Well, this is big news and could have a big impact on the publishing industry. I expect several mergers and/or additional buyouts after this pending Xerox-R.R. Donnelley deal goes through. As I see it, when the dust settles, it will be seen as an opportunity for the printing community to take down some more iron (as in shut down presses) and tighten the relationship between the number of magazines being printed and the amount of presses there are to print them on. My take on this may not be universally beloved, but I suggest that this concentration of available equipment will help make the printing industry more profitable, and that means a healthier foundation for all members of the magazine brotherhood. Could the result be a more expensive cost structure? Yes, it could.
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. today announced the availability of important advancements in its latest version of Fiery® Color Profiler Suite – integrated color management software that gives digital print producers more power than ever before to get color right every time. Next-generation EFI™ Fiery Edge™ color profiling technology launching in the suite delivers out-of-the-box print quality and color improvements in new Fiery digital front ends (DFEs). Plus, a host of new controls within Fiery Color Profiler Suite tune color to meet customer preferences, such as features to intelligently boost color and adjust shadow detail levels.
Fiery Edge profiles are available for selected new cut-sheet digital printers, as well as for many wide- and superwide-format printers that use EFI Fiery DFEs.
Expanded Output Controls
Users benefit from an increased array of advanced user controls. For example, a key element of the new Fiery Edge technology is the ability to control or manually select a black point that best matches the intent of the item being printed. This maximizes the dynamic range of a print when the darkest printable color is not a neutral black. Users can also control shadow detail levels to best represent a product’s or a subject’s characteristics.
Fiery Edge also gives print professionals the ability to define color-to-black transitions for reduced image peppering, graininess, and smoother transitions, all of which is especially useful in color-critical market segments such as photo book printing.
Prior to using Fiery Edge, Himanshu Pandey, owner of New Delhi-based Avantika Printers Pvt. Ltd., was unable to compete in that segment with his current printers. “The colors were not vibrant enough and the tonal values were not stable enough,” according to Pandey. “The color control provided by Fiery Edge technology allowed us to use our printers to print photobooks containing various images of people and places. Fiery Edge literally opened the photo segment for us!”