Kent, UK-based printer/plotter software developer Microspot Ltd. today released Microspot X-RIP Direct Connection 1.1, the latest version of their pro-level large format printer driver for Mac OS X.
X-RIP 1.1 is designed to provide output for large format printers for CAD, design and other purposes. The new version gains features including improved speed, thanks to a new multithreaded raster imaging processing (RIP) engine that’s optimized for dual processor Macs.
X-RIP 1.1 also introduces “Virtual Printer” support so you can set up any printer supported by the driver and have the output files saved to a folder. It now includes Print Sender and the AppleTalk Printer Tool, so you can print over a network. Support for legacy printers has been improved in Microspot X-RIP 1.1 with the addition of unidirectional USB support.
Microspot X-RIP Direct Connection 1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.1.5; 256MB RAM; G3 or better. Microspot noted that this new update is specific to Mac OS X 10.1.5, so they’ll be offering a free upgrade to the next version for Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar). X-RIP Direct Connection 1.1 costs US$449.