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Agfa's :Arkitex OptiInk Exceeds Customer Expectations at Newest Installation Sites

Press release from the issuing company

Orlando, FL (NEXPO – Booth #2141) – April 21, 2007 – Agfa Graphics announced today that customers of its newest ink optimization software, :Arkitex OptiInk, are achieving impressive results in both cost savings and print quality. This fully automatic software solution will be demonstrated at the NEXPO 2007 event in Orlando from April 21-24. "Results from initial newspaper publishing sites around the world have been extremely encouraging," said Agfa's Sheila Nysko, business development manager, North America, Newspapers Systems. "OptiInk helps newspapers with their most significant challenges today – reducing costs while simultaneously improving productivity and quality. OptiInk is the perfect fit." "Since we started using OptiInk we are seeing significant annual ink savings, which we calculate to be about €84,000 ($114,000 U.S.) in savings for our company over a 12-month period," said Ronald Sonnleitner, prepress manager at Landesverlag Druckservice, a major newspaper printer in Austria. "It visibly increases the quality of our printed output and the reduction of total ink coverage has decreased the frequency of smudging on opposite pages." "OptiInk reduced our ink usage and paid for itself rather quickly," said Poul Erik Clausen, director of the printing department at Denmark's NORDJYSKE Medier. "It improved print quality by reducing set-offs and eliminated the quality problems that we had with dark elements." :Arkitex OptiInk automatically converts color spaces to ensure consistent printed colors. It uses Smart Input Space Recognition technology (SISR) that assigns an input profile when the profile is not provided in the PDF file, effectively addressing an issue that has been the cause of many PDF/color problems. :Arkitex OptiInk also automatically converts spot colors into CMYK and processes them.