X-Rite, Incorporated has introduced the i1Profiler v1.5 for pre-media, prepress, photo and print shop customers, so they can improve workflow efficiency and operate equipment effectively through better management of legacy print work.

Early adopters give i1Profiler v1.5 high marks for quickly and easily retargeting color data values when a job is being printed using a variety of digital and offset equipment, saving time when printing from one type of device to another and maintaining color separations.

"The new i1Profiler creates very accurate and high quality device links," said Henry Anderson, technology and color specialist at Medford, Ore.-based CDS, part of Consolidated Graphics (NYSE: CGX), one of the world’s largest commercial printing companies.

The i1Profiler v1.5 software produces "smooth gradients, clean color and very accurate results to the target profile," Anderson said. "The UI is very intuitive and easy to use."

Available free of charge to current customers with i1Pro 2, Device Link Profiling provides highly accurate color mapping from one device to another, which greatly reduces or eliminates unpredictable results in printing operations that can occur when the same job is run on different pieces of printing equipment with varying ink coverage.

The feature has significant advantages when creating digital-to-digital and digital-to-offset links, increasing the efficiency of cross-media production of materials.

In addition to running equipment efficiently, customers using i1Profiler v1.5 should see benefits in the vibrancy and saturation of printed materials and efficient use of inks and toners, said Frank Maeder, X-Rite product manager of Imaging Solutions.

In addition to the new Device Link Profiling feature, the i1Profiler v1.5 update includes:

  • M1 support for i1iO in spot mode
  • Support for the Hutch Color (HCT) targets for scanner profiling
  • Support for the Ugra/Fogra Media Wedge CMYK for large format printing
  • Enhanced display and projector profiling

All current i1Profiler users can install the upgrade conveniently by using the auto update feature on the software, or by accessing the download of the software available at the and websites. Users must have an i1Pro 2 instrument with an i1Profiler Publish license or a USB dongle with an i1Profiler Publish license to unlock Device Link.