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Agfa's :ApogeeX Family Offers New Levels of Automation, Quality and Functionality

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Chicago, Ill (Print '05 – Booth #7900) – September 9, 2005 – Agfa announced today the addition of new proofing and output capabilities to :ApogeeX and the release in North America of :ApogeeX Prime and :ApogeeX Imager, two of the newest members of the :ApogeeX family of products that cater to specific market needs. :ApogeeX is available with different levels of functionality for those customers who require different levels of automation. :ApogeeX Prime and :ApogeeX Imager. Two additional members of the :ApogeeX workflow family are now available for those who require different levels of workflow automation. :ApogeeX Prime is a fully featured prepress workflow system that runs on a single platform. It includes PDF creation, preflighting, imposition, rendering, trapping and proofing. :ApogeeX Prime is primarily designed to accommodate the throughput and functionality requirements of smaller commercial printers that are looking for an affordable solution. :ApogeeX Prime's architecture provides several options to expand its functionality, including an upgrade to :ApogeeX Commercial for increased productivity. :ApogeeX Imager provides an affordable distribute-and-print network using JDF by performing page imposition and plate imaging at remote print sites. Working in tandem with the :ApogeeX Commercial workflow system and :Delano project management system, :ApogeeX Imager lets users maintain a fully equipped, centralized prepress site for processing tasks, such as PDF creation, preflighting, PDF trapping and proofing. :ApogeeX Imager minimizes the workflow investments at remote sites where normally only final imposition and plate-making are required. :ApogeeX Imager can be scaled to a multi-platform system for driving a group of CtP imaging devices for enhanced plate-making. Other options are available to enhance the standard functionality, including an upgrade to :ApogeeX Commercial, offering users flexibility to grow. New Proofing and Output Capabilities in :ApogeeX. New to :ApogeeX is the Remote Proofing Controller, which generates reliable and predictable color-managed digital proof files that can be delivered to remote print buyers for easy downloading to a :Sherpa proofing device. This eliminates the need to render it again, ensuring the integrity of the remote proof. Agfa's :QmsX (Quality Management System) guarantees that every contract color proof from any :Sherpa proofing system – whether it is in the next room or in a remote location – will deliver consistent, repeatable color time after time. In addition, :ApogeeX offers improved spot color and duotone reproduction with the addition of SpectraSpot, which provides accurate spot color mixing within :ApogeeX. This is especially important to all packaging printers who depend on precise color replication for specific brands. An :ApogeeX for Every Situation. The various levels of :ApogeeX are: :ApogeeX Light – provides job management and rendering for film, plate or proofing requirements :ApogeeX Prime – a complete prepress production system running on a single platform for automated production and comes standard with PDF creation, preflighting, imposition, trapping, plate making and proofing :ApogeeX Imager – provides JDF-enabled distribute-and-print technology from an :ApogeeX host site to remote print facilities :ApogeeX Commercial – is a fully integrated, digital workflow management solution for prepress production, configurable to the most demanding production requirements :ApogeeX Packaging – is a packaging-specific prepress automation tool that seamlessly links with packaging specific front-end and output systems :ApogeeX Proofer – provides built-in color management and quality control, delivering absolute proofing accuracy within a non-Agfa workflow :ApogeeX Create Pro – a server based intelligent PDF creation tool provides any content creator with the required tools and processing power to generate reliable PDF files for print production.