CIP3 became CIP4…

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The 'International Cooperation for Integration of Processes in Pre-press, Press, and Post-press'; CIP4 is the international standards body whose purpose is to encourage computer-based integration of all processes involved in graphic arts workflows by specifying and publishing standards. CIP4 is the successor of CIP3, which launched in 1995, as a joint initiative of vendors for the graphic arts industry.

Typically the content of a CIP3 PPF file might include:…


Typically the content of a CIP3 PPF file might include: simple imposition Administration data, preview images for ink key presetting, transfer curves, register marks, color and density measuring information, cutting and folding information, private data and further post-press information for collecting, binding and trimming.
Administration data, preview images for ink key presetting, transfer curves, register marks, color and density measuring information, cutting and folding information, private data and further post-press information for collecting, binding and trimming.
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The CIP3 plug-in for the Harlequin RIP

The Harlequin CIP3 (Co-operation in Pre-Press, Press and Post-Press) Output Plugin permits users to create Print Production Format (PPF) files containing comprehensive information about print jobs, including administrative data, information about inks, and preview images.

The PPF file is read by a CIP3 reader (included with press control systems), which provides a set of instructions for automatically setting ink fountains and other processes on press.

little man The Harlequin CIP3, PPF Plugin optimizes computer-based integration of all workflow processes and quite simply saves the press operator time, minimizes errors and reduces waste.

The Global Graphics CIP3 Print Production Format Plugin contains all the necessary data to print and then further process print jobs all the way through to the print finishing stage. Use of these files on your press assists in bringing you to color much faster, reduces make-ready times and wastage, and removes the need for plate scanners.

CIP3 plugin logoThe CIP3 group has specified the Print Production Format (PPF) with an intention to encourage and facilitate computer-based integration of all processes involved in graphic arts workflows. The PPF file format specification developed by the original CIP3 (now CIP4) consortium, may contain any or all of the following items relating to the front and/or back of fully imposed press sheets:

  • Inking data for the press, allowing automatic setting of ink fountains on press.*
  • Plate size and mounting position in relation to the press. *
  • Separations required for the job. *
  • Positions and colors of color test strips, allowing automatic setting of closed loop adjustments on press.
  • Positions of registration marks, allowing automatic setting of registration test meters on press.
  • Positions of fold and cut marks, allowing at least preliminary setup of post-press operations to be handled automatically.

* Included in Harlequin CIP3 Plugin PPF file

Harlequin CIP3 Plugin Software Specifications

CIP3 Plugin Version Latest version: 1.4r9
RIP Version Harlequin RIP Eclipse Release™ or later
CIP3 Specification Supported
  • CIP3 version 2.0 specification (can be read by all consuming applications)
  • CIP3 Specification version 2.1 and version 3.0
Preview Image
  • CMYK color preview images
  • 8 bits per pixel
  • Separated or unseparated
  • Spot colors supported for separated output files
  • User-selectable preview resolution (including 50.8dpi, recommended in PPF specification)
Compression
  • Uncompressed
  • Run Length Encoded (RLE) compressed files
Encoding Binary (raw), Hexadecimal, and ASCII 85
Press-Sheet Work Styles
  • Single-sided sheets
  • Double-sided sheets:
    • Sheetwise
    • Work & Turn
    • Work & Tumble
    • Perfecting Sheetwise
    • Perfecting Work & Turn
    • Perfecting Work & Tumble
    • Double Sided Web
Other User Controls
  • Configurable sheet and job name fields
  • Configurable transforms and extents
  • Single separation per PPF file if required
  • Negative output
Supported CIP3 readers
  • Heidelberg CPC32
  • MAN Roland PPI2
  • Graphics Microsystems, Inc. CIP3 reader
  • Heidelberg Web PrePress Gateway
  • Eltromat/KBA

There are other readers compatible with Harlequin-generated CIP3 PPF files. This list shows only those readers that have been tested either by Global Graphics or by the vendor (where the vendor has informed us of a positive result).