Continuing to collaborate with third-party business partners, Canon U.S.A., Inc. has announced that Canon’s imagePROGRAF large-format printers are now compatible with ColorByte’s two ImagePrint software products: ImagePrint BLACK and ImagePrint R.E.D. While ImagePrint BLACK is exclusive to the imagePROGRAF PRO Series, the ImagePrint R.E.D. software can be used be with all devices in Canon’s imagePROGRAF lineup, including the new imagePROGRAF TX Series devices.
When used together, Canon’s imagePROGRAF devices and ImagePrint software enables end-users to maximize the efficiency of their color management process and achieve exceptional output, a critical feature for those who print fine-art, photography, graphic arts, signage, and technical document displays with their large-format printer, according to Canon.
“What is most important to Canon is the ability of our devices to fit the needs of the end-user,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The devices that we offer our customers are designed to be versatile and accommodating to reputable third-party software, such as ColorByte’s ImagePrint solutions. With these software offerings, imagePROGRAF users can get the most out of their large-format printing process with advanced color management controls and automation tools to further streamline their workflow.”
Canon imagePROGRAF customers can reportedly take advantage of the following features included in both the ImagePrint BLACK and ImagePrint R.E.D. software:
- RIP (raster image processing) capabilities for advanced control over color, speed, and overall quality of prints
- Automatic color management – by default, the software selects the correct profile automatically when selecting the paper made by the printer manufacturer
- Multi-page PDF support including the color management of named colors
- Image adjustment tools – smart crop, step and repeat, tiling, borders and backgrounds, black & white toning and nesting to name a few
- Advanced page layout and resizing tools – geared towards the proper handling of photographs, print ready PDF and technical documents
- Accurate preview shows exactly what your printed page will look like
- Workflow automation tools
- Professional print job management spooler
- Tools for making packaged prints
- Ability to print directly from a variety of file types including TIFF, JPEG, PSD and PDF
A key attraction of the new ImagePrint R.E.D. software is its affordability, according to Canon. ImagePrint R.E.D. is designed for those looking to make superior prints at an attractive price point without the need for the highly customized driver and profile solution offered by the original ImagePrint BLACK software. With advanced color management controls, the same user interface, and by using the driver that ships with the printer, ImagePrint R.E.D. is available for purchase from ColorByte at an MSRP of $599 for use with printers 24 inches and larger ($399 MSRP for use with printers 17 inches or smaller).*
“ImagePrint R.E.D is an exciting new product. It’s the first time that ColorByte has offered a product to the broader ink jet printing market including the signage and even AEC markets. We combined the best printing related features and even added some new ones to cover the demanding needs of those using inkjet printing technology. Our goal was to provide a superior way to print at a very affordable price for multiple markets using ink jet technology,” said John Pannozzo, ColorByte Software president.
For those customers looking for more advanced features and controls, including access to over 25,000 custom-built media profiles, ImagePrint BLACK provides an alternative to those needing both color and black-and-white on a wide range of specialty fine art and photographic media and not wanting the expense and complexity of building their own profiles. ImagePrint BLACK is available for purchase from ColorByte starting at an MSRP of $1495 for printers 24 inches and larger (and $895 MSRP for use with printers of 17 inches in size). *
Canon’s imagePROGRAF Devices
The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series line of large format devices ranges from 17 to 60 inches and are designed to deliver output solutions for photographers and graphic artists who are “equally obsessed" with the printed image. All devices included in Canon’s PRO Series help users achieve spectacular high-quality output and share the same core technologies, including 12-ink channels, embedded color calibration, and chroma optimizer to achieve superb color and anti-bronzing.
A key benefit of the PRO Series is the dedicated ink nozzles for both matte black and photo blank inks, which enable users to seamlessly print on a variety of media without the need to switch between the two inks and interrupt the printing process. Additionally, the devices offer anti-clogging technology so that if a clog is detected, another nozzle automatically provides backup to prevent wasted prints. A sub-ink tank system allows for continuous prints due to its ability to replace ink without stopping the printing operation – an important feature for those who handle print jobs with long durations.
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