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X-Rite, Grandville, MI, formed a strategic partnership with HP to seamlessly combine the worlds of inkjet printing and color control in a color-managed inkjet solution designed to offer plug-and-play color accuracy and consistency. The new HP Designjet Z Photo Series printers incorporate an embedded spectrophotometer based on X-Rite’s Eye-One technology and controlled by HP Color Center. Users reportedly can create color profiles in minutes and get accurate color matches throughout the printing process. An optional HP Advanced Profiling Solution software, also developed within the X-Rite and HP partnership, includes X-Rite ProfileMaker gamut-mapping algorithms and allows users to calibrate monitors and create and edit CMYK profiles using X-Rite’s built-in Small Testchart Technology.

“Both HP and X-Rite have always been at the forefront of creating stellar product experiences through innovation and design,” says Francis Lamy, CTO of X-Rite. “The new DesignJet Z printer series is the first result of our collaboration and will change the way creatives manage their workflow. Together, HP and X-Rite have raised the bar in large-format printing, providing the industry with a new benchmark. Creatives no longer have to think about color management as a separate task—they just have to push the button.”

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