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Users Affirm the Value of Agfa's :Delano to Streamline Print Production

Press release from the issuing company

Chicago, Ill (Print '05 - Booth #7900) - September 9, 2005 - Print providers around the world are using :Delano, Agfa's web-based project management system, and they confirm the value it brings to The Graphic Enterprise. :Delano provides publishers, prepress and printing companies the means to integrate business systems in the production workflow. While it was once thought that the Internet would signal the end for the printing industry, printers have come to embrace the possibility the Internet provides and the efficiencies it helps to bring to The Graphic Enterprise. "We had been using the :ApogeeX workflow and we've been very pleased with that, so we decided to add :Delano to get faster turnaround on our jobs and provide better and faster service to our customers," said Jim Cox, systems manager, The Papers, Milford, IN (USA). "With :Delano's StreamProof soft proofing capabilities, well, that was just the icing on the cake." "When you are the print guardian of more than 200 periodical titles, speed and efficiency are of the essence. Publishers require more time to sell advertising and want to give less time for production. We were looking for a system that would offer instant file checking, proofing and approval, and allow us the maximum time for production. :Delano enables us to achieve that," said Darren Coxon, commercial director, Pensord (UK). ":Delano's ease of use is important to our customers' adoption. Internally, it gives us the transparency we need to understand a job's status and to schedule our press room efficiently as a result." ":Delano allows our clients to control their work right up to the point at which the plates are made, offering them file delivery, pre-flight and post-rip proofing solutions," said Mike Donovan, prepress manager, Stephens and George Group (UK). "The software allows both sides of the printer/publisher partnership to control the largest variable of each project - data supply." ":Delano provides a complete communication framework that links the administration and business processes with the production processes," said Agfa's Deborah Hutcheson, senior marketing manager, Digital Solutions, North America. ":Delano offers the ability to instantly communicate with clients, resulting in better relationships with the client and better management of specific projects." :Delano, which creates an automated and efficient workflow by managing all aspects of the production environment, offers PDF- and JDF-powered tools for managing resources and monitoring production tasks. :Delano Publish is specifically designed for publishers, trade shops and page-processing centers. It allows these operations to create reliable PDF-ready files quickly and efficiently. :Delano Production gives high-volume commercial printing and package production environments extended functionality and tools for maximum project management and control.