Germany’s Colorgate launches three new solutions and services

Serving the digital printing market

Colorgate Productionserver RIP

Germany’s Colorgate, which supplies software and hardware solutions for digital printing applications, has announced the release of three new solutions and services.

One of the newly launched product is Colorgate Productionserver. This RIP and color management solution is available in a commercial version for large-format printing and graphic arts, as well as in industrial versions for packaging, ceramics, decor, and textile printing. The industrial versions have features for their respective markets, such as Colorgate’s Fingerprint technology for ceramics and decor printing or a white underbase creation for textile printing on dark substrates. Colorgate Productionserver has been installed more than 15,000 times globally.

The new version 20 has been updated to Adobe’s PDF Print Engine 5, supports spectral spot color definitions, and brings compatibility with PantoneLIVE. For the industrial versions of Productionserver, Colorgate will offer a subscription-based pricing from version 20 onwards. For an annual fee, users will receive the right to use the software, free updates and upgrades, and access to Colorgate’s technical support.

Productionserver 20 will be available from July 2020. Colorgate’s products Proofgate and Filmgate have also been upgraded to version 20. All ColorGATE users with an active value pack will receive the new version free of charge.

Colorgate Custom Create

Another new launch that will be available from July 2020 is Colorgate Custom Create, an end-to-end workflow solution that connects print buyers, print service providers and brand owners. The core of Custom Create is a Magento-based e-Commerce engine with advanced features such as product creators with advanced customization features and 3D product previews, as well as a pricing engine that can be individually configured and supports all leading payment methods.

Other modules that Colorgate is going to make available over the next quarters include online marketing support, connectors to creative applications, job ticketing and fulfilment functions such as inventory and shipment management. The workflow solution integrates with Colorgate’s Productionserver.

ColorGATE Custom Create targets the business community of digital decorators, print service providers, brand owners, designers, fulfillers as well as all kinds of print buyers with business or personal demands that are looking to monetize their brand equity by producing merchandize and other branded products. ColorGATE’s Custom Create is available from Colorgate directly.

Professional Color Management Services

Colorgate is now launching professional color management services where users of any printing and color management technology can pick a standardized service from a menu. The company is offering services such as color gap analysis; color management bundles for designers; color management bundles for soft proofing; color management bundles for production proofing; color managements for professional print bundle, including Colorgate’s DFE profiler, training, a spectrophotometer and, optionally, a quarterly assistance service, an inkjet printer, proofing media, a light booth, and a quarterly assistance.

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