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Do I need AccuRIP?

A RIP manages both solids and halftones, provides control of ink spraying and delivers high quality results. Although you print files (one to multiple colors) to produce film separations, it is actually not a separation software. It takes your properly built file and translates it to the printer. RIP stands for Raster Image Processor, and it is so important when printing films (transparencies) through an inkjet or bubble jet printer such as an Epson or Canon.

To understand the value of AccuRIP Software, the industries number one RIP, we’ll start with art. Graphics files created in Adobe, Corel and other mainstream graphics programs are built using Adobe PostScript data. To accomplish simple to complex computer graphics you’re relying on the power of the PostScript language introduced by Adobe in 1984. Adobe created PostScript, so when you create PostScript graphics as you do, and want to print these files as separations (including one color) you need either a PostScript printer (with Adobe PostScript chips), or a RIP such as AccuRIP that expertly translates the data to a non-PostScript printer. You guessed it – most inkjet printers do not have Adobe PostScript chips, or include PostScript software to translate the data. They are therefore called non-PostScript devices.

Did you ever print a file through a RIP and it came out with unexpected results? Bet you blamed the RIP! Well, a RIP sees the data and how the data was built and delivers it as it was constructed. Did you know that Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw and Separation Studio 4 are all color separation software? Yes, these art files are already separated when they are built correctly – waiting for the AccuRIP Driver to send the data and produce separations. If you don’t go straight from a color image to the RIP, you’re working too hard. Check out the “ Wrong Way to Print ” Video – are you wrong?

Companies such as Epson and Canon will suggest AccuRIP, for example, for your PostScript translation to print your separations to film. Freehand even custom developed a version of AccuRIP at the request of Epson America for their product line, and AccuRIP Software is available for over 4 dozen printers.

So, PostScript is all about halftones? Absolutely not. AccuRIP manages every part of the file translation from solids to tints/gradients (halftones) to fonts. This important ability is not an ability of an inkjet’s printer driver. Plus, AccuRIP provides additional capabilities such as ink lay down control and setting resolution to achieve the darkest and sharpest film positives and negatives. Too light or too heavy of an ink lay down spells disaster. With AccuRIP software output production is accurate, controllable, reliable, fast and easy.

The best news for AccuRIP users is the incredibly short time to experience a complete return on investment. During the 14-day, AccuRIP Black Pearl fully-functional trial period as production ready films are printed and used to expose screens for press production, the profits are being generated to cover the cost of a business software that drives output. That’s fast. AccuRIP Ruby is Freehand’s turn-key solution that works well because of the software and the unique Dmax ink, therefore a trial is not available. Running the software with just Canon ink or even another brand would deliver unfavorable results.

The short answer to do you need AccuRIP is absolutely YES, because we know screen printers demand top-quality and high production!


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