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Fayetteville Observer Moves to Agfa's Violet Advantage CLS CtP

Press release from the issuing company

Ridgefield Park, NJ - September 20, 2006 - Agfa Graphics announced today that, after checking out all the available products and technologies, the Fayetteville Observer Company, publisher of the Fayetteville Observer, a 70,000 circulation daily newspaper and its nationally recognized Target Printing & Distribution division in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is adding to its daily production workflow two :Advantage CLS platesetters and :IntelliTune image enhancement software from Agfa. "We weighed the options, looked at our workflow-and then decided to go with Agfa," said Ron Cartledge, production director. "Everybody here is excited about CtP and about the Agfa products and technologies that will soon be installed." In addition to the Observer, Cartledge's department also produces many weeklies, alternative newspapers and college publications. "Agfa has the most robust and automated systems in the industry today, and exactly what the larger newspapers in the industry require to meet their highly demanding production and deadline requirements," said Sheila Nysko, Agfa's business development manager, Newspaper Systems, North America. "With Agfa's :Advantage CLS and :IntelliTune image enhancement software, The Fayetteville Observer's production department can also be assured of the highest quality, proven reliability, and tremendous cost efficiency. The :Advantage CLS will keep Fayetteville's presses rolling with confidence and ease, and :IntelliTune will provide the automation and color consistency needed across the board." The :Advantage CLS is a high-speed cassette model designed to provide optimum speed with multiple plate sizes online. It offers resolutions as high as 2540 dpi and speeds of 220 plates per hour. As an end-loading system with a small footprint, the :Advantage CLS ensures convenient positioning within the prepress room, permitting side-by-side positioning of multiple units. :IntelliTune image processing software is the most efficient way for newspapers to correctly enhance the hundreds of thousands of images they use in their publications day in and day out. :IntelliTune uses Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) to analyze the tone, color and spatial characteristics of each image and automatically apply the necessary corrections for the best and most efficient reproduction on press.

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