Pantone, Inc. for $180 million. The deal is expected to close in the fall of 2007.
Pantone, Inc., headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey, is an authority on color inspiration for the design world
with the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM, an innovative system for identifying, matching and communicating
colors to solve color reproduction problems in the graphic arts market. Pantone has expanded its color matching
system to other industries where accurate color reproductions are critical, including digital technology, fashion,
home, plastics, architecture and contract interiors, and paint.
Pantone generated revenue of approximately $42 million in 2006 with adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest,
taxes, depreciation and amortization) of approximately 27 percent of revenue. Pantone sells its products, services
and technology directly, and through hundreds of licensees in over 100 countries in the graphic arts, fashion,
home, interior, plastics, architectural, paint, industrial design and consumer markets. Anticipated strategic,
operational and financial benefits of the acquisition include:
- Deepening X-Rite’s range of offerings by adding Pantone’s color standards to its leadership position in
hardware, software and services solutions
- Leveraging X-Rite’s global presence and distribution capabilities to expand the reach of Pantone’s color
- Enhancing X-Rite’s revenue-generating opportunities and further diversifying its revenue base
- Accelerating technology and business model innovation
- Achieving significant synergies in marketing, operations and administration
The transaction is expected to be accretive to X-Rite’s cash earnings per share during year two of the combined
operations. X-Rite expects to achieve approximately $6.5 million of annual operating expense cost savings
associated with the transaction in year two. During the first year, the company expects to incur cash restructuring
costs of approximately $5.5 million.
"Larry Herbert and his team have built Pantone into a very successful business and we are delighted that it will
now be part of the X-Rite family," said Tom Vacchiano, chief executive officer of X-Rite. "This iconic brand is
the perfect complement to X-Rite’s business bringing Pantone’s expertise and market position in color
communication and standards to our color solutions product offerings. We believe that this strategic acquisition
will provide value for our shareholders, customers, employees and partners."
"We have proven expertise in integrating sizable, strategic acquisitions into our business," Vacchiano continued.
"We are confident that we can successfully blend the Pantone integration with our existing responsibilities as
we evolve into a faster growing, more diverse business."
"Pantone and X-Rite have enjoyed a strategic partnership in providing color management solutions for the
digital imaging market for the last two years," stated Larry Herbert, chief executive officer of Pantone. "Our
company is wholly committed to color communication and inspiration and we are enthusiastic about combining
our growing business with X-Rite to apply even greater resources to this work."
Organization of the Combined Entity:
Pantone will become a new business unit within X-Rite. Current Pantone leaders will continue to play key roles
in the organization.
This transaction will be funded exclusively with cash, which will be financed through new borrowings. Merrill
Lynch, Fifth Third Bank, National City Bank, LaSalle Bank and GoldenTree Asset Management, LP have
committed to a total debt package of up to $415 million to fund the transaction and refinance X-Rite’s existing
The transaction is expected to close in the fall of 2007, subject to customary regulatory approvals.
X-Rite was advised exclusively by Headwaters MB for investment banking and financial advisory services,
including securing debt financing. McDermott, Will & Emery provided legal advice. Goldman, Sachs & Co.
served as financial advisor to Pantone and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP provided legal counsel
X-rite To Acquire Amazys Holding AG, Agreement Will Create a Global
Leader in the Color Industry
Grandville, Mich. / Regensdorf, Switzerland - X-Rite, Incorporated (Nasdaq: XRIT) and Amazys Holding AG
(SWX: AMSN), two leading providers of color measurement solutions comprised of hardware, software and
services for the verification and communication of color data, today jointly announced they have entered into
a definitive agreement under which X-Rite will offer to purchase all of the outstanding registered shares of
Amazys Holding AG for a purchase price of approximately US$280 million or CHF 77 per share plus 2.11 shares
of X-Rite, Incorporated stock per share. Amazys develops, markets and supports hardware, software and
services to measure and communicate color under the GretagMacbeth brand.
Anticipated Strategic, Operational and Financial Benefits of the Acquisition Include:
- Building one of the strongest talent pools in the industry
- Creating a global market leader in the color industry
- Leveraging the strength of X-Rite’s manufacturing and the technology of Amazys Holding AG
- Generating significant synergy potential
- Accelerating technology innovation
- Extending market opportunity and geographic reach
The combined company expects to achieve approximately US$25 million of annual operating expense savings
in connection with the transaction in year three, with combined gross margins of approximately 63 percent.
During the first year, the company has plans to incur restructuring costs of approximately US$20 million. The
transaction is expected to be accretive to X-Rite’s EPS during year two of the combined operations.
"X-Rite is excited about the opportunity to achieve greater scale, reduce operational costs and leverage
combined R&D efforts. With the combined company, we will be in a position to deliver more innovative and
high quality solutions," said Michael C. Ferrara, X-Rite CEO. "We believe this is a strategic combination that
will provide value for our shareholders, customers, employees and partners."
"We believe this combination offers an exciting opportunity for our two companies to come together in a
transaction that maximizes value for our stakeholders," said Mario Fontana, Amazys Holding AG Chairman.
"Together, we plan to leverage our combined technical resources to deliver the best possible solutions to help
drive our client’s businesses," stated Amazys Holding AG CEO Thomas J. Vacchiano, Jr.
Organization of the Combined Entity:
A strong team of X-Rite and Amazys executives will lead the new organization. Following the deal, Michael
C. Ferrara will remain CEO, Thomas J. Vacchiano Jr. (Present Amazys CEO) will be named President and
COO, Mary E. Chowning will remain CFO, and Dr. Francis Lamy will be appointed CTO. Following the completion
of the transaction, the Board of Directors will be comprised of nine members, including six current directors of
X-Rite and three current directors of Amazys Holding AG.
In the immediate future, X-Rite and Amazys Holding AG will continue to operate as separate companies.
Throughout the integration process, brand strategy for both companies and their respective product lines will
be reviewed in a thoughtful, deliberate manner to add the most value for stakeholders. Following the transaction’s
completion, global headquarters will be located in Grandville, Michigan with the European Headquarters in
CHF 77 in cash net of possible diluting effects that may take place before the settlement of the offer plus 2.11
shares of X-Rite for each share of Amazys Holding AG.
The Pre-announcement of the offer has been published today in the electronic media and is also available at
X-Rite’s and Amazys’ websites. It is anticipated that the publication of the tender offer prospectus will be on or
about March 3, 2006. The initial tender offer period will be 20 business days, expected to run from March 3,
2006 to March 30, 2006, 16.00 hours CET. X-Rite reserves the right to extend the tender offer period once or
several times. If and once the offer is declared unconditional, the tender period will be extended by an additional
10 business days.
Conditions and Approvals:
The tender offer is conditioned on 70 percent of Amazys Holding AG’s fully diluted shares being tendered as
well as other conditions in accordance with Swiss takeover regulation.
The proposed transaction is subject to approval by the X-Rite shareholders.
Assuming full take-up of the offer, X-Rite and Amazys Holding AG’s current shareholders would own
approximately 74 percent and 26 percent, respectively, of the combined entity.
The cash portion of the transaction will be financed through a combination of cash on hand and new
borrowings. Goldman Sachs has provided a commitment to a total debt package of up to US$220 million to
fund the transaction.
The transaction is expected to close in the late Spring of 2006, subject to obtaining shareholder approvals
and customary regulatory approvals.
Prior to the closing, X-Rite and Amazys Holding AG will operate as separate businesses.