FirstPROOF is a powerful prepress workflow that allows users to control, track and view their jobs remotely prior to output. When added to any Harlequin RIP the software provides a sigificant improvement in proofing jobs before output. The high performance viewing capabilities allow users to easily navigate around a job, zooming in and out to check the layout and content. View and control jobs from remote Harlequin RIPs (Mac or Windows) without stopping output.



Below are fully functional FirstPROOF versions that will run in Demo Mode for 28 days at which time they will revert to the Lite version. Please note there are features and options included in the FirstPROOF Lite and Standard demo that are options within the product (see chart below for more information). Need help? Just give us a call at 941-925-1303 or email support@ripdownloads.com

Step #1: Install FirstPROOF on your RIP Computer


Macintosh or Windows RIP
Download the zipped Configure RIP file to your RIP computer. Once the file has finished downloading you will need to unzip the file. Startup your RIP software and go to the main RIP menu (RTI RIP-Kit) then scroll down and select PRINT FILE. Next you will need to select each of the installer files from the unzipped Configure RIP folder and click PRINT FILE for each of the files. You need to print each file one at a time and we recommend restarting the RIP after loading each file into the RIP:
*HMR BootFile Installer
*HMR Config Installer
*HMR List Page Setups
*HMR PGB Share Installer (Mac or PC depending on your RIP)


Step #2: Install FirstPROOF on your Design Computer


Macintosh Design Computer

Windows Design Computer
Download and run the appropriate installer to install FirstPROOF on your design computer. Please note there are features and options included in the FirstPROOF Lite and Standard demo that are options within the product (see chart below for more information).


Step #3: Configure FirstPROOF

Download the documentation folder for detailed instructions on configuring FirstPROOF.




FirstPROOF Features

FirstPROOF Lite (FREE)

FirstPROOF Lite is a free basic pre-press soft-proofing product. When added to any Harlequin RIP it provides a simple means of tracking and viewing ripped jobs. The basic viewing capabilities allow users to view the actual ripped data that will be output along with a smaller view that gives an overview of a page. In using it, users of FirstPROOF Lite can get an introduction into the significant benefits and advantages (in terms of time and money saved) that FirstPROOF brings. In addition, FirstPROOF Lite contains the ability to remotely monitor the status of your Harlequin RIP's Output Controller and Monitor, so you can tell when a certain job has finished outputting. FirstPROOF Lite is intended to be used either by itself, or together with FirstPROOF Standard and FirstPROOF Professional (for example a site might purchase a single copy of FirstPROOF Professional and use FirstPROOF Lite elsewhere). Multiple copies of FirstPROOF Lite may be installed and used; all for free. The following lists the key features of FirstPROOF Lite:

  • Remotely monitor jobs on any Harlequin RIP with status indicators showing when a job is output
  • View jobs from remote Harlequin RIPs (Mac or PC) using any Mac or PC workstation
  • View either the actual ripped data that will be output
  • View either composite pages or individual separations
  • A navigation window that enables you to see the whole page and navigate quickly around the image
  • Supports all standard Harlequin RIP pagebuffer formats, on all Harlequin RIPs from v.3.2 or later
  • Supports all standard TIFF formats; (except for JBIG, 2/4/16 bits and YCbCr/CIE-L*a*b* TIFFs)

FirstPROOF Standard

FirstPROOF Standard is an entry-level but powerful pre-press soft-proofing workflow product that allows for easy tracking, viewing and checking of ripped jobs prior to output. When added to any Harlequin RIP it provides a sigificant improvement in proofing jobs before output. The high performance viewing capabilities allow users to efficiently navigate around a job, zooming in and out to check the layout and content. In doing so, users of FirstPROOF Standard can check for basic prepress issues before exposing film, burning plates or worse still printing pages, thus saving valuable time and money. Amongst the many features is the ability to search for a given job (by name), see a thumbnail of the pages in a job, see the overall ink coverage of each separation (with either '0%' or '>0%' indicating a blank separation or one with just crop marks and color bars), view either a composite of the pages in a job or each separation in a page, delete jobs or separations that are blank or contain errors and output jobs that contain no errors. The following lists the key features of FirstPROOF Standard:

  • The ability to search multiple Harlequin RIPs to find a given job
  • Displays a thumbnail of each page and reports the Total Area Ink Coverage (TAC) of each separation
  • View jobs from remote Harlequin RIPs (Mac or PC) without stopping output and prior to output (using Held Mode)
  • High performance viewing and navigation of either composite pages or individual separations
  • The abiltiy to zoom in and out, rotate and mirror the viewed image to check layout and content
  • The addition of Grid & Guide Lines that allows for object alignment to be easily checked
  • A unique Trap Black Tool that allows the user to easily check black traps
  • Supports all standard Harlequin RIP pagebuffer formats, on all Harlequin RIPs from v.3.2 or later
  • Supports all standard LEN and TIFF formats (except for JBIG, 2/4/16 bits and YCbCr/CIE-L*a*b* TIFFs)
  • The ability to delete separations that are blank (or just contain crop marks and color bars)

FirstPROOF Professional

FirstPROOF Professional is a powerful color accurate pre-press soft-proofing workflow product built on top of FirstPROOF Standard that includes a larger tool set and significant additional features. The larger tool set provides specialist prepress tools for further checking of jobs, which greatly reduces errors. In doing so, users of FirstPROOF Professional can detect many more prepress problems before exposing film, burning plates or worse still printing pages, thus saving valuable time and money. Among the additional features is the ability to rotate separations (for example when an extra 90 degree rotation has occured), merge separations (such as P Blue CV & P Blue CVC) and the ability to also print. The following lists some of the key advantages and benefits of using FirstPROOF Professional:

  • All the benefits of FirstPROOF Standard
  • Color Accurate soft-proofing using an innovative, inexpensive, easy to use and fast method
  • A large number of additional tools and features, including (but not limited to):
    • A number of Measurement Tools for checking distances, areas, barcodes, screens & densities
    • A View Black Tool which clearly shows any screen moire (or lack thereof)
    • A Max Ink Limit Tool (TAC) which indicates where a job exceeds a presses ink limit
    • A Duplex View Tool which allows for Front to Back registration of pages to be checked
    • The ability to rotate (by multiples of 90°) and merge separations (e.g. P Blue CV & P Blue CVC)
    • The ability to print a ROOM (RIP Once Output Many) proof of the separations being viewed to a local printer




Upgrade an Existing FirstPROOF License

FirstPROOF Upgrades

The latest version of FirstPROOF is v.6. Customers using FirstPROOF v.3, v.4 or v.5 can download the latest version of the software from this page then purchase the upgrade after testing the latest version.

License Information and Release Notes

License Agreements
License Information
License Agreements.zip
README
Helpful information for this release
READMEs.zip
Release Notes
What has been added over previous releases of the software
Release Notes.zip