Fusion Systems Harlequin RIPs

Fusion Systems provides Harlequin RIPs for both OS X and Windows operating systems. 
The Fusion Harlequin RIP takes full advantage of modern multi-processor, hyper-threading platforms and operating systems.  Our RIP solutions are complemented by high productivity plug-in options, powerful workflow automation add-on solutions and a comprehensive list of direct device interfaces.

Key Features

Easy to Configure
Fusion Harlequin RIPs enable the widest range of graphic file formats and type. Color management, trapping, transparency flattening, file separation and high quality screening are mastered with incredible speed and ease.

PostScript® Level 3 - Support for PostScript® Level 3 means compatibility with all the latest design and graphics applications.

PDF - Support for PDF v.1.7, PDF/X-4, PDF/X-1a, JPEG2000, optional content, cross-reference streams, compressed object streams and 16-bit images. Supports Variable Data Printing with Retained PDF Raster feature for faster processing.

Supported File Types
The Fusion Harlequin RIP supports the widest range of digital production file formats:


• PostScript 1, 2 and 3
• PDF 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7
• PDF/X-1a:2001 and PDF/X-3:2002
• PDF/X-4, PDF/X-4p:2008, PDF/X-4:2010, PDF/X-4p:2010
• PDF/X-5g, PDF/X-5pg
• WDP HD Photos

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Multi-threading -  Fusion Systems Harlequin RIPs take full advantage of hyper-threading, multi-core and multiple CPU architectures for the fastest file processing performance.  This makes all core file interpretation, rasterizing and screening functions exceptionally fast.

Multi-Purpose - The Harlequin RIP features revolutionary screening technology. This screening technology is designed to work with a wide range of printing processes including: Flexographic, Offset Litho, Screen Printing, Gravureand Digital Printing.

Page Features - Controls for Scaling, Crop Marks, Mirror Image (Reverse), Negative Image and Rotation. Special Page Features can be added for specific workflow requirements such as unique Optical Dot placement for plate benders, Hold Page Buffer for FirstPROOF raster soft proofing, place custom press control marks, much more.

Advanced Font Support - Extended font format support includes PostScript Type 0 (composite), Type 1, Type 3, Type 4 and fonts, as well as native processing of Type 32 and Type 42 True Type fonts.


Font Emulation - Ever had a rush job that was missing fonts? Fusion Harlequin RIPs now includes Font Emulation, a solution that when enabled, intelligently produces acceptable, readable copy using another font.  It will automatically make a typographically acceptable match to the missing fonts with no text overflow.

Emulated fonts have the correct width for every glyph in the font, so the letter and word spacing will be correct.  Justified text will continue to be justified, and extended or condensed fonts will also match the original font.  Emulation will not cause re-flow or any changes to end-lines or page breaks.

Raster PDFOutput - The ability to output raster PDF proofing files for fast composite soft-proofing, digital integrity hard-copy proofing and faster client approvals is a standard feature in Fusion Harlequin RIPs (v.9 and above). 

The PDF Raster Output feature allows you to output a composite PDF file (CMYK Halftone or CMYK contone data) directly from the RIP as well as pre-separated raster PDF files. This is a great tool for early detection of errors caused by missing fonts, dropped logos and incorrect overprints and missing data.

Precision Spot Color Reproduction - The Harlequin RIP ensures optimum use of the output device's color gamut. The Harlequin RIP includes several licensed Pantone Color Lookup Libraries including Pantone Plus support.  This ensures that emulation of Pantone colors printed using other inks (e.g. CMYK) are as accurate as possible.


1-bit TIFF Output is Standard on Fusion Harlequin RIPs

For a complete list of 1-bit TIFF compatible output imaging devices click here.

An Extensive List of Direct Device Interfaces Available

For a complete list of Direct Device Interfaces click here.

Separations and Screening Control
The Harlequin RIP allows you to control and manage resolutions, line screens (frequency), screen angles and dot shapes.

The Fusion Harlequin RIP give you complete control of screen angles for both process and spot colors. A long-established reason for choosing the screening angles of color separations has been to pick a set of values that minimize inaccuracies in the screens and consequent moiré patterning when separation colors are superimposed. This control is critical for accuracy of screen generation and print quality control.


Every Fusion Harlequin RIP includes Harlequin Precision Screening (HPS), a technology that provides more accurate screening and reduces moiré without unduly limiting the choice of screen angles and frequency. Harlequin Precision Screening allows users to choose how rosettes are formed in the image and gives users the ability to generate extra gray levels which allow the use of higher screen frequencies than the imaging resolution would normally allow. With 'Generate Extra Gray Levels' selected one can expand the number of distinct gray levels to 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048 or 4,096 settings.

HPS allows you to select any screen frequency and to use the usual CMYK screen angles of 0°, 15°, 45°, and 75° (plus multiples of 90°). To reduce moiré patterning, HPS uses an adaptive screening technique that can adjust each halftone dot so that it is placed within one half pixel of its ideal location. HPS also allows you to choose how rosettes are formed in the image. When color separations are combined, the dots form one of two rosette patterns (clear-centered rosettes or spot-centered rosettes).

Clear-centered rosettes are less likely than spot-centered rosettes to show a significant color shift if separations are printed slightly out of register, but the output produced is normally less saturated, lighter, and has a more noticeable rosette structure. In general, output at high frequencies, or where the output may be run on presses with poor registration, should use clear-centered rosettes, while output at low screen frequencies or on well registered devices (including most color printers) should use spot-centered rosettes.

Calibration Manager
Calibrate your imagesetter, platesetter, proofer or digital press using the software's built-in calibration tool. Calibration is a critical process for quality printing.  A standard integral feature of the Fusion Harlequin RIP is the Calibration Manager. 

It allows users to easily calibrate for monochrome output, and apply tone curve adjustments for all process and spot color channels for each output device.   Uncalibrated and calibrated targets are included to simplify the calibration process. 

Color Accuracy & Pantone Libraries
Harlequin RIPs ensure optimum use of the output device's color gamut and adds Pantone Plus support to ensure that emulation of Pantone colors printed using other inks (e.g. CMYK) are as accurate as possible.  The RIP includes six licensed Pantone libraries and supports the addition of unique spot colors in to the Know Colors database.

RIP Upgrades and Replacements

Gain new productivity advantages and capabilities by upgrading or replacing outdated technology

Discover how easy and affordable it is to upgrade or replace your outdated RIPs that drive legacy film imagers, Computer-to-Plate, Computer-to-Screen, Digital Presses, Wide Format Printers, Photo Imager and production of1-bit TIFF separations.

RIP Upgrades and replacements available for most Brands and Makes of imagers and production applications.  Call Today for additional information or email us at workflow@fusionsystems.com.

Fusion Harlequin RIP Productivity Options

A wide range of options and add-ons are available for Fusion Harlequin RIPs.  Below is list with links to additional information.  

The Harlequin Screening Library TM (HSLTM) is a collection of advanced screening techniques designed to resolve the quality issues faced by the pre-press and printing industry.

Stochastic Screening - Harlequin Dispersed Screening (HDS) - Advantages of this include increased apparent sharpness and the removal of cross screen and object moiré. This is achieved because the dots are dispersed instead of clustered as they are in a traditional periodic screen.

Harlequin Cross-Modulated Screening (HXM)    A hybrid Cross-modulated screening that takes advantage of the best aspects of both AM and FM screening and gives smooth, noise-free flat tints while retaining fine detail in highlights and shadows. Allows you to print screens at a higher line ruling than would normally be considered reliable, produces pin-sharp images and helps overcome common printing imperfections like visible rosettes and moiré.

 Auraia from Hamillroad Software - Perfects stochastic screening as it not only achieves the high level of image detail long associated with FM stochastic screening, but also produces ultra-smooth flat tints that are as smooth as (or usually smoother than) AM conventional screening. Can also be used with the Fusion Harlequin RIP.

TRAPPRO - Automated In-RIP Trapping
Harlequin TrapPro - in-RIP trapping technology handles trapping automatically, as the page is processed in the prepress workflow. Trap configurations can be set in-RIP, or supplied using industry-standard controls in PostScript and PDF jobs.

CIP3 - Automated Press Ink Key Setting      - Enables the Fusion Harlequin® RIPs to produce Print Production Format (PPF) files containing information about print jobs, including administrative data, information about inks, and preview images. The PPF file is then read by a CIP reader at the printing press control systems, which provides instructions for automatically setting ink fountains on the press.

DIGIPAGE - RIP Once, Output Many ROOM Workflow  -  Add-on for Harlequin RIPs that provides single page processing, exact match halftone dot proofing, post-RIP imposition and advanced prepress workflow automation.  Designed to handle high volume page processing. DigiPage provides for post rip imposition and complete digital integrity between proofing, plating and the final printed work.

FASTIFF Workflow Accelerator - An output plug-in for Harlequin RIPs that provides a much higher performance of all TIFF file output generation.  In addition to exceptional performance and throughput, FasTIFF also provides remarkable productivity features.

PUBLICATION PROOFING SYSTEM - A Web-Based Post-RIP PDF Soft-Proofing system. Optimized
for Newspaper and publication environments, it provides a simple and organized way to soft-proof
and approve already RIPed pages and ads to show exactly how they will print on press.

FIRSTPROOF Raster Soft Proofing - A client-based Post-RIP soft-proofing application that allows any workstation on the network to view Harlequin RIP Page Buffer files or 1-bit TIFF separations. Users can quickly view and approve output from multiple RIPs prior to imaging proofs, film, or plates.

COLOR PRO ICC Color Management - Provides excellent color process control, giving accurate, consistent and predictable color reproduction for a wide range of workflows. Harlequin ColorPro provides full support for industry standard ICC profiles (including device link and N-channel profiles) avoiding dependence on the generic, system level color management of the computer's operating system.

PROOFREADY VSD Epson Proofing Drivers - Harlequin ProofReady™ VSD (Variable Sized Droplet) Plug-ins for Epson wide format printers provide Harlequin RIP customers with professional quality color proofing “out of the box”. Come with a range of high performance color management and screening products, including HDS Lite, HEDS™ and Harlequin ColorPro™ Lite.