Established in 1985, CGS Publishing Technologies International GmbH is a world leader in digital proofing, color management and production workflows for the professional graphics arts market. Headquartered near Frankfurt (Germany), CGS also has operations in the United States, Japan and many other countries, as well as sales and support partners throughout the world.
The beginning of the roadWhen CGS was founded, 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.)
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.