Getting Started

Getting Started
Getting Started
SpotOn!™ Verify 2.5.3
Everything you need to know,
every step of the way
•Installation
•Activation
• The basics
• Contacting us
Languages
SpotOn! is written in English. If we receive enough demand for other languages,
we will certainly consider publishing localized versions of SpotOn!
Platform requirements
Windows Client minimum
Macintosh Client minimum
Windows XP Pro SP3 or higher
Pentium 4 or higher
160GB Hard Drive
1GB RAM
1024x768 16-bit Color
1 USB port
OS 10.5.8 or higher
Intel
160GB Hard Drive
1GB RAM
1024x768 16-bit Color
1 USB port
Windows Server minimum
Windows XP Pro SP3 or higher
Pentium 4 or higher
160GB Hard Drive
1GB RAM
1024x768 16-bit Color
Table of Contents
Do you have a demo version?.................................................................... 2
Measurement Instruments........................................................................ 2
Installation Steps for Windows Server........................................................ 3
Server Setup.......................................................................................... 4
Client Installation Steps for Windows......................................................... 6
Client Installation Steps for Mac................................................................ 7
Client Login........................................................................................... 8
Online Activation Steps............................................................................ 9
Offline Activation Steps..........................................................................10
Basic Product Use - Setting Preferences.....................................................13
Basic Product Use - Creating Measurements................................................15
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Basic Product Use - Visual Match Scorecard................................................21
Contact Information...............................................................................21
BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING...
Follow the Installation Steps, then the Activation Steps, as explained.
Do you have a Demo version?
If you downloaded or were given a Demo version, the product will run for 30 days
and then quit. You will need to purchase a product key to keep using SpotOn!.
During the 30 day trial period the Demo version has full functionality. Please
contact [email protected] or your dealer to purchase the full version.
Measurement Instruments
Here is a list of instruments that work with SpotOn!:
X-Rite i1 Pro and Pro 2
X-Rite eXact (Windows only)
X-Rite 530
X-Rite 939
X-Rite SpectroEye
X-Rite SP62-64
Techkon SpectroDens (Windows only)
Konica-Minolta FD-7 (Windows Only)
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INSTALLATION STEPS FOR WINDOWS SERVER
WINDOWS
Step 1: Double-click on the SpotOnServer.exe file to launch the installation
wizard.
Step 2: Follow the steps in the wizard to install SpotOn! Server.
Step 3: Click Finish. SpotOn! Server
is installed and running in
the background as a service.
The default administrative
user is called admin with a
password of admin. See the
next section to set up more
users.
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SERVER SETUP
WINDOWS
Step 1: Click the SpotOn! Admin
shortcut in the Start menu
to launch the Server Admin
application.
Step 2: The Server Admin application allows the user to turn
the server service on or off.
When installed, it is on by
default. Click the red icon
button to turn the server off.
Click the green arrow icon to
turn the server on. The Server
Admin application is also
where additinal users can be
added and configured.
Note:
The Show Log... button will open a window where the database and
log files are stored, making it easy to find for backup purposes and
troubleshooting.
Step 3: Click Manage Users to add,
edit, or remove Users. The
Manage Users window will
appear where these administrative functions can be
performed.
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Step 4: Click Add to add a new User.
The Create New User window will appear. Fill in the
Username, Full name, and
Password for the new user.
Pick the User Type. An
Operator can only access
the Instruments section in
Settings. An Administrator
has full functionality.
Step 5:
To edit a User, select the
User in the list on the left
and click Edit.
Step 6:
Everything
except
the
Username can be changed
when editing a User. The only
way to change a Username
is to delete the User and add
a new User with a different
name. Click Save to save the
User changes.
Step 7:
To change the Password,
click Reset. In the Change
Password window create a
new Password and re-enter
it. Click Change Password to
save the new Password for
the User being edited.
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CLIENT INSTALLATION STEPS FOR WINDOWS
WINDOWS
Step 1: Double-click on the SpotOnVerify.exe file to launch the installation
wizard.
Step 2: Follow the steps in the wizard to install SpotOn! Verify.
If any Security Warning
windows appear select Run
or Install this driver software anyway to continue
with the installation wizard.
Step 3: Read the License Agreement
carefully and if you accept
the conditions of the agreement click the I accept the
agreement radio button and
click Next >.
Step 4: Click Finish. SpotOn! Verify
is installed and ready to use
for 30 days.
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CLIENT INSTALLATION STEPS FOR MAC
MAC
Step 1: Double-click on the SpotOnVerify.dmg file to mount the SpotOn! Verify
disk image.
Step 2: Read the License Agreement
carefully and if you accept
the conditions of the agreement click the Agree button.
Step 3: Drag the SpotOn! Verify
folder onto the Applications
icon.
Step 4: Eject the SpotOn! Verify
disk image. SpotOn! Verify is
installed and ready to use for
30 days.
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CLIENT LOGIN
WINDOWS and MAC
Note:
When the SpotOn! Client is
launched for the first time a
Server Setup window opens
asking the user to choose
between Local Mode and
SpotOn! Server Mode. This
choice can be changed in the
General Settings section once a setting has been chosen.
Step 1: When a User logs into a
newly installed and registered SpotOn! Client for
the first time, a blank User
Login screen appears. Enter
the Server IP address with
:13707 at the end, the
Username and Password.
Click Log In to start using
the Client. If Server Mode
was accidentally chosen and
there is no server installed,
click the Use local database... button to switch
back to Local Mode.
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In subsequent Logins, the User isn’t required to re-enter the Server or
Username, as SpotOn! remembers the previous Login. Only the Password
needs to be re-entered for security purposes.
ONLINE ACTIVATION STEPS
WINDOWS and MAC
IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Make sure the computer SpotOn! Verify was installed on is connected to the
internet and a Product Key is available to activate SpotOn!.
Step 1: Launch SpotOn! Verify and
click the Activate button on
the Activation window.
Step 2: Enter the Product Key and
click Activate.
Step 3:
This window will appear if
the activation is successful.
Click Finish to complete the
activation process.
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OFFLINE ACTIVATION STEPS
WINDOWS and MAC
IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Offline activation is a two part process. It requires an Activation Request file be
e-mailed to [email protected] A reply will be e-mailed back with an
Activation Response file that will be used to finish the activation process. Make
sure a Product Key is available to activate SpotOn!.
Step 1: Launch SpotOn! Verify and
click the Activate button on
the Activation window.
Step 2: Enter the Product Key and
click Activate.
Step 3:
This window will appear if
the computer is not connected to the internet.
Click Activate Manually to
start the offline activation
process.
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Step 4: Click Create Request File to
save the SpotOn! Activation
Request file.
Step 5: Click Save to save the
SpotOn! Activation Request
file where it can be copied
to a another computer and
emailed to [email protected] A reply will
be emailed back with an
ActivationResponse.xml
file to finish the activation
process.
Step 6: Copy the ActivationResponse.xml file to the
SpotOn! Verify computer
and click Activate from
Response File to continue
the activation process.
Step 7: Find the ActivationResponse.
xml file and click Open.
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Step 8:
This window will appear if
the activation is successful.
Click Finish to complete the
offline activation process.
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BASIC PRODUCT USE
WINDOWS and MAC
Setting Preferences
Step 1: Connect a measurement
instrument and launch the
application. After the splash
screen has displayed for a
few seconds the Home window will appear. Certain preferences need to be set prior
to using the software. Click
on the Settings icon to set
the application preferences.
Step 2: The General application settings are displayed when the
SpotOn! Settings window
opens. These settings affect
the entire application suite
of products. A company logo
can be added here and will
display on reports and Verify
stickers.
Step 3: Select the Instrument icon
and pick the instrument connected to the computer from
the pop-up list. The instrument can be calibrated in
this window or in the New
Measurement window when
taking readings for a job.
If Verify will be left running set the Calibration
Frequency to Calibrate
After Measurement Count and set the Count to a number that calibrates the instrument every couple of hours.
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Step 4: Select the Verify icon. The
General tab is displayed
first. This is where general
settings specific to Verify can
be modified. There are two
General Settings; a feature
for exporting measurements
to Alwan Print Standardizer,
and a choice for label formats
when clicking Print Sticker.
Step 5: Select the Reference Sets
tab. Reference Sets are what
measurements are verified
against. Existing Reference
Sets can be modified, and
new Reference Sets can be
added based on ICC profiles,
CGATS text files, or both.
Step 6: Select the Control Strips tab.
Control Strips can be added
or modified in this section.
New Control Strips can be
added either by creating a
custom Control Strip or by
importing CGATS data of an
existing Control Strip.
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Step 7: Select the Tolerance Sets
tab. Tolerance Sets can be
added or modified in this
section. An effort has been
made to define as many tolerance metrics as possible.
This doesn’t mean every
metric needs to be used,
but the option is there to
use all if wanted. G7 metrics can be either weighted
or unweighted. The G7 Reference Data can either be static (from the
Reference Set) or Dynamic (from CGATS TR015 G7 math). Substrate white
for the Reference Set being used can be set relative to the Measurement
substrate white by selecting the SCCA check box. The Tolerance Warning
can either be set individually or set based on a percentage of the
Tolerance value.
Step 8: Select the Field Presets tab.
Field Presets can be added
or modified in this section.
Using Field Presets keeps the
meta data consistent and
speeds up entering data.
Click Done to return to the
Home window.
Creating Measurements
Step 1: Select the Verify icon from
the Home window to start
using Verify.
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Step 2: An empty Verify screen is displayed. Click Measure New
to add a new measurement.
Step 3: Set the
Reference Set,
Tolerance Set, and Control
Strip, then either measure a
Control Strip or click Import
File... to add a CGATS measurement file. Other fields
should be set to indicate
details about each measurement. This helps when filtering the database for reports. Measurement Presets can be set for
frequently used settings.
Step 4: If it is important to categorize measurements based
on job information, then
click the Jobs button and
enter the job details. Use
the Job Number in the New
Measurement window to
assign the measurement to a
job.
Step 5: When a measurement is finished either click Save to
save the measurement and
leave the New Measurement
window open for another
measurement, or click Save/
Done to save the measurement and close the window.
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Note:
If a Job Number is entered
and no job is associated with
that number a warning message will appear indicating
no job is in the database
for that Job Number. Click
Create Job to Save the measurement with just the Job
Number. Click Cancel if you
want to go back and add job information.
Step 6: Measurements open in the
Verify screen. Measurements
can be added as CGATS text
files by dragging them onto
the Control Strip. If an
instrument is connected,
additional
measurements
can be added by clicking the
Measure New button.
Working with Measurements
Filtering the Database
From the Verify Screen click the
Measurements button to gain access
to the measurements in the database.
Open measurements will be displayed.
Enter values to filter the database
and click Search.
Note:
Creating Field Presets makes
the filtering process easier
as the preset values are displayed in the filter pop-ups
as choices.
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Measurement List Columns
The columns that are displayed in the
measurement list can be changed to
make best use of how Verify is used.
To add or remove columns right-click
(control-click on Mac) on the column
header to access the list of column
choices. Select the names to display
as columns. Deselect the names to
hide the columns. Clicking on a column header sorts the list by the values in that column. Clicking on the
same column again sorts the list in reverse order. Each click changes the order
from ascending to descending or descending to ascending.
Note:
Verify can be set up to only display device-specific columns if the
intended use is to monitor multiple devices over time. Verify can also
be set up to only display job-specific columns if the intended use is
to monitor measurements in a job-centric manner as in proof verification using proof stickers. Of course combinations of any and all column
headers can be used.
Editing Measurements
Any individual measurement can be
editing by selecting the Measure Edit
button while viewing the measurement
to be edited. The Edit Measurement
window will appear. Make any changes
necessary and click Save.
To edit multiple measurements at the
same time, click on the Measurements
button. Filter the database so the
measurements needing to be edited
are displayed in the measurement list.
Highlight the measurements and click
Edit.
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Patches associated with a metric
Click on any of the metrics and the
patches associated with the highlighted metric are outlined in the
Control Strip.
Patch Information
Click on a Patch and the Patch
Information about that Patch is
displayed.
Measurement Reports
Click the Reports button to open the
Reports window. Choose the Verify
Measurement Report radio button
and click Create Report. A measurement-by-measurement report is created for the active measurements.
This report shows more detail about
each metric being evaluated in the
measurements. A great report for saving in a job jacket.
Reports can be saved as PDF files or
printed.
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Device Reports
Click the Reports button to open the
Reports window. Choose the Verify
Device Report radio button. There are
two options in this window. Choose
the Use Active Measurements Radio
Button to create a Device Report for
the active measurements, or choose
the Use Filters Radio Button to filter
the entire database for measurements
to add to the Device Report. Click
the Create Report button to create
a report showing all measurements
over time for each metric for the chosen Device. This is a device-centric
report that shows the variation of a
specific device over a period of time.
A great report for tracking device
performance.
Note:
This report is designed for
multiple measurements. No
graphs will be displayed if there is only one measurement being used
for the report.
Make Reference
Click the Make Reference button to
convert the current measurement into
a Reference Set. Choose a name and
click OK. The new Reference Set is
stored in the Settings Reference Sets and can be used in any job.
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Making a Reference Set of a just calibrated device is an ideal way to
track variation of that device over time.
Visual Match Scorecard
The Visual Match Scorecard applies
statistical probability to define an
unambiguous score for comparing
print-to-standard or print-to-print
based on a visual match instead of
pass/fail metrics and tolerances. The
score is divided into four visual zones:
no visual difference (90%-100%);
good visual match (80%-90%); fair
visual match (70%-80%); and poor
visual match (below 70%).
Select Visual Match Scorecard as the Tolerance Set to use this feature. A visual
ranking score will be assessed for the measurement and the worst 10% patches
will be highlighted in the Control Strip. The Reports will be changed to reflect
this Tolerance Set as well.
Note:
The Visual Match Scorecard is an excellent way to assess the visual difference between devices, especially if visually they need to look very
similar. It is also a great way to set shop standards for quality using a
minimum acceptable score as a threshold for recalibration.
Device Variation Scorecard is a
new variation on the Visual Match
Scorecard. The fundamental difference is that the user is able to adjust
the zones to the capabilities of the
device they are tracking. Set the
Within Tolerance value to a value that
each device is able to maintain over
a short period of time and is within
customer or shop quality standards.
Set the Unacceptable Variation value
to the highest score where prints are
not acceptable.
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Contact Information
If you require technical support, please e-mail us at: [email protected]
US & Canada
Other Countries
Tel.: 503-226-7598
Contact your local dealer
Fax: 503-226-7892
E-mail: [email protected]
Copyright 2013 SpotOn! Press, LLC l All rights reserved.
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