IdeAlliance Debuts New Proofing programs at Proofing Summit
Publishing technology member organization IdeaAlliance introduced two new proofing programs at its Proofing Summit held on March 5.
In the SWOP Proof Providers program, IdeaAlliance will fund a research project for developing a specification for acceptable tolerances for quality proofs. The project will be based on proofs generated once a week for five weeks, and features participants from the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia. The data gathered from this program will be presented to the IdeaAlliance Print Properties Working Group. Proof quality tolerances will be developed by early summer.
Meanwhile, the SWOP Registered Proofs program taps a new module of IDEAlink software called IDEAlink Verify, which enables proof providers to specify any control bar for their proofs. Verify will compare and report measurements for a specified target. The software also automates the online registration of the proof measurements and provides a bar code identifier for each proof. Proof purchasers can go online and enter the bar code of the SWOP Registered Proof to view the deltas between the aims and measurements of the proof being provided.
At first, proofs will be registered and tolerances provided by the service. As proof quality tolerances expand, the SWOP Registered Proof program will provide certification on a proof-by-proof basis.
Proofing systems newly certified by IdeAlliance for SWOP and GRACoL can be found at www.swop.org/certification/cert2006.asp.