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Xanté Announces Major Release of OpenRIP Symphony

Press release from the issuing company

April 24, 2008 -- Mobile, AL, USA & Duiven, The Netherlands -- Xanté will unveil a new version of its award-winning OpenRIP Symphony PDF workflow solution at drupa, being held May 29 - June 11, in Düsseldorf, Germany. OpenRIP Symphony 3.0 will include powerful new features that give small and mid-sized offset printers the ability to compete for higher end business with minimal investment. This version release continues the OpenRIP tradition of offering leading edge features with an easy-to-use software interface.
High-End Imposition, PANTONE Color Support, and Screening Enhancements
OpenRIP Symphony 3.0 now offers high-end enhanced imposition that allows mixing of page sizes and orientations on a press sheet; Freeform Ganging which provides fast, flexible output, saving time and media; as well as linearization and dot gain enhancements. Xanté has also integrated PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM and PANTONE Goe SystemColor Library support, including CMYK, RGB and Lab color space definitions; for improved process, RGB and spot color representation throughout the workflow. Expanded color support provides better representation of overprinting inks and traps for soft proofing (monitor preview) and inkjet proofs.
"This iteration of OpenRIP Symphony, one of our most important to date, gives our customers the most advanced, all-in-one PDF workflow to meet a shop's complete prepress production needs," says Xanté CEO, Robert Ross. "The Adobe PDF Print Engine is the future of PDF workflow and we're all about providing advanced features in an affordable solution that can grow as production needs require."
Ross says, "OpenRIP workflow features the AdobePDF Print Engine and Adobe PostScript 3 technologies. This robust core, combined with the OpenRIP workflow, streamlines prepress production for unparalleled scalability and flexibility. And most importantly, it is priced to fit the budget of small to mid-sized shops."
Says Raman Nagpal, director of product marketing and engineering, Printing Systems Group of Adobe, "Xanté has been a committed Adobe partner for over 15 years, helping small to mid-sized printers use Adobe PDF technologies effectively. Xanté was one of the earliest partners to implement the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE), ensuring that customers have file integrity and output consistency throughout their workflows. The integration of APPE gives Xanté customers a true end-to-end PDF workflow on par with the industry's leading technologies."
About New OpenRIP Symphony 3.0
OpenRIP Symphony 3.0 is a comprehensive, turnkey PDF workflow featuring support for both the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) and Adobe PostScript 3. OpenRIP Symphony drives all output devices including platesetters, imagesetters, laser printers, digital color presses, copiers, inkjet printers and plotters, all from a single, state-of-the-art RIP. This centralized control maintains file consistency from preview, to proof, to plate.
OpenRIP Symphony improves productivity and reduces human error by automating tedious and error-prone prepress tasks. It offers advanced color management and automates complex prepress tasks such as file setup, trapping, screening, imposition and application of linearization and dot gain compensation; giving a print shop everything required for prepress operation in one, complete, software package.
OpenRIP Symphony's modular design allows users to easily add software options to meet growing production needs. [1]
OpenRIP Symphony version 3.0 will be available to customers worldwide in April 2008. An OpenRIP Symphony 3.0 upgrade will be made available to current customers.