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  • RIP Time and Speed Question

    Imagesetter: 8 up
    RIP: Plentium 4 512MB

    It took 30 mins for a 22MB PDF file to make one film
    This 22MB file consist of 8 TIFF that was outputed by Quark.

    Quark ---> Print as file (.PS) ----> Sent to distiller -----> PDF

    I tried print as file (.eps)

    The result when outputting film is the same time.

    My question is ... what determines the speed of the output? What can I do to make it faster??? Other than buying a new imagesetter or going CTP...

  • #2
    The rip software is Plentium4 with 512mb? What kind of imagesetter? Is it taking awhile to rip the file or image to film? Has it always been this slow? First off, 512mb may not be enough. You may need at least a gig. Also, how old is the software and hardware?
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    • #3
      Although that might be a factor.......but I really wanted to know...if I RIP 8 pages....and the difference of RIPing 2 times 4 Pages.......the time should mount up to equally the same ...right?

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      • #4
        Do you mean ripping 8pgs at once opposed to ripping 4pgs twice? If that's the case it may take the 4pgs longer because it has to gather and rip the information twice.
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        • #5
          I meant 8 different pages....

          But the result is oddly different.....it only took 3 minutes to output one colour on a 4pg setup...

          While it took 30 mins to output one colour on a 8pg setup....

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          • #6
            The only thing I can think of is it's thinking or hanging up on art such as Illustrator or Photoshop files. If that's the case, do a test and remove the art and rip it to see if it runs faster.
            Last edited by jimking; 12-02-2005, 04:27 PM.
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            • #7
              luckily my company have 2 imagesetter and I was able to test on the file...

              RIP 1 >> 7min/film >> I consider this normal
              RIP 2 >> 20min/film >> this is not good

              Conclusion: Apperently it is not the file that is causing the problem, but something wrong with the RIP or the imagesetter....

              Now the trick is that it only happens on the PS files that were created in MAC. The EPS files created in InDesign PC are fine. So what exactly could the problem be???

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jimking
                The only thing I can think of is it's thinking or hanging up on art such as Illustrator or Photoshop files. If that's the case, do a test and remove the art and rip it to see if it runs faster.
                Did you try above? Do you have unflattened photoshop files placed in Quark maybe? Indesign excepts layered files (unflattened photoshop files) and AI files from Illy but Quark can be a problem.
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                • #9
                  It is not so much as to what the file is RIPPING.....cuz the 2 RIP test I did proves just that. Either way, they should RIP the film at about the same time given a min or 2 with adjustments. But a 7 min compare to 20 mins is just not right.

                  Besides, the files that are in Quark are all flattened TIFF files. Nothing fancy, nothing special.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by icetea1980
                    luckily my company have 2 imagesetter and I was able to test on the file...

                    RIP 1 >> 7min/film >> I consider this normal
                    RIP 2 >> 20min/film >> this is not good

                    Conclusion: Apperently it is not the file that is causing the problem, but something wrong with the RIP or the imagesetter....

                    Now the trick is that it only happens on the PS files that were created in MAC. The EPS files created in InDesign PC are fine. So what exactly could the problem be???
                    Do you have stand alone rips (software) or built in rips (hardware) on your imagesetters? Did you try switching those files for each imagesetter or rip?
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                    • #11
                      go through file and make sure file is set up correctly is the first thing that should be done

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                      • #12
                        They are standalone rips Navagator 6.0 on both computers. Just that RIP 1 is an older machine, that's why it takes 7 min. Otherwise normally, for the newer RIP 2, it only takes 3 mins.

                        I tried save PS file on 2 rips and came with the 7min and 20min result respectively.

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                        • #13
                          ROCKEM>> The files are setup correctly, nothing fancy or special, just 8 picture boxes with CMYK TIFF in each of them. It ripped perfectly on RIP 1, it's a RIP 2 problem. I just can't find out what problem it is.

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