MeasureColor workflows are typically based on jobs and measurements, no matter which module you use.
Starting from MeasureColor 15.3, a new workflow for job setup is introduced. This new workflow is implemented in the ProcessControl module first and will be extended to other modules in future releases.
A MeasureColor ProcessControl job holds all specific job parameters like the color references (solid inks, dotgain, overprint, balance, etc.), measurement conditions, tolerance/scoring conditions, color bar definitions and more.
Because it would be very time consuming to setup all these parameters separately for each job, the job setup procedure makes use of ‘presets’ to help you create jobs with ease. You can create and edit presets to tailor the job setup exactly to your situation.
Basically, the job setup workflow is based on the steps below. Depending on your UserGroup and UserProfile (Management Module) your workflow can be more or less extended. We will explain the 3 different levels separately.
|Create new job: Machine, client, job number, name and description||Select job preset (all workflows)||Select different printing condition (advanced workflow only)|
MeasureColor’s new ‘User profile’ feature let you specify the job setup workflow per user group. Depending on the typical use case, you might want to alter the choice.
There are 3 levels for job setup:
A preset works as a template for the job you are creating. A preset can hold parameters for a typical job like the Printing condition, Tolerance set, inks (reference colors), run sequence, color bar and color mapping. Creating proper presets for standard measurement situations help simplify job setup procedures in production dramatically.
The Colors & ink view let you select your ink reference colors AND determine run sequence on press. The advanced workflow allows you to alter the printing condition which determines which color books are shown in the ink selection view. To change an ink, click on the dotted icons on the right of each ink. This will open the ink selection view.
The Color bar & mapping view allows you to select a color bar to measure and, if needed, change the way how the inks are mapped to each position in the color bar (color mapping). The preview of the color bar in this screen should mimic the color bar in print. If you need to change the position of the inks in the color bar, drag-and-drop (or use the arrow keys on the right) the square elements above the color bar preview section. This will update the preview immediately.
When you’re done with the job setup, it is time to measure the color bar. Calibrate your device and if needed check it’s options. Then measure the color bar. Before you press ‘Finish’, check if the color bar you measured is ok by comparing the measurement with the color bar preview (upper row). If something is seems incorrect (different color bar or it’s color mapping), press the ‘Previous’ button and correct the settings. When the measurement looks OK (lower measurement line resembles the upper preview line), click ‘Finish’ to save the job and measurement to the database and review the results on screen.