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Epson T5270, T7270, P8000, P9000, 9xxx RIP-Kit for Separations

Works with the Epson T5270, T7270, P8000, P9000, 9700, 9800, 9880, 9890, 9900
Runs on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Professional and allows users to print from either Macintosh or Windows computers to the RIP.

The Epson T5270, T7270, P8000, P9000, 9xxx series RIP-Kit for Separations includes:
RTI Harlequin RIP-Kit Software with LDK (Electronic License)
Installation and Configuration Instructions
90 Days of Free Technical Support including TeamViewer Remote Support

Harlequin RIP Features

Harlequin Precision Screening
Every RTI Harlequin RIP includes Harlequin Precision Screening (HPS). When placing color separations on top of one another the RIP precisely calculates screen angles and frequencies to avoid moiré patterns. HPS also uses an adaptive screening technique that adjusts each halftone dot so that it is placed within one half pixel of its ideal location. The RIP allows users to control and manage resolutions (dots per inch or dpi), line screens/frequency (lines per inch or lpi), screen angles, dot shapes, scaling, crop marks, mirror image, negative/positive, rotation and much more. Our screening technology is also designed to work with a wide range of printing processes including Flexography, Offset Lithography, Screen Printing, Gravure, Engraving and Digital Printing.
Screening Information and Sample Dot Shapes

HDS Lite Stochastic Screening with Stochastic Yellow Feature
All of our Epson Film RIP-Kits include HDS Lite Stochastic Screening. With this option users can output using our FM/Stochastic screen sets, but now they can also output using a newly developed Stochastic Yellow feature. This feature allows users to output Cyan, Magenta, Black and any spot colors using Harlequin's conventional AM screen sets while applying a stochastic screen to the Yellow.

Native PDF, PostScript & XPS
Support for PDF v.1.0 through v.1.7, PDF/X formats, JPEG2000, ISO 32000-1, optional content, cross-reference streams, compressed object streams and 16-bit images. PostScript® Level 3 support also gives users full compatibility with the latest design and printing applications including XPS documents with PrintTickets.
PDF, Postscript and XPS Information

Color Accuracy with Pantone Plus
The Harlequin RIP will ensure optimum use of the output device's color gamut. Pantone Plus support also ensures that emulation of Pantone colors printed using other inks (e.g. CMYK) are as accurate as possible. It is now even easier to achieve consistent, predictable and repeatable color reproduction across any number of devices through tight integration of the RIP with third party closed loop color controls.

Variable Data
Need the fastest performance possible for your variable data print jobs? Harlequin VariData greatly accelerates the printing of variable data jobs that were saved either as PDF/VT or as regular PDF. It is one of the unique features of the Harlequin print engine that gives it amazing power and productivity.
Variable Data Information

Built-in Calibration Manager
Calibrate your output devices using the built-in calibration manager. The RIP also includes Genlin which can be used with a supported spectrophotometer to read target data.
Calibration Manager Information

Minimum Dot Control
Users now have the ability to specify a minimum dot which eliminates the harsh edges often seen in highlight areas. This feature will give you great looking highlight areas and allow you to print highlights and perfectly smooth vignettes from 0 through 100%.
Minimum Dot Control Information

Control Strip Verification
When enabled the control strip feature will verify that proofs and prints made from files transmitted as PDF/X have rendered correctly.
Control Strip Information

Direct Printer & Spoolfolder Configurations
Users can quickly create shared printers or spoolfolders within the RIP which can then be accessed from other Windows or Macintosh systems on the network. The RIP software also includes the latest RTI universal printer description.
Printer & Spoolfolder Information

Electronic PDF Proofing
Output electronic proofs that accurately represent the final print. The PDF Raster Output feature can be configured to output composite halftone, composite contone or separations.
PDF Proof Information

Built-in Preflight Profiles
The Halrequin RIP's built-in preflight profiles are based on the Enfocus PitStop library. This feature helps ensure the quality and consistency of the final product by streamlining operations and certifying PDF files before they are output.
Preflight Information

Built-in Preview
Save material and consumables with the built-in preview feature. Users have the ability to preview individual separations or preview in full composite color before releasing jobs to their output devices.
Preview Information

Extended Font Support
Extended font support includes PostScript Type 0 (composite), Type 1, Type 3,Type 4 and fonts, as well as native processing of Type 32 and Type 42 True Type fonts. Ever had a rush job that was missing fonts? The RIP also includes a feature that when enabled will make a typographically acceptable match to missing fonts with no text overflow.
Font Information

Simple User Interface with Enhanced Output Controller
The Harlequin RIP was designed with the end user in mind. The main RIP monitor window gives users access to pertinent job information while the newly redesigned output controller window allows users to manage jobs and control output.
User Interface Information

Wide Range of Options
Increase productivity and enhance quality by customizing your RIP with a variety of options including Trapping, Stochastic Screening, Hybrid Screening and more.
RIP Option Information

Harlequin Precision Screening

The RTI Harlequin RIP offers you complete control of screen angles for both process and spot colors. A long-established reason for choosing the screening angles (and frequencies) of color separations has been to pick a set of values that minimize inaccuracies in the screens and consequent moiré patterning when they are superimposed. This reason is becoming less important as the accuracy of screen generation increases.

The RIP includes Harlequin Precision Screening (HPS), a technology that provides more accurate screening and reduces moiré without unduly limiting the choice of screen angle and frequency. Harlequin Precision Screening allows users to choose how rosettes are formed in the image and gives users the ability to generate extra gray levels which allow the use of higher screen frequencies than the resolution would normally allow. With 'Generate Extra Gray Levels' enabled you can also limit the number of distinct gray levels at 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048 or 4,096.

HPS allows you to select any screen frequency and to use the usual CMYK screen angles of 0°, 15°, 45°, and 75° (plus multiples of 90°). To reduce moiré patterning, HPS uses an adaptive screening technique that can adjust each halftone dot so that it is placed within one half pixel of its ideal location. HPS also allows you to choose how rosettes are formed in the image. When color separations are combined, the dots form one of two rosette patterns (clear-centered rosettes or spot-centered rosettes). Clear-centered rosettes are less likely than spot-centered rosettes to show a significant color shift if separations are printed slightly out of register, but the output produced is normally less saturated, lighter, and has a more noticeable rosette structure. In general, output at high frequencies, or where the output may be run on presses with poor registration, should use clear-centered rosettes, while output at low screen frequencies or on well registered devices (including most color printers) should use spot-centered rosettes.

Clear-Centered and Spot-Centered Rosette Sample

You may wish to override a set of angles requested in a job. This is especially useful if the job has requested a set of angles that optimize the output quality for a particular output device, such as a laser printer, but that may diminish the quality on other devices, such as a platesetter. You may want consistency. For example, on all pages of a single publication when the jobs come from different sources. Enforcing settings in the RIP is the simplest way of getting such consistency.

A good choice of angles for general use with color separations in offset litho work is a set in which the colors are separated by 30°, for example: 15°, 75°, 0°, and 45° respectively for CMYK (and related sets using these angles plus or minus multiples of 90°). For use with elliptical dots, a separation of 60° is recommended, leading to angles of 15°, 75°, 0°, and 135° for CMYK.

Using a Euclidean dot shape produces better saturated grays at gray values above 50%, especially at finer (higher) screen frequencies. Euclidean strategies increase the fill of halftone cells from the corners, instead of the centers, when the gray value exceeds 50%. That is, when the gray value is less than 50%, the dots are black, the background is white, and the dot size increases as the gray value increases; when the gray value reaches 50%, the dots become white, the background becomes black, and dot size decreases as the gray value increases.

Manipulating the dot shape generated can greatly influence the amount of dot gain in an image. The Harlequin RIP offers a variety of dot shapes, and your choice between them might depend on the output device, resolution as well as media being used. Standard dot shapes included with the RIP are: Euclidean, Euclidean PDF, Round, Cosine, Diamond, Diamond 0, Diamond 1, Diamond 2, Diamond 3, Diamond 4, Diamond Round, Double Dot, Ellipse, Ellipse A, Ellipse B, Ellipse B2, Ellipse C, Ellipse C PDF, Elliptical1, Elliptical2, EllipticalP, EllipticalQ1, EllipticalQ2, Inverted Double, Inverted DoubleDot, Inverted Ellipse A, Inverted Ellipse B, Inverted Ellipse C, Inverted Simple Dot, Line, Line 90, Rhomboid, Square1, Square2, Square Concave and Cross Dot.

Euclidean Dot

Round Dot

Cosine Dot

Diamond Dot

Diamond 0 Dot

Diamond 1 Dot

Diamond 2 Dot

Diamond 3 Dot

Diamond 4 Dot

Diamond Round Dot

Double Dot

Ellipse Dot

Ellipse A Dot

Ellipse B Dot

Ellipse B2 Dot

Ellipse C Dot

Ellipse C PDF Dot

Elliptical 1 Dot

Elliptical 2 Dot

Elliptical P Dot

Elliptical Q1 Dot

Elliptical Q2 Dot

Inverted Double Dot

Inverted DoubleDot Dot

Inverted Ellipse A Dot

Inverted Ellipse B Dot

Inverted Ellipse C Dot

Inverted Simple Dot

Line Dot

Line 90 Dot

Rhomboid Dot

Square 1 Dot

Square 2 Dot

Square Concave Dot

Cross Dot

Epson Film RIP-Kits include HDS Lite (FM/Stochastic Screening)

With HDS Lite (Harlequin Dispersed Screening Lite / FM / Stochastic Screening), smaller dots intelligently placed provide improved image detail, cleaner colors, and significant ink savings. HDS creates reproductions with increased sharpness over conventional screening methods and offers complete freedom from both object and cross-screen moiré. It is ideal for reproducing subjects for which object moiré is a problem (such as scenes with fabric, venetian blinds or picket fences) and where detailed reproduction is required.

The main advantages of using HDS Lite are that it produces no moiré, it has better definition than conventional screening, and registration is less critical. HDS Lite also has a visually pleasing screen structure and is generally more printable than other FM screens. Finally, it should be noted that HDS Lite is intended for use with a wide range of printing processes.

Instead of using a fixed shaped dot structure, HDS Lite uses irregular clusters of pixels to form an irregular dot. The distribution of these dots or clusters through the screen is what gives HDS Lite its characteristics.

Frequency Modulated (FM) screening technology differs significantly from conventional halftone screening techniques. Conventional methods place dots in a grid pattern to reproduce a continuous tone image. Shades of tone are simulated by enlarging or reducing the dot size in a particular area of an image. With frequency modulated screening, the dots are dispersed in a less structured manner. Varying shades are created by the irregular frequency, or dispersal, of the screening dots.


While the latest RTI Harlequin RIP with Stochastic Screening includes the ability to output Stochastic Screens to every color, users can also now choose to output using a newly developed Stochastic Yellow feature. This feature allows users to output Cyan, Magenta, Black and any spot colors using Harlequin's conventional AM screen sets while also applying a stochastic screen to the Yellow. For the first time ever users with the HDS option can have one page setup configured to output a stochastic screen on just the Yellow plate while outputting CMYK and Spot Color data using an AM screen set. HDS Stochastic Yellow supports HDS Super Fine, Fine, Medium, Coarse and Super Coarse dot shapes.


Users can fine tune HDS Lite to suit the reproduction process by selecting one of ten dot varieties (Super Fine, Fine, Medium, Coarse, Super Coarse, 2X Super 2X Fine, 2X Fine, 2X Medium, 2X Coarse, and 2X Super Coarse). In general, the higher the quality of the entire printing process the smaller the HDS Lite dot that can be used. Films and plates produced using HDS are reproduced easily using a wide variety of platesetting and printing processes. Exceptional results have been obtained with HDS Lite on newsprint with web press equipment, on high-quality coated papers with commercial sheet-fed presses, and using direct output methods such as digital proofers.

NEW! ~ 5 Levels of Extended Range Coarseness: In addition to the standard HDS Super Coarse, HDS Coarse, HDS Medium, HDS Fine and HDS Super Fine screening (shown below), customers using HDS will now receive five additional coarseness levels. These additional dot selections can be used to adjust the coarseness of a job without having to lower the resolution. The sample image shows Magenta at the standard HDS Super Coarse and the Cyan at HDS Super Coarse Extended Range.
HDS Super Coarse: HDS Super Coarse uses a larger structure to increase printability and the capability to retain highlighted areas of an image. It is suitable for use on mid to low-range imagesetters or platesetters with resolutions between 1000 and 1600 dpi.
HDS Coarse: HDS Coarse makes use of somewhat larger structures to increase printability and is best selected on presses which cannot hold very fine detail such as in high speed web printing.
HDS Medium: HDS Medium offers a slightly larger dot structure in the midtone range. It may be used in intermediate commercial and publications printing, either sheetfed or web.
HDS Fine: HDS Fine produces extremely smooth grain-free results and has the finest structure of any HDS setting. It is intended for use with high quality output devices capable of recording single isolated laser spots on separations.
HDS Super Fine: Developed for use on low resolution output devices which deliver high quality output without compromising speed.

Free Technical Support and Free Calibration Services for 90 Days
Free Technical Support
All new software purchases include 90 days of free technical support via TeamViewer Remote Support, Phone, Chat or Email. TeamViewer allows RTI to assist you using a high speed internet connection. RTI also offers Annual Support including Software Updates.

Free Calibration Services
RTI includes calibration with every new software purchase if done within the technical support period. RTI can calibrate proofers, platesetters, imagesetters and printing presses.
RTI Calibration Information

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