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Hamillroad Software

Hamillroad Software specialises in the research, design, marketing and sale of computer software for the printing industry, with a strong emphasis on high performance, reliable, easy to use and innovative products.

The company specialises in RIP related software with three distinct product lines - FirstPROOF, Lightning TIFF and Auraia – as well as providing a range of consultancy, expertise and advice to a number of companies. In particular, its Auraia DM screening produces a quality of print that far exceeds that of other existing technologies and is set to revolutionize the printing industry as worldwide acceptance of it continues to grow.

FirstPROOF Standard

FirstPROOF Standard is a post-rip pre-press soft-proofing product, which when added to the Harlequin RIP provides a simple workflow that allows the user to (remotely) check their jobs prior to output. This enables the user to ensure that what is printed is right first time, with no costly press down-time.

FirstPROOF Pro

For the discerning user, especially one involved in packaging or flexo printing, FirstPROOF Pro contains a number of advanced tools which allow specialist pre-press issues to be checked for correctness, such as screening, overprints, traps, barcodes and more. Other powerful tools are also included, such as Merge, Rotate and Crop.

Lightning TIFF

Lightning TIFF is a high performance (multi-threaded) plugin for the Harlequin RIP which replaces the standard TIFF plugin. In addition to a number of additional features, its main benefit is a substantial performance increase; jobs output with Lightning TIFF show up to a 4x improvement (depending on content, resolution, etc.).


Auraia is an innovative new Digitally Modulated (DM) screening plugin for the Harlequin RIP which produces high quality prints (of over 400 lpi), with none of the issues associated with AM, FM or XM screening. It also does so using less ink, with a reduction of 10-20% typically being measured.