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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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Product information

VisualRIP+ is the perfect RIP solution for professional wide to large format printing that meets today's colour standards. It facilitates complex workflows for more effective large format print and print-to-cut production with the help of sophisticated features and an intuitive GUI.

Integrated features like Tiling+ and Nest-O-Matik help you making the best use of your media. Reduce your ink and media consumption while maintaining the quality of your jobs and gain time while acquiring a better insight of your operations. The sophisticated Step&Repeat on the other hand allows you to RIP an image once for multiple print jobs. VisualRIP+ also includes an easy and powerful colour management solution: EasyMedia. This step-by-step wizard will help you reproduce colours consistently across all your print configurations and on any type of media. Furthermore, it also integrates an advanced cut module for a complete production workflow. Whether you use contour or XY devices, Caldera supports the best industry’s cutters.

The intuitive GUI makes your life easier, because the hot folders and the drag-and-drop functionality really simplify your workflow.

Furthermore, the software has been formatted to allow users to operate multiple devices across large format print and print-to-cut production. You can RIP an image once, then use it multiple times across your workflow, employing SuperSpooler to effortlessly manage multiple devices and queues.

Utilizing a powerful ICC colour calibration engine and a range of optional modules, this is the ideal RIP solution for growing businesses:

VisualRIP+
Pro Enterprise
Driver 1 Large 1 Large
CutServer X X
CostEstimation X

Pricing

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

CalderaCare

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.

Benefits

  • Fully scalable solution
    VisualRIP+ is a RIP solution that will not only help growing your business but will also grow with it.
  • Simplify your workflow with the intuitive GUI
    The GUI in VisualRIP+ is easy to use, because of the hot folders and drag-and-drop functionality.
  • Fast file processing & excellent colour handling guaranteed
    Adobe’s fast and powerful print engine, APPE 5.0, gives you advanced colour management and the ability to handle metals, carpets, furs and other non-standard substrates.
  • Obtain absolute accuracy in colour control
    EasyMedia is your step-by-step colour calibration wizard and ICC profile creator for print shops of all sizes. The functionality makes sure you get the exact colour right from the start! In that way, expensive wastage in inks and media can be eliminated, and time and money are saved.
  • Save your media substantially by optimized nesting & intuitive tiling
    The functionality ContourNesting detects the exterior cut contour for optimized nesting. It leads to significant media savings by printing following the fiber direction, a feature which is expected to be particularly useful to users in the fabric, textile, traffic signs and packaging sectors. The feature Tiling+ on the other hand is a full intuitive tiling module with non-uniform tiles. Both features enable the best use of media.
  • RIP once for multiple print jobs
    The feature Step&Repeat allows you to RIP an image once for multiple print jobs. Useful, right?

Key features

  • Perfect for medium to high production
  • Intuitive GUI
  • Support for multiple devices
  • Includes APPE 5.0, the latest Adobe PDF Engine
  • Ensures reliable colour production with EasyMedia
  • Optimize nesting of complex shapes in ContourNesting
  • Tile intuitively with non-uniform tiles in Tiling+
  • Repeat patterns with Step&Repeat

Release notes

13.1 2 March 2020

New Features & Enhancements

Supported OS

Light installers

Since V13 there are Light installers available. These have a reduced size so you can download them quicker, but you'll have to download and install the Printer Drivers and Color Profiles separately.

VNC

VNC tool has been removed from Caldera RIP installer. The application is now embedded in CalderaDock for Linux users.
Install remote desktop is available in the Applications tab.

Tiling and Bleed

Caldera now officially suports Bleed with Tiling+.

CalderaCare Features

CalderaJobs - Nesting content view

You are now able to see what is inside an Autonest. This means you can keep track of your jobs in your production and you will save time looking for jobs in CalderaJobs.
The Search functionality is also looking for Jobs inside Nested Jobs.

CalderaJobs 1.5 also allows you to archive nested jobs indepently.

Double-sided printing

The double-sided printing feature has been designed to automate your double-sided workflow to spend less time operating Caldera RIP and to focus on the alignment of sides. You will save up to 90% time.

Double-sided printing feature allows you to:

  • Automatically mark A sides and B sides.
  • Automatically generate B side.

This feature has been made easy to use, via pop-ups or directly in the Page Setup window. There also easy alignment tools to align the images.

Double-sided printing is also compatible with the Print&Cut Mirror tool.

Dedicated support portal

As a CalderaCare user, you now have direct personal access to support information to follow up and fix your issues
faster. For end-users with a CalderaCare contract, it has never been easier to have direct access to Caldera Support.

Custom access

Caldera HelpDesk is easy to use. You can log in with the same credentials as the WorkSpace's ones. You can access to Caldera HelpDesk directly from the WorkSpace. You can also find the requests of your colleagues.

Self-service

Caldera HelpDesk leads users to self-help resources. Suggestions helps users to easily get an answer as soon as the question is already documented. Information may come from our Frequently Asked Questions, Knowledge Base and Videos.

Bug tracking

Tracking your bugs and requests is very simple now. When you submit a new issue, you can attach files. Once your ticket has been submitted you get updates notifications. A history of all your request is also available when you are logged in.

Fixed Bugs

  • FileManager: Fix for Photshop files with an extra Alpha channel.
  • EasyMedia: Restore emissive measurement mode after EasyMedia restart (#1392 ).
  • EasyMedia: Allow reconnection to the i1Pro3 device after measurement stop (#1393).
  • EasyMedia: Fix job separation issue for multi-page ICC target (#1584).
  • PrintModule : Fix of unrecognized file format import in Spot Colors.
  • APPE: Update PDFL to 18.0.3
  • ServerAdmin: Fix crash when using the auto-detect option on macOS; search has been deactivated.
  • Cut: Fix of GUI refresh issue.
  • Cut : GrandCut drivers, contours no longer exceed the cutting area anymore (namely when cutting Tilingoutputs) (#1456).
  • PageSetup: Fix optimized rotation failure when root's tmpdir and user's wordkir are not on the same filesystem.
  • CalAdmin: Fix random crash in the Onset-X-IncaConnect auto-configuration ("Eagle").

Version 13 23 September 2019

New Features

Print&Cut Mirror

The new Print&Cut Mirror feature has been specifically designed to offer more flexibility when it comes to advanced Print&Cut applications such as transfer sublimation and backlit printing. This feature allows to flip independently design, Cut Marks and Cut files sent to the cutter device, depending on final results expectations.

Print&Cut Mirror is divided into 3 mains categories (see the Print&Cut Mirror HowTo for more information) :

  • Sublimation mode: Transfer then Cut/Cut then transfer
  • Backlit mode: Cut Front/Cut Back
  • Legacy mode

Tile Order

When creating a poster, several options are now available so you can Choose where to start and alternate direction. Also a new option allows you to add this order into the filename.

CalderaJobs advanced

CalderaJobs has been enhanced and now includes new features :

  • Find your job details in your Caldera RIP Jobs queue
  • Archive, save or delete selected jobs
  • Sort jobs
  • Detailed view

2xCMYK Print mode

Caldera RIP Version 13 provide an enhanced 2xCMYK printing mode for finer prints with duplicated heads.

  • The 2xCMYK features guarantees the same exact consumption of inks for 2 heads firing the same ink.
  • 2xCMYK Print mode uses a new screening « EvenDistribution » having a much higher smoothness than before.
  • 2xCMYK Print mode is seen as a simple CMYK from the user point of view, i.e. only 4 inks to linearize instead of 8 previously.

Custom annotations

In the Page Setup window, you can now choose the quantity of information to put in the Annotations part:

  • Standard Settings,
  • With More details or
  • Only custom text.

Alpha-to-Spot

Caldera RIP version 13 now offers the ability to convert alpha channels to spot channels. The new features has been specially designed for Web workflows working with .png input files with transparent backgrounds.

Adobe Textile Designer

Caldera RIP Version 13 support Adobe Textile Designer file format to streamline your textile workflow.

Now you can easily import patterns generated in ATD with all the correct settings automatically set up in your Caldera RIP in order to save time configuring the print jobs and to avoid manual errors to print correctly the design. This feature was specially designed for Fashion & Home Decor. Thus, you will not need to set the drop and the spot colors in your Caldera RIP ; it will be done automatically!

Included features

V12.1 CalderaCare Features now included in V13. 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 - Archive and restore

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. This option is not relevant for textile multi-layers files that have a spot color associated to each layer. Also, it is not relevant when using the RGB Workflow or Adobe CMM.

Enhancements

Light installers

Several Caldera Installers are now available. Compared to V12 (5.1 Gb), Caldera has reduced the size of the installer and you now have the option to download it without drivers and profiles. Here are the details about the new V13 installers:

  • V13 Light mac dmg installer without Drivers and Profiles : 2.1 Gb
  • V13 Light ISO without Drivers and Profiles : 3.1 Gb
  • V13 Full installer offline : 4.1 Gb

If you install a light version, even if you had a former version of Caldera RIP, you will have to download & install the V13 driver that will be used.

CalderaDock UX improvements

CalderaDock now includes more features for a better user experience. Step by step CalderaDock become the cornerstone of your Caldera RIP.

  • Download your Caldera RIP directly from CalderaDock
    • ISO, DMG are now available from CalderaDock.
    • Get the last update/upgrade from your CalderaDock.
  • Download your ICC Profiles directly from CalderaDock
    • Be aware at any time of the new profiles available for your printer.
    • Download them from CalderaDock.
  • Download your printer driver directly from CalderaDock
    • Do not lose time to find the right drivers anymore. Let CalderaDock filter them for you in regards to your license's content .
    • Download them from CalderaDock.
  • Directly run the RIP via CalderaDock
    • Same place to manage all your Caldera apps .
    • Easier after IT management (Restart Services, License update, …)

Pantone Libs update

Pantone libs has been updated with 210 new swatches in Pantone FHI Cotton TCX.

PrintBleed increased limit

PrintBleed limitation have been raised to 0.5 inches.

CxF/4 CMYK

Now you can import CMYK spot libraries


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.

Fotoba

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

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.


11 14 October 2016

New Features

New OS Supported

Caldera RIP V11 is now supported on latest OS version of Apple MacOS 10.12 Sierra and official Debian Jessie 8.6.

New Look&Feel

Caldera RIP is now distributed with a new Desktop Look&Feel including 2 skins, new icons, wallpapers, and screensavers.

High performance with APPE4

Using Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) is the guaranty to have the better coherency between Adobe Creative Cloud software that generates PDF and Caldera RIP that decodes them.
That means there is no more PDF that can not be opened by the RIP, less transparency, overprints issues when printing.

APPE 4 has been implemented in V11 with 3 major enhancements compared to APPE 3:

  • Higher performance for PDF ripping, due to augmentation of cache sizes and better management of large caches
  • Smoother shades and better control on gradients
  • Number of spot colors in files from 21 to 127

Democratize performance with OpenCL

OpenCL (Open Computing Language) is a language including API that allows to boost computation by using in parallel multi-core CPUs and GPUs from NVidia, AMD, Intel, and much more (https://www.khronos.org/opencl/).
That means that every station with multi-cores and recent GPUs will benefit in term of RIP performance from this implementation including:

  • iMac (+40%)
  • C1 - C3 (between +25% and +50%)

Canvas Market and Better Cut Workflows with PrintBleed

PrintBleed is a new feature available in the print interface that allows to clone pixels around images.
Three methods of cloning are available:

  • Mirror
  • Duplicate
  • Mask (only for Cut jobs if the image has been prepared with bleed and CutContour)

Manage your RIP fleet through Sync&Deploy

Sync&Deploy feature allows to manage several Caldera RIP software applications in the local network by:

  • Identify RIPs with a name
  • Group RIPs together to simplify management of RIPs
  • Deploy updates and drivers on those groups and RIPs

EasyMedia

In EasyMedia, import and export of media-patch have been rationalized:

  • Import of file and from ProfileLibrary is possible
  • Export to file and deploy to other RIPs on the network

Trim-o-matik with crop marks and annotations

Now, you can combine Trimmers and Marks to take advantage in the finishing of :

  • Crop marks
  • Annotations
  • QR codes
  • Control Strip

This allows to keep job information after trimming until the final steps of the finishing. The feature is disabled by default and can be enabled in Trimmer configuration.

EasyMedia Print&Import

As there is a lot of request to support new Spectrophotometers and because their SDK are not available for Mac and Linux platforms, we decided to include some Spectrophotometers with Print&Import feature. It allows to print from EasyMedia* targets prepared for those devices and to import their specific measurements formats.

Print&Import V11 supported Spectrophotometers:

  • Konica Minolta FD9
  • X-Rite VeriColor: High aperture for carpet and industrial
  • X-Rite Ci60, Ci62, Ci64: Sphere Spectrophotometers for very structured surface

Spot Ink Customization

In Server Administration, you can now define your Spot Inks to be used in additional tabs in the Print Interface. Customization of the name of the Spot Color to be mapped is also available at this location.
This is very useful when you have multiple printers with same type of ink but with different naming. You can now only prepare one file with the Spot Color of your choice for both printers.

Advanced Color Corrections

Color Correction tabs now include all primaries in NColor and allow to last moment fix in RGB.

Enhancements

  • Print Interface:
    • Custom annotations now can have dynamic tags (like QRcode)
    • Added two new dynamic tags: current tile number and total number of tiles.
    • Cut contour buttons have been modified to be more space-efficient
  • Trimmers: Fotoba “End-of-order” double Marks
  • Server Administrations: Pages and Resolutions have now their own tab.
  • PrintStandardVerifier: Updated standards
    • Fogra PSD 2016
    • GRACoL 2013
    • ISO Coated 2013 (Fogra 51)
    • ISO Uncoated 2013 (Fogra 52)
  • New test images
    • Quality Control Checker : allow to check easily spot colors and embedded profiles
    • New Caldera stickers
    • New advertisement like images
    • New Caldera City with various preparations as examples
  • EasyMedia:
    • New Post-Separations
      • v4.5 Smooth : higher gamut + better smoothness than 2.1/4.1
      • v4.5 Max Gamut : maximize gamut, may produce breaks in difficult transitions.
      • Not available for all NColor modes
    • New Illuminant Condition profile generation to match ColorViewer 3200K light simulation
    • Gradient test charts with circular gradients and % indicators (available also until 4 NColors)
  • Hotfolders: removed buttons “Add queue”, “Remove queue”, “List queues”
  • Calderatools (on desktop)
    • ‘Save’ and ‘lpr’ scripts are deprecated and should not be used anymore.
    • Removed ‘vnc’ & ‘psdrivers’ folders

Testimonials

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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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