Xitron (Ann Arbor, Michigan) a subsidiary of the Hybrid Software Group and developer of the Harlequin-based Navigator RIP and workflow products for commercial, flexographic, screen, digital, and high-speed inkjet printing, is celebrating its 45th year of supplying innovative tools to the printing industry worldwide. The company started in 1977 with the invention of an interface that tied newspaper editorial systems to high-speed typesetters. Since then, it has evolved into a team of specialists developing software solutions for almost all printing markets – including RIPs, workflows, computer-to-plate interfaces, DFEs (Digital Front Ends), and machine controls for high-speed inkjet presses.
“When I consider the body of work and technological advancements we’ve deployed, I can’t help but be impressed with this team,” said Xitron President Karen Crews, who’s been with the company in various roles for over 35 years. With a growing base of more than 40,000 customers worldwide, Xitron products are responsible for reliable print production in facilities that represent virtually every demographic and market segment in the printing industry, the company said. Its Navigator RIP is regarded as the pre-eminent Harlequin RIP for traditional CTP and is now the official upgrade version for existing Screen, ECRM, RTI, Presstek/Mark Andy, and Compose RIPs still in use. It’s also the chosen platform for several suppliers of direct-to-screen systems around the world, as well as being the core DFE delivered by the top high-speed inkjet press OEMs.
Xitron’s newest product – Navigator Flexo Suite: Label – is a collection of integrated RIP and workflow tools designed specifically for the narrow-web label market. Combining the user-friendly Navigator Workflow interface with vector-based trapping and tabular step-and-repeat functionality, it was developed in collaboration with Hybrid Software, who are recognized experts in label and package printing. To commemorate the company’s anniversary, Xitron will be offering free software upgrades to customers who purchase any Version 13 Navigator TIFF RIP, workflow, and support agreement bundle between now and October 1, 2023. “This represents a value of almost $1,500 to end users,” said Crews. “It’s our way of showing our appreciation to customers who continue to show confidence and loyalty in Xitron products.”