Processing speed and PDF compatibility are among the features that have led Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) to select Global Graphics’ Harlequin Host Renderer for their uniti Operating System. GIS is a provider of software drivers and electronics for industrial inkjet printheads used in a wide range of applications including labels, packaging, ceramic tiles, laminate flooring, textiles and high speed variable data systems. Global Graphics is the developer of the Harlequin RIP, the PDF and PostScript compatible RIP that, in independent tests conducted by the Rochester Institute of Technology last year, was shown to deliver pages at over 20 times the rate required by the leading label press with just one RIP.
GIS has integrated the Harlequin Host Renderer into its software drivers to provide a fast PDF RIP, capable of handling variable data even when the file is not constructed in PDF/VT. GIS is also licensing Harlequin ColorPro to give accurate and consistent color reproduction, which is a key factor in labelling and packaging applications.
Nick Geddes, CEO of GIS, says, “The Global Graphics products offer the speed and performance needed to meet the requirements of certain customers in labeling, packaging and book printing-type applications. Being able to offer the option of the Harlequin products as part of the uniti Operating System significantly enhances what we can provide to customers with demanding applications.”
The speed achieved by version 3 of the Harlequin Host Renderer is due to a number of new features that increase processing speed so that pages pass through the RIP at a faster pace than ever before. Harlequin VariData accelerates the processing time of regular PDF files containing variable data including, but not only, PDF/VT files; and Harlequin Parallel Pages allows the RIP to interpret one page while it’s still rendering the previous one. This gives print providers the maximum advantage of multi-core computers. The Harlequin Host Renderer is also available as a 64-bit build to access additional memory when it’s needed for pages with large amounts of data.
Jonathan Wilson, director of business development at Global Graphics Software, comments: “GIS’ innovative industrial inkjet operating system and the performance of Harlequin Host Renderer and its color engine combine to form a powerful offering to the market.”
The Harlequin RIP drives the HP Indigo digital press range as well as HP’s IHPS high speed web presses.