OneVision Software puts 4D Colour Management on the market
The PDF optimisation software Asura manufactured by the German software manufacturer OneVision can now be used as a general 4D colour server, thus enabling significant print quality improvements.
Regensburg/Dusseldorf. The software company’s new 4D colour management technology provides significant improvements in colour management that enable the smooth integration of the new standard colour profiles for commercial and newspaper printing. Black composition is retained in colour space conversion, avoiding register problems and significantly reducing complaints. Thus Asura can be used as a general 4D colour server not only for images but also for complex production data.
Fewer complaints as a result of 4D colour management technology
“OneVision’s 4D colour management technology finally solves what our customers tell us is the most common problem of conventional ICC colour management,” explains Dr Christian Musewald, Head of Development at OneVision Software AG. “When converting a document from a CMYK source colour space into another CMKY target colour space, even black continuous text is not separated on all CMYK plates. This produces an obvious advantage: increased sharpness! OneVision’s 4D colour management technology ensures that there is no more blurring of small, multi-coloured texts – previously inevitable due to the technically appropriate register tolerances in printing,” continues Dr Musewald. This means complaints are down, while printing quality and customer satisfaction significantly rises.
4D colour management technology is simple in the new Asura Version 12.9, can be activated without further adjustments and works just as flexibly as conventional ICC colour management with normal ICC colour profiles and without a proprietary format that differs from the general standard. This means that the ICC colour profiles used hitherto can be used without restriction, just as in conventional ICC colour management, regardless of whether they are freely available or produced in-house.
When flattening transparencies, black, grey, CMYK grey, RGB blue and Lab grey are no longer unintentionally flattened in CMYK. RGB and Lab are converted into CMYK using Lab. The well-known options in Asura of, for example, eliminating rich black, adding rich black and recognising greyscale within the various colour spaces are of course available in the customary way using 4D colour management technology.
Printing houses are complimentary about their first experience with OneVision’s 4D colour management technology. This is what Mr Ovelgönne of the WAIBLINGEN printing house had to say:
“The new 4D colour management technology makes colour space conversions and language changing much easier and safer. Black components are retained in colour space conversions – even when flattening transparencies. Language changes are no longer an issue, even for documents in the wrong colour spaces! Using this technology has meant that we are well-prepared for the upcoming PSO conversion and the associated colour space adjustments.”
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