SpectroDens – New features for download free of charge

Techkon releases new features


There is good news for all users of the SpectroDens spectrophotometer device. These are new practical features that can be added to the devices by downloading from the Techkon
website free of charge. The new measurement function for the quality control of spot colors SCTV (Spot Colour Tone Value) can now be used with all SpectroDens units having color displays.

The useful feature Average Measurement is now available for all devices. The PhotoLab Module for colorimetric quality control, which is embedded within the software SpectroConnect, also works with the Advanced version of SpectroDens. SpectroConnect supports the export format ISO 18620:2016.

The Techkon software SpectroConnect now supports the exchange of tone adjustment curves between different applications on the basis of the international standard ISO 18620:2016. This is a standardized but simply extensible format for applications like color
management, calibration and raster image processor systems. Prerequisite are transfer curves created with SpectroDens or SpectroJet.

Although we became aware of one of these new features at the end of November 2017, when Steve Smiley was in India for a G7 project that we did together, we did not download
and test the SCTV feature on our color lab’s Techkon SpectroDens Advanced. We will download and try out the new features, including the Average Measurement and the
support for the export format ISO 18620:2106, and report on these in the next issue.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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