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Turn your i1Pro or i1Pro2 into the best pressroom spectrophotometer. Email us your wish list for a formal price quotation:

Solve ALL your print color quality problems (CMYK, N-Colors and print works with PANTONE spot colors), for a MUCH lower price than buying a simple plate reader or a simple CMYK densitometer: Stop wasting time and consumable and get the quality and productivity you need today!

Just email us the software configuration you want or the print applications you envisage and we will send you a formal price quotation : 

Compare our i1Pro based press room solutions costs with the alternative solutions based on obsolete* equipments:

Following worked examples for typical offset printing are showing that, while being far more flexible, productive and opened, our software solutions allow you saving A LOT of money, by properly using modern spectrophotometers spectral measurements:

Actions required
for printed color quality:
Proprietary solutions:
Costs of proprietary solutions:
Colorsource solutions:
Controlling color proofs BEFORE prepress and imposition,
Eye-One Pro 1 or 2 basic
or EFI ES-1000 or 2000, or pressroom spectrophotometer with scan measurement mode
+
appropriate third party software.
0 to 7 000 €
+ Third party software.
(You often already own the required hardware!)
Eye-One Pro 1 or 2 basic
or EFI ES-1000 or 2000 spectrophotometer
+ Free CMYK_Print_&_Proof control application.
Calibrating your CtP or checking your plates BEFORE press mounting,
Offset plate reader*
or pressroom spectrophotometer with plate measurement functions.
2 000 to 4 500 €
for a plate reader
Eye-One Pro 1 or 2
or EFI ES-1000 or 2000

+ PLATE application.
Controlling the color quality of each printing configuration or printed model inks set, in terms of metamerism and optimal density or concentration, BEFORE you install the inks on your press,
Pressroom spectrophotometer with spot colors and tolerances preprogrammed, and with a working function allowing you computing your optimal inks densities or pigment concentrations and control of metamerism.
5000 to 7 000 €
+ Expensive third party software.
Eye-One Pro 1 or 2
or EFI ES-1000 or 2000
+
SPOT_Color_Manager
application.
On-Press setting of your CMYK densities or concentrations,
and setting your spot colors densities or concentrations,
Pressroom spectrophotometer with all ISO12647-2-3-4-6 solid and trapping colors and spot colors and tolerances preprogrammed, and with a working function allowing you computing your optimal solid CMYK and else inks print densities or pigment concentrations.
> 5 000 €
Per printing press and awkward use.
Eye-One Pro 1 or 2
or EFI ES-1000 or 2000
+
CMYK_100%
+ SPOT_Gravure
applications.
Off-Press computing of your CMYK gravure curves,
Pressroom spectrophotometer with all ISO12647-2-3-4-6 solid and trapping colors and tolerances preprogrammed, and with scan measurement function, and with a working function allowing you checking your optimal average CMYK print densities
+ appropriate third party software.
> 6 000 €
+ Third party software needed.
Eye-One Pro 1 or 2
or EFI ES-1000 or 2000
+
CMYK_Gravure
application.
Off-Press computing of your spot colors gravure curves,
Pressroom spectrophotometer with spot colors and tolerances preprogrammed, and with scan measurement function, and with a working function allowing you checking your optimal average spot colors print densities
+ appropriate third party software.
> 6 000 €
+ Third party software needed
.
Eye-One Pro 1 or 2
or EFI ES-1000 or 2000
+
SPOT_Gravure application
(already listed above).
Your investment costs per printing press:
Obsolete* solutions:
Your costs:
Colorsource solutions:
Total equipment needed and approx. costs for ONE press, all printing applications:
1 x Pressroom spectrophotometer
+ 1 x Plate reader*
+ Third party software applications.
6 000 €

+ 2 000 €

> 8 000 €
1 x Eye-One Pro2
+
Full Colorsource
press-setting software suite.
Total equipment needed and approx. costs
for TWO presses, all printing applications:
2 x Pressroom spectrophotometers

+ 1 x Plate reader*

+ Third party software applications.
2 x 6 000 €


+ 2 000 €

>> 14 000 €
2 x Eye-One Pro2
+
Full Colorsource
press-setting software
+ 1 x CMYK_100%
supplementary license
+ 1 x SPOT_Gravure
supplementary license,
if more than 4 inks.
Total equipment needed and approx. costs
for THREE presses, all printing applications:
3 x Pressroom spectrophotometers

+ 1 x Plate reader*

+ Third party software applications.
3 x 6 000 €


+ 2 000 €

>> 20 000 €
3 x Eye-One Pro2
+
Full Colorsource
press-setting software
+ 2 x CMYK_100%
supplementary licenses
+ 2 x SPOT_Gravure
supplementary licenses,
if more than 4 inks.

(*) Please note we consider pressroom spectrophotometers are obsolete equipments, but we DO NOT consider plate readers are obsolete equipments. The only question is to know whether a plate reader is REALLY a priority for you, when plate calibration results will vary of max. 0.5% when using a spectrophotometer with Colorsource PLATE application! Please refer to our technical note in ourfrequently asked questions.  Moreover PLATE does work for measuring low optical contrast offset plates, when plate readers do not work.

For establishing this price comparison study, we only retained decent pressroom spectro-photometers models, offering the minimal functions listed above that all Print Houses do need.

Of course, we did not even consider pressroom CMYK densitometers, because they cannot measure colors while all modern ISO print standards or building your own standards requires matching specific colors. Moreover, densitometers can be of no use with spot colors and special process inks.

Eye-One Pro, Eye-One Pro2 are X-Rite Trade Marks. EFI ES-1000 and ES-2000 are EFI Trade Marks (Eye-One Pro 1 & 2 O.E.M.ed from X-Rite)

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