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Upgrade to Version 11 of the Harlequin RIP® to enjoy even faster performance and a new range of productivity features for your print shop. Whether you're an existing Harlequin RIP user or want to switch from your existing product to using Harlequin MultiRIP 11 you can Try Before You Buy. So why not give your supplier a call now or complete and submit the form? The Harlequin RIP continues to outpace other RIPs in its processing speeds and flexibility. You can use it to drive your CtP, proofing devices, digital presses and wide format printers. It offers you workflow options that run inside the RIP rather than on separate applications, saving you time and money.

And it processes PDF and PostScript® natively in one RIP engine (as well as TIFF™, JPEG), so handling mixed workflows with consistent output is easy because print shops can use the same screening and color management across all files.

The developers of the Harlequin RIP take pride in providing you with the features and added efficiencies that you need across all your pre-press and printing operations. It is simple to use and provides you with one common operating environment which means that your operator training costs are kept under control.

Native PDF processing: no need to flatten transparency
Native PDF, PostScript, and XPS processing
The Harlequin RIP has processed PostScript files natively since 1988 and PDF files natively since 1997, including rendering of live PDF transparency since 2002. It also processes XPS, the print and document format from Microsoft natively.

The Harlequin RIP has a rich feature set which includes many pre-press processes which are normally run on separate applications, giving workflow functionality. By reducing the requirement for additional applications, the Harlequin RIP increases efficiency and reduces costs.

Upgrade now to Harlequin MultiRIP 11 and experience the difference it will make to your print operation!

What’s new in Version 11?

Even faster

Harlequin is already the fastest renderer on the market. Version 11 gives even higher performance:

  • Speed enhancements targeted at image heavy jobs so that pages are fed even more quickly to the press, increasing your productivity so that you can fit more jobs into a shift. Ideal for short-run offset or flexo printing of catalogs and similar image-heavy work.
  • Even faster variable data printing: The Harlequin RIP already contains Harlequin VariData™ to speed up the processing of variable data saved as PDF/VT or PDF. Harlequin 11 introduces a new feature whereby each graphic is rendered only once even if it is used in multiple positions on a page. If PDF/VT files are created using “PDF/VT hints” (described in the ISO standard) the processing speed is even faster.

Quality enhancements

Our quality was already very good, but with Harlequin Version 11 we’ve taken it up a notch to deliver truly outstanding results with new features such as image snapping, and the Harlequin Color Editor™

  • image snapping; many design and composition tools split what looks like a single large image into tiles when making PostScript® and PDF which can result in fine white lines appearing on the output if the tiles don’t align correctly. Automated snapping identifies and automatically adjusts tiles so that they align exactly.
  • The look up tables included with Harlequin to convert brand color in submitted jobs into process colors have been enhanced. With the Harlequin Color Editor™ named color tables may now be edited to add brand colors or override the supplied PANTONE databases to meet customer demand.

New features for packaging and label printing

If you’re involved in printing packaging and labels there are some great features in Harlequin 11 to increase your productivity.In addition to existing features for brand color matching and a selection of screens for flexo, offset and digital production Harlequin MultiRIP 11 introduces:

  • The Harlequin Contour Processor™ that intercepts specified spot separations and exports them. Many packaging and label jobs include die lines and other technical separations which often need to be printed for proofing, or for aligning prints and pre-cut media or post-print die cutting. Those separations need to be removed from the raster for production printing. This feature is also useful for wide format plotter/cutters.
  • Overriding overprint for white, varnish and metallic: Some special colorants should not knock out of, or be knocked out by, other colorants. A varnish should never knock out of other colors, for instance, while a white ink laid in under other colors should not be knocked out by ‘real’ graphics in other inks. Harlequin 11 includes configurations that allow these overprints to be controlled.

Upgrade now by contacting your supplier or filling in the form.

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Harlequin in-RIP features available for purchase include:

In-RIP Imposition LogoIn-RIP Imposition; economical, straight forward 2-up and 4-up imposition support to provide cost-efficiency and faster turn-around
TrapPro LogoTrapPro™; an object-based trapping engine that uses the Device-Oriented Display List that is generated in the Harlequin RIP. TrapPro allows the trapping engine to trap everything the RIP renders, with pixel accuracy, and with great speed
Harlequin Dispersed Screening LogoHarlequin Dispersed Screening (HDS) enables reproduction with greater sharpness even at relatively low scanner resolutions and is ideal for reproducing subjects which are susceptible to moiré and where detailed reproduction is required
ColorPro LogoColorPro™ ensures that all workflow color challenges can be accurately configured in the RIP prior to printing, plating or proofing