By Jon Robinson
Version 8.1 of the Harlequin PLUS Server RIP includes “substantial enhancements” to trapping and transparency functions, as well as spot-colour processing. According to Global Graphics, improvements to the software’s TrapPro tool result in an increased trapping performance of up to eight times the speed of previous Harlequin versions, due to more efficient use of memory.
While all Harlequin RIPs since Version 6.0 are engineered to recognize when PDF files contain live transparency, version 8.1 now includes further functions to deal with “complex live transparency jobs.” (The ability to properly flatten or render jobs containing transparent pieces of design was a major advantage of Adobe introducing its PDF Print Engine.) Spot-colour conversion in Harlequin ColorPro, according to Global Graphics, has also been fine-tuned to give increased accuracy. ColorPro supports RGB, CMYK, n-colour and grey ICC 4.0 profiles.
Harlequin Version 8.0 was first introduced in 2008 at drupa and included for the first time multi-threaded rendering – well suited for variable data applications – to take advantage of Duo and Quad core processing technologies. Global Graphics OEM partners including Agfa, ECRM, Xitron, RTI, Polkadots, Screen, Fusion Systems, Compose and Presstek.