- Listed: December 15, 2014 10:42 pm
A raster image processor, also known as RIP, is found within certain printers. The image processor will receive data in a description language, examples include Postscript or PDF. This information is then converted into a raster image. There are two ways in how raster image processing can be done. One method is carried out by the software running as part of the operating system, or the printer itself may have a microprocessor inside. Cheaper printers often use host-based printing, which is carried out within the operating system.
There are three main stages that the raster image goes through before it is considered complete for the final print. The first stage is known as interpretation and this stage involves the transition of the description language used in a representation of that page that is done a per-page basis. The next stage is the rendering which converts the page representation into a tone bitmap. In order for the file to be printed, the screening process will convert a bitmap of continuous dots into a tone bitmap.
The raster image processor software will allow users to process and print multiple simultaneously. This will improve a user’s productivity and will allow a user to have complete control over the handling of files. This can include rotating, color correction and color profiling. Most raster image processing software will allow users to process an entire file before it is sent to a printer, which results in an output with very little to no lagging. Raster image processing software only buffers data once all the data is collected, as opposed to buffering at the same time. When larger files are involved. The processing will allow them to run at the fastest speed possible.
Those who wish to maximize the use of their media will be able to take advantage of the nesting feature that raster image processing software allows. Nesting allows users of the software to combine a number of different files onto one print job. When working with a specific role, users will be able to drag files so they fit the area accordingly.
Another advantage of raster image processing software is the ability to run multiple printers from the same computer. And this can be done with the printing processing seeing any slowing down. Raster image processing software will give users the ability to calibrate each printer so there is consistency seen among all the printers that are connected. The raster image processing software will effectively reset the printers back to their factory default, so there is no difference seen in the final product regardless of which printer the roll came from.
You may still ask as to whether you actually need to implement raster image processing software, the best way to determine this is to ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I have two or more printers?
- Am I keen to simplify workflow?
- Do I need to reprint images from the past with matching colour?
- So I need to increase the productivity of my printing?
If the answer is yes, then it may be worthwhile to consider some raster image processing software.
Best Raster Image Processor RIP Software
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