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  1. 1. Copyright (c) 1997, 2006 EFI Inc. This manual may not be copied or reproduced in any form, whether by printing, photocopying or any other method of reproduction without written permission. EFI accepts no liability with regard to the use of this program or any errors or omissions in this manual. The information in this manual represents the state of the software at the time of printing. We reserve the right to make technical changes at any time. The products named in this manual are registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers. Acrobat, Adobe and PostScript are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. HKS® is a registered trademark of HKS Trademark Association. PANTONE® is a registered trademark of Pantone, Inc. Additional third party copyrights and notices: Portions Copyright (c) 1990, 1994 Regents of The University of Michigan. All Rights Reserved. Portions Copyright (c) 1983 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution. All advertising materials mentioning features or use of this software must display the following acknowledgement: This product includes software developed by the University of California, Berkeley and its contributors. Neither the name of the University nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission. This software is provided by the regents and contributors "as is" and any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are disclaimed. In no event shall the regents or contributors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services, loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this software, even if advised of the possibility of such damage. Copyright (c) 1983 Regents of the University of California. Copyright (c) 1990, 1991 Regents of The University of Michigan. Portions Copyright (c) 1990,1991 Regents of The University of Michigan. All Rights Reserved. Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice appears in all copies and that both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting documentation, and that the name of The University of Michigan not be used in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of the software without specific, written prior permission. This software is supplied "as is" without expressed or implied warranties of any kind. Research Systems Unix Group The University of Michigan c/o Mike Clark 535 W. William Street Ann Arbor, Michigan +1-313-763-0525 netatalk@itd.umich.edu First published September 2006
  2. 2. Table of Contents Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Nestings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1 What is EFI Designer Edition? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 What is a nesting?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1 System requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Creating a nesting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1 Macintosh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Nesting settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 About this manual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Settings of jobs within a nesting . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Syntax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 Working with nestings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3 Previewing a nesting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3 Adding a file to a nesting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3 Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1 Printing a nesting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3 Printing directly from EFI Designer Edition. . . . 2-1 Deleting files from a nesting . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3 Setting up EFI Designer Edition as a virtual printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Windows server/Windows client . . . . . . . . . 2-4 EFI Color Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1 Windows server/Macintosh OS X client . . . 2-4 What are spot colors?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1 Windows server/Macintosh OS 9 und OS X User interface of EFI Color Editor . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1 Classic Mode client . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5 Toolbar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1 Macintosh server/Windows client . . . . . . . . 2-6 Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 Macintosh OS X server/Macintosh OS X Context menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3 client . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Defining spot colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4 Macintosh OS X server/Macintosh OS 9 and Mac OS X Classic Mode client . . . . . . . . 2-9 Printing from an application. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10 EFI Ink Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 Printing via hotfolder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10 What is EFI Ink Assistant? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 User interface of EFI Ink Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 Using EFI Ink Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 User interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1 Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1 Preferences dialog. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 EFI Profile Connector. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1 General pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 What is EFI Profile Connector? . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1 Layout pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5 User interface of EFI Profile Connector. . . . . . . 8-1 Color pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7 Creating media profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2 Printer pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12 Implementing customized media profiles . . . . 8-2 Spot Colors pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-17 Nesting pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-18 Job settings drawer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-20 HP Professional PANTONE Emulation Info pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-20 swatch-book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1 Color pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-23 What is the HP Professional PANTONE Emulation Print pane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-24 swatch-book?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1 Menus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-24 Using the HP Professional PANTONE Emulation Macintosh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-24 swatch-book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-27 Program window and context menus . . . . . . . 3-30 Japanese font download . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-1 Installing double-byte fonts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1 Color management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Installing Japanese fonts from EFI . . . . . . 10-1 The need for color management . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Installing Japanese fonts from a third-party Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 provider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1 Media profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Image profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Rendering intents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3 Online updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-1 Color output presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Macintosh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-1 No color management (native) . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Online update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-1 Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Online Profile update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-2 Proofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-2 HP CMYK Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7 EFI Designer Edition Online Update . . . . . 11-2 Linearizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7 EFI Designer Edition Profiles Online Types of linearization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7 Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-3 When and why do you need to perform a Autostart EFI Designer Edition Control . . . 11-4 printer linearization? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8 Exit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-4 EFI Designer Edition v5.1 Table of Contents 1
  3. 3. Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1 Error messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1 Further tips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-5 Problems finding EFI Designer Edition as an available printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-5 Updating a PPD on Macintosh . . . . . . . . . . 12-5 Updating a Windows printer driver . . . . . . 12-6 Changing the language of EFI Designer Edition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-6 Uninstalling EFI Designer Edition . . . . . . . . . . 12-7 Macintosh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-7 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-8 Customer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-8 For HP customers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-8 For EFI customers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-9 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-1 EFI Designer Edition v5.1 2 User Manual
  4. 4. 1 Introduction This chapter is a brief introduction to EFI Designer Edition. It describes the purpose for which the software was designed and provides details of the hardware and software requirements necessary to install and run your software. In addition, this chapter includes an overview of the structure of the manual. 1.1 What is EFI Designer Edition? EFI Designer Edition is the perfect tool for anyone wanting to achieve high-quality color reproduction. The software enables you to use a conventional office inkjet printer to: • create CMYK digital proofs that simulate color results of jobs that will later be printed on a professional printing press • reproduce RGB digital photographs in vivid color Both workflows provide accurate and consistent color results without the need for complicated color management settings. The software runs on both Windows and Macintosh OS and is extremely easy to use. The standard paper and image profiles provided with the software enable your inkjet printer to simulate a wide variety of different output devices. Thus, EFI Designer Edition is ideal for designers, digital photographers and anyone else for whom color-accurate print results constitute an important part of their daily work. With regular calibration and proper use of the available profiles, your printer will output consistent color results for many years. 1.2 System requirements The following minimum system requirements are necessary to install and run EFI Designer Edition successfully. 1.2.1 Macintosh • Power Mac G3, G4 or G5, iMac, eMac, PowerBook G3 or G4, iBook Computer • Mac OS X 10.3/10.3 Server Mac OS X 10.4/10.4 Server and later • 256 MB RAM • 5 GB free space on hard disk • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive • VGA-compatible graphics card • 10 or 100 MBit network interface card EFI Designer Edition v5.1 Introduction 1-1
  5. 5. 1.2.2 Windows • Intel Pentium III 800 MHz processor • Windows 2000/2000 Server Windows XP Home Edition/Professional (32/64 Bit) Windows 2003 Server (32/64 Bit) • 256 MB RAM • 10 GB free space on hard disk • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive • VGA-compatible graphics card • 10 or 100 MBit network interface card 1.3 About this manual This manual is divided into the following chapters: Chapter 1 is concerned with setting up your software. Chapter 2 shows you how to obtain your first printout. It also includes instructions on how to set up EFI Designer Edition as a virtual printer if you want to print from an application. Chapter 3 describes the user interface and explains all the available settings. Chapter 4 deals with the subject of color management and explains the importance of selecting the correct profiles to ensure color-accurate output. Chapter 5 explains how to create and work with nestings. Chapter 6 is concerned with managing spot colors. It shows you how to define spot colors using the tool EFI Color Editor. Chapter 7 shows you how to use the tool EFI Ink Assistant to ensure the consistency of your printer’s color reproduction. Chapter 8 describes how to create your own media profiles and implement them in EFI Designer Edition using the tool EFI Profile Connector. Chapter 9 explains how to output simulated PANTONE spot colors on a selected print medium. Chapter 10 deals with the subject of installing double-byte fonts. Chapter 11 describes how to download and install software and profile updates from the EFI website. Chapter 12 explains which steps to take should you encounter problems during the course of your work. In this chapter, you will also find details of how to contact EFI’s customer support service. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 1-2 User Manual
  6. 6. 1.4 Syntax Notes give additional, useful information about specific topics. Warnings must be read carefully. They indicate permanent actions which, once executed, cannot be undone. The EFI Designer Edition software runs on both Windows and Macintosh OS. However, please note that Macintosh terminology has been given priority throughout this manual. Thus, for example, the "Preferences" dialog is described as having seven "panes". In Windows terminology, these would normally be referred to as "tabs". Similarly, the "Job settings drawer" will be recognized as a "property inspector" by Windows users. With the exception of the setting up and uninstall procedures for Windows, the screen captures in this manual have been created from the Macintosh OS. If you are using the Windows version of EFI Designer Edition or a different version of Mac OS X, you may notice slight differences in the appearance of your software. However, unless otherwise stated, the functionality is the same for all operating systems. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 Introduction 1-3
  7. 7. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 1-4 User Manual
  8. 8. 2 Printing This chapter describes how to print directly from EFI Designer Edition and how to set up your software as a virtual printer to enable you to print from an application. 2.1 Printing directly from EFI Designer Edition This section leads you step by step through a practical example of how to obtain your first printout using the minimum of necessary settings. It assumes that you have already correctly set up a connection to your printer, as described in the printed booklet provided with EFI Designer Edition. Refer also to the section “Printer pane” on page 3-12 if you require further information. Print samples are provided in the "Goodies" sub- folder. You may use one of these files or any image file of your own. EFI Designer Edition supports the following single-file formats: • PDF (composite and separated) • EPS • PS (composite and separated) • JPEG • TIFF (RGB, L*a*b*, CMYK) • TIFF with indexed colors • RPF 2.0 • BRP The screen captures in this chapter have been created from the Macintosh OS. If you are using the Windows version of EFI Designer Edition or a different version of Mac OS X, you may notice slight differences in the appearance of your software. However, unless otherwise stated, the functionality is the same for all operating systems. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 Printing 2-1
  9. 9. Proceed as follows: 1. Load paper in your printer. 2. If you are using a Macintosh, click the program icon in the Dock to start EFI Designer Edition. If you are working on a PC, double-click the program icon on your desktop to start EFI Designer Edition. The EFI Designer Edition window opens. Windows users will see an extended window on running EFI Designer Edition. In the Macintosh version, the "Job settings" drawer is hidden by default, but can be displayed by clicking the appropriate button on the user interface. "Open job settings drawer" button 3. In the toolbar, click "Preferences" to open the "Preferences" dialog. The "Preferences" dialog consists of six panes. The settings you make in this dialog are applied to all jobs that you subsequently load in EFI Designer Edition. 4. In the toolbar, click "Layout" to open the "Layout" pane. 5. Select the scaling option "Fit to paper size". This ensures that your job will be scaled to fit on the paper size loaded in the printer. This setting is not necessary if you are sure that your job will fit on your chosen paper size. 6. In the toolbar, click "Color" to open the "Color" pane. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 2-2 User Manual
  10. 10. 7. In the "Media profiles" area, select the type of paper you have loaded in your printer. Then choose a print quality. Some printers have a feature which automatically transmits information about the type of paper loaded in the printer to the software. If you have such a printer, EFI Designer Edition will make the appropriate paper setting for you. Please be aware that if you try and override this setting by making changes that do not match the type of paper inserted in the printer, a warning message will appear when you submit a print job. 8. Click "OK" to close the "Preferences" dialog. 9. Load your job using one of the following methods: • In the toolbar, click "Add" and navigate to your image file. Alternatively, select "Add Jobs" from the "JobList" menu A blue frame indicates the current position of the cursor in the program window. If the cursor is positioned in the lower section of the program window when you click this button, a nesting will be created; otherwise a job will be added to the job list. • Use the drag-and-drop function to release your image file in the upper part of the program window. If you release your image file in the lower part of the program window, you will create a nesting. You will find detailed information on creating and working with nestings in the chapter “Nestings” on page 5-1. 10. Highlight your job in the program window and click the "Print" button in the toolbar. This concludes a brief description of how to print with your new software. EFI Designer Edition does, however, provide you with many different settings with which you can influence your print result. You will find details of all the available settings in the chapter “User interface” on page 3-1. 2.2 Setting up EFI Designer Edition as a virtual printer If you want to print straight from an application, you must first set up EFI Designer Edition as a virtual printer. To do this, follow the steps in the sections below for your particular system configuration. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 Printing 2-3
  11. 11. 2.2.1 Windows server/Windows client Server: Windows 2003 Server Windows 2000 Server Client: Windows XP Home Edition Windows XP Professional Windows 2003 Server Windows 2000 Windows 2000 Server Server computer: 1. Make sure that EFI Designer Edition is correctly installed and configured for printing. In Windows, EFI Designer Edition automatically creates a shared printer which can be used like any other shared printer. No steps are necessary and you can print directly from your application. Client computer: 1. Go to "My Network Places" and double-click "Entire Network". Then double-click "Microsoft Windows Network". 2. Navigate to the computer on which EFI Designer Edition is installed. 3. Double-click the computer icon to display the list of printers that are shared on that computer. 4. Double-click "EFI Designer Edition". EFI Designer Edition is added to the list of available printers and can be selected in your application. 2.2.2 Windows server/Macintosh OS X client Server: Windows 2003 Server Windows 2000 Server Client: Mac OS X 10.4 Mac OS X 10.3 Mac OS X 10.3 Server Please note: Windows XP does not support AppleTalk printing. To print from a Macintosh OS X client to Windows XP try setting up a , connection using the TCP/IP protocol instead. Server computer: Before you can print directly from a Macintosh application, you need to set up a connection in Windows. 1. Make sure that EFI Designer Edition is correctly installed and configured for printing. 2. Make sure that the AppleTalk protocol is available on the Server computer. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 2-4 User Manual
  12. 12. 3. From the "View" menu of EFI Designer Edition, choose "EFI Spooler" and make sure that the AppleTalk spooler is active. To make any necessary changes in the dialog "EFI Spooler": • Click "Start" to activate the appropriate spooler, if necessary. • Click "Configure" to define a unique spooler name in the text input field, if necessary. Then click "OK" to return to the dialog "EFI Spooler". 4. Close the dialog "EFI Spooler". Client computer: 1. Mac OS X 10.4: • In System Preferences, select "Print & Fax". • On the "Printing" tab, click "+". • In the dialog "Printer Browser", click "More Printers". Mac OS X 10.3: • In System Preferences, select "Print & Fax". • Click "Set Up Printers" to display the dialog "Printer List". • Click "Add". 2. From the printer model pop-up menu, select "Other". 3. Highlight "EFISoftwarePrinter". This is the name defined in the dialog "EFI Spooler" on the server computer. 4. Click "Add". EFI Designer Edition is added to the list of available printers and can be selected in your application. 2.2.3 Windows server/Macintosh OS 9 und OS X Classic Mode client Server: Windows 2003 Server Windows 2000 Server Client: Mac OS X Classic Mode Mac OS 9 Please note: Windows XP does not support AppleTalk printing. To print from a Macintosh OS X client to Windows XP try setting up a , connection using the TCP/IP protocol instead. Server computer: Before you can print directly from a Macintosh application, you need to set up a connection in Windows. 1. Make sure that EFI Designer Edition is correctly installed and configured for printing. 2. Make sure that the AppleTalk protocol is available on the Server computer. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 Printing 2-5
  13. 13. 3. From the "View" menu of EFI Designer Edition, choose "EFI Spooler" and check that the AppleTalk spooler is active. To make any necessary changes: • Click "Start" to activate the appropriate spooler, if necessary. • Click "Configure" to define a unique spooler name in the text input field, if necessary. Then click "OK" to return to the dialog "EFI Spooler". 4. Close the dialog “EFI Spooler” . Client computer: 1. Insert the Macintosh CD "EFI Designer Edition" into the CD-ROM drive and display the contents of the CD. 2. Double-click the "PPD for MacOS 9" icon and copy the EFISoftwarePrinter.ppd to the following location on the hard disk of the computer on which the application is installed: System extensions:Printer descriptions. 3. Open the "Chooser". 4. Make sure that AppleTalk is active. 5. Highlight a LaserWriter printer. A list of PostScript printers appears. 6. Highlight the spooler name of your printer. This is the name defined in the dialog "EFI Spooler" on the Server computer. 7. Click "Create". A dialog for selecting a PPD for your printer opens. 8. Double-click the PPD "EFISoftwarePrinter.ppd". 9. Close the "Chooser". EFI Designer Edition is added to the list of available printers and can be selected in your application. 2.2.4 Macintosh server/Windows client Server: Mac OS X 10.4 Mac OS X 10.3 Mac OS X 10.3 Server Client: Windows XP Home Edition Windows XP Professional Windows 2003 Windows 2003 Server Windows 2000 Server Server computer: Before you can print directly from a Macintosh application, you need to set up a connection in Windows. 1. Make sure that EFI Designer Edition is correctly installed and configured for printing. 2. Open "System Preferences" and click "EFI Spooler" in "Other". The dialog "EFI Spooler" opens. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 2-6 User Manual
  14. 14. 3. Check that the TCP spooler is active. To make any necessary changes in the dialog "EFI Spooler": • Click "Start" to activate the appropriate spooler, if necessary. • Click "Configure" to define a unique spooler name in the text input field, if necessary. Then click "OK" to return to the dialog "EFI Spooler". 4. Close the dialog "EFI Spooler". 5. Make sure that printer sharing is activated. To activate printer sharing, select "Sharing" in System Preferences. Then select "Printer Sharing" on the "Services" tab. Client computer: 1. Insert the Macintosh CD "EFI Designer Edition" into the CD-ROM drive. 2. Open the Control Panel and select "Printers and Faxes" (Windows XP) or "Printer" (Windows 2000/2003). 3. Select "Add a printer" and click "Next". 4. Select the radio button for adding a network printer and click "Next". 5. Select the radio button for connecting to a printer on the Internet or on a home or office network. 6. Fill in the text input field URL by entering the IP address of the Macintosh server computer and the port number 631. For example: http://xx.xxx.xx.x:631/printers/ EFISoftwarePrinter (where xx.xxx.xx.x stands for the IP address of the Macintosh computer on which EFI Designer Edition is installed 7. Click "Next". 8. Click "Have Disk" and browse to the CD. 9. Open the PPD folder. 10. Open the folder for your operating system and double- click on the file *.inf to select it. 11. Follow the on-screen instructions to proceed with the printer driver installation. EFI Designer Edition is added to the list of available printers and can be selected in your application. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 Printing 2-7
  15. 15. 2.2.5 Macintosh OS X server/Macintosh OS X client Server: Mac OS X 10.4 Mac OS X 10.3 Mac OS X 10.3 Server Client: Mac OS X 10.4 Mac OS X 10.3 Mac OS X 10.3 Server Server computer: 1. Make sure that EFI Designer Edition is correctly installed and configured for printing. 2. Open "System Preferences". In “Other” click "EFI , Spooler". The dialog "EFI Spooler" opens. 3. Check that the AppleTalk spooler is active. To make any necessary changes in the dialog "EFI Spooler": • Click "Start" to activate the appropriate spooler, if necessary. • Click "Configure" to define a unique spooler name in the text input field, if necessary. Then click "OK" to return to the dialog "EFI Spooler". 4. Close the dialog "EFI Spooler". 5. Make sure that printer sharing is activated. To activate printer sharing, select "Sharing" in System Preferences. Then select "Printer Sharing" on the "Services" tab. Client computer: 1. Mac OS X 10.4 • In System Preferences, select "Print & Fax". • On the "Printing" tab, click "+". • In the dialog "Printer Browser", click "More Printers". Mac OS X 10.3: • In System Preferences, select "Print & Fax". • Click "Set Up Printers" to display the dialog "Printer List". • Click "Add". 2. Make sure that "EFISoftwarePrinter" (or the name defined in the dialog "EFI Spooler" on the server computer) is displayed in the list. Mac OS X 10.4: Network printers are listed on the "Sharing" tab. Mac OS X 10.3: Network printers are listed in a separate area. Click "Shared Printers" to display them. EFI Designer Edition is added to the list of available printers and can be selected in your application. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 2-8 User Manual
  16. 16. 2.2.6 Macintosh OS X server/Macintosh OS 9 and Mac OS X Classic Mode client Server: Mac OS X 10.4 Mac OS X 10.3 Mac OS X 10.3 Server Client: Mac OS X Classic Mode Mac OS 9 Server computer: 1. Make sure that EFI Designer Edition is correctly installed and configured for printing. 2. Open "System Preferences". In “Other” click "EFI , Spooler". The dialog "EFI Spooler" opens. 3. Check that the AppleTalk spooler is active. To make any necessary changes in the dialog "EFI Spooler": • Click "Start" to activate the appropriate spooler, if necessary. • Click "Configure" to define a unique spooler name in the text input field, if necessary. Then click "OK" to return to the dialog "EFI Spooler". 4. Close the dialog "EFI Spooler". Client computer: 1. Insert the Macintosh CD "EFI Designer Edition" into the CD-ROM drive and display the contents of the CD. 2. Double-click the "PPD for MacOS 9" icon and copy the EFISoftwarePrinter.ppd to the following location on the hard disk of the computer on which the application is installed: System extensions:Printer descriptions. 3. Open the "Chooser". 4. Make sure that AppleTalk is active. 5. Highlight a LaserWriter printer. A list of PostScript printers appears. 6. Highlight the spooler name of your printer. This is the name defined in the dialog "EFI Spooler" on the Server computer. 7. Click "Create". A dialog for selecting a PPD for your printer opens. 8. Double-click the PPD "EFI Software Printer.ppd". 9. Close the "Chooser". EFI Designer Edition is added to the list of available printers and can be selected in your application EFI Designer Edition v5.1 Printing 2-9
  17. 17. 2.3 Printing from an application To print from an application to EFI Designer Edition, proceed as follows: 1. Make sure that EFI Designer Edition is set up correctly as a virtual printer. Refer to the section “Setting up EFI Designer Edition as a virtual printer” on page 2-3 for further information. 2. Start EFI Designer Edition. If the software is not running when you submit a print job, job processing will commence automatically as soon as you start EFI Designer Edition. 3. Open the image file in the application in which it was created and select the print command from the "File" menu. The "Print" dialog opens. 4. From the pop-up menu, select "EFISoftwarePrinter" (Macintosh) or "EFI Designer Edition" (Windows) as the printer, and make any desired settings. Then click "OK". Your print job is sent to EFI Designer Edition and is displayed in the job list. Please note the following: When printing directly from an application on roll paper or a user-defined paper size, the printable paper length is restricted to slightly less than two meters. To overcome the problem, try using the drag-and-drop function to load your print job directly in EFI Designer Edition. In this case the maximum printable paper length is approximately 15 meters. 2.4 Printing via hotfolder EFI Designer Edition also lets you print via a hotfolder. A hotfolder enables users, who do not have EFI Designer Edition installed on their computers, to copy print jobs to a centrally located folder on the network. All jobs placed in the defined hotfolder are loaded in EFI Designer Edition according to the settings defined in the “General” pane. Refer to the section “Hotfolder” on page 3-4 for further information. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 2-10 User Manual
  18. 18. 3 User interface This chapter describes all the settings available in EFI Designer Edition. "Show/Hide toolbar" button (Macintosh only) Toolbar Job list Nesting area Status bar "Open job settings drawer" button Job settings drawer 3.1 Toolbar The toolbar contains the following buttons: Add Click this button to load a file in the job list. A blue frame indicates the current position of the cursor in the program window. If the cursor is positioned in the lower section of the program window when you click this button, a nesting will be created; otherwise a job will be added to the job list. Nesting Click this button to create a nesting. A nesting is a collection of selected images that are printed out as a single print job, whereby as many images as possible are placed on each sheet of paper. Delete Click this button to delete a selected job or nesting. Print Click this button to start printing. Preview Click this button to calculate and display a print preview of a selected job. Stop Click this button to stop job processing of all currently selected jobs. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 User interface 3-1
  19. 19. Preferences Click this button to access the dialog "Preferences". Spot Color Click this button to start EFI Color Editor — a tool for defining and managing spot colors. Linearize Click this button to start EFI Ink Assistant — a tool for ensuring the consistency of your printer’s color reproduction. Add Profile Click this button to start EFI Profile Connector — a tool that enables you to implement your own media profiles in EFI Designer Edition. Swatch-Book Click this button to start HP Professional PANTONE Emulation swatch-book — a tool for simulating the output of PANTONE colors. Start Click this button to restart paused jobs. When jobs are being processed, this button is dimmed. Pause Click this button to pause all jobs currently being processed. When jobs are paused, this button is dimmed. Help Click this button to access online Help. In the Macintosh version of the software, the tool buttons are not displayed by default in the toolbar. However, you can customize the appearance of the toolbar to suit your own particular needs. To customize the toolbar, refer to the section “View menu” on page 3-25. It is not possible to customize the toolbar if you are using the Windows version of the software. 3.2 Preferences dialog The settings you make in the "Preferences" dialog are applied to all jobs that are subsequently loaded in EFI Designer Edition. They remain valid until you make any changes. Changed “Preference” settings are not automatically applied to jobs already loaded in EFI Designer Edition. Refer to the section “Info pane” on page 3-20 for further details. To access the "Preferences" dialog: • In the toolbar, click the "Preferences" button or • From the "EFI Designer Edition" menu (Macintosh), select "Preferences" or • From the "View" menu (Windows), select "Preferences". EFI Designer Edition v5.1 3-2 User Manual
  20. 20. The "Preferences" dialog consists of six panes. These are described in the following sections. There are three buttons at the bottom of each pane: Reset Settings Click this button to return all settings to their default values. Save Prefs Click this button to save your individual settings as a *.psf file. A dialog opens in which you are prompted to define a name and a location for the settings file. Load Prefs Click this button to restore previously saved settings. Navigate to the location where your settings file is saved. Select the file and click "Open" to load it. It is important to ensure that all the required files (media profiles, linearization files, etc.) are available when restoring preferences. If any files are missing, an error message will be displayed when you try to load the settings file. 3.2.1 General pane The settings you make in this pane define the way your jobs are handled in the workflow. Workflow The workflow settings define how and when your jobs will be processed. The following options are available: Automatic start printing after spooling If you select this option, your job will be printed when spooling has been completed. This setting is recommended if you are processing high-volume data, e.g. with a large number of images, or if you are running other applications in the foreground. If this option is not selected, your job will be loaded but not processed. This option does not apply to jobs that are loaded manually, e.g. jobs that are loaded via the "Load" button or by drag and drop. Automatic deletion of spooled jobs after printing If you select this option, you can specify how many weeks, days or hours after printing your jobs will be deleted from EFI Designer Edition. Entering a "0" means that your jobs will be deleted immediately after printing. Watch hotfolder If you select this option, EFI Designer Edition will monitor the defined hotfolder and automatically load any incoming files in EFI Designer Edition for processing. Select this checkbox and navigate to the hotfolder you want to be monitored. If this option is not selected and files are placed in a defined hotfolder, they will not be automatically loaded. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 User interface 3-3
  21. 21. RIP and print on the fly If you select this option, your print jobs will start printing immediately data is received, i.e. before job processing has been fully completed. Please be aware that simultaneous processing and printing may cause the printer to pause from time to time. This can lead to undesireable stripes on the printout. Work folder All temporary files created during job processing in EFI Designer Edition are automatically saved to the subfolder "Work". The "Work" folder contains a number of subfolders for saving previews, profiles, etc. By default, the "Work" folder is located in the folder where EFI Designer Edition is installed. However, you can define a new location by clicking "Select" and navigating to your chosen folder. When you define a folder, a new "Work" folder is automatically created as a subfolder. Please note that you must have write permissions to the "Work" folder in order to process jobs. Hotfolder A hotfolder enables users, who do not have EFI Designer Edition installed on their computers, to copy print jobs to a centrally located folder on the network. All jobs placed in the defined hotfolder are loaded in EFI Designer Edition according to the settings made in this pane. Make sure that you select the “Watch hotfolder” option in this pane; otherwise your defined hotfolder will not be monitored and jobs will not be automatically loaded. Path To define a hotfolder, click "Select" and navigate to your chosen folder. Check interval This setting determines how often EFI Designer Edition will monitor the hotfolder for new files, providing the “Watch hotfolder” checkbox is selected. Enter the chosen time period in seconds in the text input field. System of measurement This setting defines which system of measurement is used in EFI Designer Edition. If you select the option "Use default system of measurement from OS", EFI Designer Edition will use the system of measurement set up in the operating system. To use a different system of measurement, select the appropriate radio button and choose mm, cm or inch from the pop-up menu. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 3-4 User Manual
  22. 22. 3.2.2 Layout pane In this pane you define the paper orientation and the output size of your image. Orientation Rotate Enable this checkbox and select an angle of rotation from the pop-up menu. The pictogram illustrates the effect of the chosen setting. Mirror Enable this checkbox and select a setting from the pop- up menu to flip your image along the horizontal or vertical axis. The pictogram illustrates the effect of the chosen setting. Alignment Use the checkboxes "Horizontal" and "Vertical" to define where your output image will be positioned on the page. This setting is applied relative to the printable area of the page, not to the edges of the paper. The default setting is top left. Please note that vertical alignment is only possible when single-sheet paper is selected on the "Printer" pane. If roll paper is inserted in the printer, the image will be aligned relative to the height of the selected paper size and not to the end of the roll of paper. Printer settings This area displays the paper size settings you defined in the "Printer" pane and the resolution for the print quality you set in the "Color" pane. Scaling Choose how your print job will be positioned on the paper. The pictogram illustrates the effect of the chosen setting. The following settings are available: Do not fit With this setting, your image is printed in its original size. An error message will be displayed to warn you if it will not fit fully on the paper. Fit to paper size With this setting, your image is scaled — either up or down — so that either the height or the width of your image is adjusted to the printable height or width of the paper. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 User interface 3-5
  23. 23. Fit to paper width With this setting, your image is scaled horizontally so that the width of your image is adjusted to the printable width of the paper. With this setting, the height of your image may be truncated. By creating a preview of your job, you can check whether your image fits fully on the selected paper size. Fit to paper height With this setting, your image is scaled vertically so that the height of your image is adjusted to the printable height of the paper. With this setting, the width of your image may be truncated. By creating a preview of your job, you can check whether your image fits fully on the selected paper size. Fit percentually With this setting, you can define an enlargement or reduction factor for your image. In this case, the width and height of your image are scaled proportionally. A value of more than 100 increases the size of your image, whereas a value of less than 100 decreases the image size. Process control Here you select to print out a job ticket or a control strip with your print job. Print job ticket A job ticket contains information pertinent to the print job. It lets you know which settings were applied to achieve the print result, e.g. printer model, profiles, rendering intents, print resolution, scaling factor. Select this checkbox to print a job ticket. Print control strip A control strip consists of one or more rows of different color patches which are used to obtain color values using a spectrophotometer, a special type of measuring device. Select this checkbox to print a control strip. You can use one of the control strips provided with EFI Designer Edition or a control strip of your choice. You will find the available control strips in the "Control Strip" folder of the EFI installation folder. EFI Designer Edition can process all supported file formats except separated files; there is no size restriction. Click "Select" and navigate to the folder with your control strip. Job tickets are aligned with the left edge of the image, whereas control strips are printed right justified. If job ticket and control strip overlap, the job ticket is cropped. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 3-6 User Manual
  24. 24. However, if space is available to the right of the image, the control strip will be aligned with the right edge of the sheet to enable both job ticket and control strip to be printed. A control strip or a job ticket will not be printed if the image takes up the whole area of paper. In this case, an appropriate error message is displayed in the status column of the program window. In a nesting, job tickets and control strips can be printed for each individual image. 3.2.3 Color pane The settings you make in this pane directly affect the color reproduction of your jobs. The chapter “Color management” on page 4-1 is an easy-to-understand introduction to the complex topic of color management. It explains why paper and image profiles are necessary and describes the profiles provided with EFI Designer Edition. Color output preset The pop-up menu contains a number of predefined settings for different workflow environments. Each of the available presets is intended for a specific workflow scenario. To achieve good quality color results, it is important that you select a color output preset that is suitable for your source files. Please note that applying the wrong color output preset to your print job may result in severe color distortion. HP CMYK Plus This setting is only available when you select a printer that supports this particular feature. Use this setting for CMYK images only. Loading an RGB image will result in non-accurate color reproduction because of the conversion to the much smaller CMYK color gamut. When converting a source RGB image to printable CMYK colors, some colors are no longer accessible, as the range of colors that is reproducible on a printing press is much smaller than that of typical RGB devices. If such a press CMYK file is printed using HP CMYK plus technology, CMYK colors are adapted to the range of colors that the chosen output device is able to reproduce, while preserving original hues and the appearance of neutrals and skin tones. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 User interface 3-7
  25. 25. Furthermore, HP CMYK Plus technology also preserves the black channel, so black-only text remains black-only. The result is a color output consistent with the original press appearance, but with a recovered color range and vibrancy. Please note the following when applying HP CMYK Plus technology: • It is not possible to choose a CMYK input profile or any kind of rendering intent. However, if you print non-CMYK data using HP CMYK Plus technology, the displayed but grayed out CMYK simulation profile will still be applied during color space conversion. • The advanced settings are not available. • Embedded profiles are ignored in order to ensures that the biggest possible color gamut of the printer is applied. Refer to “HP CMYK Plus” on page 4-7 for further information on which profiles are used in an HP CMYK Plus workflow. No color management (native) With this color output preset, no profiles are applied during job processing. As no color management takes place, the results represent the true color quality of your printer. This setting is necessary if you wish to create your own media profiles. It can also be used to output CMYK images, but not RGB or Gray data. Photo When you select "Photo" from the pop-up menu, your image data is processed for output on the selected printer. This setting makes full use of the available color gamut of the output device and produces vivid images in photo quality. Use this setting for RGB images to ensure that vivid colors are correctly reproduced. All other color output presets convert to the much smaller CMYK color gamut, resulting in non-accurate color output of RGB files. This setting is also suitable for processing CMYK or grayscale jobs, in which all the objects/images contain embedded profiles. Proofing When you select "Proofing" from the pop-up menu, your image data is processed to simulate output on a professional printing press. This setting therefore reproduces the reduced CMYK color gamut of a printing press. RGB or CMYK simulation profiles can be selected in order to achieve the best possible results. Use this setting for CMYK images to simulate the color reproduction that will later be achieved on a printing press. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 3-8 User Manual
  26. 26. Save preset The predefined color output presets provide basic settings for a specific type of workflow environment. However, you can also create and save your own presets and assign specific profiles and rendering intents to be used. To create a preset, first make the required settings in this pane, then click "Save Preset" and define a name for your group of settings. The name you have chosen is added to the list of available color output presets. If you make changes to a previously defined preset, the original preset will be overwritten when you click "Save Preset". Delete Preset To delete a user-defined preset, select it from the pop-up menu and then click "Delete Preset". Please note that it is not possible to delete either the factory presets or any preset that is applied to a print job listed in the job list. EFI profiles, ColorSync (Macintosh only) You can choose between: EFI profiles Select this radio button to use image profiles selected in EFI Designer Edition. ColorSync Select this radio button to use the ColorSync image profiles you have selected in "System Preferences" of your Macintosh. These settings can be made by Macintosh users only. This is because ColorSync profiles are not available to Windows users and "EFI profiles" are therefore automatically selected by default. Image profiles Here you select your image profiles and rendering intents for the color spaces RGB, Gray, CMYK and Multicolor. It is not possible to select an L*a*b* image profile in EFI Designer Edition. However, one L*a*b* profile is installed by default with your software. It is automatically applied when L*a*b* data is received, provided that color management is activated. Image profiles describe the color reproduction properties of the printer you wish to simulate on your inkjet printer. In order to select image profiles, color management must be activated. A wide range of image CMYK, RGB and L*a*b* profiles is installed with EFI Designer Edition. You will find these in the folder "Profiles:Reference" EFI does not provide multicolor profiles with the software. However, you can use your own. To do so, click “Add Profile” and navigate to the profile. If you performed a full program installation, you will find additional image profiles in the "Goodies" folder. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 User interface 3-9
  27. 27. Add Profile If you prefer to use your own image profiles, maybe those provided by your printing company, you can do so by clicking "Add profile" and navigating to the appropriate file. Macintosh users must first select the radio button "EFI profiles". Delete Profile You can delete a profile by clicking this button and navigating to the appropriate file. Deleted files are removed from the list and can, therefore, no longer be selected. However, they are not physically deleted and can be added to the list again at any time, if required. Rendering intents The following rendering intents are available: • Perceptual • Relative colorimetric (no paper white) • Saturated • Absolute colorimetric (paper white) The rendering intents you select here can be applied to either EFI or Colorsync profiles. The different rendering intents and when to use each are described in detail in the section “Rendering intents” on page 4-3. Advanced (not available for HP CMYK Plus) When you click "Advanced", a dialog opens which provides additional settings. Please note: Which advanced settings are available, depends on the color output preset you have selected. For example, “Gray variation” is disabled for proofing workflows. Use embedded profiles EFI Designer Edition supports object-oriented color management. With this setting you can choose whether or not to apply an image profile embedded in your document. This feature thus makes it possible to process correctly PDF/X1, PDF/X1a, PDF/X3, EPS, JPEG and Tiff files with embedded image profiles. Source profiles embedded in individual images of a document are always taken into account and cannot be deactivated. Therefore, in a print job comprising different images, each image will automatically be processed using an appropriate profile for its particular color space. However, please note that this does not apply to rendering intents. Only rendering intents selected in EFI Designer Edition are used. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 3-10 User Manual
  28. 28. Black point compensation This setting corrects the color conversion of black into the CMYK color space. It is only available if either of the rendering intents "relative colorimetric" or "absolute colorimetric" is selected. It is helpful to use black point compensation if the black point of the source color space strongly differs from that of the target color space. If the black point of the source color space is brighter, colors appear washed out. If the black point of the source color space is darker, shadow details are lost. Activating black point compensation may cause gray shades. However, this setting can be applied usefully to darker source black points. Use black inks only With this setting, you can specify that any objects that have been defined as pure black will be printed using black ink only. If you choose "text and images", all dots with at least 1% K will be printed using black ink only. If you choose "text only", all dots with at least 99% K will be printed using black in only. If you select "never", black areas will be composed of the available CMYK inks. Print RGB objects Select this checkbox to determine whether your job file contains RGB images. If EFI Designer Edition detects RGB data, the images can be printed in color, grayscales or a vivid shade of orange. Output optimized for This setting optimizes the print quality of either CMYK or RGB images in PS, PDF or EPS format. RGB is selected by default if you are working with a photo color output preset. For proofing, CMYK is the default setting. If your print job contains a mixture of RGB and CMYK images, select the color space which is most important to you. Use L*a*b* correction profile This setting enables you to load an optimization profile that has been created with the Color Manager Option of the software EFI XF L*a*b* correction files have the . extension .3cc and provide more precise printer adjustment. Please be aware of the following: • This setting is disabled if no L*a*b* correction files are available. • In order to select an L*a*b* correction file from the pop-up menu, you must first copy it to the folder EFI Designer EditionProfilesBalance. • L*a*b* correction files will only be applied to proofing workflows. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 User interface 3-11
  29. 29. Gray variation EFI Designer Edition provides five different gray tints for black and white output - from yellowish (very warm) to bluish black (very cold). Select the checkbox and move the slider bar to the required position. Media profiles (output) Some printers have a feature which automatically transmits information about the type of paper loaded in the printer to the software. If you have such a printer, EFI Designer Edition will make the appropriate paper setting for you. Please be aware that if you try and override this setting by making changes that do not match the type of paper inserted in the printer, a warning message will appear when you submit a print job. Paper name From the pop-up menu, select the name of the paper you are printing on. Print quality From the pop-up menu, select the print quality and resolution. Which settings are available depends on the printer model you are using. All media profiles MUST be located in the "Profiles" folder of EFI Designer Edition. Otherwise they will not be detected. Therefore, if you are implementing customized media profiles, make sure these are copied to the "Profiles" folder. See the chapter “EFI Profile Connector” on page 8-1 for further information. Add Paper This button starts EFI Profile Connector — a tool that enables you to implement your own media profiles in EFI Designer Edition. Refer to the chapter “EFI Profile Connector” on page 8-1 for further information. 3.2.4 Printer pane With the settings in this pane, you establish a connection to your printer and define your printer settings. In order to set up a connection between your printer and EFI Designer Edition, your printer must be switched on. Many of the settings described in this section are printer-dependent. If your printer does not support a certain function, the setting will not be available. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 3-12 User Manual
  30. 30. Active printer Connection Shows details of the currently selected printer. Available printers Select the type of printer connection. • If your printer is connected locally to the USB port, choose the name of your printer from the pop-up menu. • If you are printing to a printer that has been set up as a system printer, select the printer name like you would select a locally connected printer. • If you are printing to a network printer that supports the network protocol Bonjour, select the printer name like you would a locally connected printer. The IP address is automatically detected. Bonjour is a standard component of Mac OS X operating systems. Windows users can download the Bonjour software from the Apple website. • If you are printing to a network printer, choose "TCP/IP" from the pop-up menu. In this case, you must also enter the IP address and the port number in the appropriate text input fields. The printer’s TCP/IP address may be a defined name or a series of numbers, e.g. 10.1.149.33. Ask your system administrator if you are not sure of your printer’s TCP/IP address or port number. Most printers support RAW printing to port 9100. However, please note that this setting depends on the network settings made at the printer and may, therefore, be different. Manufacturer Select your printer manufacturer from the pop-up menu. This setting is predefined if your printer is connected via USB. Model Select your printer model from the pop-up menu. This setting is predefined if your printer is connected via USB. Test Click "Test" to check that the connection to the printer has been properly established. If you receive an error message, consult your system administrator for advice. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 User interface 3-13
  31. 31. Printer settings Paper Click the "Paper" tab to select the size and source of the paper inserted in your printer. If your paper size is not listed, you can define a customized paper size on this pane. Select "User- defined" in the "Paper size" pop-up menu and enter the width and height of your paper in the text input fields. EFI Designer Edition uses the default system of measurement set up in the operating system — centimeters, millimeters or inches. However, you may change this setting if you wish. Refer to the section“System of measurement” on page 3-4 for further details. Then click "Add" and define a name for your paper. Click "OK" to return to the "Paper" pane. Your customized paper is now selected in the list of available paper sizes. User-defined paper sizes are displayed with a "+" sign to the left of the paper name. To make modifications to your customized paper size, select it in the pop-up menu and click "Edit". To delete a customized paper size, select it in the pop-up menu and click "Delete". • Autocut If your printer supports roll paper and you wish the paper to be cut automatically after printing, select the "Autocut" checkbox. This option is only displayed if your printer supports roll paper. To print on roll paper, you must make sure that a roll paper holder is installed. Refer to your printer manual for further details. If the autocut setting is selected and you cancel a print job, the paper will be fed until the length of the print job has been reached and then cut. This problem can be avoided if you cancel the print job before the print data is received by the printer. • Borderless If your printer supports borderless printing, you can activate or deactivate this option using the "Borderless" checkbox. Please note that this feature is only available for specific paper sizes. If this setting is used in conjunction with a scaling factor, the output is scaled to the size of the print medium. Please note the following: • If no scaling factor is selected and the image is bigger than the size of the print medium, clipping will occur. • If the image is smaller than the size of the print medium, the output will have a border. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 3-14 User Manual
  32. 32. • Wait dry time If your printer supports this feature, the checkbox is selected by default. For many print quality/paper combinations, it takes longer than expected before the printout is dry enough to not be smeared by paper placed on top of it. Selecting this feature ensures that you achieve high- quality printouts. • Length correction This feature lets you correct the length of the output image. This option is only displayed if your printer supports a function for compensating for inconsistencies in the length of your printed images. If you select this checkbox, the paper length information saved to the media profile is applied to your print jobs. However, if you discover that your printed image length is longer or shorter than it should be, deselect this checkbox. You can then modify the output length at your printer’s control panel. Printer Click the "Printer" tab to make printer-specific settings. • Linearization This pane lets you select or remove a printer linearization file. If you have performed a visual printer linearization using EFI Ink Assistant in order to correct the color reproduction of your printer, you must load the printer linearization file separately. Printer linearization files are saved in vcc format. For further information on performing a visual printer linearization, refer to chapter “EFI Ink Assistant” on page 7-1. • Duplex If you wish to print on both sides of your paper, select the "Duplex" checkbox. Then specify the binding edge of your document — top or left. This option is only displayed if your printer supports duplex printing. To print on both sides of the paper, you must have a duplex unit installed. Refer to your printer manual for further details. Calibration Click the "Calibration" tab to ensure that the color reproduction of your printer remains constant. This pane is only available if your printer is equipped with an internal color sensor and an automatic closed- loop color feature. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 User interface 3-15
  33. 33. The calibration system ensures consistent color reproduction — from one print to another as well as between two printers of the same model — irrespective of system variables such as ink level, environment conditions and life of the print head. Closed-loop color calibration is based on the media type, ink type, resolution, print mode and halftoning method used. Closed-loop color calibration does not, however, ensure accurate color, which can only be obtained via printer profiling and color management, nor does it ensure color matching from one configuration to another. As such, it is comparable to traditional densitometry-based methods of process control used for commercial printing presses. To calibrate your printer and return it to its original state, proceed as follows: Click "New" to print out a calibration chart. When you click "New", any settings you have just made in the "Preferences" pane are automatically saved. Please note that the calibration process will always be performed for the currently selected combination of settings for paper type and resolution. Therefore, make sure to check your printer settings before clicking "New". A job with the name "HP_CLC_xxx_target.eps" appears in the job list and is automatically processed. Some printers perform an internal calibration. In this case, no CLC print job appears in the job list. After processing, a calibration chart is output. As soon as it has been printed, the paper is automatically fed back into the printer and the color values of the color patches are measured. Based on the results, EFI Designer Edition will calibrate your printer and display details in the "Calibration" pane. As each calibration process is valid only for the currently selected settings for paper type and resolution, you will need to perform separate calibrations for each different combination of settings you use. The results of the calibration are automatically assigned to the appropriate media profile. The "Use calibration" checkbox lets you determine whether the printer calibration should be applied or ignored during printing. If you wish to calibrate your printer at regular intervals, you can set EFI Designer Edition to send you a reminder. To do this, select the checkbox "Remind me" and enter the desired time period in days, weeks or months. EFI Designer Edition will automatically remind you the first time you select that particular combination of settings after the defined time period has elapsed. EFI Designer Edition also provides you with a tool with which you can further finetune the color reproduction of your printer. You will find detailed information on how to perform a visual printer linearization in the chapter “EFI Ink Assistant” on page 7-1. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 3-16 User Manual
  34. 34. 3.2.5 Spot Colors pane The settings in this pane determine how EFI Designer Edition handles spot colors. EFI Designer Edition manages spot colors in two different tables: an internal table, which ensures the reproduction of a wide variety of standard, predefined spot colors, and an external table for user-defined spot colors in CMYK and L*a*b* format. Only external spot color tables can be loaded and edited in EFI Designer Edition. You will find detailed information on managing spot colors in EFI Designer Edition in the chapter “EFI Color Editor” on page 6-1. Settings Print unknown spot colors as bright orange Select this option to replace spot colors that are not defined in the spot color tables with a distinctive shade of orange. Warn if unknown spot colors are found Select this option to search for spot colors before your job is processed. If EFI Designer Edition detects unknown spot colors, a warning message is displayed and your job will not be processed. This setting saves you processing a file containing unknown spot colors unnecessarily. In-RIP separation If your print file already contains RIP settings, e.g. from an external RIP or from a DTP program, these can be applied during job processing. This function supports both CMYK and spot colors. • Enable With this setting, all files are processed using the separated files of the spot colors, as defined in the external RIP or DTP program. If EFI Designer Edition cannot detect the separated files or if they cannot be processed, the job will be printed as composite. PostScript files must contain not only details about color separations (process colors and spot colors), they also require start code information. This start code may be missing from PostScript files created by certain types of RIPs. In this case, the in-RIP information cannot be properly interpreted and the file will be output as composite. • Disable With this setting, the separated files created in the external RIP or DTP program are ignored. Spot colors are printed as composite or using the equivalent CMYK values. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 User interface 3-17
  35. 35. PANTONE® Emulation HP Professional PANTONE Emulation This option is selected by default if your printer supports the HP Professional PANTONE emulation. If you are printing to a printer which does not support this particular feature, the setting is not available. When this setting is activated, all PANTONE values in the print job are converted directly to CMYK values for output. All other non-PANTONE colors are subject to EFI Designer Edition’s usual color management. When using HP Professional PANTONE Emulation, PANTONE solid colors that lie within the printing system’s color gamut will be matched. Colors that lie outside the color gamut will be simulated so as to achieve the visually closest match. If this setting is selected, "HP PPE" is displayed in the job ticket to indicate the type of color management that has taken place. Spot color file (overwrites any other spot color definition) Select Click "Select" to load the file in which your spot color definitions are saved. Spot color tables created in EFI products and saved in bct format are supported. Remove Click "Remove" to deselect the loaded file. High-end features Apply overprint preview Select this checkbox to simulate an overprint of a composite file. Normally, when two areas of different colors overlap, there is a knock-out effect. This function makes areas of overlapping color visible. Please note that the overprint function can be applied to CMYK composite files only. It is not possible to create an overprint of spot colors. 3.2.6 Nesting pane With the settings in this pane, you specify how you wish your image files to be positioned in a nesting. You will find further information on working with nestings in the section “Creating a nesting” on page 5-1. Position Optimal space usage With this setting, image files are positioned so that a minimum of paper is used. Optimal cutting edges With this setting, images are aligned so that they can be cut out with as few cuts as possible. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 3-18 User Manual
  36. 36. Rotation Images may be rotated during positioning By activating this checkbox, you specify that images may be rotated to reduce paper consumption. Size Scale all images to If you activate this checkbox, you can specify a uniform output size for all images on a nesting. Choose from a list of default sizes Only image sizes that will fit on the currently selected paper size are listed. Alternatively, to create a customized scaling size click "Add" and enter the required dimensions in the text input fields. Then click "OK" to return to the "Nesting" pane. Your customized size is now selected in the list. EFI Designer Edition uses the default system of measurement set up in the operating system — centimeters, millimeters or inches. However, you may change this setting if you wish. Refer to the section “System of measurement” on page 3-4 for further details. The sides of images are always scaled proportionally, i.e. the same scaling factor is applied to both width and height. Depending on the original image format, this may mean that images are displayed in the nesting with a white margin either top and bottom or to the left and right. Please note that the higher scaling factor is always applied to the longest side of an image. To delete a customized image size, select it in the pop-up menu and click "Remove". User-defined image sizes are preceded by a plus sign. Please note that it is not possible to delete the default sizes. Place all images as landscape If you activate this checkbox, all images on the nesting are positioned in landscape format. Any images in portrait format are automatically rotated by 90°. When this checkbox is activated, the option "Images may be rotated during positioning" is dimmed and cannot be selected. Border Draw border around images If you activate this checkbox, your images are printed with a thin black border. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 User interface 3-19
  37. 37. 3.3 Job settings drawer Whereas the settings you make in the "Preferences" dialog are applied to all jobs that are loaded in EFI Designer Edition, the settings you make in the "Job settings" drawer are job-specific. To access the "Job settings" drawer: • double-click a job in the job list or • select a job in the job list and click the "Open job settings drawer" button at the bottom of the program window. The "Job settings" drawer consists of three panes: "Info", "Color" and "Print". The settings you make on these panes are very similar to the general settings you make in the "Preferences" dialog. Click the appropriate tab to access the individual panes. 3.3.1 Info pane In this pane, you define the format and color separations for your job. Preview The window displays a preview of a selected job or nesting. The preview window shows not only the image but also its position within the document. To create a preview, highlight a print job in the job list or nesting area and click "Preview" in the toolbar. If you make job settings, you will need to refresh the preview in order to see the effect of the changes you have made. If you double-click on the preview, an enlarged view is opened in the default graphics application. You can edit an enlarged preview using the tools available in that application. Left/right arrows The left/right arrowslet youscroll backward and forward through a multi-page document. Apply Preferences When you make settings in the “Preferences” dialog, preloaded print jobs are initially unaffected by the changes. The button “Apply Preferences” enables you to apply changed “Preference” settings to jos already loaded in EFI Designer Edition. You will need to refresh the preview in order to see the effect of the changes you have made. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 3-20 User Manual
  38. 38. Set Format Click this button to open a sheet for defining the orientation and the output size of your image. Job settings This area displays the size and resolution of your image. To view this information, you must first create a preview or start job processing. Printer settings This area displays the dimensions of the printable area of the currently selected paper size and the printer resolution. You can change the printer settings in the "Color" pane and "Print" pane, if required. Orientation The orientation settings are identical to the setting found in the "Preferences" dialog. Refer to the section “Layout pane” on page 3-5 for further information. Scaling This setting is identical to the setting found in the "Preferences" dialog. Refer to the section “Layout pane” on page 3-5 for further information. Process control The process control settings are identical to the settings found in the “Preferences” dialog. Refer to the section “Layout pane” on page 3-5 for further information. Spot Colors Create a preview and then click this button to open a sheet for editing the spot color settings contained in your job. Spot colors This area displays information about the color separations contained in each page of your job. You can click "Check Spot Colors" to check for spot colors in your print job. EFI Designer Edition displays defined spot colors with a check mark and indicates undefined spot colors by a question mark. Settings In this area you make settings that affect the spot colors in your job. • Select Click this button to load a spot color table. Spot color tables created in EFI products and saved in bct format are supported. • Remove Click this button to remove a selected spot color table. This button is dimmed if no spot color file is selected. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 User interface 3-21
  39. 39. • Preferences Click this button to open a sheet for making spot color settings. Refer to the section “Spot Colors pane” on page 3-17 for detailed information about these settings. • Check Spot Colors Create a preview and then click this button to check whether EFI Designer Edition recognizes the spot colors in your job. With this setting you can check whether your spot colors will be processed correctly without the need to print your job. By selecting a spot color table or by replacing undefined spot colors, you can influence how spot colors will be processed. The following table illustrates how you can use different combinations of settings to determine how your spot colors are handled. You will find the setting for selecting a spot color file in this pane. The setting "Print unknown spot colors as bright orange" can be made by clicking "Preferences" in this pane. Option State Description Print unknown On If your job contains spot spot colors as colors that are not defined bright orange in the selected spot color Spot color file Selected file, these will be replaced with a distinctive shade of orange. Print unknown On If your job contains spot spot colors as colors, these will be bright orange replaced with a distinctive Spot color file Not shade of orange. selected An error message informs you that your print job contains undefined spot colors. Print unknown Off All spot colors defined in spot colors as the selected spot color file bright orange will be recognized. Spot color file Selected All other spot colors will not be recognized. During job processing, an error message will inform you that your print job contains undefined spot colors. Print unknown Off No spot colors will be spot colors as recognized. bright orange During job processing, an Spot color file Not error message will inform selected you that your print job contains undefined spot colors. EFI Designer Edition v5.1 3-22 User Manual

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