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The development of PressPerCent started in the mid-1990's. The purpose was to create a simple ink key pre-setting software tool - a popular subject at the time when press manufacturers and printers were searching for less expensive, space-saving solutions to replace hardware plate scanners (that never were extremely reliable, among other faults). Since then, PressPerCent has evolved to include more features which customers and OEM partners required, such as: support for the job formats of virtually every press type and model, total ink calculations, spot-color preview, automatic job processing via hot folders, flexible more...

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Version 3.3.1:
  • Minor user-interface fixes


  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • (version for OS X 10.4-10.5, Intel32/PPC32 included in download)

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A commercial printing press has "zones" or columns of ink controllability running vertically along the length of its ink fountain system. These zones must be individually told how much ink to put on the paper. Modern press control centers allow digital input from the prepress (CIP3) to pre-set these zones or "keys" based on the particular job. (picture of the control center/keys http://www.heidelberg.com/wwwbinaries/bin/images/dotcom/all/prinect/cp2000/kf_color_fast_42281_08_V02_170px.jpg ). PressPerCent generates this CIP3 data. How well? You get what you pay for.

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Version 2.5.1
Grigori (PressPerCent developer)

1. CIP3 PPF standard data has nothing to do with particular press model and ink key zones -- just a lo-res preview with sheet size and orientation specified.

2. If we talk about special PPFs for CP2000 (with proper option opened by Heidelberg technicians) PressPerCent can do these too.

3.There are also plug-ins (included with PressPerCent 2.5.1) to write the HEIDELBERG Job Card format directly, if you got a PCMCIA reader/writer at hand...

4. Another point worth mentioning: you can always contact us (info@excourse.com) and try PressPerCent before spending any funds....

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Of course CIP3 is not press manufacturer specific. It's an industry wide format and includes specs for cutting data and bindery operations. The URL to the Heidelberg image was just an EXAMPLE of what a press console LOOKS LIKE. It happened to be Heidelberg's CP2000 (one of the first google images). Try to stay on track here.


Just one thing, you said: "digital input from the prepress"

Pre-press is a process, or a step in printing, not a device. I'm a pre-press production artist. Pre-press is between the designer and the press.

Did you mean the RIP?

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I haven't yet sent anything to a printer with this, Last version changed the colors of my original work before tweeking... I'm checking out the features on this. This seems more important to me for apps like Create©, Cenon, MLayout etc. in preparation for meeting the Printer. Anyone else test this with Cocoa apps? Looks great, though. Hope to make better use of it with this release.

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Version 2.5.1
Anonymous Member Icon

[chuckling] Do you have any idea what this software is for? Your review emphatically suggests not.

Grigori (PressPerCent developer)

"Last version changed the colors of my original work before tweeking"

Sorry, but: what do you mean?

Color on-screen preview in PressPerCent is not very accurate (there is a note somewhere about it and we will fix it soon). Separtions preview is more adequate in this respect.

Frankly PressPerCent is mostly "for Printers" than for those who prepares to meet these guys...

If you got any problems or questions I will be happy to discuss them by e-mail (info@excourse.com)...

Kind Regards.

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Version 3.1.5
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Downloads 9,623
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License Demo
Date 17 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $250.00
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