Global Graphics' Jaws RIP Powers Sharp PostScript Multi-function Printers

3/26/2004 - Global Graphics® Software, a subsidiary of Global Graphics S. A. (Euronext: GLOG) and a leading worldwide developer of printing and publishing software, announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement to provide its Jaws RIP technology for Sharp color multi-function digital printers and copiers. Sharp’s AR range, now shipping in Japan, the US, the UK and Europe, uses the Jaws RIP on its embedded controller board option to provide PostScript interpretation for high quality color printing.

The news is the second far-reaching announcement the Company has made in recent weeks as it reveals the first results of its strategy to leverage its high end graphic arts technology into the distributed digital print segment of the growing market for print on demand.

Jim Freidah, Global Graphics Software’s chief operating officer comments, “This is a further milestone for us that underlines the success of our long-term strategy to increase our revenues from the digital print market. We make a considerable investment into our research and development capability each year and our developers have worked hard to ensure that our technology meets the needs of OEMs and board designers in this market.”

Global Graphics has built its reputation on supplying high performance RIPs, PDF workflow and color technology to the commercial print and print on demand sectors but during the past two years has optimized its software for use in an embedded environment to position itself as a serious player in this growth market. Its success stems from the reliability of its components and the strong engineering relationships that it nurtures with the original equipment manufacturer and the controller board designer/provider.

Flexibility and efficient operation
The PostScript Language Level 3 and PDF 1.4 compatible Jaws RIP is a high-performance kernel interpreter with a small ‘code’ footprint. It has a highly developed and very flexible Application Programming Interface (API) which means that it can be readily integrated into any controller board environment, offering manufacturers a cost advantage in a price sensitive segment, in terms of engineering time to market. The flexible design of the interpreter allows OEMs to add best-in-class option modules so that they can choose to add on technologies that best fit their products and markets.

Global Graphics worked closely with the Sharp engineering team. Sharp required high quality PostScript interpretation and printing, good quality color output as well as high performance and speed. They needed a flexible engineering partner whose technology could accommodate the pre-defined parameters set by Sharp for the board design and the color management module.

Under the agreement, PostScript is an option for the Sharp AR-C260M copier and printer model, and the AR-C260P printer, both of which can print or copy 26 color pages per minute or 32 in monochrome.

The Global Graphics team developed a software layer around the Jaws kernel – the Jaws Interface Layer - to interface with the controller board management software. The kernel, interface layer and management system are embedded onto the controller board. The engineering teams worked closely together on implementing the specific requirements of the AR system including support for the Agfa color management and screening that were integrated into the embedded solution.

About Global Graphics Software
Global Graphics Software ( is a leading developer and supplier of sophisticated high performance RIPs, PDF document, workflow and color solutions mostly to a customer base of Original Equipment Manufacturers, system integrators, software developers and resellers. These partners include the world's leading vendors of digital pre-press systems, high-speed digital print on demand devices, large-format color printers, color proofing systems, and copiers and printers for the corporate and SOHO markets.

About Sharp Corporation
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Global Graphics is a trademark of Global Graphics S.A. which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Jaws and the Jaws logo, are trademarks of Global Graphics Software Limited, which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated which may be registered in certain jurisdictions.

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