HP announced that the Caldera V11 RIP suite has passed the variety of print tests needed to achieve certification for use with the HP Latex 500 series of wide-format printers. The scheme is designed to reassure users that, as an approved vendor, all components of their Caldera RIP will be compatible with investments in HP hardware from this product line, including the popular and recently added Latex 560 and Latex 570.
Arnaud Fabre, product manager, Caldera said, ’V11 users can be fully confident that their Caldera software is designed to achieve the best from HP Latex 500 series printers. The testing demonstrates that owners can count on Caldera to transfer all their print instructions and data to their Latex printer faithfully. Choosing a Caldera RIP means choosing an independent, multi-vendor software system optimised for performance on Linux or Mac that is guaranteed to achieve the best graphic results.’
The HP Latex 560/570 RIP Certification Programme tests RIP software in a controlled environment over a number of specified print tests, involving a selection of TIF, JPEG, EPS, PDF, and PNG image files. The certification applies to the whole V11 suite, which includes GrandRIP+, VisualRIP+, TextilePRO, and many others. What this means in practice is that Caldera V11 has proved it can be relied upon to produce what’s shown on screen, and that its data transfer and colour reproduction is accurate. It will also report back system errors and print issues for timely resolution.
Caldera V11 is the latest version of the software, launched at SGIA Las Vegas in September as a landmark 25th anniversary edition. This new release includes a number of improvements to enhance usability, including incorporating the latest version of Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE4) and practical advances in image and business control options. It also introduces a new feature called True Bleed. This allows operators to clone pixels around the edge of an image regardless of its shape to create better edge finishing for applications such as print-and-cut, textiles and canvas – all applications well suited to the HP Latex 500 series.
One of the main benefits of this rapid HP accreditation is that users can be sure that Caldera V11 supports ‘print clusters’. Its new Sync and Deploy feature provides the ability to run the same RIP settings across different printers and locations. The result is reduced installation time, as the configuration is sent to multiple stations, and consistency across devices. The main benefit of this is that it allows companies to utilise a group of printers to speed up productivity without the need to invest in a much larger or faster machine. Caldera sees HP’s Latex series printers as one of the major technologies for this approach to print production.