eciCMYK (FOGRA53) as new
CMYK exchange color space

ECI has released the ICC color profile eciCMYK.icc. It’s based on the printing condition FOGRA53 defined by Fogra. The goal is a large gamut exchange space which covers all printing technologies (offset, gravure, digital). The eciCMYK profile can be download for free.

Since the gamut of eciCMYK is larger than any real printing gamut and the profile allows a high total ink coverage (TAC), this profile is not suitable for printing.

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CMYK exchange color space

PDFX-ready Preflight profiles
V1.5 / V2.5 released

PDFX-ready has update their preflight profiles for Acrobat Pro. The latest versions feature the following changes:

  • V2.5 (for PDF/X-4):
    • Removed check for single-color hairlines (< 0.125 pt) since these lines are no longer problematic in modern CTP and Digital workflows.
    • Check of multi-color objects (text < 8 pt; lines < 0.25 pt) also for Digital Printing.
    • More details in explanation for spot color check.
    • Compatibility with PDF/X-4 created by QuarkXPress 2016/2017.
  • V1.5 (for PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3):
    • New checks for recognition of black texts and vektors which most probably were re-separated (was alredy in V2.4).
    • More details in explanation for spot color check.
    • Removal of check “Annotation of this type not allowed (GWG)” (alignment with V2.x).

Reluctant transition to new printing conditions

At the end of last year I have conducted a survey regarding the transition to PSO Coated v3 / PSO Uncoated v3 FOGRA52. Only 16% are already using the new profiles. An additional 13% is currently in the middle of the transition. Almost half of the users are planning a later transition. A fifth will not change.

These results are better than the results of a simular survey of Deutscher Drucker some month ago. There 90% have answered that they don’t intent to switch to the new ISO standard.

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New color profiles for sheetfed offset since one year

One year ago ECI has introduced the new ICC color profiles for sheetfed offset printing PSO Coated V3 (FOGRA51) and PSO Uncoated v3 (FOGRA 52). Recently BVDM has published Media Standard Print 2018 which is based on the new standards.

My latest survey also covers this topic:

What's your status regarding the transition to PSO Coated v3 / PSO Uncoated v3 FOGRA52?

PDF trends at Drupa 2016

At PDF Days Europe on 15.6.16 in Berlin I have given a presentation about the PDF trends at Drupa 2016.

The new digital (inkjet) presses require powerful PDF workflows in order fed enough pages to these machines. Digital printing has also new requirements for PDF like variable data and multicolor (more than four process colors). Fortunately there are already new standards (PDF/VT, PDF/X-5n, CxF/X-4, PDF Processing Steps) for this.

In my presentation I focused on where these standards were already appearing in products at Drupa.

The final part of the presentation is a market overview of PDF products in ten categories.