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Agfa: New Features Added to :Delano Project Management System.

Press release from the issuing company

Mortsel, Belgium – Drupa – 18 February 2004 – Agfa announced the release of :Delano 1.1, with additional features. :Delano Production and :Delano Publish were released last autumn. The new version of Agfa’s web enabled project management system will be available in March. Some of the new features :Delano 1.1 includes are: - Integrated file upload allowing the print buyer to submit files from the Delano GUI directly into the print project and product view - More status info in the project dashboard view - Managing and tracking production components (covers, sections, etc.) of different products on one press sheet - Sorting and filtering - Event logging such as time stamps and operator actions: what, when and by whom. “We have seen very strong demand for project-management tools in the market place,” said Lieven Callewaert, worldwide marketing director for :Delano. “Everyone is concerned about being better able to meet their business goals. Increasing your ability to integrate with clients as well as other business partners and speeding the production cycle outside the press is a great place to accomplish that.” :Delano’s integration features are the result of collaboration in various standards-based initiatives, including CIP4. Built on the concept of open digital workflows and driven by industry standards such as PDF, JDF, JMF and XML, :Delano offers an open approach to reigning in scattered print projects. :Delano Running in PrintCity. At Drupa, visitors will be able to see up close how :Delano can work for them. :Delano Production is being used in all PrintCity Print Factories. PrintCity is a strategic alliance of independent best-in-class graphic arts technology providers. The goal is to deliver complete solutions in an open-systems architecture to improve the print manufacturing process. PrintCity members and associated companies will integrate their technologies to produce live jobs from publishing, commercial printing, newspaper and packaging industries. With its emphasis on integrated workflows, PrintCity members will be reinforcing the “Closed Loop...Open Systems” scenario. :Delano production will also be shown and demonstrated at the CIP4 booth to show JDF connectivity. Additionally, at the Agfa booth, there will be demonstrations of both :Delano Production and :Delano Publish. “Agfa fully supports with the activities of CIP4 using JDF to validate the inter-operability between :Delano and various MIS and prepress systems. It is critical to the industry that standards be supported in order for everyone to be able to do their work most efficiently,” said Johan Berlaen, general manager of Agfa's Software Solutions. Agfa’s solutions and services can be found at Drupa 2004 in Hall 06/D27.