20 Jun 2018

Roland DG releases Rolandprintstudio RIP software for Mac OS X

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Roland DG has launched Rolandprintstudio RIP and print management software for Mac OS X across the EU region.  The feature-packed solution promises to deliver so much more than just a RIP and is available for use with Roland printers, printer/cutters and standalone cutters. Packed full of a whole host of time-saving and efficiency-creating features, yet offered at a highly affordable price, Rolandprintstudio enables Mac OS X users throughout the wide-format digital print market to quickly and easily manage the print production process. Users can see Rolandprintstudio in action on the Roland stand at FESPA 2015, Cologne (18-22 May, Hall 6, Stand Q15).

At the heart of the Rolandprintstudio software is the Adobe PDF Print Engine, which renders artwork using native Adobe functionality, enabling users to work quickly and accurately throughout the entire RIP - Print - Cut process.  Thereby increasing overall production speeds and eliminating problems often associated with layers and transparencies. Plus, with 64bit processing capabilities, Rolandprintstudio is able to maximise the available operating system resources and deliver blisteringly fast RIP speeds.

Says Mark Elvidge, Print Product Manager, Roland DG UK: “As market leader in the wide-format digital print market, there has been an increasing demand for a RIP software that makes it possible to control a Roland printer with a Mac. This demand has comes from graphics houses and print businesses who are loyal users and advocates of the Mac OS X interface and also from customers from high-production environments who rely on the stability of the Mac OS X architecture. We wanted to ensure we met this business need with software that maximises the printer capabilities and complements our highly-popular PC based RIP, VersaWorks. By providing a powerful solution at an affordable price Rolandprintstudio certainly answers these needs and delivers much more besides.”

With an exceptionally intuitive interface, Rolandprintstudio boasts some of the most advanced workflow assisting tools on the market. The software’s multitasking environment means users can RIP, print and cut on two devices simultaneously. Unlimited hot folders offer maximum automation of the RIP functionality, an image bar stores and sorts images for quick access and an advanced nesting facility maximises media usage to save on bottom line business costs. A costing function allows you to automatically calculate print costs for easy quotations, plus a sophisticated spooler function which, alongside allowing the multiple users to submit to a print queue also allows for quick reprints through easy access to historical job settings.

Rolandprintstudio also has many design features to help reduce reliance on expensive design software. Speciality colours, such as white, gloss or metallic, can be created from CMYK data, and Rolandprintstudio enables you to adjust artwork for perfect pixel to pixel registration. And included in the new RIP software are all industry standard colour libraries including all RAL, HKS and pantone colour swatches. At no extra cost, there is also an embedded profiling module to enable operators to create custom ICC profiles to deliver accurate colour reproduction whilst optimising ink consumption.

Further features include advanced tiling functionality, including template driven tiling for ease of printing and installing larger graphics, with an Application Guide tool to give the fitter clear instruction on how to install larger-scale tiled prints or vehicle wraps. And finally, the ability to print grommet locations for accurate post-print finishing.

“As you can see, Rolandprintstudio really is packed full of impressive features at a highly attractive price. And we are delighted that MAC users can now unlock the full creative potential of Roland’s wide format printers, print and cut systems, and stand-alone cutters.” Summarised Mr Elvidge.

Rolandprintstudio is supplied on a USB key, is available in 11 languages and can be ordered now via official Roland DG dealerships or for your free demo please call +44 (0)1275 335540.

Please note that Rolandprintstudio is currently available to all countries in the EU, plus Norway. Customers in other countries should contact their local Roland office for details of when the product will be available in their territory.

For further information on Rolandprintstudio please visit http://www.rolanddg.co.uk/products/software/rolandprintstudio/

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ONYX adds support for Mimaki JFX200 & JV300 Printers

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ONYX Graphics, Inc., has announced it has added support for both the Mimaki JFX200-2513 and JV300 series printers. The drivers, and twelve other Mimaki drivers, are now available for all ONYX Graphics version 11.1.2 rip and workflow software products.

The JFX200-2513 flatbed printer is the smaller footprint model with the capability to print onto thick substrates; it offers the ability to produce a diverse range of prints for both indoor and outdoor use in high quality and speed. It is ideally suited for applications such as point of sale, double-sided displays, signs, interior décor, glass and metal panels and more. Its 2.5m x 1.3m landscape-oriented format is small enough to fit into most sign and graphic print shops. White and clear (varnish) inks are available standard. The UV-LED lamps offer reduced energy consumption and a longer lamp lifetime.

The JV300 Series printers include newly developed print heads in a staggered configuration and inkjet technology with precise dot control that delivers higher productivity without sacrificing quality. The JV300 Series printers include eight ink channels and a variety of colors, such as orange and light black, to provide the flexibility to produce nearly any application. It uses fast-drying, eco-solvent inks that can print on hundreds of media choices for signage and graphic applications. Optionally you can install dye-sublimation inks for textile, apparel and soft signage production.

ONYX Graphics recommends ONYX ThriveTM print workflow software for the Mimaki JFX200 and JV300 series printers. ONYX Thrive software is a scalable solution based on Adobe® PDF Print Engine technology enabling users to achieve brighter, more vibrant images; reduce manual intervention and eliminate repetitive tasks. ONYX Thrive software includes network licensing and a production manager that enable users to customize their print workflow and easily grow with business demands.

When using the Mimaki JV300 series printer with dye-sublimation ink for textile applications, the ONYX Textile Edition module for Thrive is recommended. Features such as Step & Repeat, Colorways and Ink Configuration Builder make this the ideal solution for all types of textile printing including wall art and décor. ONYX Textile Edition software includes ONYX Color – Onyx Graphics’ proprietary color engine. ONYX Color delivers an expanded color gamut that gives users the ability to match corporate colors, achieve deeper darks and print a wider range of colors. Print service providers can achieve predictable, vibrant results each and every time with ONYX Textile Edition software and Mimaki printers.

Availability
The Mimaki JFX200-2513 and JV300 printer drivers are available to registered licensed users of ONYX ThriveTM version 11.1.2 print workflow software; and registered licensed users of ONYX ProductionHouseTM, ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RIPCenter™ version 11.1.2 RIP software. For more information, visit www.onyxgfx.com 

Roland to preview new Mac OSX RIP at Sign & Digital

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Roland DG (UK) Ltd will offer visitors to Sign & Digital UK the opportunity to see pre-launch demonstrations of a powerful new RIP and print management solution for Mac OS X operating systems. This ground breaking application will be driving the SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 printer/cutter live on the main Roland stand throughout the three days of the show.

Says Mark Elvidge, Print Product Manager, Roland DG (UK) Ltd: “This new RIP software is the key for Mac users to unlock the full creative potential of Roland’s wide format printers, print and cut systems, and stand-alone cutters. Through this new RIP application, design, print and graphics professionals using Apple computer products will be able to profit from working with Roland production technology.”

Described as the perfect counterpart to VersaWorks, Roland’s highly successful PC-based RIP, the new program is a full 64bit Mac application that incorporates the very latest Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE). The APPE works with native pdf files quickly and accurately throughout the entire RIP - Print - Cut process. Thereby increasing overall production speeds and eliminating problems often associated with layers and transparencies.

The exceptionally intuitive user interface boasts some of the most advanced workflow tools and colour management controls on the market. The multitasking environment allows users to RIP, print and cut to multiple devices simultaneously. Hot folders, job queue presets, automated true shape nesting and advanced tiling utilities all contribute to this easy to use but incredibly productive workflow solution for Mac based businesses.

Included in the new RIP software are industry standard colour libraries and comprehensive spot colour matching functionality. At no extra cost, there is also an embedded profiling module to enable operators to create custom ICC profiles that deliver consistently accurate colour reproduction whilst optimising ink consumption.

Concludes Elvidge: “Sign & Digital UK will provide a great platform to preview the forthcoming launch of our new RIP. The live demonstrations will give Mac users visiting the show an early opportunity to see first-hand some of the exciting features and functionality that we’ve packed into this new RIP. Combine this experience with the wide array of Roland production technology and wealth of sample applications on our stand and you have the recipe for a truly inspirational and profitable day out of the office.”
Visitors to Sign and Digital UK 2015 can test drive the new RIP for Mac software on the main Roland stand – G30. The Sign and Digital UK exhibition runs between the 24th and 26th March 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham.

For more information, please contact Roland DG on 01275 335540.

SAi announces Flexi RIP optimised for HP Wallart 3.0 users

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Reflecting its continuing collaboration with HP, SA International (SAi) has introduced a new interface for large format print providers to operate the HP WallArt 3.0 custom wallcovering application.

WallArt 3.0 helps large format print providers with HP Latex Printers, wallcovering manufacturers and designers to work more closely with interior decoration stores and eCommerce sites. Creation of wallpaper designs can be made from any location via the cloud-based HP WallArt application. Customers and designers can place images and patterns to create custom wallcoverings that accommodate doors, windows and other architectural features of individual rooms. Designs are uploaded to the Cloud from where large format print providers download PDF files for printing on their large format printers. WallArt 3.0 is free of charge for HP Latex printer owners.

SAi Flexi interface enhances job processing and manageability
Once a new wallcovering design is uploaded, large format print providers log on to the HP WallArt dashboard where they review and download jobs for printing. This process is now simplified and accelerated through the power of SAi Flexi’s user-friendly new interface. Jobs are now displayed with a preview in the Production Manager tool, a dashboard where the operator manages the queue and output device(s), checks job status and selects the order of files for printing. As is usual with SAi Flexi, the new interface uses JDF workflow to handle HP WallArt jobs easily and efficiently.

“The SAi Flexi interface delivers fast, easy workflow management with the assurance of smooth, high-speed RIPing for WallArt users,” said Gudrun Bonte, Product Director, SAi. “The interface is the latest solution of our continued collaboration with HP to provide outstanding software for integration with its large-format printers.”

SAi’s new workflow-enhancing HP WallArt interface can be accessed by any customers with branded SAi Flexi software running Version 11, Service Pack 6. Large format print providers should contact SAi for activation*.

HP Latex Printers with the interface pre-activated in FlexiPRINT HP Edition will be available towards the end of January 2015.

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SAi integrates workflow enhancements and QR creator into Flexi

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SAi has introduced a new range of performance-enhancing finishing tools, an Integrated QR Code Creator, and new drivers and upgrades for its flagship SAi Flexi signmaking software.

Integrated finishing tools for faster job processing and improved workflow

With the new tools for SAi Flexi, sign and large format print providers can reduce the time taken to finish pop-up and hanging banners, thereby adding value and boosting productivity and profitability.

Through SAi Flexi RIP software, print service providers can add grommet, fold and stitch marks as well as bleeds to their banner jobs. By handling this operation in the RIP, the design step in the workflow is eliminated, making it much faster and more cost-effective to produce pop-up signs that require bleeds or pole-hanging banners needing fold areas. Even complicated mirror and duplicate bleeds can be handled with ease. By eliminating manual design and measuring, print service providers can save between 5-15 minutes on each banner, while accuracy is also greatly improved.

The grommet tool makes it easy for printer operators to add grommets to banners, flags and other hanging applications and quickly and accurately position punch holes when inserting rings. The grommet tool offers full control: users can define size; specify the number of grommets required (by distance or by number); set the distance for each edge independently; select a circle with or without fill, and change the color depending on the image background. All of these benefits are achieved with real-time in-RIP preview, allowing results to be evaluated before printing.

Folds and bleeds are common in roll-up displays and banner frames when extra material is needed at the top, bottom and / or sides. Depending on the specific design and application, the extra material may be a white space fold, a bleed of a solid color or a continuation of the image – or a combination of fold and bleed.

For folds, users can input the size of the extra white space independently for all four sides; choose to print a frame around the fold, and specify a solid, dashed or dotted stitch line in any color.

The Bleed tool gives users several options to continue the image: using solid color, mirroring the image nearest the edge where the fold occurs, or repeating the last line of the image. The bleed width can be set in the same way as folds and the option to switch off printing in the corners is also available. This helps users to define where the corners of a banner should be cut when it is stretched over a frame.

It is also possible to combine the finishing tools with other features such as tiling and nesting.

Integrated QR Code Creator

SAi Flexi also offers a new QR Code Creator, which enables fast and easy QR code creation by automatically converting text into a QR code. Designers can generate codes for web-links, email addresses, phone numbers and SMS messages without the need to download QR code images. In addition, another useful feature enables the creation of QR codes for Google Map locations.

The new QR Code Creator integrates with Flexi’s Auto Serialization Tool for printing a sequence of interactive banners. This adds a new dimension – and value – to banners when multiple versions are being printed while keeping the workflow running quickly and smoothly.

New printer and cutter drivers from major manufacturers are also part of the package of enhancements to ensure that users are output device independent.

“Print and sign buyers are always looking for something new, and SAi Flexi’s Finishing Tools, along with the QR Code Creator, means that we are able to give our customers the ability to meet those demands and help them remain competitive and profitable,” says Sarit Tichon, Senior VP Worldwide Sales at SAi.

All tools and features will be available at no extra cost to subscribers to SAi Flexi* from the end of October. The new tools, comprising Service Pack 6 for SAi Flexi 11, can be purchased and added to some product levels.

* For Flexi Design, QR Code Creator only

Caldera launches V10 of its RIP and outlines key benefits

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The tenth edition of Caldera's feature-packed printer control software will 'liberate' today's print houses through productivity, connectivity and modernity, the French developer reveals today. Leading on the freedom to develop and create dynamic new applications, V10 of the popular suite doubles previous average RIP speeds to provide printers of all sizes and types with the independence to print what they wish without having to sacrifice speed or complexity.

V10 unleashes the power of smart algorithmic processing, APPE 3.3 and new remote management capabilities within a svelte yet fully-featured new interface. Designed for ergonomy and efficiency, it allows users to streamline their screen to focus only on live tasks, while icons and markers have been standardised throughout in a modern style. Caldera's use of HTML5 provides cross-platform, cross-OS support for remote management via new module

VisualRemote which recognise the nature of today's print room by providing different levels of off-site access to operators.

"In the latest version of Caldera, we have considered at length the way companies deploy their RIP, both now and also over the course of the product's lifetime," explains Caldera's Chief Technical Officer, Frédéric Soulier. "V10 marries new usability concepts with major advances in raw speed, making it, we believe, the RIP of choice for this exciting era of applications development within and outside the graphic arts."

Caldera's vision of interoperability recognises that the RIP must work in tandem with the other software business owners have researched and selected to facilitate their operations. Its new version frames task automation and data connectivity in single-click pathways from within the Ul: for example, QuickPrint allows a user to push a job to print using a preset configuration. V10 can also be used in conjunction with Caldera's JDF toolkit, Nexio, to create connections with MIS, accounting and logistics software, enabling simplicity through advanced data management and the foundations of a unified workflow. Users may add QR Codes alongside the print, with an automated cut path where required, to facilitate this functionality.

The inclusion of APPE 3.3 marries this upgrade with the benefits of 64bit data handling. Users can now RIP massive files which, previously, were limited by a lack of onboard memory, leveraging their processor's full active memory to provide additional efficiencies across the full job queue. Files with transparency and overprinting benefit particularly by processing consistently three times faster than previously in live production environments, although this increases to a blistering 50 times for some files.

In line with customer polling, other features have been recontextualised within Caldera to support operator logic and ease of use. Production overview tool PrintBoard – formerly an application of Variable Display – now becomes an intrinsic element of the RIP, allowing users to see job and production status at a glance through a web-based application and extending its use into the realm of remote monitoring. Smaller but nevertheless nifty features have been reallocated within the RIP; grommets and eyelets can be added to artwork from within the Print module, while advanced wall graphics visualisation is accessible through a new Tiling+ module. Update notifications have been gathered in a single area and are automated, ensuring that critical updates reach the user rapidly, while, in a similar vein, profiles can be accessed from within a new library directly within EasyMedia.

Version 10 now integrates various successful modules within the heart of its interface. Contour Nesting and Tex&Repeat, which transfer printers' skills into the textile, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, wood and CAD areas, are now embedded within the RIP, while PrintBoard has been converted into a one-look browser-based snapshot of operational status, extending it beyond digital signage into the realm of remote monitoring.

"Finally, ink-jet technology is starting to realise its full potential," explains Joseph Mergui, Chief Executive Officer, Caldera. "We can now print to more surfaces, in more situations, than ever before. The most exciting areas of print are those yet to be brought to life, but the technology required to create them starts here. For our users, that is with V10 of Caldera."

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