Navigator Harlequin RIP and Workflow

The path to Prepress Independence®

Navigator Harlequin RIP Overview

Xitron’s Navigator Harlequin RIP is a best-in-class implementation of Global Graphic’s Harlequin RIP technology. Providing prepress environments with fast, predictable, and reliable interpretation of PostScript, PDF, and EPS format files, Navigator is the most trusted name in RIP architecture with over 35,000 installations worldwide.

Building on this successful foundation, Navigator Workflow adds cross-platform functionality and user control from any Mac or PC workstation on the network. Protracted scalability enhances performance while maintaining the overall low cost of ownership. For a comprehensive comparison between RIP and Workflow features, click here.

Navigator Harlequin RIP Features

Low Cost of Ownership

Prolong the life of your expensive CtP systems by updating only the element that requires attention; the software! Productive RIP and workflow modules are the least expensive components to replace, keeping your system current with modern design and layout applications like CS Cloud.


One size does not fit all. Navigator allows you to build a prepress system suiting your needs, not the wishes of your plate or output device vendor. From in-RIP trapping to ink key presetting, pre-flighting to load-balancing, Navigator’s modular design ensures that you pay only for the features that make sense for you.

Output to Hundreds of Devices

Xitron built its reputation as an alternative to proprietary systems. If you want to keep your current output device while improving your prepress production, Xitron probably has the answer. Whether you are running offset, flexo, digital, commercial, packaging, labels, or dozens of other applications, most major markets and methods are covered.

Intelligent Job Tracking and Search

Navigator conforms to your environment. Whatever your naming convention; ticket number, customer, job, date, or combination of several key fields, Navigator’s intelligent search feature works across all workflows in real time. You won’t waste a moment locating jobs in the system.

A Preview That Doesn't Stop Production

View RIPed data from any workstation . . .without halting the RIP and stifling production. Choose from multiple magnifications, single plates or combos, spot colors, and traps down to the pixel level. Verify the data before it makes its way to the plate and costs you money.

Interpretive Accuracy

New PDF functionality can cause problems for older RIPs. Native PDF processing means features like transparency are handled cleanly and correctly, greatly reducing interpretation errors while saving you time and money.

PDF 2.0 Compatibility

One of the first RIPs to meet the new PDF 2.0 specification, Navigator ensures proper interpretation of PDF 2.0 job files. Take advantage of new feature support such as Page-Level Output Profiles, Black Point Compensation, and Spectrally Defined Spot Color values.


Network-Wide Access

Client/Server architecture allows your jobs to be accessed from anywhere, not just at the output device. Cross platform compatibility and administrative security give operators the precise job control they need, right from their own workstations.

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Xitron is the leading developer of the Harlequin RIP, Harlequin RIP based workflow, and TIFF Catcher software designed for computer-to-plate (CTP), digital output, high-speed inkjet, and direct-to-press systems. The Navigator RIP has long been recognized around the world as a best in class implementation of software RIP technology with over 35,000 installations worldwide in commercial offset, web offset, flexo, packaging, screen printing, and transactional data applications. Offering "prepress independence®," Xitron systems are compatible with virtually every output system available today. Solutions include Screen PTR RIP kits, Agfa RIP kits, Scitex RIP Kits, ECRM RIP Kits, Creo RIP Kits, QMDI RIPs and many others.

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