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Secure, color managed PDF files are easily created with new GMG/Enfocus workflow

(PresseBox) (Tübingen, ) GMG, developer and supplier of highend color management and proofing solutions, is pleased to announce the availability of a new solution to create standardcompliant, perfectly color managed PDF files in combination with Enfocus Switch. A GMG FlowConnect configurator (or plugin) is available to automate GMG ColorServer and InkOptimizer color management solutions within Enfocus Switch.

The new GMG configurator offers a workflow integration that enables fully centralized and automated color management with the GMG color management solutions. It sends PDF, TIFF and JPEG files from within Enfocus Switch to GMG ColorServer/InkOptimizer, allows the setup of parameters and receives status information (success, warning, error) to track all jobs in the entire workflow. This configurator can also be used in combination with other configurators in a Switch flow which can result in combining PitStop Server 'preflight and fixing' technology with color management in order to create certified, color managed PDF files that comply with PDF standards like PDF/X1a and the Ghent PDF Workgroup specifications.

Such an example flow is available for download free of charge on the Crossroads website at https://www.crossroads-world.com. Existing users of Enfocus Switch and GMG FlowConnect can use the Switch flow as of today.

Creators of PDF files can thus ensure that a PDF can be printed without problems regarding color spaces and issues such as nonembedded fonts and lowimage resolution. This avoids iterations of sending files back and forth as well as cost intensive problems and unexpected results during the print run.

"There is a clear trend visible, in that more files from different sources have to be integrated in one document," says Paul Willems, CEO of GMG GmbH & Co. KG. "In parallel, the files are created by people with less prepress expertise, leading to mistakes during the design phase of the files and ultimately the new PDF versions get more complex with layer technologies, transparencies and different color spaces. Therefore it will become more and more mandatory for creatives, repro houses and printing companies to invest in solutions to automatically detect problems prior to going to the press room."

VP of Enfocus Fabian Prudhomme says: "We can confirm this trend and we noticed that over the years PDF preflight and color management have become more and more important. The integration with Switch also offers new opportunities for the GMG ColorServer and InkOptimizer users to bring their workflow to a new level of automation and help them save time on repetitive tasks and errors."

About GMG GmbH & Co. KG

The software company founded in 1984 and located in Tuebingen, near Stuttgart, Germany, has a worldwide distribution network with local presence in France, Spain, Benelux, Nordic, the UK, Asia and the Americas. GMG has specialized in highend color management for the entire graphic arts industry. Today, more than 10,000 systems have been sold across the industry spectrum from ad agencies, prepress houses and offset printers to newspapers, flexo converters and international gravure printing plants. In fact, the GMG ColorProof system has become the defacto standard of Europe's extensive gravure printing industry.

About the GMG family of products: GMG ColorProof, a color management software system, provides the most accurate way of calibrating digital inkjet proofing engines to produce digital contract color proofs, precisely matched to the printing press. GMG DotProof® enables users to generate contract quality halftone proofs, using the original bitmap data of the output RIP. Specifically tailored to the needs of the packaging industry is GMG FlexoProof, which supports specific flexo file formats and includes a complete Pantone® spot color library, along with other functions. GMG ColorServer is a tool for automatic color conversions - CMYKto-CMYK, RGBto-CMYK and RGBto-RGB - for more efficient workflows. The GMG SmartProfiler wizard allows the profiling and calibration of different output devices, such as digital presses or large format systems, easily and quickly. GMG InkOptimizer automatically reduces chromatic colors, thus providing cost savings by reducing unnecessary ink usage, along with better print stability on press. GMG ProofControl is the ideal solution for instant, coloraccurate verification of proofs. GMG PrintControl is one single software for standardizing the press from start to finish. GMG RapidCheck is a verification tool to control the printing process at a click of the mouse. GMG Media is a range of proofingspecific papers and films for the most popular inkjet printers. They are manufactured to high tolerances for color critical applications, available in a range of sizes.

© 2010 GMG GmbH & Co. KG. The GMG product names mentioned in this document are trademarks or service marks of GMG GmbH & Co. KG and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Other company, brand, product and service names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Data is subject to change without notice.

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