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EFI XF 4.1 color management system debuts

Feb 23, 2010 12:00 AM

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EFI has announced the immediate availability of its newest upgrade to the EFI XF software series. Key features include comprehensive cutting-engine support and powerful RGB print workflow. This offers users a one-stop inkjet production solution. The latest spot color enhancements and extended support of the Epson WT7900 provides the packaging market with a high-quality, cost-effective solution. EFI XF v4.1 integrates seamlessly with EFI Web Control Center, EFI's web-based application for remote control and distribution of print jobs. These new features have been added to all EFI XF products: EFI Fiery XF for large to superwide format production printing; Fiery XF for Rastek, VUTEk and Jetrion as well as EFI Colorproof XF.

"Our goal is to help our customers become as profitable as possible," says Stefan Spiegel, general manager of EFI's Graphic Arts Solutions Group. "The new tools incorporated into EFI XF 4.1 are designed to do just that. We've added remarkable color output improvements, a dedicated cutting solution and updated PDF print engine and standards support that allow XF-driven printers to be more productive and deliver higher quality in any workflow."

A dedicated Cut Server provides a seamless connection to 1,200 cutters and routing tables from 70 manufacturers. The software generates cut marks for single jobs, nestings, and step & repeats. It lets users scale, rotate and crop jobs. The Cut Server option can drive up to eight cutting engines at a time. In addition to the new EFI Cut Server Option, a new "Print & Cut" option increases productivity by enabling one-step printing and cutting, alternatively cutting-only, on "Print & Cut" supported printers.

EFI XF 4.1 includes a new wizard for the creation of advanced linearizations for any VUTEk printer/ink/media combination. In addition to improved ease-of-use, the enhanced linearization provides a unique custom black point definition. It automatically calculates and recommends various ink limits and linearization parameters while allowing customers to easily and visually verify linearization settings. The VUTEk linearization uses the gamut of any VUTEk printer to its fullest and leads to eye-catching color output, smooth transitions and sharp text rendering.

RGB contone drivers are included for many Epson and Canon printer models. The RGB drivers ensure smooth color gradations, increased RIPing speeds and simplicity of profile generation.

EFI XF 4.1 improves spot color overprint simulation for spot colors on process colors and spot colors on other spot colors. It also includes new support for the Barbieri Spectro LFP Basic.

A new LinTool merges Visual Re-Linearization and Plate Compensation into one Visual Correction tool that can be saved in either format. It also includes an extra spot color channel that defines printer white and gloss enhancer gradation curves in vcc files and it defines the gradation curve for all spot colors in vpc files.

Enhanced Dynamic Wedge provides an out-of-gamut warning in Job Explorer for spot colors compared against media profile. It also provides job-specific key colors analysis and optimization of process colors and spot colors, process colors only or spot colors only.

EFI XF 4.1 also provides added ease of use with features such as the XF Uploader tool to quickly upload color files (e.g. profiles, linearization, spot color tables, etc.) to the XF Server; the server file maintenance tool to flexibly define profile, job and output folders; enhanced footer placement; enhanced systems manager and color verifier GUI, and much more.

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