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Icefields enables photographers to produce stochastic screened images on an image by image basis. Icefields is not a typical RIP. It creates halftone documents for off-line and off-site reproduction.

Uses for Icefields:

  • Photographers use Icefields to produce imagesetter film for digital platinum and dye prints
  • Graphic designers place the Icefields TIFF on an page instead of the usual contone photograph, ensuring reproduction quality
  • Prepress operators use Icefields to solve moire and detail reproduction problems in that one troublesome photograph
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  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Moogan Member IconComment+70

From dev site:
Icefields 4 is one year old and we are celebrating! By donating any amount, you receive a registration number that activates Icefields!*
Donation offer ends March 31, 2010.

*Technical support and upgrade to the next version are not provided for donations under $150. Your donation purchases a registration number that makes the Icefields 4.6 Demo fully functional. (Download Icefields 4.6 Demo using the “download” button above.)
**Full purchase price includes technical support and one year of free upgrades. You are purchasing a registration number that makes the Icefields 4.6 Demo fully functional.

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Version 4.6
Richcastillo Member IconComment+71

Beware of one star reviews.

Although I have not used Icefields, I have known about it for years. It was around back in the '90s when I owned an imagesetter. This is a very specialized application that produces a frequency modulated halftone (a random halftone). Basically, it is a RIP. Most RIPS for imagesetters (a machine that writes to film to make halftone negatives for offset litho or contact photo printing) produce amplitude modulated halftone screens. This is a real problem if you are trying to print a catalog with fabric samples because the regular pattern of the AM halftone screen combines with the regular pattern of the fabric (assuming you have enough resolution to resolve the fabric pattern) and the result is an awful MOIRÉ. This is a French term for an interference pattern. It is a THIRD pattern that is synthesized from the overlapping of two other patterns. Since the FM screen is random (actually, pseudo random) it does not combine with the fabric pattern to create a moiré. This is the value of a program like Icefields. If you think photographing fabrics is a rare situation then consider that interference patterns (moiré) are also a problem when reproducing to print brick walls or anything with a regular pattern. I used to love blowing away my students by taking two sheets of AM (amplitude modulated) imagesetter film and superimposing them over a light table. When you rotate one film against the other, the resulting moiré is nothing short of psychedellic! Hope this helps. I had to write it because I hate one star reviewers who don't understand the reason for a software app.

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Downloads 2,460
Version Downloads 189
License Demo
Date 04 Oct 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $450.00
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