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Liberator XE

Chemistry-Free Thermal Imagesetters and Film

The chemistry-free imagesetter – no darkroom, processing equipment, inks, or toners required!

Liberator imagesetters eliminate the need for hazardous developing and fixing chemicals used in traditional film systems. Save valuable shop space and cut down on energy costs by eliminating the need for a darkroom or processor.

The high-performance 1200 dpi Liberator XE Wide-Format Thermal Imagesetter enables you to produce superb quality film separations right in your own shop. The unique, chemistry-free, dry-imaging ThermoImpression® film requires no fixers, developers, inks, or toners —  while providing UV densities that exceed industry standards. Create exceptional film positives or film negatives using one machine. This truly is the ultimate film solution for the screen, gravure (engraving), flexo (flexography), textile, POP, sign, banner, corrugated, and offset printing markets. Deliver more demanding jobs by producing full-size film up to 54 inches wide — roughly 4 times larger than other conventional products on the market.

The Liberator XE Series is built using the latest innovations, including:

  • Closed Loop Registration (CLR) control for accurate registration overlay

  • Multi-Level Pulsing (MLP) for superior dot quality

  • Enhanced Nib Management (ENM) to provide smooth, high-quality images every time


Liberator XE ThermoImpression Systems include a fully-featured Harlequin RIP-Kit™. This trouble-free PostScript-compatible RIP is fully compliant with PS Level 3 specs. Each system includes media-saving functions and can be customized with trapping, proofing, and specialized screening to fit your requirements. The bottom line: accurate registration, high performance, versatility, and flexibility.


  • Chemistry-free thermal film

  • 600 or 1200 dpi resolution

  • Up to 120 lpi (line screen)

  • Produce dark films with density between 4.0 and 5.0 using SPx or XP film

  • Outputs film positives and negatives

  • Great for flexo, offset, and screen printers

  • Imaging speeds up to 6 inches per minute

  • Latest Harlequin RIP™ with media saving

  • Chemistry, darkroom, and processor-free

  • NO inks, toners, cameras, or disposal costs

  • Automatic media cutter

  • Low maintenance

  • Accurate registration and repeatability (plus or minus 0.01% measured at a length of 60 inches)

  • 1 Year Full Parts Coverage with Extended Warranties available

18” to 54” Wide Film Imagesetter Systems

All Liberator XE Thermal Imagesetter purchases include the following: Liberator Thermal Imagesetter, Xitron Harlequin RIP-Kit™, License/Product Key, Install DVD, and Installation Instructions. Film and computer sold separately.

Liberator XE 1812 Thermal Imagesetter for 18.25" wide film with Harlequin RIP-Kit™ ($27,000)

Liberator XE 2812 Thermal Imagesetter for 28.5" wide film with Harlequin RIP-Kit™ ($30,000)

Liberator XE 3612 Thermal Imagesetter for 36" wide film with Harlequin RIP-Kit™ ($42,000)

Liberator XE 4212 Thermal Imagesetter for 42" wide film with Harlequin RIP-Kit™ ($45,000)

Liberator XE 5412 Thermal Imagesetter for 54" wide film with Harlequin RIP-Kit™ ($54,000)

Purchase ThermoImpression™ Film

Buy Film

ThermoImpression™ Film is a specially coated polyester which, instead of being light sensitive like other graphic art films, is heat sensitive. When the imagesetter applies heat to the film, the reactive layer turns black and creates the image. Our thermal film doesn't require messy toners, dyes, inks or transfers. This is the only consumable needed for the Liberator, TechStyler, TechSetter, and EcoPRO product lines.

Thermal Film Features:
• .005” thickness for better handleability
• Lays flat before and after exposure
• Dimensionally stable for accurate registration
• Light safe
• Produce dark films with density between 4.0 and 5.0 using SPx or XP film


Thermal Film SPx – 18.25 inch x 200 feet – $689

Thermal Film SPx – 28.5 inch x 200 feet  $1,077

Thermal Film XP – 36 inch x 200 feet – $1,360

Thermal Film XP – 42 inch x 200 feet  $1,587

Thermal Film XP – 54 inch x 200 feet  $2,040

Buy an imagesetter and get a new Harlequin RIP

Every thermal imagesetter purchase includes the latest Harlequin RIP software, with more than 30 different dot shapes and Stochastic (FM) Screening. Sending jobs to the RIP and output is easy – simply use a shared printer, or drag-and-drop PDF files into shared spool folders for processing. The easy-to-use interface and preview help you produce great-looking films, and the RIP's built-in positioning and ganging/nesting features optimizes film usage.

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Over 30 Dot Shapes
Precision Screening

Exceptional Halftone Screening
Every Harlequin RIP-Kit includes Harlequin Precision Screening (HPS). When placing color separations on top of one another the RIP precisely calculates screen angles and frequencies to avoid moiré patterns. HPS also uses an adaptive screening technique that adjusts each halftone dot so that it is placed within one half pixel of its ideal location. The RIP allows users to control and manage resolutions (dots per inch or dpi), line screens/frequency (lines per inch or lpi), screen angles, dot shapes, scaling, crop marks, mirror image, negative/positive, rotation, and much more. Our screening technology is also designed to work with a wide range of printing processes including Flexography, Offset Lithography, Screen Printing, Gravure, Engraving, and Digital Printing.


Network Accessible Shared Spoolfolders

Drag and Drop files into Spoolfolders
Do you have PDF, PS, EPS, XPS, or TIFF files that are ready for processing? The Harlequin RIP allows users to drag and drop supported file formats directly into a shared spoolfolder for processing.


Automated Ganging | Nesting

Save Media and Ink 

This feature can be used to automatically gang or nest smaller jobs together saving you money on consumables.


Minimum Dot Control

Highlight Areas Done Right
Users now have the ability to specify a minimum dot which eliminates the harsh edges often seen in highlight areas. This feature will give you great looking highlight areas and allow you to print highlights and perfectly smooth vignettes from 0 through 100%.


Direct File Processing

Supports Multiple File Formats
Process a variety of file formats directly including PDF, PS, EPS, XPS, TIFF and more. Natively process the latest PDF and PostScript® Level 3 data with full compatibility from the latest design and printing applications.


Control Strip PDF Verification

Certified PDF Processing
When enabled the control strip feature will verify that proofs and prints made from files transmitted as PDF/X have rendered correctly.


PDF Based Preflighting

Preflight Files Quickly and Efficiently
The Harlequin RIP includes built-in preflight profiles based on the Enfocus PitStop library. This feature helps ensure the quality and consistency of the final product by streamlining operations and certifying PDF files before they are output.


Stochastic Screening

Stochastic Screening
The RIP included with the thermal imagesetters includes Stochastic Screening. With this option users can output using our FM/Stochastic screen sets, and now you can also output using a newly developed Stochastic Yellow feature. This feature allows users to output Cyan, Magenta, and Black along with any spot colors using Harlequin's conventional AM screen sets while applying a stochastic screen to the Yellow.


Simple User Interface

Over 30 Dot Shapes
Precision Screening


Simple Page Positioning

Position and Placement Tools

Provides an easy method to position jobs on almost any output device.


Accurate Color

Pantone Plus Support for Extremely Accurate Color
The Harlequin RIP will ensure optimum use of the output device's color gamut. Pantone Plus support also ensures that emulation of Pantone colors printed using other inks (e.g. CMYK) are as accurate as possible. It is now even easier to achieve consistent, predictable and repeatable color reproduction across any number of devices through tight integration of the RIP with third party closed loop color controls.


Variable Data Processing

Variable Data
Need the fastest performance possible for your variable data print jobs? Harlequin VariData™ greatly accelerates the printing of variable data jobs that were saved either as PDF/VT or as regular PDF. It is one of the unique features of the Harlequin print engine that gives it amazing power and productivity.


Extended Font Support

Font Manager with Font Emulation
Extended font support includes PostScript Type 0 (composite), Type 1, Type 3,Type 4 and fonts, as well as native processing of Type 32 and Type 42 True Type fonts. Ever had a rush job that was missing fonts? The RIP also includes a feature that when enabled will make a typographically acceptable match to missing fonts with no text overflow.


Network Accessible Shared Printers

Print Directly to the RIP
Users can quickly create shared printers at the RIP which can then be accessed from other Windows or Macintosh systems on the network. The RIP software also includes the latest Postscript Printer Description (PPD) for loading on to design stations or the RIP. This universal printer description is designed to work with all of our supported output devices.


Enhanced Preview Tools

Preview Before Outputting

Save time, material and consumables with our built-in preview feature. Users have the ability to preview individual separations or preview in full composite color before releasing jobs to their output devices.


Calibration Manager 

Precisely Calibrate Your Output
With the Harlequin RIP-Kit you can calibrate your output devices using the built-in calibration manager. The RIP also includes color and monochrome calibration targets to help you perfectly linearize your output devices.


Color Management

Advanced Color Management
ColorPro™ provides excellent color process control, giving accurate, consistent and predictable color reproduction for a wide range of workflows. ColorPro™ provides full support for industry standard ICC profiles (including device link profiles) avoiding dependence on the generic, system level color management of the computer’s operating system.


Hyperthreading 64-BIT Processing

The Fastest RIP Just Got Even Faster
The Harlequin RIP-Kit takes advantage of hyperthreading, multi-core and multiple CPU architectures for faster processing. The 64-bit architecture increases performance by allowing access to more RAM so that even the most complex jobs, rendered at the highest resolutions, can run at full speed.


Create PDF Proofs

Built-in Proofing Capability
Output electronic proofs that accurately represent the final print. The PDF Raster Output feature can be configured to output composite halftone, composite contone or separations.

The best support in the industry

One-on-One Training
Xitron is here to help, and we want to make sure your new equipment purchase and setup go smoothly. We take time to go through a one-on-one training session to ensure you know your new equipment and how to operate and maintain it. We will also login to the RIP computer as well as the design computers to go through the software configuration with you.

Free Technical Support Included
All film purchases include free technical support via TeamViewer Remote Support, Phone, Chat, or Email. TeamViewer allows Xitron to assist you using a high-speed internet connection.

Free Calibration Services
Xitron includes calibration with every film purchase. If you don't have a densitometer and would like us to calibrate your film, just mail the film to us and we can read the targets and enter the values back into your RIP.

Available options and plugins


TRAPPRO in-RIP Trapping

Automated Trapping Option
TrapPro™ is an automatic, object-based in-RIP trapping solution available as an option for the Harlequin RIP-Kit TrapPro is integrated into the RIP for enhanced workflow efficiency and maximum job throughput.


Die Line Contour Processor

Easily Remove Die Lines
Many packaging and label jobs include die lines and other technical separations which often need to be printed for proofing, or for aligning prints and pre-cut media or post-print die cutting. Those separations need to be removed from the raster data for production printing. Harlequin Contour Processor™ intercepts specified spot separations.

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