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Title: Harlequin RIP output drivers
Post by: Possum on May 02, 2008, 03:57:18 PM
We've got a Harlequin RIP 510 that we want to use with a Katana 5055 imagesetter. Our old imagesetter was another brand and died. Seems like all we have is the output plug-in for the old model, but the RIP manual says it will run the Katana we have. Do we need another plug-in?
Title: Re: Harlequin RIP output drivers
Post by: Ear on May 02, 2008, 04:01:41 PM
I'm pretty sure you need the driver for the 5055, or at least the 5000 series of Screen imagesetters.
Title: Re: Harlequin RIP output drivers
Post by: Possum on May 02, 2008, 04:17:26 PM
Thanks, Earendil. Know where we can get one? Or do we have to buy the whole RIP setup again specifically for this imagesetter?
Title: Re: Harlequin RIP output drivers
Post by: DigitalCrapShoveler on May 02, 2008, 04:19:24 PM
Go here.

http://www.founder.com.cn/en/Support/index.asp?id=33

I think it will have it.
Title: Re: Harlequin RIP output drivers
Post by: Possum on May 02, 2008, 04:35:17 PM
Thanks, DCS. I'll sure look that up.
Title: Re: Harlequin RIP output drivers
Post by: Ear on May 02, 2008, 04:42:38 PM
You shouldn't need to buy anything, that link DCS provided is probably the ticket. The only time you would have to buy anything is if the new imagesetter was using a different SCSI interface than the old one, in that case you would have to install a new SCSI card in the computer which would come with it's own driver, you would still need the driver for the imagesetter.

A Harlequin Rip will send to most anything with the proper driver. It needs the driver as a means of understanding the dimensions, properties and basically communicating with the given device. You will need to open the Harlequin Rip and configure it to support the 5055 by adding a device and using the driver you download as the configuration. It's similar to using a PPD to drive a Postscript Printer from your computer, just on a grander scale.
Title: Re: Harlequin RIP output drivers
Post by: Possum on May 02, 2008, 07:00:57 PM
Thanks for all the help, guys. I'll tell my boss. He moved the Katana from another shop he owns, don't know how old it is, but the RIP is on a Mac G3 running OS 8.6, so it's old. We may not be able to get a driver that will work with it.
Title: Re: Harlequin RIP output drivers
Post by: beermonster on May 06, 2008, 08:00:50 AM


really? i'd get that rip upgraded quickly - it will have some fun with pdf's, transparencies and the like

we had a katana here - solid capstan machine - worked well for us...even though (and i dont want no-one laughing at this - I DIDN'T BUY IT) - even though :embarrassed: it's a B2 machine and we are B1 printers...so the stripper/hand planner and me had fun piecing it all together....
Title: Re: Harlequin RIP output drivers
Post by: frailer on May 07, 2008, 12:02:20 AM
  Second what beer says. Really reliable unit, assuming it's been reasonably looked after till now. Loading the film takes a little bit of getting used to. Make sure you use a an Olfa knife to cut a straight edge, [there's a slit for you too do this]. If not, film may jam on loading.
 
  If you have any trouble, post back, and I'll rack my brain on the ins and outs. Have you got the online processor?...LDM-something...If so, its Achilles Heel is a crappy little exhaust  fan, [to take dev fumes away from the Katana; mounted centre-top/left side, [facing film direction]. I replaced it with a generic electronics chain one, which I ended up just gaffer taping in place. Not a whimper after that; just slightly over-spec it though...


Also assume your boss got the wide-SCSI cable with it? Reportedly worth about $3000.    :smiley:
Title: Re: Harlequin RIP output drivers
Post by: beermonster on May 07, 2008, 09:27:42 AM


yeah the only problem we had was a feed problem - residue from the film was getting onto the velvet feed edges of the film cassette - which caused it to "stick" slightly - thus mis-register etc

so keep those lil velvet strips clean and cack free
Title: Re: Harlequin RIP output drivers
Post by: frailer on May 07, 2008, 03:48:40 PM
Funny you should mention that. If that exhaust fan carks it, you don't even know, [it's pretty quiet anyway], and then you get condensation in the bridge aperture, like you describe. Suspect your fan may have ceased to exist, like the dead parrot. A film jam in a Katana is fun, right?!     :cry:
Title: Re: Harlequin RIP output drivers
Post by: Possum on May 09, 2008, 03:04:20 PM
No processor, but I think it's got a punch. I've worked with several imagesetters, I know how fussy they are about straight edges. Oh, and got long SCSI cable. Right now, I'm waiting for tech guy to call back. Got some drivers from them, but need something else.