RIP stands for Raster Image Processor and any application that is a RIP can transform vector data into raster data. Vector data is data that is not defined in pixels but by math which enables it to be scaled infinitely without any loss in quality.
Typical examples of vector data are fonts, logos, and illustrations. Programs such as InDesign, Quark, Corel Draw, all can create and utilize vector data in their layouts.
File formats that end in PS, PDF, and EPS most often contain vector data and will only be printed properly by an application that contains a Raster Image Processor. TIFF, JPEG, Camera RAW, and other photographic formats are defined by pixels rather than vector math and do not require a RIP to be printed.
Is ImageNest a RIP?
Technically yes, In fact lost of programs can display and print PostScript. In fact, Apple Preview, PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Quark all have the capability of displaying PostScript files and writing out to PDF. All these actions require that vector data be turned into raster data.
Where most of these programs differ from traditional RIP’s is that they will not create halftone dots or individually control a printer ink channels (although all RIP’s do not do this).
RIP’s are often used for workflow nowadays as the requirement for PostScript is becoming less necessary since customers can print and display PostScript in their applications. ImageNest will print and display PDF, EPS, and most PostScript formats.
Massive reduction in wasted paper!
How many times have you wasted half a sheet of paper because your application only prints one image at a time ? That day is over ! ImageNest will layout all your files on single pages to make sure that you never waste an inch.
Print from ANY Macintosh supported Printer
ImageNest will print to any printer that is supported on an Apple Macintosh system. No extra drivers to buy, no need to upgrade or pay extra when you buy a new printer.
Supports every major Photographic and Graphic Arts file format!
RAW, TIFF, PNG, PICT, JPEG, JPEG 2000, BMP, PSD (PhotoShop), DNG, TGA, HDR (High Dynamic Range), SGI, and more !
OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor