October 2008: Enfocus and Alwan Unveil Powerful Industry-First: PDF Standardizer

Enfocus and Alwan Unveil Powerful Industry-First: PDF Standardizer



A powerful automation, preflight & color application for unparalleled quality assurance and guaranteed ISO 12647 and 15930 compliance

October 27, 2008 – Gent, Belgium – Enfocus and Alwan Color Expertise, leaders in PDF quality assurance, color optimization and standards compliance, have joined forces in the development of Alwan PDF Standardizer to bring simple, reliable PDF standardization and quality control to the graphic arts market. With the launch of Alwan PDF Standardizer, Enfocus and Alwan continue their industry leadership by creating a brand-new category of graphic communications software and standardization tools. 


“Enfocus is a leader in bringing simplicity, reliability and accuracy to PDF workflows,” said Peter Camps, Senior Vice President, Enfocus. “Alwan has played a similar role in the color space. This joint effort provides a missing link between our respective offerings. With PDF Standardizer, publishers, agencies and other content creators can produce predictable, problem-free PDFs, and print service providers can more easily preflight and normalize source PDFs before placing them into production.”


In addition to leveraging the automation and advanced preflighting capabilities of Enfocus PitStop and Enfocus Switch, PDF Standardizer also provides out-of-the-box compliance with ISO 12647 and 15930 color requirements. This brings an innovative quality assurance process to global and print-on-demand digital workflows, simplifying production for both content creators and print service providers. It offers dynamic color management, flattening of transparencies, and normalization of PDF files, resulting in perfect workflow reliability. In addition, PDF Standardizer has the 2008 InterTech award-winning Alwan Dynamic Device Link technology embedded, and easily integrates with any existing workflow.


“We are delighted to be partnering with Enfocus to bring PDF Standardizer to the graphic arts community,” said Elie Khoury, President of Alwan Color Expertise. “PDF producers and print service providers can not afford file interpretation and reproduction problems as margins and cycle times continue to shrink. PDF Standardizer is the result of two years of sustained development effort and collaboration with Enfocus. We believe this inaugurates a new generation of fully automated and reliable quality assurance solutions for the graphic arts industry.”


Alwan PDF Standardizer will be available in January 2009, through both Enfocus and Alwan’s distribution channels. The product will be priced at 8.000 Euro (10.000 USD).

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October 2008: Alwan Color Expertise presents at IFRA Expo – stand 10635

Lyon, October 6, 2008 –Alwan Color Expertise brings ISO 12647 compliancy and Ink Savings to PDF automated workflows

With more and more global competition for print services, tighter color tolerances as well as increasing orders sourced from in-house corporations, there is an increasing interest from print services companies to offer production workflows conforming to standards such as 12647. At IFRA Expo, newspaper customers visiting the Alwan booth will have the opportunity to perform color conversion and ink optimization on all PDF files before sending them for proofing or printing with Alwan’s advanced ColorHub technology.

Alwan CMYK Optimizer allows designers, publishers and prepress companies to quickly produce PDF documents that are compliant with ISO 12647 color and print specifications for problem-free printing. CMYK Optimizer allows printers to control and improve the printability of files by optimizing the separation for ISO 12647 standard printing or for actual process/press/paper capabilities. CMYK Optimizer is powered by Alwan Dynamic DeviceLinks™ technology which has been rated best technology for color accuracy, print stability and ink savings by various benchmarks and has received 2008 PIA/GATF InterTech Award for innovative excellence.

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July 2008 - Alwan Color Expertise Receives 2008 PIA/GATF InterTech™ Technology Award

Alwan Color Expertise Receives 2008 PIA/GATF InterTech™ Technology Award for Dynamic DeviceLinks™ Color Technology

Lyon, July 23, 2008 – Alwan Color Expertise is proud to announce that its Dynamic DeviceLinks™ technology is a recipient of a 2008 PIA/GATF (Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation) InterTech™ Technology Award. Alwan Dynamic DeviceLinks was selected from among 28 solutions entered in this prestigious competition.

Inaugurated in 1978 to foster awareness and understanding of advanced graphic arts technology, the PIA/GATF InterTech Awards honor excellence in innovative technology for the graphic communications industry.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition, and we are thankful for the judges’ understanding and appreciation of Alwan Dynamic DeviceLinks technology. The graphic arts community holds the InterTech Award in high esteem, and knows that the Judges’ assessments are meaningful confirmations of a technology’s potential value. It’s a tremendous testament to the worthiness of our breakthrough developments in achieving accurate color for production,” says Elie Khoury, Alwan Founder and President.

Mark Bohan, Vice President, Research and Technology at PIA/GATF, in summarizing the InterTech Award judges’ selection of Alwan Dynamic DeviceLinks technology, says “This provides one of the few ways to get device links to work properly in the digital printing environment, and gets color synchronization between offset and digital. There were very strong testimonials with the application. The product provides relief for people who have banged their heads against the wall for years.”

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July 2008 - Alwan reports record sales and three new distribution agreements from first ever drupa

Lyon, France -- July 15, 2008 -- Alwan Color Expertise today announced that drupa 2008, the first in the company’s history, enabled the company to realize a record sales month. Compared to June 2007, the French software innovator has generated a significant increase in direct sales, mostly attributable to on-floor sales of 35 systems. Their flagship product CMYK Optimizer ECO, which includes the unique Dynamic Black technology, accounted for 19 show sales.

With several hundred very interested printing and publishing professionals visiting their booth, located in the Drupa Innovation Parc, Alwan conducted over 300 demonstrations. At one point, the company received a delegation of more than 40 from China, which was accommodated with a personalized demo in Chinese. This visit was organized by Workflow Integrator, Alwan’s Chinese distributor from Hong-Kong.

The show also generated new networking opportunities. As a result of the show, Alwan today announced three new international distribution agreements, including pacts with Wifac (The Netherlands), Act-IT (Denmark) and Gamut (Australia). Since the beginning of 2007, the Alwan network of sales partners has grown from 14 to more than 40 worldwide. Alwan continues to receive interest from new resellers worldwide, and the company is aggressively pursuing these opportunities.

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May 2008 - Alwan Color Expertise, Ugra and KEE Consultants team up for drupa

One-stop destination about ISO 12647 standards, tools and services 

Lyon (France), May 20, 2008 – At drupa 2008 Alwan Color Expertise will partner with Ugra, the respected research and certification organization for the Graphic Arts Industry, to provide drupa visitors with information and demonstrations of the latest ISO 12467 Standardization and Certification tools and methods.
KEE Consultants, the international network of experts offering on-line and on-site consultancy, training and services exclusively related to ISO 12647 standards implementation and certification, will also participate in this collaboration. The three industry standards’ advocates will offer a one-stop information center featuring their complementary products and services at Alwan's stand 7.0C in Hall 7. 

Ugra control strips and software tools allow users to control the quality of all their devices, from monitor display to press. Ugra’s PSO/ISO 12647 certification is a comprehensive certification method for the graphic industry. It combines ISO 9000, ISO 12647 and related standards in a refined and efficient format to ensure that a certified company is able to provide its clients with high quality prints that correspond to international standards for every job.

Alwan CMYK Optimizer is a PDF color pre-flight and standardization technology that is recommended by Ugra for file standardization. Each one of the four full-featured software solutions within the Alwan CMYK Optimizer product family delivers specialized capabilities that enable all partners along the production line, from design to print, to guarantee the color accuracy, predictability and reproducibility of their work, while ensuring optimum production further down the line.

KEE Consultants is an international network of consultants accredited by Ugra to deliver ISO 12647 Standardization Services in Europe and on an exclusive basis in France and in the UK. KEE Consultants offer end-users, corporations and OEMs a wide range of on-line and on-site services including training, seminars, audits, preparation for certification, methodology and technical services related to color and color reproduction.

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