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 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
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.
Main Setup and Overview
Importing and Exporting Configuruations
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.
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.
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.
- Select Import Configurations from the Tools menu
- Select the previously exported file or .CCF file provided for importing. An Import dialog will appear with a list of configuration options.
- Select the Desired Base Folder which is where the hot folder should be created when importing configurations.
- 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
Install DeviceLink Profiles
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.
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ZePrA’s Online Help Guide
Quick Start Guide
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Version notes for the current release
Save Support Data
CLI (Command Line Interface) Manual. Click the link within ZePrA to view the PDF documentation
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