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GMG Launches CoZone Collaborate

Jul 30, 2013 12:00 AM


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A cloud-based soft proofing, collaboration and approval solution for both static and multimedia content

30th July 2013, Tübingen - GMG, a leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, announces the commercial launch of GMG CoZone Collaborate, a comprehensive online project collaboration, soft-proofing and approval solution.

The way that jobs are produced today is radically different from even a few years ago. Time pressures and the requirement to work in more mobile and dynamic environments mean that people are starting to expect the same from their applications and services. Consumers have embraced cloud-based solutions for the storage, management and retrieval of their data whether it be music, photographs, documents or films and they now want the same flexibility in the workplace.

In order to keep pace with an evolving and technologically-savvy customer base, the graphic arts industry needs to adopt these new content management and workflow methodologies. Integrating the best of these technologies with the best that the industry has to offer is crucial for print and media content providers to best serve their clients in the future.

Recognizing these changes in customer behavior and expectations, GMG has developed a comprehensive web-based platform – GMG CoZone – that integrates the cloud and project collaboration with the high-quality color management toolsets for which the company is world-renowned. The first GMG CoZone module to be released is CoZone Collaborate.

CoZone Collaborate allows project participants to manage, review, proof and approve graphic arts content and by the end of 2013 - multimedia content - within an online Amazon Cloud Service hosted soft-proofing environment. While CoZone Collaborate features a powerful soft-proofing engine, future CoZone modules will allow seamless connection to GMG-calibrated hard-copy output devices, delivering an end-to-end color-accurate workflow. CoZone Collaborate allows even inexperienced users to collaborate, review, proof and approve content.

The system is completely cloud-based – there’s no software or hardware to install and manage, and users do not require anything more than a web browser. GMG have invested heavily in cloud based services so that we can offer a robust, enterprise-level cloud platform accessible worldwide, day or night, with a guaranteed service level uptime of 99.95 per cent. Unlike most other solutions, CoZone offers no restriction of the number of users, file sizes, or even storage.

Central to the CoZone Collaborate service is an easy-to-use user interface, allowing end-users to be up and running with minimal training. Powerful approval and soft-proofing features provide users with a comprehensive yet easy-to-use toolset to mark up, measure, review and collaborate. CoZone Collaborate will also offer multimedia file support by the end of the year, further extending collaboration options over static content.

“The way that jobs are produced, and the growing expectations of customers, mean that the industry has to sit up and take note. Adopting a more distributed and collaborative methodology that exploits the clear benefits of the cloud when producing content means easier, faster and more streamlined output, which is good for the industry as a whole,” says Marcus Wright, CoZone Product Manager at GMG. “CoZone Collaborate has been developed from the ground up to address the needs of those looking for a cost-effective, scalable and easy-to-use system for collaborating, reviewing, proofing and approving media files prior to production.”

For further details or to request a no obligation demo please contact a GMG reseller or send an email message to info@gmgcolor.com.

About GMG: GMG is a leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, founded in 1984 and located in Tuebingen, Germany. With more than 25 years of experience in the graphic arts industry, the GMG brand is synonymous with a guarantee for high-quality solutions for everything to do with color. GMG's goal is to provide complete solutions for standardizing and simplifying the color management workflow in order to achieve consistent colors on all media types and with any printing technology. Today, more than 11,000 systems are in use among customers around the globe. These span a wide range of industries and application areas including advertising agencies; prepress houses; offset, flexo, packaging, digital, wide format and gravure printers. GMG is represented by branches and authorized dealers the world over.

About the GMG solutions: Based on the 4-D color-transformation engine, the proofing solution GMG ColorProof provides the most accurate way of calibrating digital inkjet proofing devices to produce contract color proofs precisely matched to the printing process. GMG DotProof® enables users to generate contract quality halftone proofs, using the original bitmap data of the output RIP. GMG FlexoProof is specifically tailored to the needs of the packaging industry, simulating any kind of substrate structures and creating contract quality halftone proofs. GMG OpenColor offers precise and predictable spot color reproduction and creates high-quality multicolor profiles based on its unique spectral color management technology. GMG ProofControl guarantees reliable and complete quality control of digital color proofs based on a defined standard. GMG ProofMedia is a range of proofing-specific substrates manufactured to strict tolerances specifically for color critical applications. www.proofr.com is an internet platform enabling online proofing services in GMG quality through a worldwide network of remote proofing locations. GMG ColorServer, with automatic hotfolder technology and based on the Adobe® PDF Library, provides fully automatic color conversions for all printing processes - CMYK-to-CMYK, RGB-to-CMYK and RGB-to-RGB. GMG InkOptimizer automatically reduces chromatic colors, thus providing cost savings by reducing unnecessary ink usage, along with better print stability on press. GMG FlowConnect enables the complete integration of the color management solutions GMG ColorServer and GMG InkOptimizer into current workflow systems. The GMG SmartProfiler wizard allows the profiling and calibration of different output devices, such as digital presses or large format systems, easily and quickly. United in this one application, the GMG ProductionSuite offers the entire range of functions required today in a modern wide-format production environment: efficient job preparation, data preflight, color management, identical repetition, lower cost through reduced ink consumption, etc. GMG CoZone is a modular, cloud-based solution for professional media and color management users to interact with clients and suppliers to approve, manage and deliver design work and multimedia files.

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