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Press Releases

2024

Xitron Energizes Drupa Lineup with Introduction of New Offset Prepress Workflow 

K2 will be first new commercial offset workflow in nearly two decades  

Ann Arbor, MI – May 22, 2024 – Xitron, a subsidiary of Hybrid Software Group and the developer of Harlequin-based Navigator RIP and workflow products for commercial, flexo, screen, digital, and high-speed inkjet printing has released their product demonstration line-up for the upcoming Drupa trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany May 28 - June 7th, 2024. 

 

Of special note is the introduction of a new offset workflow designed to replace many of the aging systems installed by Kodak, Fujifilm, Agfa (Eco3) and Heidelberg over the past several years. Without compromising functionality, speed or performance, its price point is expected to be well below competing packages, making it an attractive alternative to high-priced upgrades and costly subscription models. Dubbed K2, the workflow will have only one or two optional modules, as it is intended for sale as a full-featured package designed to drive virtually any new or existing CTP engine.

 

“We’ve included everything,” says Paul Napolitano, Xitron product manager. “Everything you’d expect in terms of offset workflow features is already there, including an incredibly dynamic imposition engine that puts functionality onto each operator’s desktop.” Harvesting technology from sister companies Color Logic, Global Graphics, and Hybrid Software, K2 delivers streamlined efficiency for commercial offset prepress production unlike any system previously developed.

 

“The workflow is fast and powerful, and the interface is clean and easy to use, which makes the learning curve extremely short,” Napolitano continued. “With new technology constantly being introduced for other industry segments, we saw offset as being somewhat neglected when it comes to workflow innovation,” he added. “By developing new tools for the offset sector, we feel we’re paying attention to users who have been feeling that neglect. 

 

Along with K2, Xitron will be demonstrating their full slate of products in hall 7A, stand D03. Included will be Navigator Flexo Suite with its remarkable SmartFlexo screening, Navigator SP workflow for screen printers, and the award-winning Navigator DFE for digital print production. K2 and Navigator Flexo Suite will both feature prominently in the Hybrid Software theater with special presentations each day of the show.

Xitron Announces Navigator RIP Version 14 Release;
Prepares for Drupa Demonstration Schedule 

RIP Based on Global Graphics’ Ultra-Performant Harlequin® Core is Fastest Yet  

Ann Arbor, MI – April 22, 2024 – Xitron, a subsidiary of Hybrid Software Group and the developer of Harlequin-based Navigator RIP and workflow products for commercial, flexo, screen, digital, and high-speed inkjet printing, is announcing the version 14 release of their Navigator RIP. Nearing almost 50,000 installations worldwide, Navigator is one of the most popular RIPs in service today and is the foundation for Xitron’s full slate of prepress workflow products. 

 

Under development for more than three years, Navigator version 14 introduces support for PDF/X-6, PDF/X-VT3, and Color Exchange Format (CxF), as well as interpretive speed improvements. It is also the core technology for every product Xitron will demonstrate at the upcoming Drupa trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany from May 28th through June 7th

 

“The Navigator name is recognized by printers around the world as an extremely stable, economical, and performance-oriented RIP platform,” said Eric Nelsen, VP of Product Development at Xitron. “For those and many other reasons, you’ll find it operating in every printing environment from mom & pop screen printers to mega-printing companies with names everyone recognizes. The improvements in this latest iteration simply cement its legacy.” 

 

“Having version 14 completed will be pivotal for our introduction of a new product at Drupa,” said Karen Crews, President of Xitron. “While I cannot comment on specifics before the official launch, I can say that Navigator will be taking a great leap forward in the commercial prepress market with this release.” 

 

From April 1st forward, all Navigator RIPs sold around the world are automatically licensed for version 14. Customers will be able to download the installer from a link on www.xitron.com. For customers with older versions of Navigator, upgrade specials will be announced, including incentives to pair the upgrade with Xitron’s recently announced IntelliTrap workflow module. Released in March, IntelliTrap moves trapping out of the RIP and into PDF files as they enter the workflow, tremendously speeding up the process and providing interaction opportunities for operators. 

 

Navigator 14 will begin shipping April 30th. For more information, please contact your Xitron dealer, or write to sales@xitron.com

Xitron Releases IntelliTrap to Offset Print Customers

PDF-Based Trapping Module Now Part of Navigator Workflow 

Ann Arbor, MI – March 7, 2024 – Xitron, a subsidiary of Hybrid Software and the developer of Harlequin-based Navigator RIP and workflow products for commercial, flexo, screen, digital, and high-speed inkjet printing, has released its next generation trapping solution – IntelliTrap – for their expansive base of offset printing customers. In prepress, trapping compensates for misregistration on press by creating overlaps of ink where different colors touch in printed designs.

Prepress operators typically rely on in-RIP trapping solutions that provide insufficient control (especially with print jobs containing transparent layers) or manipulate the artwork manually in applications like Adobe Illustrator. Neither process is efficient, especially when dealing with large or multipage projects.

 

According to Xitron Product Manager, Paul Napolitano, IntelliTrap is the perfect platform for effectively applying trap settings in prepress. “IntelliTrap is fully configurable for all offset printing conditions. Trapping is applied to the incoming PDF within the Navigator Workflow, which is much faster than trapping in the RIP.” Napolitano reports seeing job throughput increase by as much as 70%, especially with complex artwork.

 

Moving from in-RIP trapping to PDF-based interactive trapping, Xitron engineers leveraged expertise from sister company Hybrid Software. “By integrating Hybrid’s proven PDF trapping technology, we were able to go from functional specification to shippable product in record time,” Napolitano continued. “The end result is a fast, easy-to-use trapping module that gives our customers a practical, productive solution to a complicated problem.”

 

The IntelliTrap workflow module can be used in a fully automated mode or set to allow operators to inspect traps and apply changes on the fly, before committing the job to RIP and plate. Users can even enter misregistration values in the viewer to be sure the trap settings properly compensate for press issues.

 

Navigator RIP and workflow customers currently using in-RIP trapping will have an opportunity to upgrade to IntelliTrap at a special price. For new customers, IntelliTrap is available as an option to the Navigator Workflow. For more information, customers can contact their Xitron dealer, or directly at sales@xitron.com.

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