CIPS--Calculating Costs, Customizing OutputSeptember 1998
Mostly, CIP3 files are sent to the press stations over a network. BARCO Graphics' server architecture supports this kind of access. The press vendor's software then works on a Windows NT PC within the same network as the BARCO server. CIP3 files are left on the server and made visible to the PC in the network. The press vendor's software then converts the data to internal ink key data.
BARCO's Dewitte elaborates. "InkPlanner is suited both for a film workflow and for a direct-to-plate workflow. In the case of a direct-to-plate workflow, InkPlanner can take off non-printing zones," he explains.
Furthermore, InkPlanner allows the CIP3 file to be customized for specific use on specific presses, fully taking advantage of the syntactic possibilities given by the CIP3 administration data.
Where does BARCO see the PPF evolving—and how might Adobe, also a member of CIP3, impact PPF projections with the help of PDF?
Dewitte responds: "In the future, there will also be a PDF variant of the current PPF CIP3 data—both syntaxes have the same semantic contents and can be converted using simple conversion filters available in the market."
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A much appreciated extra feature of InkPlanner is its preview and report capabilities.
Although the CIP3 file typically does not contain the ink key setting data—since such data are calculated by the press vendor—InkPlanner can do ink key calculations and show them on-screen or put them into a report in PostScript or in spreadsheet formats.
This feature is quite interesting because most customers only have a limited number of CIP3-aware presses. Mostly, only newer presses can interpret CIP3 directly or indirectly. Older presses have manual settings. InkPlanner calculates these settings and puts them on a report, which can then accompany the plates.