Xanté RIPit Showcases Advanced, Affordable Digital Workflow for Label Prepress at INFO*FLEX 2007


Xanté RIPit Showcases Advanced, Affordable Digital Workflow for Label Prepress at INFO*FLEX 2007

At INFO*FLEX 2007 Booth # 724


Xanté RIPit Showcases Advanced, Affordable Digital Workflow for Label Prepress at INFO*FLEX 2007

OpenRIP Flexo Delivers Automated, Multi-Device Workflow for Flexo Label Applications

Now with New Adobe PDF Print Engine

May 7, 2007 – Montreal, Canada (INFO*FLEX 2007) — RIPit, now part of Xanté, a leading developer of graphic arts hardware and software including flexographic print workflow solutions, is showcasing its popular OpenRIP Flexo solution in booth 724 at INFO*FLEX, sponsored by the Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA). INFO*FLEX is taking place May 7-8 here in Montréal, QC, Canada.

OpenRIP Flexo, now featuring support for the new Adobe PDF Print Engine, is based on the award-winning OpenRIP series. OpenRIP Flexo brings new levels of workflow automation with a wide range of feature and performance enhancements designed to increase prepress production and accuracy.

OpenRIP Flexo with SmartDieTM performs all the repetitive and tedious work of preparing files for output by automatically applying step and repeat, distortion, bearer bars and traps to suit a wide variety of production needs. OpenRIP Flexo allows prepress operators to focus on preparing artwork in a simple, one-up workflow.

“We’re pleased to showcase our OpenRIP Flexo solution under the new Xanté umbrella here at INFO*FLEX,” says Joe Fortes, Xanté Flexo Sales Manager. “As part of the highly respected Xanté organization, we will continue to work on providing high quality affordable solutions engineered specifically for the Flexo label marketplace.

“Our customers tell us that we pack a lot of high end features, from advanced, automated trapping and proofing tools to color management and screening technologies — in an affordable, modular solution that lets them add what they need, when they need it.”

OpenRIP Flexo Feature Highlights — Features and options available for OpenRIP Flexo are as follows, and detailed in attached addendum:


  • Die Database and SmartDie Functionality
  • In-RIP Trapping with TrapZoneTM
  • Multi-Stage Proofing
  • Monitor Preview
    • RasterView
    • Color Mapping Control ExportProof
    • KoolKolorTM Proofing
    • Advanced Proof
    • KoolToningTM Halftone Simulator
  • Device & Image Quality Control
  • RIP-Integrated Color Management
  • Screening Technologies –
    • Adobe® Accurate Screens
    • Agfa® Balanced Screening for Flexo
    • RIPit’s PerfectBLENDTM Flexo hybrid screening
  • Linearization & Dot Gain Compensation

Long Record of Success in Flexo

Xanté RIPit was one of the first to offer third-party RIP solutions to the printing industry. In 1992, RIPit developed the “AlanRIP” for Alan Graphics, a full function die database, with full distortion in a flexographic software Raster Image Processor. Several hundred of these RIPit-based Flexo solutions were installed over the years. In 2001, RIPit integrated it into its portfolio adding many new features requested by Flexo customers. The result is today’s powerful OpenRIP Flexo solution. This superior workflow solution is now the choice of many flexographic printers and trade shops around the world.


About Xanté

Xanté provides state-of-the-art workflow and imaging technologies for high quality graphic and prepress applications. The product line includes chemical and process-free metal and polyester computer-to-plate imaging devices including the popular Impressia and PlateMaker lines; high resolution digital color presses including Ilumina; large format violet metal plate and polyester imaging systems such as the best-selling VM4 SpeedSetter; and award-winning OpenRIP® Symphony workflow software, based on an Adobe® PostScript® 3™ RIP and one of the first workflows to support the Adobe PDF Print Engine. OpenRIP Symphony allows every device in the print shop — including platesetters, imagesetters, laser printers, digital copiers, inkjet printers and plotters — to be controlled from a single RIP for true workflow consistency.

Xanté Corporation headquarters is located in Mobile, Alabama, USA, and its products are distributed through a worldwide network of reseller and distribution partners. For more information visit www.xante.com.

Media Contacts:

Helene Smith
+1 407.786.0040 tel
+1 321.388.6511 cell
Stephanie Ryan
+1 251.473.6502 tel

Xanté, PlateMaker, Impressia, Ilumina, RIPit, OpenRIP and Symphony are trademarks or registered trademarks of Xanté Corporation. Adobe and PostScript are trademarks of Adobe Systems, Incorporated, which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.



OpenRIP Flexo Feature Highlights

Die Database and SmartDie Functionality

The primary feature of OpenRIP Flexo is its exclusive Die Database which allows users to create, edit and store custom die templates to suit an unlimited amount of production scenarios. Users may specify step and repeat settings, apply bearer bars and automatically calculate and apply the correct distortion value instantly and accurately eliminating costly human errors.

The Die Database is centrally located within the workflow, where users can quickly select and apply the correct die for specific jobs, batch process a group of jobs, or use SmartDie feature and let OpenRIP Flexo automatically apply the correct die needed. If your job specifications change, assign a different Die from the Die Database, or customize settings on the fly. Other features include Stagger and Double Burn Overlapping Objects for added flexibility.

In-RIP Trapping with TrapZoneTM – built in Adobe In-RIP Trapping and enhanced with RIPit’s TrapZone technology which allows users to select regions through Monitor Preview with different trap settings. Simply re-preview the job to apply and view changes.

Multi-Stage Proofing
Open RIP Flexo offers a variety of proofing solutions designed to help users to catch file and setup problems before they become expensive mistakes:

  • Monitor Preview – check page elements, colors, traps, knockouts, over-prints and step & repeat templates (in composite and separated modes), before output of a proof or media.
  • RasterView – lets users examine a RIPped file at the dot level. View trapping, screen angles, frequencies, and tint values.
  • Color Mapping Control – automatically combines spot colors which use the same number and ends in “CVC”, “CV”, “CVU”, etc… Users can also edit a file’s colors, combine colors or simply turn specific colors off.
  • ExportProof – save raster files as PDFs, TIFFs and JPEGs to preview at workstations or E-mail directly to customers.
  • KoolKolorTM Proofing – create color accurate proofs from a variety of inkjet printers and plotters. Select ICC profiles as well as destination profiles for a proof that simulates the final printed product.
  • Advanced Proof – this versatile color control technology gives users the power to print and continue any combination of colors, or assign new colors to satisfy client changes. Editing tools allow color changes to specified percentages to rude tonal values. Die lines or key lines can be also printed separately on inkjet film as an overlay.
  • KoolToningTM Halftone Simulator – get inkjet proofs with the actual halftone dots and screen angles that are specified for the job. CMYK and Spot colors show with the actual screening algorithm and line screen.
  • Device & Image Quality Control  – OpenRIP Flexo can directly drive over one hundred imagesetters, platesetters and plotters. With PS-Out and TIFF-Out features, OpenRIP Flexo allows users to print to many more Postscript output devices.
  • RIP-Integrated Color Management – allows OpenRIP Flexo to honor embedded color profiles, and lets users select source and destination profiles to be used during interpretation.
  • Screening Technologies — OpenRIPt Flexo offers a variety of screening solutions specifically designed for Flexo presses including: Adobe® Accurate Screens, Agfa® Balanced Screening for Flexo (with true round dots) and RIPit’s PerfectBLENDTM Flexo hybrid screening. PerfectBLEND combines the benefits of AM and FM Screening for higher linescreens, smoother gradients and cleaner press runs.
  • Linearization & Dot Gain Compensation – easy to use wizards lets users precisely calibrate its imagesetter and fingerprint its pres. Create a profile of every press and job scenario for better color control and job consistency.