Now You Really, Really Need to Replace Your Windows 7 OS

Following up on my last blog post, Microsoft’s support for Windows 7 has ended. This means that no security updates will be forthcoming, leaving Windows 7-based platforms open to intrusion. While it’s not likely that your RIP platform will be commandeered and turned into an Eastern European porn server, there are legitimate risks that cause your IT folks some headaches and ulcers. Malware and Ransomware top the list of possibilities so upgrading the OS of your RIP platform is worthy of serious consideration.

During the last 90 days, we’ve been contacted by dozens of pro-active IT folks looking to get platforms and RIPs upgraded to avoid any danger. What many have found is that the two aspects are dovetailing nicely. Moving the RIP and the OS to 64-bit platforms together makes for a clean upgrade environment. If you are currently running a version 11 or older Harlequin RIP on Windows 7, the Microsoft announcement is something you should be paying attention to. The increased performance, stability, and interpretive accuracy of the first PDF 2.0 compatible RIP makes the combination of Windows 10 and Harlequin V12 a win-win.

Contact Xitron at 734-913-8083 or write Have your dongle information available, as well as details such as interface, output device, and any special requirements you’d like to discuss. We can design an upgrade path that will take advantage of the latest Harlequin technology for your environment. Remember that your RIP doesn’t have to be a Navigator from Xitron in order to get help. If you are currently running a Compose, ECRM, RTI or other Harlequin brand, we can still get you to v12/Windows 10 success.

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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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