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Configure and buy Colorsource Press setting applications

Turn your i1Pro1, 2, 3 or else modern connected scanning spectrophotometer into the best pressroom spectrophotometer. Email us your wish list for a formal price quotation:

Solve ALL your print color quality problems (CMYK, CMYK with spot colors, N-Colors printing with or without a CMYK base, for a MUCH lower price than buying a simple plate reader or a simple CMYK densitometer:

You can easily download the demo versions on this web site, and/or ask us for a temporary key if you want to test Colorsource applications without any functional limitation. Stop wasting time and consumable and get the quality and productivity you need today!

Download the price list of our applications dedicated to Print Houses:

Colorsource_software_for_Print_Houses_price_list.pdf

Just email us the software configuration you want or the print applications you envisage, and we will send you a formal price quotation tailored to your needs:

Compare our productive software-based solutions costs, with the alternative solutions based on dedicated equipment's:

Following worked examples for typical offset printing are showing that, while being far more flexible, productive and opened, our software solutions allow you saving A LOT of money, by properly using modern spectrophotometers spectral measurements:

Actions required
for printed color quality:
Proprietary solutions:
Costs of proprietary solutions:
Colorsource solutions:
Controlling CMYK color proofs BEFORE prepress and imposition,
Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 or else scanning spectrophotometer or dedicated pressroom spectrophotometer
+
appropriate third-party software.
0 to 7 000 €
+
Third-party software.
(You often already own the required hardware!)
Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 or else scanning spectrophotometer
+ Free Magic_Proof_&_Print_Control application.
Calibrating your CtP or checking your plates BEFORE press mounting,
Offset plate reader*
or pressroom spectrophotometer or densitometer with plate measurement functions.
2 000 to 4 500 €
for a plate reader
Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 or else scanning spectrophotometer
+ PLATE application.
App. price is 265 €
Controlling the color quality of printing inks, in terms of color matching, metamerism and optimal print density or concentration, BEFORE you install the inks on your press,
Pressroom spectrophotometer with programmed spot colors and tolerances, and with a working function allowing you computing your optimal inks densities or pigment concentrations and controlling their metamerism.
5000 to 7 000 €
+
Expensive third-party software.
Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 or else scanning spectrophotometer
+
SPOT_Color_Manager
application.
App. price is 500 €
On-Press setting of your CMYK inks densities or concentrations for matching any ISO12647, G7 or else private CMYK print standard
Pressroom spectrophotometer with all ISO12647-2-3-4-6 solid and trapping colors and spot colors and tolerances preprogrammed, and with a working function allowing you computing your optimal solid CMYK print densities or pigment concentrations
And/or expensive third-party software.
> 5 000 €
Per printing press
and with slow and awkward use.
Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 or else scanning spectrophotometer
+
MagicPress
application.
App. price is 400 €
On-Press setting of all your inks densities or concentrations for matching any CMYK, or CMYK + spot colors, or 1 to 10 colors N-Colors standard with or without a CMYK base
Expensive pressroom spectrophotometers do not allow specifying standards other than classic public 4 colors CMYK standards.
Expensive third-party software required ... if any.
No solution
Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 or else scanning spectrophotometer
+
MagicPress N-CLR option
Option price is 200 €
Off-Press computing and fast updating your CMYK gravure curves,
Pressroom spectrophotometer with all ISO12647-2-3-4-6 solid and trapping colors and tolerances preprogrammed, and with scan measurement function, and with a working function allowing you checking your optimal average CMYK print densities
+ expensive third-party software.
> 6 000 €
+

Expensive third-party software.
Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 or else scanning spectrophotometer
+
MagicPrepress
application.
App. price is 700 €
Off-Press computing and fast updating all your gravure curves for all 1 to 10 colors N-Colors standard with or without a CMYK base
Expensive pressroom spectrophotometers do not allow specifying standards other than classic public 4 colors CMYK standards;
Expensive third-party software required ... if any.
No solution
Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 or else scanning spectrophotometer
+
MagicPrepress
N-CLR option
Option price is 350 €
Your investment costs:
Obsolete* solutions:
Your costs:
Colorsource solutions:
Total equipment needed and approx. costs for ONE offset press**, for all printing applications with ONE to TEN inks:
1 x Pressroom spectrophotometer

+ 1 x Plate reader*

+ Expensive third-party software application.
6 000 €

+ 2 000 €

+ 4 000 €


TOTAL > 12 000 €
1 x Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 or else scanning spectrophotometer
+ Magic_Proof_&_Print_Control
+ SPOT_Color_Manager
+ PLATE
+
MagicPrepress
+MagicPrepress N-CLR opt.
+ 1 x MagicPress
+ 1 x MagicPress N-CLR option
TOTAL < 4 000 €
Total equipment needed and approx. costs for TWO offset** presses, for all printing applications with ONE to TEN inks:
2 x Pressroom spectrophotometers

+ 1 x Plate reader*

+ Expensive third-party software application
2 x 6 000 €

+ 2 000 €

+ 4 000 €


TOTAL > 18 000 €
2 x Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 or else scanning spectrophotometers
+ Magic_Proof_&_Print_Control
+ SPOT_Color_Manager
+ PLATE
+
MagicPrepress
+MagicPrepress N-CLR opt.
+ 2 x MagicPress
+ 2 x MagicPress N-CLR options
TOTAL < 5 500 €
Total equipment needed and approx. costs for THREE offset** presses, for all printing applications with ONE to TEN inks:
3 x Pressroom spectrophotometers

+ 1 x Plate reader*

+ Expensive third-party software application
3 x 6 000 €

+ 2 000 €

+ 4 000 €


TOTAL > 24 000 €
3 x Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 or else scanning spectrophotometers
+ Magic_Proof_&_Print_Control
+ SPOT_Color_Manager
+
PLATE
+
MagicPrepress
+MagicPrepress N-CLR opt.
+ 3 x MagicPress
+ 3 x MagicPress N-CLR options
TOTAL < 7 000 €

(*) Please note we consider pressroom spectrophotometers are obsolete equipment, but we DO NOT consider plate readers are obsolete equipment. The only question is to know whether a plate reader is REALLY a priority for you, when plate calibration results will vary of max. 0.5% when using a spectrophotometer with Colorsource PLATE application! Please refer to our technical note in our frequently asked questions. Moreover, PLATE does work for measuring low optical contrast offset plates, when plate readers do not work.

(**) Of course MagicPress and MagicPrepress allow optimizing flexographic and gravure presses as well.

For establishing this price comparison study, we only retained decent pressroom spectrophotometer models, offering the minimal functions listed above that all Print Houses do need.

Of course, we did not even consider pressroom CMYK densitometers, because they cannot measure colors while all modern ISO print standards or building your own standards requires matching specific colors. Moreover, densitometers can be of no use with spot colors and special process inks.

Eye-One Pro 1,2,3 are X-Rite Trade Marks. EFI ES-x are EFI Trade Marks (Eye-One Pro models O.E.M.ed from X-Rite)

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