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Fiery ColorGuard

Part of the Fiery IQ suite of applications and services

Produce consistent, accurate color all day, every day

Gain insights into your color quality across Fiery® Driven™ print systems anytime, anywhere from a web browser. Use this paid cloud application to track color quality, notify the production team to perform scheduled verifications and alert them to act if verification fails.

Overview


Without a good color verification process, digital print output may not match the expectations of color-critical print buyers — who may reject jobs, leading to higher costs and lower profitability. A solution that streamlines color verification tasks and tracks color quality helps to achieve the consistent, accurate color quality you need.

That solution is Fiery ColorGuard. With it, you can:

  • Monitor the color quality of multiple Fiery Driven™print devices, and act to ensure they are producing colors that meet customer expectations
  • Automate the color verification process on printers with an inline measurement instrument
  • Verify and ensure that printed output from your devices is G7 compliant
  • Use custom color references and target tolerances to deliver the color your customers want

Features


Standardize the color verification process with Fiery ColorGuard.

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Schedule

Bring order to quality chaos by standardizing the color verification process:

  • Automatically perform color verification on printers with an inline measurement instrument
  • Eliminates ambiguity and guesswork about color verification tasks by making the process of measuring color quality a standard operating procedure across print manufacturing operations
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Notification

Automated notifications about color verification status keep production staff focused on color quality:

  • Reduces press downtime by regularizing color verification and device calibration
  • Lowers the number of job reprints to increase customer satisfaction and cut waste
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Color compliance

Seamless integration between Fiery® servers and Fiery ColorGuard makes it easy for print production managers to follow color verification processes and generate color compliance reports:

  • Verify against industry color standards such as G7 or custom color reference so you can deliver consistent color quality
  • Enhances responsiveness of print production teams by providing real-time access to color verification data
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Analytics

Powerful analytics and trend tracking helps print managers increase operating efficiency and improve color-quality performance over time:

  • Get real-time visibility into the color verification results and trends anytime, anywhere
  • Use color compliance reports to position yourself as quality-driven print service provider

What’s New


New features in the latest Fiery ColorGuard releases

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Fiery Command WorkStation client software — October 2023 release

No need to step outside the Command WorkStation® 7 production environment to perform Fiery ColorGuard tasks.

  • See and action scheduled verifications and notifications from within Fiery Command WorkStation
  • Launch the ColorGuard web application directly from Command WorkStation
  • No need for any additional client software

New verification standard support — October 2023 release

Verify against the latest industry color standard.

  • Support for the FOGRA55 – CMYKOGV + Fogra PSD 2022 color references

dE details for G7 verification users — October 2023 release

See dE values in G7 verification reports.

  • Get the exact verification values for all verified patches
  • Easily identify “problem patches” to take corrective action
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Pausable schedules — May 2023 release

Recalibration and verification schedules can be paused and resumed.

  • Temporarily disable schedules that should not be executed during printer downtime or maintenance
  • All notifications are suspended for that schedule during the paused period
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Editable standard tolerance sets — November 2022 release

Adjust the values of Fogra PSD and G7 target tolerance sets.

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Latest verification standards support — April 2022 release

Verify against the latest industry color standards.

  • Support for the Validation Print (ISO 12647-8:2021) wedge and chart target tolerance sets
  • Support for the 2022 target tolerance sets and verification presets of Fogra PSD
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Pool-based licensing — July 2021 release

Addition of flexible licensing of print devices.

  • Administer licence use from within ColorGuard’s License Manager
  • Move a license from an old to a new device with no need to contact support services
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Benchmark Verification — June 2021 release

Verify against a device’s optimal condition as opposed to against an industry standard.

  • A benchmark alternative where verification against an industry standard is not relevant
  • Ideal for achieving consistency within a printer’s gamut and quality limits
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G7 Colorspace verification — March 2021 release

Addition of the G7 Colorspace Press and G7 Colorspace Proof tolerance sets.

  • Expands the Fiery ColorGuard capabilities to cover all G7 verification scenarios
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G7 verification with SCCA — March 2021 release

Addition of SCCA (Substrate Corrected Color Aim)-based verification for G7 Targeted and G7 Colorspace tolerance sets.

  • Enables G7 verification on regular non-proofing papers
  • A more practical and easy way to reach a pass result
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Custom color references and patch sets — March 2021 release

Support of custom CMYK color references and patch sets.

  • Provides the flexibility to add patch sets from third-party color management software
  • Allows verification against in-house patch sets for specific verification needs
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Parallel automatic verification with inline measurement instruments — March 2021 release

Simultaneous verification of multiple printers with inline measurement instruments.

  • Faster verification when more than one printer requires verification at the same time

Specifications


Fiery ColorGuard requires access to the ColorGuard web application, a client application, and a supported measurement instrument.

Fiery ColorGuard web application browser support:

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari 11, or later

Client operating system support (as part of Fiery Command WorkStation 7 and later):

  • macOS 10.15 and later
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (for 64-bit only), 11

Supported measurement instruments:

  • Fiery ES-1000 spectrophotometer
  • Fiery ES-2000 spectrophotometer
  • Fiery ES-3000 spectrophotometer
  • Fiery ES-6000 spectrophotometer
  • X-Rite i1iSis
  • X-Rite i1iSis XL
  • X-Rite i1iSis 2
  • X-Rite i1iSis 2 XL
  • X-Rite i1Pro
  • X-Rite i1Pro 2
  • X-Rite i1Pro 3
  • X-Rite i1iO
  • X-Rite i1iO 2
  • Barbieri Spectropad (with USB connection only)
  • Barbieri Spectro LFP
  • Barbieri Spectro LFP qb
  • Barbieri Spectro Swing
  • Konica Minolta FD-5BT
  • Konica Minolta FD-9
  • Konica Minolta Myiro-1
  • Inline measurement instruments:
    • Canon iPRC10000VP Series Inline
    • Xerox iGen 150 Inline spectrophotometer
    • Xerox Full Width Array (FWA)
    • Konica Minolta IQ-501

Legacy client operating system support (for Fiery ColorGuard Desktop for Fiery Command WorkStation 6.8< users)

  • macOS X 10.13, and later (for 64-bit only)
  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1, 10 (for 64-bit only), 11

Resources

Verification preset assistant

Unsure which is the correct verification preset and tolerance for your print environment? Then check out the Fiery ColorGuard verification assistant.

Product training

Access free Fiery ColorGuard on-demand learning materials including elearning courses, express videos, simulation learning, and more.

Fiery ColorGuard elearning

Learning@Fiery — Online training to achieve consistent, accurate color.

Get free access to Fiery ColorGuard on-demand learning material and master the skills to streamline the color verification process and achieve consistent, accurate color.

Brochures

Fiery ColorGuard brochure

Fiery ColorGuard – A cloud-based color verification application to standardize color verification and calibration process, lets you monitor your color verification data in real time and alerts print production team to act if verification fails.

Case Studies

Case study: Colortech Inc. maintains their great color reputation with Fiery technology

This case study showcases how Fiery® ColorGuard™ enables Colortech to stay ahead of their color competition

Other Resources

Fiery End User License Agreement (EULA)

End User License Agreement (EULA) for Fiery digital front ends and software products

The 6 Cs of color management article

The 6 Cs of color management article This article explains the 6 Cs of Fiery color management, and why they all matter for great color.