Tools4Media, callas software & TGLC announce bundle
Based on the recent IPA Ink Optimization Roundup Tools4Media, callas software and TGLC have created bundles of callas software’s proven pdfToolbox preflight engine and production tools with TGLC’s highly rated device link profile technology. This powerful suite provides users a compelling, feature rich production tool to optimize ink reduction, prepare and preflight PDF files which is unparalleled in the market today for a highly competitive price.
TGLC was one of 11 vendors, including Alwan, GMG, FineEye and CGS/ORIS, who participated in the IPA’s 2010 Ink Optimization Roundup. TGLC consistently rated at or near the top based on the IPA’s and Ryerson University’s impartial analysis. TGLC’s device link and ink optimization technology scored as well as or better than competing technologies from companies such as Agfa, GMG and perennial favorite Alwan *1. When calculating the dE2000 from the press run to the GRACoL reference data TGLC again scored *2 as well or better than all the other offerings in the round up. When evaluating TGLC’s overall visual performance to the reference sheet on a scale of 0 to 80 TGLC was in the top two.
Using TGLC’s PerfX Device Link Pro technology users can realize up to a 30% reduction in ink and toner utilization without affecting the visual integrity of the job. By leveraging callas software’s proven and trusted technology users can now reliably and consistently preflight, correct, optimize and standardized PDF’s all in one product at a price point below other solutions. Comparing the callas pdfToolbox Server & TGLC device links bundles to solutions from Alwan or GMG you can save money and still achieve a higher level of functionality. The callas software and TGLC bundle can be easily implemented into any prepress workflow.
*1 Page 16, Figure 4, Ink Optimization RoundUp by IDEAlliance + IPA; *2 Page 23, Figure 10, Ink Optimization RoundUp by IDEAlliance + IPA; *3 Page 28, Figure 15, Ink Optimization RoundUp by IDEAlliance + IPA
Color conversions are one aspect where pdfToolbox excels compared to other PDF preflight and correction solutions on the market. callas software has a separate and efficient way of dealing with RGB to CMYK conversions. There is a "quick convert" mode which can be specifically used for converting Microsoft Office documents from RGB to CMYK. Using this mode pdfToolbox optimizes the conversion of all the document contents. Specifically pdfToolbox is able to identify RGB grays and blacks for vector objects and convert them to device gray, black (of CMYK) or separation black. Further callas pdfToolbox can identify RGB gray images and convert them in the same way. Using the quick convert mode pdfToolbox is able to identify the RGB equivalents of the primary colors and convert them to their proper values thus maintaining ink purity. Users, such as those with Xerox iGen digital presses or in newspaper workflows, can callas software’s pdfToolbox to apply UCR through the "quick convert" mode to achieve the desired separations. This kind of logic is not available in other PDF preparation tools and would require custom programming to accomplish. Most tools are completely incapable of identifying RGB gray images and moving them to the correct color space. Now combined with TGLC’s PerfX Device Link Pro users have an incredibly powerful combination at a fraction of the costs of other systems. Using TGLC Device Link or Device Link Pro user can create device link profiles for callas software’s pdfToolbox to intelligently apply. pdfToolbox’s powerful PDF technology allows users to selectively apply device link profiles to specific objects allowing users to completely customize their workflows to suit specific conditions.
PDF standards such as PDF/X-1a:2003, PDF/X-4:2008 and PDF/X-4p:2008 are fully supported by callas pdfToolbox. Using pdfToolbox you can accept PDF’s with live transparency, color manage, ink optimizing using TGLC’s device link profiles and standardize. Once color managed, users can choose to flatten transparencies and impose the jobs using the powerful production tools built into pdfToolbox. Users can even create layered PDF’s from flat documents and verify them as PDF/X-4. For packing workflows pdfToolbox can be used to select die lines to remove them from base layers and move them to separate layers.
pdfToolbox 4.5 introduces visual inspection capabilities by adding "Temperature" highlighting. This Viusalizer feature adds colored highlighting in different levels depending on the gravity of certain problems and is available for: Ink coverage, Image resolution and Small Objects. This way, problems can be detected automatically and solved by priority.
In order to verify color specifications and coverage, in pdfToolbox 4.5 users can look at individual channels or combinations of color channels (Full, CMY Only, K Only, Process Colors Only, Spot Colors Only). Total area coverage is displayed individually for all processes and spot color inks as well as for the total area coverage of all inks combined.
A comprehensive visual inspection report can be exported in both the Desktop and the Server version of pdfToolbox 4.5 - available as PDF or JPEG files for integration into web portals.
The bundles give users the greatest amount of flexibility for color management, PDF standardization and workflow automation available.
For detailed results of all the products evaluated you can purchase a copy of the IDEAlliance + IPA’s results at http://www.ipa.org/knowledge/ink-study-2010 . For an online tutorial or to do an evaluation the callas software & TGLC bundle please contact Tools4Media at email@example.com or (240) 888-4880.
About the bundles
Bundle #1 includes: pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox Desktop, one year pdfToolbox Server Software Maintenance, PerfX Devicelink Pro and a free online tutorial to get you started for $10,219 a $1135 savings. This bundle allows you to produce ink saving profiles, optimize ink savings when printing PDF files, automate correcting and preflighting, visualize the results and produce ink savings reports.
Bundle #2 includes pdfToolbox Desktop, PerfX Device Link (w/GCR) and an online tutorial to get you started for only $1,643 a nearly $200 savings. This bundle allows you to correct and preflight PDF files, optimize ink savings, visualization the results and produce ink optimization reports.
Bundle #3 includes: pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox Desktop one year pdfToolbox Server Software maintenance, a PerfX Device Link (w/GCR) plus a free online tutorial to get you started for $6,493 a $720 savings. This bundle allows you to optimize ink savings when printing PDF files, automate correcting and preflighting, visualize the results and produce ink savings reports.
About callas software
callas software finds simple ways to handle complex PDF challenges. As a technology innovator, callas software develops and markets PDF technology for publishing, print production, document exchange and document archiving.
callas software helps agencies, publishing companies and printers to meet their challenges, by providing software to preflight, correct and repurpose PDF files for print production and electronic publishing.
Businesses and government agencies all over the world rely on callas software's future-proof, fully PDF/A compliant archiving products.In addition, callas software technology is available as a programming library (SDK) for developers with a need for PDF optimization, validation and correction. Software vendors such as Adobe®, Quark®, Xerox® and many others have understood the quality and flexibility provided by these callas tools and have incorporated them into their solutions.
callas software actively supports international standards and has been participating in ISO, CIP4, the European Color Initiative and the Ghent PDF Workgroup.
callas software is based in Berlin, Germany. For more info, please visit www.callassoftware.com .
TGLC was created in 1994 and is headquartered in Quebec city, Canada. TGLC relies on distributors in the US, Canada, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Portugal and India.
The company develops, implements and sells its color management systems under the trade mark PerfX. Its portfolio includes PerfX Pro™, PerfX Repro™, PerfX Studio™, PerfX Color recipes™ in the Digital Printing Series, as well as PerfX Pro™, PerfX Press curves™, PerfX Device Link Pro™ and PerfX Device Link™ in the Printer Series.
TGLC’s team of technicians is equipped with unique implementation tools and training skills to provide first class support to quality-conscious printing professionals caring for sustainability and profitability.
Carl Bérubé, CEO and chairman
Tel: (418) 877- 9114, Toll free in Canada & USA: (877) 677-9114
Tools4Media, Inc. provides products and services that help media publishers streamline their operations. Tools4Media is a distributor, value added reseller and agent of and for companies that provide tools that benefit publishers.
Tools4Media understands that the publishing landscape will continue to become more competitive, that publishers' workloads will continue to increase and that publishers will need to produce more content while fighting to keep advertising revenues from falling -- all with the same or fewer personnel.
We understand publishers need strategic partners that facilitate streamlining their operations through innovative products and services.
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Frank Loversky, President
Tel: (240) 888-4880