PressPerCent
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Ink pre-setting solutions for offset presses.   Demo ($250.00)
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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
What's New
Version 3.2:
  • More flexible job processing with customizable Processing Schemes
  • Tone Curves for halftone/dot-percentage compensation in Page Settings
  • Automatic mounting of network servers
  • Other enhancements and bugs fixes
Requirements
  • OS X 10.6 or later
    (version for OS X 10.4-10.5, Intel32/PPC32 included in download)



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Anonymous reviewed on 16 Mar 2005
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.
[Version 2.5.1]

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Anonymous commented on 05 Apr 2005
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.
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RavenNevermore replied on 04 Mar 2014
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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Anonymous reviewed on 16 Mar 2005
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.
[Version 2.5.1]

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Anonymous commented on 16 Mar 2005
[chuckling] Do you have any idea what this software is for? Your review emphatically suggests not.
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Valaxedo rated on 01 Oct 2013

[Version 3.1.5]


Downloads:9,525
Version Downloads:69
Type:Business : Vertical Markets
License:Demo
Date:04 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $250.00
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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 press configurations, etc.

Technically the application itself is just an area coverage calculator. It converts jobs in various input formats into bitmap images with relatively low resolution (its internal file format), then it counts the number of pixels that have different color values in these bitmaps. This calculation is done for certain areas specified by the user: the entire printable area of the printing press, the page area of the job, stripes which correspond to the ink zones of an offset (litho) printing press, or any rectangle that the user draws on-screen using his mouse.


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