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New Release - pressSIGN 7.2   Date: Wednesday 02 December, 2015

Further features added to pressSIGN version 7 with the release of 7.2

pressSIGN 7.2.1 released


A new version of pressSIGN 7 is now available. This is a free upgrade for all pressSIGN 7 users and pressSIGN GPM users. To upgrade from pressSIGN GPM or v7 either go to Help->Check for Updates or logon to your account at


For customers who are on older versions of pressSIGN please contact your local dealer about the upgrade cost.


Bodoni will be showing the latest version of pressSIGN with a number of new features and a preview of the new Expanded Gamut capability.


All the new features of pressSIGN 7 explained in this PDF that you can download.


All pressSIGN 7 and Global Print Management users can download the pressSIGN 7 updates from Help->Check for Updates or by logging in to their account at Users who wish to upgrade from their current version should contact their local dealer.


New features of 7.2.1 include


  • AutoMode for Heidelberg Image Control and Axis Control files
  • AutoMode for GMI-AVT web files
  • Feathering for GRACol® G7® and 4CX Grey Balance tonal adjustments
  • Support for Pantone® Extended Gamut Guide
  • Improved search and filtering in Open Job Window.
  • Option to turn on or off spot color tint scoring.
  • New features in the Single Patch view

Better Grey balance - pressSIGN adds feathering to tonal control


From time to time paper and ink condition mean the CMY overprints have a marked color cast.

 Adjusting the grey balance curve to neutral throughout the tonal range can produce anomalies. The screenshot below shows the type of tonal curve distortions that can happen. In this case, to the magenta and cyan curves.


In the next image we have told pressSIGN to stop trying to achieve a grey balance after 62% and this has maintained a much smoother tonal curve in the shadow area. 


In order to help printers decide which is the optimum point at which to cut off the tonal curve adjustment we have added the feature pressSIGN’s soft proofing.


The soft proof module is part of the Trends and Pro clients. Click on the soft proof icon and then browse for the printed image. Import it and see how the slider effects the grey control. Compare the visual image in the soft proof window with tonal adjustment that appears in the summary window. The combination of the two will allow users to produce the best grey balance their print is capable of achieving. 


Faster production with AutoMode - Heidelberg & AVT-GMI


The release of version 7 included Templates and AutoMode for X-Rite and Komori svf files. AutoMode automatically populates pressSIGN so that the operator only needs to fill in job details in one system. 


Version 7.2 now adds file formats from Heidelberg and GMI-AVT to this process. Provided users have the correct license from Heidelberg pressSIGN will automatically accept data from Image Control and Axis Control without the need to enter any information into pressSIGN. 


AVT-GMI are a world leader in closed loop solutions for web presses. The new generation of spectral systems is easily integrated with pressSIGN 7.2 so that the data can be accepted and transmitted to Quality Control Managers within and without the company.


AutoMode makes set up and processing easier and faster for everyone. 


Support for Pantone Extended Gamut Guide


Pantone has recently released a new guide for Extended (or Expanded or N-Color) Gamut printing. Pantone is reflecting the increased interest in this extended process printing methodology. Expanded Gamut printing offers some major cost saving for printers.


Users can now select the colors from the guide and check how close they are to the guide’s target.


Scoring spot color tints

pressSIGN has long been able to control Extended Gamut Printing. As this methodology becomes more popular users are asking for more sophisticated controls. Users can now choose to turn on or off the scoring of spot color tints, in the same way that all other criteria can be part or not part of the scoring system.


Create the report you want


pressSIGN offers powerful reports that enable Quality Control managers to analyse the performance of their suppliers or their own presses, operators. The latest version provides sophisticated filtering and searching across the database so that the correct report can be produced. 


Create filters with multiple AND and multiple OR conditions to get the exact data you needed for the report, save the search and use it multiple times. For example you could save a report that showed all the jobs for the last month with scores under 70% coming from sites in the USA associated for a particular client. 


The production of reports can now take place in both the web browser and in the 'Open Job' Window.


New views in Single Patch Window


Go to the Single Patch Window and the Lab Denisty Tab. Select any color from the list of measured patches. You will then see a similar view to the one on the right.


Select any color in the list and by default it will compare it to any color in the target standard, whether it's tone or solid for CMYK & spots. Alternatively select anothe color from the list or measure a color. In the example above I have selected a 40% M to compare with the target. We can see that it is slightly light and too far to the left on the b axis.


Filter Measurements in Single Patch Window


By default all the patch measurements appear in the right hand side. You can now filter these measurements. In the example on the right I have taken an average of all the blacks that have been measured in the job. I could have chosen any of the colors including the spot colors.


Alternatively I could have chosen the patches from the selected measurements from the job window, select all the spot colors, all the process colors or sepcific colors.