RIP and Workflow for desktop inkjet and toner printers

Navigator Northstar Overview

Navigator Northstar fixes the inconsistent color issues encountered by users of Astrojet M1 printers as well as the Colordyne 1600 (C & S)Neopost Mach 5 and Mach XFormax Colormax 7, and Trojan series of printers, all of which use the Memjet VersaPass™ inkjet head. (For a complete list of compatible Memjet-based engines, click here.) Northstar delivers the same functionality to users of the OKI Data 931 and 941 toner-based printers.


By combining the power of the Navigator Harlequin RIP with Xitron’s color transform technology, what you see is what you print, consistently. Whether your jobs are made up of CMYK, Pantone spot colors, or a combination of both, Northstar gives you the color control you want and the results your customers expect. Applications include envelopes, flyers, brochures, and desktop labels.

Whether you are an end user, dealer, or developer, if you're not happy with the results you're getting from your present RIP or printer driver, let us know. Xitron can help you redefine your color!

Navigator Northstar Features

Intuitive GUI

An uncomplicated interface means less time training and more time producing. Navigator Northstar’s GUI was founded  on the remarkably successful Navigator Workflow used in thousands of printing companies worldwide. Instantly recognizable and intuitive, operators adapt quickly to its functionality

Multi-platform (Mac or PC) compatible

The client-server architecture means that jobs can be submitted, viewed, and processed from both Macs and PCs anywhere on the network. Additional client licenses are available for

high-production environments.

Network or USB connectivity

Connect to your printer through your network

or the USB port of the platform. Both methods are easily configurable and can be completed

in seconds.

Fastest professional grade RIP available

Based on the Harlequin RIP core, Navigator Northstar’s RIP is recognized as the fastest of its kind. Typical job processing speed is measured in seconds, even for complex, image-rich work. Navigator is a native PDF interpreter that runs on 64-bit Windows 10. Workflow pre-flight options are available.

Global or specific color adjustment

Choose between Spot Color Matching or Global Color Adjustments through Navigator Northstar’s color tools. Whether the job contains RGB, CMYK, spot 
colors, or a combination, getting the right color on paper is quick and painless.

Graphic Merge Capability 

Easily combine graphics such as logos or mailing indicia for high-speed envelope printing on Memjet and OKI envelope printers.


Match a job’s spot colors through an interactive display. Print a swatch sheet  of the Pantone colors; choose the result  that matches the intended output and release the job for printing. It’s that simple. Curated spot color libraries and archive job settings further streamline the process for repeat jobs.

Economical - low cost of ownership

Navigator Northstar’s low cost of ownership means it pays for itself quickly. Increased productivity, a short learning curve, and ease

of use contribute to a reduced cost per piece, increasing your margin and making you

more competitive.


By adding Xitron’s Variegator variable data software, you can turn your Northstar printer into an on-demand personalized marketing tool. If you are already using variable data software from another vendor, Navigator probably supports it.

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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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