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X-Rite’s Newly Redesigned i1Pro 2 Spectrophotometer Receives Red Dot Award

All-new second-generation i1Pro spectrophotometer, selected for prestigious International 2012 Product Design Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (April 12, 2012) – X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, announces that its redesigned new i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer has received the prestigious international 2012 “red dot award: product design”. The new i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer is featured in X-Rite’s recently announced portfolio of i1 Professional Color Management Solutions. 

Evaluated by an international panel of 30 judges, X-Rite’s new i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer was selected for this highly sought-after award among 4,515 other product design entries from around the world. Award-winning products were chosen for their innovative design quality and will be on display at the red dot design museum in Germany from July 3 - 29, 2012.

This new award-winning device can be found in X-Rite’s new i1Basic Pro 2, i1Photo Pro 2, i1Publish Pro 2 and i1Publish products, all featuring groundbreaking new technology and applications. The new i1Pro 2 second-generation spectrophotometer is the most accurate and forward thinking device available today accommodating three measurement modes in one single device. These modes include the most commonly used M0 (Standard Illuminant A), the emerging M1 (illuminant D50) and M2 (known as UV-cut).

“X-Rite is honored to be selected for this coveted product design award for our thoughtfully redesigned i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer,” said Tobias Rausch, X-Rite Product Manager, i1 Solutions. “Recognized for its high quality design, the i1Pro 2 device helps deliver to color professionals around the world the workflow tools they need that incorporate ever important emerging color standards.”

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of the red dot design award, said, “The most distinguished products of the respective branch of industry faced up not only to the tough competition again this year, but also to the critical eye of the jury. The experts thoroughly examined, tested and evaluated each individual entry applying the highest standards. With their performances, the laureates not only demonstrated extraordinary design quality but they also showed that design is an integral part of innovative product solutions.” 

Built upon the success of X-Rite’s i1Pro spectrophotometer as the de facto industry standard for more than a decade, the newly enhanced i1Pro 2 device has been redesigned to provide an even higher level of accuracy, versatility, ergonomics, functionality and value. Combined with the recently released i1Profiler software v1.3, which accommodates all levels of proficiency and expertise, the new i1Pro 2 portfolio of four different products is specifically targeted to meet the unique needs of photo, pre-press, digital print and publishing professionals, providing exceptional value at very attractive price points.  

New i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer highlights:

New illuminant design allows for 3 standard measurement conditions  (ISO 13655 M0: Tungsten; ISO 13655 M1: D50; ISO 13655 M2: UV Cut) plus Optical Brightener Compensation (OBC) without changing filters or needing a second instrument.

Enhanced Optical Brightener Compensation allows for the most accurate profiling (both Tungsten and UV/LED mode) for today’s enhanced range of substrates. Now users can predict what colors printed on optically brightened paper will look like under different light conditions using a single hand-held device.

Positioning Detection with Zebra Sensor provides a more robust scanning experience even on special substrates and low-resolution printers. It allows for the measurement of smaller patch sizes (as low as 7mm) in manual mode and enables dual measurement workflows for OBC, M1 and M2.

New Wizard-driven interface with status LED leads users through the profiling and calibration process while providing all the options and control desired, regardless of expertise.
New Design Ergonomics throughout allows for greater usability, flexibility, cleaning, protection, and storage of the precision i1Pro 2 device.

Improved Emissive Measurement allows for better temperature stability and higher brightness levels resulting in the best possible calibration and profiling of monitors ever.

All new diagnostics and self-correction features
Wavelength calibration LED allows for self diagnosis of optical grating in relation to sensor during white calibration (with automatic correction and notifications)

Maintaining and protecting the device (and investment) is easier than ever
Self-cleanable aperture protection glass and calibration white tile cover provides additional built-in protection from dust and dirt.

About the red dot design award
The red dot design award, whose origins reach back to the 1950s, is carried out in three disciplines: the “red dot award: product design”, the “red dot award: communication design” and the “red dot award: design concept”. In 2011 alone, more than 14,000 entries from over 70 countries were registered. The award – the red dot – has established itself internationally as one of the most appreciated quality seals for outstanding designs. For further information please visit: www.red-dot.de/press

Availability and Upgrades
The new i1Pro 2 Professional Color Management Solutions are immediately available from X-Rite’s online store (North America), and also from the company’s worldwide network of resellers. i1Publish Pro 2 will also be offered with two upgrade options based on original solution purchased.  For more information, please visit www.xrite.com or www.XritePhoto.com.

About X-Rite
(NASDAQ: XRIT) X-Rite is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes design industry color leader Pantone, Inc., develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical.  For further information, please visit www.xrite.com or www.XritePhoto.com

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Corporate Contact:
Liz Quinlisk
Tel: +1 845-566-0466
Americas Contact for Print/Prepress:
James Luttrell
Tel: +1 978-656-6071
Americas Contact for Photo:
Steven Rosenbaum / Leigh Nofi
S.I.R. Marketing Communications, Inc.           
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Tel: + 1 631-757-5665
EMEA Contact for Photo/Print/Prepress:
Lutt Willems
Tel: +32 2 560 21 50
APAC Contact:
Peggy Yan
Tel: +852 6016 8893

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