HELIOS Software Debuts Its UB+ Prepress Server Solutions

HELIOS Software will introduce at IfraExpo the next generation of its Unbreakable Server Solutions, named HELIOS UB. With its new UB version, HELIOS incorporates the most advanced ICC color management features into HELIOS ImageServer, PDF HandShake, and PrintPreview, making it a reliable and feature-rich color management server for the newspaper and media publishing firms.

HELIOS server-based color management addresses the needs of color-critical environments, automating design and production processes to reduce time and costs, while meeting the most exacting color quality requirements. HELIOS advanced color management is used throughout the HELIOS product suite, for the highest quality color matched: image conversion, content repurposing, proofing, printing, and WebShare image and document previews.

In HELIOS UB, new color management features include support for Black Point Compensation, grayscale profiles, device-link profiles, and ICC 4 profiles. While HELIOS has long supported the ability to detect and preserve Grays, Whites, and Blacks for both vector and image data, UB can now preserve primary colors as well. Also, HELIOS Tagger, the ICC profile tagging application, goes cross-platform, supporting Mac and Windows.

These capabilities are utilized by users in many ways:
- as a general purpose image conversion engine (in web, prepress, and asset management environments);
- to normalize incoming images to a standard color space and format;
- to repurpose documents, optimized for each different medium (e.g. Internet, magazine, newspaper);
- to support on-the-fly RGB to CMYK color space transforms while printing;
- for local and remote proofing with separations and color matched composite preview.

All of these processes can be full automated, or used interactively via hot folders or print queues. HELIOS WebShare adds remote workflow support, including remote proofing, preflighting, and the ability to to remotely view images and documents.

The flexibility, ease of use, and predictable, accurate output of the HELIOS color management system is well suited to the needs of agencies, prepress firms, and of course, newspapers and magazines.

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