Price When Reviewed: 195 . 695
Pros: At £195, version 2 should fall within the budget of all but the most frugal design departments.
Cons: Lacks contextual menus and a newsstand viewing environment.
Using special inks and effects can be risky if all eventualities are not explored. If your metallic finish or costly foil substrate results in text that can be read only in favourable lighting conditions then your time, effort and – most importantly – money will have been wasted.
One answer is hand-made mock-ups, but these can be expensive, time-consuming and often inaccurate. Hard proofing is another approach, but this takes a lot of time and money too.
Stonecube spotted this gap in the market, and PrintDevizor 2 continues to be the only print-finish visualizer on the market. It lets you view on-screen standard print, special inks, and decorative finishes in a photo-realistic 3D environment. The program simulates true lighting conditions so you can see how your finishes will look in various situations.
Users create print models by choosing a substrate and then applying multiple print effects and finishes, using images from standard creative software as masks. Jobs can be rotated through 360 degrees in any direction into light and shade. The reflections that appear demonstrate how the finish will behave when printed.