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Automatic SVF Importer module

Background:

MeasureColor users typically use handheld or scanning spectral measurement devices to get color data and store it in the MeasureColor database. The new 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.

Supported systems:

The Auto SVF Importer module currently supports importing data from any system that can export .svf files including:

  • XRite Intellitrax-S
  • Komori PDC/SII
  • Komori PDC/X

Workflow:

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.

Initial preparations:

  • This QuickStart tutorial is based on MeasureColor version 4.2.27 (nov 2013)
  • Install and prepare the MeasureColor server for normal use
  • Install the MeasureColor Client software on a computer near the press console (preferably)
  • From the XRite/Komori software on the press console, select the option to automatically export every scan as .svf file to a predefined location.
  • Make sure you have (networked) access to the hard disk location where the press software exports the Scan Value File (.SVF)

Setting up the MeasureColor system:

  • From the System management module, add/edit the Machine names to fully match those used in the XRite/Komori software
  • From the Reference manager re-import any Reference from ICC profiles you wish to use. References generated from ICC profiles by legacy MeasureColor/PressView versions might not be fully compatible.
  • From the Process Control Module, prepare one or more jobpresets for each machine/printing press
  • IMPORTANT: start your preset names with something unique like ‘PT1’ or ‘PT4’ or something like ‘C’ or ‘U’ indicating Coated or Uncoated reference. The Auto SVF Import Module uses this first part to identify which preset should be used during the automatic job setup procedure. Edit existing preset names from the Management Module if needed
  • Open the Automatic SVF Importer module
  • Set the file path for the ‘Import folder’, the ‘Completed folder’ and ‘Failed folder’
  • Select ‘Filter files to import’ and if needed change the file filter from ‘*.svf’ to ‘export.svf’ to have a more strict file selection
  • Optionally, select ‘Append date and time…’ to automatically add a date/timestamp to the processed file. MeasureColor archives all scans when this option is selected
  • Select ‘Ask for missing information’ for a more verbose run mode. This will assure the user is presented with a popin view with information regarding missing information like unknown color patches etc. Note that this will still allow to import the .svf file
  • Click on the ‘Color mappings’ button to setup the way how MeasureColor deals with differences in color names. For instance, a MeasureColor internal process color name might be named as ‘K’ while the press system uses ‘Black’ internally. Limited wildcard usage (*) is allowed (see example below).

Starting the Automatic Import process:

  • Click on the ‘Import Disbled’ button, it changes to ‘Import enabled’ after which the system awaits your SVF files in the selected hotfolder
  • Optionally you can enabled the ’Interactive mode’ which provides more feedback to the user during the process.

IMPORTANT JobName naming convention:

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 delimiter. You can set up to 4 MeasureColor job fields by using the _ delimeter inside the XRite/Komori JobName: Preset_jobname_jobnumber_jobdescription

Starting with ‘PT1_MyJobName’ is already sufficient though. Jobnumber and jobdescription are optionally.

IMPORTANT tips for fully automatic job creation:

Please use the following naming convention from within the XRite/Komori software for complete automatic import of jobs in MeasureColor:

SVF fileMeasureColor
ProjectNameSelected ‘Client’ for the job (created if new)
JobName* SEE DETAILED INFO ABOVE *
PressNameSelected ‘Machine’ for the job
ScanDate/TimeMeasurement date/time

Color bar:

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.

Color references used:

MeasureColor tries to use the MeasureColor color references so that all your imported scans use the right color references. This is why it is important to setup the presets and the mappings for color names. However, the system will continue to work when certain color reference information is not (yet) available in MeasureColor, for instance, when the operator creates a Spot color right before he starts production. In these cases, MeasureColor will use the reference information which is stored in the SVF file itself.

Color mapping editing

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.