Mimaki is launching three new software solutions designed to add value to print production process by enabling printers to deliver accurate, repeatable colour across multiple devices and locations.
These new software solutions are Artista Textile Color Collection, Mimaki Profile Master 3 (MPM3) for advanced printer profiling, and RasterLink6 Version 5.0.
Artista Textile Color Collection
The Artista Textile Color Collection makes it faster and easier for textile and apparel manufacturers to achieve the desired colour without wasteful trial and error. Initially the collection includes 520 colours for sublimation printing, with plans to expand the range over time. By integrating the process into the workflow, the production of colour across multiple locations is made efficient and consistent.
The process starts with a designer specifying colours based on new swatches made available for Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW. An image file based on the selected colour palette is then printed on a Mimaki printer using either the RasterLink6 or TxLink3 RIP software. In addition to colour-accurate images, the resulting standard includes detailed information about profiles and settings that can be used to reduce the time required for colour matching, thus enabling colours to be represented accurately across printers and locations. The initial collection is designed for use with the Mimaki TS300P-1800 textile printer with dye sublimation inks.
Mimaki Profile Master 3 (MPM3)
The Mimaki Profile Master 3 (MPM3) enables users to reproduce equivalent colours when printing on different types of media with the same printer or when printing with different printer models and inks, vastly increasing the flexibility of a production platform, even when it consists of printers from multiple vendors.
It’s easy to use, requiring no special colour knowledge and speeds the integration of new printers into the mix, ensuring excellent colour matching across the entire platform. This makes it easier to split up larger jobs across multiple printers or produce projects that include pieces printed on a variety of printers, reducing cycle time and increasing quality and consistency. Print colour is consistently maintained over time by measuring colour with a colorimeter during the printer calibration process.
Mimaki’s market-leading printer RIP software, RasterLink6, now includes the Pantone Color Collection, widely used around the globe for colour matching. This is in addition to the Adobe Illustrator-compatible DIC colour collection and Mimaki’s original colour collections including metallic. Pantone colours in print files are automatically detected and converted to equivalents for faster colour matching on RasterLink6-driven printers.
RasterLink6 Version 5.0 also delivers the ability to set a measured colour as a replacement colour, saving steps in the process. Frequently used colours can be stored in a customised colour collection for fast retrieval. In addition, this latest version enables the creation of cut marks for FOTOBA cutters. Marks can simply be placed on the RasterLink6 operation window without the need to use any other design software.
Mimaki states its objective with these three new software packages is to bring to market solutions that ease production for its users along with improving profitability.