Offset Printing

When it comes to prepress software, one size does not fit all. That’s why Xitron’s product line for offset printing runs the gamut from simple RIPs and TIFF Catchers to full-featured workflow systems. Designed for fast, economical deployment on Harlequin and Adobe platforms, our systems are scalable and configurable to your specific requirements.


Xitron RIPs and workflows have the ability to drive almost any computer-to-plate, or legacy computer-to-film engine in use, either directly, or through TIFF Catcher connectivity. If you have an older CTP but need to update your RIP or workflow, we can drive it. If your Workflow system is up to date but you need a new output engine, Xitron has the link to get your chosen platesetter into production quickly. We can even link the entire system to your press console and preset the ink keys for every job using our KeySetter technology.


For more information on Xitron RIPs, Workflows, and TIFF Catchers, click on the choices below. For a list of compatible devices, click here.

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 30,000 installations worldwide.


Sierra is built on Adobe’s PDF Print Engine (APPE) with cross media functionality in mind. It’s equally productive in commercial, digital, and hybrid applications with a strong feature set that includes Adobe in-RIP trapping, PDF preflighting, dynamic imposition, and advanced soft proofing in both 2D, and 3D formats.


KeySetter improves your pressroom efficiency by communicating ink coverage data directly to your press, reducing make-ready time and materials waste. You spend less time getting up to color, which means you spend more time printing. Available as a direct connection to your press, a console-compatible data file or a printed graphic chart, KeySetter can reduce your make-ready an average of 20-50% which increases your operating profit.

Xitron pioneered the idea of Prepress Independence® with a TIFF Catcher called Raster Blaster in 1999. Designed to “catch” TIFF files from any RIP or workflow, Raster Blaster converts them into the raster formats used by computer-to-plate engines, direct imaging presses, and other output devices. Having an after-market option like Raster Blaster means users can choose RIP, workflow, and output vendors independently from each other, which can result in significant cost savings.

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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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