September 28, 2021

Auto-Sharing Capabilities

Sharing Overview

ChromaChecker’s sharing allows print manufacturing companies to share their print devices (if print device is dedicated to customer), or all customer jobs with that customer to help communicate how they are meeting their customer's expectations. The sharing function works on multiple levels for both print device sharing or job based sharing.

*If the print buyer(customer) and the print manufacturer have ChromaChecker, the process is very seam less.

1) Print device sharing- This allows a print supplier to share all the data from a print device with a customer. For instance, if a printer’s print device was doing only work for Customer X, they could share that printing device with Customer X, and Customer X would see all measurement activity on that shared printer.


2) Job (measurement) sharing- this allows a printer to share specific jobs with their customer proving that they are printing to their customers expectations. The way this works is for print buyer (customer) to request to print supplier to have them share their customer job data.  If they enter “print buyer’s/customer name” (Full Company Name as defined within customer's ChromaChecker "Manage Account)" 


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Next, the print manufacturer needs to enter the "customer name" in the customer field (either in their press side software (like Intellitrax, Capture, PressSign, any other software that can enter customer name field), then that data will be exported in the meta data, and the sharing link will automatically send the data from the printer’s ChromaChecker to the brand’s/print buyers ChromaChecker account, and ChromaChecker will create a print device named as that print organizations name in the print buyers version of ChromaChecker.

If Job sharing is turned on with multiple HP Indigos running ColorBeat, then a different printing device will be made within the Customer's ChromaChecker for each press printing Customer X jobs. They do not organize under the Print Organizations setting within the Customer's ChromaChecker account today. 

*If the print supplier doesn’t have ChromaChecker, then the process is a little more complicated depending on the measurement software that the print manufacturer is using. Here are some sample scenarios:

HP ColorBeat: Print Supplier using Color Beat- Print Supplier will use the Customer X custom standard (JSON) file for all Customer X work. ChromaChecker’s Color Beat interface will automatically pull measurement files from Print Suppliers Color Beat and populate them within Customer X ChromaChecker under a printer named for the print supplier.


CC Uploader: EFI Spectroproofer, GMG/Oris/CGS Spectroproofer, X-Rite Intellitrax, Techkon Spectrodens, MeasureColor, PressSign, SpotOn and other software that can automatically export measurement file upon scan and allows for Customer field data entry can be configured with CC Uploader and automatically send the Customer X job data to the Customer X ChromaChecker platform.


ChromaChecker API: Over 10 companies (as of 2020, ask to have your vendor implement the API) have implemented the ChromaChecker API which allows measurement data to automatically be uploaded to ChromaChecker. Products like Barbieri Gateway, Babel Color Patch tools, Techkon, Variable Spectro1, Rutherford, Digital Information, PrintMeasure, BasicColor, PrintFlow and others allow Customer X to provide the print supplier with the SOAP credentials which allow the software to upload measurement data directly to the Customer X account.

ChromaChecker Capture: If the vendor does not have any measurement software, they can use Capture and configure it to upload data to the Customer X ChromaChecker account automatically.

In all cases, Print buyer will need one print license for each supplier that they want to track no matter how many presses a supplier will use.

Extremely sophisticated sharing, which makes the process very easy for both the brand and the suppliers…


Limitations: When the data is first shared, the track name used in Printers configuration will be added as track name in Brand companies ChromaChecker (under Print organizations name) and the reference and tolerance criteria will be transferred to this track. If the printer changes the reference or the tolerance after the first file is shared, the change will not take place within Brand companies mirrored track. If the tolerance criteria is changed, a gray "!" will show that the tolerance criteria was changed. Rule of thumb, make sure the names of the tracks for like workflows are named the same. Also, make sure the tolerances are set up correctly before you start sharing data.

The shared data within the Customer companies account can not be recalculated to a different tolerance or reference because the data is aliased, it doesn’t really exist in Customer account. **Make sure the correct tolerances are set up in the Print Manufacturers tracks and there will not be a problem.
If a different printing device from the print organization measures data with the customer name, and same track name, the data will appear in the same Customer companies track; concept is that jobs printed to same press condition (defined by track name) will be grouped in brand’s account under one track name. If job number is used, Brand will be able to make job report for job printed between multiple printing devices.
If Printer makes a measurement in a different track (printing condition), then a new track (named the same as the printer’s track) will be added under the print organizations setting within the Customer's ChromaChecker.

Printer has the ability to share all data with customer, or only data that passes the given assessment criteria. This allows the printer to ensure that only salable data is being reported to customer.

** Today, it is not possible to trace which measurement came from which press from within the Brand companies ChromaChecker. It will be important for ChromaChecker to record which measurement came from which printing device for the Customer to trace failed prints and communicate to their supplier on which printers are not printing correctly.
If Customer company sets a tolerance in the print organization’s shared track, it will assess to the Customer's organization assessment criteria and it will give a gray ! stating that tolerance set is different than what the printers tolerance set was configured as.

How To steps to make this work:
Go to the your ChromaChecker Expert login, choose the head icon, choose SHARING: You will see top two tabs, Measurements and Account:
Measurement refers to Job sharing,
Account refers to Printer sharing

You will click on Measurements- and then enter the printer’s ChromaChecker Organization name in the user login area and “send request”

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Next, you will ask Print Supplier to confirm your request for them to share data with Customer X  This is where the “Customer X” organization name will appear in the print suppliers sharing area showing that Customer X is asking for Print supplier to share their data. See image below, an account called “DavidHunter" (org name) is requesting the printer share their DavidHunter jobs with the DavidHunter account.


Once Print Supplier approves (green Accept choice shown above), then jobs labeled with the Customer X name will automatically upload into Print supplier's ChromaChecker system as normal, but automatically be sent to the Customer X ChromaChecker configuration and if not already configured, a new Print Device called “print suppliers organization name" will be made within the Customer X account, and the track name that the job was measured under will also be created under the new printer supplier name, and the measurement file will be added in the track. In this way, a history of all measurements labeled with Customer X as customer will be entered into Customer X's ChromaChecker into specific tracks (representing different print conditions) to allow Customer X to see how their printers are printing their work.


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