Established in 1985, CGS is a world leader in digital proofing, color management and production workflows for the professional graphic arts market. We offer the largest portfolio of software solutions to color manage every step from prepress to print production. Our goal is to provide complete solutions for all sectors of the industry, and ensure you achieve consistent colors on any media type – today, tomorrow and the next day.
Through our ORIS software suite of Color Tuner // Web, Press Matcher // Web, Certified // Web and Lynx, quality assurance is covered from creation to production with the world’s first integrated color management system. Further maintain brand consistency by communicating every facet of the brand color across the world with ORIS CxF Toolbox.
When color and the packaging world collide, ORIS Flex Pack // Web Visualizer ensures fast, easy and cost-effective production of high-quality proofs or mock-ups for packaging, flexibles and label design. Furthermore, iC3D revolutionizes the process of 3D product design, ideation, visualization and collaboration.
The CGS team provides a unique point of view based on a breadth of expertise and passion that cannot be found in any other company. We are committed to quality and strive to provide cost-effective, innovative technologies and services that customers can rely on. Our award-winning products are total turnkey solutions, saving companies time and money without compromising quality.
1985 – The beginning of the road
When CGS was founded in 1985, the production of magazine and catalog pages was still a manual and time-consuming process. This sparked the original business idea:
The development of a page assembly system (Digi-Design) for designing magazine and catalogue pages directly on a computer. Competing with other high-end systems from Crosfield, Hell and Scitex, the original CGS system combined high-end image manipulation and page layout on Digital Equipment Corporation’s powerful VAX VMS workstations.
In 1991, when CGS began to connect Dainippon Screen’s scanners and recorders, CGS also introduced its standalone CEPS environment under the name ORIS (Open Reproduction on Industry Standard).
Originally running on DEC Alpha workstations, ORIS was introduced for Windows in 1997. Following the trend to a manufacturer-independent page description language, a RIP was added, allowing opening and editing any PostScript page. So was functionality to automate the workflow in pre-press, color management and proofing.
In the late 1990s, the product line comprised ORIS Page (layout and design), ORIS Works (workflow) and ORIS Color Tuner (proofing). During that time, it was widely adopted among gravure and other large printing operations, as well as by catalog and magazine publishers.
Till today – Industry Partners
The aim of CGS is the development of powerful proof and workflow solutions. We offer the largest portfolio of software solutions to color manage every step from prepress to print production.
Our goal is to provide complete solutions for the professional graphics arts market, and ensure you achieve consistent colors on any media type – today, tomorrow and the next day.
For this, CGS has long-time development partnerships with companies like Canon, Epson, Hewlett Packard and Xerox. This guarantees that ORIS systems always benefit the most from the current developments in digital printing devices. Moreover, the company cooperates with the leading manufacturers of spectral measurement technology like X-Rite, integrating these devices into the ORIS products for color measurement and analysis. In the area of proofing media, CGS entered R&D joint-ventures with selected manufacturers worldwide. Within this cooperation, innovative proofing media are being developed exclusively for CGS. The medias meet even the most demanding requirements for proofing in magazine, commercial and packaging printing.