Digital Print Republic launches free online ink consumption tool

Online community Digital Print Republic has added a tool for calculating ink coverage breakdowns from print-ready PDF files.

Digital Print Republic said it hoped the Inkchex tool, which is currently in free beta for registered users, will prove popular with businesses using inkjet kit, including wide-format printers.

The digital print online community believes the tool, which works with process colours and spot colours, could help printers get a better handle on their production costs.

"At the moment, printers just guess their coverage and cost – this takes out the guess work," said joint owner Chris Baker. "It’s fast, costs nothing and gives you a little bit more information."

Baker added that, since the site was launched at Ipex, it had signed up 2,800 users from 101 countries.

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