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New Shiraz versions compound flexibility and functionality

Shiraz Software

In a move consolidating a number of recent advances to its popular multi-functional RIPs, Shiraz Software has announced a raft of upgrades in new versions of its key software platforms for large-format output. While RIP Server v6.7 and the single-printer Signature v7.5 now encompass the potent, popular Adobe PDF plug-in as well as other important enhancements, Focus v3 includes innovative productivity features for photographic and fine art production.

Following the commercial success and positive response to its Adobe PDF plug-in in October 2009, Shiraz has incorporated it as standard in both RIP Server v6.7 for production environments with multiple devices, and Signature v7.5.

Adding to the fully HP-certified support for its latex printing technologies, Shiraz RIP Server v6.7 includes a throng of drivers for new machines. Users of Epson's Stylus Pro 7700 and 9700 are now fully represented, as well as those using the Stylus Pro 3800 with RGB ICC profiling enabled. Several members of Canon's imagePrograf family - the iPF650, 655, 750, 755, 6300, 6350, 8300 and 8310 - feature, as well as Mimaki's solvent-based CJV-30 print-and-cut series, the UV-curable flat-bed JFX machines and the hybrid UJV-160.

Version 7.5 of Shiraz Signature is bidding to become the most versatile, efficient and diverse low-cost platform on the market for single-printer users with a multitude of new, productivity-based components. A print mode widget allows a full list of configuration parameters and their values to be adjusted within given tolerances, providing owners the power to fine-tune their device to their specific requirements. Also, a new integrated tool for image browsing and management enables users to place multiple images quickly and automatically within the layout module.

Powerful graphical enhancements also star in the latest round of upgrades to Shiraz Signature, including refinement of fully ICC aware image previews which show accurate rendering of images as they would be printed. Any colour correction and changes on images are reflected instantly, enabling users to print with the confidence that their graphic will be reproduced accurately.

Focus v3 for the photographic and fine art markets benefits from a bundle of versatile new options, including further inclusion of pre-print image manipulation. While the core usability and layout enjoyed by users of Shiraz Focus has not changed, the main application now allows them to save and recall jobs, edit images in batches and add various frames and crop marks.

Shiraz's developers have counteracted the need to switch between a third-party image editing application and Focus v3 by developing a new image editor element. Basic enhancements - such as brightness/contrast, hue, saturation and lightness, colour balance and gamma - can be applied live with a before and after image showing the changes. All corrections and enhancements are previewed accurately and simulate exactly the printed output.

Shiraz RIP Server v6.7, Shiraz Signature v7.5 and Shiraz Focus v3 are available for the latest Windows 7 and Mac OSX 10.6 platforms. All products can be used in conjunction with the company's dedicated online support platform, CoverPlus.

For further information telephone 08456 802484 or visit www.shiraz-rip.com

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