RIP software, which stands for Raster Image Processing, is critical to maximizing image quality.
Whether you have a flatbed UV printing machine, a direct to garment printer or an eco-solvent printer, the best RIP software packages will also handle the following:
Graphics Software like CorelDraw, Photoshop, Gimp, and Illustrator are designed to output to many different devices for a wide variety of applications.
However, the Compress RIP software acts as the go-between; between your favorite graphics software and the UV printing machine. The software allows you to take your general artwork and process it for printing.
Explicitly designed for the Compress brand of UV printing machines, and its UV ink set, the Compress RIP software gives you the power and flexibility to run your business profitably and with confidence… and it’s included with every iUV600s or iUV1200s sold.
Note: The “Compress Rip” software is different than the “Compress Designer” software. Compress Designer is a unique application that also comes with every Compress Printer. To learn more about Compress Designer, click here to learn more.
The terms print “modes” and “queues” are often incorrectly used interchangeably. Print Queues use Print Modes to achieve the desired result when you print. The print queues in Compress RIP for our UV printing machines save you time by allowing you to store familiar print settings (or combinations of parameters – called Print Modes) to control print quality, layer management, print resolution, and ink usage.
The Compress RIP software comes with standard Print Queues with custom pre-programmed modes, so all you have to do is pick the one that meets your job requirements and start printing!
Then, once you’re ready to customize your own, you can develop custom print modes and queues that suit your needs.
Watch the video on the right for an introduction to Print Queues
You will be able to line up all of your jobs for the day using either the preconfigured Print Queues or your own customized Print Queues.
Import dozens of graphics and pre-RIP all of them for a day of production, then leave it to your operator to directly go from one to the next.
You can even store the processed files to keep an exact record of how the job is printed and to save time to prepare the data the next time. Stored processed files will guarantee consistent quality and save time on repeat jobs.
You can set your ink costs, substrate costs, surface treatment costs, labor costs, and even overhead percentages and Compress RIP will give you the complete price of an image IN ADVANCE of your printing.
The job costing tools provide accurate quotes for larger jobs.
Rotate any graphic, dynamically resize, make color changes or remove the object color (or any other color) to allow your substrate to show through. Speed up your workflow by taking control of your images right inside the RIP.
Executing these kinds of processes within the UV printing machine software instead of your graphics application saves time! It can also keep you from having to go back to your customer to make simple changes.
Compress Designer software is an important part of the problem-solving capabilities of our UV Printer lineup.
Compress Designer can work between your graphics application where you create the art and your Compress Rip software to refine printing as well as stand-alone to design UV print ready artwork.
With this UV print design software you can easily create “targets” to print on your printer bed to assure perfect alignment of prints or even generate temporary jigs from buildup using the Texture Wizard. You also have a wide variety of tools including the ability to do variable data, serialization, barcoding, masking and many more – very powerful! And it’s available with every Compress iUV600s, Compress iUV1200s and Mutoh XpertJet 461UF and 661UF we sell.