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EFI To Show OS X-Based RIP

Company also intros Q4000 Fiery server By Dave Nagel
Electronics for Imaging with show the latest version of its Macintosh-based Splash server at next week's Graph Expo in Chicago. The new Splash G640, the successor to the G630, is a RIP that runs natively in Mac OS X. The company is also showing off other new print server and workflow tools, including the Fiery Q4000 server with support for variable data printing.

Few details of the Splash G640 were available at press time. The server is targeted toward graphic arts professionals and is designed for short runs, supporting applications like QuarkXPress and Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

The Fiery Q4000 server is also being demonstrated at next week's expo. EFI calls the server its fastest and most feature-packed. It runs on the Fiery System 5 and includes the Graphic Arts Package and open variable data printing features. EFI's variable data platform includes support for PPML, legacy VDP languages, EFI's Fiery FreeForm technology and Fiery-optimized versions of PageFlex Persona and Atlas PrintShop Mail.

Also in the lineup is EFI's Velocity OneFlow system, a PDF-based pre-print workflow system for small and mid-sized print shops. It provides workflow automation for offset and digital printing with tools for preflighting, imposition, trapping, RIP and proofing, as well as color management.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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