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by Shira

Platform(s): Win
License: Commercial

Application type: Server-side
Editing & Management


The OPI (Open Prepess Interface) specification was originally introduced by the Aldus Corporation, and then adopted by Adobe into PostScript. It allows you to skip the time consuming transfer of large bitmap data across a network during the processing of a PostScript output from a layout processing workstation.

Merge-It is an extremely efficient OPI server providing layout production (with up to 50MB/s processing speed) and PostScript or PDF data processing and concurrent data transmission to RIP through TCP/IP socket or NT pipe (with speed up to 200MB/min on 350MHz Pentium II). No huge temporary files - all data is directly transferred to the RIP and processed on-the-fly!

Main features:

  • Input hot folders for incoming jobs. They can be defined as virtual printers for network users.
  • Users control priority of the input queue and the order of processing can be changed within that queue. Users may perform an image search and substitution for the selected input queue.
  • Sophisticated image layout production system. Users control resolution, size limit and placement of layout images. The preview images can be created as TIFF or EPSF files.
  • Output queues defined as spool folders, windows print queues or communication channels: TCP/IP sockets or NT pipes providing high data throughput.
  • Data overflow control for output spool folders.
  • Log file system providing detailed information about processed files and events. The server can be administrated through an Internet web browser from any computer on the network.
  • Supports TIFF-6, JPEG, EPSF, DCSF 1.0 or 2.0 (Desktop Color Separation format) and Scitex CT image formats for image substitution. Includes missing fonts in processed PostScript jobs.
  • Supports OPI 1.3 and 2.0 comments in PostScript and PDF 1.2/1.3 data files. Optimizes image inclusion in PDF files. (The program does not include the same image file twice.)
  • Provides CMS (Color Management) under Windows NT 5.0 based on ICC color profiles. ICC profiles can be included in output for color processing in RIP.
  • Fully integrated with the Windows NT system: multithreading support and background processing, event driven hot folders, support for named pipes and TCP/IP sockets, drag and drop context menu, and context help features.

With Merge-It you can specify a dedicated image handling and searching algorithm for each input queue. All incoming jobs can be pre-flighted and checked for the presence of all requested images and fonts. The server recognizes in processed bitmaps clipping paths, spot colors or embedded ICC color profiles. All information about clipping paths and thumbnails are retained and moved to layout bitmaps.

In addition, the layout production server includes an image ID tag, i.e., a reference to original bitmap for instant file recognition when merging high resolution bitmap back to PostScript.

You can stop or activate selected jobs or all input and output queues. Within one input queue you can change the order of processing. Image resource folders are searched in the same order as they are connected. You can easily connect an additional resource folder by simply dragging it from Windows Explorer.

With Merge-It you can process both standard PostScript print files and EPSF files or PDF 1.2 and PDF/X jobs. Additional output features can be controlled through PPD (PostScript Printer Definition) files.

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