Global Graphics updates Mako

Global Graphics, a subsidiary of the Hybrid Software Group, has released Mako Core version 7.0, an SDK that allows developers to create document processing and manipulation capabilities for print applications.

This latest version uses an intelligent Document Object Model, or iDOM, that lets developers access every aspect of a document’s composition, including fonts, images, vector art, layers, and metadata. It also allows for conversions between different Page Description Languages or PDLs such as PDF or PostScript. The iDOM can flatten transparencies for both vector and raster graphics and can generate new documents from raw data as well as building Microsoft Windows print drivers.

It also gains a new colour management module based on technology from ColorLogic GmbH, which is also part of the Hybrid Software Group. This should allow for better ICC profile compatibility and consistent colour rendering as well as complex colour operations including support for extended colour gamut. 

Version 7.0 also comes with a new layout engine that enables seamless text flow in paragraphs and columns, with support for right-to-left text flow as seen in languages like Hebrew. 

The Mako Core SDK has been used by a number of other software developers. EyeC, for example, has used it in developing its own print inspection systems. Lukas Petersen, software engineer at EyeC, commented: “Since using Mako Core we now have a much more stable and reliable system. Performance is consistent and, even in very complex cases, is up to 50 percent faster than with the previous PDF Library we had been licensing.”

David Stevenson, product manager for the Mako software, explained: “Mako offers developers a robust solution for processing and manipulating PDLs, with a strong emphasis on print-related functionalities.” He added: “Whether you’re building a PDF viewer, editor, or a custom workflow component, Mako provides the essential print intelligence, acquired by Global Graphics over 30 years, eliminating the need for extensive developer expertise. Moreover, it serves as an excellent platform for creating cutting-edge smart print applications, incorporating technologies like machine learning and Artificial Print Intelligence, as demonstrated in our ground-breaking Streamline Direct product.”

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