Ann Arbor, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona – September 6, 2007 – Xitron, the prepress industry's leading independent developer and integrator of Raster Image Processors, RIP management software and workflow solutions, today announced it has signed an OEM agreement with LithoTechnics, Inc., the developer of Metrix integration and automation software. Under terms of the agreement, Xitron will sell the entire line of Metrix solutions on a worldwide basis to complement its existing line of workflow solutions for commercial and on-demand markets.
Metrix solutions enhance Xitron’s existing workflow solutions by introducing additional powerful integration and automation features and capabilities such as:
- Imposed PDF output for 21” and 30” with Metrix Mini
- Imposed PDF, JDF/PDF, Preps® Templates up to 144” with Metrix Commercial
- CIP3, JDF cutting and folding data
- Automatic ganging of up to 160 products per sheet with Metrix Ganging
- Full capabilities of all Metrix solutions with Metrix Max
- Single or Multi-user versions for Macintosh® and Windows®
“Our printing customers are always on the lookout for cost-effective workflow add-ons that enhance automation, eliminate waste and reduce costly errors,” stated R. Patrick French, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Xitron. “Metrix is clearly a solution that is not only affordable, but one that adds tremendous value to Xitron’s workflow and RIP offerings,” continued French. “We were very impressed with the efficiency gains we were able to achieve with an integrated Metrix/Xitron configuration, and pleased to add Metrix to our portfolio of JDF-enabled products.”
Rohan Holt, President of LithoTechnics, said: “We are delighted to be working with Xitron, a company well-known for its innovation, responsiveness to customer needs and clever solutions.” Continuing Holt said, “We share a similar approach to the challenges facing the printing industry and a common goal: contributing to the modernization of print production by streamlining processes, eliminating wasteful and error-prone manual tasks and optimizing resources.”
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.
Xitron products are available through a network of OEMs, distributors, dealers and system integrators worldwide. Xitron RIPs and workflow solutions drive more than 250 different output devices ranging from black and white and color proofers to film imagesetters and the latest in CTP and direct-to-press systems. With shipments of more than 14,000 RIPs, Xitron is the largest independent provider of RIPs in the market. For more information about Xitron products, visit Xitron on the web at www.xitron.com.
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