The Big Picture - April 2013 - (Page 27)

keyword RIP Tide Nearly 50 RIPs to help you accommodate a torrent of work. As this issue’s columnists point out, today’s print providers typically have to deal with the ebb and flow of a shop’s work (see pages 16 and 18). At times, you’ll be contending with low tide, perhaps barely finding enough work for the staff to take on. Other times, however, the jobs will come in fast and furious – a “rip tide” of jobs that has the potential to capsize your operation if you don’t have the capabilities to handle them all. Enter the RIP. Today’s RIPs boast more features than ever before, allowing many of them to be complete workflow solutions that can drive multiple shop tools – yes, printers, but also prepress and finishing tools and more. In addition, the RIP itself can often perform functions unheard of just a few short years ago: from color management and ink savings to job management and more, including dovetailing with mobile and Cloud applications. To help you in selecting your best RIP, we asked RIP suppliers to provide us with information on each RIP model and its features. For purposes of the charts on the pages that follow, we’ve limited this group to “third-party” RIPs – those RIPs typically purchased from a non-printer OEM – because these are generally engineered for more than one manufacturer’s printers. There are exceptions, of course, when a company that produces RIPs is also producing printers; in the case of EFI, for instance, we’ve strived to only list those RIPs that can be used on a variety of machines. Various printer OEMs also produce (or have produced for them) RIPs for their own machine models or utilize machine-/company-specific editions of a RIP. Although we’re not listing these here, we certainly encourage shops to investigate all options when it comes to RIPs. As with last year’s RIP charts, we’ve updated the listed features to include: white and metallic ink support (W, M), G7 support, step and repeat, hot folders, Webbrowser interface, consumables savings and tracking capabilities (Sv, Tr), cutting options, and more. Keep these points in mind as you study the charts: • We only include RIP models that are geared toward or can handle wide-format output, according to manufacturer specs. • We list more than two dozen RIP features, and indicate if each feature is standard (S) or optional (O) on that particular RIP. If a cell is left blank, you can assume that the feature is not offered. • Printers and fi le formats supported: In the interest of space, we list only the number of printers the RIP supports; see the company’s website for complete information. This is also true for fi le formats. • We list a price when provided by the RIP supplier. • The “Notes” section contains additional information not included elsewhere in the charts. Finally, keep in mind that these charts are designed to be a staging area for your RIP research. Your next best step is to contact the RIP manufacturer/supplier to see how a specific RIP might best suit your individual operation and needs. 27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Big Picture - April 2013

The Big Picture - April 2013
Wide Angle
Inside Output
Business + Management
Becoming a Pace Setter
RIP Tide
Success with Dynamic Signage

The Big Picture - April 2013