More than just a RIP Software!

Your Benefits

  • Print accurate colors – on various materials: paper, film, carton, corrugated board, labels or direct-to-object
  • Work with different color spaces: L*a*b, CMYK and spectral colors
  • Automate your production chain
  • Be ready for mass customization - print small run or special editions efficiently
  • Add optional modules to meet your requirements
  • Complete your workflow with measurement and cutting devices

Packaging Productionserver: A modular solution for managing color and data through your whole packaging production chain.

Work with accurate brand colors: our Spectral Spot Module enables you to archive and communicate spot colors, involving the design and production stage of your products, supporting Pantone Live, spectral color definitions and CxF. With ColorGATE’s Ink Saver technology, you can also minimize overall ink consumption!

Profile your printers with our profiling modules so you can print on diverse substrates in consistent colors. With ColorGATE’s Media Device Synchronization you can archive your settings for later runs or for other devices: Create a reference profile to which you can always reset your printer!

Combine our software with cutting or measurement devices to get a one-stop solution. ColorGATE’s Packaging Productionserver can be implemented in existing production workflow and supports devices from all well-known manufacturers.

Make sure to benefit from digital economics for your folding cartons, corrugated boxes, labels, flexible packaging and in direct-to-object printing!

Application Areas

  • Floor tiles and wall tiles
  • Clinker and roof tiles
  • Dishes and tableware
  • Ceramic pots and tubes
  • Sanitary

Technical Details

Basic Functions

Media-Ink-Metamode (MIM)


  • ColorGATE development to create production-influencing parameters such as medium (M), ink (I) and metamode (M); every MIM combination links profile, linearization and print mode settings into a single logical unit
  • MIM administration: import, export, administration and processing of MIM combinations

ICC color management with CrossXColor Technology


  • Use of rendering intents (options: Photographic; Perceptual; Absolute perceptual; Relative colorimetric; Absolute colorimetric; Saturation; Absolute compression; Blackpoint compensation; Lightener compensation; Minimal white compensation)
  • Use of embedded ICC profiles in JPEG, TIFF, PDF, PSB and PSD files for use as input color space; embedded Output Intents can be used
  • Multicolor ICC Engine: Support of multicolor ICC profiles with up to 15 color channels
  • ColorGATE GamutPlus: Enhanced CMYK input color space, based on ISOcoated_V2 for a more color intensive output

16-Bit Color Rendering

For a higher color accuracy and smooth gradients

Preservation of pure colors

Preservation of black, CMYK or single CMYK channels as pure colors

Various options for color correction


  • Correction of brightness, contrast and gamma
  • Gradation curves
  • Separate or simultaneous channel processing possible

Saturation enhancement

To increase the saturation of output colors

Gamut Viewer

Two- and three-dimensional (2D/3D) visualisation and comparison of color spaces

The Gamut Viewer can be used via two ways:


1. Out of the Profiler Module (PFM) / Profiler Suite (PFS)

2. Via the menu "options" in the software

Via the menu "options" users can compare up to five different ICC profiles in 2D with a reference or standard color space. These two-dimensional comparisons enable very smooth Campaign Printing Workflows, because of the possibility to define the largest common color space of all printers that should be used.

Via Profiler Module respectively Profiler Suite users can compare the calculated profile directly with the reference profile or with profiles embedded in the MIM combination.

In addition Gamut Viewer allows three-dimensional comparison of up to two ICC profiles. While rotating the 3D-view, problems can be detected and corrected at once. Another important highlight is the option to illustrate a motive as a 3D point cloud. The point cloud shows exactly the parts of the motive that are lying inside and outside the color space.

More options:


  • View of calculated gray curves of the ICC profile in different rendering intents which show the different CMYK gray. Combinations depend on the respective profile.

  • View of spider of ICC profile in different rendering intents showing the definition of the profile gamut in the L.a.b. color space.

  • View of tonal value increase (TVI) / dot gain increase of ICC profile.
  • Profile information, e.g., creator, color space (CMYK / RGB), device class (printer, input), creation date etc.
  • View of the embedded colors in the color gamut of a profile, e.g. for a large format test page (CMYK).

Download Gamut Viewer documentation (user login required)

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Special color printing (white/varnish/metallic; printer-dependent)


  • Support of white, varnish and metallic printing (on appropriate printing systems)
  • Output variants: pixel, filling, selective, flood, spot color, including preview, and others
  • Combination of process colors, silver metallic ink and white ink
  • Layering technology
  • Separate gradation curves possible
  • Spread and Choke: overlap/border filling adjustable for special colors
  • Intensity: adjustable intensity/density of the white or special color channel
  • Preview for white print

Preview (full screen, split, thumbnail, softproof)


  • Document view, placement on output media, rotated view, full screen preview, preview with special colors
  • Split: before and after display for visualization of changes
  • Thumbnail: job thumbnails, display of job properties
  • Softproof: simulation of the print output on screen, merging of separated PDF files

Loading of media size (printer-dependent)


  • Available for e.g. HP-DesignJet-Z series, Roland AJ, FP, VP, XC, XJ and various Epson Stylus Pro printers
  • Automatic or manual

Confidence strip


  • Printing of a confidence strip with the color channels used to ensure a consistent printout
  • Different positions and sizes possible

Various scaling options


  • Proportional/non-proportional scaling in height, width, percent
  • Automatic scaling to media size
  • Visual scaling: proportional scaling by means of a distance tool

Copy and layout print


  • Job repetetion, multiple output with only one RIP process, last row filling (better media utilization)
  • Device handled creation of multi-copies, in which the parameters are transferred from the RIP to the device controller (printer-dependent)

Cropping

Definition of print areas

Rotate and mirror


  • Rotate in 90° steps
  • Jobs can be rotated space-optimized, even automatically

Offset and centering


  • Horizontal/vertical offset adjustment
  • Centering on sheets and rolls

Auto tiling

Automatic segmenting for printing oversized jobs with optional overlap

Cut marks and registration marks


  • Printing of cut and registration marks
  • Style: inner/outer marks, inner/outer frames, japanese marks; different line widths, styles and colors; can be placed on PDF TrimBox via function
  • Dimensions: symmetrical/asymmetrical adjustment of distance and length

FOTOBA and FLEXA cut marks


  • Printing of special cut marks for FOTOBA or FLEXA cutting systems (for the output of containers, the TNM is required)
  • Separate adjustment of distances and lengths

Overlap/Tiling marks


  • Horizontal/vertical distance and width/height adjustable
  • Optional marks or solid lines

Eyelet marks


  • Eyelet style, offset, distance, number, color, diameter and thickness adjustable
  • Optional crosshair printing

Printing of job information


  • Free to formulate
  • Contain e.g. EXIF data, input profils or the print date
  • Freely defineable formatting settings, e.g. position, font type, size and color

Anti Aliasing (printer-dependent)

Enhanced print quality for certain printers with low resolution

Interpolation for raster files


  • Various setting options for interpolating raster files such as TIFF, JPEG, etc.
  • Options: Nearest neighbour, Bilinear, Bicubic, Bicubic sharp

Replacement of missing fonts

Detection of missing fonts and optional replacement with Courier

Media compensation

Compensation of length and width deviations in the output format

Selection of various screens


  • FM - frequency modulated (Speed Screen, Frequency Screen, ColorGATE Crispy, ColorGATE Smooth, Floyd-Steinberg, Error Diffusion, Error Diffusion Smooth)
  • AM - amplitude modulated (Custom Screen, Super Rosette 2)
  • Hybrid - combination of AM and FM screening (Hybrid Screen 2)

JobInfoLog (monitoring of job processing)

Monitoring/logging of job processing, display of job- and event-related information, of print time, print speed and print area, warning e.g. of missing fonts

RIP and print simultaneously/automatically


  • Printing the job while RIP process is running
  • RIP/print automatically executable

Various options for job processing


  • Reproduction of already printed jobs without a new RIP process
  • Processed print jobs are optionally deleted automatically (different options possible)
  • Automatic pause after each print job / manual confirmation of the release for each print job

Flexible management of job queues


  • Importing/Positioning jobs using Drag&Drop
  • Simultaneous moving of multiple jobs within the job, RIP and printer queue
  • Job sorting according to numerous criteria possible, free definition of column type/number, automatic placement of new jobs to the correct position within the queue

Quick assignment of hotfolder settings


  • Transfer of hotfolder settings to individual jobs via mouse click
  • Possible for individual tabs as well as for all settings

Job duplication


  • Duplicating jobs
  • Creating links to other jobs

Sending jobs to other open printers

Transfer of an existing job including appropriate settings to another printer definition

Support of virtual printers


  • For transferring print jobs out of an application
  • Including export of configuration specific PPD's (PostScript Printer Definitions) under PC/Mac/Unix

Backup/Restore of RIP configuration

Backup and restore of the current RIP configuration including program settings, printer definitions, jobs, profiles, etc.

Cutting function support for hybrid devices (only with PCM, printer-dependent)

Support of print and cut workflows for printing systems with an integrated cutting function

Display of color information (Color Picker)


  • CMYK percentage values displayed in full screen preview
  • Measured color can be replaced

Printer Status Monitor (printer-dependent)


  • Display of e.g. ink level, media length, warnings/error messages
  • Available for e.g. HP Z series, Roland AJ, FP, VP, XC, XJ and various Epson Stylus Pro or Canon printers

System languages


  • Chinese (simplified), English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish
  • For following languages a basic localization is available: Chinese (traditional), Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese

File formats

Support of raster file formats

Support of raster file formats:
  • BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PSB, PSD

Support of PDF, PS, EPS

Support of PDF, PS, EPS:
  • Adobe PDF 1.7, PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4, PDF/X-5 and PDF/VT
  • Postscript 3, EPS, DCS 2.0
  • Single-page/multi-page and separated possible

System requirements

System requirements


Operating systems (64-Bit):

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Pro, Enterprise)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (Pro, Enterprise)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019
  • (Apple macOS with Parallels Desktop)
  • Minimum hardware requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 / Athlon II X2 340
  • RAM: ≥4 GB
  • Free disk space: 120 GB
  • Display resolution: 1280 x 1024
  • Recommended for using one printer:

  • CPU: Intel i5-7500 or newer / AMD Ryzen 5 1600 or newer
  • RAM: ≥8 GB
  • Free disk space: 120 GB SSD
  • Display resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Recommended for using multiple printers:

  • CPU: Intel i9-9900K or newer / AMD Ryzen 7 3800X or newer
  • RAM: ≥16 GB
  • Free disk space: 512 GB NVME
  • Display resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Installation and operation:

    USB port for hardware dongle required; LAN adapter, TCP/IP for network access required, software-based licenses require internet access

    Interfaces:

    Ethernet, TCP/IP, USB, FireWire

    Use in virtualized environments:

    Software based licenses:

    Operation of the ColorGATE software on virtual machines is not permitted with software based licenses.

    Hardware based licenses ("hardware dongle"):

    If the virtualization solution supports USB, ColorGATE software can usually be operated with hardware based licenses. Please note, however, that ColorGATE cannot provide support for problems that occur in the context of the virtualization solution. There may be restrictions when printers, measuring devices or cutting plotters are connected via USB. In addition, the hardware requirements must be exclusively available as resources for the virtual machine to ensure a high-performance operation of the software. For these reasons, we recommend using virtualized environments for testing purposes only.

    Matching Modules

    Spectral Spot Module
    Spectral color definitions to match your spot color!
    • support of Pantone Live, spectral colors and CxF
    • Match your brand colors during the whole production process
    • Create and communicate own color tables
    Ink Saver
    Less Ink – Same quality
    • Save 10 – 15% ink costs on average
    • No visual losses in quality
    • Stabilization of printing process
    • Reliable color impression under changing lightning conditions
    • Shorter drying times
    Print and Cut Module
    Manage your Print to Cut workflow
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    • Create cut paths from spot color paths or the job frame
    • Use multiple cut paths for different cutting types
    • Synchronize your printer and cutter with synchronization marks
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    Media Device Synchronization
    Get similar results on different printers!
    • Color matching on different devices
    • Easily set a reference state and reset your printer to that state
    • Based on ICC profiles for consistent results
    Quality Assurance
    Make sure your output colors shine!
    • Control your output colors
    • Intuitive display shows deviations in your print
    • Set your own DeltaE value for color deviations

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