Xitron (Ann Arbour, Michigan), a subsidiary of Global Graphics and the developer of the Harlequin-based Navigator RIP and workflow software for commercial, flexo, digital and high-speed inkjet printing, will begin shipping the newest Navigator release on Monday, November 23. Navigator Version 13 brings several improvements to the RIP, including enhanced control over colour separation rendering, a significant increase in throughput speed, and control for PDF Processing Steps where technical separations are involved.
“This release is timely for thousands of Harlequin users as they continue to move away from unsupported operating systems such as Windows 7,” said Karen Crews, President of Xitron. “Most see it as a perfect opportunity to upgrade their RIPs to the latest version, while they’re changing out hardware and moving to the 64-bit Windows 10 platform. This is especially important for Screen CTP customers who may have been running outdated versions of the Screen HQ-RIP for many years.”
End users of Harlequin RIPs – from ECRM, RTI-RIPs, Compose, Presstek-Mark Andy, Screen, and most other brands – can now upgrade directly to the Xitron Navigator RIP without having to repurchase options such as trapping or CIP3. “Upgrading directly to Navigator 13 while still being able to use an existing output device maximizes these users’ investments in both software and hardware,” Crews pointed out. “Having all options previously purchased from other vendors included at no charge is a sizable savings opportunity, and reaffirms our commitment to putting customers first.” According to Crews, special upgrade pricing will be in effect through to December 31, 2020 as part of the Xitron Stimulus Plan to help printers, which was announced in March. Customers who recently (after August 1, 2020) purchased new Xitron TIFF or CTP RIPs and workflows, will receive the upgrade to Version 13 at no charge.
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