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Configure and buy Colorsource Press setting applications

Turn your i1Pro1, 2, 3 or else connected scanning spectrophotometer into the best pressroom spectrophotometer. Email us your wish list for a formal price quotation:

Solve ALL your print color quality problems (CMYK, CMYK with spot colors, N-Colors printing with or without a CMYK base, for a MUCH lower price than buying a simple plate reader or a simple CMYK densitometer:

You can easily download the demo versions on this web site, and even ask us for a temporary key if you want to test the applications without any functional limitation.

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* unproductive solutions:

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 CMYK color proofs BEFORE prepress and imposition,
Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 or else 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 1,2,3 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 1,2,3
+ PLATE application.
Controlling the color quality of printing inks, in terms of color matching, metamerism and optimal print density or concentration, BEFORE you install the inks on your press,
Pressroom spectrophotometer with preprogrammed spot colors and tolerances, 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 1,2,3
+
SPOT_Color_Manager
application.
On-Press setting of your CMYK inks densities or concentrations for matching any ISO12647, G7 or else private CMYK print standard
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 print densities or pigment concentrations.
> 5 000 €
Per printing press and with slow and awkward use.
Eye-One Pro 1,2,3
+
MagicPress

application.
On-Press setting of all your inks densities or concentrations for matching any CMYK, or CMYK + spot colors, or 1 to 10 colors N-Colors standard with or without a CMYK base
Pressroom spectrophotometer do not allow specifying standards other then classic public 4 colors CMYK standards;
 
No solution
Eye-One Pro 1,2,3
+
MagicPress
N-CLR option

 
Off-Press computing and fast updating 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 1,2,3
+
MagicPrepress

application.
Off-Press computing and fast updating all your gravure curves for all 1 to 10 colors N-Colors standard with or without a CMYK base
Pressroom spectrophotometer do not allow specifying standards other then classic public 4 colors CMYK standards;
No solution
Eye-One Pro 1,2,3
+
MagicPrepress

N-CLR option
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 Pro 1,2,3
+
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 Pro 1,2,3
+
Full Colorsource
press-setting software
+ 1 x MagicPress
supplementary license
+ 1 x
N-CLR option
supplementary license if non-CMYK 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 Pro 1,2,3
+
Full Colorsource
press-setting software
+ 2 x MagicPress
supplementary licenses
+ 2 x
N-CLR option
supplementary licenses,
if non-CMYK 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 1,2,3 are X-Rite Trade Marks. EFI ES-x are EFI Trade Marks (Eye-One Pro models O.E.M.ed from X-Rite)

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