Onyx Graphics announces global launch of Onyx 19 software

Innovation in wide format printing


On 1 July 2019, Onyx Graphics announced the global availability of Onyx 19, the newest version release of the company’s wide-format RIP and print workflow software.

Introducing the Spark Engine and DeviceLink+, Onyx 19 brings new technologies to go bigger, bolder and beyond the limitations of wide-format print for all print applications, including soft-signage and textile. The Spark Engine is a new performance platform bringing RIP speed increases up to 400% and printer performance increases up to 200%. DeviceLink+ is an all-new system of easy-to-use color management controls to achieve consistent color across an entire site without the need to read in new swatches or use a color measurement device.

“We’re amazed at the response Onyx 19 received at our FESPA announcement last month,” said Bryan Manwaring, director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “Customers are already seeing the Spark Engine at work through increased production capacity while DeviceLink+ is creating new possibilities to achieve outstanding color output that can all be automated at the click of a button.”

Onyx 19 also introduced new Step and Repeat functionality for a 600% performance increase. New dot pattern technology for the smoothest output on all wide format print applications, including soft-signage and textile. Nest trim box features have been added for weeding and finishing print and cut jobs. It is the first and only solution to provide the ability to build iccMAX v5 profiles. Coupled with the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) 5.1, the software is a good combination for any print application.


The new software – covering the entire product portfolio of Onyx solutions including Onyx Thrive print workflow, and Onyx RIP products including Onyx PosterShop, and Onyx RIPCenter – is now available to all Onyx Advantage customers by requesting a key update and to all other customers through a license purchase.

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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