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Onyx Graphics Announces Release of ONYX 11 Software; 21 new features and enhancements that simplify wide format print production and make printing more predictable
[February 07, 2014]

Onyx Graphics Announces Release of ONYX 11 Software; 21 new features and enhancements that simplify wide format print production and make printing more predictable

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Onyx Graphics, Inc. announces the launch of ONYX 11 software, the next generation of the companys wide format workflow and RIP products. Built on the proven platform of X10 RIP software and ONYX Thrive workflow software, ONYX 11 has been designed to increase operator productivity and reduce waste, and offers tools to help print providers gain a greater insight into their printing operations.

Specifically developed to make printing more predictable, ONYX 11 software enables print operators to output jobs accurately and consistently. ONYX 11 software is available for the full ONYX software product line including ONYX Thrive workflow software and ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX RIPCenter RIP software.

"Thanks to the new Job Ticketing feature in ONYX 11 I can find any archived job within seconds, said Tyler Nylund of Integrity Color, an ONYX software user. This tool has enabled me to save countless time and effort along with providing a simple-to-use, yet powerful archival solution." ONYX 11 includes 21 new features and enhancements that both simplify wide format print production and optimise colour quality on output. Some of the highlights include: Colour swatch books for best colour matching The new ONYX 11 swatch books tool allows users to quickly and easily print variations of a specified colour, to determine the best match for output. This makes it easier to match colours without relying on a combination of guesswork and multiple iterations, saving both time and materials.

Integrated job ticketing helps track all aspects of a job Tracking job and customer information through the production process can be time-consuming and challenging when job tracking systems and production software are from different manufacturers. With job ticketing in ONYX 11 software, users can input job identification numbers from their job tracking system, customer data and job-specific notes. This data can be tracked and edited in RIP-Queue and the job editor module as well as the Thrive Production Manager module, providing the entire production team with data to ensure the job is printed correctly. Another time-saving feature in ONYX 11 software gives users the ability to quickly search for jobs in the print queue based on any of the job ticket information, making it easier to locate and manage jobs.

Job previewing and simplified tools make printing more predictable ONYX 11 software includes new features that simplify job preparation, helping to take the guesswork out of the printing process. Images can now be rotated as they are being opened, which can save up to 50 percent of job preparation time. Simplified sizing and cropping tools and the addition of disproportionate scaling make it easy for users to quickly adjust images as required. A redesigned job properties window now includes a new sewing marks tool that automatically adds printed guidelines, helping reduce overall finishing time.

With the addition of accurate colour-managed previews in RIP-Queue, a large preview in job properties and a visual preview of how images will nest together; print operators will gain confidence in knowing their jobs will print as expected.

ONYX Colour innovations improve quality, consistency and profiling Building upon Onyx Graphics industry leading colour technology, three significant colour innovations have been added to ONYX 11 software.

1) ChromaBoost technology unique to ONYX Color significantly improves the appearance of bright colours on difficult-to-profile media, increasing the chroma (colour intensity) by as much as 40 percent.

2) Spectral calibration makes it easier to ensure consistent printing over time by accurately adjusting for colour changes due to environmental factors, or even differences in media or ink batches.

3) Advanced tools for speciality inks enable users to more easily create profiles for applications such as backlit printing, and help them take full advantage of white, varnish, metallic and other non-CMYK inks.

ONYX Connect helps gain greater insight into printing operations ONYX Connect is an open system that provides a simple developer interface to connect a print service providers current business workflow solutions to ONYX production software, without needing to replace existing business workflows with a proprietary or RIP-specific solution. ONYX Connect enables business owners and production managers to gain greater insight into valuable production information such as estimated ink consumption, media usage and production times. It also includes the ability to automate job submission through JDF (Job Definition Format) and hot folders providing control of critical job settings and reducing errors introduced by manual intervention during the production process. Additionally, ONYX Connect extends the capabilities of the browser-based ONYX Thrive Production Manager by adding remote access to the printed job information.

21 New Features and Enhancements A complete list of the 21 new features and enhancements is below.

Productivity Tools Colour swatch books Integrated job ticketing Nesting with image preview Colour managed previews for RIP-Queue Expanded job properties window Rotate jobs immediately when opening files Rotate jobs directly in RIP-Queue Job and key word search tool Disproportionate scaling Custom sewing marks Latest generation in RIP technologies Enhanced cutting technologies Auto configuration for Thrive installation Thrive Production Manager II ONYX Connect Innovation in Colour ChromaBoost Spectral calibration Specialty and spot colour ink restriction Improved i1 device support Pause and resume colour measurements New quality evaluation Images Availability ONYX 11 software is now available. To buy ONYX 11 software or to upgrade through the ONYX Advantage software maintenance programme, customers should contact their authorised ONYX reseller or visit for more information.

The ONYX Advantage program gives ONYX software users an easy way to keep their software current and secure their investment. ONYX Advantage provides product upgrades, new printer drivers, and access to on-demand training and support videos. Current ONYX Advantage agreement holders can obtain ONYX 11 now by contacting and requesting a key update.

Notes to Editor: Images: Click on images to download high resolutuion jpeg or request from About Onyx Graphics, Inc.

Onyx Graphics, Inc. drives smarter workflows and help companies improve their bottom line results by reducing printing costs and increasing productivity. Onyx Graphics develops and markets commercial printing software and solutions for the digital colour printing marketplace. By combining colour science, image processing and print production knowledge, Onyx Graphics delivers powerful, reliable printing workflow solutions. For more information, visit

ONYX, the ONYX logo and ONYX PosterShop are registered trademarks, and ONYX Thrive, ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX RIPCenter, ChromaBoost, ONYX Connect and ONYX Advantage, are trademarks of Onyx Graphics, Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks and are the property of their owners and are respectfully acknowledged.

Press Contacts: Ruth Clark/Debbie Haynes, Splash!PR, Tel: (0)1580 241177, email: .


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