Onyx 19 with new Spark Engine at Fespa Munich

Workflow, RIP & color for signage, soft-signage & textiles

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ONYX 19 was launched at FESPA 2019

Onyx Graphics unveiled Onyx 19 exclusively at the Fespa Global Print Expo in Munich, Germany. Following the successful sneak preview which impressed visitors at ISA in Las Vegas, USA last month, visitors to the Onyx Graphics stand at Fespa saw the full product which introduces the Spark Engine and DeviceLink+, especially designed to reach new heights on all print applications including soft-signage and textiles.

Building on the award-winning Onyx 18.5 software, which won several top product awards throughout 2018 for best color management and best RIP and print workflow solution, Onyx 19 introduces the Spark Engine, a new performance platform built for massive advances in speed, performance and reliability. DeviceLink+ is an all-new system of color management controls to achieve consistent color across an entire site. “Onyx 19 is the culmination of 30 years of innovation in the wide-format print industry,” says Kevin Murphy, president and chief executive officer of Onyx Graphics. “With optimum speed and performance from the new Spark Engine, coupled with next generation color management using DeviceLink+, print service providers can reach new heights using Onyx 19.”

Spark Engine and iccMax v5 profiles

The Spark Engine introduces advanced compression algorithms, a threading pipeline and new rendering technology for RIP speed increases up to 200%, printer performance increases up to 400% and step and repeat performance up to 600%, according to the company. In addition, Fespa visitors got a first-hand view on how to build iccMAX v5 profiles and choose between three new dot patterns for the smoothest output on all wide-format print applications. Onyx 19 is publicly available following Fespa 2019, and will be available for the entire suite of Onyx products including Onyx Thrive and Onyx RIP products.

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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