Lightning PDF is a high performance PDF output plugin for the Harlequin RIP that is designed to replace the standard PDF raster plugin. As well as providing a significant number of additional features, its main benefit is its lightning fast performance; users should see anything up to a 5x (or more) overall improvement in performance and throughput when it is used, depending on output mode, compression mode, resolution, screening, job content and platform.
The high performance that the Lightning PDF output plugin achieves is obtained through a unique method for implementing CCITT compression, along with a significant number of code optimisation techniques that have been applied to all the various compression modes. In addition, Hamillroad engineers have built in the use of advanced multi-threading software techniques, which when used with the latest multi-core CPUs, such as the Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7, provide a near linear additional increase in performance.
The results of this are the creation of PDF raster files at extremely high speed, allowing for both greatly increased throughput and faster last minute production of time critical plates.