Updates to GMG’s OpenColor and ColorProof

GMG OpenColor 3.0 and GMG ColorProof 5.14 launched

Updates to GMG's OpenColor and ColorProof
The new GMG Spectral MX Color Engine provides performance gains: the proof profile calculation is up to 15 times faster, the profile quality is improved, and the profile size is up to 90% smaller.

With GMG OpenColor 3.0 and GMG ColorProof 5.14, color experts at GMG, a  developer of high-end color management solutions, have launched two powerful updates, which the company says will redefine proofing in the packaging market once again.

The new GMG Spectral MX Color Engine provides performance gains: the proof profile calculation is up to 15 times faster, the profile quality is improved, and the profile size is up to 90% smaller. The higher-resolution MXN profiles lead to better color matching between proof and print, and optimize print approvals in the packaging supply chain. 

Stefan Zrenner, head of Sales & Marketing at GMG, says: “The quality of our proof profiles is crucial for efficient packaging production. The fact that we were able to increase the resolution even further and enhance the precision of these profiles is worth an update in itself. But the performance of the new MX Color Engine, which is up to 15 times faster, is sensational. GMG OpenColor and GMG ColorProof are an unbeatable combination.”

A new feature is the LAB-to-spectral conversion technology in GMG OpenColor. This allows LAB-based MX4 and ICC characterization data and profiles to be imported and enables users to switch their entire proof production – including existing, older data – to the far more precise spectral calculation model, resulting in a more accurate prediction of overprinting spot and process colors.

Because sharing reliable special ink reference values is particularly important in packaging production, users can now use the Spot Color CxF export function to exchange spectral reference color values from GMG OpenColor with other production tools and share them throughout the entire supply chain. In addition, GMG technology partners can access these special ink spectral values via the GMG OpenColor interface. Result: reliable process and quality control for brand colors.

Stefan Zrenner adds: “With this update, GMG OpenColor users benefit from a central platform where all data and profiles for process characterization and spot colors are stored. As a result, the same reference data source can be used for both proofing and color conversions.”

A known name in in color management, GMG’s delivers solutions to standardize color management workflows across various printing methods and varying substrates. GMG has more than 12,000 color management system installations globally. GMG’s clients range from creative agencies, prepress companies, offset, flexo packaging and digital, gravure and large format-printers to name just a few.  

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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