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GMG delivers excellent results at 5th annual IPA Proofing RoundUP

Along with three top scoring hard proofing entries, GMG focuses on importance of remote proofing, submitting four of seven total event entries

(PresseBox) (Tübingen, ) Once again, GMG proofing entries delivered excellent results during the 5th annual IPA Proofing RoundUP, directed by Dr. Abhay Sharma, Ryerson University and a team of leading industry experts. The event was conducted during the recently concluded IPA Technical Conference, held from June 5-7. GMG results mirrored performance at previous IPA events and at similar events worldwide.

Since its inception in 2004, the IPA Proofing RoundUP has led to substantial improvements in the quality of proofing technologies and techniques. In 2007 the IPA aimed to test the efficiency of its community of proofing equipment suppliers and the proofing capabilities of its user community: trade shops, printers, graphic solutions providers. In addition to 34 systems (hard copy, monitor-based, and remote) submitted for testing by the world's leading proofing manufacturers, 64 entries were received by a user community comprised of premedia, printers, creative agencies and other graphic solutions providers.

GMG's supplier entries were submitted from three different inkjet printers. Two were from HP inkjet printers with built-in spectrophotometers: the HP Z2100 and the HP Z3100. The third set was generated from an Epson 7800 printer. GMG entries performed admirably in all tests; all three demonstrated particularly strong results in spot color test.

"This year, many hard copy proofing system performed well. We're pleased to see the overall industry has made substantial progress in delivering accurate proofs. It is still clear, however, that many systems require significant operator expertise. For example, although most supplier entries performed better than user entries (average delta E of 1.07 vs. 2.23), a large group of users scored better than some of the vendors. This demonstrates the differences in system ease of use and consistency, among other factors, that affect the true accuracy and total cost of system ownership," explains Jim Summers, President, GMG Americas. "In fact, one softproofing entry-a 'home brew' utilizing Adobe Photoshop-did very well, showing that good operating practices strongly influence the results."

While some in the industry believe differences in proofing systems' accuracy have become insignificant, the results of the event demonstrate otherwise. In a remote proofing application, for example, a 1 delta E difference could be +1 delta E in the red direction at one site, and- 1 delta E in the green direction at another site. This two delta E would be quite visible to even the casual observer. Additionally, not all quality parameters are easily quantified. There were clear discrepancies between the objective, measured accuracy of a proof and the visual scores given by the panel of judge.

GMG also delivered four of the seven remote proof entries, each with at least three remote sites. "We are pleased to see that the IPA incorporated remote proofing into their tests. GMG's remote proofing capability has been part of the product for over a decade, so we were confident our customers would deliver superior results," remarks Summers. "Because of GMG's unique 4D process, where remote printers are calibrated to standardized printer profiles for each product model-rather than creating unique profiles for every printer at every location in the world-it is much easier to assure great results. We hope the IPA will continue to focus on the importance of remote proofing where, due to the globalization of the print supply chain and the pervasiveness of the Internet, proofing accuracy and repeatability is of paramount importance."

GMG GmbH & Co. KG

Die Firma, 1984 mit Sitz in Tübingen gegründet, ist ein Softwareunternehmen mit einem weltweiten Vertriebsnetz und eigenen Niederlassungen in Großbritannien, Spanien, Frankreich, Benelux, Nordic den USA und Asien. Das Unternehmen hat sich auf das High-end Farbmanagement für die gesamte Druckindustrie spezialisiert. Heute sind über 8.000 Systeme im ganzen Spektrum der Industrie, von Werbeagenturen, Druckvorstufenfirmen und Offsetdruckereien bis hin zu internationalen Tiefdruckereien, im Einsatz.. Das GMG ColorProof System ist zum defacto Standard für die große Tiefdruckindustrie Europas geworden.

Über die GMG Produktfamilie: GMG ColorProof, eine Colormanagement Software, wird den höchsten Qualitätsansprüchen an farbverbindliche Kontraktproofs auf den unterschiedlichsten Inkjet Ausgabegeräten gerecht. GMG DotProof® dient zur Herstellung farbverbindlicher Rasterproofs unter Verwendung der Original-Bitmapdaten. Auf die Anforderungen der Verpackungsindustrie zugeschnitten ist GMG FlexoProof, das u.a. spezielle Datenformate unterstützt und eine vollständige Pantone® Sonderfarbenlibrary beinhaltet. GMG ColorServer ist eine Lösung für automatische Farbraumtransformationen - CMYK-to-CMYK, RGB-to-CMYK und RGB-to-RGB - um Workflows effizienter zu gestalten. GMG InkOptimizer sorgt automatisiert für eine signifikante Buntfarbenreduktion im Druck und damit erheblichen Kosteneinsparungen. GMG ProofControl ist die ideale Lösung für die sekundenschnelle, verbindliche Verifizierung von Proofs. GMG Media umfasst eine Bandbreite von Proofingmedien für die gängigsten Drucker. GMG PrintControl ist eine Software, um den Druckprozess von Anfang bis Ende zu standardisieren. GMG RapidCheck ist eine Prüfsoftware, die es erlaubt, mit wenigen Mausklicks die Einhaltung der Druckprozessnormen zu kontrollieren. Die Medien werden entsprechend den hohen Anforderungen gefertigt, die an farbkritische Anwendungen gestellt werden. Die Medien sind in unterschiedlichen Formaten verfügbar.

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