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Color-Logic | Special Effects for Print | Support | FAQs

FX-VIEWER Is showing a gray page when opening file to preview


Please ensure that you are using Ghostscript v9.05. This version is the exact version required to work with our application program. If you have installed a different version to what is recommended by Color-Logic, please remove it and install the correct version, which may be
downloaded here

Can't open FX-Viewer in Mac OS Sierra, due to Apple Gatekeeper!

Apple has made Gatekeeper even more strict than usual! With Mac OS Sierra, Apple has removed the default settings for allowing third party applications from being installed.

Here's how to Allow Apps from Anywhere in Gatekeeper for macOS Sierra

  1. If you have System Preferences open, please QUIT before you begin the next steps!
  2. 1. Open the Terminal app from the /Applications/Utilities/ folder and then enter the following command syntax:

sudo spctl --master-disable
2. Press "return" and authenticate with an admin password and then press return


3. Relaunch System Preferences and go to “Security & Privacy” and the “General” tab

You will now see the “Anywhere” option under ‘Allow apps downloaded from:’ Gatekeeper options


Returning to Default Gatekeeper Security in macOS Sierra
You can also reverse this and go back to the default strict Gatekeeper settings of only allowing apps from the Mac App Store and identified developers by issuing the following command string:

sudo spctl --master-enable

Hitting return and re-authenticating will return macOS Gatekeeper back to its strict default state of disallowing random apps from launching. 


"FX-Viewer" can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.

When attempting to install FX-Viewer and depending on your computer security settings, you might get the message "FX-Viewer" can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.:


This is Apples default way of stopping third party applications from being installed by malware. To bypass this, all you need to do is either Right Click on the installer and select OPEN or Control Click on the installer and select OPEN. You will then see the same warning, but this time it allows you to select "OPEN".


FX-Viewer is showing me blue looking images!

The FX-Viewer application is not currently compatible with the latest Retina Display Macs due to an incompatibility between the rendering engine and the graphics card. Users with effected machines will see blue rendered images, as per the visual below. The only way to resolve this at this time, is to install FX-Viewer on a different Mac that is compatible. For compatibility check, please click here


How does Color-Logic handle customer support and training?

All Color-Logic licensees are provided with access to our online login area, which is what we call "The Vault" — this is our locked area for customers only. Within that login area there are simple "Steps" that the customer works through — it's a very simple case of printing Test Forms and Swatch Books/Colour Charts, Printing samples for marketing yourselves, watching our training videos to learn how to use the tools, and of course access to our latest software installers.

If a Color-Logic licensee has any trouble using the tools, installing etc, then it is advised that you consult our extensive FAQ section (sorted in to logical sections), we also offer assistance via email (English only). We have recorded webinars that customers can play at their own convenience, or should a customer want one to one training, then we offer a paid webinar service (English only). However, most users find that the support material we provide is very in-depth and easy to follow. All our documentation (User Manual, Literature etc) is in Multiple language (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese etc)

Below is a visual of the Client Login area, and you can see the easy steps that we mention.


We also have technical papers, tutorial videos, and some additional sales tools, such as PowerPoints and videos to play at customer visits or events...We like to pride ourselves on creating everything that a user could possibly need, but if there's something we have missed, or you think would be a good idea, please let us know and we will address it.

Our system is normally be installed by the customer - usually the prepress person. There's no hardware to install, nothing to add on to your presses, it's just software, colour palettes and plugins for designing! These are installed by our software installers for Mac and PC. We have a section on the Client Login area where customers download the latest installers. All a client needs to do is double click the installer and follow the onscreen instructions!

How to use our tools is easy, designing with metallics is the harder part, which is why we created mini movies of all our effects, so that designers and prepress etc, can watch a simple movie to learn how to do things like, adding a watermark to a metallic area using Adobe Illustrator, or how to make metallic gradations in Adobe InDesign!

I cannot see the Color-Logic "Find a Printer" map, all I see if a white area!

If you cannot see the Find a Printer map and all you see is a white screen (like the visual below) it is highly probable that your web browser has its "Block Pop-Ups" switched on:

1. Go to your settings for each browser (you may need to go to the Advanced settings)
2. Switch off the block pop-up option, or grant permission for the Color-Logic site to allow pop-ups
3. Quit and re-open the browser

Visual of the missing map for reference…


How does Color-Logic handle software updates and maintenance?

All updates are handled via our CLIENT LOGIN area on our website. Our licensed printers have their own unique login area, with their own installers, with their own unique passwords – It's those installations that we track by linking the printer login area with the installations via IP addresses.

Here's an example of a printers access details, which is unique to that printer:


If you look at the top green section in the visual above, that's the Printers login details and is linked to their enrolment in our S.M.A.R.T program.

A Printers external customers, agencies, designers etc, who purchase one of the printers "Design Suite & FX-Viewer" CD's, is then provided with a similar PDF – Designers have a separate URL landing page, but it is linked to the printers account, so they have the same login Username and Password. 

Here's an example of access details for an external designer, which is linked directly to the printers account:


Provided that the Printer stays within our S.M.A.R.T program, all parties will always have access to our latest installers (simply go to the INSTALLERS tab and access the latest updates)


If the printer decides to opt out of our S.M.A.R.T program, the links to both the Printers account and all their external customer accounts is cancelled, and as such, nobody will have access to the locked area.

Sometimes a designer/agency will take their business elsewhere! If this happens and the printer no longer wants that agency to have access to the locked area, all that printer needs to do is notify us – We then issue the printer with a new login password, which would also be issued to each of their external customers, except the customer who should no longer have access.

Are you getting strange RIP issues with things not processing correctly?

It's never fun when you encounter issues ripping files, and understandably when something goes wrong, it's often the new technology that gets the blame…However, most RIP issues are based on the handling of the data that was created at the design stage, and as Color-Logic is a set of palettes that uses existing technology from Adobe, it's usually NOT a Color-Logic issue that's causing the problems!

In the visual below, the RIP has failed to process the wine label correctly in the top right hand corner. This is strange, because the more complex and challenging items have all processed correctly:


The most frequent RIP issues are related to Overprints and Transparency settings, that are using by designers. A way to test your RIP, is to utilize the Color-Logic Print Evaluation Test Forms (was per the visual above) – these test forms are designed to highlight issues within the processing of a file. We created these test files to be complex and really push how a RIP performs, by using various design techniques that designers typically use – interestingly, RIP issues often happen on the more simple looking items, such as the wine label on our test forms (shown above), however, that's often NOT an indicator that it's the wine label on the sheet causing the problems – Some RIPs interpret and handle transparency and overprints differently, and in some instances, you can get strange things happening, where some artefacts on the separations do not process correctly. After numerous and painstaking trials to find the offending element on a page,
it's usually the use of Illustrator drop shadows that causes RIP issues!

If you do encounter RIP issues, we would advise is to test using different PDF formats – Usually to get around transparency issues, we would recommend output using PDFX-3 which will flatten transparency, although testing of various PDF formats is recommended before you look any keeping in to your art files.

If the problem continues after testing different PDF settings, then the second testing process is to use "flatten transparency" within Adobe Illustrator to manually flatten all the graphical elements.

How to test to see if Color-Logic is causing RIP / Print problems

Sometimes you may experience problems printing a file, and as Color-Logic is a relatively new technology, it's common for people to assume that problems seen on a new printing press, could be caused by designs created using Color-Logic. The below steps will help identify where a problem is happening, so that you can raise the appropriate support request with your service providers.

Step 1. Check the file within it's source application program. For example, if using Adobe Illustrator, navigate to "Window > Separation Preview" – If your file looks correct, proceed to Step 2.
Step 2. Save a PDF and view within Adobe Acrobat using "Print Production > Output Preview" and check your file is still ok – If it is, move to step 3
Step 3. Send the PDF to the RIP, process the file and then view the ripped data

If any of the above show something different, then you know where the changes are happening and can therefore identity the potential cause of the problem. However, if those files are all correct, then it would imply a mechanical issue or data transfer issue. Please remember that Color-Logic is all done at a the design stage, nothing installs on the press or RIP. If something were wrong with Color-Logic, it would be wrong at the design stage...After all, this is just a five color PDF. There is no secret technology hidden within any Color-Logic job, we use open architecture for our palettes and plugins using Adobe's built in tools, so for Color-Logic not to work, would mean Adobe doesn't work.