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Compose Express RIP is the OEM version of Harlequin Scriptwork RIP, it provides exceptionally fast and efficient rendering for high-volume printing. Easy to integrate into your workflow it is proven to be the fastest renderer available, with no compromise on quality, enabling you to achieve rated engine speed with less processing power. And it makes it possible for you to minimize the hardware...

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Express RIP v12 is the only native PostScript and native PDF Interpreter in the Market, it comes from Global Graphics, called Harlequin Scriptwork. Compose licensed the RIP and called it Express RIP for the last 30 years. It is the fastest interpreter in the market filled with loads of features including unique screening enhancement for Inkjet printing.

Compose was the first using Harlequin RIP in production systems since 1988. Many years later, it is now at the heart of many well-known machines including digital presses such as HP Indigo, Memjet, Roland and Durst. . . It becomes one of the most powerful RIP solutions for Inkjet printing, label Printing, variable data printing and commercial printing for books. It’s the ideal RIP engine to put dots on any substrates including, paper, film, textiles, ceramic, plastics, and bottles.

Express RIP solution is scalable to suit the market requirement, it can be offered in a multiple RIP situation to step up the ripping power, or printing variable data on labels such as Hang Tags labels, or security printing involving QR codes.

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Feature Highlights

o Express RIP support 1 bit or 8 bit Tiff.
o Express RIP can also output BMP in 1, 2, 3, 4 , 8 bit format.
o Native support for PDF 1.6 through to PDF 2.0, also PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 and PDF/X- 4, PDF/VT
o Choice of raster and vector in-Rip trapping options.
o Supports multiple input channels - NT Print, NT Pipe, Spool folder, Socket TCP/IP, and Serial port.
o Compose offer services to create customer’s defined format.
o High performance simultaneously RIP and print, multiple RIPs solution for heavy duty production system.
o Improved multi-threaded rendering for multi core technologies, ensuring it can keep up with all the highspeed printing heads such as Kyocera and Fuji Samba.
o Multiple screening options, including 2 bit and 3 bit screening for modern Inkjet heads.
o Compose provides support well over 200 output devices including modern Inkjet heads and different unique interfaces.

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High Performance

Express RIP can be multi-threaded, allowing different tasked to be performed simultaneously. Multi threads allow the RIP to execute PS/PDF rendering, and at the same time carry out transparency combination, trapping and output to Print devices at the same time.

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Alternatively, it can be used to process multiple pages simultaneously to achieve parallel pages processing. 

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Express RIP is also equipped with an advance feature to support Variable data printing when there is a static background. Only the variable data element is processed one record at a time. By saving the time to rip the static background, one can gain a lot of productivity time using this method particularly in Label Printing.

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Advanced Screening Technology

Harlequin Precision screening (HPS) – it is a traditional screening technology with a clear rosette in the view, showing how the CMYK dots are placed. Harlequin has many screening pattern available for different type of printing requirement.

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Harlequin Disperse Screening (HDS) - a screening technology that minimises the moiré patterning effect from color separations output to ensure high quality reproduction with any screening option in the RIP. Compose can provide 1 bit Tiff, or 2 bit, 3 bit screening and driver to suit customers requirement.

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Express RIP can also support Inkjet Printing by offering 2, 3, 4 bit dots, this time it is called by Super fine, Fine, . . . as example below.

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To some advanced users, they may prefer to use HXM screening for a better definition on images. Samples on how it would look like is better demonstrated on the picture below. 

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Color management

Express RIP provides excellent color control to ensure consistent, accurate and predictable color reproduction. Users can create ICC profiles using ColorPro or can use pre-configured ICC profile plug-ins that Compose has developed for a variety of devices.

Support Multiple linear curve in 2bits, 3 bits and 4 bits dots.
Support different linear value by individual corrections
Support each primary color curve with individual corrections.

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Using 4 different curves for adjustment

1. Using the linear curve for gray color calibration on the Press machine
2. Using color curve to re-define certain color requirement.
3. To adjust to reflect the dot gain by the press machine.
4. To adjust to linear curve to adjust the dot gain by the press.

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Support 4 color, 6 color and N ciolor curve calculation.
Support Xrite Spectro drive instruments.
Allow self-defined linear curve value.

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Define your own color rendering Intent

Coloring intend can be adjusted depending on requirement
like increasing/decreasing a certain color intent
Adjusting the ink dot value
Changing the Black generation method.

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Spot color matching

This feature is a most popular request by Label Printers, Compose provides a Spot color matching solution, called Spot Matcher which is tie with the RIP color tablet. Spot Matcher allows users to define Spot Color visually or by measurement device, making it quick and easy to obtain an accurate value.

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Express MultiBit Output

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In-RIP trapping

Choice of vector and raster based in-RIP trapping options to automatically trap PostScript and PDF files as they are ripped.

Variable Data Printing

Compose Variable data printing engine, Velocity, is designed specifically for digital Printing, it can support variable printing for text, images, Color, Bar codes, QR codes, and logic expression.

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Localization for different countries

Compose has a unique interface solution for any of the licensee to have their own identification for their front end, including localization for different languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Italian.

Support over 200 Output Devices around the world.  

Supports over 200 output devices such as imagesetters, plate setters, large format inkjet plotters and high-speed Inkjet printers currently in the market.

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Let’s work together.


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Compose Digital is proud to be a partner on this development, we will endeavour to improve its performance to satisfy the growing demand from different sectors. 


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