I just returned from the the GATF Color Management conference, and at the end of of the conference wrap up, Dave Hunter suggested making our profiles available to our customers to help them soft proof their files prior to submitting them to us for printing. We are a wide format printing company, and run 4 different ink jet devices.
My first topic for discussion is whether this is legal to do. It seems to me in the EULA of our profiling software I read that the profiles could NOT be distributed to third parties.
My second topic for discussion is, assuming it IS legal, is there a way to dumb down the profile so our competition (should they want to), can’t get one of our profiles to use on their machines? Can the profile we generate be modified to only provide the information that will accomplish a screen preview?
My third point of discussion is to question whether anyone is doing this, what pitfalls and suprises they have run into, and how they have managed the process of educating their clients on soft proofing using a custom ICC.
By the way, Steve Upton, nice job on the introduction of the new ColorThink program. Looks like a great toolbox. I’ll be upgrading this week.