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Screen Printing Software: FilmMaker RIP

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Screen Printing Software for Top Quality Separations

Still think you need an expensive image setter or awkward screen printing software to achieve high quality colour separations fast?

Inkjet printer + FilmMaker = Imagesetter Quality

FilmMaker screen printing software, formerly branded as FastRIP, can achieve near image setter quality at high speed when combining a compatible printer with variable dot technology with this unique and cost effective postscript interpreter.


What kind of screen printing software is a RIP?

FilmMaker is a postscript interpreter or raster image processor (RIP). Think of it as a whole new printer driver, designed especially for screen printers. Giving you control over the most crucial aspects of creating the very best quality film separations directly from an inkjet printer.

This type of screen printing software allows output direct from design applications such as Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and many more.

FilmMaker - A new Generation of RIP

While RIP technology is not uncommon screen printing software, the variable dot technology offered by FilmMaker is unique and patent pending. It is specifically aimed at screen printers and results in high quality prints, superior tonal transitions within images, faster print speeds and increased productivity.

A variable dot RIP is essential to this level of quality. Most RIPs cannot achieve this – they use the simple method of either printing the dot or not. Compare this to FilmMaker’s ability to interpret three levels of density per pixel and you have three times the scope to produce high quality halftone film positives.

How Does Variable Dot Technology Benefit Me?

Imagine a single halftone cell, made up of 25 pixels. The maximum number of shades in this cell would be 25. Remember, traditional RIPs will either print the dot or not, so each of the 25 pixels are either on or off. You could increase this number by increasing the DPI that you print at, which would increase the number of pixels per halftone cell. However, doing this would also increase the amount of time it would take to print each film positive.

Using the FilmMaker RIP, each of the pixels in a cell can achieve three dot sizes, so this enables us to increase the number of shades for each halftone cell from 25 to 75, all without influencing the print speed.

FilmMaker allows you to unleash the full potential of your variable dot halftone printer, allowing you to create superior halftone separations in less time guaranteed*.


FilmMaker works with the Epson P800 and T-3270 plus some other new models not yet shown in the list below. If you have a new printer that is not shown below, please contact us.

FilmMaker DTP Plus

Supports the following printers: Epson 1100, 1400, 1410, 1430, 1500, 1520, 1800, 1900, R2000, 2200, 2400, 2800, 2880, R3000, 3800, 3880, 4000, 4400, 4450, 4800, 4880, 4900, WF 70xx Series, WF 75xx Series, Canon LP17, 510, 610, 650, 655, IPF 650, IPF 655, Ricoh SG-3110, Ricoh GX-3300, Ricoh GX-7000, Ricoh GX-7700.

FilmMaker XL Plus

Supports the following printers: Epson 1100, 1400, 1410, 1430, 1500, 1520, 1800, 1900, R2000, 2200, 2400,2800, 2880, R3000, 3800, 3880, 4000, 4400, 4450 4800, 4880, 4900, WF 70xx Series, 7400, 7450, WF 75xx Series, 7600, 7700, 7800, 7880, 7890, 7900, 9400, 9450, 9700, 9800, 9880, 9890, 9900, 10000, 10600, 11880, T3000, T5000, T7000; Roland VP 540, RS 640; Canon LP17, 510, 610, 650, 655, 710, 750, 755, 810, 820, IPF 650, IPF 655, IPF 750, IPF 755, IPF 810; ECOJET, Ricoh SG-3110, Ricoh GX-3300, Ricoh GX-7000, Ricoh GX-7700.

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The easiest to use RIP for making film positives - < 4 min

Technical Support Options

New software comes with 180 days of free tech support and upgrades with 90 days of free support. If you need more help and support, there are two available options -

Option 1 - Pay per incident technical support - £50

Option 2 - Annual subscription - £200

An annual subscription provides unlimited technical support for all CADlink software* at one site. *Please note that SignLab / EngraveLab 7.1 and earlier is no longer supported.


The free support period starts from the purchase date, so do get your software up and running ASAP to be able to gain the maximum benefit.


Please note: The brochure is a 2.3MB file

Screen Printing Software: FilmMaker v 4 RIP - Brochure

Please note: The Quick Start Guide is a 2MB file

FilmMaker RIP v. 4 Quick Start Guide & Manual

Satisfaction Guaranteed

*Getting your artwork right is a crucial stage to getting a good quality print on the garment. Our Tip Top Artwork Guarantee ensures that you understand exactly how to use the power of the FilmMaker RIP, so for all new software we include 180 days of free access to CADlink’s Tech Assist program. If you are purchasing an upgrade from an older version, you are already an old hand, but just in case you have questions on your software we include 90 days of free access to CADlink’s Tech Assist program to make sure there are no hiccups along the way.


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