ZePrA 4.x SmartLink Module – DeviceLink generation on-the-fly
Many options are available allowing you to define how SmartLink will create the DeviceLinks, optimized for traditional printing like Offset, Gravure or Newspaper or targeted for Digital Printing or Large Format Printing. If you would like to have your own preferences regarding color conversion, you can easily adjust SmartLink with your own DeviceLink presets!
SmartLink enables you to compensate deviations from either your home standard or to the desired printing standard. The innovative Reprofiler technique allows compensation for any deviations by creating high-quality printer and DeviceLink profiles based on just a few measurements. Reprofiler SP, is also a part of the SmartLink package and it’s generated profiles can be easily integrated in ZePrA.
Advantages of SmartLink Module:
- Smooth gradients
- Gray stays gray, and black stays black
- The separation characteristics are preserved
- Pure, highly saturated primaries and secondaries
- Pure duplex and triplex color combinations are preserved
- Overprinting properties are preserved
- Better definition in blue areas, without a violet cast
- Pure yellow, without contamination by cyan
- No desaturation of primaries, secondaries and gradients
First example using SmartLink technology: CMYK to CMYK
A PDF/X document contains CMYK objects with embedded ICC device profiles and is to be converted from ISO Coated v2 to ISO Uncoatedyellowish. Normally, the embedded profiles would perform standard ICC conversion, either to the document color space or to the target color space. But with CMYK-to-CMYK color conversion, this will lead to various problems in the printing process. Using SmartLink instead guarantees optimum preservation of the color structure of the original data, and also of pure colors.
Second example using SmartLink technology: RGB to CMYK
The use of DeviceLinks is also advantageous for RGB objects with embedded profiles. Secondaries are generated from four colors if standard ICC conversion is applied. If you use SmartLink instead, secondaries will remain pure even after conversion, meaning that secondaries are generated from only two colors. Even more, the yellow primary stays pure, and primaries and secondaries are reproduced with high saturation. The typical desaturation of an ICC-based conversion is avoided, and the separation quality is much better.
Do you see everything in true color?
If reliable, accurate and printable reproduction of color is close to your heart, then ColorLogic products are just what you need. ColorLogic solutions range from high-quality monitor calibration, profiling and DeviceLink tools, all the way to an automated color server.
ZePrA is the sophisticated color server for Mac OS X and Windows. It allows you to color convert PDF and Pixel files with ICC or DeviceLink profiles automatically. ZePrA closes the gap between manual color conversion and the use of a complex and expensive workflow solution efficiently. Its practical orientation and ease of use ensures immediate results and avoids long integration phases.
ZePrA 4.x provides the most requested features and improvements, such as:
Tight Integration with CoPrA
SmartLink now integrates CoPrA SP with ZePrA. Use CoPrA DeviceLinks in ZePrA, create SmartLinks from CoPrA DVL presets on-the-fly, create SaveInk DeviceLinks for your printing process on-the-fly with SmartLink and use Reprofiler optimized profiles to adjust for print deviations within ZePrA.
callas integrated PDF flattening technology allows you to flatten or rasterize PDF files on-the-fly within ZePrA using Callas technology based on the Adobe PDF engine, eliminating the need for third party tools.
Spot Color Opacity
Now there’s even better simulation of overprinting spot colors. Define the opacity of spot colors, Measure colors on white (e.g. substrate) and black (e.g. process black), define print order of spot color and there’s a new automatic user defined warning for out-of-gamut spot colors.
Large Pixel Based Files
Files larger than 2 gigabytes now fully supported
Revamped Navigation Panel
New single navigation panel allows for easy access all the functions to set-up and control ZePrA
New Productivity Features
Work more efficiently than ever before with Transparency Flattening, Administrative Control, Convert Selected Pages of a Multipage PDF, Apply correction DeviceLink profiles, Job Priority and Large Pixel File Support (above 2GB).
ZePrAs Auto Setup Wizard
The easiest way to automate color conversion work is to use a combination of ZePrA and the Standard DeviceLink Profile Sets. This combination allows conversion of data to standard printing conditions without being a color management expert. A few clicks is all it takes, and ZePrA then automatically configures all the necessary hot folders and is instantly ready to process PDF, TIFF and JPEG data for the CMYK, RGB and Grayscale color spaces and spot colors. ZePrA can be configured differently to address the various targets of possible color conversions. Therefore, four different ways to define your queues are available:
- Normalize to document color space or output intent-
- Normalize and convert colors to new output condition-
- SaveInk or optimize total area coverage-
- Direct color conversion to new output condition-
Special features of ZePrA
The combination of ZePrA and ColorLogic DeviceLink profiles is currently the world’s simplest and fastest PDF color server when it comes to individual configuration. ZePrA is the first solution to provide full support of the standard tags in ICC DeviceLink profiles and use them to define a workflow. In addition, it is extremely fast.
But ZePrA is not only fast, it also delivers top quality by converting all PDF/X standards (from X-1a to the latest X-4 and X-5n standards). Jobs can easily be monitored in the clearly structured Overview window, which is divided into jobs in progress, pending jobs, and processed jobs. The color quality of the converted file can be verified with the help of an integrated soft proof without requiring any additional third-party tool. ZePrA is, of course, not limited to using the standard profiles. This is just one possible way of creating a workflow.
With the help of the Configurations window, users can manually define any combination of color conversions they need to automate. Individual configurations can be saved and applied to any hot folder, or duplicated and modified for other conversions. There are separate areas for selecting the desired color conversion for every supported color space. In addition, options are available for the targeted handling of spot colors, the definition of PDF-specific settings and, from Version 2.0 on, the new capability to apply correction curves to process and spot color channels with the help of the brand-new Gradations module.
Advantages of SmartLink technology
An additional highlight of ZePrA is the SmartLink module, whose intelligent mechanisms permit reliable color conversion of all data. Instead of “normal” ICC color conversion with device-dependent profiles, SmartLink generates a DeviceLink profile “on-the-fly”, based on the output profiles involved and the rendering intent. ZePrA uses SmartLink not only for RGB-to-CMYK, but also for CMYK-to-CMYK, Gray-to-Gray, Gray-to-CMYK, and CMYK-to-Gray conversion.
Three different methods are available for configuring SmartLink:
In fully automatic mode, SmartLink is activated in ZePrA, and all required conversions are calculated in the background in the form of DeviceLink profiles based on the source and target color spaces for RGB, CMYK and Gray
It is also possible to use specific DeviceLink profile for certain conversions. Whenever these combinations of source and target profiles and rendering intents are detected, SmartLink will use the DeviceLink profiles that you have saved in a specific list. This option is especially interesting for all those customers who want to use their individual, perhaps edited DeviceLink profiles, such as the high-quality ColorLogic DeviceLink Sets.
The third mode combines both options. First, ZePrA searches for appropriate DeviceLink profiles in your list. If no profiles are found, the required DeviceLinks are generated in the background.
Integration with Enfocus Switch
Due to the fact that many users are interested in automating relatively complex workflows, only part of which is covered by color conversion, ZePrA works with the Enfocus Switch automation solution (more information on this integration can be found at www.crossroads-world.com). The ZePrA Basic package is required for Switch integration as it includes CLI capabilities. Other workflow solutions can also access the outstanding color management quality of ZePrA Basic through the included CLI in that package.
ZePrA efficiently closes the gap between manual color conversion of PDF and pixel files and use of a complex and expensive workflow tool. Moreover, it is a perfect supplement to the other products from ColorLogic.
Advantages of ZePrA at a glance:
- Simple, clearly structured user prompting and setup
- Extraordinarily high speed processing of files
- Outstanding quality of PDF processing
- Supports all common PDF/X standards
- Modular solution which allows to start small and add more modules later
- Outstanding quality of color conversion
- Supports color management for all color spaces including Multicolor
- Missing DeviceLink profiles can be build on-the-fly with SmartLink and the integrated CoPrA
- Adjust printer color deviations with the integrated Reprofiler
- Sophisticated spot color handling
- Easy to integrate into Enfocus Switch
Integrate a ZePrA color server into your existing workflow and we are confident that you will be thrilled by the immediate increase in quality and efficiency. With the Auto Setup feature and simple-to-use interface, ZePrA can be implemented easily into most workflows. The ability to handle even multicolor files, apply DeviceLink profiles to any color space conversion and convert spot color on-the-fly makes ZePrA a must have for any production environment.