Not only for Offset…

simple imposition
Because many digital presses benefit from the same imposition schemes as offset presses, the in-RIP imposition in the Harlequin RIP has been designed to be compatible with digital and offset devices when generating final copy.

Wide ranging applications…

simple imposition
Enterprise-level digital printers will find the N-Up and saddle-stitch schemes particularly useful. Additional tiling, scaling and page rotation options ensure fast and high-quality results in wide-format printing and flexo work.
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Harlequin in-RIP Imposition

Increasing efficiency and reducing costs in the pre-press environment are vitally important factors in maintaining or improving profitability especially for small to mid-sized print operations.

Harlequin RIP in-RIP Imposition is purposely designed for the small print service provider to replace the inconsistent, time consuming and expensive task of manual imposition: reducing costs and delay, while increasing efficiency, turn-around and margins.

little man Manual imposition workflow in very small prepress sites is slow and expensive. A Harlequin in-RIP Imposition workflow does not require expensive operator time on every job; is extensible to enable larger jobs and, quite simply, generates plates faster.

Small print shops and digital print applications require economical, simple 2-up and 4-up imposition support to provide the cost-efficiency and faster turn-around they need to compete.

Recognising this need, Global Graphics has integrated within the Harlequin® RIP (v7.1 Genesis Release™ onwards) a selection of imposition schemes to support a variety of different formats. The in-RIP imposition is designed for print operations requiring only simple imposition for two-up and four-up conventional printing, targeted principally but not exclusively at CTP (Computer to Print) for offset litho and the digital print market. For print service providers printing similar jobs consistently, one imposition setup, used as a part of one or more page setups, can be used repeatedly.

Very small enterprises using the simplest One-up scheme and larger print sites, which require one of the more complex imposition schemes supported, can equally benefit by implementing Harlequin in-RIP Imposition.

Imposition Schemes included in the Harlequin RIP

One-up (1 & 2 sided) These are provided to allow the addition of crop and register marks, text slug lines and color bars to the output. One-up is also used for Tiling (introduced in Genesis release (v7.1) and for automatically scaling pages to fit the size of the media, e.g. for point of sale materials.
N-Up (1 & 2 sided) These are similar to the 2-up & 4-up selections available in some printer drivers, printing multiple pages in reader order on each press sheet. These schemes are provided primarily for the digital print market place.
Cut & stack (1 & 2 sided) The most efficient method for printing a relatively small number of copies of multi-page jobs that will be wire or comb bound.
Step & repeat (1 & 2 sided) For post-cards, labels, etc.
Saddle-stitch (left, right & top-bound) For brochures, calendars and other booklets, available in 2- and 4-up*. Four-up saddle-stitch can be head-to-head, foot-to-foot or side-to side to suit the dimensions of the page, the plate and your bindery equipment.
Saddle-stitch, stepped and repeated For smaller booklets.
Perfect-bound, four-up (left & right bound)* For perfect-bound books etc. A variety of geometries, including head-to-head and foot-to-foot are available.

* 4-up saddle-stitch and perfect-bound schemes were added in Harlequin RIP, Genesis Release (v.7.1).