Hybrid Software company and developer of smart software components for print OEMs and ISVs, Global Graphics Software, has announced the latest release of Harlequin Core, the print industry’s fastest Raster Image Processor (RIP).

Harlequin Core Version 14 represents an advancement in quality, performance and functionality, specifically optimised for modern high-speed digital labels and packaging presses and is fully aligned with the latest PDF standards.

‘Harlequin Core v14 represents a leap forward in efficiency and capability,’ says Paul Dormer, Harlequin Core product manager. ‘It now boasts its fastest-ever performance, with files processing up to 60% faster. Also, since Harlequin Core is now 64 bit-only and optimised for modern CPUs, users can fully exploit hardware released in the last five years.’

Version 14 introduces a new feature into Harlequin VariData to further enhance the printing of variable data PDFs at speed. Harlequin Core now shares reusable elements across RIPs for improved performance, ensuring that RIP farm configurations benefit greatly when running on high-end multicore hardware over single RIP instances.

To achieve enhanced colour reproduction, Global Graphics Software has collaborated with its sister company, ColorLogic GmbH. Leveraging ColorLogic’s world-leading expertise, Harlequin Core v14 now offers more accurate reproduction of brand colours to match real spot inks, achieved with CxF data.