Caldera updates wide format RIP

Caldera has updated its wide format RIP, releasing v11.2 at this week’s C!Print show in France. The new features include options for backlits as well as tweaks to colour handling.

Caldera v11.2 gains a number of useful features including MultiLayer for backlits, and HelpLinks to integrate with CalderaDesk.

There are a number of new features, including MultiLayer, which allows users to print multiple layers with different images for each layer. This could be useful, for example, with backlit displays where different versions of the same image could be shown depending on whether it’s daytime or night time.

Another new feature is ContourNesting 180º, which is aimed mainly at users in the fabric, textile, traffic signs and packaging sectors. Here, the printing follows the fibre direction, which could save on media usage.

Caldera has also added HelpLinks, which allows users to add direct contextual links to CalderaDesk overview pages from within Caldera RIP modules. 

In addition, there are some useful modifications to the Cut module, including the ability to add a cuttable frame around barcodes or QR codes in Cut, as well as a new Background option, allowing the user to define the colour around the registration marks for better marks detection. There’s also a new Rewind At End option, which lets users decide to rewind the media or not after cutting to enable blade change or to go directly to the end of the job to be closer to the next job.

Caldera has also added new Rosette Overinking and Flower Bleeding charts to the Color module to improve ink limitation. There’s new colour targets for working with textiles, with automatic generation of double gaps targets for better textile measurements – for use with iPro/2 and i1i0/i1i02 spectros. Finally, extra-planes in Spot Channels are now loaded as spot colors, making the loading of Tiff and PSD files twice as fast.

Caldera has also added support for Barbieri’s TotalColor qb spectrophotometer.

Caldera has a reputation for being a solid RIP, albeit more expensive than some of the alternatives. Product Manager Arnaud Fabre commented: “This upgrade integrates a number of new features that offer real benefits. ContourNesting 180º can lead to substantial media savings, while HelpLinks provides direct access to CalderaDesk documentation.”





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