X-Rite and Canon Europe Announce i1Process Control version 3

X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, and Canon Europe, the world leader in imaging solutions, today announced a new version of the i1Process Control software (v3) for Canon imagePRESS digital presses, including the new imagePRESS C7010VP. Developed exclusively for Canon by X-Rite, i1Process Control v3 provides imagePRESS customers with seamless, integrated control over their color print production output and features a host of enhancements including iterative profiling, new ISO verification features, as well as new interoperability and workflow enhancements. X-Rite i1Process Control v3 will be shown for the first time at IPEX from 18 - 25 May in Birmingham NEC, UK on X-Rite’s stand 10-D260, Canon’s stand 10-CDEF270, and OCE´s stand 12-150B.

With i1Process Control v3, Canon imagePRESS customers will now have access to X-Rite’s i1Prism engine with iterative profiling capability and spot color optimization features to build highly accurate printer profiles. For the first time, users will also be able to share measurement data with other X-Rite applications and hardware in their workflows.

i1Process Control v3 now also offers CMYK printer profiling, as well as advanced display profiling, when used with the bundled award-winning i1Pro spectrophotometer. Thanks to the new integration features, i1Process Control users will be able to print test charts on their Canon imagePRESS, and streamline their workflow using X-Rite’s i1iO and i1iSis automated chart readers.

New verification and validation features will allow users to verify their output against ISO 12647-7 targets, or save their measurement data to use as a custom reference target for process control proof for their customers.

The new Profile Viewer in i1Process Control v3 will give users the ability to perform measurement and gamut analysis, using a new improved user-friendly software interface. i1Process Control v3 will include the new PANTONE PLUS SERIES digital library, in addition to the previously-available PANTONE Goe digital library for direct spot color verification.

“We developed i1Process Control software specifically for Canon imagePRESS digital presses, to provide complete harmony between the print engine and color tools. With i1Process Control v3 imagePRESS digital press users can deliver exceptional quality thanks to a digital color printing and proofing engine that integrates easily into their existing production processes,” Chris Halford, product manager for i1Process Control at X-Rite.

“Our ultimate goal is to help our customers improve their production processes, by providing them with solutions that allow them to produce consistent color and extremely reliable digital proofs that exceed what modern print buyers expect and demand. The combination of our imagePRESS technology and the latest version of i1Process Control will help production print businesses maximize their color workflows and will offer reassurance to traditional offset users who are migrating to a digital workflow,” says Ben Coles-Porter, European Marketing Professional, Canon Europe.

i1Process Control v3 for Canon imagePRESS will be available in July 2010 through all of Canon’s sales channels.

About X-Rite

(NASDAQ: XRIT) X-Rite is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes design industry color leader Pantone, Inc., develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com

About Canon Europe

Canon Europe is the regional sales and marketing operation for Canon Inc., represented in 120 countries and employing over 11,000 people across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Founded in 1937 with the specific goal of making the best quality camera available to customers, Canon’s tireless passion for the Power of Image has since extended its technology into many other markets and has established it as a world leader in both consumer and business imaging solutions. Its solutions comprise products, ranging from digital compact and SLR cameras, through broadcast lenses and portable X-ray machines, to multi-function and production printers, all supported by a range of value added services.

Canon invests heavily in R&D to deliver the richest and most innovative products and services to satisfy customers’ creative needs. From amateur photographers to professional print companies, Canon enables each customer to realise their own passion for image.

Canon believes that considering the interests of society and the environment is an integral part of good business practice. This is embodied in its corporate philosophy Kyosei - ‘To live and work together for the common good’.

Further information about Canon Europe is available at:

www.canon-europe.com

©2010 X-Rite, Inc. All rights reserved. X-Rite is a registered trademark of X-Rite, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contacts:

X-Rite Press Contact:
Véronique Froment:
veronique@highrezpr.com
Tel: + 1 603-537-9248
Canon press contact:
Sarah Mitchell
sarah.mitchell@canon-europe.com
Tel: +44 (0)208 588 8205

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