Fusion Systems - 2/8/2006
Mac OS X and Linux RIP Version 7.1 Release Announced
Portland, OR, February 8, 2006 - Fusion Systems International (http://www.FusionSystems.com), a leading
provider of Unix-based RIP workflow solutions, announced release of Version 7.1 of the Fusion OS X and
Linux RIPs today. Fusion Systems International specializes in scalable Harlequin® Unix RIP technologies and
has been providing integrated solutions for over 15 years.
The newest Fusion RIP release builds on a range of features originally introduced with the Version 7.0 RIP
releases, such as an advanced in-RIP font emulation capability for time critical applications, full support for
PDF/X-1a:2003 and PDF/X-3:2003 and the JDF 1.2 specification.
Long awaited native support for running the RIP on Apple’s Mac OS X Version 10.4 (Tiger) is another key
enhancement to the Version 7.1 release. Updates to the OS X RIP’s underlying License Manager simplify
New features common to both the OS X and Linux RIP include native compatibility with PDF 1.6 for greater
direct processing of PDF files. In addition to handling all popular file formats, including PDF/X-1a:2003 and
PDF/X-3:2003, the new RIP provides full support for PDF 1.6. The Fusion RIP maintains the ability to process
PDF files natively without the need to convert to PostScript® first, which ensures fast and accurate rendering.
Support for four-page imposition schemes, in addition to the previously released two-up support, is now available
with the Version 7.1 release. Simple In-RIP imposition provides an easy-to-use and automatic imposition feature
that is selected from within the RIP and which enables increased productivity and efficiency on the part of
users. The in-RIP imposition is aimed at meeting the needs of simple imposition environments but the tiling,
scaling and step and repeat options within the in-RIP imposition option will also ensure fast and high-quality
results in wide-format printing and flexography work.
For environments needing more sophisticated imposition layout capabilities, the Version 7.1 RIP continues to
provide interoperability with dedicated imposition applications. Included is Version 2.0 of Global Graphics’ JDF
Enabler, which is designed to be compliant with the published JDF 1.2 specification and with level 2 of CIP4’s
Base Interoperability Conformance Specification (ICS). This continued JDF development is aimed at the needs
of customers looking to improve efficiency by enhancing or adopting JDF workflows.
The new JDF Enabler allows for reference file format support of 1-bit TIFF-based workflows. With a growing
trend among Computer-to-Plate manufacturers to accept 1-bit TIFF separation files from any source, such as
the Fusion RIP, this latest enhancement provides extended communications support for open solutions configurations.
Additionally, support of in-Rip Font Emulation, introduced with the Version 7.0 release, provides sophisticated
font emulation for time critical applications, such as Print on Demand (digital production print), newspapers,
magazines, jobs where artwork or advertising is supplied independently of the paying customer, and other
applications where output must leave on time. This remarkable font emulation capability automatically produces
typographically acceptable matches to missing fonts and ensures appropriate character spacing, weight and
All of these additional product enhancements reflect a commitment to addressing the market’s requirements
and requests for new workflow features and capabilities. Fusion Systems International plans to ship the Version
7.1 release within the next 60 days.