How to Installation of MainTop RIP?

Table Of Contents

1.1 Composition of MainTop RIP

MainTop RIP consists of two parts which are MainTop DTP and MainTop RIP Management System. DTP RIP is within MainTop DTP.

    MainTop  Desktop  Publishing  System

This manual is abbreviated as DTR RIP hereafter.MainTop DTP provides functions for editing, producing, and printing out various files. Files are prepared by using DTP and are directly printed out by its built-in RIP.

DTP RIP is used to print out picture files of JPG, TIF, and PCX formats with various functions, such as tiling printing, imposition printing, character overlapping, and vector picture drawing. Most printing operations can be carried out by DTP RIP.

RIP   Management   System

MainTop RIP Management System is a management program for controlling printing services without any support needed from Windows. This system provides overall management of printer and printing jobs which include distribution and manipulation of current running as well as current finished printing jobs. The system keeps a diary for monitoring the overall printing status.

The system can print out files in formats of JPG, TIFF, EPS, PS, and PDF. It also provides functions of plate makeup, screening, object rotation, color separating, and grayish adjusting. Providing that it has been converted into one of the above five formats, files produced by any software can be printed out by using this system.

   1.2  Requirement     of     MainTop      RIP     Installation

    RIP   Management   System

     Operation System: Windows 98/2000/XP

RAM:                         128MB   above

Hard  Disk  Space:500MB, but   1G  is suggested  (being used to print the temporal file of PS file).

The  free  space  of the C  disk  is  larger  than  500MB(being  used to print temporal   files)

Note   The above system requirements are required by the paper size of A0,600DPI, and for re-

solution of 300DPI, a space quarter of the 600DP is satisfactory.

DTP  RIP

Operation     System:    Windows98/2000/XP

RAM:                 32MB   above

Hard    Disk:      150MB(being  used  to   install  the   system   and  Fonts), the  free  space  of

C  disk is larger than  500MB(being used to process temporal files).

Note 2 The above system requirements are required by the paper size of A0,600DPI, and in the practical installation, it is required by the seller’s suggestion according to the printer’s type or ask our company.

1.3    Installation of MainTop RIP

Note    For convenient explanation, an assumption that MainTop RIP has already been installed into the

directory of C: Imaintop is made here。

    Installation of GuardDog

Installation  of  Parallel  GuardDog

Before installing the  System, insert the  GuardDog into the parallel port of the printer according to the illustration below.

1. Pull out the printer connector from the parallel port of the computer.

2. Insert the  MainTop   GuardDog into the parallel port of the computer.

3. Connect the printer connector with the   GuardDog.

Note       Both the host computer and printer must be perfectly grounded, otherwise the normal operation

of the printer would be interfered with. The two pieces of equipment should use separate power- sockets.

Hint          Parallel dog must not be inserted or pulled out with electricity, otherwise, it is damaged easily.

□ Installation of USB GuardDog

Before installing the USB GuardDog, confirm that the USB interface supporting function inside BIOS is turned on and the USB device driving program is installed into the system correctly. All Windows 98/Me/NT4.0/2000 can support USB equipment perfectly.

1. Install MainTop Before Connecting the GuardDog.

2. Insert the USB GuardDog into one free USB socket. Windows will install the related

driver automatically

Note   For  the  operation  systems  its  version  lower  than  Windows  2000, the  computer  needs  to  be

restarted after finishing the above operations in order to operate the USB correctly.

Note    If  USB   GuardDog   is   successfully  installed, the   following   information   will  be  displayed  on

screen after entering    MainTop    System:(Pro     Version)or    (Standard    Version), otherwise (Trail  Version)will be displayed on the system title column.

Hint      The compatibility of USB  GuardDog is better than the parallel GaurdDog since it does not occupy a printer port and has the features of high speed and free connecting and disconnection under operating conditions. So the  USB  GuardDog is prompted. If because of some software or hardware reasons the  USB  GuardDog can not be used, please contact us and a parallel GuardDog can be exchanged. If  GuardDog is inserted before the installation of  MainTop, a message requiring to installation of the dog driver will be prompted on the screen.

Install  System

Under Windows 98/2000/XP, after inserting the MainTop disk, the following picture ap-

pears.

Install DTP RIP and MainTop RIP Management System

Select “MainTop DTP V5.2”, the following picture appears. Input the installing directory, then  click  OK

If the disk is in a disk driver, you can install DTP by hand according to the following steps.

1. Click the Start button on the left bottom of the screen.

2. Click the Run command.

3. Keyin<E:\SETUP>, click the Open button, and then the main installation dialogue box will

appear on the screen.

Hint     Double-click after installing, The MainTop RIP Management System will be displayed in

the tile bar. If the MainTop Printing Management System appears, it has no function of RIR, and it is only used as a printing management system.

口  Installation  of  Printer

※ Install MainTop Printer

You can use a Windows printer, and can also use a MainTop printer. In DTP RIP, the method of installing the MainTop printer is as follows:

1. Enter     MainTop, and select      Printer Setup from File.

2. Select Install and the following dialogue box appears

3.  Select the printer which will be installed.

Hint     Printers with mark #are MainTop printers, and those without #are Windows printers.

Hint         If select  Set As Default Printer,  it will set MainTop printer as the default printer and will auto-use

it to print out.

4.  Select  Close and back to the Printer Setup dialogue box.

5.  Select   Setting and set parameters such as paper, port, etc, then click   OK.

Hint     In order to increase printing speed, LPT1 should be set at ECP mode if the printer supports it, or

close ECP if the printer does not support it.ECP mode can be selected in the BIOS of the computer. IfLPTI has been set at ECR it is better to select the Main Top printing port (printing ports without “Queue.…” indication are all MainTop printing port)when setting the printing port at MainTop. Because the MainTop Printing Management System will be used more effectively if it is used in this way

※ Installation   of   USB   Interface   Printer

Install the   USB    driver in the directory of   USB98   of   MainTop    Color   Electric    Publishing System before installing the printer driver, when the USB   printer is to be installed under Win98    or    Me.operation    system.

Note   1. Before installing this driver, the printer’s USB driver must be removed first. Taking USB

HP DeskJet as an example, the installed software of Desk Jet series should be deleted first.

Note        2. The installation of a USB  driver is needed only under the Win98  operation system. While

Win2000 is used, the USB driver will be installed automatically and the printer driver can be installed directly.

※ Installation   of   1394   Interface   Printer

At present, the MainTop Printing Management System can only support Epson and Minaki printers under the Win2000 operation system.

1.Epson1394 Interface Printer:

Please install the 1394 driver and printer driver according to the printer manual. If the installation is successful, ports of EP1394_001, EP1394_002…will be created and their names will be displayed in the RIP management system. Then it can be used at any time.   2. Mimaki     1394     Interface    Printer:

When the 1394 interface printer of Minaki is connected to the computer, the system will give out prompting to add new hardware. Please install the printer’s own Minaki 1394 driver (or Minaki 1394 driver in the directory of M1394 of Printing Management System), before installing the printer driver.

When Minaki 1394 is successfully installed, open MainTop RIP Management System and an indication of finding the Minaki 1394 port will appear. After entering of the self-defined port name, the printer is ready for use. Minaki 1394 port can be configured by setting parameters at   ManagelSet   Port in the MainTop   RIP    Management   System menu.

1.4      Installation    and    Arrangement    of    Network    Printer

The data procession method adopted by MainTop is the type of sectional calculation scheme that can provide a very high transmission rate. So it is impossible to implement the high-speed printing, which can be provided by MainTop, through the parallel printer port of the computer, especially for the broad-width jet plotter. Therefore, in order to implement high-speed printing, the high-rate transmission ability of the network must be used.

Hint      Currently, printers of HP DesignJet 5000, HP DesignJet3500CP, and HP DesignJet2500CP are

the network printers having internal network cards. The high-speed printing operation can be implemented by the high-rate transmission performance of the network. Printers of HP DesignJet 3000CP, HP DesignJet 2000CP, etc have no internal network card but they also can be used

as network printers by adding an external network card. For those who neither have an internal network card nor an external network card that can be added, an external printing server can be connected with its pallet port to implement the network printing.

System   Requirement   of   Large   Format   Network   Printer

Normally, all network large format printers are multi-color printers, so the output data produced by the software are in great quantity. In addition to the  100BASE-T network environment, the heavy loading of printing will also require the integrated high performances and high calculation speed of the computer. Here a computer configuration of medium level is suggested.

HP Design Jet 5000

CPU: P4,1.4G  HZ  or  higher

RAM: DDR 256M or larger

Main Board: P4 specialized

Hard Disk:     above     20G,7200T/S

Video Card: Stable performance and perfect color recovery ability.

◇  Monitor:          Perfect color recovery ability.

Other:Others: Method  1:HUB  of 100 Base-T(SITHC is better)and two high-quality net- work cables of 100M super Cat 5 are used; Method 2:Parallel port transmission cable of standard IEEE 1284 is used(Method 1 is recommended).

Operation    System: WINDOWS    98/2000,    WINDOWS  2000  is recommended.

ENCAD 850/880 or KODAK 4860

CPU:  P41.4GHZ   Minimum

HD:    7200 T/S high-speed hard disc driver

RAM:DDR  256M  minimum(INTEL  P4  specific  RAM  is  recommended)

Main Board: Support high-performance P4-specific motherboard with ECP mode (INTEL product is recommended)

Monitor: Perfect  color  reproducing  ability

Video Card:   Stable performance, perfect color reproducing ability

Others: Method 1:HUB of 100 Base-T(SITHC is better)and two high-quality network cables of 100M super Cat 5 are used; Method 2:Parallel port transmission cable of standard  IEEE 1284 is used(Method 1 is recommended).

Operation   System:WIN98/2000(WIN98   is    recommended.)

MIMAKI JV4

Hardware Configuration for MIMAKI JV4:

CPU: P41.4GHZ    Minimum

RAM:DDR 256M Minimum(INTEL P4 specific RAM is recommended)

Main Board: Support high performance P4 specific motherboard with ECP mode (INTEL product is recommended)

HD:7200 T/S high-speed hard disk driver minimum

Video Card:   Stable Performance, perfect color reproducing ability

Monitor: Perfect  color  reproducing  ability

Others: Method 1:One high quantity live wire of standard IEEE 1394 and one high-quality computer live wire card are used; Method 2:Parallel port transmission cable of standard IEEE 1284 is used(Method 1 is recommended)

Operation  System:   WINDOWS   2000

MUTOH  RJ8000

CPU:   P41.8GHZ  Minimum

HD:    7200 T/S high-speed hard disk driver minimum

RAM:DDR 512M minimum(INTEL P4 specific RAM is recommended)

Main Board: Support high-performance P4-specific motherboard  with  ECP mode(IN- TEL product is recommended)

Monitor:    Perfect color reproducing ability

Video  Card: Stable  performance, perfect  color  reproducing  ability

Others: Method 1:One HUB of 100 Base-T(SITHC is better)and two high-quality network cables of 100M super Cat 5 are used; Method 2:Parallel port transmission cable of standard IEEE 1284 is used(Method 1 is recommended).

Operation    System:WIN98/2000(WIN98    is    recommended)

ROLAND    FJ-600/500/400

CPU:   P41.4GHZ  Minimum

HD:    7200 T/S high speed hard disc driver minimum

RAM:DDR 256M minimum(INTEL P4 specific RAM is recommended

Main Board: Support high-performance P4-specific motherboard with ECP mode(INTEL product is recommended)

Monitor: Perfect  color  reproducing  ability

Video Card: Stable performance, perfect color reproducing ability

Others: Method 1:One HUB of 100 Base-T (SITHC is better)and two high-quality network cables of 100M super Cat 5 are recommended; Method 2:Parallel port transmission cable of standard IEEE 1284 is used(Method 1 is recommended).

Operation    System:WIN98/2000(WIN98   is   recommended)

An lllustration of Connecting MainTop and Network Printer

Configuration   Procedure    of   MainTop    RIP   Network    Environment

   Add TCP/IP protocol into Windows

1. First define the required IP address and mask code of the network. For example, the IP  addresses are from  “192.0.0.1  tol92.0.0.10 ”and the sub-network mask code is “255.255.255.0”, which means that inside the sub-network with the mask code of “255.255.255.0 ”, there are  10  sets of network equipment with addresses from “192.0.0.1 ”to”192.0.0.10 ”respectively.

2. Place the cursor on the Network Neighbours button, and click the right button on  Mouse. Select Configuration from Network, select Add.…from the display, then Protocol  Click Add., then select Microsoft and then  TCP/IP, at last, click the OK button.

3.  When the last step is finished, a TCP/IP protocol will be added into the system automatically by computer. One of them is the network card protocol. Select this protoco,

then click Attribute,  then select IP address column from the displayed dialogue box

and key in the data described on step I. At last click OK,  a restart requirement will be prompted on screen.

Add TCP/IP Port into MainTop RIP Management System

1.    First, selectConfig Port command from the Manage menu of MainTop RIP Management System.

2. Select Config TCP/IP port from Config Port.

3.  Input the IP Address, Port Name, and Port&Printer  Type in the following dialogue box.

IP Address …One network printer relates to one unique IP address. IP address can be found from test page and can be set at printer panel. For detailed explanation please read the relevant document of the printer.

Port Name ….No special requirement for port name.

Port&Printer Type … The Difference between the RAW port and the LPR port is in their protocols. The RAW port is the primary port. For the server of printing which needs to communicate with the host computer(for example  UNIX  or  VAX  computer), it

is better to select the LPR port.

RAW Port Number .… The default port number of TCP/IP is 9100. Check …Check Equipment.

         Select  Printer  Port

1. After entering MainTop, select    Printer Setup from File, then select  Install  MainTop Printer. Select the installation of the network printer and Set it as a Default Printer.

2. Select Close, then set Printing Port as TCP/IP port  name given in MainTop  RIP Management  System

How to Print Multiple Jobs

The printer can start operation when all parameters for the computer and printer are entered. However, MainTop can support printers to carry out one or more printing jobs. After one file is finished, the second, third, and more files can be edited and printed.

How to View  Printing  Queue

When the MainTop port is printing a file, a printer icon appears on the right-bottom corner of the screen. Double-click it, “MainTop RIP Management System” window will be displayed on the screen. The operation status of all printing jobs can be monitored and managed through this window.

How  to  Support   HP5000, ENCAD   NovaJet   850, and MIMAKI   by   Multiple-

MainTop  Systems

If the capability of one printer supported by one computer can not be fully used, two or more computers can be connected with this printer under the support of MainTop systems. However, the MainTop system should be installed into all computers first, and select the same TCP/IP port at the “MainTop RIP Management System” in each computer. When all these have been done, multiple printing jobs can be carried out simultaneously.

1.2

Composition of MainTop RIP

MainTop RIP consists of two parts which are MainTop DTP and MainTop RIP Man- agement System. DTP RIP is within MainTop DTP.

    MainTop  Desktop  Publishing  System

This manual is abbreviated as DTR RIP hereafter.MainTop DTP provides functions of editing, producing, and printing out various files. Files are prepared by using DTP and are directly printed out by its built-in RIP.

DTP RIP is used to print out picture files of JPG, TIF, and PCX formats with various functions, such as tiling printing, imposition printing, character overlapping, and vector picture drawing. Most printing operations can be carried out by DTP RIP.

RIP   Management   System

MainTop RIP Management System is a management program for controlling printing services without any support needed from Windows. This system provides overall management of printer and printing jobs which include distribution and manipulation of current running as well as current finished printing jobs. The system keeps a diary for monitoring the overall printing status.

The system can print out files in formats of JPG, TIFF, EPS, PS, and PDF. It also provides functions of plate makeup, screening, object rotation, color separating, and grayish adjusting. Providing that it has been converted into one of the above five formats, files produced by any software can be printed out by using this system.

Requirement     of     MainTop      RIP     Installation

RIP   Management   System

Operation System: Windows 98/2000/XP

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