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French software company Caldera can confirm that it’s market-leading RIP, Caldera Version 11.2, has qualified for full certification for driving the HP Latex R series of printers. The HP RIP certification is awarded to differentiate RIP partners who reach a specific and superior level of integration, compatibility and performance with the HP device in question. Only third-party companies that can demonstrate conformity across a range of criteria are awarded HP Latex certified status. The certification recognizes that Version 11.2 can fully support HP Latex R series printers for functionalities including printing performance, media management, printer reporting, job generation, job management and application center integration.

Today, Onyx Graphics, Inc. announced the launch of ONYX 18, the newest version release of the company's award-winning wide- and grand-format software. ONYX 18 introduces new colour technologies for colour accuracy, consistency and conformance to standards such as G7 and Fogra that print service providers can prove to their customers; and is the first solution compatible with iccMAX, the new standard recommended by the ICC for all wide- and grand-format print applications including textile and soft signage. The new release brings next level power and reliability to the entire portfolio of ONYX products with the latest Adobe® PDF Print Engine (APPE 4.8), a high speed, high fidelity print platform for increased consistency and reliability across proofing cycles. Combined with new dynamic tools for print production and optimised out-of-the-box presets, ONYX 18 delivers fast, superior output for all wide-format printing applications.

The remarkable and continuing success of the Xaar 1201 printhead in Asia was underlined at Shanghai Ad and Sign Show 2018 as six leading RIP suppliers received awards for developing software for the Xaar 1201. The RIP software from two Chinese companies, MainTop and Hosonsoft, as well Onyx, Sai, Aurelon, and Caldera is enabling printers using the Xaar 1201 to enhance their workflow and optimise print for a range of applications – from graphics to dye sublimation textiles.

Caldera is set to join forces with a raft of leading names in the print industry to create a new production concept for the floor of FESPA 2018, which takes place in Berlin from 15 to 18 May. MS Printing Solutions, JK Group, Monti Antonio and Zund will also be involved in the new initiative. The innovative 250 m2 SportsFactory booth will demonstrate a full production workflow for the creation of customized football jerseys. Visitors to the booth, sponsored by Dover Digital Printing, will be able to experience the entire production process from the initial design of a new shirt through to printing, cutting and sewing to make it ready for delivery. The production area will be complemented by a Sports Bar, designed and decorated using digital printing technologies, and a pop-up store showcasing digitally printed football jerseys and graphics.

Onyx Graphics, Inc. has announced they will unveil their next major release exclusively at FESPA 2018. Following the successful sneak preview which impressed visitors at ISA Orlando, USA last month, visitors to the Onyx Graphics stand at FESPA (Hall 3.2, stand C51) will see the full product which promises a new colour experience with next level power and reliability making print production easy.

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