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Advanced Media Saving

Save time and materials with Advanced Media Saving. With the Advanced Media Saving feature enabled, jobs processed by the RIP are automatically grouped together with other jobs according to resolution, bit depth, paper type and output device. With Advanced Media Saving enabled jobs are only output to the device when the page is full or a specified amout of time has passed. A collection of jobs on a page is known as a ‘flat’. This feature works well for both TIFF and Inkjet RIP-Kits but also works with some imagesetter models.

For example, you may have a 32 inch roll installed in the output device and a queue of three A4 sized jobs waiting to be output. Instead of printing a single job along the width of the roll, the RIP will fit all three jobs along the width of the roll—ultimately saving media.

The media saving software within the software receives page buffer information that specifies the media width, media height, page width and page height. Advanced Media Saving allows for certain features such as Trim Page. Selecting the trim page check box causes the RIP or prepress workflow to trim any white space off the top and bottom of each page. When printing an image that does not contain a PageSize definition (such as an EPS), and also which is smaller than the currently configured page size, the Trim Page feature will trim the page size to that of the image size.

If the output device being used supports cassettes, the media width and media height values are defined in the Cassette Manager. If the device is a roll, media height in the page buffer is the same as the page height and is ignored by the media saver. If the device does not support cassettes, the media width and media height values are entered by the user in the Page Layout dialog box.

As soon as a flat is full it will be output to the device. A flat is deemed ‘full’ when it reaches that stage where any new page of the same specification will not fit in the flat. You can send a flat to the output device before it is completed by highlighting the flat to be output followed by clicking the Print Flat button.

TIFF media width and TIFF media height settings have been added to the Media Saving dialog window. These options are designed for use with TIFF output or any other device with unlimited width and height. The values in these fields are used to calculate the size of the TIFF flat.

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