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News Release

18 April 2012

TKS chooses “digital” Harlequin RIP to drive inkjet newspaper press

The latest version of the “digital” Harlequin RIP®,  has  been chosen by Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho (TKS) of Japan to drive a new inkjet newspaper press that will be launched in the second half of 2012.  The web fed JETLEADER 1500 will be used for high-speed, full-colour digital newspaper production, printing 600 x 600 dpi duplex at 150 metres per minute.   Version 3 of the Harlequin Host Renderer,  recently unveiled by Global Graphics  ahead of drupa ( Hall 7.0 Stand A21) will be the core of the digital print workflow feeding the presses.

TKS selected the Harlequin Host Renderer for its speed and flexibility. “The big advantage”, says Mr. Hashimoto from TKS, “is the dramatically increased performance gained by using Harlequin Parallel Pages™ which greatly accelerates the page processing time.

“We also found the Harlequin Host Renderer easy to configure and customize to meet our specific requirements  – such as our variable print solution  and to accommodate the requirements of our customers. For example, the in-RIP simple imposition feature was very flexible and we could customize it to handle complicated page layouts with PostScript® features.  We also opted to licence Global Graphics’ in-RIP colour management and trapping solutions.”

A number of significant new features in the Harlequin Host Renderer 3 increase processing power so that pages pass through the RIP at a faster pace than ever before.  Harlequin Parallel Pages™ allows the RIP to interpret one page while it’s still rendering the previous one. This allows print shops to take maximum advantage of multi-core computers.

The Harlequin VariData™ feature accelerates the processing time of regular PDF files containing variable data including, but not only, PDF/VT files.

The Harlequin Host Renderer is also available as a 64-bit build to access additional memory when it’s needed for pages with large amounts of data.

Editors notes

About Global Graphics
Global Graphics Software ( is a leading developer of OEM printing and electronic document software including high-performance RIPs, PDF document, workflow and color solutions.  Customers partners include the world’s leading vendors of digital pre-press systems, large-format color printers, color proofing systems and software applications such as HP, Quark, Kodak , Miyakoshi, SIS and Agfa.Trademarks
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Jill Taylor, Global Graphics
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