Server Trends & RIPs--New Configurations, Network Solutions
Francis Lamy, founder and chief technology officer at DALiM, on customers' views of the ROPM concept.
Customers are looking to RIP Once, Plot Many times. Most vendors are busily developing automated workflow solutions to work with all aspects of the workflow at all steps, residing on a centralized server.
DALiM is developing a client server output system where the rasterizing is done on the server, allowing the output manager to set the particular screening and calibration parameters at the output device, without re-RIPing the files each time those parameters need to change.
Allen Dunn, senior product development manager, Electronic Imaging, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., on where ROOM needs to be.
RIP Once, Plot Many is a platform for many companies to be long on promises yet short on delivery. The promise of an all-encompassing workflow is not new, it's been around since the days of CEP systems. The challenge is to provide the solution on today's standard hardware platforms at a price people are willing to pay.
Phil Crosby, product manager, Gerber Systems, on a new name for ROOM.
What you really can have is Interpret Once, Render Many (IORM).
After the render to the highest desired resolution, this render file is sub-sampled to create a lower resolution file that can be sent to a lower resolution device. Another method would be to render files of varying resolutions. These files are then screened or not screened, in the case of a continuous tone printer, for output.
Server technology, such as that offered by server staple Silicon Graphics (SGI) in its array of related offerings, including Octane and O2, is advancing to manage the increased volumes of digital content at commercial printing sites, where the server is the central prepress player.