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8 November 2022


Connection between ArtPro + and OpenColor brings advantages in packaging production

Esko-Graphics BV. ('Esko') and GMG GmbH & Co. KG ('GMG') have partnered to provide a new connection between GMG's profiling and color prediction solution, GMG OpenColor, and Esko's native prepress editing software, ArtPro+. The connector was released in November 2022.

The collaboration brings together two industry leaders to satisfy the demand for highly automated, globally connected color management solutions.

Creating a smoother and more efficient color conversion process for packaging and label printers, commercial shops and pre-media houses, the new ArtPro+ GMG OpenColor Connector enhances connectivity and data exchange between the two class-leading solutions. This integration ensures seamless file processing and color conversion without losing mission-critical metadata between systems – allowing both solutions to operate at their best.

Geert de Proost, Director of Product Management at Esko, is pleased to announce the new technology partnership. "Color management is a complex process and extremely important because there is no single quality standard you can work with," he said. "It has therefore been extremely rewarding to have collaborated on this project with GMG and to bring our respective customers a solid data connection between our two leading solutions.

"Manually reseparating images and artwork to meet brands' demands for color accuracy can be a laborious and error-prone process. But by automating the reseparation using GMG OpenColor technology, through the unique integration with Esko ArtPro+, prepress professionals can now accurately visualize colors in before and after states and assess on-screen color deviations with accurate Delta E readings."

Rainer Schmitt, Head of Product Development at GMG, commented, "Esko and GMG have a shared goal of providing fully integrated color management and digital workflow solutions. Better integration of GMG technology within Esko's solutions is one of the most frequently reported requests from our mutual customers.

"By focusing on a frictionless user experience, connecting Esko ArtPro+ and GMG OpenColor, our partnership is starting with great value for our customers," he said. "GMG and Esko will continue to look at areas of collaboration to further streamline our customers' workflows."

The new connector will offer comprehensive benefits for customers using ArtPro+ and GMG OpenColor, including:

Creating a standardized, automated process for color matching and reseparating multicolor images and vector data, eliminating manual work, reducing the risk of errors and saving up to 60 minutes of operator time per job
Since ArtPro+ can modify colors, it is now simple and quick to add file edits after converting to Multi Color.
Improved color accuracy in print through standardization of color conversion using GMGs enhanced spectral color technology
The ability to retain mission-critical metadata to provide a seamless and highly efficient prepress workflow.

Greater flexibility for printers through fast and accurate prepress setup, thus reducing pressure on time and resources
"At Esko, we know that printers and their branded customers are looking for a 100% color guarantee," added Geert. "We've always had an open system, which is why we continue to invest in technology partnerships and R&D to bring the color consistency and quality they seek. Working with partners like GMG underscores our commitment to bringing new innovations to market. "

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