New Harlequin RIP Introduces PDF 2.0
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Press release from the issuing company
(Read David Zwang's commentary on this release.)
The industry’s fastest print engine offers even more for labels and packaging, wide format and envelope printing
Cambridge, UK – A major new release of the Harlequin RIP®, the print engine that drives the industry’s highest performing digital presses, is launched today by developers Global Graphics Software. It is the first major PDF RIP for production printing to offer compatibility with the PDF 2.0 standard, which was published in 2017 by the International Standards Organization and is billed as the first “post-Adobe” standard. Harlequin Version 12 also contains a wealth of features for high-speed digital printing, including Advanced Inkjet Screens™ that improve output quality, further additions for labels and packaging applications, and new features for wide format and envelope printing.
The Harlequin RIP is used by HP Indigo in its newly launched HP Production Pro for Indigo Labels and Packaging, driving five times faster RIP power compared to the previous DFE version. It is also used in Durst’s Symphony™ and Roland’s VersaWorks Dual RIP.
Reputed for the quality of its output as well as its speed, the Harlequin RIP transforms design and pre-press data into a format that can be printed and feeds those pages to the press at blistering speeds.
Martin Bailey, CTO and head of product management at Global Graphics Software, says “The safest approach to the adoption of PDF 2.0 for press manufacturers is to ensure that all applications that consume PDF, such as the Digital Front End for your press (DFE), are upgraded to support PDF 2.0. Your DFE is the best place to start because if your customer sends files for processing that contain some of the new features in PDF 2.0 they will usually be silently ignored by an older reader with unexpected results in output.”
Yogev Barak, HP Indigo head of strategy and business management, says “thousands of HP Indigo customers are using the Global Graphics Harlequin RIP, as part of our Digital Front End solutions. The processing speed, RIP quality and rich feature set are among the main reasons the Harlequin RIP is the solution for our digital presses”.
Compliant with the PDF 2.0 standard
In-RIP bar-code generation
Dynamic overlays for variable data
Improving inkjet quality
This folding carton shows the use of dynamic overlays for variable data in Harlequin Version 12.
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