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Musings on color management, CHROMiX products and services and other relevant topics.

Friday, April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016: Seattle - DiffiColor announced

April 1, 2016: Seattle - DiffiColor announced - a new software product that is geared toward the color consultant industry.

CHROMiX, Inc. announces a new product intended to improve support and consulting opportunities worldwide.  

"Color consultants are traditionally in a hard place in the industry," said Steve Upton, president of CHROMiX.  "They come into a printing company, and once they fix the color problems, they are basically out of work."

To fill this need, CHROMiX has introduced DiffiColor.

This is a revolutionary new profiling product has a complicated user interface making it almost impossible for the uninitiated to navigate the process. "Our team has spent countless hours adding confusing language to the help menus, misleading labeling, options that do nothing, and dangerous checkboxes left on by default."

"Color management has been steadily improving over the years" mentioned Upton, "and it seemed time to shake up the market."

DiffiColor introduces new terminologies such as chromack, telnor, spront and delta-P into the color lexicon. What they actually mean is anyone's guess.

Difficolor's system requirements are enough to make even the biggest propeller-head squirm. "We knew that requiring a Newton MessagePad 120 might tax some users" continued Upton "but that puppy rocked! And if you can find one on eBay, the pricing is actually pretty good"

Adding DiffiColor to any client's workflow is guaranteed to increase consulting and training revenue.

"Think you understand your color?  THINK AGAIN!"

Monday, December 28, 2015

EFI and Curve3

Curve3 recently made it into EFI’s official Knowledge Base (their online help resource) with a procedure for G7 calibrations for the Fiery proServer and Fiery XF systems. 

The procedure is a straight-forward "How-To" guide with step-by-step instructions and many good screen illustrations.  CHROMiX and HutchColor both worked with EFI to make this happen. 

EFI’s Knowledge Base link:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CHROMiX a ColorLogic Reseller

CHROMiX is pleased to announce a reseller partnership with ColorLogic GmbH, publishers of high-end color tools.

Considered as premium profiling, editing, tuning and workflow products, ColorLogic products align well with many CHROMiX customers and their discerning needs.

ColorLogic tools include:

CoPrA profiling and editing software
ZePrA workflow and color management server software
ColorAnt measurement tuning software
DocBees re-profiling software
and others

ColorLogic tools are for those with demanding or extreme color quality needs, plus when the highest quality results are required 100% of the time.

As you would expect, CHROMiX technical staff will also fully support the ColorLogic products sold to our customers.

Go to ColorLogic software tools

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Barbieri and Maxwell

Maxwell got a nice plug from Barbieri at the recent ISA show in Las Vegas.

Our Maxwell Client works closely with the Barbieri SpectroPad to load tracks onto the instrument and pull off measurements for uploading into Maxwell.

This makes for a great combination: Wireless portability, instant pass/fail reporting,  and connection with the Cloud for tracking color anywhere in the world.

Monday, February 23, 2015

RIT's School of Media Sciences receives donation of cutting-edge print software solutions from CHROMiX and HutchColor

Monday, February 09, 2015

CHROMiX and HutchColor donate color management and press software products
Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Media Sciences (SMS) has received donations of state-of-the-art software products from two companies considered leading providers of color measurement solutions for the printing industry.
CHROMiX Inc. and HutchColor LLC have donated licenses of two software packages to SMS, widely recognized as a leader in media arts and technology in higher education.
  • CHROMiX Inc. has donated ColorThink Pro 3 software for the Macintosh, which will provide SMS students the ability to take advantage of the latest in color management innovation, including International Color Consortium (ICC) profile inspection and the use of look-up tables for color data conversion.
  • HutchColor and CHROMiX have donated licenses of Curve3 software, which will enable students to gain insights into the G7 press calibration methodology. G7 produces shared neutral appearance across all printing processes, independent of ICC profiles.
“These generous donations from CHROMiX and HutchColor further enhance our school’s curriculum by giving students the ability to learn new technologies that standardize color-managed print production workflows through hands-on immersive learning,” said Robert Chung, the Roger G. Fawcett Distinguished Professor in SMS. “These solutions will provide RIT students even more ways to demonstrate their technical and problem-solving skills to prospective employers upon graduation.”
“CHROMiX and HutchColor are highly respected leaders in the area of color management technologies,” added Twyla Cummings, acting administrative chair of SMS and senior associate dean of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. “Partnerships like these further allow SMS to pursue research interests that meet the current and future needs of our evolving industry.”
Steve Upton, president of CHROMiX, said his company is looking forward to the collaboration with RIT and the university’s students.
“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with RIT’s School of Media Sciences to educate the next generation of print media professionals with the latest color innovation from CHROMiX,” Upton said.
Don Hutcheson, HutchColor’s president, has a long relationship with RIT dating back to 1983.
“I am delighted to know this donation of Curve3 software will help RIT familiarize future industry professionals with the latest calibration methods and reference print conditions,” he said.

Also posted at these sites:

RIT website

WhatTheyThink website

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Maxwell Certified Technician Program

New program strengthens field support for leading color system. Certified Maxwell Technicians are now empowered to implement Maxwell in digital press, wide format inkjet and other print markets.

SEATTLE, WA -- February 18, 2015 - CHROMiX, the industry leading cloud-based verification service for the graphic arts, in response to industry demand has created a new Technician Certification for Maxwell. Created over 7 years ago, Maxwell is regarded the first cloud-based verification service for printers. With now over 140 million measurements and growing, additional technical resources are needed for the growing customer base.

The Maxwell Certified Technician program provides ongoing training and support to field-level Maxwell technicians and installers, which is vital as Maxwell features continue to expand. With certification, professionals receive several benefits including their own Maxwell accounts (including MeasureWatch for their own instruments accuracy tracking), tier 3 Maxwell support from CHROMiX, and partnering opportunities. Maxwell Certified Technicians will also be listed on the CHROMiX website as a certified resource.

The following 10 professionals have demonstrated their competency by meeting criteria requirements as Maxwell Certified Technicians:

Dan Reid - RPImaging

Greg Irving - Prepress Consultants

Earl McGhee - McGhee Consulting

Lee Nelson - Full Gamut Consulting

Michael Neumann - Neugamut Consulting

Terry Wyse - Wyse Consulting

Thomas Holm - Pixl Aps

Eric Magnusson - Left Dakota

Dan Gillespie - CMG

Jim Memije - ColorHQ

With the Maxwell Certified Technician program, CHROMiX shows its commitment to supporting these professionals and advancing their Maxwell skills as they support the growing list of Maxwell customers. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Check your instruments

The beginning of a new year is a great time to take stock of all your measurement devices.  I'm thinking that peak time around your company is winding down now, and you have a bit of time to devote to some proactive maintenance.

This is a good time to:
  •  Run your spectros through any diagnostic programs that are available for your devices.  Barbieri has a software tool called "Service Report" for all of their instruments and X-Rite has a utility called "i1Diagnostics" that has been recently updated to work with the i1Pro 2 and IO 2 table.
The reason why you want to run your instruments through these tools when there is nothing wrong with them, is so you can have a record of what your instrument looks like when everything is good.  Run your instrument through the diagnostic tool, save the result and keep it for the future.  Someday you'll thank me when you have a color problem and the idea goes through your mind, "I wonder if the instrument is bad?"  You can run the process again and hopefully say, "Well the service report shows basically the same numbers it did when we ran the same test back in January."
  • An even better way to have assurance of instrument accuracy is to measure a control tool on a regular basis.  This control tool would be a control strip that is specially made to be stable and colorfast for a long time.   We sell the Vogelsong COLORef and also bundle it with our MeasureWatch service of Maxwell.  This combination gives you a quality control strip as well as an easy way to track the accuracy of your device as you make routine instrument checks over time.  The idea is that if an instrument is going out of spec. you'll know about it ahead of time.