CIP3–Enabling the Digital Journey

Harlequin’s CIP3 plug-in for ScriptWorks can take any PostScript, EPS, PDF or TIFF/IT-P1 file and repurpose it to a CIP3 file. The result is a file that can be used to finely tune ink key settings at the press, Masia explains.

Output files generated by Harlequin’s CIP3 option have been tested with interfaces from Heidelberg and MAN Roland. Other press vendors and third-party add-on manufacturers are working with the CIP3 consortium to enable the same data to increase the efficiency of a large and growing number of presses worldwide.

“Harlequin has been involved in CIP3 from the beginning and remains committed to providing enabling technologies that allow our OEM partners to provide customer solutions that embody the CIP3 specification,” Masia continues.

“The CIP3 PPF is already a very robust and expressive format with tremendous promise for end-user benefit.”

CIP3 Q&A With Harlequin’s Andrew Masia

Andrew Masia is director of product marketing, Harlequin Digital Printing and Publishing

Q: Why has Harlequin been an ardent supporter of CIP3?

A: Harlequin has always supported industry standards and open systems. CIP3 is important in this regard because it provides a language that enables the integration of press and finishing operations with the wide variety of automated prepress systems represented by Harlequin’s 50 OEMs. Because this integration depends on the ability of hardware and software from many different vendors to work together, industry standard languages, interfaces and protocols are critical.

Q: Are there types of workflows that lend themselves to CIP3?

A: Those end users who have integrated imposition into their electronic prepress systems will be the first to make full use of applications that embody these emerging standards. For example, in order to automate the setting of ink keys, the CIP3 file must represent the entire printing form, and not just an individual page.

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