Download Colorsource software application and test forms for matching your
printing presses to CMYK ISO12647-2-3-4-6 standards
Learn here how to
normalize, document, and match all CMYK or N-Color print processes:
any existing print standard and creating your own print standards using the best
practices and methods with Colorsource. Download the PowerPoint as PDF file:
Our press setting applications MagicPress and
MagicPrepress that replace CMYK_100% and CMYK_Gravure since
November 2020, can
process almost any kind of one to ten colors press measurement files formatted
as CGATS text files: Spectral 380-730 nm, 400-700 nm or else, XYZ, Lab
Of course, when spectral data are present (and they should be whenever
possible), they are used in
priority by the applications because they contain much
more information than colorimetric data.
and MagicPrepress can
process any CGATS spectral (or non-spectral) One to Ten colors chart measurement
as delivered by the X-Rite i1Pro 1-2-3 family, Konica-Minolta, Techkon
or X-Rite eXact
spectrophotometers etc. (With X-Rite it makes much more sense using
because better and much cheaper!). In a near future all Colorsource
applications will have the same very flexible CGATS data import functions.
Actually, you will experience that today, your print
productivity and quality do not depend so much on the model of spectrophotometer
you are using, but on the software applications that process your spectral
measurements. And this is the job of Colorsource applications.
note the trial versions of the paying software have some deliberate limitations: For example, the 100% Magenta ink optimal print density
and the according workflow correction curve are not displayed. If you want
a temporary license key for testing without any limits, please send us your
request by email with your full professional co-ordinates. Of
course, free Colorsource applications need no key and they are unlimited
applications require Excel 2010,
Excel 2013 or Excel 2016 or later 32- or 64-bits versions on your PC running
Windows 32 or 64 bits (Windows XP/ 7/ 8.1/ 10).
remote support or demo on your PC (On appointment only):
Standard press setting charts CGATS reference files supplied with Colorsource
appropriate sample CGATS references files and according printable color
bars are included in the applications downloadable zip files. For simple
ISO12647 CMYK press-setting, you can use as well our free CMYK test forms at the
end of this page, which contain all necessary CMYK charts and quality control
and MagicPrepress: For fast, easy, and reliable ISO12647-2-3-4-6,
G7/IDEAlliance or custom CMYK press setting, and much more
New: MagicPress and MagicPrepress now
work in Spanish, French and English.
Nuevo: MagicPress y MagicPrepress ahora
funcionan en español, inglés y francés.
MagicPress and MagicPrepress N-CLR
and MagicPrepress trial versions can open and process any 1 to 10 colors press chart
CGATS measurement file with or without a CMYK base, but only partial results are
displayed. If you want
a temporary license key for testing MagicPress and MagicPrepress
and their N-Color options without any limits, please send us your
request by email with your full professional co-ordinates.
PLATE: For lithographic
offset plates control and CtP calibration
SPOT_Color_Manager: PANTONE Color
Quality Control at ink reception and printed PANTONE quality control
can use ALL your up-to-date PANTONE digital
libraries as reference target colors, thanks to free Colorsource
CxF3_to_CGATS utility you will find at following paragraph:
The free utility for using
all CxFv3 up to date PANTONE spectral data with the best market
applications, including SPOT_Color_Manager
This product is suppressed: You can download MagicPress
or MagicPrepress trial versions and use their Inks Libraries InksLib
in order to import any CxFv3 PANTONE ink library and export it as
CGATS file. Following user's guide keeps useful because it explains you
how to get all up to date PANTONE spectral libraries, that are the reference for
any PANTONE ink formulation or ink quality control or print quality control:
press and digital printer's characterization:
Printing on colored or transparent print medias with or without white
design, prepress, and color proofing
Finalize, document, publish and communicate all your special color
printing configurations using CMYK or N-Colors with free
free application is an excellent complement to ProfileMaker that we
still consider being by far the best color management software for professional print
creating each new print standard, the ICC_Normalize allows you normalizing
the press ICC profile on your ideal standard target TVI curves, and then
memorizing all the attached print configuration parameters. You can easily archive,
publish and communicate each new standard in the form of a single A4
Excel spreadsheet that contains all the technical and quantitative
information needed by any print house for matching your standard at each
production print run.
course, the software can use English or French languages for easing your
the quantitative data in the published Excel standard
specification sheet can be easily used by Colorsource press setting
software for making your production runs even easier and faster.
Application not available at the moment
print and proof control software:
v2.7 free: Fast and reliable control of all CMYK color proofs
ΔE76 visual distance formula used by ISO12647-x standards
is no longer used in any serious Industry, because ΔE76 does
not evaluate accurately the visual distances perceived by human vision.
allows you controlling your proofs according to ISO12647-7 and G7/IDEAlliance,
but also it allows you much more reliable print and proofs quality
controls by using the ΔE2000 visual distance evaluation. The application allows you best productivity and
diagnosis, with a validation ticket plus a comprehensive
PDF detailed control report.
Fogra Media Wedge 3 control file: This Epson proof is considered BAD on
yellow 100% by ISO12647-7 ΔE76 and ΔH control, while ΔE2000
control shows the Yellow 100% patch is printed much better than many other
patches including C100% and M100%! Check it by yourself by using CMYK_Print_&_Proof!
Fast and reliable control of all CMYK color print and proofs
allows you controlling not only your CMYK proofs but also your CMYK
prints versus ISO12647-2-3-4-6 standards with a comprehensive
PDF diagnosis including the densities, colors and dot gain or TVI curves of
your CMYK prints.
This trial version offers you full functionalities for a few days. You
can buy this software as a standalone module or as a part of the full
Colorsource software bundle dedicated to offset, gravure and
flexographic press setting.
Colorsource free CMYK test forms:
These CMYK test prints allows easy setting of all your presses for matching ISO 12647-2-3-4-6 standards,
or any custom CMYK standard.
Important note: All CMYK images in these test forms are
color separated using an ISOCoatedv2 CMYK ICC profile with 300% total ink
coverage. You should use these CMYK test forms unchanged for setting your
offset presses matching thick coated, or white uncoated offset paper ISO
But if reprinting the test form on white uncoated offset paper
with appropriately corrected CMYK plates, you should do CMYK conversion on your
prepress workflow, from ISOCoatedv2 (Fogra 39) to the appropriate ISO Fogra 47
color space; in perceptual mode. (Use two ICC profiles or a DeviceLink computed
from these profiles). This in order to get a nice print appearance on white
Another solution consists into modifying our original CMYK
test form with ISOCoatedv2 color separations into a new test form with Fogra_47
color separations, which is easy to do, by opening its PDF with Illustrator, and
then converting all CMYK images (except CMYK charts, of course) from ISOCoatedv2
into the appropriate calibrated press color space.
The CGATS reference text files for measuring all CMYK charts
present in these test forms are supplied in the distribution ZIPs of MagicPress (Computing the optimal CMYK print densities), MagicPrepress
(Computing the optimal correction curves), and PLATE (Checking the offset
plates and calibrating CtP's if necessary):