Notification of transactions in shares by persons discharging managerial responsibility (“PDMRs”)

 

Cambridge (UK) 29 December 2020: The Company makes the following announcement and notifications in respect of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.

 

1 Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities / person closely associated
a) Name Michael Rottenborn
2 Reason for the notification
a) Position/status CEO
b) Initial notification/Amendment Initial notification
3 Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor
a) Name Global Graphics PLC
b) LEI 213800ZFW446QIHAB654
4 Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted
a) Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification code

Ordinary share

 

GB00BYN5BY03

b) Nature of the transaction Acquisition of shares
c) Price(s) and volume(s) Price

EUR 3.6600

Volume

900

d) Aggregated information

– Aggregated volume

– Price

 

900

EUR 3,294.00

e) Date of the transaction 28 December 2020
f) Place of the transaction Euronext Brussels

 

About Global Graphics

Through its operating subsidiaries, Global Graphics PLC (Euronext Brussels: GLOG) is a leading developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for graphics and industrial inkjet printing. Customers include press manufacturers such as HP, Canon, Durst, Roland, Hymmen and Mark Andy.  Global Graphics PLC is headquartered in Cambridge UK.  Its subsidiary companies are printing software developers Global Graphics Software; the industrial printhead driver solutions specialists, Meteor Inkjet; and the pre-press software specialists Xitron.

Contacts

Jill Taylor, Corporate Communications Director

Tel: +44 (0)1223 926489

jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com

 

Graeme Huttley, CFO

Tel: +44 (0)1223 926472

graeme.huttley@globalgraphics.com

Global Graphics PLC: shareholder Q & A conference call

Cambridge (UK), 14 December 2020: Global Graphics PLC (Euronext: GLOG) confirms the following in connection with the conference call scheduled for today at 15:00 CET in the context of its contemplated acquisition of Hybrid Software:

 

  • All members of the board of directors of Global Graphics will attend the Q&A session and the slides of such presentation will be made available on our website after the meeting.
  • The Q&A session will be recorded and made available on the company’s website.
  • Shareholders are invited to submit written questions during the period between 14 December 2020 and 4 January 2021. Appropriate answers will then be published on the website prior to the shareholders’ meeting on 8 January 2021.
  • The board has requested permission from the independent valuation expert to make its independent valuation report (or at least extracts of the report) available to shareholders. As soon as such approval has been obtained, the report will be made available on the website.
  • A second Q&A session will be organized on 5 or 6 January 2021 (which, if the independent valuation expert agrees to the release of part or all of its report, should be after the disclosure of the valuation report as per item 4 above). The exact timing will be announced shortly.
  • Whilst the shareholders’ meeting of 8 January 2021 will be a closed meeting, we will make available video conference dial-in facilities so that shareholders can participate should they wish. Details will be announced at a later date.

 

More information about HYBRID Software, the proposed acquisition and full details about the meeting and voting can be found in the Notice of General Meeting on the Company’s website at https://investor.globalgraphics.com/investors/hybrid-software-acquisition.

 

Shareholders are invited to attend a Q&A session with the Board via a Zoom conference call on Monday, 14 December 2020, at 15:00 CET.  We want to remind you that to register for this conference call, please email investor-relations@globalgraphics.com by 14:30 CET on Monday, 14 December 2020.  Details of how to join the meeting will then be provided by email

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About Global Graphics

Through its operating subsidiaries, Global Graphics PLC (Euronext Brussels: GLOG) is a leading developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for graphics and industrial inkjet printing. Customers include press manufacturers such as HP, Canon, Durst, Roland, Hymmen and Mark Andy.  Global Graphics PLC is headquartered in Cambridge UK.  Its subsidiary companies are printing software developers Global Graphics Software; the industrial printhead driver solutions specialists, Meteor Inkjet; and the pre-press software specialists Xitron.

Contacts:

Jill Taylor, Corporate Communications Director, Global Graphics

Tel: +44 (0)1223 926489

jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com

Graeme Huttley, CFO, Global Graphics

Tel: +44 (0)1223 926472

graeme.huttley@globalgraphics.com

Global Graphics PLC: Proposed acquisition of HYBRID Software Group

Cambridge (UK), 10 December 2020 (08.00 CET): Global Graphics PLC (Euronext: GLOG) announces today that it has entered into a binding conditional agreement with Congra Software S.à r.l. (“Congra”) for the proposed acquisition of the entire issued share capital of HYBRID Software Group S.à r.l. (“HYBRID Software”) from Congra.

HYBRID Software is a group of software development and marketing companies focused on enterprise software for the graphic arts industry, with a strong focus on labels and packaging.  HYBRID Software is registered in Luxembourg and has subsidiaries in Belgium, Germany, Italy, France and the USA.

HYBRID Software’s two main product lines, CLOUDFLOW and PACKZ, offer a unique set of advantages that include native PDF workflow and editing, variable data linking and imposition, vendor-independent solutions based on industry standards, scalable technology and low total cost of ownership. These products are used by more than 1,000 customers worldwide in all areas of pre-press and printing, including labels and packaging, folding cartons, corrugated, and wide format.

Guido Van der Schueren, Chairman of Global Graphics PLC, explains the rationale behind the proposed acquisition.  “Combining Global Graphics and HYBRID Software will create the foremost enterprise software supplier for digital printing, as well as for traditional label and packaging market segments and I’m proud to announce it to the industry.  The DNA of both companies is similar – customer-focused innovation in graphic arts and industrial inkjet – and there’s a strong existing relationship and a great fit between HYBRID Software and the Global Graphics companies: Global Graphics Software, Meteor Inkjet, and Xitron.

“The combined company will total more than 250 dedicated employees with a wealth of experience in software and hardware development, but our mission will remain unchanged: developing innovative solutions for both end users and OEM suppliers.  HYBRID Software has also established a successful recurring revenue model based on SaaS and subscription licensing, something that Global Graphics’ customers are asking for as well.  I look forward to concluding the transaction at the beginning of 2021 and to a very bright future for the new company.”

Mike Rottenborn, Global Graphics’ CEO, adds: “This proposed acquisition is strategically important for our future growth. With HYBRID Software on board, Global Graphics will be able to offer premium products like packaging editors and production workflow solutions to end-users, in addition to continuing our focus on innovative solutions for our OEM partners. While Global Graphics already supplies technology to the labels and packaging market, we will be able to increase our focus on packaging with the acquisition; the labels and packaging segment is the fastest growing in the printing industry and an area in which HYBRID Software has specialized knowledge.  It also has feet on the ground across Europe, Asia, and the Americas to facilitate OEM and end-user sales.  And we recognize that the way in which we do business would benefit by introducing new models, including SaaS and subscriptions.  These are business models that our existing customers have requested and that HYBRID Software offers to its customer base. Their expertise in this area will be valuable to us as we roll out these new initiatives across Global Graphics.”

Consideration for the acquisition is EUR 80 million which will be satisfied in full by issuing 21,074,030 Global Graphics shares to Congra (the “Consideration Shares”). The number of Consideration Shares to be issued to Congra has been calculated based on the volume-weighted average of the closing price per Global Graphics share for each of the last 30 trading days prior to the date of signing the conditional agreement, and represents an implied price per Consideration Share of EUR 3.80. Assuming successful completion of the acquisition and following the issue of the Consideration Shares to Congra, Congra’s aggregate shareholding in Global Graphics will amount to 82.16 per cent of the enlarged issued share capital of Global Graphics (excluding shares held in treasury). The acquisition remains conditional upon, amongst other customary conditions, the passing of a shareholder resolution at a forthcoming general meeting of Global Graphics to be held on 8 January 2021.

More information about HYBRID Software, the proposed acquisition and full details about the meeting and voting can be found in the Notice of General Meeting on the Company’s website at https://investor.globalgraphics.com/investors/hybrid-software-acquisition.

Shareholders are also invited to attend a Q&A session with Mike Rottenborn and Graeme Huttley via a Zoom conference call on Monday, 14 December 2020, at 15:00 CET.  To register for this conference call, please email investor-relations@globalgraphics.com by 14:30 CET on Monday, 14 December 2020.  Details of how to join the meeting will then be provided by email.

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About Global Graphics

Through its operating subsidiaries, Global Graphics PLC (Euronext Brussels: GLOG) is a leading developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for graphics and industrial inkjet printing. Customers include press manufacturers such as HP, Canon, Durst, Roland, Hymmen and Mark Andy.  Global Graphics PLC is headquartered in Cambridge UK.  Its subsidiary companies are printing software developers Global Graphics Software; the industrial printhead driver solutions specialists, Meteor Inkjet; and the pre-press software specialists Xitron.

Contacts
Jill Taylor
Corporate Communications Director
Tel: +44 (0)1223 926489
Email: jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com

Graeme Huttley
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1223 926472
Email: graeme.huttley@globalgraphics.com

Global Graphics companies showcase innovation at Printing Expo online

 

Cambridge, UK, 30th November 2020: Global Graphics companies, Meteor Inkjet, Xitron and Global Graphics Software, are among the first wave of exhibitors at Printing Expo online, a new virtual exhibition that opens today where exhibition stands are rendered out to real physical dimensions to give visitors an immersive experience 365 days of the year.

 

Global Graphics CEO Mike Rottenborn says, “Trade shows have always been close to our heart as a way to connect with customers and prospects, but COVID has changed many things in the world, and the “new normal” won’t be the same as it was before COVID. Virtual trade shows will be another tool in our sales and marketing toolbox, and we’re excited to participate in the first real virtual show that looks and feels like a trade show. Kudos to the team that has introduced this modern solution to our industry.”

 

The visitor experience mimics a real exhibition:  visitors register at the entrance, navigate down the aisles and walk onto exhibition stands where they can watch video, download data sheets and request a meeting with the exhibitor.

 

Meteor will showcase its complete portfolio of industrial inkjet electronics, software, tools and services including:

  • robust and scalable printhead drive electronics for all leading industrial inkjet printheads;
  • extensive suite of off-the-shelf and bespoke software including software development kits, digital front ends (DFEs), industrial RIPs and print quality tools;
  • complete line of DropWatcher systems and waveform development services for ink characterization, print reliability analysis and printhead evaluation.

 

On display at the Xitron stand will be workflow solutions for every segment of the printing market; flexography, commercial offset, screen printing, and DFE solutions for the desktop inkjet and short to mid-run digital segments.  Each workflow features the powerful Harlequin® RIP core with additional tools specific to the prepress needs of the corresponding market.

 

Of primary interest to high-speed inkjet press manufacturers will be Xitron’s Navigator DFE. Designed to help get these presses to market faster, Navigator DFE drives printheads from Memjet, HP, Epson, Konica-Minolta and others with incredible color accuracy and spot color matching ability. Recently recognized with the InterTech™ 2020 Technology award, Navigator DFE can be packaged as a complete solution including engine controls, or as an API for systems with existing software.

 

 

Global Graphics Software will be exhibiting its full product range including:

  • Harlequin RIP, the industry’s fastest RIP to power digital workflows;
  • Direct™, a fully integrated graphics pipeline that sends data directly to the printhead electronics instead of writing to disk, winner of a 2021 Buyers Lab (BLI) Outstanding Innovation award in Production Print from Keypoint Intelligence;
  • Fundamentals™, a flexible Digital Front End (DFE) for label and packaging workflows developed jointly with HYBRID Software;
  • Mako™, a multi-purpose software development kit used for a variety of functions in document workflows such analysis, conversion, optimization, cloud and mobile app development;
  • PrintFlat™ uniformity correction software to remove artifacts from inkjet printing such as streaking, mottling and banding, recipient of a 2019 InterTech Technology Award.

Visit all three stands at:

https://www.printing-expo.online/show/meteor/

https://www.printing-expo.online/show/xitron/

https://www.printing-expo.online/show/global-graphics-software/

 

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About Global Graphics PLC

Through its operating subsidiaries, Global Graphics PLC (Euronext: GLOG)   http://www.globalgraphics.com is a leading developer of integrated software and hardware solutions for graphics and industrial inkjet printing. Customers include press manufacturers such as HP, Canon, Durst, Roland, Hymmen and Mark Andy.

Global Graphics PLC is headquartered in Cambridge UK. Its subsidiary companies are printing software developers Global Graphics Software; the industrial printhead driver solutions specialists, Meteor Inkjet; and, pre-press workflow developers Xitron.

Media contacts

 

Jill Taylor, Corporate Communications Director, Global Graphics Software

Jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com

Tel +44 (0)1223 926489 or US Tel: +1 978 631 0414

Mobile: +44 (0)7714 410598

 

Tracey Brown, Direct of Strategy and Marketing, Meteor Inkjet

Tracey.brown@meteorinkjet.com

Tel: +44 34 584 40012

 

 

Bret Farrah, VP of Business Development, Xitron

Bret.farrah@xitron.com

Tel: +1 734.794.1334

Mobile: +1 517-673-0715

Mimaki creates new, improved RIP “Rasterlink™7” with Harlequin

Cambridge, UK, 4 November, 2020:  Global Graphics® Software has licensed the Harlequin RIP to Mimaki Engineering, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, cutting plotters, and 3D modeling machines, to create the new RIP software RasterLink7 that will be available with Mimaki printers worldwide from December 2020.

Mimaki printers are used by sign and graphics, textile and apparel, and industrial printing professionals around the globe. RasterLink7 improves performance and enhances quality as well as introducing new features such as variable data printing for applications such as sports apparel, card printing, name tags stickers and labels. Shipments are expected to be in the region of 10,000 Units a year.

RasterLink7 was announced by Mimaki on 4 November at the launch of their new JV100-160 and UJV100-160 presses for sign and graphics.

  

“Our objective in choosing Harlequin as the core of our genuine Mimaki RIP is to improve the performance of our products,” says Satoshi Kaneko, General Manager of software design department, MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.. “Customers will see that the RIP processing time for PDF files is considerably shortened.  There are significant quality improvements too; PDF transparency processes correctly and we have found that the expression of thin lines is improved.”

Global Graphics’ local office in Tokyo provided responsive technical support to Mimaki. They worked closely with Mimaki engineers in a number of areas to introduce unique functionality for Mimaki customers. These included multi-layer printing, the replacement of colors in graduated tints, exporting contours for cutters, and the addition of texts and graphics to submitted jobs for variable data printing. The variable data feature was implemented using the dynamic overlays in Harlequin which are specifically designed for those printing applications that require a simple form of VDP support. It combines a single background page with overlay graphics, such as text and images, that are selected using data from a file supplied in CSV format.

Harlequin is a Raster Image Processor, or RIP. A RIP is a tool for converting a page description language such as PostScript® or PDF into a format that a printing device such as an inkjet printhead, toner marking engine or laser platesetter can understand. The format that it outputs may be a raster file format such as TIFF™, or it may be a stream of raster data that is delivered more or less directly to the printing device. The exact format delivered may be tuned for each integration.

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About Global Graphics Software

Global Graphics Software www.globalgraphics.com develops innovative core technology for digital print, including the Harlequin RIP®, ScreenPro™, the Direct™ product range, and Mako™. Customers include HP, Canon, Durst, Roland,  Kodak and Agfa. The roots of the company go back to 1986 and to the iconic university town of Cambridge, and, today the majority of the R&D team is still based near here. The US office is in Sarasota, Florida. Global Graphics Software is a subsidiary of Global Graphics PLC (Euronext: GLOG).

About MIMAKI ENGINEERING

Mimaki is a global industry leader of wide-format inkjet printers, cutting plotters, 3D modeling machines, software, hardware and associated consumable items, such as inks and cutting blades. The company engineers and manufactures a complete range of products that attain the total workflow solution for sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial printing professionals. Mimaki excels in offering superior quality and reliable products, based upon its aqueous solvent and UV curable inkjet technology. As an innovator and strategic partner, Mimaki is committed to always providing “something new, something different” in the marketplace. Visit website at https://mimaki.com/

Harlequin, the Harlequin RIP and Harlequin Host Renderer are trademarks of Global Graphics Software Limited which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Global Graphics is a trademark of Global Graphics PLC which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other brand and product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

Contacts

Jill Taylor, Global Graphics
Tel: + 44 (0) 1223 926489 | Mobile: +44 (0)7714 410598 | Jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com

Paula Halpin, Global Graphics
Tel: +44 (0)1223 926017 | paula.halpin@globalgraphics.com

MUTOH creates new generation RIP based on Harlequin technology

Agreement covers all major inkjet models 

Cambridge, UK 28 Oct, 2020:  Global Graphics® Software has licensed the Harlequin Host Renderer to MUTOH, the Japanese manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and sign cutting plotters, in a contract spread over multiple years. The agreement includes licensing Global Graphics’ new Opal Advanced Inkjet Screens™ to provide high-quality half-tone screening specially developed for inkjet printing.

The Harlequin Host Renderer is being integrated into VerteLith™, MUTOH’s RIP software, and will be available to MUTOH customers via a download service from the beginning of November this year, initially for the UV machines VJ-1638UR/UH and XPJ-461/661UF and ultimately for all the major models sold, including the eco-solvent machines.

“By making extensive use of the Harlequin Host Renderer features,” says MUTOH’s Mr. Norishige Kakuno, Executive Engineer, “VerteLith™ delivers advanced features that conventional RIP software does not offer such as avoiding printing jobs incorrectly by displaying a soft proof and ripped image preview, and ink cost calculation before printing.”

“Additionally, while conventional RIP software mainly targets roll media, VerteLith™ is the new all-in-one RIP software covering most features required for roll media printing as well as integrating a jig layout tool to improve usability for UV flatbed printers. It saves a lot of time and effort by enabling auto-image positioning of the printing material on the flatbed table or auto-page layout on each individual jig slot. The jig layout tool is just one example of the new features being offered to improve customer’s efficiency and to develop new markets.”

With the Harlequin Host Renderer MUTOH has experienced significantly improved RIP processing times for both PDF and PostScript® files as well as improved accuracy in printing PDF files with live transparency and spot colors. Features such as soft proof were easy to implement with Harlequin’s in-RIP color management and the ease of use of the Harlequin core technology shortened the development time of new features and functions.

Global Graphics’ Japanese office in Tokyo provided responsive technical support to MUTOH; they worked closely with MUTOH engineers, often with daily contact.

MUTOH expects VerteLith™ to lead to the development of new markets as well as being made available to existing customers. It will drive the VJ-1638UR/UH and the XPJ-461/661UF initially. The VJ-1638UR/UH printer is designed for in-store promotion prints & deco graphics, floor & window graphics, customized structured wallpapers, event banners and exhibition graphics whereas the XPJ-461/661UF produces added value personalized prints and bespoke small-lot production of commercial and industrial print applications such as printing on phone covers, promotional items, small signs, and small series production or prototyping of packaging samples, or decorative tiles.

The Harlequin Host Renderer is a Raster Image Processor, or RIP. A RIP is a tool for converting a page description language such as PostScript or PDF into a format that a printing device such as an inkjet printhead, toner marking engine or laser platesetter can understand. The format that it outputs may be a raster file format such as TIFF™, or it may be a stream of raster data that is delivered more or less directly to the printing device. The exact format delivered may be tuned for each integration.

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About Global Graphics Software

Global Graphics Software www.globalgraphics.com develops innovative core technology for digital print, including the Direct™ product range, the Harlequin RIP®, ScreenPro™, and Mako™. Customers include HP, Canon, Durst, Roland,  Kodak and Agfa. The roots of the company go back to 1986 and to the iconic university town of Cambridge, and, today the majority of the R&D team is still based near here. The US office is in Sarasota, Florida. Global Graphics Software is a subsidiary of Global Graphics PLC (Euronext: GLOG).

About MUTOH

MUTOH INDUSTRIES LTD. delivers the optimal proposals and maximum value to customers through the activities such as development, manufacturing, sales, supply and maintenance of large-format inkjet printers, 3D printers, Design and measurement equipment and CAD software.


Harlequin Host Renderer, Harlequin, the Harlequin RIP and Advanced Inkjet Screens are trademarks of Global Graphics Software Limited which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Global Graphics is a trademark of Global Graphics PLC which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other brand and product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.


Contacts

Jill Taylor, Corporate Communications Director, Global Graphics Software
Jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com | Tel +44 (0)1223 926489
Mobile: +44 (0)7714 410598

Paula Halpin, PR & Marketing Executive, Global Graphics Software
Paula.halpin@globalgraphics.com | Tel: +44 (0)1223 926017

Global Graphics Software on a winning streak

Global Graphics Software, a leading developer of core technology for digital print including the Harlequin RIP®, has won a 2021 Buyers Lab (BLI) Outstanding Innovation award in Production Print from Keypoint Intelligence for its Direct range.  Direct is a new graphics pipeline that sends data directly to the inkjet printhead electronics, removing the intermediate step of writing to disk. As a result, image processing times are significantly reduced, large volumes of data are handled with ease, and the time to print is accelerated.

 

“Global Graphics’ Direct technology is a new and innovative approach within the industrial inkjet market to solve the accelerating data needs of digital presses,” says Ryan McAbee, Keypoint Intelligence’s director of production workflow solutions. “Instead of writing data to an intermediary disk, data can be sent directly to the printhead electronics, which saves time and reduces the required computing storage resources—a win-win for customers.”

 

Global Graphics Software has been on a winning streak in recent years having been awarded a 2020 Queens Award for Enterprise recognising innovation in developing ScreenPro™ with PrintFlat™ and is in the rare position of being a recipient of the PIA InterTech™ Technology Award for Innovation on two consecutive years in 2019 and 2018.

 

Judging for the BLI Innovation award distinguishes a technology for its ability to disrupt old processes with a new approach to productivity, improve output consistency, improved automation, and to increase speed and efficiencies.

 

Justin Bailey, managing director of Global Graphics Software, said, “We are really excited to bring our unique Direct technology to the industrial inkjet market, so that the printing components of a manufacturing line can be driven as fast as the printer engine allows. These manufacturing lines need to be robust enough to run at full speed 24/7, and to be prepared to print where there is a very high predominance of variable data where every item is different. This new demanding way of printing required us to think about a new technology architecture to eliminate the need to read and write from disk, which helps with productivity and reduces the hardware requirements for our customers.”

About Global Graphics Software

Global Graphics Software is a developer of innovative core technology for digital printing, including the Harlequin RIP®, ScreenPro™ and Mako™. Customers include HP, Canon, Durst, Roland,  Kodak and AgfaThe roots of the company go back to 1986 and to the iconic university town of Cambridge, and, today the majority of the R&D team is still based near here. Global Graphics Software is a subsidiary of Global Graphics PLC (Euronext: GLOG).

Contact:

Jill Taylor, Corporate Communications Director, Global Graphics

Jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com

Tel +44 (0)1223 926489

US Tel: +1 978 631 0414

 

Lucky 13 for the new release of the Harlequin RIP

Industry’s fastest RIP adds new features for large-scale output such as décor, textiles and corrugated packaging

Innovative new features, including automatic tiling for processing large-scale output at high speed, and extended Advanced Inkjet Screens™, for enhanced image quality, are introduced in a major new release of the Harlequin RIP® today by developers Global Graphics Software. Harlequin Host Renderer 13 raises the bar in terms of productivity features for print service providers and provides new options to press manufacturers for scaling multiple RIPs for high performance digital front ends.

Version 13 of the Harlequin Host Renderer, the printing industry’s fastest RIP, adds automatic tiling to maximize the throughput of huge PDF, TIFF™ and JPEG files such as those generated in the corrugated packaging, wide and grand format, décor and textile markets. Harlequin 13 automatically tiles these large pages – some can be up to 200 meters/650 feet long – to split them across multiple RIPs for increased speed and improved load balancing.

Output is continuously streamed to the printer so that print service providers don’t have to wait for the entire page to be RIPped before printing can begin. This new feature minimizes RAM requirements and costs for a digital front end (DFE) processing very large output.

“The new tiling feature is specifically for high-speed digital printing,” says Martin Bailey, Global Graphics Software’s CTO. “Automatic tiling helps in maximizing throughput by splitting the output across several RIPs. It also reduces the cost for a DFE built to handle huge PDF pages, either every day or as an occasional occurrence, because the peak memory usage for a tile can be much lower than that for the whole page.

“Speed continues to be a key focus of Harlequin development, because a faster RIP enables presses with very high data rates to be driven at engine speed and reduces the bill of materials for a digital front end (DFE) or controller.”

Version 13 also introduces many other features including:

  • Direct printing of PNG files, an important file type in some sectors of wide format and product decoration, in addition to PDF, PostScript, EPS, TIFF, JPEG etc. Consistent color management and halftone screening can be added for all input formats using a common API.
  • Enhanced controls over sizing of output from image file formats such as TIFF, JPEG and PNG where the image does not specify a size.
  • Extended Advanced Inkjet Screens (AIS) with the introduction of Opal; especially good at mitigating artifacts when inkjet printing on absorbent substrates at higher resolutions. AIS increase the perceived quality, and therefore saleability, of inkjet prints, and can enable the use of lower cost substrates.
  • Extended support for larger DFEs, scaling from a single RIP instance, through multiple RIPs on the same server, to multiple RIPs on each of multiple servers.

The Harlequin Host Renderer (HHR) is supplied as a component or pre-packaged with a parallel processing pipeline as Harlequin Direct to enable OEMs to achieve the fastest possible time to market and to revenue while building a highly sophisticated and high-quality DFE for a high-speed digital press.

It’s the print engine at the heart of the industry’s highest performing digital presses in products from vendors including Roland DG, Durst, HP Indigo and HP PageWide, powering their entire fleet.

Michael Deflorian, business developer at Durst Professional Services, says, “HHR – including screening capabilities – is one of the key technologies for our promise to get the best out of the printer as part of our “pixel-to-output strategy”. We share the same vision of industry-leading quality and performance with Global Graphics. We work closely with the Global Graphics team to provide our customers with the best technology available.”

Roland DG’s VersaWorks 6 RIP software is used across all current models of its printers and printer/cutters. Mr. Motohiro Ikemura, R&D general manager, Roland DG Digital Printing Business Division, said, “We integrated the Harlequin engine into our RIP software in only 6 months thanks to the cooperation between Global Graphics and our engineering teams. Its performance is outstanding and, because it processes PDF and PostScript natively, it handles files with ease. Support for PDF 2.0 was also an important factor to future proof our workflow,” Motohiro said. “Since we see more and more use of transparencies in customer jobs, Harlequin’s ability to process transparencies natively speeds up production time and reduces waste media. VersaWorks 6 recently added an important new ‘Job Assistant’ function that allows customers to automatically add cut contour lines for PDF design data without returning to the design software.”

“Harlequin Host Renderer has been powering our CLOUDFLOW RIP now for more than 5 years,” Nick De Roeck, CTO of HYBRID Software explains.  “HYBRID has a clear focus on the packaging and labels market, both for digital and conventional printing. The HHR has given us the flexibility to add our packaging know-how on top of a super solid HHR product. I am very excited with the continued innovation on the product, and our customers will benefit greatly from this lucky version 13, as it RIPs even faster on packaging files, all the while reducing the amount of hardware resources required.” HYBRID will add version 13 to its upcoming CLOUDFLOW release 20.10.

“The Harlequin RIP platform has been used in the Elan since its initial release,” comments Richard Lee, CEO of Delphax Solutions. “It was selected primarily due to its quality and performance characteristics. Since that time, the RIP’s performance and has increased further, and become more feature rich, which has helped reduce the associated hardware costs required to drive our high-performance devices. Coupled with the support provided by the entire team at Global Graphics, this has easily justified the decision to have not only the Harlequin platform, but also the Global Graphics team, as a key part of our range of high-speed inkjet digital production presses both today and into the future.”

Harlequin Host Renderer is supported on 32- and 64-bit Microsoft Windows, 64-bit Linux and Mac OS.

Download the latest product brochure here https://www.globalgraphics.com/products/harlequin.

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Image: Harlequin 13 introduces a new tiling feature specifically for high-speed digital printing.
Harlequin 13 introduces a new tiling feature specifically for high-speed digital printing.

 

About Global Graphics Software
Global Graphics Software http://www.globalgraphics.com is a leading developer of platforms for digital printing, including the Harlequin RIP®, ScreenPro, Fundamentals and Mako. Customers include HP, Canon, Durst, Roland,  Kodak and AgfaThe roots of the company go back to 1986 and to the iconic university town of Cambridge, and, today the majority of the R&D team is still based near here. Global Graphics Software is a subsidiary of Global Graphics PLC (Euronext: GLOG).

Global Graphics, Harlequin, the Harlequin logo, the Harlequin RIP, are trademarks of Global Graphics Software Limited which may be registered in certain jurisdictions.  Global Graphics is a trademark of Global Graphics PLC which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other brand and product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

Contacts
Jill Taylor, Corporate Communications Director, Global Graphics Software
Jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com | Tel +44 (0)1223 926489
Mobile: +44 (0)7714 410598

Paula Halpin, PR & Marketing Executive, Global Graphics Software
Paula.halpin@globalgraphics.com | Tel: +44 (0)1223 926017

Il 13 porta fortuna – Comunicato stampa di Harlequin RIP

Il RIP più veloce del settore aggiunge nuove caratteristiche per prodotti su larga scala, come arredi, tessuti e imballaggi in cartone ondulato

Nuove funzionalità, tra cui l’affiancamento automatico per l’elaborazione di prodotti su larga scala ad alta velocità e grandi schermi avanzati a getto d’inchiostro, che offrono una migliore qualità delle immagini, sono state introdotte in una nuova versione importante di Harlequin RIP® dagli sviluppatori di Global Graphics Software.  Harlequin Host Renderer 13 innalza il livello in termini di funzioni di produttività per i provider di servizi di stampa e fornisce nuove opzioni ai produttori di sistemi di stampa per consentire di scalare più RIP per i front-end digitali ad alte prestazioni.

La versione 13 di Harlequin Host Renderer, il RIP più veloce del settore della stampa, aggiunge l’affiancamento automatico per massimizzare la velocità di file PDF, TIFF™ e JPEG di grandi dimensioni, come quelli generati per imballaggi in cartone ondulato, grandi formati, arredi e nel settore tessile. Harlequin 13 affianca automaticamente pagine di grandi dimensioni (con lunghezza anche fino a 200 metri/650 piedi) dividendole in più RIP per una maggiore velocità e un miglior bilanciamento del carico.

Le pagine vengono trasmesse continuamente alla stampante, in modo che i provider di servizi di stampa non siano costretti ad attendere che l’intera pagina venga elaborata dal RIP prima di iniziare la stampa. Questa nuova funzione riduce al minimo i requisiti e i costi della RAM per l’elaborazione di un front-end digitale (DFE) con un output molto ampio.

“La nuova funzione di affiancamento è specifica per la stampa digitale ad alta velocità”, afferma Martin Bailey, CTO di Global Graphics Software. “L’affiancamento automatico aiuta a massimizzare la velocità di stampa dividendo le pagine in più RIP. Inoltre, riduce i costi necessari per la creazione di un DFE per gestire pagine PDF di grandi dimensioni, sia ogni giorno che come evento occasionale, poiché il picco di utilizzo della memoria per un affiancamento può risultare molto inferiore rispetto a quello richiesto per l’intera pagina.

“La velocità della rete è un obiettivo fondamentale dello sviluppo di Harlequin, perché un RIP più veloce consente di far funzionare i sistemi di stampa con velocità di trasferimento dati molto elevate e riduce la distinta dei materiali per un controller o un front-end digitale (DFE)”.

La versione 13 introduce anche molte altre funzioni, tra cui:

  • Stampa diretta di file PNG, un importante tipo di file in alcuni settori dei grandi formati e della decorazione dei prodotti, oltre a PDF, PostScript, EPS, TIFF, JPEG e così via. È possibile aggiungere una gestione coerente del colore e uno screening dei mezzitoni per tutti i formati di input utilizzando un’API comune.
  • Sono stati migliorati i controlli sulle dimensioni dell’output da formati di file di immagine quali TIFF, JPEG e PNG, in cui l’immagine non specifica una dimensione.
  • Grandi schermi avanzati a getto d’inchiostro (AIS) con tecnologia Opal; particolarmente utili per mitigare gli artefatti durante la stampa a getto d’inchiostro su supporti assorbenti alle risoluzioni più elevate. Gli schermi AIS aumentano la qualità percepita e, di conseguenza, la commerciabilità delle stampe a getto d’inchiostro, favorendo l’uso di supporti a costo inferiore.
  • Supporto esteso per DFE più grandi, scalando da una singola istanza RIP, tramite più RIP sullo stesso server, a più RIP su ciascuno dei server.

Harlequin Host Renderer (HHR) viene fornito come componente o integrato con una pipeline di elaborazione parallela come Harlequin Direct per consentire agli OEM di ottenere il più rapido time-to-market e generare profitti, creando, al contempo, un DFE altamente sofisticato e di alta qualità per un sistema di stampa digitale ad alta velocità.

Si tratta del motore di stampa alla base dei sistemi di stampa digitali più performanti del settore, integrato in prodotti di fornitori come Roland DGleggi, Durst, HP Indigo e HP PageWide, che alimentano l’intero parco stampanti.

Michael Deflorian, Business Developer di Durst Professional Services, afferma: “HHR, comprese le funzionalità di screening, è una delle tecnologie chiave che ci consentono di ottenere il meglio dalla stampante nell’ambito della nostra strategia “pixel-to-output”. Condividiamo con Global Graphics la stessa innovativa visione in termini di qualità e prestazioni. Lavoriamo a stretto contatto con il team di Global Graphics per fornire ai nostri clienti la migliore tecnologia disponibile”.

Il software VersaWorks 6 RIP di Roland DG viene utilizzato su tutti gli attuali modelli di stampanti e stampanti/taglierine. Motohiro Ikemura, General Manager del reparto R&D presso Roland DG Digital Printing Business Division, ha dichiarato “Abbiamo integrato il motore Harlequin nel nostro software RIP in soli 6 mesi grazie alla collaborazione tra Global Graphics e i nostri team di progettazione. Le sue prestazioni sono straordinarie e, poiché elabora i file PDF e PostScript in modo nativo, gestisce i file con facilità. Anche il supporto per PDF 2.0 è stato un fattore importante che ci ha consentito di rendere il nostro flusso di lavoro a prova di futuro”, ha affermato Motohiro. “Poiché nei lavori dei clienti si vede un uso sempre maggiore di lucidi, la capacità di Harlequin di elaborarli in modo nativo accelera i tempi di produzione e riduce gli sprechi di materiale. VersaWorks 6 ha recentemente aggiunto una nuova e importante funzione Job Assistant per la gestione dei dati di progettazione PDF che consente ai clienti di aggiungere automaticamente linee di taglio senza dover tornare al software di progettazione”.

“Harlequin Host Renderer potenzia il nostro RIP CLOUDFLOW da oltre 5 anni”, spiega Nick De Roeck, CTO di HYBRID Software.  “HYBRID si concentra in modo chiaro sul mercato del packaging e delle etichette, sia per la stampa digitale che convenzionale. HHR ci ha dato la flessibilità di aggiungere il nostro know-how sul packaging a un prodotto HHR estremamente solido. Sono davvero entusiasta della continua innovazione del prodotto e i nostri clienti potranno trarre grandi vantaggi da questa fortunata versione 13, in quanto i RIP saranno ancora più veloci sui file di packaging, riducendo, al contempo, la quantità di risorse hardware richieste”. HYBRID aggiungerà la versione 13 all’imminente rilascio di CLOUDFLOW 20.10.

“La piattaforma Harlequin RIP è stata utilizzata in Elan fin dal suo primo rilascio”, commenta Richard Lee, CEO di Delphax Solutions. “La scelta è stata effettuata principalmente per le sue caratteristiche di qualità e prestazioni. Da allora, le prestazioni del RIP sono aumentate ulteriormente e sono diventate più ricche di funzionalità, il che ha contribuito a ridurre i relativi costi hardware necessari per gestire i nostri dispositivi ad alte prestazioni. Insieme al supporto fornito dall’intero team di Global Graphics, ciò ha giustificato facilmente la decisione di avere non solo la piattaforma Harlequin, ma anche il team Global Graphics come parte fondamentale della nostra gamma di stampanti di produzione digitale a getto d’inchiostro ad alta velocità sia oggi che in futuro”.

Harlequin Host Renderer è supportato su Microsoft Windows a 32 e 64 bit, Linux a 64 bit e Mac OS.

Scarica la brochure più recente del prodotto qui https://www.globalgraphics.com/products/harlequin.

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Harlequin 13 introduce l'affiancamento automatico per la lavorazione ad alta velocità di prodotti su larga scala.
Harlequin 13 introduce l’affiancamento automatico per la lavorazione ad alta velocità di prodotti su larga scala.

Informazioni su Global Graphics Software

Global Graphics Software http://www.globalgraphics.com è leader nello sviluppo di piattaforme per la stampa digitale, tra cui Harlequin RIP®, ScreenPro, Fundamentals e Mako. Tra i suoi clienti, figurano HP, Canon, Durst, Roland, Kodak e AgfaGli inizi della società risalgono al 1986 e alla mitica città universitaria di Cambridge e oggi la maggioranza del team di ricerca e sviluppo lavora ancora nelle sue vicinanze. Global Graphics Software è una società affiliata di Global Graphics PLC (Euronext: GLOG).

Global Graphics, Harlequin, il logo Harlequin, Harlequin RIP sono marchi commerciali di Global Graphics Software Limited che possono essere registrati in alcune giurisdizioni.  Global Graphics è un marchio commerciale di Global Graphics PLC che può essere registrato in alcune giurisdizioni. PostScript è un marchio commerciale di Adobe Systems Incorporated che può essere registrato in alcune giurisdizioni. Tutti gli altri marchi e nomi di prodotti sono marchi o marchi registrati dei rispettivi proprietari.

Contatti per i media:
Jill Taylor, Corporate Communications Director, Global Graphics Software
Jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com | Tel +44 (0)1223 926489
Mobile: +44 (0)7714 410598

Paula Halpin, PR & Marketing Executive, Global Graphics Software
Paula.halpin@globalgraphics.com | Tel: +44 (0)1223 926017

Glückszahl 13 für die neue Version von Harlequin RIP

Der schnellste RIP der Branche bietet neue Funktionen für umfangreiche Druckerzeugnisse wie Dekorationen, Textilien und Wellpappeverpackungen

Die Entwickler von Global Graphics Software stellen heute innovative neue Funktionen wie automatische Kachelung für die Verarbeitung umfangreicher Ausdrucke mit hoher Geschwindigkeit und erweiterte Advanced Inkjet Screens für verbesserte Bildqualität in einer neuen Version von Harlequin RIP® vor. Der Harlequin Host Renderer 13 setzt neue Maßstäbe bei Produktivitätsfunktionen für Druckdienstleister und bietet Druckmaschinenherstellern neue Optionen zur Skalierung mehrerer RIPs für hochleistungsfähige Digital Front Ends.

Version 13 von Harlequin Host Renderer, der schnellste RIP der Druckbranche, bietet zusätzlich automatische Kachelung, um den Durchsatz großer PDF-, TIFF™- und JPEG-Dateien zu maximieren, wie sie zum Beispiel bei Wellpappenverpackungen, für breite und große Formate sowie Dekorationen und für den Textilvertrieb generiert werden. Harlequin 13 teilt diese großen Seiten – die zum Teil bis zu 200 m lang sein können – automatisch auf mehrere RIPs auf, um die Geschwindigkeit zu erhöhen und den Lastausgleich zu verbessern.

Die Ausgabe wird kontinuierlich an den Drucker übertragen, sodass Druckdienstleister nicht warten müssen, bis die gesamte Seite geRIPt ist, bevor der Druckvorgang gestartet werden kann. Diese neue Funktion minimiert den RAM-Bedarf und die Kosten für die Verarbeitung eines sehr großen Digital Front Ends (DFE).

„Die neue Kachelungsfunktion ist speziell für den digitalen Hochgeschwindigkeitsdruck konzipiert“, so Martin Bailey, CTO von Global Graphics Software. „Die automatische Kachelung hilft, den Durchsatz zu maximieren, indem die Ausgabe auf mehrere RIPs aufgeteilt wird. Außerdem werden die Kosten für ein DFE reduziert, das für die tägliche oder gelegentliche Verarbeitung großer PDF-Seiten entwickelt wurde, da die Spitzenspeichernutzung für eine Kachel wesentlich niedriger sein kann als die für die gesamte Seite.“

„Geschwindigkeit bleibt weiterhin ein wichtiger Entwicklungsschwerpunkt bei Harlequin, da mit einem schnelleren RIP Druckmaschinen bei sehr hohen Datenraten mit Motordrehzahl betrieben werden können, wodurch die Materialkosten für Digital Front Ends (DFE) oder Controller sinken.“

Version 13 bietet außerdem viele weitere neue Funktionen, darunter:

  • Direktes Drucken von PNG-Dateien – ein wichtiger Dateityp in einigen Bereichen mit Querformat und in der Produktdekoration – zusätzlich zu PDF, PostScript, EPS, TIFF, JPEG usw. Konsistentes Farbmanagement und Halbtonrasterung können für alle Eingabeformate über eine gemeinsame API hinzugefügt werden.
  • Erweiterte Steuerelemente zur Größenanpassung der Ausgabe aus Bilddateiformaten wie TIFF, JPEG und PNG, bei denen keine Größe angegeben ist
  • Erweiterte Advanced Inkjet Screens (AIS) mit der Einführung von Opal; besonders gut geeignet zur Minderung von Artefakten beim Tintenstrahldruck auf saugenden Substraten mit höherer Auflösung. AIS erhöht die wahrgenommene Qualität und damit die Verkäuflichkeit von Tintenstrahldrucken und ermöglicht somit die Nutzung kostengünstigerer Substrate.
  • Erweiterte Unterstützung für größere DFEs, Skalierung einer einzelnen RIP-Instanz über mehrere RIPs auf demselben Server bis zu mehreren RIPs auf jedem einzelnen von mehreren Servern.

Der Harlequin Host Renderer (HHR) wird als Komponente oder im Paket mit einer parallelen Verarbeitungspipeline wie Harlequin Direct geliefert, sodass OEMs die schnellstmögliche Markteinführungszeit und Umsatzrendite erzielen und gleichzeitig ein hochentwickeltes und hochwertiges DFE für eine digitale Hochgeschwindigkeitsdruckmaschine aufbauen können.

Die Druckmaschine im Herzen der branchenweit leistungsstärksten Digitaldruckmaschinen in Produkten von Herstellern wie Roland DG, Durst, HP Indigo und HP PageWide treibt deren gesamte Produktpalette an.

Michael Deflorian, Unternehmensentwickler bei Durst Professional Services, erklärt dazu: „HHR – einschließlich der Screening-Funktionen – ist eine der wichtigsten Technologien, um unser Versprechen zu erfüllen, im Rahmen unserer „Pixel-Output-Strategie“ das Beste aus dem Drucker herauszuholen. Genau wie Global Graphics verfolgen wir die Vision branchenführender Qualität und Leistung. Wir arbeiten eng mit dem Global Graphics Team zusammen, um unseren Kunden die beste verfügbare Technologie zu bieten.“

Die VersaWorks 6 RIP-Software von Roland DG wird für alle aktuellen Druckermodelle und Drucker/Schneidegeräte verwendet. Herr Motohiro Ikemura, General Manager für Forschung und Entwicklung der Roland DG Digital Printing Business Division, erklärt dazu: „Dank der Zusammenarbeit zwischen Global Graphics und unseren Konstruktionsteams konnten wir die Harlequin-Engine in nur 6 Monaten in unsere RIP-Software integrieren. Ihre Leistung ist herausragend und dank der nativen Verarbeitung von PDF und PostScript, ist das Datei-Handling ganz einfach. Auch die Unterstützung für PDF 2.0 war ein wichtiger Faktor für die Zukunftssicherheit unseres Workflows“, so Motohiro. „Da immer mehr Kunden Transparenzen nutzen, wird die gesamte Produktionszeit durch die native Transparenzverarbeitung bei Harlequin verkürzt und Abfall reduziert. VersaWorks 6 hat kürzlich mit dem „Job Assistant“ eine wichtige neue Funktion ergänzt, mit der Kunden Schnittkonturlinien für PDF-Designdaten automatisch hinzufügen können, ohne zurück zur Designsoftware zu wechseln.“

„Harlequin Host Renderer bildet jetzt seit mehr als fünf Jahren die Grundlage für unseren CLOUDFLOW RIP“, erklärt Nick De Roeck, CTO von HYBRID Software.  „HYBRID konzentriert sich klar auf den Verpackungs- und Etikettenmarkt für den digitalen und konventionellen Druck. HHR hat uns die Flexibilität gegeben, unser supersolides HHR-Produkt durch unser Verpackungs-Know-how zu ergänzen. Ich freue mich sehr über die fortwährende Innovation des Produkts, und auch unsere Kunden werden von dieser Version mit der Glückszahl 13 profitieren, da sie Verpackungsdateien schneller RIPt und gleichzeitig die Menge der erforderlichen Hardwareressourcen reduziert.“ HYBRID wird Version 13 zu seiner nächsten CLOUDFLOW Version 20.10 hinzufügen.

„Die Harlequin RIP-Plattform kommt seit ihrer ersten Version in Elan zum Einsatz“, erklärt Richard Lee, CEO von Delphax Solutions. „Sie wurde hauptsächlich aufgrund ihrer Qualität und Leistungsmerkmale ausgewählt. Seitdem haben sich Leistung und Funktionsumfang des RIPs weiter verbessert, wodurch wir in der Lage waren, die damit verbundenen Hardwarekosten für unsere Hochleistungsgeräte zu reduzieren. In Verbindung mit der Unterstützung durch das gesamte Team von Global Graphics hat dies die Entscheidung gerechtfertigt, nicht nur die Harlequin Plattform, sondern auch das Global Graphics Team heute und in Zukunft zu einem wichtigen Teil unseres Angebots an digitalen Hochgeschwindigkeits-Tintenstrahldruckmaschinen zu machen.“

Harlequin Host-Renderer wird unterstützt von Microsoft Windows (32- und 64-Bit), Linux (64-Bit) und Mac OS.

Hier können Sie die neueste Produktbroschüre herunterladen: https://www.globalgraphics.com/products/harlequin.

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Harlequin 13 führt eine neue Kachelfunktion speziell für die Verarbeitung umfangreicher Ausdrucke mit hoher Geschwindigkeits Digitaldruck vor
Harlequin 13 führt eine neue Kachelfunktion ein, die speziell für die Verarbeitung großer Drucke mit Hochgeschwindigkeits-Digitaldruck entwickelt wurde.

 

Über Global Graphics Software

Global Graphics Software http://www.globalgraphics.com ist ein führender Entwickler von Softwareplattformen für digitalen Druck, darunter Harlequin RIP®, ScreenPro, Fundamentals und Mako. Zu unseren Kunden zählen HP, Canon, Durst, Roland, Kodak und AgfaDie Ursprünge des Unternehmens reichen bis ins Jahr 1986 in der berühmten englischen Universitätsstadt Cambridge zurück, und auch heute noch hat der Großteil des F&E-Teams seinen Sitz in dieser Gegend. Global Graphics Software ist eine Tochter von Global Graphics PLC (Euronext: GLOG).

Global Graphics, Harlequin, das Harlequin-Logo und Harlequin RIP sind Marken und in einigen Ländern eingetragene Marken von Global Graphics Software Limited.  Global Graphics ist in einigen Ländern eine eingetragene Marke von Global Graphics Software PLC. PostScript ist in einigen Ländern eine eingetragene Marke von Adobe Systems Incorporated. Alle anderen Marken und Produktbezeichnungen sind eingetragene Marken oder Marken ihrer jeweiligen Inhaber.

Ansprechpartner für Medien:

Jill Taylor, Corporate Communications Director, Global Graphics Software
Jill.taylor@globalgraphics.com | Tel +44 (0)1223 926489
Mobile: +44 (0)7714 410598

Paula Halpin, PR & Marketing Executive, Global Graphics Software
Paula.halpin@globalgraphics.com | Tel: +44 (0)1223 926017