The new version of the Cambridge-based developer’s Harlequin RIP, which was first introduced 25 years ago, has been designed specifically to help printers expand into digital print and multi-media marketing.

MultiRIP 10 incorporates new features including Harlequin Parallel Pages that mean pages can pass through the RIP faster than previously, while the RIP will interpret one page while still rendering the last one.

Other features include VariData, which significantly cuts processing time of PDF/VT and PDFs containing variable data, and colour consistency enhancements delivered through integration of MultiRIP with third-party closed-loop colour controls for automatic updates.

Like its predecessors MultiRIP 10 can be used to drive CTP, proofing, digital and wide-format devices.

Chief technical officer Martin Bailey said: “Harlequin MultiRIP 10 brings the speed benefits that we introduced at Drupa for high-volume production presses to allow smaller print shops to use digital printers to maintain profitability even as run lengths decrease.

“It also helps them handle personalised work efficiently to drive into higher margin markets.”