Global Graphics Software extends strategic business partnership with Japanese manufacturer of digital inkjet printers for five years; company integrated Global Graphics' Harlequin Core SDK into its RIP software and they have jointly created a PDF Editor

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January 30, 2024 (press release) –

Global Graphics Software, a Hybrid Software Group company and developer of smart software components for print OEMs and independent service vendors, has extended its strategic business partnership with a leading Japanese manufacturer of digital inkjet printers for a further five years.

The partnership was initially forged in 2016 when the company integrated Global Graphics Software’s Harlequin Core™ SDK into its RIP software that drives its printers. Since then, the companies have collaborated to create a PDF Editor designed for rapid handling of complex PDF files. Harlequin Core has also evolved significantly, with enhancements including award-winning color management software from Global Graphics’ sister company ColorLogic GmbH, offering the highest color quality on the market, as well as support for PDF 2.0 and CxF/X-4 (Color Exchange Format).

Justin Bailey, managing director at Global Graphics Software, said: “The extension of this partnership demonstrates the success we have achieved, and the confidence and commitment the company has placed in our engineers and in Harlequin Core. We’re excited to continue this partnership and look forward to further collaboration in the future.”

Harlequin Core is widely acknowledged as the fastest RIP engine available on the market and is the technology of choice for many digital press solutions due to its ability to deliver fast and accurate pages, with output times far in excess of the rated speed of the industry’s leading print devices. Other features include support for the latest platforms, design content and extended gamut colors.

Global Graphics will be exhibiting at the forthcoming page2024 exhibition in Tokyo, 14th – 16th February 2024. The company will demonstrate its SmartDFE™, the only AI-accelerated Digital Front End for high-speed, single-pass inkjet presses, which is also powered by Harlequin Core. Also on show will be the latest technologies from Hybrid Software Group, with solutions from pre-press through to final printing.


About Global Graphics Software

Global Graphics Software ( is a leading developer of smart software components for print OEMs and independent service vendors, including SmartDFE™, Harlequin Core™, ScreenPro™, PrintFlat™ and Mako™. Customers include HP, Canon, Durst, Roland, Kodak and AgfaThe roots of the company go back to 1986 and to the iconic university town of Cambridge, and today the majority of the R&D team is still based near here. Global Graphics Software is a subsidiary of Hybrid Software Group PLC (Euronext: HYSG).

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