Agfa demonstrates leading-edge features of :Arkitex at IFRA
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Press release from the issuing company
Hamburg, Germany – Agfa Graphics demonstrated the newest additions to the :Arkitex workflow management software suite designed to increase productivity, reduce costs, increase quality and provide a competitive edge in today's challenging market for Newspaper Printers and Publishers. Products include :Arkitex Portal, :Arkitex Director, :Arkitex Analyst, :Arkitex Vantage, Arkitex Intellitune and :Arkitex OptiInk.
The new version of :Arkitex Director minimises waste materials through soft proof comparison. In the soft proof window, it highlights what has changed between page versions or between pages in different editions. Users view coloured highlights of the differences, or a toggle key "moves" the changed areas to make them more apparent. An advanced Fast Track feature allows the system to completely generate the plan from incoming page file names. The server can extract information such as publication dates; publication, edition, and zone names; section names, as well as page numbers and colour layers. Advanced Fast Track also supports imposition using reference plans that define the imposition scheme.
:Arkitex Director also allows users to include furniture that appears on the plate on any output they define: soft proof, hardcopy proof, or high-resolution output. Placing special furniture on the soft proof, such as alignment aids, ensures that page files provided by outside customers are correctly positioned on the plate before imaging.
:Arkitex Director includes more flexible imposition, supporting impositions for 3- or 6-across plates or 6- and 12-across tabloid pages. The enhanced imposition also supports 3-around plates for new presses or press retrofits to a shorter cut-off. In each case the user can interactively layout plates and save this layout for future use.
This flexible imposition is also valuable when printing jobs on other presses where the plate needs to include a variable number of different sized pages.
Many groups are now creating centralized toning centers using IntellituneX to improve images for many sites. :Arkitex Analyst provides more detail about IntellituneX file throughput such as number of files, incoming and outgoing file size, as well as processing time. This is important for groups creating "centralised toning centres" so they will know how much processing they are doing for each site.
Analyst options allow complete report automation meaning reports are in your e-mail in-box when they are needed without any manual running of the reports.
By monitoring the hardware – such as CTP and processor - it allows customers to identify potential quality issues before they occur. Vantage also helps to identify possible production bottlenecks early in production allowing early resolution avoiding missed deadlines.
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