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Don't wait until there is a problem to upgrade. Improve processing speeds while gaining compatability with the latest operating systems and design applications. If you have an existing Harlequin RIP and are interested in upgrading to the latest release, please call (941) 925-1303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Added Support for PDF 2.0. The Harlequin RIP was the first major PDF RIP for production printing to offer compatibility with the PDF 2.0 standard. The software supports all of the features of the new PDF 2.0 standard that are relevant for production printing. You may be asking yourself why is PDF 2.0 important? If your Digital Front End (DFE) or workflow is not compliant with this new PDF standard, it can silently ignore the new features available with unexpected results in output, or may even error when processing PDF 2.0 files.
PDF 2.0 brings with it a variety of benefits including AES-256 encryption, output intents updates, PDF transparency updates, graphic tagging for black point compensation (BCP), and the ability to specify the origin of a halftone. The Harlequin RIP is also compatible with processing and validation of PDF/VT-1 and PDF/VT-2 files.
Upgrading your RIP and continuing to consume PDF 1.7 files is safe; not upgrading and trying to consume PDF 2.0 files is not. We strongly recommend that print service providers start planning upgrades to support PDF 2.0 for all applications consuming PDF, starting with the end of the workflow, with their Digital Front Ends and working upstream. Upgrading to support PDF 2.0 ensures that you can confidently accept files without worrying about whether or not the jobs will print correctly.
Support for Windows 10. Harlequin RIP v.11 offers added support for printing from and running the RIP software on Windows 10.
Over 20 New Dot Shapes. With our latest Harlequin RIP v.10.1r1 release, customers will receive over 20 new dot shapes to choose from. You can preview these dot shapes on our Harlequin Precision Screening page.
PDF Optimization for Files with Live Transparency. The Harlequin RIP has included native rendering of PDF files that use live transparency since 2002, but doing so takes significantly more work than processing fully opaque pages. As a result, rendering live transparency takes more time, which can cause problems in some workflows, especially for newsprint, driving digital presses, or when a plate is needed urgently, such as after a plate-break on-press. Harlequin RIP v.9 accelerates the speed of processing transparent pages significantly.
Extended PDF/X Support. The Harlequin RIP has always been at the leading edge for support of the PDF/X standards. Harlequin RIP v.9 adds explicit support for PDF/X-4p:2008, PDF/X-4:2010, PDF/X-4p:2010, PDF/X-5g and PDF/X-5pg. By default the RIP will apply color management and overprint control as required by these standards. It may also be configured to reject jobs that do not conform to a specific standard or collection of standards.
PDF/VT Support. Harlequin RIP v.9 provides the technology required to build a Digital Front End (DFE) that is fully compliant with the PDF/VT standard (ISO 16612-2:2010) for variable and transactional printing. Our focus on VDP performance, however, is to ensure that all VDP jobs submitted as PDF files are processed at maximum performance, not only those that have been saved as PDF/VT.
HXM Light Option. Harlequin's hybrid screening technology (HXM) has been available for some time, primarily aimed at high-resolution devices. Harlequin RIP v.9 adds an option explicitly geared towards use of HXM on lower resolution devices between 900 and 1500 dpi.
Enhanced Color Support. This is especially important as the use of live transparency is steadily increasing. It's quite common that a designer will use transparency without even knowing that they're doing so, by using drop shadows, for instance. In Harlequin RIP v.9 we've done a significant amount of work in order to improve the accuracy of color reproduction. Harlequin RIP v.9 is one of the very first systems to achieve FOGRA certification as a contract proofing system using off-the-shelf Epson media and inks. This work has resulted in reduced color errors for any given printer, ink, media, screening and resolution combination to bring them reliably below the metrology numbers needed for industry proofing certification. It also ensures the optimum use of the printer's gamut. To prove the effectiveness of this work Harlequin RIP v.9 has been formally certified by FOGRA as a FograCert Contract Proofing System*. The FOGRA certification is for proofing against seven different print characterizations, chosen to address standards used in Europe and North America and across commercial print and newsprint. *FOGRA certification awarded to Global Graphics.
PANTONE Plus Support. Pantone, the company that sets the world's standards on color, re-launched its Pantone Matching System recently as The Plus Series. In Harlequin RIP v.9 the full PANTONE Plus library is supported to ensure that emulation of Pantone colors printed using other inks (e.g. CMYK) are as accurate as possible. As a re-launch, PANTONE Plus changes some of the older Pantone colors slightly, so users of Harlequin RIP v.9 can choose to match either the older Pantone color set, or the new PANTONE Plus.
Automated Calibration. There are a number of press color control solutions available that can provide calibration data back to a prepress workflow to ensure accurately rendered tones on printing plates. In some cases those solutions already work with the Harlequin RIP, but require manual steps in the RIP user interface. Harlequin RIP v.9 adds a new API that allows vendors of such solutions to directly submit plate calibration sets into the RIP without manual intervention. This will allow them to be fully automated, and makes them faster, easier and more robust.
Support for Macintosh OS 10.7 (Lion), Macintosh OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and Windows 7. Harlequin RIP v.9 offers added support for printing from Macintosh OS 10.7 (Lion) and Macintosh 10.8 (Mountain Lion). Users can print directly to the RIP software from the latest Macintosh operating systems. Select output devices can now be driven directly from Macintosh OS 10.7 (Lion) and Windows 7 Operating Systems.
Roaming Negatives. Harlequin RIP v.9 makes inspection of rendered negative pages faster, easier and less error-prone by allowing the operator to view them in positive mode, even when all of the CMYK plates are viewed together.
Added Support for Running the RIP on Macintosh OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Windows 7 Operating Systems. Select output devices can now be driven directly from Macintosh OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Windows 7 Operating Systems (call for more information).
Support for Auraia Screening on Negative Devices. This change allows the highest quality Auraia screening to be used on both positive and negative
Separation Detection. An new switch labelled detect input separation by angle has been added to the New Color Setup dialog (with or without color management). This allows you to turn separation detection by angle on which could prove useful when processing some legacy jobs.
Hybrid Screening Expansion. Customers with the HXM Hybrid Screening option will also receive additional preconfigured resolution sets with the release of v.8.3.
Support for Printing from Macintosh OS 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), Windows Vista and Windows 7 Operating Systems. The RTI Harlequin RIP v.8 will allow you to print to the latest version of the RIP from the latest operating systems including Macintosh OS 10.3 through 10.6 as well as Windows 2000 through Windows 7.TrapPro Performance Enhancements. An all new TrapPro subsystem which includes a rewrite of the trap engine's memory management. This rewrite helps eliminate VM errors and means better overall performance when trapping complex transparencies.
Improved Color Management. Increased the overall performance of the Harlequin ColorPro option along with added support for the HP PantonePlus systems.
Support for PDF v.1.7 and PDF/X-4. Support for PDF/X-4, JPEG2000, optional content, cross-reference streams, compressed object streams and 16-bit images. The RIP also supports PDF v.1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7. Users have the ability to RIP PDFs directly on the RIP computer through hotfolders or the print file menu. Users can also choose to send over to the RIP directly from the latest version of Acrobat or drop PDFs into your favorite design application and RIP them directly over to the RIP.
Accelerated PDF Processing. The Harlequin RIP is able to retain rasters leading to significant performance improvements when the same image is used on several pages. The raster for the image is retained in the RIP meaning that it only has to be interpreted once. Any PDF file with pages which share a non-variant background and have text which may vary from page to page should be accelerated by this optimization in the RIP. The RIP scans the PDF for such pages, RIPs the invariant background once, and then retains it for use on the subsequent pages with the same background.
PDF Raster Output. Output electronic proofs for faster in-house or customer approvals.
JDF Enabler. The Job Definition Format or JDF is an XML-based file format that is becoming the industry standard for the definition of job tickets in prepress workflows. Its main purpose is to facilitate the exchange of information between printing applications and systems. JDF allows a designer to attach a ticket to a job which outlines the processes required for that job and how it should be handled. This ticket remains with the job and is carried through the whole workflow until the job is completed. JDF offers the following features:
XPS Document Interpretation. XPS v.1.0 Documents with PrintTickets can be interpreted by the Harlequin RIP. Supported PrintTicket types include: DocumentPageRanges, PageBlendColorSpace, PageMediaSize and PageResolution. The way that the RIP handles the DocumentPageRanges, PageBlendColorSpace and PageMediaSize PrintTicket keys depends on the settings of the XPS Options dialog. By default, all PrintTicket settings are ignored, but these three keys can be honored if the user so chooses.
Multi-threading for Improved Performance. Multi-threading allows the RIP to take advantage of hyperthreading and multi-core CPU architectures as well as multiple processors. Multi-threading is now available as a standard RIP feature and all RIPs are built with this feature enabled. When tuning multi-threading the number of threads (across all instances of the RIP) should ideally be equal to the number of available cores. In this release only rendering is multi-threaded: interpretation is not. The performance therefore depends on the job mix. A selector has been added to the Configure RIP dialog to allow automatic configuration (using one thread per processor core) or manual configuration of the number of threads.
Migrate Feature. The new Migrate Feature makes upgrading your Harlequin RIP easier than ever. If you are thinking about upgrading your Harlequin RIP, most users can utilize the Migrate Feature to migrate page setups, input channels and calibrations into the latest version of the RIP.
New Color Management Engine and ICCv4 Compliant. Harlequin RIP v.8 has a new color management engine which contains the following new features:
Updated Settings for Faster and Accurate Color Adjustments. If you have the ColorPro option or are outputting to an inkjet device, the Faster or Accurate image color adjustments which are selectable under the ColorPro settings have been replaced. The RIP now uses a different algorithm that is much more predictable than the previous versions. The Faster algorithm no longer uses the error scattering method which avoids problems with the compressibility of the final output. It also means that Faster is now always the fastest method. Similarly, Accurate is always the slowest and most accurate method of output. The Faster algorithm will improve performance particularly with CMYK images.
HD Photo Support. Version 8 supports direct ripping of v.1.0 HD Photo images (previously WMPhoto). Files with the extension .wdp (HD Photo images) can now be RIPped using the Print File menu at the RIP. In compliance with v.1.0 of the XPS specification, v.1.0 HD Photo images and XPS Documents containing v.1.0 HD Photo images are processed correctly.
Enfocus PitStop 4.0 lib/v7 Preflight Profiles. Enfocus PitStop 4.0 lib/v7 preflight profiles have been added to the Harlequin RIP and include: B&W v3.0, B&W + Spot v3.0, CMYK v3.0, CMYK + 1 Spot v3.0, Generic Office v3.0, Generic Press v3.0, PDF to Web v3.0, PDF/X-1a:2001 v5.0, PDF/X-1a:2001 v5.0 Verify, PDF/X-3:2002 v5.0, PDF/X-3:2002 v5.0 Verify, and Soft Proof v3.0, and some new 2003 PDF/X profiles (PDF/X-1a:2003 v5.0, PDF/X-1a:2003 v5.0 Verify, PDF/X-3:2003 v5.0, PDF/X-3:2003 v5.0 Verify).
Windows 64-bit Operating Systems. Harlequin RIP v.8 has the ability to run on a Windows 64-bit operating system. Please note that certain drivers and plugins may require a 32-bit operating system.
Additional Support for running the RIP on Macintosh OS 10.5 (Leopard) Operating System.
PANTONE Goe Color System Support. Pantone are releasing a new color system which is designed to complement the existing systems, providing many more colors. This color system is supported in Harlequin RIP v.8.
Extended Range Coarseness for existing HDS Stochastic Screening users. In addition to the standard HDS Super Coarse, HDS Coarse, HDS Medium, HDS Fine and HDS Super Fine screening (shown below), customers using HDS Stochastic Screening will now receive five additional coarseness levels with v.8.
Performance Improvements. Improvements have been made with Trapping memory management and use of synchronous I/O for small files. Improved RIP process times as well as preview (ROAM) speeds at the RIP.
Support for PDF v.1.6. Support for JPEG2000, optional content, cross-reference streams, compressed object streams and 16-bit images. The RIP now supports PDF v.1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6.
Support for Intel based Macintosh Systems.
Print to the RIP from Macintosh OS 10.4 (Tiger). Added support for printing to the RIP from Macs running Macintosh OS 10.4 (Tiger).
Try Before You Buy. This feature allows users with a fully licensed version of the RIP to try in-RIP options such as in-RIP trapping (TrapPro), plugins, or special screening options for 30 days.
PDF/X 2003 revisions for both 1.1a and 3 specifications.
Font Emulation. When fonts requested by the RIP are unavailable it is becoming increasingly important to produce acceptable, readable copy, especially with digital printing. To achieve this, emulated fonts are used to produce suitable facsimile text based on the characteristics of the font that is being substituted in terms of style, spacing, height and width. In this way, a suitable readable font with similar characteristics of the target font is used in the place of a missing font. Font emulation is often acceptable when digital printing, and can be preferable to the file not being produced at all. Font emulation is available from the Harlequin RIP Genesis Release (v.7.0). and has the following characteristics:
Simple Imposition Option Available. The Simple Imposition (2UP / 4UP / NUP) options provides facilities the ability to impose incoming pages using some of the most common imposition layout schemes used for smaller format presses. Users are able to create and save as many imposition configurations as you wish. In addition to this, once an imposition configuration is created, users can apply that configuration to any page setup by selecting it from a menu in the edit page setup dialog.
TrapPro Trapping Improvements. The in-RIP trapping option, TrapPro, now allows for trapping of transparent files (v.6.4).
JDF Enabler. This option allows customers to enable JDF within the RIP (v.6.4 and later).
Recombine. Improvements have been made to the recombine feature within the RIP (v.6.3 and v.6.4).
Improved Rendering of Low Resolution Fonts. Available with v.6.3 of the RIP and later (v.6.4).
Windows XP and Macintosh OS 10.x (Jaguar and Panther). Added support for Windows XP and Macintosh OS 10.x (Jaguar and Panther). Harlequin has not certified earlier versions of ScriptWorks with either Windows XP or Mac OS 10.x. Harlequin RIP v.6.0 through v.6.3 will run under Macintosh OS 10.2 and 10.3. Harlequin RIP v.6.4 will run under Macintosh OS 10.3.
ColorPro. This option is built on the industry leading software options: Harlequin ICC Profile Processor (HIPP from v.5.5) and Harlequin Full Color System (HFCS). ColorPro provides excellent color process control, giving accurate, consistent and predictable color reproduction for a wide range of workflows. ColorPro provides full support for industry standard ICC profiles (including device link profiles) avoiding dependence on the generic, system level color management of the computer's operating system.
Press / Proof Simulation. Press / Proof simulation has been added to color products (RGB proofing) and support for Palette color (index color) TIFF files.
Portable Document Format (PDF). The RIP is fully compatible with applications that generate PDF 1.4 files. The RIP supports the following PDF/X standards: PDF/X1:1999, PDF/X-1a:2001, PDF/X3:2002.
TrapPro and TrapPro Lite. This in-RIP trapping option replaces TrapWorks. This new trapping option traps everything the Harlequin RIP renders, including overprinting and trapping commands in PostScript color composite jobs, QuarkXPress commands and PDF 1.4 Transperancy files.
SetGoldPro. SetGoldPro is an optional utility designed for ease-of-use and intended for making high quality input and output profiles that are tightly integrated with the Harlequin RIP. It optimizes the efficiency of the color output of the printing or proofing device thereby establishing its "Golden State".
Improvements to TrapWorks. TrapWorks has faster execution times than EasyTrap, lower memory requirements, arbitrary n-color support (such as DeviceN as well as DeviceCMYKPhotoInk, Hexachrome), and native/enhanced implementation of the Adobe IRT rules. TrapWorks now offers some support trapping against shaded fills (radial, axial) and better support for special inkopaque (metallic) and transparent (varnish).
Image Interpolation. Image Interpolation support has been added to version 5.5. When an image is at a different resolution to the device on which it is to be imaged, artifacts can be introduced with various degrading visual effects. Image Interpolation attempts to eliminate these effects using extra processing to effectively recreate the image specifically for the device. Image Interpolation can reduce the resolution of the image to accurately match an output device with a lower resolution, and increase the resolution of an image to accurately match an output device with a higher resolution.
Media Saving. The Media Saving module has been improved and updated to include a new dialog in the Output menu. It is provided as a layered option that allows you to instruct the Harlequin RIP to automatically fit pages onto the output media in a way that makes the most efficient use of the media.
New Linework Operator. The RIP contains a new operator to handle linework images from LW and HC planes of TIFF/IT files which were previously handled through the TiffDev device. As a result, these jobs are processed faster than in previous versions of the RIP.
CID Stub Fonts. Stub fonts are created in the SW \ fonts folder for all valid CIDFont and CMap combinations on startup, when installing using the fonts menu, or when rebooting after installing a font via an AppleTalk installer. Stub fonts are deleted when CID fonts are deleted using the RIP fonts menu, or when rebooting after deleting CID fonts manually or through an AppleTalk installer. Stub fonts provide backward compatibility for applications that are not aware of CID fonts.
Support for PDF v.1.4 (Harlequin RIP InFlight Checker). Adobe has released two applications that can save files in version 1.4 of the Portable Document Format (PDF): Illustrator 9 ® and Acrobat 5 ®. The RTI Harlequin RIP-Kit version 5.5 has an InFlight checker for use with the transparency option. Using the InFlight checker, PDF files using the transparency option will either be aborted or generate a warning.
Calibration. Updates were made to the calibration mechanism within the RIP, including support for calibrating spot colors. (Harlequin, 2002).
Macintosh GUI (PowerPC) Update. All the dialogs in the Macintosh GUI have been updated to the new ‘gray-shadow box’ style giving the RIP a more up-to-date look.
Windows 2000 and Macintosh OS 9 (added in v.5.3). Added support for Windows 2000 and Macintosh OS 9. Harlequin has not certified earlier versions of ScriptWorks with either Windows 2000 or Mac OS 9. Apart from the disk space required for rearranged (N-color) screen caches, the requirements for installation are very similar to those for earlier versions of operating systems. Upgrade to the latest RIP and update your system at the same time. (Harlequin, 2002).
Support for PDF v.1.3 Input (added in v.5.3). Added support for PDF version 1.3 or earlier. Full support for direct RIPping and seperating of color PDF files is now possible.
TIFF/IT Improvements (added in v.5.3). Upgrades made to the RIP and the TIFF/IT output plugin have meant that the output of TIFF/IT is significantly faster than in RIP-Kit v.5.1.
Recombination of Shaded Fills (added in v.5.3). Improvements have been made in the recombination of Language Level 3 shaded fills (shfill).
Upgrade to PostScript Language Level 3 (added in v.5.1). The RIP upgraded to PostScript Language Level 3. The RIP now provides:
Support for PDF v.1.2 Input (added in v.5.1). Added support for PDF version 1.2 or earlier.
Recombine Functionality (added in v.5.1). Harlequin RIP v.5.1 supports recombination of pre-separated jobs. The RIP needs to be able to identify the separations as being for different colors and obtain a "process" equivalent in the color space of the output device. This also allows for recombination of jobs using spot colors. (Harlequin, 2002).
Recombine of Jobs with Quark Trapping On (added in v.5.1). When QuarkXPress generates separations and Quark trapping is turned on it generates differently sized objects in the separations. The RIP now recognizes these objects as belonging to the same original object.
Simplified Calibration for Photo-Ink Devices (added in v.5.1). Calibration for PhotoInks can now be read with a CMYK target.
Updated User Interface (added in v.5.1). The user interface has been updated so that menus and dialog boxes are easier to access.
Support for X-Rite DTP41 Spectrophotometer (added in v.5.1). Harlequin added the X-Rite AutoScan Spectrophotometer to the list of supported densitometers, colorimeters and spectrophotometers supported by the Harlequin RIP.
Toolbar Added in v.4.5r1. The most obvious new feature in the user interface is the addition of the toolbar. The toolbar contains buttons which quickly call up actions that are otherwise available from the menus, and a status area that lets the user know what ScriptWorks is actually doing.
Harlequin Color Production Solutions in 4.5r1. Harlequin RIP v.4.5 supports the new range of Harlequin in-RIP color solutions. Known as the Harlequin Color Production Solutions (HCPS). These layered options within the RIP include three functionality levels:
PDF Input Capability. Introduced support for native PDF v1.2 input.
OmitSeparations Feature. The ability to dynamically add and remove separations has been added to v.4.5r1. This feature is useful when you have a multi-page document with spot colors on some pages but you do not want to output a blank separation on the balance of pages which do not contain the spot color. This covers blank separations caused by the output of spot colors. This feature may also be used to suppress the output of all blank separations.
CID Font Support. ScriptWorks v.4.5r1 now supports native CID fonts.