Hybrid Software and ICScolor have announced the seamless integration between Hybrid CloudFlow and ICScolor Remote Director to offer a simple and exact way to view and approve colour-accurate digital proofs. While CloudFlow users could always access Remote Director, now they can launch the Remote Director colour viewing window directly within CloudFlow.
Hybrid CloudFlow is a modular production workflow suite for file processing, asset management and workflow automation. It is a web-based application platform specifically tailored for packaging graphics with support for PDF, colour separation, trapping, screening, proofing and more.
Remote Director patented software guarantees all are viewing the same colour on calibrated monitors and ‘heals’ the break caused by hard copy proofs in the otherwise totally digital workflow. All colour conditions, version control, auto compilation of comments and approvals and full audit trail ensure that a project is completed properly and accurately – reducing errors, cost and increasing quality while being more environmentally friendly.
While CloudFlow with Proofscope has always allowed content proofing views and annotations, Remote Director adds the direct ability to view colour-accurate proofs on a remote monitor. Using tools from Hybrid Software Group’s ColorLogic to create accurate profiles and IC3D three-dimensional views, CloudFlow now offers a complete, colour-accurate digital proofing environment.
To view accurate colour, the user clicks a button within CloudFlow that opens Remote Director. Anyone invited to review/approve a proof will receive an email message with a link. Remote Director will check the calibration of monitors and confirm ISO certification. If a monitor is not calibrated, Remote Director’s calibration module will guide the user to calibrate and profile the monitor correctly. That, combined with all the critical colour information for proofing built into the design, will ensure that accurate proofs are displayed on the screen. Just as important, all critical proofing information, such as annotations or suggestions, will be readily available in one location.
“These days, the entire print workflow is digital until a provider creates an inkjet proof, places it in an envelope or box, and mails it to somebody. You can stay fully digital. ICScolor understands that getting to market quickly is perhaps the most important impetus for brand owners,” explains Vicki Blake, ICScolor VP of Business Development. “The direct link to Remote Director from within CloudFlow saves a lot of time and ensures the client sees accurate colour. We are really looking forward to this. I think the partnership with Hybrid Software is going to be very beneficial for both of us as well as our clients.”
“Our work together really started during the pandemic, when it was more urgent to easily provide realistic, contract-quality soft proofs virtually. It is terrific to show the openness between two organisations and our technologies. The implementation was quite straightforward. It’s another example demonstrating that open systems can play ‘nicely’ with each other,” comments Mike Agness, Hybrid Software Executive Vice President, Americas. “For anyone who wants to conduct accurate colour proofing, it is seamless from within CloudFlow.”