The Big Picture - April 2013 - (Page 27)
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.
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The Big Picture - April 2013
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The Big Picture - April 2013