Online Manual

Learn about Configuring ZePrA's Options

Welcome to ZePrA Online Help

The principal application of ZePrA is optimization of PDF printing data by means of DeviceLink profiles. With just a few mouse clicks, ZePrA makes it possible to create and customize configurations and queues for typical tasks in day-to-day production. This simple methodology of ZePrA – including Auto Setup – is the best way for getting started.

The Online Help includes comprehensive information about the different functions and possibilities inside ZePrA. Additional background information and samples about common workflow scenarios can be found under Tutorials. Check out What’s new in ZePrA to learn more about the latest enhancements of ZePrA Smart Color Server.

Quick Start Guide

The Quick Start Guide is an overview of ZePrA and contains all relevant information for installation, licensing and setting up workflows. More detailed information can be found by clicking on any of the sections below.

ZePrA 6 Quick Start Guide

Installation

Installers for the respective platform installs the program by default in either the Applications folder (Macintosh) or the Program files folder (only Windows 64bit). Begin installation by double-clicking on the ZePrA installation package.

After accepting the Software License Agreement, select the destination volume and choose between a Standard Installation or custom installation. Standard Installation installs all components including the Measure Tool and the DLS-Manager as described below.

DLS-Manager – Allows installation of DeviceLink sets want to install and test/use on an individual system.

Computer vs USB dongle license

A computer-based ZePrA license always refers to a the specific computer on which ZePrA was installed and can be requested for temporary test purposes. Computer licenses are also advantageous if the computer has no USB ports or no space for a USB dongle, i.e. a rack server.

USB dongle licenses are serialized to the ZePrA USB dongle. The ZePrA USB dongle is shipped with the permanent license of ZePrA and permits use of ZePrA on different computers. To be able to assign the license to the USB dongle, the dongle must be connected before starting ZePrA.

Demo license request

ZePrA allows users to request a demo license for 14 days for software evaluation. The restriction of running ZePrA in demo mode is all pages contain the watermark “Demo”.

The demo license additionally allows testing of ColorLogic’s Standard DeviceLink Profiles which can be installed using the DLS Manager after loading the demo license.

To request a demo license, follow the steps below:

1. Click the Registration button located on the lower left hand corner of the Main Navigation Panel.

2. Click on the Demo License Request tab.

3. Enter all required information.

4. When your location is chosen, ZePrA will show the available dealers for your region. Select a dealer and click Send Direct Request. A demo license file will be automatically sent to the email address supplied in the contact form.

5. Save the license file contained in the email (indicated by the ending *.lic) to your system.

6. Under License Details in the Registration window and select the *.lic file. After installing the demo license file, the expiration date of the demo license is shown below the License Details.

Restrictions with Demo licenses and ZePrA

ZePrA demo license gives users a 14 day evaluation period to try all the functions of ZePrA within the application. When a profile is generated with ZePrA while running with a demo license, the only restriction is that the profiles generated are encrypted and can only be used within ColorLogic applications. To apply a demo profile to a test image, follow the instructions on using the Image Conversion function located within CoPrA.

If it becomes necessary to decrypt a demo profile during the test period, contact your dealer for instructions.

Video overview of the download and license installation process available here

Purchasing ZePrA

Select from one of our base ZePrA packages Click on Buy ColorLogic Products under License Details or Demo License Request in the Registration window.

A list of contacts will open in your browser, where you can locate a dealer. By selecting the dealer you will be forwarded to the dealers homepage to find contact information.

Installing a permanent license

A permanent license provided by the individual dealer will be supplied after purchasing ZePrA. The permanent license is available in the form of a computer-based license or a dongle license (see previous section).

After purchasing the software, a permanent license file (*.lic) will be sent via email. Load the license file under License Details in the Registration window.

After installing the permanent license file, the licensed modules are displayed under the License Details.

User interface

ZePrA is designed in a way to keep usability as simple as possible. The Navigation Panel allows you quick access to all main modules and the Menu and our useful Shortcuts are an easy way to start several functions directly.

User Interface | Overview

Preferences

Registration

Working With Auto Setup

The Auto Setup Wizard is the easiest way to set up a new Configuration and Queue in ZePrA. The wizard comprises six workflow options which cover typical workflow challenges.

Learn about the Auto Setup Wizard

Configurations

In Configurations you define the settings related to the handling of colors and PDF-specific parameters. You may define new Configurations, change existing ones or duplicate existing Configurations to modify them according to your changing requirements.

Document/Target

Images | Vectors

Spot Color

Options

PDF

Gradations

Queues

Queues gives you an overview on all existing queues and the related configurations in ZePrA. You may open this window with a simple click on the icon Queues in the Navigation Panel or by selecting the menu Navigation / Queues.

Details about Queues

Spot Color Report

The Spot Color Report feature checks spot color conversion accuracy before printing. Check specific PDF files with spot colors or how multiple Pantone or other spot colors could be processed through ZePrA.

Creating Spot color report

SaveInk Report

Generate a SaveInk Report to generate a detailed overview of all the SaveInk queues set up and jobs processed by a SaveInk queue.

Creating Save Ink Reports

Extract ICC Profile

The Extract ICC Profile tool extracts the embedded profile from images and the output intent from PDF/X files and stores them in a predefined location.

Extracting ICC profiles from a PDF

Spot Color Libraries

The Spot Color module in ZePrA allows you to define and control Spot Color Libraries. Existing Spot Color Libraries can easily be loaded and integrated into your color management workflow.

Spot Color Libraries

Editing Spot Colors

PantoneLive®

Gradations

Gradations allows you complete the process of preparing data for printing. Adjust your tone value curves shortly before going to press and ensure compliance with printing standards and compensate variables in the printing process.

Creating Gradation Curves

Profile Assignments

Profile Assignments is an option in conjunction with SmartLink that enables the use of existing, already tested or special DeviceLink profiles that are based on the ICC standard for converting your data.

Details on Setting Up Profile Assignments