Overview/ Main Window

Access all of ZePrA’s functions from a central location

Troubleshooting Assistant

Troubleshooting Assistant

ZePrA includes a comprehensive Troubleshooting Assistant to fix common workflow errors. Issues such as missing profiles, incorrect rendering intent settings will be automatically flagged by the Troubleshooting Assistant with simple instructions on addressing the issue.

Softproofing files

Softproofing in ZePrA offers a true color presentation of jobs on the monitor, with overprinting elements and transparency effects also displayed correctly. For a detailed tutorial on Softproofing click here.

Softproofing in ZePrA

Navigation Panel

The main control elements for using ZePrA are located in the Navigation Panel in the main window. Click the Home button on the left edge of the window to access the respective module from the Navigation Panel.

The main setting options and special modules (listed below):

Start – Auto Setup

Main Setup and Overview – Overview, Configurations, Queues

Tools – Spot Color Report, SaveInk Report, Extract ICC Profile

Global Settings – Spot Color Libraries, Gradations, Profile Assignments

Preferences and Registration shortcuts

To launch a specific module, click on the corresponding button of the Navigation Panel. The colored bar of the upper left corner under Smart Color Server indicates the active module.

Start

Auto Setup

ZePrA has six standard auto setup configurations based on the most common color management tasks in print production.

Main Setup and Overview

Overview 

Access ZePrA’s Overview Screen. View queues, pending and processed jobs

Configurations 

View and customize ZePrA’s Configurations

Queues 

Select input and output folders, error and original folder and append the name of the output file

Tools

Spot Color Report 

Create reports from files or spot color libraries to check the accuracy of spot color conversions

SaveInk Report 

Generate SaveInk Reports for all configurations

Extract ICC Profile 

Extract ICC Profiles from files

Global Settings

Spot Color Libraries 

ZePrA’s advanced Spot Color Library Module

Gradations

Manage and create TVI (Tone Value Increase) curves

Profile Assignments 

Choose and apply the range of dynamic DeviceLink profiles used for data conversion

Menu Bar

Tools

Auto Setup
The Auto Setup Wizard is the easiest way to set up a new configuration and queue for the task at hand. Auto Setup can also be accessed directly via Navigation Panel. Learn more in the Auto Setup documentation
Importing and Exporting Configuruations
The primary focus of this function is to save complete configurations with options for hot folders, and ICC profiles as a backup. All presets can be quickly imported to a new location should there be technical difficulties with the current computer. Additionally, configurations can be easily exchanged and adapted between various locations.

When exporting and importing configurations, the associations of a configuration with a queue is taken into account. Should a configuration be imported that is associated with a queue that already exists in ZePrA, the new configuration will be associated with the existing queue after being imported.

Exporting Configurations

Import and Export options are located under Tools in the ZePrA main menu bar. To export the configurations, go to Tools/Export Configurations in the menu which will open the Export Environment dialog.

Exporting Configurations from ZePrA

Exporting Configurations from ZePrA

Available export options:

Export All Configurations: Exports all ICC device profiles of all queues. Activate the corresponding checkboxes to Export Profile Assignments and to Export All Color Libraries.

Exporting profile assignments: Exports all settings including the profile table created in the dialog Define Profile Assignments, however this does not export the DeviceLink profiles created in SmartLink.

Export Individual Configurations: Exports only selected configurations from the displayed list including the settings. With ZePrA 3 or higher, configurations with or without hot folders can be imported/exported.

Export ICC Profiles: Exports all ICC device profiles and DeviceLink profiles used in the selected configurations.

Export Spot Color Libraries: If individual configurations are selected when using the option Export Spot Color Libraries, only those libraries which are used in the selected configurations will be exported. However, if Export all Configurations is selected in conjunction with the option Export Spot Color Libraries, all libraries will be exported.

Once you have selected the export options, click OK and a Save dialog opens. After entering a filename, the *.CCF file including the configurations and ICC profiles will be stored. Subsequently, the window Information appears providing information about license terms regarding the import and export of ICC and DeviceLink profiles.

Importing Configurations

  1. Select Import Configurations from the Tools menu
  2. Select the previously exported file or .CCF file provided for importing. An Import dialog will appear with a list of configuration options.
  3. Select the Desired Base Folder which is where the hot folder should be created when importing configurations.
  4. Select OK to access the configurations immediately.

Imported configurations are inactive until activated in the Jobs and Queues dialog.

Alternatively, the checkbox Use Paths From Imported File if Possible may be selected allowing ZePrA to retain the hot folder paths from each imported configuration individually.

Configurations that already exist in the import system are marked with an asterisk. Disable the checkbox to prevent these configurations from being imported and overwriting existing configurations.

Extract ICC Profile
The tool Extract ICC Profile filters out the embedded profile from images and the output intent from PDF/X files. The extracted ICC profile can be stored in a predefined location. More information can be found here
Install DeviceLink Profiles
When ZePrA is installed, a DLS Manager application is created which can be accessed via the Tools menu entry Install DeviceLink Profiles. The license key for the set required can be obtained by the dealer the application was purchased from. It is simple to perform profile updates via the DLS Manager. Read more about DLS Manager under ColorLogic DeviceLink Profile Sets / Installing DeviceLink Sets. Read more about DLS Manager.
SaveInk Reports
The SaveInk Report can be accessed from the Tools menu or via the Navigation Panel. This report generates a detailed overview of all SaveInk queues and the corresponding processed jobs. Read more about SaveInk Reports.
Spot Color Report
The Spot Color Report feature allows to check the spot color conversion before printing. A specific PDF file with spot colors that needs to be converted can be checked as well as the processing of multiple Pantone or other spot colors. Read more about Spot Color Report.
Spot Color Iteration

Deviations from the theoretically achievable minimal color differences are caused by printing, material and color variations  during production.

Deviations can be minimized in ZePrA using Spot Color Iteration. This feature is primarily for particularly high demands of accuracy and reproduction of spot colors, for example for digital printing or proofing, which require the  conversion of spot colors to process colors.

The Spot Color Iteration tool provides a step-by-step guide starting from the selection of the spot colors being iterated, preparation and printing of measurement of test charts and finally, optimization of  the conversion, including the creation of reports.

Help

Help
What’s New

View what’s new, including features and bug fixes in ZePrA

Online Help

ZePrA’s Online Help Guide

Quick Start Guide

Access ZePrA’s online Quick Start Guide

Readme

Version notes for the current release

Save Support Data
If support issues arise, use the Save Support Data menu entry under Help to save support data and send it to a ColorLogic representative for assistance. This feature will gather the required information such as the operating system used, ZePrA log, the Preset Files and the functions enabled when the issue occurred.
CLI Manual

CLI (Command Line Interface) Manual. Click the link within ZePrA to view the PDF documentation

Event Log
Some of the events take place in the background (for performance reasons and to improve the user experience) and are invisible to the user. The Event Log dialog, displays information with the exact time of the event.

Some examples are:
  • Configurations or spot color libraries replaced using the function Automatic Import will automatically be updated or added
  • Added or updated SmartLink presets are loaded in the background.
  • Automatic stop and starting of queues, if hot folders are temporarily not available due to network problems or other issues.
  • Messages and information regarding PantoneLIVE, e.g. login errors and updates
Automatic Update Check
The automatic update check in ZePrA checks for updates via an internet connection. Enable Automatic Update Checks may be disabled at any time which is recommended if an internet connection is not available. When disabled, it is still possible to manually access an update and download it directly from the dialog.
Register
Access the Registration information window