Agfa Graphics to Demonstrate and Showcase New Products

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ—08/10/2009—Agfa Graphics announced today that it will demonstrate an array of new products during PRINT 09 Chicago (Booth #2600, South Hall) to help printers stay ahead during today’s challenging economy. Further impacting Agfa’s PRINT 09 offering are the numerous industry reports that pinpoint automation, diversification, integration and sustainability as the key drivers of the industry going forward. According to Peter Wilkens, President, Agfa Graphics, “We can’t hunker down and hope this thing will blow over. Right now printers need more than hardware or software. They need partners that are committed to helping them identify practical solutions to address their concerns today. This includes ways to cut costs, reduce waste, protect their margins and better manage customer requests. We also have to help printers develop new business opportunities to ensure success once we get out of the downturn. This has been our goal all year and it will be reflected in our PRINT 09 offering.”

The list of solutions at the Agfa booth (#2600, South Hall) will include:

Solutions for increased automation and integration

• :Apogee Suite 6.0 (first national demos) is an integrated, digital workflow solution that brings together a wide range of features, combining automation with process control of the entire workflow in real time, from a single drag-and-drop graphical user interface. The open architecture JDF-based software will showcase connectivity to other JDF based systems like Web-to-Print, MIS, Digital Presses and more. :Apogee v6.0 allows the import and conversion of different file formats into a PDF for controlled output to a web portal for soft approval, to a page or imposition proofing device, to a CtF or CtP imaging device, to a digital press, or export to another prepress system

• :Apogee Portal (featuring all new PageMaster) strengthens the communication and collaboration efforts between printers and their customers, allowing them to work together on projects and tasks and resulting in higher productivity, a shorter number of steps before printing, and reduced reworks and errors 

• :Apogee InkSave – integrated and automated option that intelligently applies a high degree of Grey Component Replacement (GCR) to reduce the amount of ink used while maintaining a high quality color output. In addition to using up to 30% less ink, :Apogee InkSave provides greater grey balance control on press, faster drying times and better tolerance to mis-registration on press 

• :Arkitex OptiInk – fully automated solution that processes PDF files and optimizes ink utilization in newspaper printing, offering the potential for significant ink savings while maintaining full quality print 

• :Arkitex IntelliTune – image processing software for newspapers, reduces image processing time, improves quality and speeds time to press by eliminating time-consuming image correction

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