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Agfa Announces PressSite 2.0 And InkSet 2.0

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NEWSTEC, Brighton, England, U.K. 21 May 2001 Agfa announced PressSite 2.0 and InkSet 2.0, two software solutions designed to help newspapers automate the entire production workflow. PressSite 2.0 coordinates creation of a high volume of plates and ensures accurate output of press-optimised plates with less operator intervention, saving time and reducing errors. InkSet 2.0 delivers specific ink-key data to the press, enabling significant reductions in make-ready times and paper and ink waste. Both solutions are part of the new Agfa IntelliNet Series 2 family of solutions for newspapers, the most comprehensive workflow solution for newspaper production. With PressSite 2.0 and NewsFlow 2.0, IntelliNet Series 2 enables newspapers to establish an efficient workflow that stretches from the editorial offices to the press room. "Within our customers' workflow, we see the different needs of editorial and production people," said Andy Grant, worldwide marketing manger for workflow sytems. "Yet both groups share a common goal of producing the newspaper in an efficient, timely fashion. Now PressSite 2.0 and InkSet 2.0 integrates editorial planning with press planning creating a comprehensive plan that streamlines an entire newspaper operation." Newspapers using PressSite 2.0 and InkSet 2.0 report significant increases in efficiency as well as reduced waste. Recognizing that the specific needs of newspapers vary widely, Agfa also provides consulting services designed to help newspapers integrate PressSite 2.0 and InkSet 2.0 into their production operations. PressSite 2.0 Improves Coordination Of Plate Production. PressSite translates a newspaper's production plan to determine exactly which plates are going on what presses. It optimises plate production for the specific presses where they will be run, including presses from ABB, EAE, and others. As a newspaper's needs change, PressSite lets them dynamically adjust press utilization, helping get the highest efficiency out of each press. "In the past, press utilization might be an afterthought," comments Grant. "With PressSite 2.0, it's part of a complete newspaper production workflow." Inkset 2.0 For Automatic Creation Of Ink-Key Data. InkSet 2.0 helps newspapers make press start-up more efficient and cost-effective by creating accurate ink-key data automatically. "Newspapers are well aware of the benefits of digital ink key pre-setting," said Grant. "InkSet 2.0 makes it happen quickly, accurately, and automatically. With paper and ink prices at high levels, these savings can be significant." InkSet is designed to match the needs of a wide range of popular presses and press control systems. Options are available immediately for integration with presses from ABB, EAE, and MAN Roland. Agfa will continue to introduce options for other presses. PressSite 2.0 and InkSet 2.0 will be available June 2001. Part of Next-Generation IntelliNet Series 2. InkSet and PressSite 2.0 are part of Agfa's new IntelliNet Series 2 family of workflow solutions designed for newspapers. Agfa designed the full IntelliNet suite of products to integrate easily into any workflow, allowing every type and size of newspaper operation to achieve workflow efficiency and automation. Intellinet Series 2 includes IntelliNet NewsFlow 2.0, automated production workflow manager; NewsDrive 2.0, high-productivity Polaris interface; IntelliNet NewsRIP 2.0, powerful newspaper RIP; IntelliNet TIFFProof 2.0, for automated color proofing; IntelliNet InkSet 2.0 automated ink-key data; and IntelliNet PressSite 2.0 plate production coordination. Agfa IntelliNet solutions are in use at more than 250 newspaper sites throughout the world including The Wall Street Journal Europe, Financial Times, Canberra Times (Australia) and The Post Crescent (Wisconsin, U.S.A.). Part Of Agfa's Smarter Approach To Newspaper Production. Agfa's wide range of advanced prepress solutions for newspapers includes the IntelliNet Series 2 family, Polaris platesetters, digital plates and other media, Phoenix News imagesetters, colour-management solutions, screening technologies, digital proofing solutions, scanners, and other key prepress systems and consumables.

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