Onyx Graphics’s ColorCheck toolset for color accuracy

ColorCheck, a process control toolset for productivity and profitability in wide-format printing

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ColorCheck, part of ONYX 18 software

Onyx Graphics, Inc., a market leader in wide-format and grand-format RIP and print workflow software, has developed ColorCheck, a process control toolset for color accuracy, consistency, and conformance to standards such as G7 and FOGRA. ColorCheck was introduced in May 2018 with ONYX 18.

Bryan Manwaring, director of product marketing at Onyx Graphics said,“ColorCheck represents so much more than ensuring superior output that can be proven to print buyers. We’re seeing ColorCheck effectively stop the need for reworks from bad prints.”

“ColorCheck literally saved us during a time-sensitive print job for one of our national customers,” said Leonard Moore, president and chief executive officer of Canada-based Signboom. “We ordered new media to meet the deadline on a two-part print run, and ColorCheck caught the difference in white-point, saving us thousands in wasted ink and media from wrong prints. Color accuracy and consistency is incredibly important to our customers and us. Now we won’t print without ColorCheck.”

ColorCheck is the industry toolset for color accuracy, consistency, and conformance to standards that can be validated to print buyers. It provides output consistency before printing, and have site-wide control of print output quality across devices for all media profiles. In addition, in-product indicators reduce waste and save both ink and media with alerts built into the RIP-Queue interface, notifying the user when to perform printer maintenance.

ColorCheck is part of ONYX 18 software, and is an integrated module in ONYX Thrive, accessible with an ONYX Advantage Gold subscription. Current ONYX users can request a key update and all other customers can gain access through a license purchase. The ONYX Advantage subscription program gives ONYX software users a quick and easy way to keep their software current and secure their investment.

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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