Xitron (Ann Arbor, Michigan), a subsidiary of Global Graphics PLC and the developer of the Harlequin-based Navigator RIP and workflow products for commercial, flexo, digital, and high-speed inkjet printing, has initiated a plan to assist printing companies affected by shutdowns due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The program allows printers to purchase necessary RIP and workflow software with little cash outlay and interest-free payments, enabling them to direct resources to employee retention and consumables.
“We recognize the stress all businesses are enduring and want to do something that will impact our market in a positive way,” said Karen Crews, President of Xitron. “These plans provide our customers with the software to streamline prepress operations without adversely affecting their cash flow, or their ability to participate in the small business loan program authorized by the U.S government’s CARES Act.”
Most software packages are eligible under the Xitron program guidelines, including RIP upgrades, new Navigator RIP software, RIP & Workflow bundle packages, CTP interface kits, and ink-key setting systems such as the Ryobi Ink Saver, which is a 64-bit Windows 10 compatible replacement for the Ryobi Ink Volume Setter. Interest-free payment plans are available from 90 days to 12 months or more, depending on the package. With Navigator products, all available options such as trapping and Raster PDF output will be enabled during the first 60 days so that users can experiment with additional functionality at no cost. “We’re working closely with our dealers to isolate and identify end users facing tough decisions from the hardship this pandemic has created in the printing industry,” Crews added. “With their help and participation in the program, we hope to provide a financial ‘hand-up’ to deserving printers. Xitron’s stimulus program is currently scheduled to run to the end of June.