What do printers look for in a Raster Image Processor (RIP)? Their first concern seems to be user-friendliness and stability. But the answer may not always be straightforward. Some say it all depends on the application and the printer, the quality of the input files and also the output size.
Around 1990 the first RIP was invented. Its developers envisioned a low-cost, easy-to-use system that would allow users to process and print high-quality graphics, including photos, with equipment that doesn’t need to be operated by fully qualified people who are familiar with offset, lithography, etc. A decade later the printing industry started needing something more powerful, something that could load files from various network sources and process them for variable data applications as well as pull information from a database for personalised documents — what we now know as the Digital Front End or DFE.
With the only just released SpectraLayers Pro 3 advanced audio spectrum analyser/editor Sony hasn’t chosen for the easy road of adding bloat to the app. Instead, they’ve made several impressive improvements, speeding up the app considerably, giving it a better, far more user-friendly ad customisable interface and the ability to process 24bit/192kHz files. There are a few new features as well, but the focus of version 3 lies with making SpectraLayers Pro a more efficient, pleasurable audio editing app.
For my birthday this year, I got an iPad Air 2. After so many years standing by and watching people swipe their fingers in a cramp, I’m now a proud member of the iPad aficionados. I know my pinch from my swipe and have managed to fill up 10MB of the 64 that I have at my disposal. The experience has been nothing but brilliant with a few minor glitches in the accessories department.
EFI’s DirectSmile is software that allows you to create, personalise and automate marketing across web, e-mail, mobile, social and print media. It doesn’t require any programming skills and it integrates with existing CRM systems. DirectSmile is squarely aimed at non-printing direct marketing for printers who want to stay in business, as well as to advertising agencies and corporate marketing departments.
Ever tried printing a Pantone colour with no success? I always thought if I couldn’t reproduce a Pantone colour, it was due to the non-PostScript cheap inkjet printer I’m using these days, until I did some research. I found out many printers (the humans) are having trouble printing some Pantone colours even with the latest EFI Fiery Servers driving some high-end digital printing presses. Even when using the CMYK cross-reference colour with a manual adjustment of the percentages to create the spot colour can it go wrong on a Xerox digital colour press EX1000 or any other device. The reason is simple, though: gamut.