New in Version 11.03

Support for Windows 10. 

Harlequin RIP v.11 offers added support for printing from and running the RIP software on Windows 10.

Harlequin Color Editor. 

Users can easily select and edit color output for exact matching of Pantone Colors. An all new user interface is provided to edit, add and delete named color lookup tables.

Simple Page Positioning. 

The Xitron Navigator RIP now provides an easy method to position jobs on almost any output device. Users can now configure page positioning setups to control rotation as well as margin adjustment data so you can easily control where jobs land on the final print. The annotations section of the Page Positioning dialog allows you to add slug line text, crop marks, registration marks, color bars and proofing strips. You can also opt to use your own custom annotation files. Getting files to land in a certain position on output has never been simpler.

LDK Electronic License.

 Harlequin RIP v.11 now ships as an electronic license and no longer requires the shipment of a dongle. Users will still recieve a DVD with license information and installation instructions.


Enhanced TIFF Capabilities. 

If you are using TIFF output within your Harlequin RIP, v.11 is an invaluable upgrade. When creating TIFF files with the RIP, users can now configure the RIP to generate folders on output that contain each of the TIFF files for a particular job, and the RIP can name the folder according to each job. For users that are pulling TIFF files into multiple applications or workflows this can streamline the soXitronng process and make it much easier to locate and select entire jobs quickly.


Larger Output Controller with Enhanced Selection Controls

Version 11 maximizes the Output Controller's size so you can quickly and easily see entire job names. In addition 'Select All', 'Select Page' and 'Select Job' buttons have been added below both the Active and Held Queues. These new options allow users to select one entry in the queue and then one button to select any one of the following:

  • All separations for that page/sheet.

  • All page buffers for that job.

  • All page buffers in the whole queue.


Harlequin Contour Processor™ Option. Many packaging and label jobs include die lines and other technical separations which often need to be printed for proofing, or for aligning prints and pre-cut media or post-print die cutting. But those separations need to be removed from the raster for production printing. In some workflows the inclusion of a die line in a PDF is the definitive method for delivering the die line to the production workflow. In those cases the die line must be extracted from the PDF so it can be used to drive a cutter, etc. Version 11 can suppress technical separations and can export them to either PostScript or HPGL.

Stochastic Yellow (requires HDS Stochastic Screening option). 

Output Cyan, Magenta, Black and any spot colors using Harlequin's conventional AM screen sets while also applying a stochastic screen to the Yellow. For the first time ever users with the HDS option can have one page setup configured to output a stochastic screen on just the Yellow plate while outputting CMYK and Spot Color data using an AM screen set. HDS Stochastic Yellow supports HDS Super Fine, Fine, Medium, Coarse and Super Coarse dot shapes.


Stochastic Yellow Sample (requires HDS Stochastic Screening Option)

Image Snapping. 

Automated images snapping is added which recognizes incorrectly placed image tiles and automatically adjusts them so that they are aligned correctly. This prevents device pixel wide whites lines from appearing on the image.

PDF Screening for Flexographic Printing. 

The PDF specification is unambiguous about which screen should be used for areas of a page that involve live PDF transparency. However, these rules are not appropriate for cases where it’s important to apply the screen associated with each object in the PDF with that object. To overcome this a switch has been added into the PDF Options dialog window that allows the screen specified in the object to be used rather than following the PDF specification. This option chooses the screen selection to use for transparent regions.

Output CMYK Spot Emulations.

 One of the options that the NamedColor technology includes is to transform requested Spots to CMYK, but that resulting CMYK has always then been color managed if any other CMYK colors from the job are managed. An option is added allowing you to specify that “this is the final CMYK that should be used to print."

A DeviceN Spot Emulations. 

NamedColor support is extended to make it easy to add emulations in DeviceN color spaces, e.g. for specifying device colorants on an extended gamut press, or to map between spot colors.

Forcing Black Knockout. 

It has been common practice in offset printing to overprint black objects, especially small text, to avoid press mis register. Because of this the “force black objects to overprint” option has been available in the RIP for some time. Nowadays, however, digital presses, especially UV inkjet, can show a variety of artifacts arising from the physical and chemical interactions of the inks on the media when black objects are overprinted. Small black text is particularly badly affected. To overcome this Version 11 includes an option to force pure black objects to knock out. This is provided alongside the existing option to force them to overprint.

Enforcing Ink Limits with Spot Emulation. 

Harlequin has some very powerful ways to emulate spots on a CMYK device, even when they overprint (or are overprinted by) process colors or are involved in PDF transparency. But those mechanisms have historically also bypassed the use of DeviceLink profiles for ink limiting. With the release of Version 11, even the process ink contribution from spot emulation will be included in such ink limiting steps.

Variable Data Improvements. 

The external mode of Harlequin VariData has now been extended to allow the same graphic to be rendered only once even if it’s used in multiple different positions on pages throughout the document. Position independence is especially valuable when a page layout “flexes” with the specific data included in each instance, e.g. a direct mail piece where graphics and images are moved down the page if one recipient’s address is longer than others. It is also especially valuable when many instances of a direct mail piece or label are imposed together into a single PDF page representing an imposed sheet, and where significant graphics on each imposed instance are selected based on the recipient’s metadata and therefore appear pseudo-randomly laid out when the sheets as a whole are viewed.

Specific use of PDF/VT Hints. 

The Harlequin RIP has historically processed most PDF/VT files very quickly. Version 11 can now explicitly take advantage of the “hints” that can be included in a PDF/VT file, as specified in ISO 16612-2:2010.

Speed Improvements. 

Version 11 shows the most significant speed improvements in the following areas:

  • Image heavy work such as photobooks and catalogs.

  • Jobs with heavy use of live PDF transparency.

  • PDF files containing a large number of pages where a large number of small ranges of pages are printed in a single request, such as when all odd or all even pages of a long job are output at one time.

Significant Memory Enhancements. 

Considerable work has been carried out to reduce the memory required for many RIP operations, and to improve the response when the RIP cannot access as much RAM as it would like to process the job at full speed.

Controlling Overprints for White and Varnish. 

When printing designs that use opaque white colorants or varnish it’s important to ensure that they overprint correctly. This is especially important, and rather difficult, when a job is constructed from multiple elements that are designed separately. Version 11 therefore includes configurations that allow you to specify: (1) This colorant should never knock out other colorants, even if not set to overprint. This is likely to be most useful for varnishes. (2) This colorant should never be knocked out by other colorants. This is most likely to be useful for white colorants, and some metallics. This functionality will also be useful for graphic arts implementations especially for digital devices that include white or varnish colorants.


A new version of our migration utility is included with the latest Xitron Navigator RIP. This migration utility makes upgrading your RIP from an older version easy. The migration utility is a self contained application that transfers the settings from your older installed and configured Harlequin RIP™ to a freshly installed (newer) version of the RIP. The Java component provides an easy to use interface that is consistent across all platforms.

New in Version 10.1r1

Over 20 New Dot Shapes. 

With our latest Harlequin RIP v.10.1r1 release, customers will receive over 20 new dot shapes to choose from.

Minimum Dot Control. 

Users now have the ability to specify a minimum dot which eliminates the harsh edges often seen in highlight areas. This feature will give you great looking highlight areas and allow you to print highlights and perfectly smooth vignettes from 0 through 100%. 

Support for printing from Macintosh OS 10.9 (Mavericks), Macintosh OS 10.10 (Yosemite) and Windows 8.1. 

Harlequin RIP v.10 offers added support for printing from Macintosh OS 10.9 (Mavericks) and Macintosh 10.10 (Yosemite) as well as Windows 8.1 systems. Select output devices can also now be driven directly from Windows 8.1 Operating Systems.

Wider Output Controller.

Quickly view full job names with the new wider output controller. This new feature makes finding jobs easier.

Enhanced HXM Hybrid Flexo Screen Sets. 

The Harlequin Cross Modulated Flexo (HXMFlexo / Hybrid) Option has been updated with the release of v.10.1r1. Customer with this option will notice that the latest version of cross modulated screens give smooth, noise-free flat tints while retaining fine detail in highlights and shadows. This option will allow you to print screens at a higher line ruling than would normally be considered reliable, produce pin-sharp images and help overcome common printing imperfections like visible rosettes and moiré. With the release of v.10.1r1 we’ve also expanded the number of screens available with Harlequin and included a mechanism to auto select the calibration that goes with a particular screen.

Support for Windows 8.1, Windows 8 Server and Windows 2012 Server. 

Harlequin RIP v.10 offers added support for printing from and running the RIP software on Windows 8.1, Windows 8 Server and Windows 2012 Server.

TrapPro Enhancements. 

With the release of v.10.1r1, customers will notice a large improvement in trap times at the RIP. This version has a new low memory handler for trapping composited data.

Improved Multi-Threading. 

Transparency compositing can now be multi-threaded, accelerating the most complex RIP phase. With the release of v.10.1r1, the RIP also utilizes higher compression to reduce memory consumption. Improvements have also been made when creating color cache tables at the RIP.

64-bit Binary. 

Using a 64-bit RIP build aids performance in two ways: (1) The compiled code can perform some steps in fewer cycles because of larger word sizes thereby increasing the RIP speed by around 10%. (2) Much larger address space. A 64-bit build can access all the RAM installed in your computer.

Spot Color Screen Angle Selection for HXM and HDS Options. 

With the release of v10.1, a feature was added so that when editing a halftone (screened) style and using Harlequin Cross Modulated (HXM) screening or Harlequin Dispersed Screening (HDS) along with additional spot colors, the selection of an equivalent angle for each named spot color is provided. For example, you can specify that “Pantone Reflex Blue” should use the “Cyan” angle, and “My Red” should use the “Magenta” angle.

Updated Fogra, IFRA and CGATS Press Profiles. 

The following profiles have been added to the RIP's press profiles:

  • Fogra 39L

  • Fogra 43L

  • IFRA 26L

  • IFRA 30L

  • SNAP (CGATS TR002)

  • SWOP (CGATS TR003)

  • SWOP (CGATS TR005)

  • GRACol (CGATS TR006)

Code Optimization. 

Core code is optimized to accelerate many aspects of the RIP, especially with transparency rendering where the removal of transparency pre-scanning is a significant benefit.

Harlequin Parallel Pages™ (HPP) and Harlequin VariData™ (HVD) Options Now Available. 

The Harlequin Parallel Pages™ (HPP) layered option allows the RIP to interpret one page while the previous page is still being composited and rendered. This maintains multi-threading benefits and allows optimal use of processor cores. By default, the RIP is configured to allow the use of a limited number of threads. Additional layered options, such as Harlequin Parallel Pages™ (HPP) and Harlequin VariData™ (HVD) are available for situations where maximum performance is required.

PANTONE Plus Extensions. 

Pantone has added some new colors to the PANTONE Plus swatch. The look-up tables are extended to include these new colors to enable the most accurate rendering of spot colors on CMYK, HiFi or PhotoInk device.

SetGold / SetGoldPro. 

The SetGold and SetGoldPro utilities are upgraded and extended to: (1) Drive the latest i1 Pro 2 colorimeter from X-Rite. (2) Drive supported X-Rite devices on a 64-bit platform. (3) Provide optimal color in situations where paper white is not the highest luminance patch.

Push Calibration Procset. 

The HqnPushCalibration procset added in Version 9 has been extended to allow the delivery of measurement data in additional formats.

New in Version 9


PDF Optimization for Files with Live Transparency. 

Harlequin RIPs have included native rendering of PDF files that use live transparency since 2002, but doing so takes significantly more work than processing fully opaque pages. As a result, rendering live transparency takes more time, which can cause problems in some workflows, especially for newsprint, driving digital presses, or when a plate is needed urgently, such as after a plate-break on-press. Harlequin RIP v.9 accelerates the speed of processing transparent pages significantly.

Extended PDF/X Support. 

Harlequin RIPs have always been at the leading edge for support of the PDF/X standards. Harlequin RIP v.9 adds explicit support for PDF/X-4p:2008, PDF/X-4:2010, PDF/X-4p:2010, PDF/X-5g and PDF/X-5pg. By default the RIP will apply color management and overprint control as required by these standards. It may also be configured to reject jobs that do not conform to a specific standard or collection of standards.

  • PDF/X-1a:2001 is designed to provide the most robust and, to some extent, least flexible delivery of PDF content data. It requires that the color of all objects be expressed in CMYK or spot colors, prepared for the intended printing conditions. Elements in RGB or Lab color spaces or tagged with ICC profiles are prohibited. It also requires that all fonts used in the job be embedded in the supplied PDF file.

  • PDF/X-3:2002 allows slightly more flexibility in that color managed workflows are also supported—elements in Lab, and with attached ICC source profiles may also be used.

  • PDF/X-4:2008 supports color-managed, CMYK, gray, RGB or spot color data, as well as optional content and PDF transparency.

  • PDF/X-4p can be used with an externally supplied ICC Profile for the output intent.

  • PDF/X-5g is an extension of PDF/X-4 that allows the use of workflows similar to those used with OPI. That is, the ability to reference externally supplied files.

  • PDF/X-5pg is an extension of PDF/X-4p that allows the use of workflows similar to those used with OPI, together with a reference to an external supplied ICC Profile for the output intent.

  • Support for PDF/X-4p, PDF/X-5g, PDF/X-5pg requires the ability for the RIP to find external files (ICC color profiles for PDF/X-4p and PDF/X-5pg and reference XObjects for PDF/X-5g and PDF/X-5pg).

  • Support for PDF/X-4, PDF/X-4p, PDF/X-5g and PDF/X-5pg allows a digital front end to be constructed which is compliant with PDF/VT-1, PDF/VT-2 and PDF/VT-2s.


PDF/VT Support. 

Harlequin RIP v.9 provides the technology required to build a Digital Front End (DFE) that is fully compliant with the PDF/VT standard (ISO 16612-2:2010) for variable and transactional printing. Our focus on VDP performance, however, is to ensure that all VDP jobs submitted as PDF files are processed at maximum performance, not only those that have been saved as PDF/VT.

HXM Light Option. 

Harlequin's hybrid screening technology (HXM) has been available for some time, primarily aimed at high-resolution devices such as CTP. Harlequin RIP v.9 adds an option explicitly geared towards use of HXM on lower resolution devices between 900 and 1500 dpi.

Enhanced Color Support. 

This is especially important as the use of live transparency is steadily increasing. It's quite common that a designer will use transparency without even knowing that they're doing so, by using drop shadows, for instance. In Harlequin RIP v.9 we've done a significant amount of work in order to improve the accuracy of color reproduction, whether the output is for proofing, for making CTP plates, or for driving a digital press. Harlequin RIP v.9 is one of the very first systems to achieve FOGRA ceXitronfication as a contract proofing system using off-the-shelf Epson media and inks. This work has resulted in reduced color errors for any given printer, ink, media, screening and resolution combination to bring them reliably below the metrology numbers needed for industry proofing ceXitronfication. It also ensures the optimum use of the printer's gamut. To prove the effectiveness of this work Harlequin RIP v.9 has been formally Certifiedby FOGRA as a FograCert Contract Proofing System*. The FOGRA ceXitronfication is for proofing against seven different print characterizations, chosen to address standards used in Europe and North America and across commercial print and newsprint. *FOGRA ceXitronfication awarded to Global Graphics.
(A) With SPP (GRACoL ceXitronfied) proofing paper, to simulate:

  • Fogra39L (European commercial print, paper type 1 or 2)

  • Fogra43L (European commercial print, paper type 1 or 2, update to Fogra39)

  • TR006 GRACoL (North American commercial print)

  • (B) With SWOP TR003 Certifiedproofing paper, to simulate:

  • SWOP TR003 (North American publication print, grade 3 coated paper)

  • (C) With Publication (SWOP TR005 ceXitronfied) proofing paper, to simulate:

  • SWOP TR005 (North American publication print, grade 3 coated paper)

  • IFRA26L (Newsprint, 26% TVI)

  • IFRA30L (North American newsprint, 30% TVI)

PANTONE Plus Support. 

Pantone, the company that sets the world's standards on color, re-launched its Pantone Matching System recently as The Plus Series. In Harlequin RIP v.9 the full PANTONE Plus library is supported to ensure that emulation of Pantone colors printed using other inks (e.g. CMYK) are as accurate as possible. As a re-launch, PANTONE Plus changes some of the older Pantone colors slightly, so users of Harlequin RIP v.9 can choose to match either the older Pantone color set, or the new PANTONE Plus.

Automated Calibration. 

There are a number of press color control solutions available that can provide calibration data back to a prepress workflow to ensure accurately rendered tones on printing plates. In some cases those solutions already work with Harlequin RIPs, but require manual steps in the RIP user interface. Harlequin RIP v.9 adds a new API that allows vendors of such solutions to directly submit plate calibration sets into the RIP without manual intervention. This will allow them to be fully automated, and makes them faster, easier and more robust.

Support for Macintosh OS 10.7 (Lion), Macintosh OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and Windows 7. 

Harlequin RIP v.9 offers added support for printing from Macintosh OS 10.7 (Lion) and Macintosh 10.8 (Mountain Lion). Users can print directly to the RIP software from the latest Macintosh operating systems. Select output devices can now be driven directly from Macintosh OS 10.7 (Lion) and Windows 7 Operating Systems.

Roaming Negatives. 

Harlequin RIP v.9 makes inspection of rendered negative pages faster, easier and less error-prone by allowing the operator to view them in positive mode, even when all of the CMYK plates are viewed together.

New in Version 8.3


Added Support for Running the RIP on Macintosh OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Windows 7 Operating Systems. 

Select output devices can now be driven directly from Macintosh OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Windows 7 Operating Systems (call for more information).

Support for Auraia Screening on Negative Devices. 

This change allows the highest quality Auraia screening to be used on both positive and negative writing plates.

Separation Detection. 

An new switch labelled detect input separation by angle has been added to the New Color Setup dialog (with or without color management). This allows you to turn separation detection by angle on which could prove useful when processing some legacy jobs.

Hybrid Screening Expansion. 

Customers with the HXM Hybrid Screening option will also receive additional preconfigured resolution sets with the release of v.8.3.

Support for Printing from Macintosh OS 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), Windows Vista and Windows 7 Operating Systems. 

The Xitron Navigator RIP v.8 will allow you to print to the latest version of the RIP from the latest operating systems including Macintosh OS 10.3 through 10.6 as well as Windows 2000 through Windows 7.

TrapPro Performance Enhancements. 

An all new TrapPro subsystem which includes a rewrite of the trap engine's memory management. This rewrite helps eliminate VM errors and means better overall performance when trapping complex transparencies.

Improved Color Management. 

Increased the overall performance of the Harlequin ColorPro option along with added support for the HP PantonePlus systems.

Support for PDF v.1.7 and PDF/X-4. 

Support for PDF/X-4, JPEG2000, optional content, cross-reference streams, compressed object streams and 16-bit images. The RIP also supports PDF v.1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 and 1.7. Users have the ability to RIP PDFs directly on the RIP computer through hotfolders or the print file menu. Users can also choose to send over to the RIP directly from the latest version of Acrobat or drop PDFs into your favorite design application and RIP them directly over to the RIP.

Accelerated PDF Processing. 

The RIP is able to retain rasters leading to significant performance improvements when the same image is used on several pages. The raster for the image is retained in the RIP meaning that it only has to be interpreted once. Any PDF file with pages which share a non-variant background and have text which may vary from page to page should be accelerated by this optimization in the RIP. The RIP scans the PDF for such pages, RIPs the invariant background once, and then retains it for use on the subsequent pages with the same background.

PDF Raster Output.

Output electronic proofs for faster in-house or customer approvals.

JDF Enabler. 

The Job Definition Format or JDF is an XML-based file format that is becoming the industry standard for the definition of job tickets in prepress workflows. Its main purpose is to facilitate the exchange of information between printing applications and systems. JDF allows a designer to attach a ticket to a job which outlines the processes required for that job and how it should be handled. This ticket remains with the job and is carried through the whole workflow until the job is completed. JDF offers the following features:

  •  A job ticket format for the whole workflow.

  • A “true” standard which can be implemented by anyone.

  • Built using XML with its widely available toolsets, easy connectivity and integration propeXitrones. 

  • Central monitoring.

  • Easy identification of the causes of waste, workflow bottlenecks, spare capacity, job status and material requirements.

  • Links to the supply chain, accounting, and strategic planning.

XPS Document Interpretation.

 XPS v.1.0 Documents with PrintTickets can be interpreted by the Harlequin RIP. Supported PrintTicket types include: DocumentPageRanges, PageBlendColorSpace, PageMediaSize and PageResolution. The way that the RIP handles the DocumentPageRanges, PageBlendColorSpace and PageMediaSize PrintTicket keys depends on the settings of the XPS Options dialog. By default, all PrintTicket settings are ignored, but these three keys can be honored if the user so chooses.

Multi-threading for Improved Performance. 

Multi-threading allows the RIP to take advantage of hyperthreading and multi-core CPU architectures as well as multiple processors. Multi-threading is now available as a standard RIP feature and all RIPs are built with this feature enabled. When tuning multi-threading the number of threads (across all instances of the RIP) should ideally be equal to the number of available cores. In this release only rendering is multi-threaded: interpretation is not. The performance therefore depends on the job mix. A selector has been added to the Configure RIP dialog to allow automatic configuration (using one thread per processor core) or manual configuration of the number of threads.

Migrate Feature. 

The new Migrate Feature makes upgrading your Xitron Navigator RIP easier than ever. If you are thinking about upgrading your Harlequin RIP, most users can utilize the Migrate Feature to migrate page setups, input channels and calibrations into the latest version of the RIP.

New Color Management Engine and ICCv4 Compliant. 

The Xitron Navigator RIP v.8 has a new color management engine which contains the following new features:

  • ICC profiles are now installed natively without conversion to PostScript language resources.

  • ICC profiles are now processed natively.

  • Rendering intents are now handled according the ICC specification (ICC.1:2004-10 (Profile version

  • New color management operators to give fine control over color.

  • Black point compensation.

  • The RIP is ICCv4 compliant.

  • Text is an object type which can be tagged with its own rendering intent.

Updated Settings for Faster and Accurate Color Adjustments. 

If you have the ColorPro option or are outputting to an inkjet device, the Faster or Accurate image color adjustments which are selectable under the ColorPro settings have been replaced. The RIP now uses a different algorithm that is much more predictable than the previous versions. The Faster algorithm no longer uses the error scattering method which avoids problems with the compressibility of the final output. It also means that Faster is now always the fastest method. Similarly, Accurate is always the slowest and most accurate method of output. The Faster algorithm will improve performance paXitroncularly with CMYK images.

HD Photo Support. 

Version 8 supports direct ripping of v.1.0 HD Photo images (previously WMPhoto). Files with the extension .wdp (HD Photo images) can now be RIPped using the Print File menu at the RIP. In compliance with v.1.0 of the XPS specification, v.1.0 HD Photo images and XPS Documents containing v.1.0 HD Photo images are processed correctly.

Enfocus PitStop 4.0 lib/v7 Preflight Profiles. 

Enfocus PitStop 4.0 lib/v7 preflight profiles have been added to the Harlequin RIP and include: B&W v3.0, B&W + Spot v3.0, CMYK v3.0, CMYK + 1 Spot v3.0, Generic Office v3.0, Generic Press v3.0, PDF to Web v3.0, PDF/X-1a:2001 v5.0, PDF/X-1a:2001 v5.0 Verify, PDF/X-3:2002 v5.0, PDF/X-3:2002 v5.0 Verify, and Soft Proof v3.0, and some new 2003 PDF/X profiles (PDF/X-1a:2003 v5.0, PDF/X-1a:2003 v5.0 Verify, PDF/X-3:2003 v5.0, PDF/X-3:2003 v5.0 Verify).

Windows 64-bit Operating Systems. 

The Xitron Navigator RIP v.8 will run on a Windows 64-bit operating system as long as it is 32-bit compatible. This means that when you install the operating system you must check the option that allows 32-bit compatibility. TIFF, CIP3 and Inkjet RIPs and Plugins will operate under the Windows 64-bit operating systems. If you are driving an imagesetter with an interface card the RIP needs to run on a 32-bit operating system.

Additional Support for running the RIP on Macintosh OS 10.5 (Leopard) Operating System. 

TIFF, CIP3 and Inkjet RIPs and Plugins will operate under Macintosh OS 10.5 (v.8.0 or later). If you are driving an imagesetter with an interface card the RIP needs to run on Macintosh 10.4.

PANTONE Goe Color System Support. 

Pantone are releasing a new color system which is designed to complement the existing systems, providing many more colors. This color system is supported in Xitron Navigator RIP v.8.

Extended Range Coarseness for existing HDS Stochastic Screening users. 

In addition to the standard HDS Super Coarse, HDS Coarse, HDS Medium, HDS Fine and HDS Super Fine screening (shown below), customers using HDS Stochastic Screening will now receive five additional coarseness levels with v.8.

New in Version 7.2


Performance Improvements. 

Improvements have been made with Trapping memory management and use of synchronous I/O for small files. Improved RIP process times as well as preview (ROAM) speeds at the RIP.

Support for PDF v.1.6. 

Support for JPEG2000, optional content, cross-reference streams, compressed object streams and 16-bit images. The RIP now supports PDF v.1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6.

TIFF RIPs and certain Inkjet RIPs / Inkjet Plugins can now be run on an Intel based Macintosh. 

Users can now run TIFF RIPs and certain Inkjet RIPs and Inkjet Plugins on Intel based Macintosh systems. Imagesetter RIPs do not operate under Intel based Macs because Imagesetter RIPs require a PCI-X or PCI slot.

Print to the RIP from Macintosh OS 10.4 (Tiger). 

Added support for printing to the RIP from Macs running Macintosh OS 10.4 (Tiger).

Try Before You Buy. 

This feature allows users with a fully licensed version of the RIP to try in-RIP options such as in-RIP trapping (TrapPro), Inkjet Plugins or special screening options for 30 days.

PDF/X 2003 revisions for both 1.1a and 3 specifications.

Font Emulation.

When fonts requested by the RIP are unavailable it is becoming increasingly important to produce acceptable, readable copy, especially with digital printing. To achieve this, emulated fonts are used to produce suitable facsimile text based on the characteristics of the font that is being substituted in terms of style, spacing, height and width. In this way, a suitable readable font with similar characteristics of the target font is used in the place of a missing font. Font emulation is often acceptable when digital printing, and can be preferable to the file not being produced at all. Font emulation is available from the Harlequin RIP Genesis Release (v.7.0). and has the following characteristics:

  • The ability to recognize the missing font by name.

  • A database of style, spacing, height and width for each font name.

  • The database currently contains over 1600 specified fonts.

  • Font emulation only supports the standard Latin characters.

Simple Imposition Option Available. 

The Simple Imposition (2UP / 4UP / NUP) options provides facilities the ability to impose incoming pages using some of the most common imposition layout schemes used for smaller format presses. Users are able to create and save as many imposition configurations as you wish. In addition to this, once an imposition configuration is created, users can apply that configuration to any page setup by selecting it from a menu in the edit page setup dialog.

New in Version 6.3


TrapPro Trapping Improvements. 

The in-RIP trapping option, TrapPro, now allows for trapping of transparent files (v.6.4).

JDF Enabler. 

This option allows customers to enable JDF within the RIP (v.6.4 and later).


Improvements have been made to the recombine feature within the RIP (v.6.3 and v.6.4).

Improved Rendering of Low Resolution Fonts. Available with v.6.3 of the RIP and later (v.6.4).

Windows XP and Macintosh OS 10.x (Jaguar and Panther). 

Added support for Windows XP and Macintosh OS 10.x (Jaguar and Panther). Harlequin has not Certifiedearlier versions of ScriptWorks with either Windows XP or Mac OS 10.x. Xitron RIP v.6.0 through v.6.3 will run under Macintosh OS 10.2 and 10.3. Xitron RIP v.6.4 will run under Macintosh OS 10.3.


This option is built on the industry leading software options: Harlequin ICC Profile Processor (HIPP from v.5.5) and Harlequin Full Color System (HFCS). ColorPro provides excellent color process control, giving accurate, consistent and predictable color reproduction for a wide range of workflows. ColorPro provides full support for industry standard ICC profiles (including device link profiles) avoiding dependence on the generic, system level color management of the computer's operating system.

Press / Proof Simulation.

Press / Proof simulation has been added to color products (RGB proofing) and support for Palette color (index color) TIFF files.

Portable Document Format (PDF). 

The RIP is fully compatible with applications that generate PDF 1.4 files. The RIP supports the following PDF/X standards: PDF/X1:1999, PDF/X-1a:2001, PDF/X3:2002.

TrapPro and TrapPro Lite. 

This in-RIP trapping option replaces TrapWorks. This new trapping option traps everything the Harlequin RIP renders, including overprinting and trapping commands in PostScript color composite jobs, QuarkXPress commands and PDF 1.4 Transperancy files.


SetGoldPro is an optional utility designed for ease-of-use and intended for making high quality input and output profiles that are tightly integrated with the Xitron Navigator RIP. It optimizes the efficiency of the color output of the printing or proofing device thereby establishing its "Golden State".

New in Version 5.5


Improvements to TrapWorks. 

TrapWorks has faster execution times than EasyTrap, lower memory requirements, arbitrary n-color support (such as DeviceN as well as DeviceCMYK—PhotoInk, Hexachrome), and native/enhanced implementation of the Adobe IRT rules. TrapWorks now offers some support trapping against shaded fills (radial, axial) and better support for special ink—opaque (metallic) and transparent (varnish).

Image Interpolation. 

Image Interpolation support has been added to version 5.5. When an image is at a different resolution to the device on which it is to be imaged, artifacts can be introduced with various degrading visual effects. Image Interpolation attempts to eliminate these effects using extra processing to effectively recreate the image specifically for the device. Image Interpolation can reduce the resolution of the image to accurately match an output device with a lower resolution, and increase the resolution of an image to accurately match an output device with a higher resolution.

Media Saving. 

The Media Saving module has been improved and updated to include a new dialog in the Output menu. It is provided as a layered option that allows you to instruct the Harlequin RIP to automatically fit pages onto the output media in a way that makes the most efficient use of the media.

New Linework Operator. 

The RIP contains a new operator to handle linework images from LW and HC planes of TIFF/IT files which were previously handled through the TiffDev device. As a result, these jobs are processed faster than in previous versions of the RIP.

CID Stub Fonts. 

Stub fonts are created in the SW \ fonts folder for all valid CIDFont and CMap combinations on startup, when installing using the fonts menu, or when rebooting after installing a font via an AppleTalk installer. Stub fonts are deleted when CID fonts are deleted using the RIP fonts menu, or when rebooting after deleting CID fonts manually or through an AppleTalk installer. Stub fonts provide backward compatibility for applications that are not aware of CID fonts.

Support for PDF v.1.4 (Harlequin RIP InFlight Checker). 

Adobe has released two applications that can save files in version 1.4 of the Portable Document Format (PDF): Illustrator 9 ® and Acrobat 5 ®. The Xitron Navigator RIP version 5.5 has an InFlight checker for use with the transparency option. Using the InFlight checker, PDF files using the transparency option will either be aborted or generate a warning.


Updates were made to the calibration mechanism within the RIP, including support for calibrating spot colors. (Harlequin, 2002).

Macintosh GUI (PowerPC) Update. All the dialogs in the Macintosh GUI have been updated to the new ‘gray-shadow box’ style giving the RIP a more up-to-date look.

Windows 2000 and Macintosh OS 9 (added in v.5.3). Added support for Windows 2000 and Macintosh OS 9.

Harlequin has not Certifiedearlier versions of ScriptWorks with either Windows 2000 or Mac OS 9. Apart from the disk space required for rearranged (N-color) screen caches, the requirements for installation are very similar to those for earlier versions of operating systems. Upgrade to the latest RIP and update your system at the same time. (Harlequin, 2002).

Support for PDF v.1.3 Input (added in v.5.3). 

Added support for PDF version 1.3 or earlier. Full support for direct RIPping and separating of color PDF files is now possible.

TIFF/IT Improvements (added in v.5.3). 

Upgrades made to the RIP and the TIFF/IT output plugin have meant that the output of TIFF/IT is significantly faster than in RIP v.5.1.

Recombination of Shaded Fills (added in v.5.3). 

Improvements have been made in the recombination of Language Level 3 shaded fills (shfill).

Upgrade to PostScript Language Level 3 (added in v.5.1). 

The RIP upgraded to PostScript Language Level 3. The RIP now provides:

  • Adobe in-RIP trapping support now supports traps created with Adobe.

  • Smooth Shading. By rendering gradient fills to the resolution of the output device, the RIP is able to decrease print time and improve the quality of jobs.

  • Masked Image. Allows printing of composite images clipped to a raster mask.

Support for PDF v.1.2 Input (added in v.5.1). 

Added support for PDF version 1.2 or earlier.

Recombine Functionality (added in v.5.1). RIP v.5.1 supports recombination of pre-separated jobs.

The RIP needs to be able to identify the separations as being for different colors and obtain a "process" equivalent in the color space of the output device. This also allows for recombination of jobs using spot colors. (Harlequin, 2002).

Recombine of Jobs with Quark Trapping On (added in v.5.1). 

When QuarkXPress generates separations and Quark trapping is turned on it generates differently sized objects in the separations. The RIP now recognizes these objects as belonging to the same original object.

Simplified Calibration for Photo-Ink Devices (added in v.5.1). 

Calibration for PhotoInks can now be read with a CMYK target.

Updated User Interface (added in v.5.1). 

The user interface has been updated so that menus and dialog boxes are easier to access.

Support for X-Rite DTP41 Spectrophotometer (added in v.5.1). 

Harlequin added the X-Rite AutoScan Spectrophotometer to the list of supported densitometers, colorimeters and spectrophotometers supported by the Xitron RIP.

Optional CIP3 Plugin (added in v.5.1). 

The CIP3 plugin allows the RIP to automatically generate PPF format files. This information can then be used in setting ink keys on the press. The CIP3 option is meant to provide PPF files that accurately predict the characteristics of the film or plate.

New in Version 4.5


Toolbar Added in v.4.5r1. 

The most obvious new feature in the user interface is the addition of the Xitron RIP toolbar. The toolbar contains buttons which quickly call up actions that are otherwise available from the menus, and a status area that lets the user know what ScriptWorks is actually doing.

Harlequin Color Production Solutions in 4.5r1. 

Xitron RIP v.4.5 supports the new range of Harlequin in-RIP color solutions. Known as the Harlequin Color Production Solutions (HCPS). These layered options within the RIP include three functionality levels:

  • Harlequin Full Color System (HFCS) - Previously known as the Harlequin Color Management System (HCMS), HFCS uses Harlequin color profiles, and all parameters may be edited.

  • Harlequin Standard Color System (HSCS) - The HSCS option provides the functionality of HIPP together with access to a wide range of Harlequin color profiles.

  • Harlequin ICC Profile Processor (HIPP) - A new option to ScriptWorks, this feature permits the introduction of ICC Profiles with the ability to change appropriate settings.

PDF Input Capability. 

Introduced support for native PDF v1.2 input.

OmitSeparations Feature. 

The ability to dynamically add and remove separations has been added to RIP v.4.5r1. This feature is useful when you have a multi-page document with spot colors on some pages but you do not want to output a blank separation on the balance of pages which do not contain the spot color. This covers blank separations caused by the output of spot colors. This feature may also be used to suppress the output of all blank separations.

CID Font Support. 

ScriptWorks v.4.5r1 now supports native CID fonts.

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