LithoTechnics Announces Metrix Version 3.0, for Windows and OS X
PHOENIX— September 9, 2007—LithoTechnics, Inc., developer of Metrix®, the award-winning automatic layout calculator, announced today that Metrix® version 3.0 will be demonstrated for the first time at GraphExpo® 2007 in Chicago.
Metrix® 3.0 introduces many new capabilities including the following:
Mac OS X support: Metrix® 3 will be available on both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.
Automatic Allocation: Another industry first for LithoTechnics and a significant step towards complete automation of ganged layouts. In addition to calculating the optimum fit for products on individual press sheets as Metrix® has always done, the Automatic Allocation functionality of Metrix® 3.0 also calculates optimum product assignment across multiple press sheets and presses, based on actual production costs and/or total press times.
Dynamic Barcodes: Metrix® 3.0 provides the ability to generate dynamic and product-specific barcodes that are used for automatic product identification, finishing specifications, and/or shipping and billing instructions.
Intelligent Drag & Drop: Metrix® 3.0 drag-and-drop provides increased ease-of-use for layouts that require operator intervention. Dragged products automatically snap into position against the press sheet edges or other products on the sheet, automatically considering press non-image area and product bleeds, etc. This feature also enables instant step-and-repeat of products or groups of products.
Rohan Holt, founder of LithoTechnics, said, “Metrix® 3.0 builds on the core technological foundation and methodology established in version 1, but takes job engineering automation another important step forward. With Metrix® 3.0, printers have access to an even more powerful tool that will deliver long sought solutions to their efficiency and profitability challenges.”
The Metrix® family, for Macintosh and Windows, includes Mini Metrix®, for the smaller print shop, in 21” and 30” versions, with imposed PDF output. Metrix® Commercial, for the general commercial printer, accommodates sheet sizes of up to 144” and outputs imposed PDF, JDF/PDF, or Preps® templates, along with export of CIP3 and JDF cutting and folding data. Metrix® Ganging, for gang run printers, automatically imposes up to 160 products per sheet, and Metrix® Max, the top of the range, includes the complete functionality of all editions. Metrix® Commercial, Ganging, and Max are also available with multiple user site licenses, and the whole Metrix® family is available in English, German, and Spanish.