Onyx Graphics launches Onyx Go subscriptions

A new way to experience industry-leading Onyx software

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Matt Crawford Onyx Graphics Photo Onyx
Matt Crawford Director of Product Marketing, Onyx Graphics Photo Onyx

On 10 February 2021, Onyx Graphics introduced its new subscription-based RIP solution – Onyx Go. The new subscription model released just after its Onyx 21 RIP is immediately available and offered in two tiers – Onyx Go Lite and Onyx Go Plus. 

As we learned in a recent web meeting with Matt Crawford the Director of Product Marketing at Onyx and other personnel, one of the ideas behind the Go version is to overcome many of the constraints caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns. It enables print service providers to have more downloadable and net-maintainable or upgradeable options at affordable prices. The choice and opportunity to buy the Onyx 21 RIP outright will also remain from what we understood.

The new subscription RIP solution adds to the expansive Onyx portfolio of wide-format digital inkjet software solutions. Onyx Go is designed for print service providers who require the latest technology to meet customer needs. Offered in two product tiers, Onyx Go Lite and Onyx Go Plus, the Plus version includes enhanced color management and production tools, including ICC profiling to fine-tune profiles for output color accuracy and repeatability. It also contains Swatch Books 2.0 for color matching, finishing tools such as Bleed and Grommets to save valuable production time for everyday tasks, and Media Manager to meet the daily challenges faced by today’s print shops.

“Onyx Go brings another product option to our worldwide customer base to help them meet the evolving needs of the wide-format graphics market,” says Kevin Murphy, president and CEO of Onyx Graphics. “It incorporates all the features and functionality ONYX users have come to expect for superior output quality, neatly packaged in a worry-free, affordable monthly subscription.”

Available with soft-key activation providing near-instant access, Onyx Go is a month-to-month, no-contract, full-featured Onyx RIP solution with up to four Adobe PDF Print Engines (APPE). Its Job Editor helps signage printers and service providers in editing files before printing. There is unlimited roll-to-roll cutter support for complete print-and-cut workflows, and each RIP supports up to two printers.

Highlights of Onyx Go include –
• ICC profiling and Media Manager
• Up to four Adobe PDF Print Engines
• Support for up to two printers
• Unlimited roll-to-roll cutter support
• Automated Print-and-Cut workflows
• Automatic media savings for nested jobs
• Job Editor for file editing and job preparation
• Quick Sets 2.0 and Hot Folders for automation
• Swatch Books 2.0 for color matching
• Specialty ink support for white ink
• Bleed and Grommet finishing tools 

Availability

Onyx Go is available now as a monthly subscription through Authorized ONYX Resellers and the new ONYX Web Store. Onyx Go is open to all existing Onyx users and other customers through a license subscription. Global channel partnerships and longstanding relationships with printer manufacturers position the company as a market leader in powerful, reliable, large format printing workflow software. Its passion for delivering superb color led to Onyx Color’s development, Onyx Graphics’ color engine optimized specifically for large format inkjet printing. The company has numerous distributors in India and the region. Visit www.onyxgfx.com for more information.

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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