Color Concepts (Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and Salt Lake City, Utah), a company that has set standards in profiling, print-material testing, media certification programs, education and consulting since its inception in 2003, has launched its first product for commercial printers. Color Concepts’ new ColorBase online platform is a one-stop resource for print shops and converters, and is home to a growing number of powerful colour tools and rich videos that end users anywhere in the world can use to improve their print performance. Registration and membership are free.
At the heart of this platform is ColorBase’s searchable, centralized collection of print profiles for the large-format print industry. Profiles (encoded sets of print parameters that ensure optimal print results for a particular combination of material, ink, printer, RIP software, and print mode) are typically only available via material/printer manufacturers – meaning that print shops and converters currently juggle a variety of profile sources in their day-to-day work.
“ColorBase.com’s Profile Search tool is simply unprecedented,” said André Venter, ColorBase.com Product Manager and Development Lead. “By building a powerful, sophisticated, and centralized profile library, we are creating an unmatched level of convenience for print and sign shops. For the first time ever, these users can find the profiles they need on a single platform – all for free.” At launch, ColorBase.com offers the largest collection worldwide of publicly available print profiles ever assembled. Print shops can currently browse more than a million profiles across a total of 3,400 print media on the ColorBase platform.
Alongside its profile library, ColorBase.com has also added a growing collection of product videos and tutorials, and is the home of Let’s Talk, the Color Concepts’ industry talk show hosted by CEO Marco Roos. Access to these tools and videos is free – and always will be, the company added. Color Concepts is building an entire suite of both free and premium tools that print shops can use to optimize their print performance. Coming features include an ICC Creator that users will be able to operate directly in their browser, and E-Learning functionality so that anyone in the industry can work through courses and improve their skills.