updated 02:15 pm EDT, Mon July 12, 2004
EFI Colorproof XF for OS X
today announced its new scalable client/server-based proofing solution, EFI Colorproof XF. The "entirely new" platform offers improved functionality, stability and performance with cross-platform (Windows and Mac OS X) support and compatibility with the current JDF (Job Definition Format) standard for open job ticketing. Designed for commercial printers, EFI Colorproof XF consists of several different components that can be joined together in different combinations to create basic or extended configurations. It is expected to ship later this year with support for a wider variety of printers.
The Client Option solution provides the user interface and administrator panel to the server, while the basic version of the EFI Colorproof XF Server comes with the Client Option and a Printer Option M for driving inkjet and laser printers up to A2 format. In addition to these basic modules, customers can choose from a variety of different product and output options, including the EFI Color Manager Option for creating paper/reference profiles; the Color Verifier Option for validating color accuracy; the EFI Dot Creator Option for rasterization of contone data and output on DOD inkjet printers; the EFI OneBit Option for ICC-based color-accurate contract screen proofs on DOD inkjet printers; and the EFI Spot Color Option for spot colors.
EFI Photo and EFI Production options as well as the EFI Ink Zone Option, an automated ink key presetting application, are expected to ship later this year. Additional output options can be purchased for printer sizes M, XL and XXL, in addition to a File Export option. EFI Colorproof XF offers a multi-output functionality, allowing the user to print to more than one printer at the same time. Colorproof XF can also be used in conjunction with EFI OneFlow 2.0 prepress workflow software.
EFI Colorproof XF will be available through certified EFI dealers and distributors later this year for Mac OS X X Server (with a Windows version due in the third quarter). It will support a wider variety of printers, including the Epson Stylus Pro 4000, the HP Designjet 30 and 130, and the Canon imagePROGRAF W6200.