Online Help

How to configure ZePrA

Welcome to ZePrA’s Online Help

ZePrA is a full featured color server that optimizes PDF printing data via DeviceLink profiles. With a few clicks, ZePrA creates customized configurations and queues to automate color management tasks in day-to-day production. ZePrA has a wizard driven interface for quick integration.

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

System Requirements

macOS®

  • macOS® or macOS® Server Version 10.9 and higher

Windows®

  • Microsoft® Windows® 10, Home or Pro
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8, Home or Pro
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7, Home, Pro, Ultimate or Business
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP SP3, Home or Pro
  • Microsoft® Windows® Server 2016
  • Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012
  • Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008
  • Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003, Standard or Enterprise

Recommended Hardware

  • Minimum Dual Core Processor (Quad Core or more recommended)
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
  • Minimum 1024 × 768 resolution (1280 × 1024 or higher recommended)

Specifics

  • macOS: CoPrA, ColorAnt and ZePrA are running in 64 Bit mode, with Measure Tool running in 32 Bit mode
  • Windows: ZePrA is running in 64 Bit mode, CoPrA, ColorAnt and Measure Tool are running in 32 Bit mode
  • CoPrA needs very little RAM for profile calculations
Download

An user account is required to download ColorLogic products. It can be created during the login process.

  • Visit ColorLogic’s website.
  • Click on Download (top right in the menu bar). The login page opens.
  • Either login as an existing user or, if you don’t have an user account yet, click on Register and fill in the required information.

  • On the download page select the desired application and click on Download.
Installation

Installers for the respective platform install the application by default either in the folder Applications  (macOS) or Programs (Windows). Begin installation by double clicking on the installation package.

After accepting the Software License Agreement, select the destination volume and choose between a Standard Installation or a Custom Installation. Standard Installation installs all components (e.g. the Measure Tool in CoPrA or the DLS-Manager as described below).

ColorAnt: The integration of ColorAnt (or ColorAnt’s Measure Tool with CoPrA Basic) allows to measure test charts for profile creation from within CoPrA.

DLS-Manager: Allows installation of DeviceLink Sets. DeviceLink sets are standard DeviceLinks that will perform a variety of standard color management tasks. A complete list of sets and profiles can be found in the online help.


Product Package

What’s included:

  • CoPrA software
  • Additional software: Profile Manager (integrated into CoPrA) and ColorAnt or ColorAnt’s Measure Tool
  • ColorAnt M is included in CoPrA M to XL.
  • CoPrA XXL includes ColorAnt L
  • CoPrA Basic includes ColorAnt’s Measure Tool.
  • USB stick (dongle) or computer based license
  • Editable test charts to use with the DeviceLink tool Editing (in the folder EditTargets after installation)
  • Test charts and reference files including Multicolor charts for creating printer profiles 
(in the folder Testcharts after installation)
  • Printed Quick Start Guide
  • Access to Online Help

Note:

The folder EditTargets can be found under:
Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\CoPrA5\EditTargets
macOS: Applications\CoPrA5\EditTargets

The folders Testcharts can be found under:
Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\CoPrA5\Testcharts
macOS: Applications\CoPrA5\Testcharts

These folders can also be accessed by using the entries Open EditTargets folder and Open Testchart folder in the menu Tools.

The context sensitive Online Help opens up in a web browser after clicking the question mark icon of the respective program window, the F1 key or using the Help menu entry Online Help. An active internet connection is required.

Demo Licenses

ColorLogic offers 14-day trial licenses for the applications CoPrA, ZePrA and ColorAnt allowing the user to evaluate the software features and performance.


Restrictions with Demo Licenses

All profiles created with a demo license in CoPrA can only be used correctly in ColorLogic applications.

A ZePrA demo license gives users a 14-day evaluation period to try all the functions of ZePrA within the application. All files converted with a demo license in ZePrA are watermark protected. If it becomes necessary to test ZePrA within a workflow without the watermark during the test period, contact your dealer for instructions.


Requesting a Demo License

  1. Click on Registration in the lower left corner of the sidebar.
  2. Click on the tab Demo license request.
  3. Enter all required information.
  4. After selecting the country, the software shows a list of available dealers in that region. Select a dealer and click on Send direct request. The relevant demo license will be send to the specified email address within a few minutes.
  5. Save the license file (*.lic) contained in the email on the computer being used.
  6. Load the license file in the tab License details under Registration to activate the respective application.

The expiration date of demo licenses is shown under License details right after activation.

Buy

Purchasing ColorLogic Products

Please contact a dealer in your region. The dealer list is available under Contact.

Alternatively, you can start the demo version of the application you would like to buy. Click on Buy ColorLogic products in the bottom right corner of the Registration window.

The dealer list will open in your browser. Select a dealer in your region and continue on the dealer’s web page.

Activation

Installing a Permanent License

A permanent license will be provided by your dealer after purchasing the application. Permanent licenses are available as computer-based or dongle licenses.

Computer-based licenses are always tied to the computer on which the software (CoPrA, ZePrA or ColorAnt) is installed. This is useful for temporary test purposes. Computer-based licenses are also required if the computer lacks an USB port or space for an USB dongle, i.e. a rack server.

USB dongle licenses are serialized to the dongle. The USB dongle communicates with the appropriate software license and enables the software to be used on different computers. To assign the license to the USB dongle, it must be connected to the computer before starting the software.

After purchasing the software, a permanent license file (*.lic) will be sent via email.


Activating a License

Load the license file in the tab License details under Registration to activate the application.

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


Using One License File on Multi-User Systems

macOS

Copy the license files of ColorLogic applications into the following folder:

/Users/Shared/ColorLogic/LicenseInstall.

  • Create the folder if it does not exist.
  • Check the folder permissions.
  • When the application is launched, it will check the specified folder by default.

Windows

Copy the license files of ColorLogic applications into the following folder: C:\Users\Public\Documents\ColorLogic\LicenseInstall.

  • Create the folder if it does not exist.
  • Check the folder permission.
  • When the application is launched, it will check the specified folder by default.

License Details

License status: The expiry date for time limited versions of the software (for example, NFR or demo licenses) is shown at the bottom right of the software window. No expiry date is displayed for full versions.

Available Features: Shows the activated modules and add-ons.

Complete instructions on how to download and install ColorLogic applications and how to request and activate a demo license can be found here.

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 7 Quick Start Guide

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, define the settings related to the handling of colors and PDF-specific parameters. 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 give an overview on all existing queues and the related configurations in ZePrA. 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