Xitron (Ann Arbour, Michigan), developer of the Harlequin-based Navigator RIP, as well as workflow products for commercial, flexo, screen, digital, and inkjet printing, is collaborating with Ultimate TechnoGraphics of Montreal. Ultimate invented digital imposition with the release of Ultimate Impostrip in 1989, and has continued to play a leading role in the market ever since. Today, Ultimate is an industry leader in imposition and finishing automation software solutions. Under the new agreement, Ultimate’s Impostrip software will now be the imposition option incorporated into Xitron’s popular Navigator Workflow software.
According to Paul Napolitano, Xitron’s Navigator Workflow Product Manager, Impostrip offers broad functionality with various levels of automation, making it the optimum imposition choice for pairing with the well-established Navigator brand. “After careful evaluation, Impostrip became the obvious choice for inclusion,” he said. “Navigator Workflow is used by thousands of printing companies around the globe in commercial offset and digital applications. Being able to scale the automation up or down depending on the user’s needs, is an important feature that positively affects the user’s productivity.”
Ultimate CEO Julie Watson added: “We are very happy to work with Xitron. They’re an industry leader and provide accessible and powerful solutions to the print market – from offset to digital and high-speed inkjet. We look forward to a successful partnership that will benefit end users in terms of automation, capabilities, and flexibility.” Navigator workflow shipments, including the optional Impostrip module, have begun, with several installations already completed this month and further workflow improvements planned for this summer. “Our engineering team has been presented with an excellent roadmap for seamless integration within the workflow interface,” said Karen Crews, President of Xitron. “Based on what we’ve seen so far, we’re expecting an extremely satisfying and productive user experience.”