Global Graphics Software
Innovative core technology for digital print

Mako JawsRIP

Mako Jaws RIP is the fast and compact PDF and PostScript® RIP kernel that provides Mako with its outstanding rendering capability. Fully integrated with a color management module (CMM), an extensive API provides Mako developers easy access to rendering, screening and color conversion capabilities.

The underlying technology that makes this possible is Global Graphics’ Jaws PDF and PostScript®  RIP SDK. With over five million installations around the world, Jaws features an open and extensible architecture that allows it to be used as the foundation for a wide range of applications, covering different imaging technologies and performance requirements, with excellent compliance to PostScript and PDF standards.

The Jaws RIP is widely deployed by leading industry players, such as Onyx, and Canon Finetech to drive wide format printers, high speed label printers and high-speed production presses. It’s also suitable for specialty applications such as textile, ceramic and silkscreen printing.

Since 2000 more than five million copies of the Jaws RIP have shipped to users worldwide.

Full Parallel Processing

Mako Jaws RIP can utilize the full resources (memory, cores) of modern 64-bit systems to process up to 16 pages (PDF) or 16 jobs (PostScript or PDF) in parallel. Developers can work with the default allocation of memory and cores or configure this themselves, to make use of these Mako Jaws RIP capabilities:

  • Multiple Jobs printed at once
  • Multiple pages from a PDF printed at once
  • Threading for transparency blending
  • Threading for Image conversions
  • Multiple bands from a page printed at once
Optimized Transparency Blending

Mako Jaws RIP takes every opportunity to use multiple threads across multiple cores to accelerate transparency blending. The result is better resource utilization and faster output for today’s high-speed devices.

Dynamic Memory Allocation

Mako Jaws RIP memory management has been re-written and, in addition to supporting 64-bit addressing, Mako Jaws RIP now dynamically allocates memory based on total system memory. This results in default memory allocations suitable for many more use cases yielding better performance with less customization.

Improved transparency support

Mako Jaws RIP meets the challenge of fast and accurate transparency rendering with dynamic transparency tile sizing and 16-bit Blend support.

Large canvas support for all platforms

The limit on large canvases is 31-bits, that is, 2 gigapixels or 56 miles at 600 dpi.

Large file support

Files in excess of 2GB are supported

Font Emulation ('Fauxing')

Mako Jaws RIP uses the font descriptor dictionaries in the PDF file to synthesize an approximation to missing fonts from either the StreamSansMM or StreamSerifMM multiple-master fonts.

Quality assured

Accurate rendering of industry-standard samples, for example The Altona Test Suite from the European Color Initiative ( and the Ghent Output Suite from the Ghent Workgroup ( means you can rely on Mako Jaws RIP for quality results.

Mako RIP Blade

Mako Jaws RIP technology is available through the Mako RIP 'blade', offering fully color-managed, multi-threaded for performance, 8- and 16-bpp rendering to high resolution rasters that can be halftone or error-diffusion screened. Accessed via an extensive set of APIs, Mako solutions can be built to pre-process PDFs before rendering as a single process, for example page imposition or adding or changing page content.

Internal structure and connection to OEM code

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.