How to get perfectly matched soft proofs – HELIOS online guide details best practices

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HELIOS soft proof online guide reveals best practices and advanced techniques for soft proof set-ups. The detailed step-by-step guide helps all soft proofing sites achieve the highest possible accuracy from their soft proofing solutions.

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The detailed step-by-step guide helps all soft proofing sites achieve the highest possible accuracy from their soft proofing solutions.

HELIOS Software GmbH, a leading developer of cross-platform file, print, image, proofing, remote collaboration, and PDF server software, today published its step-by-step online guide to producing perfectly matched soft proofs – proofs on a monitor, that are visually identical with prints or proofs within a light box. The detailed description helps all soft proofing users properly configure their complete viewing environment and fine tune settings, to produce highly accurate and reliable soft proofs.

“Sophisticated hardware and high-quality software are essential for successful soft proofing. But the correct set-up of the viewing site and the proper use of all components are equally important for accurate soft proofs,” explains Helmut Tschemernjak, CEO of HELIOS Software GmbH.

“This best practices guide provides easy-to-use vendor-independent procedures to consistently produce perfectly matched soft proofs. If users can achieve reliable and reproducible soft proofs, the investment into software and hardware pays off for a company.”

The new guide summarizes and shares the techniques that HELIOS used when it recently earned three additional FograCert remote soft proof certifications. An important characteristic of this best practice approach is that the complete viewing environment is taken into account, instead of only measuring directly on the proof monitor screen, which omits ambient light and other viewing condition factors.

The guide is available in English and German at the HELIOS web site It includes many helpful details for producing successful soft proofs, such as:

– Viewing room conditions

– Monitor ICC profile generation procedure and settings using Eizo and Quato proof monitors

– Fine tuning the monitor calibration

– Using a test image to verify the visual match

– A glossary and a list of helpful URLs for further in-depth reading

Information about the FograCert certificates recently awarded to the HELIOS soft proofing system, as well as details about the WebShare UB2 and PrintPreview UB2 remote soft proof solution, can be found on the HELIOS web site And video guides demonstrate the HELIOS remote proofing and annotation systems:

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HELIOS UB2 Unbreakable Server Solutions deliver mission critical server solutions to enterprise, government, university, and prepress sites. WebShare, EtherShare, and PCShare provide integrated cross-platform networking for Mac, Windows and Web clients, with advanced file and print server features, and easy remote server administration. HELIOS ImageServer, PDF HandShake and PrintPreview bring high efficiency and advanced capabilities to design, prepress and printing operations.

HELIOS products run on powerful and scalable servers including Apple Mac OS X, IBM AIX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Windows systems. HELIOS products provide reliable cross-platform support for Mac, Windows, Web and UNIX-based clients.

Distributors sell HELIOS products worldwide to value-added resellers who provide complete networking solutions to customers. HELIOS also works with many strategic partners that incorporate HELIOS server software to provide powerful third-party archive, asset management and workflow solutions.

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