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What is a RIP software? 

April 16, 2024

What is a RIP software?

RIP programs play a crucial role in the digital printing process. The acronym “RIP” stands for Raster Image Processor. Essentially, RIPs serve as the intermediary that converts various digital vector file formats such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, PDF, JPG, and EPS into raster images, commonly referred to as bitmaps. These bitmaps consist of dots, enabling the printer to comprehend and reproduce the digital content accurately.

In other words, a RIP software processes multiple file types and communicates the processed data to the printer. Ripping a file is a necessary step to translate digital files into printed products. 

But it doesn’t stop there. Nowadays, RIP programs come with additional features designed to streamline your print workflow and improve the final output. In this article, we’ll delve into everything you need to know about RIP software and explore how choosing the right RIP can change your production for the better!

Do I need a RIP software? 

Any business that prints products such as signs, labels, banners, flyers, brochures, home décor or apparel will benefit from RIP software.  

Do you: 

  • Have 1 or more large format printers? 
  • Create your own ICC profiles? 
  • Have more than 1 operator running your printer(s)? 
  • Want to cut down media waste? 
  • Need to reprint images you’ve run in the past, but need the colors to match? 
  • Want to increase your output without complicating your workflow?
  • Use several printing technologies and media types? 
Print operator working on CalderaRIP

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you definitely need a RIP software.  

Whether you’re a small business with 1-2 large-format printers, a fast-growing company or an industrial production environment, there’s a wide range of RIP software to choose from. Let’s review what you need to know to make the right choice! 

What does a RIP software do?  

Even though RIP programs were initially designed to process digital files for printing, they now play a bigger part in digital printing workflows. CalderaRIP is a comprehensive solution that also enables image editing and resizing, color management and fleet management for better control over your print production. 

Edit your files before printing 

No need to switch to your design software to make adjustments before printing! Edit your files directly in CalderaRIP to save time in your workflow.

  • Rescale and crop files 
  • Increase image size without impacting the image quality 
  • Add bleed, crop marks and cut marks 
  • Tile jobs (breaking up large graphics in sections, in order to make wrapping or wallpaper applications easier) 
  • Nest files automatically to optimize the print layout and reduce media waste 
  • Track, preview, (re)print, delete or archive jobs 
CalderaRIP interface
Manage your production costs 

Monitoring production-related costs is important to track your consumption and deliver more accurate quotes to your customers.  

CalderaRIP spooler interface
Manage your colors 

In an industry where color is paramount, printing coherent colors on various products is the least your customers will expect. Matching the same colors across different ink-printer-media configurations can be tricky, but CalderaRIP includes intuitive tools to master your colors on all media and printing technologies. 

  • Benefit from official Spot color libraries (Pantone, RAL, HKS, NCS) 
  • Download Caldera’s ready-to-use ICC profiles 
  • Create ICC profiles from scratch with our step-by-step wizard 
  • Match and replace spot colors 
EasyMedia is the color management module in CalderaRIP
Speed up your workflow 

Digital printing is a demanding, fast-paced industry. Having efficient processes is a must to meet the demands of your customers and deliver all jobs on time. 

  • Drive all your machines from one interface 
  • Create, save and reuse presets 
  • Automatically process incoming jobs simultaneously 
  • Manage your printer(s)’ workload and uptime 
  • Automate repetitive tasks 
CalderaRIP interface to create print configurations

To summarize, a good RIP software not only allows you to print your jobs. It comes with additional features to help you deliver perfect results, cut down waste and costs, and streamline production processes

Which RIP software should I choose? 

There are many RIP options on the market. In many cases, your new large-format printer already includes a RIP software specifically designed to operate with the machine. However, as your business expands and you acquire printers from various brands, you may encounter compatibility issues among multiple software solutions. This situation can lead to increased complexity for your staff, with the need to learn and manage several different systems, which increases the risk of errors and bottlenecks in your workflow. 

Considering a brand-agnostic solution like CalderaRIP can be the most streamlined approach for your staff— and the best long-term solution for your business. 


Try our RIP software

At Caldera, we offer different RIPs to meet the specific needs of our customers. Our subscription packages are ideal for small businesses with 1-2 printers, and our perpetual packages will meet the needs of growing businesses and industrial production environments. Whichever package you choose, we guarantee accurate color rendering and increased productivity. 

Interested in our RIP solutions? Contact us for a custom demo with our workflow specialists! 

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