Understanding the need for RIP Software
For first time sublimation printers, it is sometimes a challenge
to convince them of the benefits of using a third-party RIP software
product like Wasatch Softrip
or Ergosoft PosterPrint,
versus the standard printer driver packaged with their printer.
Novice printers often ask us - "Why can't I use the printer
driver that's included with our printer?". We often answer
that in order to get the quality, efficiency, scalability and the
all the related cost benefits, a third-party RIP product is essential
in any commercial printing environment.
In commercial printing environments, an efficient production line
is critical to meeting output goals, saving money and time. There
are several features that RIP software offers that can streamline
your operations including the ability to intelligently arrange images
on the page to save paper, file preparation, managing print job
order in the queue, and printing in a networked environment. The
native drivers included with your inkjet printer typically only
supports basic features. And often times, even those basic features
can be difficult or cumbersome to use. Furthermore, wide format
printers often find that the native drivers do not cut it when it
comes to speed, accurate image reproduction and image quality. The
bottom line is that printer manufacturers are in the business of
manufacturing printers and selling consumables for the printers
- they are not in the software business for RIPs.
In contrast, third party RIP software is specifically designed
to help users streamline production in the toughest of production
environments. Detailed below is a profile of some of the advantages
of Wasatch SoftRip RIP Software.
Wasatch has been in the business of RIP software for over 20 years,
and the Softrip product does a good job of balancing a variety of
features with an easy to use interface. In the software industry,
it's not uncommon for tools to become overcomplicated as more and
more features are added. Wasatch has designed their product in such
a way that it allows an untrained user to immediately start printing
out-of-box and learn more advanced features along the way.
The wasatch Image Configuration feature bundles all color related
settings into a single option. Once a printer has been setup, Wasatch
will list all available Imaging Configurations for that device.
Each imaging configuration has an ICC profile that is tuned for
your printer, media, ink and resolution. This feature is great for
novice printers looking to get started printing fast without the
hassle of having to customize the ICC profile.
For printers who desire more control over their colors Wasatch
offers sophisticated color tools for color management experts. Their
color transforms screen allows users to create custom ICC Profiles.
More advanced tools allow indexed and spot color control.
Intelligently Arrange Images
Wasatch offers the option to intelligently arrange your images
on your media. For high cost media this option is critical for saving
on media costs. For lower cost media Wasatch offers an Easy Cut
feature which will arrange your images to allow for fastest cutting
As your production floor grows managing jobs, printers and finding
printing bottlenecks can be difficult without a centralized view
of our production environment. Wasatch offers a master view which
lets you view all your RIP and print queues simultaneously. This
real-time view allows you to reroute and optimize jobs on the fly
using a simple drag and drop interface.
As any large format printer knows, RIP'd images can quickly consume
hard drive space. Integrated into Wasatch is a print archive feature
that allows you to easily backup and retrieve files from your print
3D Profile Viewer
Save media, ink and time with the 3D Profile Viewer. This feature
lets you profile customer images before printing
to ensure all colors in their image are within the gamut capabilities
of your printer.
Variable Data Printing
When printing uniforms with custom numbers and names, it's often
frustrating for printers to have to spend the time creating a separate
image for every player. Wasatch Variable Data Printing option helps
streamline this effort. Learn more about variable
Faster & More Accurate Printing
For large format printers they often find that the native drivers
included with their printers do not perform adequately. Third party
RIPS often do a better job processing images and when properly used
will garner faster production speeds and better image quality. Do
keep in mind that there are several factors that affect print speed
- see our Epson Connection
help section for more information on how to best setup your
Epson printer for optimium printing performance.