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RIP printing with HP 1050c plotter

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We have an HP 1050C plotter and I was told adding RIP to software would speed up the print process. Anyone got any thoughts on this?

We do the bulk of our plotting from an Estimating Software, which uses TIFF, PDF, etc. Would RIP speed up the print process and if so, where do we go to obtain this solution?

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You would need an external hardware RIP from EFI or similar.
HP should be able to tell you where to get one.
A fast PC functioning as a print server just for the plotter would give a similar benefit.
This is simply because the processing is passed onto a dedicated computer.

Software RIP would actually slow the printing process down.

RIP stands for "Raster Image Processor" which is what a printer driver does, essentially, offloading the processing to a dedicated PC helps, but often not as much as you would expect.
It does, however, if set up correctly, free up your PC for other work more quickly.
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