Wasatch Computer Technology - 3/28/2013
Wasatch SoftRIP Bundled with Epson SureColor F-Series Printers
Wasatch Computer Technology, an industry-leading developer of RIP & Print Management software, will bundle their powerful and innovative RIP
software, Wasatch SoftRIP, with Epson’s new SureColor® SC-F6000 and SC-F7000 roll-fed dye sublimation printers in North America, South America,
China, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Both the 44-inch SureColor® SC-F6000 and the 64-inch SC-F7000 provide high quality output up to 720 x 1440 dpi on all leading transfer papers.
These new printers are the first dye sublimation models from Epson and all the components, including ink, printheads, printer body, and optional
accessories, are designed and manufactured by Epson. This results in a low-cost, high-revenue printing system that is optimized for performance,
quality, and reliability.
Wasatch SoftRIP has features tailored for the dye sublimation and digital textile printing markets, making it the perfect solution for these printers.
SoftRIP’s Press Curves and Calibration Curves make it easy for users to construct color profiles for processes that suffer from extreme dot gain,
such as dye sublimation and digital textile printing, and helps maximize the benefit of SoftRIP’s 16-bit color rendering pipeline.
With Wasatch, users can control their dye sublimation printing process with a number of specialized tools. SoftRIP has easy-to-use controls that allow
users to adjust saturation and print pure colors; the option for users to adjust ICC input and output profiles directly in the Color Transforms screen; and
the Color Atlas Generator that allows users to print a range of color swatches on their target media and use SoftRIP’s Spot Color Replacement tool to
enter RGB values for exact color matching.
SoftRIP users can choose to mirror their prints in the Print Setup window or by printing directly to a hot folder that will automatically mirror, rotate, or
resize every file it receives. And, with SoftRIP’s Variable Data Printing Option, users can streamline the production of customized print runs, such as
sportswear, soft signage, customized promotional items, banners, flags, accessories, and corporate merchandise.
Wasatch also offers the specialized tools users need for digital textile printing. With Wasatch SoftRIP TX, users can customize their repeats with
advanced drop and slide controls and independent stretch and offset controls, making the layout of roll fabrics quick and easy. SoftRIP TX also
uses special halftoning and re-sampling algorithms to ensure seamless repeats; allows users to RIP a single pattern and efficiently repeat it in the
software; and provides robust color management tools for maximum quality control.
With features tailored for the dye sublimation and digital textile printing markets, simple setup, intuitive workflow tools, and powerful print controls,
Wasatch SoftRIP provides a complete solution for the extensive range of applications that can be supported by the Epson SureColor® F-Series printers.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 6/29/2012
Wasatch Announces SoftRIP Version 7
Wasatch SoftRIP Version 7.0 is the fastest build of Wasatch SoftRIP ever released. Driven by the requirements of a new generation of high-speed
imaging technology, SoftRIP Version 7.0 allows users to create, edit, delete, and manage thousands of unique jobs every day. In SoftRIP Version
7.0, it is perfectly natural to maintain 10,000 entries in a Print Queue.
Although SoftRIP has been sold for digital narrow-web label printing for several years, Version 7.0 is our first release to specifically address converting.
Users will find support for rotary cutting equipment and enhanced die cutting features for bleeds and round corners on digital cutters*.
Along with the Version 7.0 release of SoftRIP is the Version 2.0 release of Wasatch Variable Data Printing (VDP)*. VDP 2.0 introduces exciting
technologies, such as variable QR Codes and special rendering features essential to barcode print quality. VDP 2.0's new Fast Layout tool makes
generation of 10,000 variable labels easy and automated.
Wasatch SoftRIP Version 7.0 supports industrial printing, not only with speed, but also with the most powerful system integration tools we've ever offered.
running entirely in a web browser, or via customized network software or "XML hot folders". Customized user interfaces can be made to run on any
computer, iPad®, or smartphone, and anywhere in your facility or on the Internet.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 6/27/2012
Wasatch Computer Technology and Niceware International Join Forces
Wasatch Computer Technology, an industry-leading developer of RIP & Print Management software, has joined forces with Niceware International, a
software solution provider. Wasatch SoftRIP for Niceware is a color management and printing software solution that ensures consistent color across a
wide range of materials and applications. This color print management software is designed for high speed color inkjet printers, such as those in
Colordyne Technologies’ CDT-1600 Series.
This color management and printing package combines Wasatch technology with NiceLabel, a professional label design and printing software. NiceLabel
Pro provides a variety of features for label design and integration, including barcodes, variable fields, database connectivity, and more. This fullfeatured
label design program is capable of handling variable data and connects to virtually any database or ERP business management system.
“We’re pleased to be working with Niceware International to bring such advanced machinery to the market,” said Mike Ware, President of Wasatch
Computer Technology. “The speed of this system is amazing!”
Because Wasatch SoftRIP is sophisticated RIP software made easy, it was the perfect addition to Niceware’s product line. With intuitive workflows,
powerful print controls, and easy-to-use spot color replacement, Wasatch SoftRIP provides complete control over the print production process. With
the ability to easily adjust the amount of ink laid down, Wasatch SoftRIP consistently delivers the proper amount of color, ensuring a quality print job
“Partnering with Wasatch Computer Technology has allowed us to present a new solution to our partners,” said Shawn Motley, General Manager of
Niceware International. “We are excited to introduce a color management and printing software package that will save them time and money in color
Wasatch SoftRIP for Niceware takes the guesswork out of the print production process with a comprehensive color profiling, advanced label design, and
print management solution. With the ability to support material profiling, each label stock can match the inkjet printer’s capabilities for predictable color.
Labels or images can be sent directly from NiceLabel Pro or any Windows application to print to Wasatch SoftRIP.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 2/20/2012
Wasatch SoftRIP Certified for HP Designjet L26500 and L28500
Wasatch SoftRIP is fully certified for the HP Designjet L26500 and L28500 printers under the HP RIP Certification Program. Only third-party companies
that have demonstrated conformance with HP's set of compatibility criteria are awarded HP Designjet L26500 and L28500 certified status.
Certification tests for the HP Designjet L26500 and L28500 printers include printing performance, calibration using embedded spectrophotometer,
media flexibility, printer management, job management, dual-sided printing support, and more. Wasatch Computer Technology has produced a
number of imaging configurations for the HP Designjet L26500 and offers imaging configurations produced by HP for the HP Designjet L26500
and L28500. Click here to find a profile that suits your printing needs.
Support for the HP Designjet L26500 is available free of charge* with Wasatch SoftRIP and the Wasatch SoftRIP HP Exclusive Edition. The HP
Designjet L28500 driver is a $500 add-on.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 10/27/2011
Wasatch SoftRIP Version 6.9
Wasatch SoftRIP Version 6.9 offers dramatic speed improvements for users who keep multiple entries in their RIP and Print Queues; a new Output column
in the Print Queue for keeping track of how many copies of a job have been printed; enhancements to our barcode-driven print-and-cut workflow; the
option for users to mirror and rotate their images directly in the Print Setup screen; and the ability to add center register marks that are useful in the
production of inkjet separations.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 9/14/2011
Wasatch Computer Technology, LLC Automates Production with a
New Print-and-Cut Workflow
The latest update to Wasatch SoftRIP supports a powerful new print-and-cut workflow*. This new workflow allows users to utilize the barcode system of
their roll cutter to automate their print-and-cut production process. This workflow saves user time, and, just as importantly, can eliminate costly user errors.
With this workflow, each job, whether it is a single image, a complex layout, or a whole roll of jobs, is printed by SoftRIP with a unique barcode. This
barcode corresponds to the cut path that is defined in the print job.
Once the cutter reads the printed barcode, the barcode is sent to SoftRIP and the corresponding cut job is sent to the cutter. After the cutter cuts the
contour path, it scans for the next barcode and repeats the process. This innovative feature allows for a whole roll of media to be cut with minimal
This dynamic print-and-cut workflow allows users to boost productivity because they can quickly load a printed roll and let their cutter's barcode function
By removing steps from their existing print-and-cut production process, SoftRIP helps users save time and resources, making this workflow a less expensive
and more functional solution than a traditional print-and-cut method. And, since SoftRIP provides unparalleled support for the industry's most popular
printers, users can seamlessly integrate their existing printers into this simplified workflow.
Automate Your Print-and-Cut Workflow
Because the cutter reads the barcodes and processes the contour cut paths automatically, there is no need for users to manually scan barcodes or
search the RIP for the correct contour cut path.
The roll can even be mounted on the cutter backwards, directly from the printer, and the barcode recognition system will ensure the cut paths are
properly flipped. This allows users to automate their print-and-cut workflow, increase production, and minimize mistakes!
Wasatch Computer Technology - 4/20/2011
Wasatch SoftRIP Version 6.8
Wasatch SoftRIP 6.8 features a new Separations mode in SoftRIP SP that automatically detects the correct spot color and process separations to produce
for incoming jobs; enhanced support for dye sublimation and textile printing; enhanced support of custom inksets for most popular printers; improved
handling of PDF files that involve transparency; a new Hindi user interface; and support for multiple new Chinese printers that have completed our
quality assurance process.
New Separations Mode
Version 6.8 of Wasatch SoftRIP SP offers new power for the production of separation films and for direct-to-screen and direct-to-plate systems.
When operating in the new Separations mode, SoftRIP SP will automatically detect the correct separations to produce for incoming jobs,
whether files are opened by a user in the RIP or printed directly from application software, with no user interaction.
If the job contains only two or three spot colors, only two or three separations will be produced. If the job contains a combination of process and
spot colors, the appropriate number of separations will automatically be produced. Users can select from stochastic, rosette, and hybrid screening
methods to customize a workflow for nearly any separations production process.
Press & Calibration Curves
Press Curves and Calibration Curves are now available in all editions of Wasatch SoftRIP 6.8, not just in the SP Edition, as was previously the case.
This makes it much easier for users to construct color profiles for processes that suffer from extreme dot gain, such as dye sublimation and digital
textile printing. It also helps maximize the benefit of our 16-bit rendering pipeline.
Enhanced Custom Inkset Support
This release improves support of custom inksets for most popular printers. One of SoftRIP's key tools for adapting inkjet printers for dye sublimation use is
our custom inkset creator that allows users to configure SoftRIP with custom Hi-Fi inksets.
In past versions, users needed an instrument to help produce CIE XYZ data in the inkset creator window. For many configurations, this was an
unnecessary obstacle because those numbers are only used for the screen display.
In Wasatch SoftRIP Version 6.8, the inkset creator allows users to enter colors quickly and easily with our color selector tool. This process is much
more convenient for users who need to configure custom inksets.
Improved PDF Transparency Handling
Wasatch SoftRIP Version 6.8 includes dramatic improvements to the handling of PDF files that involve transparency. This update fixes the great majority
of such problem files we have seen and supports the latest color and transparency rendering.
New Hindi User Interface
Our new Hindi user interface expands the total number of user interface languages to 27, making Wasatch SoftRIP one of the most widely globalized
software products available.
New Support for Chinese Printers
Wasatch SoftRIP Version 6.8 is our biggest release ever of new support for Chinese printers that have completed our required quality assurance
process. Version 6.8 includes support for products from Gongzheng, Micolor, A-Starjet, and Galaxy.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 5/5/2010
Wasatch SoftRIP is Fully Certified for the HP DesignJet L25500
Wasatch SoftRIP is fully certified for the HP DesignJet L25500 under the HP RIP Certification Program. Only
products that have undergone testing by HP and have met the necessary performance requirements are
awarded the Certified for HP DesignJet L25500 Printer status.
The Wasatch SoftRIP HP Exclusive Edition now includes support for the L25500 latex printer free of charge. In
addition, it now includes support for all the older HP solvent printers at no extra charge.
With a suggested list price of just $1,495 US (about 1,150 Euro), our HP Exclusive Edition is a powerful and
cost effective way to manage your HP DesignJet printers with a single RIP.
This is our full-featured product, supporting four print queues, RIP-while-print, Cost Estimator, the new Wasatch
Tracer, unmatched image quality with 16-bit rendering, and much more.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 4/6/2010
Wasatch Computer Technology, LLC Releases Wasatch SoftRIP
Wasatch SoftRIP Version 6.7 enhances finishing workflows with expanded support for Zund and Esko
Kongsberg cutters, improved Fotoba support, and specialized registration tools for supporting label printing
and converting lines.
Enhanced support includes the ability to print identifying barcodes in the margins of i-cut and Zund jobs and
to name output files to match those barcodes. This simplifies the cutting workflow by allowing table cutting
software to scan the barcode on the print and to pick the correct corresponding cutting file. All this is part of
SoftRIP’s Table Cutting Option, an add-on that supports various table cutting software packages, such as
Zund Cut Center, Esko i-cut, and OptiSCOUT.
The new Paper Height settings in SoftRIP Version 6.7 are valuable for machines that are not roll-fed, such as
flatbed printers. The new Height Center feature is an enhancement that is important for direct-to-plate solutions.
Additionally, the new Y-axis setting for nesting gaps allows users to add space above and below images in
Upgrade Details for Current Users
Wasatch users with a valid service contract are eligible for a free upgrade to Version 6.7 as long as they
request the upgrade before the end of their service contract.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 9/23/2009
Wasatch Computer Technology, LLC Releases Wasatch SoftRIP
Wasatch SoftRIP Version 6.6 features the all new Wasatch Tracer that allows users to create contour cut paths
directly within SoftRIP. Available with the Contour Cutting Option, this innovative tool improves the cutting
workflow, simplifies the cutting production process, and gives users complete control over cut path creation.
The Contour Cutting Option in Version 6.6 provides a streamlined cutting workflow so users can spend less time
preparing their job and more time printing and cutting it. This improved workflow allows users to select their cutting
unit directly from the Print Setup screen. When a cut job is generated, the job is sent directly to the Queues
screen where users can quickly and efficiently manage it. With one click, users can print, cancel, delete, or view
all the properties for their cut job.
Simplified Production Process
No matter what production process a user employs, the new Contour Cutting Option available in Version 6.6
will simplify it! Whether users are working with a print-cut device, printing on one device and cutting on another,
creating a cut path in SoftRIP, or using a cut path created in a third party graphics application, the new cutting
workflow streamlines the process to save users time and hassle.
The Wasatch Tracer gives SoftRIP users complete control of the cut path creation process. With the ability to
change the background color, set a tolerance level, specify a minimum object size, apply a choke or spread to
the cut path, exclude interior paths from being traced, and create a wrapper around the image, users can
customize a cut path to work for nearly any situation.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 6/11/2009
Wasatch SoftRIP Announces Certification for the HP Designjet L65500
Wasatch Computer Technology is pleased to announce a new Wasatch SoftRIP printer driver for the HP
Designjet L65500 that is fully certified under the HP RIP Certification Program. Only products that have
undergone stringent testing by HP and have met the necessary performance requirements are awarded the
Certified for HP Designjet L65500 Printer status.
Certification tests for the new HP L65500 include print quality, productivity, and the range of HP and custom
media profiles that can be supported. In addition to the printer driver, Wasatch Computer Technology has made
an extensive set of profiles available at: www.wasatch.com/hpic/hpconfigs.php.
The HP Designjet L65500 printer driver and profiles are available with Wasatch SoftRIP Version 6.5. This latest
version release includes the new Wasatch Cost Estimator that accurately calculates job costs before beginning
production; Updates to PSS Halftoning that improve throughput speed and image quality; An expanded suite
of ICC Input Profiles that make color-matching more convenient; an improved Profile View that helps users
visualize color mapping; and a new Performance Mode that allows for faster textile printing.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 6/4/2009
Variable Data Printing a Key Factor in Customizing Success
Wasatch SoftRIP has been a key factor in helping Academy Awards, a custom car flag, banner, and sublimation
print shop, make their workflow more efficient and productive. Since 2001, Academy Awards has been
using Wasatch SoftRIP's Variable Data Printing (VDP) to print customized high school lockers, car flags,
banners, novelty items, and more.
About Academy Awards
Academy Awards receives nearly 10,000 orders to customize lockers for high school athletes before the
beginning of each school year. They also receive 20-100 orders per week throughout the year. Before they
started using the VDP option in SoftRIP, Academy Awards spent hours manually entering data for each individual
order. But, with the ability to import their saved information directly into variable data fields, those days are in the
"Wasatch VDP makes it so simple," says Jonathan Boatwright, Production Manager. "I just have to load my
client's file with the names and numbers of athletes into my saved fields in SoftRIP's VDP window, then RIP and
Print. I can print with complete confidence."
In addition to using the VDP option, Academy Awards finds SoftRIP's Spot Color Replacement feature an
easy-to-use tool for matching colors perfectly. And, with Wasatch's 16-bit color rendering pipeline, Academy
Awards can print anything with certainty, knowing that the end result will be just what they're looking for.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 5/6/2009
Wasatch SoftRIP Helps Wrap France's Tallest Skyscraper
Wasatch SoftRIP was instrumental in helping BS2i, an extra large-format printer in Honfleur (Normandie - France),
wrap France's tallest skyscraper, Tour Maine-Montparnasse. No stranger to the large-format printing industry,
BS2i prints 30,000 to 40,000 square meters of graphics every month. They were awarded the job to provide
large-format printing for The Vendée Globe, the grueling, round-the-world yacht race held every four years, by
Athem, a Paris-based company that is well-known for staging brands universally through spectacular creations
and ultra large formats.
"For this job, we had to produce 3,900 different pieces of adhesive material to form the 4,000 square meter image,"
says Janette Cacioppo, General Director of BS2i. "Using Wasatch SoftRIP, we were able to accomplish this
without any error. We could not have accomplished this with any other RIP."
Quality and Features
Using a Nur Fresco and SoftRIP's RIP-to-Tiff feature, BS2i was able to flawlessly produce the large quantity of
prints required for this huge wrap job. Now BS2i uses Wasatch SoftRIP exclusively for their extensive large-format
printing needs. "We are happy with Wasatch SoftRIP and the print quality we achieve," says Janette. "We
have tried other RIPs, but Wasatch is the only one that has the features we need."
A Huge Success
This is the first time Tour Maine-Montparnasse has ever been wrapped and the project was a huge achievement.
Thanks to these large-scale, high-quality graphics, this job was very successful for Wasatch Computer
Technology, BS2i, Athem, and The Vendée Globe.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 4/29/2009
Update to Wasatch SoftRIP Version 6.5
Version 6.5 of Wasatch SoftRIP includes a powerful improvement for print quality, with a major update to PSS
(Precision Stochastic Screens).
Particularly large improvements to print quality have been reported by users of Agfa, DGI, Dilli, Gandinnovations,
and NUR (HP Scitex) printers.
To find out your price for an upgrade to Version 6.5, simply provide your email address and Wasatch Serial
number in the form on this web page: http://www.wasatch.com/wasatchUpgrade.html
We'll look up your serial number and email a quotation back to you promptly.
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Wasatch Computer Technology - 3/12/2009
Wasatch SoftRIP in 24 Languages
If you're using Wasatch SoftRIP in a language other than English, you'll be happy to learn that the user interface
for Version 6.5 has now been updated in all twenty-four supported languages.
This March 10th revision is now available free of charge for all users of Version 6.5. Simply download the new
version and install it in your current Wasatch SoftRIP folder. Contact your Wasatch reseller for the download.
To view the list of twenty-four languages, visit this page:
This update also includes the many small refinements to user interface developed during the process of translation,
and we recommend it to all users.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 1/29/2008
Wasatch Computer Technology LLC Releases Wasatch SoftRIP
Wasatch Computer Technology has jumped ahead of the competition again with Version 6.3 of Wasatch
SoftRIP, its industry-leading RIP and Print Management software. New features include a powerful Template
Creator that defines layout image place holders for repeatable placement and sizing; Database Tools to import
industry-standard or user-defined spot color matching tables; Two new Halftoning Innovations; and a RIP-to-TIF
generic printer driver. Also included are new printer drivers for devices from Mutoh and US Sublimation. Wasatch
will be demonstrating Version 6.3 at the upcoming ISA, FESPA, and DRUPA trade shows.
SoftRIP Templates save hours of prep time for users with standardized output sizes and placement needs. The
template interface includes tools for specifying image location, alignment, and scaling attributes. Simply apply the
template to a new layout to drag and drop images straight to their desired location.
The template building toolset streamlines printing for workflows that demand consistent image placement and
sizing. Key uses of SoftRIP Templates include T-shirt printing, flatbed printing, and a wide variety of industrial
Spot Color Database Import
This release provides spot color database import tools for matching hues in industry-standard swatch books or
key customer data files. SoftRIP Version 6.3 imports databases based on Microsoft Excel files or any other
comma delimited data format. To suit various types of color databases, values can be entered using the more
accurate 0-255 interval or a standard 0-100 percentage.
SoftRIP version 6.3 includes new halftoning refinements to serve growing market niches. Version 6.3 optimizes
quality specifically for the newest generation grayscale print heads. In the flexography market niche, Wasatch’s
halftone refinements will revolutionize the adoption of inkjet separations. New flexo halftone options are available
exclusively in SoftRIP SP for Separations Printing.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 8/15/2007
Wasatch Supports the Industry’s Most Popular UV-Curable Inkjet Printers
August 15, 2007, Salt Lake City, UT - Wasatch Computer Technology has released support for the latest UV-
curable printers from MacDermid ColorSpan and Mimaki. This release also includes new Canon imagePROGRAF driver
Devices using UV inks are capable of printing on a wide range of inexpensive rigid or flexible roll materials.
Challenging print scenarios with lower quality media achieve the maximum benefit from SoftRIP’s 16-bit color
pipeline. Color subtleties and gradients in raster images are maintained with enormous detail and vector gradients
are perfectly smooth at any output size.
SoftRIP now includes white-ink supporting drivers for ColorSpan 5440UV, ColorSpan 5445UV, ColorSpan
5460UV, ColorSpan 5465UV, and ColorSpan 9840UV printers. The ColorSpan 5400UV Series devices are
among the UV category leaders, combining the quality of an aqueous thermal inkjet printer, the durability of a
solvent printer, and the media flexibility of a UV-curable inkjet printer with a compact physical footprint. The
larger 9840UV offers industrial-grade size and speed for print shops demanding high volume production.
Mimaki buyers can now use SoftRIP to drive their UJV-110 UV curable inkjet printer. SoftRIP’s simple white
ink workflow makes it easy to produce first and second surface output for window films and decals. The optional
Variable Data Printing Module adds capabilities for easily customizing print jobs like nameplates and labels with
the UJV device.
New support for the iPF 5100 and iPF 6100 devices will includes full hi-fi support for 12-color LUCIA inks.
These drivers will now come standard with SoftRIP’s Canon Exclusive, Small Format, and Large Format Editions.
The driver for the 17 iPF 5100 will be included in the SoftRIP Desktop Edition.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 6/15/2007
Wasatch Supports Roland VersaCAMM VP Series of Printer/Cutters
Salt Lake City, UT, June 15, 2007 Wasatch Computer Technology has announced new support for the Roland
VersaCAMM VP series of wide-format inkjet printer/cutters. Drivers for the 30" VP-300 and 54" VP-540 are
included with both Wasatch SoftRIP and the SoftRIP Roland Exclusive Edition beginning June 8.
The Wasatch exclusive for Roland users includes all of the SoftRIP tools for efficient, high quality printing with
a special entry-level price. This package bundles a free Wasatch Contour Cutting Option for use with the
respected line of Roland printer/cuttersa $250 value.
Roland VersaCAMM VP Series
Ideal for signs, banners, billboards, POP displays, labels, decals, vehicle and floor graphics, heat transfers for
apparel and more, Roland's new VersaCAMM VP series features Roland's unique integrated print9cut technology
that allows professionals to print and contour cut 4-color graphics through one seamless workflow. The
VersaCAMM VP series is available in 30" and 54" media widths, achieves print speeds of up to 166 sqft./hr. for
the 54" model, and offers both superior media handling and an optional media take-up system for flawless
unattended printing. Featuring scratch-resistant ECO-SOL MAX ink, VersaCAMM VP models are backed by
Roland’s Two-Year Trouble-Free Warranty.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 2/15/2007
Wasatch SoftRIP 6.1 Full Windows Vista Support
Salt Lake City, February 15, 2007 - After extensive testing, Wasatch Computer Technology has announced full
Windows Vista support in Wasatch SoftRIP 6.1, the newest version of its popular RIP software.
Discussions of Vista improvements have invigorated interest in 16-bit color rendering, a hot-button topic
previously limited to digital photography circles. SoftRIP 6.1 also introduces 16-bit color rendering. SoftRIP's
16-bit color pipeline maintains intricate color data to produce images that are high quality and color rich.
"To the best of our knowledge, SoftRIP is the first PostScript RIP in our industry to be compatible with the Vista
operating system," says Wasatch Vice President Jay Griffin. "SoftRIP 6.1 leads the industry in innovation, first
with its introduction of 16-bit rendering and now with full Windows Vista support."
Wasatch Computer Technology - 1/24/2007
Wasatch Releases High Definition Printing With 16-Bit Color Rendering
Salt Lake City, January 24, 2007 - Wasatch Computer Technology has released Wasatch SoftRIP® version
6.1 featuring the industry’s first full 16-bit color rendering pipeline. This innovation builds upon Wasatch’s
Precision Stochastic Screens halftoning method to bring high definition color quality to the printing process.
16-bit rendering improves image quality in much the same way as switching from a lossy file format like a jpeg
to the data rich RAW format used by professional digital photographers. RIPs with 8-bit rendering lose color
data in the printing process. SoftRIP v6.1 maintains the color data to produce output that is truly faithful to the
original source image.
SoftRIP will process files that are inherently 16-bits deep through color management and PSS halftoning with
high fidelity color depth. Files that arrive to the RIP only 8-bits deep will also show substantial benefit. They are
promoted to 16-bits of color depth prior to entering color management and are maintained at this high definition
through halftoning. The effects of this innovation will be particularly dynamic when working with vector gradients
and printing with lower quality consumables.
Imaging Configurations (color profiles) made with earlier versions of Wasatch SoftRIP can be used with SoftRIP
6.1. In many cases, older profiles will provide improved image quality just by being used with this new release.
New 16-bit Imaging Configurations are not backwards compatible.
"With SoftRIP’s 16-bit color pipeline, color accuracy is improved and tonal banding becomes a thing of the past,"
says Wasatch Vice President Jay Griffin. "Wasatch 6.1 will create a new definition of color quality in the digital
Upgrade Details for Current Users
Wasatch users with valid service contracts as of January 24, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to version 6.1
as long as they request the upgrade before the end of their service contract. Learn more about upgrading at
Wasatch Computer Technology - 1/4/2007
Wasatch Releases Expanded Hi-Fi Capabilities and Speed Improvements
for Epson Printers
Salt Lake City, January 4, 2007 - Wasatch Computer Technology has announced new Epson x800 drivers for
use with exotic and alternative inksets. Today’s release introduces tools for customized inksets and greatly
enhanced hi-fi printing. As a result, users can now achieve expanded gamuts, increased print speeds, and
specialized niche application output. The enhanced Epson x800 driver set supports True Dual CMYK Printing,
similar to what is available on the x400 Epson series abroad. Using two CMYK print head banks simultaneously
produces premium output with production-level speed.
The new hi-fi inkset creator streamlines the use of the 8 print heads for expanded gamut printing. SoftRIP’s inkset
wizard walks users through the selection and designation of inks such as orange, green, blue, red etc. The inkset
customizer is available for use with all future hi-fi drivers in Wasatch SoftRIP.
The new driver set also provides flexibility for using these devices for multiple output applications without
changeover costs and delays. Users may combine various ink configurations to achieve photographic, dye
sublimation, and monochrome film output with one device.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 10/4/2006
Wasatch Introduces an Interface-lift with SoftRIP Version 6.0
Salt Lake City, UT - Wasatch Computer Technology has announced version 6.0 of its Wasatch SoftRIP(tm)
family of products. SoftRIP 6.0 gives existing users powerful tools to work more efficiently, while providing new
users an easy interface that they can learn and use immediately.
"We began our work on this release by talking to users around the world about their optimal RIP workflows.
Understanding what users wanted to achieve with the next generation of RIPs made it easy to create the
software to get there," says Alison Johnson, Wasatch Marketing Director. "The resulting SoftRIP interface
makes it easy for different types of users to work with the software in the way that feels most intuitive to them.
SoftRIP 6.0 makes users comfortable right from the start whether they are graphic designers or print technicians;
new users or SoftRIP loyalists."
In SoftRIP 6.0, users can do all of their typical daily tasks without ever leaving the software's main screen. That
makes it easy for most users to complete their work in the RIP quickly, while still maintaining deeper level
advanced tools for printing and color experts.
A New Way to Work
This release creates different workflow paths that let the user choose what process works best for them.
* Direct-to-Layout is ideal for users who like to view all of the images in a production run at the same time so
they can plan their print run efficiently.
* Job-Based processing streamlines file preparation for individuals that choose to open one image at a time,
preparing each file to RIP and print individually.
* The Server-Based workflow is favored by users who manage the RIP from the Master Queues Manager,
receiving files to RIP from separate networked workstations.
With 6.0 it's easy for users to get started with one of these options, or to combine different workflow options
into a hybrid process optimized for their conditions.
SoftRIP's Job-Based workflow has always been regarded as an ease-of-use leader, and 6.0 increases that lead.
When you drag and drop a file from the file browser into your Job Window, all of the tools you need to process
that image are right at your fingertips in the new Digital Tool Kit. Once your image is ready to print, one mouse
click processes it through to your printer or saves it to layout with other images.
The new Direct-to-Layout workflow uses the full width of your media as a digital canvas. The interactive layout
window becomes the single work place where you can position and manipulate all the images in your print run.
Files not yet RIP'd in this layout zone can be rotated and resized to work best within your media space. Once
your layout is RIP'd, SoftRIP 6.0 has the unique ability to retrieve individual images for re-use in other layouts
To complete the workflow improvements through the RIP and print processes, 6.0 moves the Master Queues
Manager to the main screen. Master Queues shows users the real-time status of every job in their production.
With the new File Browser tab, users can drag and drop files directly into the Queues workflow view for
immediate processing. This will be of particular interest to Server-Based workflow users who manage larger
production environments and consider the Queues Manager to be their primary screen within the RIP.
Digital Tool Kit
In 6.0, SoftRIP's new Digital Tool Kit brings together the key settings users need to quickly ready images for
efficient printing. With the Tool Kit, users have all the features they need to run their typical daily production
without ever leaving the home screen. It's the easiest navigation ever. Use the Tool Tabs to;
* Resize, crop, mirror, and rotate
* Tile oversized jobs that will not fit on your media
* Check your image for colors that cannot be reached with your current printer setup
* Identify which parts of your image are Raster or Vector, CMYK or RGB
* See a quick snapshot of your RIP and Print Queue status
* Tell the RIP to send Print Queue files directly to the printer or hold them for layout
* Print corner crop marks, full length crop marks, and registration marks
* Annotate your prints with date, filename, and printer details
Whether you prepare your images directly in the layout window, or hold single jobs to arrange later, you can take
advantage of SoftRIP's Smart Nesting tools to create efficient layouts automatically. Smart Nesting uses
advanced mathematics to create layout designs that save media costs and guillotine trimming time. In version
6.0, Smart Nesting saves even more media by rotating un-RIP'd files any time that rotation will make the overall
layout more efficient.
To save you RIP time again and again, SoftRIP creates Queue entries for every image in your layout as well as
the layout itself. Once your image is RIP'd you can drop it into any layout to reprint without re-RIPing. Any layout
scenario you can imagine is easier with SoftRIP 6.0.
SoftRIP 6.0 is now available to beta testers, with full production release in late October 2006. Users purchasing
SoftRIP before the final 6.0 release will be eligible to upgrade free of charge, as will any user with an active service
contract as of the release date. Upgrade invitations will be sent to qualified users by email.
Wasatch Computer Technology - 4/25/2006
Wasatch Announces Support for The New MacDermid ColorSpan
Salt Lake City, UT, April 25, 2006 Wasatch Computer Technology has announced new support for nine
printers from MacDermid ColorSpan. Included in this release are drivers for both UV and solvent inkjet devices
in the DisplayMaker product line.
For consumers considering an investment in affordable flatbed UV technology, Wasatch has released support
for the DisplayMaker 72UVR as well as the DisplayMaker UVX devices which offer users additional media
flexibility and increased production speed. New support for the DisplayMaker 72SI and 98SI devices will make
SoftRIP a leading RIP option for solvent DisplayMaker users as well.
These new drivers from Wasatch have been rigorously tested to ensure reliable, quality results for every
installation. "We’re excited to support these MacDermid ColorSpan printers," says Wasatch Vice President Jay
Griffin. "With the superior reliability of our driver and outstanding color quality achievable only with Wasatch’s
Precision Stochastic Screens, this SoftRIP release will give DisplayMaker users the ability to product
Wasatch will offer standard driver support for popular 72 inch MacDermid ColorSpan printers, including the
72UVR, 72 UVX, 72S/72SR, 72SRU, and 72SI models. Support is available for the 98 inch DisplayMaker
98UVX, 98SI, and 98SX models with a grand format driver fee. Additional charges may apply for upgrade sales.