StudioRIP XF

StudioRIP XFRip and workflow software for CTP, CTF, flexo, inkjet and laser printers etc. Imposition, trapping, proofing, ink duct control modules. Used by thousands of users worldwide through our international distribution network.

StudioRIP XF is the latest generation of a prepress solution that is renowned for its outstanding screening quality, versatility and flexibility. Feature rich to complement any print process, it brings the benefits of productivity, speed and quality at a highly competitive price.

The latest rendering-based architecture, running on either PC or MAC hardware, provides the core capability of StudioRIP to convert in real time any content in the workflow to the required format for display, proofing, digital printing or plate and film production.

Coupled with a very intuitive and easy-to-learn interface, StudioRIP integrates time consuming tasks such as trapping, imposition and pre-flighting into one easy-to-use application. This unique combination guarantees the fastest route from input to stunning results whatever final output process – offset, flexo, digital or inkjet plates and films.

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Screening Quality & Flexibility

    • Customizable hybrid screening – The operator can specify the minimum and maximum printable dot size.

    • Flexo hybrid screening – Smooth AM-FM transition by slihgtly shifting the screen dot centers in order to achieve a stocastic structure in the AM screen, useful for flexo where the quality of the highlights is critical.

    • Smooth, pattern free halftones – Filters out the possible patterns caused by dot gain.
    • 4096 shades of grey – Smooth gradients even in low dpi and high lpi conditions.
    • Colour precision – A low-pass filtering system smooths dot gain spikes, offering perfectly linear behavior after calibration.
    • Consistent rosettes – Perfect rosette consistency even on large format, high resolution and special angles.
    • Stochastic screening – Second order FM screen producing extremely smooth tints in the AM area (without the typical FM noise).

    • Gravure friendly dot shape – Pincushion dot available.

Powerful Proofing

StudioRIP provides the ability to create very accurate color proofs to a variety of modern proofing devices. Different users need different types of proofs, and StudioRIP gives them the proof for their needs with three types of proofing modes available:

Contone Proofing Mode

StudioRIP will create highly accurate color managed proofs typically with average ∆E of 0.6-0.8. Using the variable dot sizes of typical proofers smooth output is guaranteed even on 720 dpi.

The system can be configured to emulate different press standard by use of selectable or custom installed ICC profiles.

This mode can also be used for POS and posters.

Halftone Proofing Mode

For customers requiring real halftones in their proofs rather than a printer based contone screening, the halftone proof mode allows proofing to be set up to match a configuration for CTP/CTF allowing specific lpi, angles and trapping to be proofed.

Raster Proof Mode

Using the same data for your CTP (ROOM proofing), raster proof can quickly – with 2 mouse clicks or even automatically – produce 100% data integral proofs with real halftones. This ensures that what you see on the proof is the same content that you get on the press.

Other Features:

Format flexibility – Proofs can be of specific separations, pages or impositions, as well as progressive (e.g. both the C+M and C+M+Y+K proofs of a process color job printed for for two-color presses).

Fully integrated – Proofing is integral to StudioRIP, meaning that proofing jobs can all be viewed, imposed and controlled directly in the RIP. Creating proofing configurations is easy using the built-in wizards. No external color management software or license is required to make new configurations.

Open licensing – The proofing license allows access to all supported devices. If you upgrade your proofer, you don’t have to upgrade you license. The license also allows for multiple proofers to be installed.

Proof Check – Proofers can be checked for color accuracy using the Proof test wizard tool, which tests the output for colour accuracy, gives average ∆E readings, and will pass or fail for color accuracy.

Flexo Tools

StudioRIP provides advanced flexo capabilities, at an affordable price, with various tools optimized for the flexo industry.

Custom Angles – Angles can be fully customized via the angle editor, allowing custom angles to be set. Specific Spot colors can be assigned their own angles or spot colors can be dynamically assigned angles which will not clash.

Dot shapes – For gravure based printing special gravure dot shapes are available.

Hybrid Screening – Hybrid Screening comes as standard with ability to select a dot size to be used, and reducing the numbers of dots to give a perceived tonal range across the board.

Hybrid offset screening

Hybrid flexo screening

Shifted Hybrid – As well as standard Hybrid screening, StudioRIP offers Shifted Flexo Screening. This flexo optimized screening allows for smoother transition between AM and FM.

Pillar Dots – With Pillar Dot screening, very small highlight dots are protected from falling over and becoming scum dots by larger dots which act as a pillar in a similar way to bearer bars.

Post Processing

Ink Spread compensation – While the calibration works well on press in reducing dot gain on halftone objects, it has little effect on objects such as line work and especially reversed-out text. The ink spread tool compensates for the gain on press on solid (vector) objects by choking them before printing, so that the printed object will have its intended original size/thickness.

Dot chunk removal – Using a defined size in the number of pixels, the RIP will scan the ripped pages and remove undersized chunks of pixels, eliminating the chance of scum dots.

Texture – Increasing the ink density on the substrate during printing is possible with the texture feature inside the RIP. On solid areas and within halftone dots instead of having a flat top, a light texture is applied which results in the surface of the dot attracting more ink, which is subsequently transferred to the substrate.

Texture with edge protection applied to halftone dots:

Dispro – Distortion can be added as a value in the job style, or can be calculated using the built in tool provided by entering the cylinder information and plate details.

Seamless – Suitable for making Flexo and Gravure sleeves.

Lower Screen Limit – The smallest halftone dot size to be printed can be selected to avoid scum dots from being formed.

Powerful Viewer – The integrated viewer allows viewing of single separations, multiple colors or all colors of a job right down to pixel level. The Dot % viewer allows users to see the color mix on any part of the job.

Multi Screening compatible – The RIP will manage multi screening inside a PS or PDF job. In addition the RIP allows setting to override the inherent screening, for example turning a part of the job set to 100LPI to FM screening.

Bearer Bars – Bearer bars can be added easily to jobs; these can be customised and be configured to user needs.

Device Support – StudioRIP drives all leading Flexo CTP machines but also can utilize Epson printers to create Flexo films.

Perfect Trapping

Trapping issues are eliminated by the use of the StudioRIP trapping module. The fully integrated module provides trapping in a fully automated process. Trapping functions include:

Narrow traps – the trap is narrowed in the proximity of a third object if there is a risk of touching the third object.

Sliding Traps – Avoids sudden breaks on objects that display gradients.

Anamorphic traps – the trap size can be different in horizontal and vertical direction.

Feathered Traps – Minimizes the visual impact of a trap by blurring the edge but keeping the edge of the original object sharp.

Trap Colour Reduction – The visual Impact of trapping is reduced by reducing the density of the trap to match the original density. This smooths the result and makes the trap less visible.

Density Limitation – Protects against very dark traps.

Trapping Shapes – The shapes created where colors meet and traps are formed are protected by StudioRIP technology to prevent new problems caused by awkward trap shapes.

Image To Object Trapping – Vector objects placed over an image will trap taking into account the color of the image surrounding the text or object.

StudioRIP offers an easy to use integrated imposition option. This uses rasterized data to avoid integrity issues of imposing in separate PDF applications.

The Imposition process is very quick, allowing gutters to be changed and marks to be added in fraction of a second. Jobs can be imposed with 2 mouse clicks, or even automatically when selected in the job style.

StudioRIP comes with different modes of imposition, including saddle stitch, step and repeats and custom impositions. Smart templates allow quick impositions which are size independent, allowing for example a 4-up Imposition to work on business cards or A5 Sheets.

Impositions can use the standard marks supplied or customer’s own marks can be imported in EPS, PS and PDF format. The configuration of marks allows for complex rules to be implemented.

Simply-to-use Architecture

StudioRIP has an easy-to-use architecture which provides easy installation, easy upgrades and ease of use. The server software can be installed on standard PC units with most common Windows operating systems, while the client software can be installed both on Windows or Mac OS X systems.

Easy-to-use Client – The client is fully integrated, all user tools are run from a single Graphical User Interface from which users can submit jobs, edit jobs, proof, preview and output from a single application.

Jobs arrive and are stored with their original PDF in a job folder. This allows jobs to be edited, retrieved and reprocessed from the job history.

Advanced Preview – StudioRIP preview allows for easy and powerful previewing of jobs with four different views:

Separated view – View individual colors

Separated view – View individual colors

Separated view – View individual colors

Composite view – View All colors or selected colors together

Imposition View – The imposed view of a job

Media View – Shows the job and position on the output media

The preview also gives tools such as measuring, retouch and dot meter.

Multiple Clients – StudioRIP allows the client to run on the host PC or other Windows / Mac Clients to ensure efficient working from all user’s workstations.

Job History – Ripped data is stored in job history for easy reprints. The history can be archived to DVD or Servers.

Film and Plate Production (CTF and CTP)

StudioRIP offers industry-leading tools for using standard Epson inkjet printers for CTF and CTP use, making it the only RIP to offer all the tools needed to get the best results at a low cost.

The printer driven by StudioRIP can output Aluminum/Polyester CTP plates with sharp dots at high speed. It can also image to film, for Screen/Offset/Flexo use.

Epson Driver – Fully configurable to drive most Epson printers suitable for making plates and film, with easy-to-set speed settings and StudioRIP’s own microweave tools to improve quality and eliminate banding.

Density Control – StudioRIP gives full control of Ink settings through a range of tools which maintain density and place the optimum level of ink, without excessive dot gain, or substandard highlight dots:

Outline Pixel Protection – The outline edge of an object/halftone can have a different density to stop ink from spreading

Density Modulation system – This allows for small halftones to have more ink, which creates a better filled dot, but reducing the ink for larger dots and solid areas to stop over inking. The results are well formed dots across the entire halftone range.

Multi-Color Modes – With the StudioRIP the output color can be selected from any of the available colors. Allowing Photo or Matte Black to be used as well as Cyan, Magenta, Yellow or any of the light colors.

Twin Channel Mode – On some of the latest Epson printers with specific print heads such as 4900, 7890, 7900, 11880 etc., StudioRIP can nearly double the output speed when using two colors as the same time. This gives a dramatic increase in speed without degradation in quality.

Four Channel Mode – This mode allows users to utilize four channels of an Epson printer to increase speed: the 2880 × 2880 dpi resolution can be achieved by reducing the horizontal resolution of the printer to 1440, but using double number of channels.

Ink Spread Compensation – With certain combinations of inks and substrates, the dot gain can be far greater on inkjet systems than conventional CTP. With most RIPs this can be compensated for in halftone areas, but competition RIPs offer no solution on solid objects, such as reversed text, where small point sizes can start to fill in.

StudioRIP offers ink spread compensation to reduce and eliminate gain on solids by choking solid objects to a desired level. The results is that a 2 pt text in negative and solid on the plate look the same thickness.