Acton, MA 07/24/2013
The new release of the Harlequin
Host Renderer™, Global Graphics’ engine that drives the industry’s leading
digital presses, is launched today.
Version 4 builds on the performance
of the previous version, announced at drupa last year, and adds new color
tools including calibration support and Harlequin SetGold™, a utility
to pre-set gray balance and ink limiting before color profiling.
Speed tests reported at drupa
showed that the Harlequin Host Renderer delivers pages far in excess of
the rated speeds of the industry’s highest performing digital presses.
It is optimized to consume the vast amount of data that a digital
print job typically requires whether it’s live transparency in photobooks
or the greater amount of variable data in personalized direct mail or transactional
printing. It includes Harlequin VariData™ that accelerates the
processing time of PDF/VT files as well as regular PDF files containing
variable data. Print shops using the Harlequin engine to drive their
presses can keep pages fed at full speed and realize a faster return on
“Version 4 of the Harlequin
Host Renderer continues to drive down the cost of DFEs by increasing the
performance that each processor can achieve, says Martin Bailey, CTO, Global
Graphics Software. “It also extends the infrastructure around the
high-quality color management within the RIP to make it even easier to
meet your requirements for color matching, and maximizing gamut while limiting
New features include:
- Harlequin SetGold can be used
with Version 4 to prepare a press for profiling, by setting gray balance
and ink limiting; this reduces variation over time and between presses
when using the color profile.
- Version 4 can now produce
pre-compressed, unscreened output in 10- and 12-bit depths, minimizing
artifacts when final calibration must be performed post-RIP (e.g. for near
real-time correction as the press is running) without the data copying
overhead of 16-bit raster delivery.
- Calibration data sets can
now be installed by supplying measurement data in a variety of measurement
systems (e.g. density, %dot, Status-T etc); the press vendor no longer
needs to pre-compute compensation curves.
- Files containing significant
live PDF transparency are processed even faster.
- Raster caches for re-used
partial pages can now be shared between RIPs when using Harlequin VariData
in external mode. This accelerates PDF/VT and other variable data print
jobs even more
- Improved robustness in multi-RIP,
multi-server environments, plus support for software licensing without
Extended platform support
- Version 4 can be used to generate
previews and thumbnails for web-to-print and workflow user interfaces.
- Version 4 is now supported
on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Red Hat Enterprise Server 6.2 Linux.
The Harlequin RIP drives the
HP Indigo digital press range and the IHPS “T” series high-speed web
press via the HP SmartStream Production Pro, Ultra or Elite Print Servers.
It is used for a wide variety of applications including the TKS inkjet
newspaper press, the Kanji digital press from SIS (part of Canon) and
Miyakoshi’s high-speed full color inkjet presses and electro-photographic
liquid toner-based presses.
About Global Graphics
Global Graphics (NYSE-Euronext:
GLOG) is a leading developer of printing and electronic document software.
Its high-performance solutions are at the heart of products from customers
such HP, Fuji Xerox, Agfa and Kodak. Additional information is available
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the Harlequin logo, the Harlequin RIP, are trademarks of Global Graphics
Software Limited which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Global
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Jill Taylor, Global Graphics Software
Tel: +44 (0)1223 926489