Server Trends & RIPs--New Configurations, Network Solutions
Glenn Fisher, sales support manager at Screen (USA), on where the Rip Once, Plot Many concept needs to grow.
We view ROPM as a hardware function that should be handled by a screening box which sits in front of the proofer, imagesetter or platesetter on the network. By using this technology, Screen has developed the ability to RIP a file to disk, and then output the exact same digital data to either a proofer, imagesetter or platesetter, applying dot gain curves and screening characteristics.
Ray Cassino, product manager for CTP at Heidelberg Prepress, on Delta activities.
ROOM is alive and well; we have it running here in demo studios in Atlanta. Our first installation, Progress Printing of Lynchburg, VA, is completed and that customer has doubled its output. We have more ROOM installs in the works; the floodgates are opening for ROOM.
Using Delta technology, we RIP a PostScript file once, send the data to the Delta list, then use the Delta list as an output vehicle, sending the data for a job through trapping, imposition, platemaking, contract proofing, even to CIP3 output—all from the one RIP.
Peter Gorgone, director of marketing at Rampage Systems, on why RIP Once, Plot Many proofing is not a concept, but a deliverable product.
Whether you call it ROOM or ROPM, I can report that Rampage has hundreds of customers who are trapping and RIPing files at a high resolution for an imagesetter or platesetter, saving those files in an unscreened format and proofing them without reRIPing on virtually any device they choose.
RIPing once at a high resolution means more than a reliable proof: it means a better proof, one that renders traps and sharpens the linework and text. Best of all, nothing is hardwired to specific print drivers or manufacturers. It's open, it works and it's here.