Canon UK has launched PrismaColor Manager, cloud-based colour management software that enables commercial and in-house print service providers to measure and validate colour across CMYK inkjet and toner printers from Canon and other vendors over multiple locations.

Using a step-by-step process that carries out checks on quality and consistency, PrismaColor Manager verifies colour accuracy against recognised industry standards, or user-defined targets and tolerances, allowing operators to compare and replicate printed colours.

The software is said to offer an easy way to confirm and visualise the colour quality of digital prints against a chosen target by clearly structuring the colour measurement process, simplifying how results are displayed and analysed, and collecting colour measurement results from different printers. It validates and grades the results of the analysis against defined standards.

PrismaColor Manager shows the operator step-by-step animations of how to carry out colour measurements, from initialisation to generating reports. Reducing wasteful misprints, the software helps minimise errors either by automatically submitting the measurement charts with the correct settings to a PrismaSync- or Fiery controller-driven device or by displaying the correct colour quality settings on screen as instructions for the operator. During the measurement, illustrations provide real-time feedback and checkmarks after correctly carrying out each step.

Jennifer Kolloczek, European planning, marketing and innovation senior director, production print at Canon Europe commented, ‘Validating and optimising colour consistency is essential for print service providers and is one of the most critical aspects of professional printing. Monitoring colour quality and ensuring that it is in line with industry standards can be very time-consuming and complex and often requires a colour expert. For PSPs with more than one type of printer or printer supplier, the process of measuring and analysing colour consistency and quality across different devices can be even more challenging. PrismaColor Manager provides PSPs with a simple, printer-agnostic tool to support these processes. And its easy-to-use user interface enables operators at all levels to carry out the validation.’