New Mako SDK for prepress workflows

PrintAction Staff
May 15, 2018
By PrintAction Staff
A new software development kit for preparing documents for print is available today from Global Graphics Software, the developers of the Harlequin RIP and ScreenPro.

Mako is a multi-platform technology for prepress, document conversion and manipulation. Designed for developers and system integrators, the company says it can be used upstream of the Harlequin RIP to prepare documents for printing or on its own to create custom print workflow components, such as imposing pages or combining documents into one job. It is compatible with Windows, Linux, Mac OS, iOS, Android and Windows 10 IoT (Internet of Things), meaning that documents destined for print can be processed and previewed on any device.

Developers can use Mako to split or combine files, convert colours, and add new content such as 2D barcodes, makes it an “ideal choice” for building custom workflow components, explains Global Graphics Software. As well, Mako incorporates a colour management engine for colour integrity by referencing input and output ICC profiles that are embedded into a document, supplied locally, or built into Mako itself. Mako can also discover the spot colour channels present in the job, or perform more detailed analysis to find which spot colours are used and by how much, explains the company.

Global Graphics Software explains Mako can handle PDFs created at actual size, for example, a wide format banner or 10-m wallpaper roll. Developers can impose any size of job using Mako – booklet, n-up or ganging or nesting – to make the best use of the print substrate. Using the software, developers can generate SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) of a PDF page, complete with overprint simulation, for preview in an HTML5 browser.

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