Agfa's Apogee Suite 6.0 Makes North American Debut at IPA Conference
RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ—June 8, 2009—Agfa Graphics announced today that Apogee Suite 6.0, the newest version of the company's award-winning workflow software solution, is making its North American debut at the 2009 IPA Technical Conference. The conference is being held June 8-10 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, IL.
Apogee Suite is the industry leader in JDF capability and connectivity. "Apogee Suite 6.0 is built upon many years of experience in prepress workflow. Printers today want a streamlined workflow that enables them to present one face to the customer and has the ability and flexibility to drive multiple output devices in offset presses, digital presses and wide-format printers. A printer's prepress workflow must provide efficiencies, increased productivity and quality enhancements and all of this is a result of effective JDF integration. Apogee Suite 6.0 provides this and more" said Deborah Hutcheson, senior marketing manager, Commercial/Wide Format, Agfa Graphics, North America. Some of the new components in the Apogee Suite 6.0 include:
• Apogee Preflight - a deeply integrated processing component that tunes the PDF. This is not by means of using a standard preflight profile, but instead by anticipating all the processing steps that are required to get to the final end product
• Apogee Portal - a new, single-dashboard user interface using Adobe Flex technology that offers ultimate interactivity and ties print buyers right into the production system
• Apogee Digital Print Link - using the enhanced Apogee DPL will allow users to drive and control digital presses, including the Canon imagePRESS digital color press family.
Apogee Suite 6.0 also includes new productivity features and enhancements in Apogee Prepress, Apogee Portal and Apogee Color. With Apogee Suite 6.0, users will be able to shorten turnaround time and simplify the production chain.
In addition to Apogee Suite 6.0 demonstrations, Agfa will be participating in the JDF Test Drive, Learning Labs, and the Proofing and JDF Roundups. Hutcheson, Agfa's Mark Gallucci, manager of Technology Marketing and Cameron Hitchcock, Color Systems technology manager, will be at the IPA Technical Conference and available to answer questions regarding the new enhancements. For more information on the IPA Technical Conference, visit: http://www.ipa.org/tech.
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa Healthcare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials).
Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 3,032 million Euros in 2008.
Supporting customers is Agfa's top priority. Our charter is to develop technology that improves efficiencies, improves quality and saves money while lessening the environmental impact. We are committed to providing service and support that will help our customers implement environmental and workplace safety. We support our customers in their efforts to attract print buyers who prefer to do business with printers that demonstrate environmental concern. Partnering with our customers and with other manufacturers is essential to our vision of Our World-a place where we can all improve business and the environment simultaneously.
About Agfa Graphics
Agfa Graphics offers integrated pre-print solutions for the printing industry. These solutions include consumables, hardware, software and services for production workflow, design and color management. The Company's CtP, CtF and digital proofing systems have positioned it as worldwide leader in the commercial printing and packaging industries as well as newspaper publishing markets.
Agfa Graphics is rapidly expanding its offering of products and solutions on the growing digital inkjet market. Its experience in both image technology and emulsions has provided the knowledge necessary to make high-quality systems for UV curable inks. Partnerships with industry leaders in development and manufacturing have expanded the scope of its technology and permitted the company to develop comprehensive digital solutions for printing posters, banners, signs, displays, labels and packaging materials.
Product and company information can be found on Agfa's home page on the World Wide Web at: www.agfa.com