Below is a shortened version of the InkSurf
instruction manual showing how easy it is to obtain accurate costs and ink usage
information starting with artwork. Artwork can either be scanned with a standard
flat bed scanner or read from a JPG or BMP file. Have a look at the information
below to get a feel for the capabilities of InkSurf. InkSurf has a standard
mode used by the packaging industry, a single image mode for Silk Screen Printers and CMYK
computation for 4 color printing.
To order your InkSurf CD $US
(conditions of sale at bottom of this
Software for the packaging and printing industry. This software will eliminate
the guesswork form job estimating. Exactly measure the coverage area of each ink
color starting from artwork in BMP or JPG file format or if you are using a 4 color
process, calculate the CMYK ink quantities starting form a color picture or file.
Use a flat bed scanner to capture your JPG or BMP image if you don't have the file.
InkSurf has been tested on Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows 2000 and Vista (does not work with
Steps to operate InkSurf software:
image The artwork information can be
acquired in two ways: By scanning it in using a flat bed scanner or by opening an artwork
file. The respective button for artwork file
or for scanning must be used.
Select working area
The effective area of the artwork that is intended to be used in the estimation
calculation must be selected by dragging the outline blue rectangle in the appropriate
position. To enable the selection mode use the select button
Enter the pick colors mode by pressing the Pick color button . This will change the mouse cursor into cross hairs. You must
position the cross hairs over an area covered by the color you want to select so that the
small circle in the center of the cross hairs is fully covered by that color and then left
click. A sample of the color will appear in the Inks area of the screen. If not satisfied
with the selection reposition the mouse and click again. Once satisfied check the
check-box adjacent to the color sample in the Inks area and you can start the same process
again by selecting another color and so on until all the inks that you want to analyze are
Enter data In the
Ink area of the screen enter the name or code of the respective inks, their coverage
factor in grams per square meter and the cost per kilogram. In the Job data area enter a
job number (can also contain characters), the customer name and the date for future
reference. In the setup area enter the number of items to be printed across the film
(along the width), the gap in mm between horizontal rows measured along the length of the
film and the total length of the print run measured in meters.
all the above data is entered press the calculate button to initiate
the calculation and the results including coverage area, estimated usage quantity of each
inks and the respective costs will be displayed in the bottom area of the screen. One can
change any of the settings from the previous steps and re-run the calculation by pressing
the calculate button.
Save job button Click
on the Save button to save the job with all
the setting data, the results and the location of the artwork file for future retrieval.
Open job button
Click on the Open job button to open a job
that was previously saved. You will be presented with a list of all the saved jobs,
including the job number, customer name and date. When selecting one of the jobs a
thumbnail picture of the artwork will be displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Setup button Click
on the Setup button to enter the setup window. From this window you
can do the following: Create a new database where all your jobs and associated data will
be stored, select a current working database that is the one to which the program is
storing to and retrieving from, select the color threshold which can have a value between
0 and 100 and it is set by default to 30, select the registration details (company name,
address and registration code) and select the active scanner that will be used to acquire
images. The threshold setting of 30 should work for most cases and it refers to the
acceptable difference between the selected color and the colors found when scanning
through the actual picture to consider that pixel as part of the selected color.
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CONDITIONS OF SALE
Instruments' limit of liability extends only to an amount equal to the cost of
goods and services provided by Polar Instruments Ltd.
Instruments Ltd. do not accept any liability for consequential costs or losses
arising from the use or misuse or failure of goods or services provided by
Polar Instruments Ltd.
Instruments Ltd. do not accept any liability for consequential losses arising
from delays in completion of a job.
for goods and services received is due and payable upon receipt of our
prices are valid for 90 days.
goods remain the property of Polar Instruments Ltd. until paid for in full.
7. Software purchase grants purchaser rights to
only 1 copy of the software. Just like a book, you must purchase another
copy if you want another copy.