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Agfa Announces Digital Solution Suites

Software and hardware packs for building prepress workflow

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Agfa has announced a set of Digital Solution Suites"?software and hardware packages that are designed to simplify building a project-management and prepress- workflow infrastructure from the ground up.

The Suites offer print providers a way to link customer, business, and prepress departments. Agfa offers three different packages to satisfy the needs of particular market segments, each with varying degrees of automation options to fit varying applications:

  • Publishing Suite is focused on creative project collaboration and delivery of Certified PDF files to printers.
  • Production Suite is for printers who currently receive PostScript and PDF files.
  • Enterprise Suite is for larger organizations that deal with native customer files or who work with customers collaboratively during the creation process.
  • Each package includes the latest version of Agfa's JDF- and PDF-powered :ApogeeX workflow software and :Delano project-management software. The Suites also include Agfa's enterprise computing hardware solution, :Salient, Print 05, held in Chicago in early September, gave vendors the opportunity to demonstrate their latest-and-greatest wares to members of the international print marketplace. Products including print-management and workflow software, proofing technologies, and graphic-design tools were in abundance on the show floor. We've dedicated this month's Process section to items that were previewed or introduced at the show. Agfa's publishing and digital asset-management system, :Arcadia, and Agfa's Expert Services.

    Agfa has also announced a development within its :ApogeeX software"?a new Remote Proofing Controller. This feature gives print shops the ability to produce contract proofs at remote locations with the security of multi-site quality control.

    The company's :ApogeeX Integration Pack has been created to integrate the benefits of the :ApogeeX workflow into HP Indigo digital printing environments. The pack features PDF-based HP Indigo export capabilities and :ApogeeX predefined templates; it also has ICC color management for Indigo presses with Harlequin RIPs or RIPs supplied with the HP Indigo press 5000, HP Indigo color profiles, and hybrid production-planning capabilities.


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