The Harlequin 13 Raster Image Processor

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Laurel Brunner

Is there really anything to get excited about when it comes to new Raster Image Processors (RIPs)? If you are a codemonkey absolutely. If you are a developer of digital front end (DFE) systems, definitely. If you are a buyer of digital printing systems, you’d be a fool not to care.

The additions to Harlequin 13 might not sound like much, but they amount to a means of both expanding the scope of a printing business, of saving money on hardware and of keeping digital presses running at rated speed.

The Mystery that is Global Graphics
Global Graphics is one of the most important developers in the graphics industry, yet it struggles to get much attention. Any attention it does get depends on the company’s primary customers, the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who use its kit, wanting to shout about it. This tends not to happen much because OEMs want everyone to think they did it all themselves. And also because they want to keep their competitive edge and secrecy is part of doing that. Global Graphics therefore has very limited contact with end users and is subject to the imperatives thrust upon it by it’s OEMs. They include some big names behind most of the key applications in the graphics industry, if not all. OEMs include Canon, Delphax, Durst, HP, Kodak, Mark Andy, Memjet, Roland, leading developers in the printing industry as well as key manufacturers. Global Graphics expects to announce OEMs focused on the textile sector soon.

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