Alwan Color Expertise is a French company well known for their colour control software implemented world-wide, supporting the use of international standards. This summer they launched a radically new profiling software called Hydra Profiling. From what we understand after having learned a bit more about it, Hydra can save a lot of time, and therefore money, for printers who want both high quality and standards compatibility.
We have reviewed several technologies from Alwan before, for example the CMYK Ink Optimizer, and know that their products work very well as a bridge between a RIP system and press control system, streamlining and optimizing the colour management part of the workflow. The three main modules today making up the Alwan Color Suite are ColorHub, PrintStandardizer and PrintVerifier. The new component - Hydra Profiling - is an option for the ColorHub and PrintStandardizer. Hydra uses patented colour modelling, making it possible to build a custom ICC-profile, using spectral data, with very few patches. These can be read from live jobs day to day, thus avoiding time-consuming printing of large colour test charts, blocking the press from real, profitable jobs.