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Winthrop Printing First to Purchase Agfa's Digital Solutions Suite: Enterprise Edition at Print '05

Friday, September 30, 2005

Press release from the issuing company

Ridgefield Park, NJ – September 29, 2005 – Agfa today announced the first sale of Agfa's new Digital Solutions Suite: Enterprise Version to Winthrop Printing of Boston, Massachusetts (USA). It includes the :ApogeeX 2.5 digital workflow; :Delano, Agfa's web-based project management system; :Arcadia 5.5 dynamic publishing and rich media management, and :Salient X, Agfa's hardware for networking, storage and workflow. Winthrop Printing (http://www.winprint.com) is a full service mid-size printer that has been operating for about 90 years. Winthrop, which specializes in corporate marketing collateral, annual reports and direct mail literature, upgraded their software with Agfa's digital solutions to enable Their Graphic Enterprise by streamlining production processes. "Agfa's solutions will enhance our connection to our customers, control costs, and provide increased digital services. Agfa's solutions combined with our management initiatives will position us as a premiere solutions provider," said John Orrall, principal, Winthrop Printing. "As a long-time Agfa customer, we felt secure in continuing our relationship as we move our services into the future," added Kurt Muller, general manager, Winthrop Printing. "We liked Agfa's vision of the future of print. The digital solutions we have invested in will enable us to streamline our process, make us more productive and help us provide additional services to address our clients' increasingly demanding requirements," Muller added. "Printers considering taking Their Graphic Enterprises to the next level must have management vision. They need to be able to see where the printing industry is going and how to best take that path. Visionaries like Winthrop Printing using Agfa technology are best able to satisfy their customers' requirements," said Tom Saggiomo, president, Graphic Systems, North America. About Agfa's Digital Solutions Suites. Agfa's new Digital Solutions Suites – software and hardware packages designed to make next generation printing solution providers more productive and efficient – are now available. The Digital Solutions Suites simplify the daunting task of building a robust value-added, project management and prepress workflow infrastructure from the ground up. The Digital Solutions Suites combine elements of Agfa's hardware, software and services to make it simpler for printing solution providers to update, unify and link customer, business and prepress departments. Each level in The Digital Solutions Suites includes the latest version of Agfa software including the JDF- and PDF-powered :ApogeeX workflow and :Delano project management. It also includes Agfa's Expert Services, Agfa's enterprise computing hardware solution, :Salient and Agfa's dynamic publishing and rich media management system, :Arcadia. Each suite eliminates long installation times and immediately enables value-add services to drive print production. Three Suites Available. Three distinct Suites satisfy the needs of particular market segments, each with varying degrees of automation options, depending on the application: :Publishing Suite – designed for publishers, in-plants and trade shops that do control and produce graphic files but do not handle the print themselves. It is focused on creative project collaboration and delivery of final Certified PDF files to printers. :Production Suite – offers the most efficient means for workflow automation today and is ideal for printers who currently receive Postscript and PDF files. It can link clients with business and production systems. :Enterprise Suite – for larger organizations that are still dealing with native customers files or working with customers collaboratively during the creation process. "The Digital Solutions Suites integrate the workflow all the way from content creation to delivery of the final product, providing everything a solution provider needs to get started in a new automated digital workflow," said Agfa's Deborah Hutcheson, senior marketing manager, Digital Solutions, North America. "The convenience of bringing all the pieces together at once provides publishers of all types, trade shops, In-plants, speciality and general commercial printers tremendous cost savings, reduced cycle-time, integrated relationships and added convenience."




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