MeasureColor users typically use handheld or scanning spectral measurement devices to get color data and store it in the MeasureColor database. The Automatic SVF Importer module eliminates the need for manual measurements and allows scanned color data from selected systems to be imported automatically into MeasureColor without any user interference.
Secondary, by importing all data into MeasureColor, you also make sure all captured data is analyzed using the same references, conditions and scoring details, and, when configured correctly, send to MeasureColor Reports.
The Auto SVF Importer module currently supports importing data from any system that can export .svf files including:
For the operator, nearly nothing changes. The operator can prepare jobs in the XRite/Komori software normally. In order to automatically create jobs with zero user interference, the use of a naming convention is advised. See explanation elsewhere in this document.
By using a simple naming convention when you generate your jobs in the XRite/Komori software, you allow MeasureColor to generate jobs fully automatically and store measured data without any user interference. MeasureColor uses ‘job presets’ to help you create jobs with ease. This presetting function is also used for the Automatic SVF Import module. By using a simple prefix on all jobs you create in your XRITE/ Komori software, MeasureColor knows which preset to use for its job creation.
An example: XRITE original JobName is ‘MyJobName’ which is to be printed on Coated stock. In MeasureColor a preset has been defined for coated stock which was named ‘PT1 Coated’ (example). This preset holds all detailed settings like the proper Process Color reference, Spot Color book, Measurement conditions, Tolerance set, etc. In order to use this preset during the SVF import process, the first part of the field ‘JobName’ from the XRITE/Komori software should include a prefix for that MeasureColor preset. So, by using ‘PT1_MyJobName’, MeasureColor knows to generate a new job based on a preset that starts with ‘PT1’ with a job name ‘MyJobName’. MeasureColor uses ‘_’ (underscore) as a delimiter. You can set up to 4 MeasureColor job fields by using the _ delimiter inside the XRite/Komori JobName: Preset_jobname_jobnumber_jobdescription
Starting with ‘PT1_MyJobName’ is already sufficient though. Jobnumber and jobdescription are optionally.
|ProjectName||Selected ‘Client’ for the job (created if new)|
|JobName||* SEE DETAILED INFO ABOVE *|
|PressName||Selected ‘Machine’ for the job|
When importing an SVF file, MeasureColor uses information from the file to create the color bar, color mapping and run sequence for that job. Therefore, you do not have to generate a separate color bar definition in MeasureColor before you start importing SVF files. It is done automatically during import.
Note: The Auto SVF importer works correctly with Color bars that are aligned from the center only.
MeasureColor will try and use the Process references and Spot references as setup in the used Job preset. This is why it is important to set up the presets and the mappings for color names.
When a wildcard like Pantone*|Pantone* is set-up in the color mapping, MeasureColor will try and match the name of any Pantone spot color used in the job with Spot Color books.
To enable this workflow a few criteria must be met:
When a file comes in that contains color names that cannot be matched, MeasureColor will use the reference information which is stored in the SVF file itself.
Color mapping simply lets you edit a table. For instance an ink exported as 'Black' in the SVF will be linked to an ink 'K' in the used MeasureColor color book.
The color mapping system supports wildcards (*). SVF ‘Pantone *’ and local ‘Pantone® *’ will result in the following: SVF ‘Pantone 286’ is parsed as ‘Pantone® 286’ in MeasureColor.
Warning: Color mapping might not work correctly if References from legacy MeasureColor/PressView versions are used. Please re-import ICC profiles before setting up presets and Color mappings.
When importing the SVF results in a Color bar preview with shifted patches, please check the following: