In March, Roland released the ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 RIP software for its Texart dye-sublimation transfer printers. ErgoSoft has developed the RIP specifically for the Texart XT-640 and RT-640 to support high-fidelity digital textile printing of sports and fashion apparel, soft signs such as polyester banners and flags, curtains and other interior décor, as well as promotional goods and personalized gifts.
ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2, according to Roland, includes more than 40 new features and enhancements. A new dithering method increases rasterization speed and improves dot placement accuracy resulting in what the company describes as 40 percent faster RIP times and smoother gradients. Roland explains a new PDF engine displays colour-accurate previews of PDF files. The RIP also includes up to eight simultaneous RIP Servers to reduce processing time when working with high-capacity data or multiple print jobs. A new Printer Pool feature allows the same file to be sent easily to multiple devices and a Hot Folder feature is aimed at batch printing of images with the same specific print settings.
Image Add-Ons functions support new effects like barcodes, rulers and drill holes. Multiple effects can also be applied to a single set of data. Specific editing functions support file formats that are commonly used for textile printing. The Step & Repeat feature is for repeating textile patterns from a single image is now available for PDF and EPS file formats. The Color Replacement feature for creating multiple colour variations is also now available for TIFF and PSD file formats. Variable Data Printing for producing personalized goods and apparel is now included as standard.
Roland has also launched Roland PrintStudio by Caldera, its new RIP and print management software for the latest MacOS.
According to Valery de March, OEM business director at Caldera, Roland users will be able to “take advantage of extensive colour management features, create an unlimited number of presets and use automated functionalities and hot folders, as well as advanced tiling and nesting tools.”
– ICC profiles creation,
– Adobe PDF Print Engine,
– Template-driven tiling options,
– Optimized contour nesting,
– Roland Color & Metallic System Libraries with hundreds of spot colours,
– Supports low-cost colour spectrophotometers,
– Supports RAL, HKS and Pantone® colour swatches,
– Access to the online Roland Profile Center and its library of media profiles,
– A blur and bleed function that removes the risk of white lines at cutting edges,
– Application guide tool that automatically assigns a number to each tile while generating a summary PDF.
Roland PrintStudio by Caldera can be ordered through authorized Roland dealers.
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