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Hong Kong,China

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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 digital presses, like HP Indigo, Memjet, Roland and Durst. . . Together with Compose proprietary Workflow solution, it becomes one of the most powerful solution for Inkjet printing, capable of label Printing, variable data printing, and commercial printing for books. It’s the ideal RIP engine to use for putting 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

  • Native support for PDF 1.6 through to PDF 2.0, also PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 and PDF/X- 4.
  • Choice of raster and vector in-Rip trapping options.
  • Supports multiple input channels - NT Print, NT Pipe, Spool folder, Socket TCP/IP, and Serial port
  • High performance, simultaneously RIP and print, multiple RIPs solution for heavy duty production system.
  • Improved multi-threaded rendering for new Duo and Quad core technologies, ensuring it can keep up with all the high speed printing heads such as Kyocera and Fuji Samba.
  • Multiple screening options, including 2 bit and 3 bit screening for modern Inkjet heads.
  • Compose provides support for over 200 output devices including modern Inkjet heads with unique interfaces. 


Support wide range of input files
PostScript® Language Level 1, 2 and 3 specifications, native support for PDF 1.7 through to PDF 2.0, also PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 and PDF/ X- 4, TIFFT 6, TIFF-IT/P1 (optional), XPS v.1.0, HD Photo, JPEG, GIF,DCS 1, DCS 2, EPS, JBIG2, and JDF 1.1a, 1.2 , 1.3 (optional).

In-RIP trapping
Choice of vector and raster based in-RIP trapping options to automatically trap PostScript and PDF fi les 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.

Advanced Screening Technology
Harlequin Disperse Screening (HDS) - a color 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 requirment.

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.

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

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

Support Multi-threaded Processor
Improved multi-threaded rendering that helps remove RIP bottlenecks in handling raster data and takes full advantage of the new Duo and Quad core technologies.

Enhancement on printable text, particularly on text which is printed on low Res resolution.

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

PrintXpress Workflow

PrintXPress is designed with the industry trend in mind, providing you a cost-effective solution equipped with the tools so you can start producing for the future with your digital presses. PrintXPress’s wide range of applications makes it suitable for different types of printing.

PrintXPress can be used to print personalized envelops, letterheads or business cards in a corporate print room, labels or hang tags, books or brochures at a commercial printer or quick printer. PrintXPress brings the tools together in a suite of applications so you can expand your revenue to a new world of short-run, quick turn-around print services.

A unique Print Engine
PrintXPress drives the printers via their native Windows printer driver, providing the same easy setup offered by the manufacturer, making it easy for users to print their documents.

Managing by Print Queue
All users can view all job queues in PrintXPress.
The Active Queue contains jobs queueing to be printed. Once they are printed, they will be moved to the Held Queue and users can re-configure and re-print them when needed.
In addition, users can submit a job to the Ready Queue. Print instructions can be assigned when those jobs need to be printed.
Finally, jobs that caused errors are saved in the Error Queue. Users can re-configure the print instructions and re-print them.

Client – Server Architecture
PrintXPress is consisted of client and server applications. The server application (PrintXPress Central) manages users’ jobs and drive the printers.
Each PrintXPress Central application controls one or more digital presses. The client application (PrintXPress) runs on the user’s workstations. Users can submit PDF files, booklets and variable data job and monitor print progress with PrintXPress.

One Server – Multiple Printers
PrintXPress is designed to drive multiple printers, even if they are different printers. Setups can be created for each printer and shared via PrintXpress Central. Users can select printer setups for specific printer from the PrintXPress application.

Configure with Native Driver
Configure how to print your jobs using the printer drivers provided by the manufacturer. With PrintXPress, there is no need to learn a complicated process just to print to your printers

Step and Repeat
You can step and repeat your jobs onto a larger sheet for optimisation on Media or ease of finishing.
Step and repeat setting can be automatic, selecting only the paper size and gutter width, or manually entering the number of rows and columns and job orientation.
Advance Step and Repeat can help to arrange the orders in a most logical way to meet delivery requirement.

Smart Impose
SmartImpose provides easy but powerful book imposition, supporting up to 8-UP imposition, perfect-bound and saddle-stitched, with support for sewing sections. SmartImpose provides comprehensive mark support including color bar, sheet labels and collation marks. SmartImpose is flexible with sheet and page sizes, allowing pages to be resized and re-positioned, and generating sheets that can be fitted on different size papers.

Velocity is a variable data software ideal for simple personalization products such as business cards, envelops, labels and hang tags.
Velocity supports 4 variable element types - Text, Image, Barcode and Color. Layers and useful design tools are provided for easy layout.
Velocity also supported Enhanced QR Code, allowing you to change the shape and color of the eyes and modules as well as adding your logo to the QR Code. Velocity output to PDF files, or directly to Windows Printers.

Velocity - QR codes
With Compose Enhanced QR Code, customers can fully customize every aspect of the QR code, including the shape and colors of the finder pattern and modules, filling the QR code with flat color, gradient or image pixels, and embedding your logo image as part of the QR code.

Change the finder pattern to one of the 15+ shapes available.
Fill the QR code with flat color, gradient or based on an image but turn into pixel data.
Add your company logo to the QR code.

Velocity – Multiple DataBase
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Sometimes outline text is required for finishing options. Velocity provides a new feature to convert specific text blocks to outline, allowing varnish and gold foiling to be performed.
The text outline function is unicode supported, allowing Roman alphabets and Chinese, Japanese and Korean fonts are supported.

Spot Matcher
operation v1.0 108ppiSpot Matcher provides accurate spot color matching by providing easy creation of spot color target sheets and offers 2 methods for selecting the best match - either visually with nothing more than your eyes, or by measurement using spectrophotometer. Spot Matcher also supports iterative processes allowing accurate results to be achieved in several iterations.

Spot Matcher supports Pantone™, PantonePlus™ and custom spot colors such as logo colors.

Express RIP is an integral part of Spot Matcher for Spot color simulation calculation.




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