GMG ColorServer 5.4 is now available

New version delivers efficiency in digital packaging printing

GMG ColorServer 5.4 is a powerful update that particularly excels in digital printing.

GMG, a developer of high-end color management solutions, has released the GMG ColorServer 5.4, a powerful update that particularly excels in digital printing. Productivity takes top priority in this release of the well-known color management solution. 

Jens Bloeck, Product manager at GMG, understands the high expectations of GMG users. He emphasizes, “We are constantly in close communication with our users. Therefore, we know that efficiency and productivity are more important than ever. With GMG ColorServer 5.4, our customers can sustainably optimize their processes. We have integrated a range of new features that all contribute to increased profitability.”

The latest version of GMG ColorServer offers innovative features to increase productivity and streamline workflows. Improved channel mapping rules now support wildcards for spot colors, automatically processing unidentified channels according to preset criteria, reducing time-consuming manual intervention.

GMG ColorServer provides the flexibility required for modern workflows, allowing for easy adjustment of job priorities, for example, due to a change in production planning. This further streamlines the production process.

Significant improvements to the GMG SmartProfiler module also lead to increased efficiency and higher quality. With the new automatic smoothing of measurement data, inconsistencies in measurement data are corrected, resulting in better profiles and higher print quality. In addition, the optimized total area coverage (TAC) provides better color matching. For precise processing of PDF files with transparencies or overprinting objects, GMG SmartProfiler now offers a flattening option for hot folder creation, eliminating the need for additional manual intervention.

The ‘auto rasterize’ feature also helps to avoid manual intervention. If a user-defined time window is exceeded during the processing of flattening jobs, the software automatically adjusts the flattening setting, allowing for faster processing of files and improving the overall system performance.

Companies using a HP Indigo press can avoid unnecessary click costs with the help of GMG ColorServer, as unused channels are simply removed. An interesting side effect is that the Indigo’s printing speed is significantly increased.

GMG Product manager Jens Bloeck concludes with another point: “With GMG ColorServer 5.4, we are introducing in-software update notifications. Users no longer need to actively search for new releases.”

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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