ColorGATE, a leading vendor of powerful software and hardware solutions for color critical digital printing applications, has announced the release of three new solutions and services:
ColorGATE Productionserver is the company’s core product. 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, décor, and textile printing. The industrial versions have exclusive features for their respective markets, such as ColorGATE’s Fingerprint Technology for ceramics and décor printing or an industry-leading white underbase creation for textile printing on dark substrates. ColorGATE’s Productionserver has been installed more than 15,000 times globally and is the backbone of many industrial print operations.
The new version 20 has been updated to Adobe’s PDF Print Engine 5, supports spectral spot color definitions, and brings compatibility with PantoneLIVE. It features improved spot color support for PANTONE® and Freie Farbe spot color libraries and includes now additional settings for the Ink Saver feature to allow for even greater ink savings. Industrial users will also benefit from the new Retouch Module, allowing last-minute color corrections before going to print while staying consistent with a color-managed workflow, and from the Color Correction Loop Module which is a prerequisite for iterative color correction processes in décor production.
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. This new subscription license combines all costs related to the use and maintenance of ColorGATE’s software into one predictable annual fee and helps production managers to keep their software solution up-to-date and productive.
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. New customers can purchase the Productionserver from a global network of authorized Sales partners.
ColorGATE Custom Create
Also available from July 2020, ColorGATE launches Custom Create, a new end-to-end workflow solution that connects print buyers, print service providers and brand owners. The core of Custom Create is a powerful, 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 seamlessly 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’s professional services team has a reputation for color management and application expertise, covering all process steps from digital content creation through to production printing. ColorGATE is now launching a Professional Color Management Services offering where users of any printing and color management technology can pick a standardized service from a menu. Among the choices are:
- A Color Gap Analysis, including an in-depth evaluation of an existing color management workflow for accuracy and compliance with established standards. Customers will receive a detailed evaluation report with suggestions for improvements
- Color management bundles for designers, including training, a spectrophotometer, a swatch book and, optionally, a license for ColorGATE Productionserver
- Color management bundles for soft proofing, including training, a spectrophotometer, a light booth, profiling software and, optionally, a quarterly check-up
- Color management bundles for production proofing, including training, an inkjet printer, proofing media, proofing software, a light booth, and a spectrophotometer and, optionally, quarterly assistance
- 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
- A flexible consulting service for customers whose requirements are not covered by the menu items.
This offer can be booked directly with ColorGATE from July.
Thomas Kirschner, CEO and Founder of ColorGATE, comments on the many innovations delivered by his company: “In the beginning of the current economic situation, we decided to focus our energy on growing as an organization and on refining and finalizing the solutions that we were originally planning to announce during Drupa 2020. That way, we are now coming out of the starting blocks quickly in order to support our users with the technology that is needed right now for seizing the opportunities in the online economy, mass customization, digital, decentralized production and back shoring. ColorGATE will continue to set the pace in the industry, combining real-life application know-how with expertise in software development and inkjet printing technology.”
For more than 20 years, ColorGATEs software, color and service competence has been driving the digitalization of the printing industry. The company offers a broad range of proofing and color management solutions for graphic arts and large format printing, but it is also growing strongly in the growing industrial printing market. ColorGATE offers digital expertise and solutions for printing system manufacturers, as well as print service providers and technology users in décor, ceramics, textile, and packaging printing.
ColorGATE delivers an innovative, tailor-made, and modular portfolio of software and hardware solutions for industrial printing and decoration applications along the entire process chain. ColorGATE puts a special focus on accurate and consistent color reproduction, combined with highest performance.
ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions GmbH is managed by co-founder Thomas Kirschner as CEO since 1997 and is an independent subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd. since 2018.