In 1988 Version 1.0 of the Harlequin RIP first shipped as a PostScript® Level 1 compatible RIP. Twenty-five years later, at Print 13, Global Graphics is showing Version 10.0, the Harlequin MultiRIP, so-called because multi-threading is one of its new features that has resulted in significant speed gains to improve print shop throughput.
Helps print shops grow into digital production profitably
Version 10.0 of the Harlequin RIP has been developed specifically to enable print shops to grow out into digital print or to expand into digital marketing. It introduces major new features that speed up the processing of PDF/VT and increase the rate that pages are fed to the press for significant productivity gains. It’s the ideal print engine to drive short run digital presses profitably alongside CtP.
In 1991 Michigan-based Xitron became one of the earliest customers to licence the Harlequin RIP and is still a very active partner today. Eric Nelsen, Xitron director of product development says. “Harlequin is at the core of what we do. We have created interfaces to Harlequin that can drive around 350 different printing and proofing devices. Today, of course, it’s not just about making plates anymore and we see our customers growing into digital print where they need Harlequin’s speed to feed pages quickly to the device.”
In 2013 Cambridge UK-based Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) licensed Harlequin technology to offer the speed and performance needed to meet the requirements of certain customers in labelling, packaging and book printing-type applications. “ Being able to offer the option of the Harlequin products as part of the uniti™ Operating System significantly enhances what we can provide to customers with demanding applications.” Says Nick Geddes, CEO.
A history of innovation
In its lifetime the Harlequin RIP has notched up a number of firsts that have helped print shops to get more out of their presses:
Hear what Harlequin customers say about Harlequin technology and the achievement of celebrating 25 years at http://youtu.be/xcAWA65bvGk including: Eric Nelsen, Director of Product Development, Xitron; Andy Grant, Global Director of Software, Agfa; Nick Geddes, CEO, Global Inkjet Systems; Sharon Donovich, HP SmartStream Production Pro Print Server, Product Manager.
Come to the anniversary party at Print 13.
Journalists are invited to attend a party to celebrate 25 years of the Harlequin RIP. It will take place on Tuesday September 10th from 4pm until 6pm, on the show floor in reception area 3. Entertainment will be provided by award-winning magician Dennis Watkins and Brad Hagen of the Broadway and New York comedy clubs and the son of Global Graphics VP of Print Sales, Paul Hagen. Register here: http://www.globalgraphics.com/print13