At drupa, Xitron Will Demo a New CTP interface for Platesetters, and RIP, Workflow Versions
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — April 18, 2016 — Xitron, the leading independent developer of RIP and workflow products for commercial, digital and high-speed inkjet printing announced plans to showcase its latest product developments during drupa, the world’s largest trade show for print and cross-media solutions. Most of the new products will be prominently featured in the stands of more than a dozen partners who are also exhibiting at the show in Düsseldorf, Germany.
“People in the industry are often surprised to learn that Xitron is the name behind so many of the RIP and workflow products offered by leading vendors,” explains Karen Crews, president of Xitron. “Our growing list of OEM partners reads like the ‘Who’s Who’ of high-speed inkjet and traditional commercial prepress.”
On display during the show will be workflow products designed for Colordyne (5-C24), Glunz & Jensen (05-C38), CST (05-C03), Presstek (15-D29), Ohio Gravure (16-D10), Krause (07-D28), Trojanlabel (3-B31), Luscher (16-C07), International Graphic Systems (3-B58) and PrePress Boulevard (13-G78), to name a few.
Exhibiting in its own stand in Hall 15/C54-4, Xitron will formally introduce a new CTP interface designed to drive SCSI-based platesetters, such as Creo Trendsetters and the Fuji VX series. This patent-pending technology is the first of its kind, promising a new option for users whose equipment had reached end-of-life due to a lack of compatible SCSI interaction with modern operating systems.
“This was an extremely important development in interface technology,” remarks Crews. “Because newer RIPs and workflows could no longer communicate with them through the SCSI bus, owners of these expensive platesetters were being forced to buy all new equipment costing tens of thousands of dollars. Xitron’s USB/SCSI interface can be configured with a Raster Blaster TIFF catcher to work with any workflow product from vendors such as Kodak, Fuji, and Agfa, or driven directly with Xitron’s own Navigator RIP and Workflow.”
In addition, Xitron will be demonstrating new RIP and workflow versions. Featured prominently will be Navigator 11, the latest Harlequin RIP release, which includes several speed, memory, and live transparency improvements. Navigator 11 is the core RIP product in Xitron’s Navigator Northstar and Navigator OKI workflows, which include color matching software for use with Memjet Northstar printers from AstroJet, Colordyne and Neopost, as well as OKI 900 series printers.
According to Crews, more product announcements will be forthcoming in the weeks leading up to drupa.
Xitron develops advanced workflow systems and interfaces to drive the prepress industry’s most popular new, and legacy output devices, prolonging our customers’ investments. In addition, Xitron’s pressroom workflow solutions extend the functionality of press consoles from a number of industry-leading press manufacturers. Xitron’s Navigator RIP, Raster Blaster TIFF Catcher, and Sierra Workflow solutions are recognized as prepress standards. Built around the Harlequin RIP core technology from Global Graphics and the Adobe PDF Print Engine from Adobe Systems, Xitron engineers continue to develop solutions for the graphic arts market, driving hundreds of different models of imagesetters, proofers, platesetters, inkjet printers and digital presses. With shipments of more than 30,000 RIPs, Xitron is the largest independent provider in the market.