RIP (Raster Image Processors) software solutions will enhance the capabilities of the Stylus Photo R2880. A number of third party RIP software solutions are available for the R2880 which will extend the capabilities of the printer.
RIPs can provide higher flexibility and control for a number of functions such as, colour management and profiling, calibration, proofing, multiple image handling, job queuing and custom paper formats can be altered using RIP software. Available for the Stylus Photo R2880 are Photo, Proofing and Signage RIPs. There are also RIPs available for different levels of enthusiasts.
Details of different RIP software solutions is below.
EFI eXpress for Photo from EFI www.efi.com delivers high quality colour for photo production. Based on ICC-compliant colour management and cross-platform Windows and Mac OS X support, eXpress for Photo provides easy-to-use production tools for nesting, cropping, rotating and crop mark support.
ImageNest RIP from Blue Cubit www.bluecubit.com has a full-featured layout with batch sizing, automatic nesting and PDF creation. It is fully compliant with PostScript Level 3 and ICC and is a true 64-bit RIP available on the Mac OS X platform, including Snow Leopard (OS 10.6).
ImagePrint 8 from ColourByte Software www.colorbytesoftware.com is full-featured and colour managed out of the box. It is aimed at both professionals and enthusiasts in the photography sector.
Mirage Small Studio Edition for Epson from din.a.x. Digitale Bildbearbeitung www.dinax.de/mirage enables printing without complex printer drivers. The software is a professional print plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. It is not a traditional RIP, but offers most of the benefits of a RIP. It is fast and simple to use and supports all colour modes. There is no length limitation and it supports USB and TCP/IP connection.
Shiraz Focus from Shiraz Software www.shiraz-rip.com is a low-cost solution that supports only raster file formats (no PostScript or PDF). A specially-designed front-end for the photo market allows for easy and fast professional printing. Included as standard is a powerful photo pack editor that allows users to create their own designs and templates. It is available for Windows and also for Mac OS X platform.
Colour Space Proof from MMS www.mms-heidelberq.de is a high-end proof and fine art RIP solution. It has an intuitive user interface for both Mac and PC and is perfect for proofs to ISO 12647-7, fine art prints and automated output of contact prints.
EFI Colourproof XF from EFI www.efi.com offers unprecedented flexibility and control. The XF RIP delivers a complete set of features for professional hard copy proofing, for both validation printing and contract proofing, and serves production and photo needs at the same time. 100% focused on industry standards, cross-platform based with Client/Server architecture and modularly designed, EFI Colourproof XF grows with the business requirements.
EFI eXpress for Proofing from EFI www.efi.com is a high quality validation and contract proofing solution that is easy to use. It produces optimal spot colour simulations with one-click spot colour customisation based on ICC compliant colour management and cross-platform Windows and Mac OS X support. It comes with PANTONE, DIC, HKS and Toyo spot colour libraries.
PowerRIP X from Digital Graphic Imaging Systems / dba iProof Systems www.iproofsystems.com is a PostScript-compatible Level 3 interpreter for Mac OSX. It is used by graphic artists and printing professionals to produce accurate prepress proofs with tight tolerances for contract-quality proofing. It is pre-profiled for Epson papers and inks, and includes all major industry-standard CMYK and RGB profiles.
EFI Fiery XF from EFI www.efi.com delivers high quality large-to-super-wide-format print results. Fiery XF’s cross-platform capabilities, client/server architecture and modular concept provide the flexibility to grow with the business. Automated workflows and a complete set of production features enable high volume production with tight turnaround schedules.
Shiraz Signature from Shiraz Software www.shiraz-rip.com is a state of the art RIP programme with an integrated layout/server module. It supports raster, PostScript and PDF file formats and includes versatile layout, tiling, nesting and full server functionality. Live polling of printer information ensures trouble-free production. It is aimed at start-up signage or print-for-pay operations. It is available for Windows and also for Mac OS X platform.
Shiraz RIP Server from Shiraz Software www.shiraz-rip.com is a top-of-the-range RIP server with full client/server functionalities and multiple simultaneous printer queues. It is aimed at sites with multiple printers and multiple clients, and includes modules for profiling and a very sophisticated hot queue system for automated workflow. It is available for Windows and also for Mac OS X platform.
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