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CalderaRIP is the only software for Mac and Linux that automates pre-press tools and is compatible with over 1000 printers and cutters. The software improves your production through a single RIP that controls all your printers and guarantees a coherent result for every print with savings in time, ink and material.
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Nexio adds a new level of automation to your printing processes by connecting your CalderaRIP with third-party programs, using standard JDF/JMF protocols. The tool makes it possible to produce not only automatic sequences of actions that speed up production, but also advanced reports that improve your operations.

Nexio effectively runs in the background, with a module configured for each software application that needs to communicate with the RIP. Each module creates an instance within the Nexio JobTracker whereby available jobs can be viewed, sorted, processed, started, stopped, and error and confirmation messages controlled.

You’ll save time and money throughout your print production, as Nexio joins the dots between your RIP software (VisualRIP+, GrandRIP+ or TextilePRO), your webshop, your accounting packages and other web-based applications, such as CRM, ERP and MIS. With Nexio, a single job can be identified and tagged before being sent into a file workflow, delivering it to a specific printer with certain parameters regarding, for example, quantity, resolution or media. This avoids manual intervention and the need to create several hot folders for each workflow type, thereby reducing operator time and the risk of human error.

The tool optimizes your business by streamlining your production. With improved file automation and production reporting, Nexio allows operators to derive as much power from the workflow as possible by linking and automating software processes and streamlining hardware control using data.

In short, Nexio brings the best of automation into the wide format printing market!


If you are interested in Nexio, let us know and we'll make you a quote.


Have you already heard of CalderaCare? If your CalderaRIP software fails unexpectedly, you can be sure that your CalderaRIP will continue to function at every critical moment of the production process, thanks to CalderaCare.


  • Fewer errors & reduced costs
    As there can be thousands of combinations, it’s impossible for a single employee to oversee and manage. Nexio brings automation to the next level and gives you the option to increase and expand that range even further, without the risk of introducing faults in the process.
  • Connects your RIP with third-party programs
    Nexio interfaces with your other software packages using standard JDF/FMF protocols, sends jobs to the RIP and collects reporting data. When jobs have been marked ‘done’, Nexio automatically creates JDF reports to send back to the application.
  • Optimizes your business by streamlining your production
    By generating job reports, Nexio enables production performance analysis which can fuel operational development and enhance profitability.

Key features

  • Standardized JDF/JMF connection
  • Improved file automation
  • Communication between your RIP & third-party programs
  • Production reporting
  • Streamlined production

Release notes

12.1 20 June 2019

New features

Rotation Boost

A new algorithm has been implemented for better rotation performances. Depending on your hardware (HDD or SSD disk), the expected gain is:

  • 5% faster on Hard Disk Drive
  • 10% faster on Solid State Drive

In comparison with competitors, the new rotation algorithm is 30% faster.

Caldera Snapshots

CalderaSnapshots is part of CalderaDock. More flexibility with CalderaSnapshots, that gives the ability to an operator to go back to a previous version rapidly and without the need for a third party intervention in case of trouble, or for testing new versions or new features without breaking everything.


A new option is available to remove the marks between jobs. You no longer have to print horizontal marks and save media when you only want to cut vertically.

EFI screening

Caldera has developed a CMYKcmyk separation algorithm optimized for EFI printers in case of multi- CPU RIP configurations and include it in its Hardware Acceleration option. The gain is about x2 or x3 depending on the RIP configurations.

New CalderaCare features

CalderaCare is the support and maintenance solution for your Caldera RIP software, that will keep your production up and running when you need it most. A subscription to CalderaCare also ensures all your software products will be kept up-to-date with the latest versions and enhancements.


CalderaJobs is a part of CalderaDock. CalderaJobs is a new feature to help printshops reprint exactly the same jobs after months while keeping the spooler and hard drive clean and performant by archiving and restoring jobs.

CxF/4 Spot Color Libraries

You can import spectral libraries for more accuracy in matching brand colors. Also, multiple illuminants and observers can be selected. Therefore, you can select the illumination source used for the spectral measurements (when several are available in the file), eg "M0," M1, "M2" or "M3" and also make a selection of the visualization source (target source), typically in Graphic Arts one will select in general D50/2 whereas in textile rather D65/10.

InkPerformer v3

Save more money with the highest color accuracy. InkPerformer new engine is based on minimizing total area coverage & ink usage (Alwan MTIU) . As a result, compared to InkPerformer V2, when "maximum" or 'High" saving level is selected, you can save up to 6% more absolute gain i.e. 25 % relative gain and get more vibrant colors.

Bug fixes

  • EasyMedia: Sometimes scanning the target failed and profile was not correctly built (#9320).
  • EasyMedia: The FD7 spectro did not work in L*a*b mode.
  • Print: Fix a crash when printing with the Designjet Z5200 driver (#9473).
  • Cut: Zund/Esko printer driver crash when trying to access Tools (#9506).
  • Cut: KalaXY minimal value between the media edge and the image is now 10 mm.
  • Cut: fields to change size and thickness of the marks for GranCut OptiScout, SummaFlex and Summa GoProduce are now disabled. These dimensions are now fixed (#9186).
  • Cut: Network interruption for Graphtec FC8600 is fixed (#9449.
  • Cut: IScript Top and Bottom barcodes inversion fixed (#9227).

Version 12 1 April 2019

Are you ready for a new user experience?

We’ve changed the parameters to transform your RIP toolbox into a new intelligent platform for production. By connecting the dots in the print shops, V12 will deliver faster processing, better colors and a more convenient overall user experience.

What’s different about Version 12?

For this latest version of our award-winning RIP software, we’ve changed the emphasis from individual features to creating a powerful, coherent and easier-to-use printing platform. There are new tools to give users quicker access to what they need and new technologies have been introduced to accelerate throughput, reduce costs and boost profitability.

We’ve extended the range of applications included in this new version to embrace textile printing and vehicle wraps, while the new Digital Licenses system opens the door to running the software on Windows Virtualization – so more users will be able to achieve a wider range of applications.

APPE 5.0

Caldera V12 is the first RIP software to include Adobe PDF Print Engine 5. This is the foundation for the next generation of PDF print workflows – it accurately renders PDF designs, producing reliable reproduction on press with full fidelity to the creator’s intent. APPE 5 raises the bar on both workflow flexibility and reproduction reliability, driving high-performance, PDF-native rendering for the full range of job types, from simple to more sophisticated. It also integrates end-to-end print workflows built with Adobe applications such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat.

Windows Virtualization and Software Licenses

The new Digital Licensing System gives access to new products and faster features more easily. You’ll be able to migrate your licenses onto other sites and computer stations – and with the Caldera license server now running on Windows, there’s no need now to have a Linux or Mac box on full Windows environments. This means that users can utilize Linux Virtual Machines to transparently run the RIP, while using your Windows host or another Windows computer to run the license server, either via a dongle or a software license.

Huge Raster Image Pipeline

This new pipeline has been designed for huge input/output throughputs. You’ll achieve a 10 percent increase in global acceleration on output, four times the speed on multi-layers PSD and seven times faster processing of huge raster input files.

High Dynamic Linearization

Caldera High Dynamic Linearization increases linearization accuracy by 10 percent in difficult conditions.



Webinar - Become acquainted with Caldera v13

Curious for Caldera v13? You’ll discover a whole range of new and improved features that will not only help you save time across your workflow, but deliver a more streamlined operation unique to your needs!


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Activating a Caldera v12 Software License

Whether you're a new customer or upgrading from a previous version of Caldera, you'll need to register your license on the new Caldera Workspace. This video shows the process of registering a Caldera RIP v12 Software License on Workspace and activating the license on your system.


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Caldera Workspace

If you're starting with Caldera, the Workspace has everything you need to set you on your way! Over there, you can find installers, updates and assistance with any problems you may have. If you're already familiar with CalderaRIP, the workspace can be a valuable source of quality ICC profiles and up-to-date drivers for your printers.


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