Measurement Data Optimization using ColorAnt at Appel Grafik
“My sincerest thanks to ColorLogic for the new ColorAnt tool for measurement data preparation!” writes Ulf Wittenberg from Appel Grafik, who as a long-standing customer was involved in the beta testing of CoPrA 2 and ColorAnt in 2011. Ulf Wittenberg at Appel Grafik discusses his experiences using ColorLogic software.
About Appel Grafik
Appel Grafik is a media service company based in Germany with sites in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart. The Appel Grafik sites have been using the DeviceLink profiles created by ColorLogic’s CoPrA for many years for high quality and standardized color conversion of PDF files and pixel images.
Ulf Wittenberg, Color Manager at Appel Color Department creates, tests and optimizes the DeviceLink and ICC profiles centrally for the Appel Group, enabling him to ensure consistent color quality throughout the company. He states, “At last with ColorAnt there is software for MacOS and Windows for applying corrections such as measurements smoothing or compensation of optical brighteners to the measurement data – and as a CoPrA 2 purchaser it is free of charge, too. ColorLogic has also integrated even more extremely useful functions with the help of its outstanding and highly customer-oriented team.
Thoughts on ColorAnt
The measurement data correction and smoothing features are extremely helpful in our everyday work, particularly in calculating output profiles for color laser printers that despite careful calibration often still have notable irregularities. In addition, papers with a significant amount of optical brighteners are often used in production that in turn generate problems of a different kind when their effects cannot be corrected. Using ColorAnt, the necessary corrections can be included in the measurement data and their effect checked in advance of the profile calculation. The corrected data is then reflected in the CoPrA profile as well.
Notable tools in ColorAnt
The other tools in ColorAnt are also fantastic – some outstanding examples include:
Extraction of the color fields for Ugra/Fogra media wedge V3 – saves time-consuming additional work on manual spreadsheet edits in many cases when reference values have to be created for the media wedge evaluation for in-house proof conditions.
Visual displays of the measurement data – nicely implemented functions for thoroughly examining the submitted corrections for their appropriateness.
The whole package is rounded off by a comparative function with statistical evaluation and a PDF report. This provides a really comprehensive overview of the quality of the printers measured.
This combination of advanced color management tools was previously only possible using several different programs from various manufacturers – to have all this in just one program that is really easy to use makes us really happy!
In summary: ColorAnt easily exceeds our expectations and feature requests and has become an indispensable tool in our workflow.”
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