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Tips & Tricks for the Harlequin RIP


Speeding up the Harlequin RIP. If you start your Harlequin RIP and it starts up slow, it is usually due to a bad page buffer or possibly a build up of temporary files. Events such as a system crash can cause the RIP to generate a corrupt page buffer file. To regain your RIP's original startup speed and also clear out any corrupted page buffers you can clean out the page buffers that have built up in your RIP. Doing this will delete any jobs that are stored in the RIP's Active Queue and Held Queue.

1. To delete the page buffers you will need to quit the RIP then open the Hard Drive\RTI\SW\PageBuffers folder.

2. Delete all of the items (including all files and folders) that are inside the PageBuffer folder.

3. Do not delete the Page Buffers folder but delete everything inside the PageBuffer folder. Be careful that you only delete the items in your PageBuffer folder. If you delete other files you may cause the RIP to become un-operational.

4. After deleting the Page Buffer files you should be able to start the RIP software.


Backup/Restore the Harlequin RIP. Once your RIP has been installed and configured, RTI recommends making a backup of the entire RIP folder. This folder can then be used to restore your RIP to its original configuration in case something happens to the computer or operating system on your RIP Station. Before making your backup of the RIP folder you should empty the Active and Held Queues in the RIP monitor so that you free up any extra space inside the RTI folder. Next, you will need to ZIP or Compress the RTI folder. This keeps the files and folders from getting truncated when burning to a CD or DVD. Next, copy the zipped RTI folder from your hard drive (e.g.: C:\Rti.zip or RTI RIP-Kit.zip) to a CD or DVD.

Job Names within the RIP. Not all postscript applications send the job name using Adobe's Document Structure therefore the job name reported in the RIP’s active and held queues may not represent the job’s title. Because the RIP is not being supplied the information that it needs to report the correct name you may see job numbers or untitled documents in the RIP queues. RTI has written a couple Page Features that locate alternate job name information within the file and use it when placing jobs in the RIP queues. RTI recommends using these page features only if the job names are not showing up correctly within the RIP. If you are not having a problem with job names on the RIP we suggest that you do not use these page features. Also it is important to note that a common reason for the job mame from a Macintosh not appearing correctly at the RIP is that the Macintosh computer has no name assigned to it. To install the page features download the following file: PageFeatures.zip. Once the file has been downloaded, unzip the folder. Copy the contents (files with the PageFeatures folder) to the Hard Drive\RTI\SW\PageFeatures folder. Place the files into the Page Features folder. Next, you will need to edit your Page Setup by going to the RTI RIP-Kit or File menu and scrolling down to Page Setup Manager. Edit your page setup and then check 'Enable Feature' and select one of the newly installed page features. Click OK to exit all of the windows. Resend your job and see if the name appears in the queue. If it does not, you can test changing the page feature to the other page feature and repeating the process. Remember, you will have resend the job in order to test the naming because the original file would have used the old page feature.

Scriptworks Channel Not Running. If you are getting this message at the RIP computer, it probably means that a job was sent to one of the shared Windows printers at the RIP while the RIP and input channels were not running. To resolve this issue, open the RIP and click on the green traffic light or go to RTI RIP-Kit - Start Inputs from within the RIP menu. If the jobs start processing through the RIP then you have resolved the issue. If jobs are still not going through to the RIP, then you will need to go to the Input Controller and verify that all of your input channels are enabled. If the input channels are enabled you will need to go into the Start - Control Panel (or Printers and Faxes) section of Windows and double-click on the printer with the issue. If you have jobs in the print queue that have errors, clear them out. Once this is done you should be able to print to the RIP.

Eliminating Moiré. The Harlequin RIP includes a feature called Harlequin Precision Screening (HPS) which is designed to alter both angle and line screen in order to achieve moiré free output. If you are having an issue with moiré we would first suggest turning this feature on to see if the issue goes away. To enable Harlequin Precision Screening, you would go to the RTI RIP-Kit or File menu and scroll down to Page Setup Manager. Edit the page setup that you are using. In the page setup click on the hand pointing to the four color pages to the right of the Style drop down menu. This will open the Separations Manager. Edit your Separation Style and at the bottom of the window you will see a checkbox for 'Enable Harlequin Precision Screening'. If this unchecked, check the box and then click OK out of all of the windows. ReRIP your job and then output the file. Unfortunately you cannot use the RIP's preview as a judge for moiré, you must output the film or plates to see if you have resolved the issue. Do not simply drag a job from the held queue to the active queue as this would have your old screening information in the file, you must reRIP the job to the same page setup. If enabling Harlequin Precision Screening does not resolve the moiré you can also try increasing the resolution in the page setup (leaving the angles unchanged) or increasing the resolution in the page setup (with alternate angles entered).

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