Award-winning software company Caldera will demonstrate its continued customer-first ethos when it exhibits at FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam this year. As well as highlighting its dedication to the market over the quarter-century since its establishment, Caldera will demonstrate its dedicated fabric-printing suite for the first time in Europe and release issue four of its popular and topical Gamut magazine.
TextilePro combines the intuitive but powerful interface of Caldera’s core V10 platform with a wealth of tools specific to production onto fabric substrates. Recognizing the skills gap often found by wide-format houses diversifying into textile, TextilePro helps operators avoid common errors by maintaining color information in RGB until the last possible moment, ensuring fidelity to the original design.
Among the many innovations within TextilePro are advanced controls for the manipulation of colors, variable data and ink laydown. Caldera has rolled its existing pattern calculator, Tex&Repeat, into the suite to help companies create accurate but adaptable patterns to speed up design decisions. TextilePro also incorporates a Photoshop plug-in to simplify colorization, swatch swaps and other variations when sending designs to print.
Those looking to opt in to textile or other new print areas, or simply to explore new applications, are invited to visit the manufacturer’s stand in Hall 1, Stand G60. Specialists in various areas of inkjet software, production and workflow will be on hand at Caldera’s Technical Support Desk, which will run throughout the show to help users appraise their business development plans, whether technological or application-led.
“Wide-format printers are looking to extend production into soft signage and apparel, while industrial-scale textile houses want to assimilate the benefits of digital print,” explains Sébastien Hanssens, Vice-President Marketing and Communications, Caldera. “TextilePro accommodates every production situation within the clear, profit-focused suite now enjoyed by thousands of Caldera-based companies worldwide.”
Alongside the launch of this intelligent solution for textile printers, Caldera will celebrate its 25th year in business. Having launched in 1991 to provide imaging solutions to the nascent digital print market, Caldera has since become synonymous with software RIPs for inkjet processes and will celebrate its commitment to the market at FESPA Digital while envisioning how its solutions can help customers grow into exciting new production areas.
“Textile and industrial print are only the beginning of a shift in how and why we print,” foresees Joseph Mergui, Chief Executive Officer. “When we started out 25 years ago we could only imagine the progress that inkjet would make. As our customers and partners refocus to take advantage of these opportunities, Caldera’s message throughout 2016 is that we are there to support them.”
As a part of that mission Caldera will release the fourth edition of its customer-focused Gamut magazine, a technology and business annual that, this year, puts people in the spotlight. While key features will explore the history and future of the software manufacturer, Gamut’s scope also includes exploratory and informative pieces on a variety of market areas. Technical but accessible features written by industry experts Sophie Matthews-Paul, Laurel Brunner, Ben McCabe and James Matthews-Paul cover a spectrum of prominent topics from RIP pricing and maximizing finishing investment to industrial print. Rachel Park, internationally respected 3D print expert, provides an overview of additive manufacturing processes, while design and décor journalist Rooksana Hossenally – whose credits include New York Times and The Guardian – investigates how digital print is transforming the wall coverings market. Significantly, Joseph’s Vision returns, providing the company’s visionary founder’s point of view about the changing dynamics of the inkjet landscape.
“In the modern age of print, no manufacturer or end-user can be an island; we need to connect with other industries and businesses in a meaningful way,” Mergui says. “Gamut always reflects the state of the market and this year responds to that desire to seek out and adopt new opportunities. It is also a reflection on how far Caldera has come and how far it still has to go, and how we are dedicated to our customers and their business development.”