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For saving A LOT of time and PAPER, download Colorsource software applications and test forms, and match your printing presses to CMYK ISO12647-2-3-4-6 and/or G7/IDEAlliance standards

Learn here how to normalize, document, and match all CMYK or N-Color print processes:

Matching any existing print standard and creating your own print standards using the best practices and methods with Colorsource. Download the PowerPoint as PDF file:

The best ISO 12647-2-3-4-6, WAN-IFRA and G7/IDEAlliance press setting apps:

MagicPress and MagicPrepress applications can use all your measurement files of all control strips printed with one to ten inks.

As a result, MagicPrepress and MagicPress can process the measurements files produced by almost all 45/0° spectrophotometers on the market (eg. X-Rite i1Pro family, Konica-Minolta, Techkon, X-Rite eXact, (although using a spectrophotometer of the i1Pro 1, 2, 3 family is much more efficient AND far less expensive than eXact!)

Actually, you will find that quality and productivity of your color prints does not depend on the spectrophotometer model you are using, but mainly on the software applications that exploit your measurements. And that's the specialty of Colorsource applications. Do not hesitate asking us remote demos using Microsoft Teams or Zoom applications.

Please note the trial versions of our paying software have some deliberate limitations: For example, the 100% Magenta ink optimal print density and the according workflow correction curve are not displayed. If you want a temporary license key for testing without any limits, please send us your request by email with your full professional co-ordinates.

The applications require Excel 2010, Excel 2013 or Excel 2016 or later 32- or 64-bits versions on your PC running Windows 32 or 64 bits
(Windows 7/ 8.1/ 10/ 11).


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MagicPress and MagicPrepress v2.5: For fast, easy, and reliable ISO12647-2-3-4-6 and WAN-IFRA and G7/IDEAlliance and custom CMYK press setting, and much more:

In the installation zip of each Colorsource application, you will find many examples of measurement files that allow you to quickly familiarize yourself with how it works.

Well-suited examples of printable sights to incorporate into your test shapes, proofs, and prints are provided in the installation zip of each Colorsource application. These printable sights are accompanied by their standardized reference files in CGATS format allowing their rapid measurement in scanning using any 45/0° spectrophotometer. For CMYK calibrations to ISO12647 standards, you can also directly use our free CMYK test shapes available at the bottom of this page, which have all the necessary sights.

MagicPress and MagicPrepress N-CLR options:

MagicPress and MagicPrepress trial versions can open and process any 1 to 10 colors press chart CGATS measurement file with or without a CMYK base, but only partial results are displayed. If you want a temporary license key for testing MagicPress and MagicPrepress and their N-Color options without any limits, please send us your request by email with your full professional co-ordinates.

Do not hesitate asking us remote support or demos using Microsoft Teams or Zoom applications.

FREE ISO12647-7 and WAN-IFRA and G7/IDEAlliance Proof and Print control software:


Magic_Proof_&_Print_Control v1.5: Free and reliable and fast control of all color proofs according to ISO12647-7 or WAN-IFRA or G7/IDEAlliance standards:

Worthy successor to CMYK_Print_&_Proof, Magic_Proof_&_Print_Control allows you to instantly control all classic CMYK control bars, including UGRA/FOGRA Media Wedge 2 and 3, G7/IDEAlliance 2006 and 2013, and Colorsource 2007:

The control bar type is recognized automatically and the nearest ISO12647-2-3-4-6 standard is automatically offered as the control target for CMYK inks.

But going much further, Magic_Proof_&_Print_Control also allows you to control any proof or print using one to ten inks, and with or without a CMYK base.

Magic_Proof_&_Print_Control offers you all its features for free, for a period of 30 days. Beyond 30 days, all control functions for color proofs between 1 and 10 colors keep free of charge, but you are asked to register by email with Colorsource.

The print control functions (Control of densities and TVI/ dot gain curves for 1 to 10 colors print processes) are subject to a low fee, in the form of an inexpensive license that can be acquired at any time.

Magic_Proof_&_Print_Control is the most flexible and powerful software available. It allows you to produce a proof validation ticket and also a complete and detailed control report in PDF format.

In addition to standardized print and proof controls according to ISO12647, Magic_Proof_&_Print_Control also allows you to set your own target colors and tolerances, for the control of all your digital and traditional prints, according to your own printing standards.

An interesting Fogra Media Wedge 3 control file: This Epson proof is considered BAD on yellow 100% by ISO12647-7 ΔE76 and ΔH control, while ΔE2000 control shows the Yellow 100% patch is printed much better than many other patches including C100% and M100%! Check it by yourself by using Magic_Proof_&_Print_Control:


Convert all your CxFv3 format swatch books to CGATS text format and use them with the best market applications:

This product is suppressed: You can download MagicPress or MagicPrepress trial versions and use their Inks Libraries InksLib in order to import any CxFv3 PANTONE ink library and export it as CGATS file. Following user's guide keeps useful because it explains you how to get all up to date PANTONE spectral libraries, that are the reference for any PANTONE ink formulation or ink quality control or print quality control:

Lithographic plates control and CtP calibration:

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PLATE: For lithographic offset plates control and CtP calibration

Advanced printing press and digital printer's characterization:


Spot_Color_Manager: For controlling PANTONE and all spot colors ink's formulation

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CMYK_Backgrounds: For printing on colored or transparent print medias with or without white ink

 ICC_Profile_Convertor application icon

ICC_Profile_Convertor: For N-colors design, prepress, and color proofing

Colorsource free CMYK test forms:

These CMYK test prints allows easy setting of all your presses for matching ISO 12647-2-3-4-6 or G7/IDEAlliance standards, or any custom CMYK standard.

Important note: All CMYK images in these test forms are color separated using an ISOCoatedv2 CMYK ICC profile with 300% total ink coverage. You should use these CMYK test forms unchanged for setting your offset presses matching thick coated, or white uncoated offset paper ISO standards.

But if reprinting the test form on white uncoated offset paper with appropriately corrected CMYK plates, you should do CMYK conversion on your prepress workflow, from ISOCoatedv2 (Fogra 39) to the appropriate ISO Fogra 47 color space; in perceptual mode. (Use two ICC profiles or a DeviceLink computed from these profiles). This in order to get a nice print appearance on white offset paper.

Another solution consists into modifying our original CMYK test form with ISOCoatedv2 color separations into a new test form with Fogra_47 color separations, which is easy to do, by opening its PDF with Illustrator, and then converting all CMYK images (except CMYK charts, of course) from ISOCoatedv2 into the appropriate calibrated press color space.

The CGATS reference text files for measuring all CMYK charts present in these test forms are supplied in the distribution ZIPs of MagicPress (Computing the optimal CMYK print densities), MagicPrepress (Computing the optimal correction curves), and PLATE (Checking the offset plates and calibrating CtP's if necessary):

Colorsource 100 x 70 cm, 70 x 50 cm and 50 x 35 cm universal CMYK test form

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