Productionserver is a colour management, RIP and print data generation solution for industrial digital printing and graphic arts printing. With more than 25 years of experience not only in the development of printing software, but also in the fields of packaging, sign and display, surface decoration, ceramics, and textiles, ColorGATE offers unique features to fully support these applications.
The new version 23 opens up new possibilities for automated colour correction. Décor and packaging applications often require the reprinting of an existing printed reference. If colour deviations occur during reprinting, they can be automatically corrected with ColorGATE’s Fingerprint and Colour Correction Loop technology. Productionserver 23 now supports a wide range of measuring devices for iterative colour correction using Colour Correction Loop technology.
Customers can achieve a new level of automation with Productionserver’s REST API. New features are available in Productionserver 23, facilitating the integration in existing production processes. ColorGATE will support connectors to OneVision and Enfocus workflows.
With Productionserver 23, customers also benefit from various improvements in PDF support as well as general stability and performance optimisations with Adobe PDF Print Engine 6.1.
ColorGATE supports many printing, cutting and measurement devices. With version 23, more than 1850 devices can be driven with ColorGATE. ColorGATE will be demonstrating the new functions and tools at FESPA Munich.
ColorGATE Productionserver is a colour management and RIP solution for industrial digital printing and the graphic arts industry. It is available in dedicated versions for packaging, ceramic, decorative and textile printing, where it often forms the backbone of complex printing and production processes.
The core function of Productionserver is to generate print data from design files. This print data is specifically generated for the connected digital printing system, considering the required data format, ink setup, print mode, substrate and all other parametres that affect print quality and colour reproduction. In this way, optimum print results are achieved at different production times, on different systems and in different locations, which match a defined reference, a key requirement in industrial print production.
Highlights of Productionserver 23
Compatibility with Adobe PDF: ColorGATE relies on the Adobe PDF Print Engine to render PDF files. Productionserver 23 is equipped with the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine 6.1 This ensures compatibility with the latest design applications from Adobe.
Automation with REST API: The REST API interface can be used to integrate ColorGATE into existing workflows and to further automate them. ColorGATE is striving to make all relevant Productionserver functions accessible via the REST API and has, among other things, added the option of creating and editing containers to Version 23.
Automated colour correction for every workflow: getting colour right, especially when reprinting, is crucial in the printing business. This usually requires a lot of manual work, tweaking and the like, no matter how good master samples have been preserved. With ColorGATE’s Fingerprint technology, digital samples can be created from raster data and, in the new version 23, also from PDF files. When printing the digital master for the repeat run, it is easy to detect colour deviations and to use the Colour Correction Loop module to automatically correct them so that the print results are consistent with previous runs.
Improved UI and support access: the user interface has been further optimised in Productionserver 23, making it easier for users to work with and for new customers to get started with ColorGATE software. Customers can now easily access ColorGATE’s technical support directly out of the Productionserver software.
Thomas Kirschner, CEO of ColorGATE, emphasised, ‘At ColorGATE, we prioritise automation and standardisation for efficient and profitable digital print production. Productionserver 23 offers new workflow automation features, automated colour correction, improved PDF support, and stability and performance optimisations. Our commitment to providing the best solutions for our customers is reflected in this new version.’
Many print service providers are facing increased job volumes, especially for smaller, more customised jobs. In order to cope with this, while remaining efficient and keeping machine utilisation high, automation is a critical factor.
ColorGATE users will have the opportunity to easily automate their prepress workflows. To make this possible, ColorGATE is now connecting to products from OneVision Software AG and Enfocus BV. Dedicated connectors make it possible to include ColorGATE-driven output devices and all their colour capabilities within automated workflows.