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Global Graphics previews JDF Enabler v2.0 for the HarlequinRIP at Graph Expo

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Centreville, VA, USA and Cambridge, UK: September 15, 2004 –At Graph Expo (10-13 October, Chicago) Global Graphics, the technology experts for open document and print solutions, will preview the latest version of its JDF Enabler module which provides JDF support for the Harlequin RIP; TrapPro in-RIP trapping; ColorPro in-RIP color management; and the Harlequin Screening Library. The new JDF Enabler v2.0 introduces full compatibility with the latest JDF 1.2 specification to further improve functionality and ease of integration, allowing OEMs to bring their JDF-compatible products to market more easily. Key enhancements within JDF Enabler v2.0 include: seamless integration of preflighting across the JDF workflow; greatly expanded color correction and color space conversion features; enhanced proofing, including the ability to combine pre-separated files for proofing applications; and support for TIFF files. Demonstrating Global Graphics’ commitment to completely open solutions, the JDF-enabled Harlequin RIP, featuring version 2 of the JDF Enabler, will be shown exchanging JDF data live with other leading vendors’ systems in an automated workflow within the JDF Pavilion. Interoperability has been validated with numerous products and solutions from vendors throughout the industry. Specifically in the JDF Pavilion at Graph Expo, Global Graphics will be demonstrating interactive processes with: Imposition: Dynagram DynaStrip and Creo Preps, Job Management: DALiM MiSTRAL, and Agfa :Delano; and Delivery: Vio The JDF Enabler module allows OEMs and System Integrators to build JDF-enabled workflow solutions around the RIP and incorporate the Harlequin RIP into JDF-based applications. It meets the needs of both large customers with formal workflow requirements and those looking to improve efficiency by adopting ad hoc JDF workflows including those where imposition software is used as the ‘control panel’ for the workflow. The Harlequin RIP is recognised as the standard for high-performance RIP technology and forms the core of many industry-leading proofing, imaging, direct-to-print and digital print workflows worldwide. Global Graphics was the first company to demonstrate that JDF can be used to control individual components in a workflow earlier this year at drupa. In addition to providing JDF support for TrapPro in-RIP trapping, ColorPro in-RIP color management and the Harlequin Sceening Library, JDF can also be used to control JDF processes such as interpretation, in-RIP imposition, rendering, separation, contone calibration, within a JDF-based production workflow. JDF support extends to JMF for easier integration with management systems, including functionality to interoperate with Management Information Systems (MIS). With the JDF Enabler Module the Harlequin RIP uses the Process Information inside a JDF file to drive the output procedure according to specific production data. Settings such as page size, screening, trapping, imposition, calibration and color management can be included in the job file and processed at the RIP. Since drupa Global Graphics has been working closely with its OEMs to make it easier for them to build a complete prepress workflow system around the JDF-enabled Harlequin RIP and to make these systems more powerful. “This is a highly flexible JDF solution that gives OEMs the ability to bring powerful and efficient JDF-enabled workflows, from simple routines to full-scale systems, to market very quickly and without the need to write additional controller interfaces,” says Adrian Ford, Chief Technology Officer, Global Graphics Software. “We are working closely with a number of OEMs on their JDF-compliant solutions and JDF Enabler v2.0 incorporates the refinements we have introduced as a result of these collaborations.” The JDF Enabler is delivered as a standard option of the Harlequin RIP Eclipse Release (SP4). The core technology is also made available to Global Graphics partners as part of the Cortex Platform, Global Graphics’ family of technologies for building digital workflows.