Printing Software promotes print shop productivity.

Press Release Summary:

In addition to FOGRA certification, Harlequin® Server RIP v9.0 delivers full support for PANTONE Plus library, accelerated live transparency processing, and PDF/VT support. List of supported platforms includes Windows Server 2008 R2, and functionality accelerates processing of variable data jobs for digital production presses. Other features plugin for Epson Stylus Pro 7890 proofer and option for using cross-modulated screening on lower resolution devices.

Original Press Release:

Global Graphics Releases Version 9.0 of the Harlequin RIP

ACTON, Massachusetts --

FograCert Contract Proofing System certified, extended color accuracy

Accelerated live transparency processing, PDF/VT compliant

Newly supported platform Windows Server 2008 R2

Print shops can "try before they buy" for a trial period

A major new version of the Harlequin(R) RIP [ ] is released today by Global Graphics Software, with even faster performance than its predecessors and a new range of productivity features for print shops. Version 9.0 of the Harlequin Server RIP introduces FOGRA certification (FograCert CPS), full support for the new PANTONE Plus library, accelerated live transparency processing and PDF/VT support. Platform support is updated to include Windows Server 2008 R2. In addition, print shops can try the new version before they buy.

"We've included new features that respond to how print jobs are changing" says Martin Bailey, Global Graphics' chief technology officer. "So although the Harlequin RIP has processed live transparency in PDF since 2002, we're constantly working to accelerate it because graphic designers have vastly increased their use of transparency in print jobs- drop shadows being a prime example. There's also a new feature that speeds up the processing of variable data jobs for digital production presses. Version 9.0 includes support for PDF/VT when used in a digital production DFE, but our emphasis is on processing all variable data printing jobs that are submitted as PDF at maximum performance, instead of concentrating exclusively on PDF/VT.

"And then you have extended color support that improves color accuracy even further - the Harlequin RIP was one of the first to have in-RIP color management. We decided to get independent verification of that color quality by signing up for a FograCert Contract Proofing System certification from FOGRA using the new plugin for the Epson Stylus Pro 7890 proofer; we're one of the first to achieve this using off-the-shelf proofing materials from Epson. These, together with a further impressive set of features, such as a new option for using cross-modulated screening on lower resolution devices, are all reasons why we decided to give users the opportunity to try the new RIP for a trial period before they upgrade to experience the benefits themselves. They just need to contact their supplier to arrange."


The Harlequin Server RIP Version 9.0 is available from Global Graphics' network of OEMs. These include Xitron, HighWater, ECRM, PressTek, and Compose. For more details on new features visit

Global Graphics, the smarter alternative, Harlequin, the Harlequin logo, the Harlequin RIP, are trademarks of Global Graphics Software Limited which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other brand and product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

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