KODAK Digital Halftone, Inkjet and Monitor Proofing Solutions Excel in IPA Color Proofing RoundUP
Rochester, NY, July 14 -- Kodak’s proofing customers have access to the industry’s deepest and strongest portfolio of proofing solutions, according to North America’s premier technical proofing demonstration. Results of the 2006 IPA Color Proofing RoundUP place KODAK proofing solutions among the top offerings in all three main technologies: digital halftone, inkjet and monitor proofing.
Conducted during the recent 41st Annual IPA Technical Conference, the 4th Annual IPA Color Proofing RoundUP included a comprehensive evaluation of 30 color proofing systems. Kodak entered seven solutions, the most of any vendor, across all three technology categories, including the KODAK APPROVAL XP4 digital color imaging system, the KODAK MATCHPRINT digital halftone proofing system (composed of the KODAK Spectrum digital halftone proofer and KODAK MATCHPRINT digital halftone media), the KODAK VERIS digital proofer, the KODAK MATCHPRINT inkjet system and the KODAK MATCHPRINT virtual proofing system with three different SWOP certified LCD monitors.
“Regardless of which proofing technology a Kodak customer chooses, they can be confident in the system’s ability to accurately communicate, control and confirm color through the print production process,” said Brad Palmer, General Manager, Proofing and Color, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group. “The depth and breadth of our proofing portfolio offer customers choices when evaluating solutions to meet the wide range of price, quality and cycle time needs. Today, most users routinely use multiple proofing technologies in tandem to meet their daily needs.”
This year’s event marked a significant change in how IPA evaluated proofing systems. IPA determined that Delta E scores are no longer the key differentiator, since most participating solutions achieved acceptable Delta E scores. Each of the four KODAK hardcopy proofing solutions (APPROVAL, MATCHPRINT digital halftone, VERIS and MATCHPRINT inkjet systems) scored an average of 0–1.5 Delta E.
“It’s more than who has the best colorimetric scores. IPA is saying that everyone can do that,” explained Palmer. “What’s really important is how well proofing systems produce visual matches and how well they perform when proofing multicolor jobs and jobs with spot colors, which are becoming increasingly numerous.”
The APPROVAL XP4 system ranked among the top solutions in visual match to press sheet, and spot color judging, highlighting the system’s capabilities for color rich packaging applications. In addition, the APPROVAL XP4 system was used as the target for the six color proofing test, in which the MATCHPRINT digital halftone system, VERIS digital proofer and MATCHPRINT inkjet system scored in the top group. The VERIS digital proofer and MATCHPRINT digital halftone system also joined the APPROVAL XP4 system in the highest rated group in the PANTONE® spot color test for solids.
In soft proofing tests, the MATCHPRINT virtual proofing system posted strong results, solidifying its position among the best monitor proofing solutions currently available. The MATCHPRINT virtual proofing system with APPLE Cinema 30 inch display and EIZO CG 210 LCD display scored among the top soft proofing solutions.
In its closing summary, the IPA noted workflow connectivity, value for money, and color management expertise as the key decision factors when choosing a proofing option. Palmer agrees with the IPA’s assessment and believes it meshes well with Kodak’s vision to provide customers with integrated proofing solutions that address a full range of needs.
“Kodak is uniquely positioned as a leader in both workflow solutions, color management technology and in offering the broadest proofing portfolio in the industry,” added Palmer. “Kodak continues to support organizations like the IPA that foster not only standards, but deliver valuable information to the industry to help customers make important decisions that affect their businesses.”
About Eastman Kodak Company
Kodak is the world’s foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to the photographic, graphic communications and healthcare markets. With sales of $14.3 billion in 2005, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak’s system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using KODAK solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; Creative Professionals rely on KODAK technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images; and leading Healthcare organizations rely on Kodak’s innovative products, services and customized workflow solutions to help improve patient care and maximize efficiency and information sharing within and across their enterprise. More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.
For more information about Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group, visit www.graphics.kodak.com .
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