Print Industry Leaders Publish Key Color Standard
The consortium has been working collaboratively to define the color management portion of IBM"s Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) architecture. Members are designing the architecture to help businesses develop device-independent color applications, resources and workflows that can be printed initially with high-quality grayscales and, eventually, in color.
The AFP Color Consortium currently includes members from 27 international companies. Hardware vendors: IBM, Kodak, Lexmark, Oce, Xeikon and Xerox. Software vendors: CDP Communications, Cincom, Compart Systemhaus, COPI, Crawford Technologies, DocuCorp International, Document Sciences Corporation, Elixir Technologies, Emtex, Exstream Software, GMC Software Technology, Group 1, Intermate, Inventive Designers, ISIS Papyrus, Metavante, MPI, Printsoft, Solimar Systems, StreamServe and Xenos Group.
Also today, the consortium announced the formation of a new on-line community — afpcolor.org. The Web site is designed to provide information and documentation on the open color elements of the AFP architecture, which the consortium believes will help speed adoption of color transaction printing and offer more flexibility to clients.