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ImageNest Version 1.1 Saves Paper

July 1st, 2008

I did a “head to head” nesting shootout using ImagePrint’s popular RIP against the new Version 1.1 of ImageNest from BlueCubit. See Previous Post

In this 24” wide example; ImageNest used only 30 inches of paper as compared to the ImagePrint Rip’s 35 Inches; saving a 5” x 24” piece of paper. I think that’s a pretty substantial difference. I also noticed that the images line up much better for cutting.

ImageNest has added features that Version 1 users requested:
>EPS, PDF, and PostScript support make this a ImageNest V1.1 a useful tool in the design world. I’m hoping the next version will have support for DNG files. DNG files contain RAW file information, XMP adjustment data, and a “corrected” Jpeg. It will really be fantastic, if ImageNest can use that corrected Jpeg to print contact sheets, proofs, etc.
>The duplicate feature allows you to make as many copies of an image as you want, then you can scale them as needed. This was possible in version one, but it wasn’t intuitive.
>There’s been a lot of under the hood work, including new algorithms that nest images more efficiently.
>Roll paper users are really going to save a lot of paper by using ImageNest. I did a series of head to head nesting test using the ImagePrint RIP and ImageNest. ImageNest consistently arranged the images in a more efficient layout. There is also a Roll Length optimizer that saves even more paper.
I’ve really enjoyed playing with ImageNest; it’s fun to print when you can do all the layout on the fly in a simple intuative interface. I’m really looking forward to the DNG support they are working on. They have a free trial at BlueCubit.com

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  1. michaelvoigt@mac.com
    July 1st, 2008 at 04:40 | #1

    Super cool, I’m excited about this new system.

  2. Anonymous
    July 9th, 2008 at 11:55 | #2

    Way to go my brother! Keep it up. Congrats beyond, The Fly-Man.

  3. Greg
    November 18th, 2008 at 16:08 | #3

    Very nice RIP, I got sick and tired of paying colorbyte for upgrades every 6 months. I was able to switch my workflow to ImageNest and could not be happier. By far the best software RIP for the money.

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