EFI of California has purchased Metrix Software, which develops highly automated imposition software for print production. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but EFI states it does not expect the move to be material to its Q4 or full-year 2013 results.
Metrix CEO and founder Rohan Holt becomes director of EFI Metrix products. He began the company in Australia as LithoTechnics, but in mid-2012 changed its named to Metrix Software with headquarters in Edmonds, Washington. The first version of Metrix was launched at drupa 2004 and, by the time of the company name change to Metrix Software, had eclipsed 1,000 installs in 22 countries.
“EFI and Metrix have had a positive working relationship for several years,” said Marc Olin, VP and GM of EFI’s Productivity Software business. “Adding the Metrix team’s exceptional talent and technical know-how helps us drive innovation even further.”
EFI plans to continue development and customer support for all of Metrix software products. Initially, the software is to be deployed as an imposition module for EFI’s Pace MIS product. EFI states over time Metrix’ technology is to become integrated with the company's other MIS and ERP workflow offerings.
The newest version Metrix, version 2013.0, was demonstrated in Chicago at PRINT 13 in September. The company pointed to the following new ehancements:
• Improved Layout tools, including the ability to copy and paste marks between Layouts,
• Instant assignment and reassignment of Products to Layouts,
• Ability to select multiple Products/Layouts/Components and alter multiple properties at once,
• Addition of Product Tags, for sorting and selective submission to Auto Plan,
• Enhanced intelligence built in to the Prepress Export functionality when error conditions are detected by Metrix,
• Project Reports can now be exported to PDF or a Printer. This works with Metrix Automation as well,
• A new PDF page re-ordering tool to fix improperly ordered content, and
• Support for Windows 8 and Server 2012.