Caldera creates new version, V10

The 10th edition of Caldera's 'feature packed' printer control software will 'liberate today's print houses through productivity, connectivity and modernity', the French developer claims. V10 doubles previous average RIP speeds to provide printers of all sizes and types with the 'independence to print what they wish without having to sacrifice speed or complexity'.

V10 uses smart algorithmic processing, APPE 3.3 and new remote management capabilities. It allows users to streamline their screen to focus only on live tasks, while icons and markers have been standardised throughout in a modern style. Caldera's use of HTML5 provides cross-platform, cross-OS support for remote management via new module VisualRemote, which provides different levels of off-site access to operators.

"In the latest version of Caldera, we have considered at length the way companies deploy their RIP, both now and also over the course of the product's lifetime," says Caldera's Chief Technical Officer, Frédéric Soulier. "V10 marries new usability concepts with major advances in raw speed, making it, we believe, the RIP of choice for this exciting era of applications development within and outside the graphic arts."

In line with customer polling, other features include: production overview tool PrintBoard, becomes an intrinsic element of the RIP. This allows users to see job and production status at a glance through a web-based application and extend its use into the realm of remote monitoring. Smaller features have been reallocated within the RIP; grommets and eyelets can be added to artwork from within the Print module. While advanced wall graphics visualisation is accessible through a new Tiling+ module. Update notifications have been gathered in a single area and are automated, to make sure that critical updates 'reach the user rapidly'. Profiles can be accessed from within a new library directly within EasyMedia.

Version 10 integrates various successful modules within its interface. Contour Nesting and Tex&Repeat, which transfer printers' skills into the textile, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, wood and CAD areas, are embedded within the RIP.

"Finally, ink-jet technology is starting to realise its full potential," says Joseph Mergui, Chief Executive Officer, Caldera. "We can now print to more surfaces, in more situations, than ever before. The most exciting areas of print are those yet to be brought to life, but the technology required to create them starts here. For our users, that is with V10 of Caldera."


Caldera quick to the scene for Roland VersaExpress RF-640

Caldera logoCaldera has released a set of drivers to support the recently released Roland DG VersaExpress RF-640. They are compatible with all products in its suite of wide-format print control software, including GrandRIP+ and CopyRIP. The drivers ensure seamless operation, meaning that print houses can take full advantage of the 1.6m roll-to-roll engine's high throughput speeds and broad color gamut immediately.

The drivers available for the VersaExpress RF-640 are for both its eco-solvent and water-based ink sets, to 'make sure that color management and other RIP data is translated error-free to the machine'. The print modes co-operate with Roland Intelligent Pass Control at certain print speeds, which controls dot placement between passes to enhance quality at high speeds. While advanced operators will be able to override certain print mode parameters. Caldera's controllers also guarantee optimised speeds for its fast-four eco-solvent configuration and excellent color control when using the extended six- and eight-color sets available with water-based ink models.

The RF640-ESOL driver is suitable for use with Roland Eco-Sol Max2 inks and can help users attain the full output capability of up to 48.5sq m per hour at single-pass 360dpi in draft mode; or 3.6sq m per hour at 1,440 x 720dpi ten-pass production. The Roland-RF640-WBASE-4C fast-four driver, which handles Roland FPG Aqueous inks as well as third-party products, offers speeds of up to 56.8sq m per hour for 360dpi one-pass draft and 5.4sq m per hour for 1,440 x 720dpi twelve-pass printing.

Caldera's drivers offer support for Mac, a crucial factor for the growing number of Roland users using Apple devices to control print engines. The RF-640 drivers are likely to suit sign and graphics houses looking to complete 'high-productivity jobs that require a rapid turnaround'. With a range of options for different ink configurations, a wide variety of applications become available, including vinyl graphics, banners, billboards and back-lit posters.
"The Roland VersaExpress RF-640 is a powerful machine that can truly benefit from an equally powerful RIP engine," says Frédéric Soulier, chief technology officer, at Caldera. "With our drivers, users can be sure that they will be able to push their printer to drive not only productivity but also quality, while reducing machine downtime. This is sure to be a popular model amongst Roland users, both new and old, and we anticipate that Caldera's support for it will be similarly appealing."


Caldera enhances Print Standard Verifier tool with IDEAlliance G7 standard

Caldera software boxPrint Standard Verifier, the Caldera tool that ensures standards conformity across printing processes, has been augmented with the addition of support for G7. Published by international organization IDEAlliance, G7 integration is the latest step in Caldera's continuing mission to help digital print service providers achieve a certified process standard and is available for users of GrandRIP+, GrandTEX+, VisualRIP+ and VisualTEX+ immediately.

"Repeatability and cross-platform colour delivery are now critical commercial pressures for printers, and guaranteeing each across different substrates, gamut and chemistries is mission-critical," explains Frederic Soulier, chief technical officer, Caldera. "Whether customers are demanding conformity with the major ISO, Fogra or G7 standards, this addition to the Caldera EasyMedia module will keep them consistent and competitive."

G7 is a definition of the appearance of greyscale and a methodology for applying this to CMYK-based print machinery. The device-independent process uses a neutral print density curve to create faithful comparisons and enable shared appearance of output when cross-process colour management is unavailable.

Caldera simplifies the complex process of hitting these standards by handling conformity calculations within EasyMedia in the RIP suite. Operators select a print configuration in Print Standard Verifier and confirm the standards their output must meet, as well as the targets the colours are expected to hit. The Caldera engine then measures print colours against the required chart to verify if the print settings will enable meeting the color standard requirements.

"Universal standardisation has existed in offset for some time, but the variables incumbent to digital print have made it difficult to establish a global standard," explains Joseph Mergui, chief executive officer, Caldera. "However, print buyers expect homogeneity of colour regardless of application and substrate, be it signage, packaging or paper. Our continuous upgrades to the Caldera suite are driven by these pressures and keep our printers at the leading edge of dependable, colour-faithful production."

The IDEAlliance G7 protocols join a number of other specific international standards within Print Standard Verifier. ISO 12647-2 for offset litho, 12647-7 for proofing from digital data and 12647-8 for validation processes from digital data are all included, as are Fogra's Process Standard Offset and Process Standard Digital. RIP owners can receive the addition of G7 to the suite with purchase of a software update.

Caldera's Print Standard Verifier interface


Caldera puts colour and error prevention at forefront of latest RIP release

ContourN-Caldera-RIP-softwareCaldera has announced the commercial availability of version 9.20 of its popular RIP software, with updates including advanced preflighting, colour management enhancements, True Shape Nesting and a new Image Bar interface enabling quick access to documents. The latest version of Caldera's flagship RIP engine was first unveiled at FESPA 2013, where it was warmly received by visitors from all sectors of the industry.

Colour management is at the forefront of the new release, with v9.20 including EasyMedia as standard for the first time and giving users cloud access to the Caldera ICC profile library. "When we talk to our customers about what is important in their businesses, colour management always comes up," explains Frederic Soulier, chief technical officer Caldera. "Anything that is such an integral part of a wide-format operation should be supported by their software, and that's why we decided to make EasyMedia a standard part of the RIP solution in v9.20 – if it's not an option for our customers, it's not for Caldera."

The new Preflight tools will help to ensure users produce perfect prints the first time, incorporating the renowned Callas technology also used in Adobe Acrobat. The Preflight option checks for compatibility against a number of standards and rules, including PDF/X, PDF/A, PDF/VT, image resolution, fonts and ICC profiles, and returns a simple red or green light report. The preflight process can be initiated either manually, and applied to one file, or automatically to all files in a specified Hotfolder.
For VisualRIP+ and GrandRIP+ users, the Preflight tool will produce a web report for the operator, as well as an enriched PDF file highlighting any issues. Preflight also integrates with Flow+, sending reports to the MIS manager, and with Caldera WebShop to show a simple file status to the end user. "The Preflight tools will take the guesswork out of printing by making sure a file conforms to our users' standards before it gets as far as being printed," said Joseph Mergui, chief executive officer, Caldera.
"By taking advantage of this new option, Caldera users will not only save themselves time with the automation it offers, but also money and resources through not needing to re-print."

In v9.20, Caldera is also revolutionising the print-to-cut process with the new True Shape Nesting tool, which will help print shop managers maximise their resources with more efficient placement of images on media. As requested by Caldera's users, True Shape Nesting uses the actual contours of an image, ignoring any blank space or bounding boxes, to nest images together in a way that minimises media waste when cut. In addition, the tool will help users save ink by eliminating any need to print beyond the cut contours.
Caldera has also updated its Process Standard Verifier to allow businesses to calibrate and verify their prints according to the G7 standard. Adding to the existing standards verification tools for Fogra Process Standard Digital, the latest enhancement to this tool will help Caldera users prepare for G7 certification.
In addition, a new Image Bar feature will act as a document tray, giving users easy access and instant visuals as well as keyword filtering, to save time when searching for specific files.

These new upgrades to the Caldera RIP represent the real partnership we have with our users," says Sebastien Hanssens, vice-president marketing, Caldera. "Many are user-requested features, and others have evolved from less specific feedback. By listening to the people who use our products day in and day out, we have been able to focus our efforts on the things they really need to make their production run as efficiently as possible. It is this continuous user-led development that is keeping Caldera at the forefront of wide-format software."


Caldera Unveils New and Improved Line Up at FESPA 2013

Internationally renowned wide-format software developer Caldera launched a raft of new and updated products at FESPA 2013. Among the new products were a brand new web-to-print solution dedicated to wide-format PSPs, specialist textile printing software and the latest versions of its award-winning RIP software, v9.20, and workflow system Flow+ 2.0.

"Since our last major launches, we have been gathering feedback from our customers about our products, and while we have been delighted with the overwhelmingly positive response, we know we can always do more," says Sebastien Hanssens, Vice-President of Marketing, Caldera. "Everything we are launching is as a direct result of finding out what our customers really need to keep their businesses a step ahead of the competition."


One of the most exciting new products from Caldera is WebShop, a standalone web-to-print solution that has been developed to specifically meet the needs of wide-format print houses. Incorporating features such as a Variable Size Product listing, designed exclusively to sell wide-format print by number of items or total printed area, and able to integrate directly with the Caldera RIP and Flow+, WebShop is an ideal opportunity for PSPs to reap the benefits of selling online.

VisualTEX+ has been created to help wide-format houses enter the lucrative textile printing market. Based on Caldera's established RIP architecture, VisualTEX+ additionally boasts special tools for tiling pattern repeats, creating multiple colorways, colorbooks and creating custom inksets. With demand for bespoke printed textiles for interiors and new wallpaper-type applications on the rise, VisualTEX+ allows PSPs to apply their existing skills to take advantage of this new market.

Following the release of v9.10 of Caldera's flagship RIP package last year, v9.20 contains even more customer-requested improvements. Among the new features is a True Shape Nesting tool aimed at print-and-cut workflow users, which helps save ink and media by eliminating any need to print beyond the cut contours and more efficient nesting according to the external outline of each individual element to be printed and cut.

A new preflight tool will be available as part of Caldera's v9.20 VisualRIP+ and GrandRIP+ products as well as WebShop and Flow+. Utilising Callas technology, the preflight feature is able to check each PDF against ISO standards at various stages of the workflow.

Flow+ 2.0 boasts a sleek, ergonomic new user interface that is better organized and customizable with shortcuts. The cost management feature previewed in v1.6 has been extended to improve production costing and with the addition of new reporting options. Other updates include a new calendar function, drag-and-drop job management, improved RIP interaction and the ability to create quote templates, manage jobs in several parts and add QR codes to quotes, orders, jobs and stock elements.

"With these new and improved products, we are putting Caldera at the forefront of wide-format digital production software," says Joseph Mergui, Chief Executive Officer, Caldera. "FESPA 2013 is a major event for us, especially with our recent push into more global markets such as South America and Asia, so it made sense for us to demonstrate on this world stage that we are committed to creating market-leading solutions. Now our customers, both current and prospective, will know that Caldera is behind them from making the sale to the final delivery."


Caldera launches PrintBoard production monitoring display package

Pioneering wide-format software developer Caldera has revealed a new software and hardware bundle that allows PSPs to harness the power of digital signage on their own production floors.

PrintBoard, launched last year as a plug-in for Caldera Print & Cut solutions, interacts directly with a Caldera RIP Version 9.10 to display real time output statistics on-screen.

Caldera PrintBoard montage in an office

The standalone PrintBoard package will include the Variable Display media player with a 'light' Variable Display software licence, the PrintBoard plug-in for just £858 (€995). This will enable the user to monitor up to five contents per server, plus the PrintBoard session, with the option to upgrade to the full version of Variable Display for £427 (€495).

PrintBoard displays information such as the daily square metre production rate, the rate per printing device, the percentage of production per printer and per type of printer and the number of errors per day, alongside the sequence of jobs lined up for each device. This allows for an at-a-glance overview of the workload, and makes it easy for production managers to order jobs for optimum efficiency and productivity.

"Our customers told us that they wanted a more visible monitoring solution that would enable them to be more proactive in driving efficiency, so we came up with PrintBoard," explains Joseph Mergui, CEO Caldera. "It makes use of data that is already generated by the RIP and displays it in an intuitive format that can be shown anywhere: on the print shop floor, in the office - even in their reception area. Once again Caldera is demonstrating the forward-thinking approach to printing that we know our users value highly."

The web-based platform-independent PrintBoard solution can be accessed from anywhere, including mobile devices like the iPad and Android tablets. The Variable Display management software is easy to use, even for those with no previous experience of using digital signage systems, and the hardware is able to drive any kind of digital display while its compact design allows it to be installed discreetly almost anywhere.

Caldera is confident that when PSPs experience the ease of using Variable Display with PrintBoard for themselves, they will realise the value of being able to offer Variable Display as an add-on product to their own customers. The PrintBoard package is now available from Caldera partners.

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Caldera launches SnapRIP+

Caldera SnapRIP Logo Caldera, the award winning French software editor specialising in large format printing solutions, will be launching its new product SnapRIP+, a complete printing solution for digital imaging professionals.

SnapRIP+ is Caldera‘s printing software for photo professionals looking for a productive raster printing solution for their Epson, Canon and HP printers. It packs the same power and features as Caldera’s RIP solutions for printing wide format jobs with eye catching colours and contrast.

It includes Layout with Compose; a feature which lets you layout multiple file elements to create a single project page or job merge, nest, rotate and combine different file formats, with manual or numeric positioning. It also includes Step & Repeat and Nest-o-Matik features for optimisng media usage.

SnapRIP+ is upgradable to our productive printing solution VisualRIP+, with a Postscript/PDF engine for producing posters, kakemonos, advertisements, POS and more. VisualRip+ is Caldera’s software solution for professional large format Print and Print-to-Cut workflow and includes Tiling+, a feature enabling users to split up prints into various panels (with bleed, trim marks and grommet placement) for bigger format jobs.

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