Xanté Unveils OpenRIP Flexo 7.0, Bringing Major Innovations to Flexo Workflow Software
Hall 4, Stand F34
- Freeform Ganging Speeds Production
- Latest Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE)
- Integrated PANTONE® Color Libraries
- Halftone Post-Processing Eliminates “Dirty Dots”
- Color Management & Viewing Advancements
- Enhanced Tools For Accurate Dot Gain Adjustments
- New Bearer Bar Options
May 20, 2008 –– Mobile, AL, USA & Duiven, The Netherlands –– Xanté, a leader in automated prepress solutions designed for flexo and label printers, raises the bar for affordable flexography workflow software with the debut of OpenRIP® Flexo 7.0 Professional. OpenRIP Flexo 7.0 incorporates the latest version of the Adobe® PDF Print Engine (APPE), which RIPs PDF files in their native format; thereby ensuring file integrity throughout the workflow. Xanté designers have advanced OpenRIP technology in several key areas, delivering substantial screening, color, linearization, and dot gain developments. OpenRIP Flexo 7.0 also fully integrates the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® and PANTONE Goe™ System Color Libraries.
“More sophisticated imaging requirements are forcing flexographers to look for state-of-the-art workflow systems. Xanté is ready to accommodate this need with leading edge workflow software that fulfills our criteria for power, ease of use and economy,” says CEO Robert Ross. “We’re well known for delivering advanced solutions that are cost-effective but do not compromise quality. We’re especially proud that we can offer such a powerful application with this major release of OpenRIP Flexo 7.”
Says Raman Nagpal, director of product marketing and engineering, Printing Systems Group of Adobe, “The success of our 15 year relationship with Xanté makes the company a perfect partner for our venture into flexography, a market Xanté knows well. It’s important for Adobe to continuously reach further to fulfill the complex needs of segments like package and label printing, and we can deliver to these audiences faster with proven partner solutions such as Xanté OpenRIP Flexo 7.0 software. The combination of Xanté and Adobe here is a powerful one.”
New Frontiers in Flexo Color
With OpenRIP Flexo 7.0, flexographers can now enjoy a full range of color management options including color-accurate viewing and proofing, on monitor or hardcopy, and support for RGB, Lab, and CMYK color spaces as well as improved spot, process, and RGB color representation and output. The increased precision of color representation on-screen and on hard copy proofs speeds trapping assessments and color modifications, which are priorities for flexographers.
“PANTONE Colors are universally recognized as the color standard for the packaging segment. The addition of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM and PANTONE Goe Color Libraries to the OpenRIP Flexo 7.0 workflow gives flexographers an easy-to-use and effective way to accurately proof and reproduce spot colors,” says Andrew Hatkoff, vice president, Advanced Color Technologies at Pantone, Inc.
Unique Halftone Post-Processing Development Eliminates “Dirty Dots”
Xanté VP of Software Development, Tom Eager, says, “The flexo customers who have previewed OpenRIP Flexo 7.0 are, quite frankly, blown away by several developments we’ve made.” Eager says customers are especially impressed with the new halftone post-processing feature that removes dots too small to reproduce on press. “Our R&D team has also made significant enhancements to color, dot gain, marks and bearer bars in this version.”
“OpenRIP Flexo 7.0 is proof, once again, that Xanté genuinely listens to customers, and then turns wish lists and suggestions into real solutions. The halftone post-processing feature resulted from a customer request at Labelexpo Brussels, just a few months ago,” says Stefano d’Andrea, product manager for distributor TECNOGRAPHICA, and vice-president of ATIF, the Italian Flexographic Technical Association.
FTA Education Director, Joe Tuccitto, says, “Xanté is known for excellent reliability and customer service. The company’s focus on adding functionality that truly matters – like standardized color management and cleaner screening, is what makes loyal customers.”
About New OpenRIP Flexo 7.0 Professional
OpenRIP Flexo 7.0 Professional is a comprehensive, turnkey PDF workflow featuring support for both the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) and Adobe® PostScript® 3™. OpenRIP Flexo drives a wide variety of output devices including platesetters, imagesetters, laser printers, digital color presses, copiers, inkjet printers and plotters, all from a single, state-of-the-art RIP. This centralized control maintains file consistency from preview, to proof, to plate.
OpenRIP Flexo improves productivity and reduces human error by automating tedious and error-prone prepress tasks. It offers advanced color management and automates complex prepress tasks such as file setup, trapping, screening, imposition and application of linearization and dot gain compensation; giving a print shop everything required for prepress operation in one, complete, software package.
The modular design of OpenRIP Flexo allows users to easily add options to meet growing production needs.
OpenRIP Flexo version 7.0 Professional will be available to customers worldwide in May 2008. An OpenRIP Flexo 7.0 upgrade will be made available to current customers.
NEW FEATURE DETAILS IN ADDENDUM, ATTACHED.
Xanté provides state-of-the-art PDF workflow and imaging solutions for high quality graphic and prepress applications by leveraging a combination of its own hallmark technologies and those acquired from RIPit and Exxtra. The product line includes 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 VM series violet metal platesetters and the SpeedSetter series of polyester imaging systems; and award-winning OpenRIP Flexo software RIP, an Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) workflow with support for Adobe PostScript 3. OpenRIP Flexo 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.
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New Version Details
The new version of OpenRIP Flexo 7.0 Professional provides enhanced standard and optional features.
Color Improvements for Previewing and Proofing (Standard)
Color management improvements have been made throughout the OpenRIP workflow including enhancements to Monitor Preview, RasterView and KoolKolor proofing. The PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM Color Library has been integrated into the spot color database and custom spot colors can now be defined in multiple color spaces. Xanté is one of the first companies to integrate the new PANTONE Goe System of 2,058 solid colors into its software, OpenRIP Flexo PDF workflow.
Color improvements include:
- Enhanced spot ink color definition in CMYK, RGB and Lab.
- Monitor preview is now color-managed and generates previews of RGB, CMYK and Spot Colors with greater accuracy.
- Advanced ink mixing formula shows on-screen differences between black and rich black, and subtle color differences that result from spot colors that overprint halftone dots.
- PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM solid coated, solid uncoated and solid matte, and PANTONE Goe coated Color Library support built into spot color database.
Linearization / Dot Gain Feature Updates (Standard)
Imaging clean halftone dots, which are the correct size, is critical for producing accurate color on press. Halftone dots that are too large or too small can shift color balance. OpenRIP Flexo calibration and linearization wizards provide tools for calibrating platesetters, imagesetters, printing presses and other equipment, accordingly.
Linearization and Dot Gain enhancements include:
- Ability to edit Linearization and Dot Gain records within the OpenRIP user interface.
- Ability to specify minimum and maximum printable screen values, while allowing screen values outside that range to be rendered as clear or solid.
- Addition of a Flexo Curve that provides more control points between 0%-10% and 90%-100%.
Halftone Post-Processing – (Standard)
The new halftone post-processing feature removes dots that are too small to reproduce on press. Controls for spot removal allow a spot size to be defined by a horizontal and vertical limit, or by an overall area that is less than a predefined size.
StripRITE Imposition – (Optional)
StripRITE Imposition allows placement of individual pages onto a press sheet in a controlled, repeatable manner. The design of the press sheet and placement of individual elements is done in advance, through the creation of custom imposition layouts. Layouts may be edited and used repeatedly with different jobs that require a similar page layout.
Imposition Layout Editor has been extended to allow:
- Pages of different sizes.
- Pages with different orientations.
- Creation of “Dutch cut” layouts.
Freeform Ganging (Optional)
Freeform Ganging is an optional standalone feature, which can be used with StripRITE Imposition. Freeform Ganging or StripRITE Imposition can be utilized independently or together when preparing a job for output.
Freeform Ganging allows placement of pages or images of varying size and orientation onto one or more sheets, on the fly. This feature minimizes media use and maximizes imaging speeds. It is not typically used in situations for which precise placement is essential.
Freeform Ganging enables:
- Ganging of jobs that are different sizes on a press sheet, without any prior definition of the configuration.
- Ganging of separations across a single page or multiple pages.
- Ganging of contone jobs across a single page or multiple pages for proofing.
The implementation of Freeform Ganging as a separate feature provides the following advantages:
- Allows imposed jobs to be ganged together, and vice versa.
- Allows ganging features to be applied independently from imposition.