GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., December 18, 2017 – X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announced that its award-winning eXact family of handheld spectrophotometers now includes a Spot Color Tone Value (SCTV) feature that supports the latest ISO 20654 standard. The eXact SCTV configuration allows commercial and package printers to verify tone value for spot colors that correlate well with visual appearance. With this latest firmware update to the eXact family, printers will be able to more easily verify both spot and process colors that brands specify using the new standard.
“X-Rite now provides SCTV support across our eXact family, IntelliTrax2 and ColorCert Suite 3.0 process control software, providing customers with the color management and workflow tools required to meet evolving industry standards, better formulate inks and take into account the effect of substrates on color,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “With X-Rite solutions, customers can feel confident they have the most accurate and consistent color measurement instruments on the market.”
What’s New in the eXact Family
Today’s software update to eXact enables users to separately configure the tone value formula for spot colors as well as CMYK. Configurations are available for Tone Value, Tone Value Increase (TVI) or dot gain, TVI Table and Print Characteristics. This makes it easier for printers when measuring both spot colors and the process colors used in extended color gamut printing.
A new search function in eXact provides faster and easier access to color standards such as Pantone and apply them to a job. Users can now select Pantone or a standard from another color library, by name or number. Additional updates are designed to further improve the user experience.
“X-Rite has added functionality for SCTV (Spot Colour Tone Value/ISO 20654) that can create equidistant visual appearance of tints aligned with PDF and Adobe and other creation software,” said Steve Smiley, Principle, SmileyColor and Associates LLC. “This allows for common appearance curve for spot color printing and alignment across digital print, proofing, flexo, offset and gravure. The X-Rite solution can be setup to always use traditional Murray-Davies for CMYK and SCTV for spot delivery as shown to the user in a single screen. As our industry is printing more spot and extended gamut work, the addition of SCTV will save time, waste and improve communications from design through print!”
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Current customers can download the eXact update at http://www.xrite.com/service-support/downloads/e/exact_firmware_v2_6.
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Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite Pantone offers a full range of solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color and appearance throughout their processes. X-Rite Pantone products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com. For the latest news, information and conversations, connect with X-Rite on LinkedIn, Vimeo, Twitter, and Facebook.
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 60 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.