What Else Can a RIP Do?
Written October 16, 2019
RIPs add color management and other workflow functionalities:
- All RIPs support ICC profiles and many have color-management software built in or added on as a module.
- Ability to print to more than one printer at a time
- Ink limiting and linearization can be setup for each output device
- RIPs can treat inkjet printers with 4 or more inks, as a CMYK device.
- ICC profiles created for a CMYK printer by the RIP can be used for soft proofing in Photoshop, increasing workflow efficiency and the ability to modify or edit files in real time.
- Support for device links: A device link typically gives you a bit more control over how the transform is performed. Things like rendering intent, pure channel integrity, black point compensation, etc. can all be built directly into the device link profile.
- The majority of RIP packages support layout and nesting, contour cutting, and the ability to drive routers and cutters.
- Cost reporting and software ties to job tracking software