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TIFF/IT flow

TIFF/IT flow – the only completely automated solution on the market for converting Heidelberg’s Delta List jobs to P-1 compliant TIFF/IT files with 100% integrity of the original data.

TIFF/ITflow provides:

  • Full Delta RIP integration
  • Automatic TIFF/IT generation
  • DDAP TIFF/IT P-l compliant
  • Compatibility with all TIFF/IT workflows
  • Compatible with Approval and PolaProof
  • Productivity and film-saving imposition functions

TIFF/ITflow has been specifically designed to enhance the productivity of Heidelberg’s Delta RIP technology. Fully compatible, it runs on the same platform as the Delta RIP and automatically generates pixel for pixel copy of ripped Delta List files.

Providing the ability to send TIFF/IT files electronically for publication, TIFF/ITflow has set the standard for automation and compatibility with the DDAP TIFF/IT P-1 format.

With its compatibility, high-quality proofing systems, and ability to send digital files TIFF/ITflow is the only product to achieve the maximum workflow productivity from the Delta RIP.

TIFF/ITflow enables users to proof full resolution, trapped Delta List files to the Kodak Approval or the Polaroid PolaProof, and archive jobs in a standard open format.

TIFF/ITflow can also be used in any workflow with Harlequin RIPs, providing automated printing of TIFF/IT files from TIFF/ITflow or other TIFF/IT sources to Harlequin ScriptWorks.

Please, read comments on TIFF/ITflow performance in this document.


There are many considerations when planning to generate PDF files from your Delta workstation. In this paper we will try to cover a number of these issues and provide links to various tools for this use.
PDFxMaker When considering PDF creation it is important to determine the intended usage for these PDF files. Then for each usage you may want to consider various options for the creation.

We will consider three general usage criteria and explore ways of meeting these needs.
The three general criteria are:
• High Quality Production
• Ink Jet Printer Interface
• Remote Online Proofing

These are general terms and most other specific needs will fall within one or more of these categories.

High Quality Production

This High res workflow is generally used when the desire is to produce a job through the Delta Rip workflow, and then to produce a PDF file of suitable quality that it can be used for final output on a comparable resolution output device. Examples of this type of workflow would include DDAP (Digital Distribution of Advertising for Production) where advertising material is produced at the Delta shop and the final distribution would consist of a PDF/X file and a hard copy proof in most cases.
Traditionally this was handled by generating a TIFF/IT file set as the digital distribution format. Recent changes in specifications now demand that PDF/X1a files be provided for this purpose.

Lucid has developed a product called PDFxMakerLight, which will produce full res PDF/X1a files from your Delta job.

Ink Jet Printer Interface

This is a general case of what would be called medium res PDF file production. In this situation the desire is to be able to drive Delta jobs out to a wide variety of devices or purposes where various resolutions are needed. Typical ink jet printers will run at resolutions of 360, 720 or 1440 DPI. Creating PDF/X files at exactly the resolution of the device will optimize production and provide the fastest possible interface. In this case a configurable conversion tool that allows any possible resolution setting is desirable.

Lucid has developed a product called PDFxMakerPro. This application allows complete control over resolution settings.

Remote Online Proofing

This is a Low Resolution workflow where size does matter the most. The intention is to produce files as small as possible for online viewing through web browser interface with even a slow Internet connection. With the main focus being file size and screen viewing this steps away from printing and is targeted for content proofing. Resolutions typically are less than 300 DPI.

Lucid has developed a conversion tool that is a built in part of OnTimeProof. It is optimized for creating PDF files that are as small as possible. In some cases these files are not even suitable for printing as the data is stored in a lossy fashion.

So in summary we have presented three different PDF conversion tools for the Delta and have highlighted how these tools might be used in different circumstances. It should be noted that all three tools can be used within the OnTimeProof workflow automation and the first two can also be used in a stand alone fashion for specific Delta conversion needs.

Please follow the links with each tool to gain more specific info.

DCS flow

DCS flow, full Delta RIP integration;

  • Automatic DCS-2 generation
  • Compatible with Quark and Imposition programs
  • Rapid conversation
  • Archiving

Automatically generates DCS files that take advantage of Delta RIP capabilities including Delta Print Manager and Delta Trapper.

By being able to convert Delta List files to DCS-2 format DCSflow provides the ability to pre-rasterize pages or page elements for positioning in a compatible page layout programs, such as QuarkXpress

DCSflow expands Heidelberg Delta Rip by creating a new single file DCS-2 format.

DCSflow creates DCS-2 files containing optional screen and print previews. These files can then be loaded directly into Imposition packages or page layout programs, such as Quark. Processing is extremely fast and the resulting DCS files are easy to manage with the compression option.

Thermal Compositor

Introducing Thermal Compositor

Thermal Compositor is the missing link between Delta-to-Plate systems and the quick front to back industry standard Dylux proof. Thermal Compositor makes it possible to create electronic “bluelines” from your Delta Rip. Thermal Compositor merges the color separations in the original Delta job and then creates a
new composite grayscale Delta job, i.e. a Delta job with only one separation. The ultimate job can be output on plate-proofing material, such as DuPont’s Thermal Dylux(R), directly from the plate-setter attached to the Delta Rip. This process yields superior yet cost-effective imposition proofing.

Thermal Compositor supports spot colors, the Delta Trapper and the full job resolution, allowing you to see all elements at the correct size and shape. Images are produced on the material with one proofing pass.

Coated on both sides of the paper-based media, DuPont Dylux® Thermal Blueline yields instant front and back images upon exposure to 830 nm wavelength light. It is loaded in a manner similar to that utilized with aluminum plates and imaged with the same optics, laser and screening that are used to image the printing plate. You can produce a high-resolution imposition proof in less than six minutes.

Learn more about Thermal Compositor

By clicking on the Traditonal Blueline button you will learn the Traditional Blueline mechanism. Next, click on the Introducing CTD and see how DuPont works to bring this important production step into the Computer-To-Plate age. AT Dylux to Delta we will explain how Lucid works with DuPont to extend this to include the popular Delta Workflow Tool. Features and Benefits gives you an insight into the details of how this system brings together the Delta/Dylux Workflow. Return on Investment shows you how you can start saving time, materials, and money on your production jobs quickly and inexpensively.