Allowing users to explore the full potential of the latex ink-jet ink technology systems released by HP, popular RIP manufacturer Shiraz Software has updated its Server package to support and drive HP's Designjet L65500 and L25500 printers.
The creators of British-based Shiraz have configured the software specifically to work with this new ink type and the machines from HP in which it is incorporated. This includes full support for HP's matched media profiles and complete, accurate colour calibration which is proprietary to latex technology. It is available as part of an upgrade to Shiraz RIP Server v6.6 (build 10054) or later and is the only latex solution which is fully compatible with Windows 7 and the latest version of Mac OS X.
The software achieved full marks across all aspects of HP's Designjet RIP certification scheme, which ensures stability across a number of test parameters. These include print performance and ink usage, vital for multiple and large jobs, plus calibration, support for existing substrate profiles and the ability to add new medial; in each category Shiraz was awarded the top score possible.
The new Shiraz drivers also verify the implementation of HP's Professional Pantone Emulation in the RIP, essential for precise colour when using latex ink technology. Additional features include reliability in status reporting and job management.
"Existing users will benefit from this offering in being able to add HP's latex printing technologies to their equipment line-up straightaway," comments Ramin Shahbazi, business development director for Shiraz Software. "For potential investors in this line of printers, the combination of a specific formulation for this new ink type and Shiraz's existing strengths – such as ease of use, streamlined workflow and support for the most recent Macintosh, Linux and Windows platforms – will prove an unmissable opportunity to get the most out of their RIP and hardware combination."