I haven't used the Fiery or CREO with Xerox, but have used them both extensively with Konica Minolta production color. Both have their strengths. CREO is much easier to learn and very user friendly. The color management and color correction capabilities are strong on both. My personal preference has been CREO, but EFI has done a fantastic job the past couple of years with improvements on the Fiery controllers that have brought them neck and neck with CREO. Bottom line is you won't go wrong with either one you choose.
I agree completely...
I do have to give EFI credit, though. They have made significant improvements the past two years. They just released a new version of Command Workstation and have completely overhauled the user interface. I've been working with it for about a month and it is very strong and user friendly.
I'm still very partial to the Creo, but EFI is making strides to catch up.
To give perspective and background: I am the director of production print sales for one of the top three Konica Minolta resellers in the country. Much of my bias one way or the other is based on which server has required the least support in the field with our clients (My team and I have all been trained directly by EFI and Creo to provide the highest possible level of training and support on both print servers). Creo has always required less support on every level.
EFI has definitely been playing catch up the past couple of years. I think they still have a little work to do, but they are quickly moving "neck to neck" with Creo.
Thanks for time and feedback!
Randy Stirratt | CDIA+
Director | Special Markets
Europe, Middle East and Africa