Friday, August 22, 2014

Gerber

OMEGA™ 5.0

 

Gerber OMEGA design and output software is a complete suite of layout, design, output and conversion tools created specifically for use to create professional graphics such as signs, labels and decals, display graphics, and much more. OMEGA design and output tools are fine-tuned to accommodate vinyl cutting, printing and routing on sign-industry production devices such as Gerber vinyl cutters, the Gerber EDGE® family of thermal printers, as well as Gerber routers and flatbed cutters.

Versions

  • OMEGA™ CP (Cut/Print)
    Includes all the tools you need to create and output cut vinyl and router jobs, plus has color assignment and output capabilities for all GERBER EDGE® series and GERBER MAXX™ 2 thermal transfer printers. Includes ARTPath software.
  • OMEGA™ CS (Cut Solution)
    Includes all the tools you need to create and output cut vinyl and router jobs, however it cannot output to thermal transfer printers.
  • OMEGA™ Layout Station
    Allows for complete design activities without any output. Show customers concepts in the front office. Design on a laptop away from the shop. Add design stations and save files to a network folder for output.
  • OMEGA™ Plot Station
    Includes all the output capabilities of OMEGA CP with no design capabilities.

Features

  CP CS
NEW OMEGA 5.0 FEATURES  
 Composer shape nesting
 
 Improved raster-to-vector conversions
 
 Composer on-screen gradient and solid fills
 
 Faster drawing and selection
 
 Improved DWG, DXF and PDF import
 
 Composer distorted gradient fills

 
 New highway fonts for light text on dark backgrounds

 Barcode generation improvements
 
 Autotext data-merge improvements

 Optical character recognition

 ART Path Automatic rules processing by layer


 Automatic Guidelines


 GSPPlot perforation cut


 Automatic print/cut alignment between EDGE and enVision 375


 Automatic archiving of GSPPlot output


 Improved SPLView preflight capabilities


 Streamlined "Export to Hot Folder" simplifies export settings and folder location

 
 Foil Adjust integration with SPLView and ability to choose SPL file output colors

 
 Automatic software updates


OMEGA 4.0 FEATURES    
GERBER EDGE FX™ HiRez mode
 
ART Path automatic nesting
Vinyl cutter automatic smart start
Faster GSPPlot rendering of repeats and variable data
created in Composer
 
Automatic halftone settings for EDGE print objects based
upon fill type and object size
 
Easier And Faster Backcut Or Liner-Cut Decal Production
 
Plotter output “smart start” technology
Support for more friction-fed plotters
Double-byte Chinese Text Entry
Improved, easier barcode generation
 
More undo’s, and ability to undo after saving
Auto “Strokes for Chokes” button
 
Choke/Spread top color designation
 
Automatic message when overprint and normal heat settings
are applied to the same color
 
Ability to add a PDF wrapper to JPG exports
Automatic mapping of imported EPS/PDF and AI colors to
GERBER EDGE spot colors
 
Better integration of Foil Adjust program (formerly called RegFixer)
OMEGA 3.0 FEATURES    
ReAction capability automatically applies edits and maintains colors for a series of operations
Image menu offers automatic image adjustments and special effects
Limited
Convert to Image converts vectors into images to create soft shadows and other special effects
Limited
1D and 2D Barcode capability allows for creation of variable data and sequential numbering
Improved Choke/Spread function makes EDGE color registration easier and more reliable
 
Medial Axis generates vector center lines to create bevels and other dimensional effects
New Perspective Shadow type
Interactive Outline
GSP Plot offers easier reuse of output settings and improved label and decal finishing
Zoom in and out with the mousewheel
Pan left and right with Shift + mousewheel
Pan up and down with mousewheel
Hold CTRL to make copies of on-screen move, rotate, size, flip, and slant operations. Shape Menu commands can also create copies
Size dialog box combines Absolute Size and Percent Size into one location
Template GCA Files include effects that can be modified and reused
Improved TEXT ENTRY color assignment and Retention
“Super Nudge” with arrow keys
AutoPlot data merge utility
STANDARD FEATURES    
32-bit programs offer fast operations with full-size layout capabilities and create files with virtually an unlimited number of shapes
Runs with Microsoft® Windows® 7 (64 and 32), Vista (32) and XP (32).
EDGE and EDGE 2 require adapter cable with 64 bit OS
3D Autocarve and Gerber Braille Interpreter require 32 bit OS
See Site Requirements
Standard Windows UI with movable, dockable tool bars,
multiple open jobs, most recently used file list.
Unbounded "virtual" work surface
Autosave and Check for Updates Function
Time tracking for job creation and editing
Multiple undo and redo with selectable number of levels
Design and output using layers
"Demo mode" operation
Measure mode with ability to save and print measurements
Dimensioning for customer proofs, installation drawing, permit apps
TWAIN Scanner & optional digitizing tablet support
VECTOR SHAPE CREATION AND EDITING    
Complete vector-based Bezier curve text, shape & polygon creation
Import/Export, and Cut/Paste popular vector and image desktop publishing formats and file types
Fine tune designs with simple yet powerful node and segment editing tools (Detail Editing)
Create vector-based shadows, distortions, outlines and other effects
Add and subtract vector shapes from each other with Shape effects
Fit Text to Path
Fast accurate vector offset outlining with multiple, variable spacing
Put vectors into envelopes with "WARP" and preset distortions
TEXT ENTRY    
Enter and format text with high-quality, scalable vector fonts from Gerber and URW
Text entry/edit on the work surface or in dialog box
Font filtering by standard and user-assigned attributes or categories
Text "change case" commands
Font Converter instantly converts Truetype fonts into Gerber fonts
Font Manager helps keep track of Gerber fonts.
Font Designer enables the creation of custom vector fonts
 
Enter Truetype and Opentype fonts in native format and retain hinting information for output to the GERBER EDGE® printers
 
COLOR AND IMAGES    
Color management for color consistency across all devices
Layout and cut vinyl signs using a full set of Gerber vinyl palettes, or create custom vinyl palettes
Gerber ColorID compares and matches colors between vinyl colors, GERBER EDGE spot colors, and even PANTONE® Colors
Import pictures (TIFF, BMP, JPG, GIF etc.)
Rotate and flip images in Composer
Embed Images or Link Images with PLT files
Turn black and white or color pictures into vector outlines
(raster-to-vector or color raster-to-vector)
Mask/Clip, rotate, flip, size, images in Composer
Mask/Clip images and vectors with other vector shapes using clipping paths
Output masked/clipped VECTORS to paper printers and vinyl cutters
Output masked/clipped IMAGES to paper printers
Output masked/clipped vectors and images to EDGE series printers
 
Flip Gradients with vector fills, crop images
 
Assign print and or cut properties to vector shapes
 
Automatically convert between process and spot color model
 
PANTONE Color simulations and GerberColor™ SpectraTone™ color fill support
 
Improved GerberTone™ STC Photo halftone for images
 
GerberTone halftones for any size EDGE or MAXX output
 
Create percentage tints, gradients, and "spot-to-spot" gradients for Gerber EDGE series output
 
Assign GerberColor single layer spot and CMYK process colors for extremely simple output to Gerber thermal transfer printers
 
Create thousands of spot colors with double-layer GerberColor Spectratone spot colors with the Gerber EDGE series
 
Create OMEGA-generated CMYK, GerberColor Spectratone, and EDGE series Spot Color simulations of solid PANTONE Colors
 
Compatible with GERBER EDGE series and GERBER MAXX 2
thermal transfer printers, and provides a seamless RIP and
Color Management System
 
OUTPUT    
Compatible with Gerber vinyl cutters, as well as popular vinyl cutters from other manufacturers
Generate Sabre router tool offset paths using included ART Path™ software now included with OMEGA. (More...)
Optional Auto-Carve™ 3D router software (More...)
Option
Option
Create and export targets for use with GerberCut option
Reverse, axis swap, repeat, and size output jobs in the GSPPlot program without affecting the saved original file
Render and output jobs in the GSPPlot output program while designing in the Composer Design Program
Output larger than the physical size of the output device with automatic panels
Preview output results before committing to materials using the SPLView Preflight Tool
Output designs to standard Windows printers for proofing and conceptual approvals
Thumbprint thumbnail job catalog print utility
Network output support for remote plotter and router output
Network output support for remote EDGE and MAXX output
 
Use OMEGA files in an inkjet workflow with export support for named Pantone, Spot and process colors, CMYK and RGB export, automatic CutContour spot color or layer export
**Applies to vinyl colors only for OMEGA CS
**
GERBER FONTS & FONT PACKS    
URW and Gerber fonts in vector format
2105
1224
Gerber Sign Library premade signs included
 
 FHWA highway fonts included for reverse contrast applications
   

 

Specs & Requirements

GERBER OMEGA™ runs on Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP (see system requirements)

  • If you have a GERBER EDGE FX, you can run OMEGA 5.0 on 32 or 64 bit versions of Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP (32 bit).
  • If you have a GERBER EDGE or EDGE 2 with 64 bit Windows 7 you must use the Gerber USB to Parallel Adapter and OMEGA 4.0 SP1 or later.
  • If you have a GERBER EDGE or EDGE 2 and MUST use a parallel port, you must use a compatible 32 bit operating system. The EDGE 2 requires an ECP parallel port on the motherboard (not an add-on card). You can also use the Gerber USB to parallel adapter for the EDGE or EDGE 2 with a 32 or 64 bit operating system.
  • 3D AutoCarve and Gerber Braille Interpreter require 32 bit operating systems.
  • Gerber also offers a USB to serial adapter for use with Gerber sprocketed plotters.

OMEGA Multiple Installation Programs

  • If you already have Gerber OMEGA software, you can add additional complete OMEGA stations with the OMEGA Multiple Installation Program (Not available in all countries). See your Authorized Gerber Distributor for details.

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Upgrades

Upgrades from OMEGA 1.5X/2.0/2.1/2.5X/2.6X to OMEGA 5.0

  • You already know and love Gerber OMEGA. Get the most productivity from the latest and greatest OMEGA version. Contact your Authorized Gerber Distributor immediately for details about upgrading today!

Upgrades from GRAPHIX ADVANTAGE™ to OMEGA 5.0

  • Are you still using GRAPHIX ADVANTAGE? You will be amazed at the new features and functions available in OMEGA 5.0. Improved raster to vector, ReAction edting tools, soft shadows, new shadows and bevels, multiple undos, virtually unlimited shapes in files, text on the worksurface, improved import and export, the ability to copy and paste from other programs, thousands of fonts, and much more. Get more design and more output from the same work day with Gerber OMEGA.
  • For a limited time, all GRAPHIX ADVANTAGE upgrades will get OMEGA CP at no extra charge!

OMEGA™ Level-To-Level Upgrades

  • Level-to-level upgrades are provided to allow customers who have previously purchased GRAPHIX ADVANTAGE or OMEGA software packages to move up to a higher level of OMEGA software. Customers purchasing one of the level-to-level upgrades listed below are automatically upgraded to the latest version of OMEGA.

  • GA ELITE or OMEGA™ CS to OMEGA™ CP
  • GA SELECT or OMEGA™ CL to OMEGA™ CP
  • For a limited time, all GRAPHIX ADVANTAGE upgrades will get OMEGA CP at no extra charge!

OMEGA Multiple Installation Programs

  • If you already have Gerber OMEGA software, you can add additional complete OMEGA stations with the OMEGA Multiple Installation Program (Not available in all countries). See your Authorized Gerber Distributor for details.


GerberColor Spectratone

Create THOUSANDS of rich solid spot colors with the GERBER EDGE® Series, GerberColor Foils, and Gerber OMEGA™ software. By printing one spot color on top of another, you create a new color result. Additionally, you can also print a single EDGE Spot color onto any colored vinyl color to achieve even greater color expansion. Gerber offers a preprinted sample book of GerberColor Spectratone colors, or use Gerber OMEGA to print a GerberColor Spectratone color chart based on the colors you have in your inventory.

  • GerberColor Spectratone colors are created by printing a solid foil color on top of another foil over white vinyl. This capability multiplies the base set of GerberColor spot colors into more than 3,000 GerberColor Spectratone colors.
  • GerberColor Spectratone II colors are created by printing a solid foil color over a colored vinyl. This allows you to take advantage of both your foil and vinyl color gamut.
  • You can customize the Spectratone palette by creating an inventory to match your stock. This palette exists only in the ColorID program in OMEGA, and can be used in Composer to fill objects in the design.
  • You can also print a Spectratone chart using specific foils (or foils and vinyls) to see exactly what the finished result will look like, and use as a reference when coloring jobs.

 

Making a Spectratone Chart
Streaming Video (Approx 2½ min)

Gerber Fonts

Gerber's extensive selection of typefaces prepares you for any professional type challenge from decorative and classic styles, to casual and script. Gerber fonts are hand-digitized to ensure quality and conformance to architectural and industry standards.

 

Gerber Font Packs

Gerber OMEGA Font Packs offer an impressive number of additional fonts at a very low cost per font. Individual fonts are no longer available for sale with OMEGA. The following font Packs are available with OMEGA 2.5 and later:

Font and Library Pack Description # of Items
Included
Part Number
Premium Gerber Soft Font Pack (Letter Styles) (List)
94
P82433A
GERBER EDGE Font Pack (Letter Styles) (List)
48
P82430A
GSP Library Pack (Catalog - 20MB) (List)
62
P82421A
OMEGA CS to CP GSP Font Option          (List)
98
P82436A
GSP Highway Gothic Federal Kern 23 Pack Option
(Letter Styles)
Includes Highway Signs & Symbols Library
23
P82424A
Arabic Font Pack
9
P82427A

Software Downloads

OMEGA 5.0 Service Pack
(10 MB)
July 29, 2013

Omega 5.0 Service Pack Update (see Readme for version)
This OMEGA 5.0 Update is the same file used in CHECK FOR UPDATES. Requires OMEGA 5.0 Production Build (Build 37) to be loaded first. Download the needed language, unzip, close all OMEGA programs and run the EXE file.

 



README files

Material Settings Update June 2012 for OMEGA™ 2.5X/2.6X, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0
PLUS EDGE FX Firefile
(8.6 MB)
June 11, 2012

GspMaterialUpdateJun2012.zip
This OMEGA Material update and EDGE FX Firefile adds Silver Medal II GerberColor Foil. All previous firefile settings are included in this 1 update. See Readme for details. Also includes an EDGE FX Firefile that must be loaded separately.

 



README files

OMEGA™ 4.0 USB Interface Drivers
Also Requires OMEGA 4.0 and 4.0 SP1
(26.5 MB)
February 24, 2011

UsbInterfaceCables.zip
These are the USB drivers and instructions for the GSP USB to Serial and USB to Parallel Cables. These cables and drivers can be used with 32 and 64 bit Windows(R) 7 as well as 32 bit XP and Vista.The USB to Parallel driver can also be used with the previous GSP USB to Parallel cable with 32 and 64 bit Windows 7. These cables require OMEGA 4.0 PLUS the OMEGA 4.0 SP1 available below. READ THE INCLUDED instructions for your specific OS and cable before beginning the installation process. Download this driver ZIP file, then unzip the compressed folder to a known location on your hard drive, then read and follow the installation instructions.



README files

OMEGA™ 4.0
Service Pack 1 Build 15

 

(64.9 MB)
February 28, 2011

Omega_40_SP1_B15.zip
This OMEGA 4.0 update is free for OMEGA 4.0 users. To install: Close all OMEGA programs; DOWNLOAD the ZIP file; then unzip the compressed folder and run the setup file on a system that already has OMEGA 4.0 installed. Follow the on screen instructions. Includes French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and Chinesemenu translations.

ALWAYS back up your mission-critical files before performing any software update!


README files

OMEGA™ 3.0
Service Pack 1
(29.6 MB)
Feb 9, 2010

Omega3.0SP1.exe
This OMEGA 3.0 update is free for OMEGA 3.0 users. To install: Close all OMEGA programs; DOWNLOAD the ZIP file; then unzip the compressed folder and run the setup file. Follow the on screen instructions.

ALWAYS back up your mission-critical files before performing any software update!


README files

OMEGA™ 2.6.1
Service Pack 1
(26.5 MB)
Oct 22, 2008

Omega261-SP1.zip
This OMEGA update is free for OMEGA 2.6.1 users. To install, close all OMEGA programs, then unzip the compressed folder and run the setup file. Follow the on screen instructions.



README files

OMEGA™ 2.6.1 Maintenance Update
(337 MB)
Sept 6, 2007

OMEGASetup-2.6.1.zip
This OMEGA update is free for OMEGA 2.5 users. It includes all previous updates to
2.5, 2.5.1 and 2.6.0with new features.
Runs on Windows® Vista™ systems.



README files

OMEGA™ 2.6.1 -
M Series ARTPath™ Update
(351 MB)
Nov 13, 2008

OMEGA261-ArtPath.zip
This OMEGA 2.6.1 build includes a special version of ART Path and other support files to support the Gerber M-Series Finishing tables. Otherwise this 2.6.1 build is identical to the regular OMEGA 2.6.1 listed above.



README files

OMEGA™ 2.5.1 Maintenance Update
(362 MB)
July 26, 2006

OMEGASetup-2.5.1.zip
This OMEGA update is free for OMEGA 2.5 users. It includes all previous updates to 2.5 with new features.



README files

Material Settings Update March 2012 for OMEGA™ 2.5X/2.6X, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0
PLUS EDGE FX Firefile
(8.6 MB)
June 11, 2012

GspMaterialUpdateJun2012.zip
This OMEGA Material update and EDGE FX Firefile adds Silver Medal II GerberColor Foil. All previous firefile settings are included in this 1 update. See Readme for details. Also includes an EDGE FX Firefile that must be loaded separately.

 



README files

Material Settings Update for OMEGA™ 2.5, 2.1, 2.0 & 1.56
(3.5 MB)
April 12, 2006

OMEGA_MU_APR06.zip
This OMEGA Material update improves output for Gerber EDGE series and Gerber MAXX series printers.



README files




OMEGA 2.5 Generic Edge USB Driver *English Only
(2.1 MB)
March 16, 2006

USB_EDGE_install.zip
This OMEGA 2.5 update provides USB drivers for use with the Gerber EDGE (not EDGE 2).



README files

OMEGA 2.1 Consolidated Update
(6.1 MB)
January 23, 2006

consolidated2.1.zip
This consolidated OMEGA 2.1 update installs the following items onto systems that are already at OMEGA 2.1.
  • OMEGA 2.1 Maintenance Update
  • GSPPlot Version 41
  • ARTPath version 35
  • Material Update (June 2005)




README files

OMEGA™ 2.1 Maintenance Update
(177 MB)
April 26, 2005

OMEGASetup-2.1.zip
This OMEGA update is free for OMEGA 2.0 users. This update was prepared primarily for support of the GERBER EDGE FX. In addition to EDGE FX support, it offers some new features and bug fixes.



README files

Warp9 Fix for OMEGA
(40 KB)
April 15, 2005

Warp9_fix.zip
This file is needed to fix the following error when outputting to the EDGE/EDGE2: "Missing or Outdated Parallel Port Device Driver".



README files

Device Profiles
(247 MB)
January 10, 2005

DeviceProfiles_JAN05.zip
This Gerber Profile Library contains device profiles compatible with OMEGA 2.1 or later. These profiles may be managed using Gerber Device Profile Manager.









Design-Print-Cut

OMEGA software is part of the Gerber digital production system: a complete Print-to-Cut solution for durable graphics!

Get the amazing new OMEGA 5.0 upgrade and save HUNDREDS on other OMEGA products!

For a limited time, if you purchase an OMEGA 5.0 upgrade at the REGULAR list price, you qualify to purchase one of the following OMEGA products at special incentive pricing:

  • Add a Layout Station for only $195
    - or -
  • Add an OMEGA CP MIP for only $995
    - or -
  • Add an OMEGA CS MIP for only $795.

ALSO INCLUDED:
In addition to the promotional pricing, all customers who upgrade to 5.0 will receive the following FREE:

  • SignShop Helper Clipart DVD - a $299 value!
  • Gerber Phone Support for 90 days - after the installation of the upgrade

OMEGA 5.0 adds dozens of enhancements designed to save time and add value to your graphics production. See the features of OMEGA 5.0 in our “What’s New” document or as video presentations.