Raster Image Processor optimizes digital press operation.

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Harlequin Host Renderer v3 lets users drive digital presses at full engine speed, stopping only for scheduled maintenance. RIP® is optimized to consume amount of data that print job requires, from live transparency in photobooks to variable data in personalized direct mail or transactional printing. Solution is also available as 64-bit build to access additional memory when it's needed for pages with large amounts of data.



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Unprecedented Speed of New "Digital" Harlequin RIP Gives Faster Return on Press Investment



Global Graphics Points to Increasing Success of Harlequin Host Renderer and Lines it Up for drupa (Hall 7.0, Stand 21)

ACTON, Massachusetts -- The latest release of a new generation Harlequin RIP(R) gives unprecedented performance to drive digital presses. Version 3 of the Harlequin Host Renderer [http://www.globalgraphics.com/products/harlequin-host-renderer-sdk ], launched today by Global Graphics Software, is now so fast that you can drive a broad span of digital presses at full engine speed, only stopping for scheduled maintenance.

The RIP is optimized to consume the vast amount of data that a print job requires today whether it's the sharp increase in live transparency that you might see in photobooks or the greater amount of variable data in personalized direct mail or transactional printing. The result is that print shops using the Harlequin engine to drive their presses will see a faster return on their investment and be in a position to take on an increasing variety of print jobs.

"Presses are getting faster and must be fed pages quickly enough to keep them running at maximum speed in order to achieve a good ROI," says Martin Bailey, chief technology officer, Global Graphics Software. "With the Harlequin Host Renderer as the engine in your digital front end you can easily achieve this without sacrificing the correct, predictable output and the high-quality color that you need to get repeat business. It's perfect for many print sectors, from variable data labeling to personalized marketing materials, from general commercial print to print on demand, so print shops will benefit from being able to expand into new types of work."

The speed achieved by version 3 of the Harlequin Host Renderer is due to a number of significant new features each of which increases processing power so that pages pass through the RIP at a faster pace than ever before. Harlequin VariData(TM) accelerates the processing time of regular PDF files containing variable data including, but not only, PDF/VT files; and Harlequin Parallel Pages(TM) allows the RIP to interpret one page while it's still rendering the previous one. This allows print shops to take maximum advantage of multi-core computers. The Harlequin Host Renderer is also available as a 64-bit build to access additional memory when it's needed for pages with large amounts of data.

The Harlequin RIP drives the HP Indigo digital press range as well as HP's IHPS high speed web presses. It's to be found in an increasing number of digital press solutions from light to medium volume up to ultra-high volume, including solutions from SIS and Miyakoshi.

About Global Graphics

Global Graphics (NYSE-Euronext: GLOG) is a leading developer of printing and electronic document software www.globalgraphics.com

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