Global Graphics Software
The software behind perfect printed and digital communication


Mako is a multi-platform technology for creating, interrogating, manipulating and visualizing PDF documents, offering precise control over color, fonts, images, vector content and much more.

“We use Mako to create reliable and true color PDF with our server. The robust and approved engine from Global Graphics is critical to provide a stable server environment for high performance processing and best quality document results.”



Ideal for creating custom print workflow components such as imposing pages or combining documents into one job


Prepare documents

Use upstream of your RIP or the Harlequin RIP to prepare documents for print

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Convert from one Page Description Language to another



Windows, Linux, Mac OS, iOS, Android and Windows 10 IoT

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Visualize documents on screen, in a web browser or on different devices such as tablets or smart phones

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Our own IP

Encapsulates 30 years of document science, evolving from our mature print technology

Read more about how Mako is used in pre-press workflows

Prepress for Harlequin

Use Mako to develop custom processes for prepress. Splitting, combining, color conversions, imposing, simplifying content complexity, and adding new content such as 2D barcodes are all tasks that Mako can accomplish.


Build custom workflow components, for example to impose jobs - booklet, n-up and ganging/nesting to make best use of the print substrate.

PDF analysis

Obtain simple information such as page count, page dimensions, orientation and metadata.

Font scanning

Use Mako's dedicated API to quickly return a list of fonts used in a job.

Ink coverage

Learn the spot color channels present in the job or perform more detailed analysis to find which spot colors are used and how much.

Organize pages

Create dedicated workflow components to reorder pages, split jobs into smaller files by page count or combine files into larger jobs.

Add new content

Add new content to personalize or identify a document, for example by adding a QR code.

Also use Mako for:

PDF rendering

Create accurate previews of PDF pages in any application where this is a requirement.

Desktop & Server

Use Mako as a foundation for processing PDF, generating new PDF content, enabling automated processes and supporting complex workflows.

Printer drivers

Create output for print workflows directly from the Mako document object model, for use in printer drivers or server-side processes that need to print.


Implement server-side processing of documents with Mako’s Linux distribution. 

Windows 10 IoT

Global Graphics Software is a technology partner for Microsoft IoT. Generate high quality, PDF-based documents, print directly from the device and deliver documents via the web.


Available in Android and iOS. Build high quality, fluid PDF viewing capability directly into your app, convert between PDLs or use Mako’s rich APIs to manipulate document content.

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Working with you
Flexible and open commercial model

We know that the work to deliver excellent products does not finish when we deliver our software to you. We pride ourselves on exceptional support and we work with you to get the most value out of your investment. We take the same flexible attitude to licensing because every company’s business model is different. We pride ourselves in the quality of our development and QA procedures.

Accelerate your product to revenue by adding our engineers and scientists to your team

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