:Apogee Prepress

Apogee Prepress brings Enhanced Connectivity, Controlled Automation, Extended JDF/JMF Support and even more Ease-of-use.

Stay ahead of the competition and workload by streamlining your workflow with more interaction, optimization, and innovation.

Apogee Prepress is the latest prepress workflow release. Apogee Prepress fully supports the latest version of Adobe PDF Print Engine which significantly enhances the rendering performance, since PDF files are rendered natively and included transparencies are automatically resolved during the rendering process.

Also new is the multi part job support which allows you to combine the different parts of a job, like the cover and the body part, in one job. It reduces the setup time significantly and allows for easy status tracking.
Agfa Graphics' own developed Apogee Preflight looks at incoming PDF files, checks the production plan for its specific issues such as Quark's spot blends, or converts PDF files to ISO standard PDF/X-1a or PDF/X-4 for correct processing outside of Apogee Prepress.
Agfa Graphics has developed its own imposition module. In Apogee Impose, the user has the ability to create an imposition layout in a quick, intuitive and simple way. Apogee Impose is fully integrated into its user interface, the Prepress client. From now on, the time-consuming process of switching to an external imposition can be omitted. With the integrated Apogee Impose solution, the prepress process is faster and more intuitive - the time gained is particularly evident when parameters, such as number of pages, color, sheet format or press, are changed several times within the process of handling one job!
Integration between Apogee Prepress and a digital press is accomplished through CIP4's Digital Print ICS compliant JDF/JMF. Once integrated, Apogee Prepress becomes the facilitator in a "hybrid workflow". It will manage the creation of proofs, plates and the digital print-ready files. Depending on the requirement, the digital print-ready file can either be a "vector PDF" or a "raster PDF".

The InkSave module provides enormous cost savings for the press room. It separates CMYK jobs in such a way that with less CMY ink on press, the same overall print appearance and quality is achieved. Due to InkSave, additional benefits are provided such as greater press stability, better tolerance to mis-registration, shorter drying time and faster press make-ready.

The Apogee user interface, as well as the messages that are reported to the operator, are available in 14 different languages, providing more ease of use and better control of its powerful functions. Through rules, scripts, and extended JDF and JMF support, automated job processing can be controlled and better job tracking and job cost calculations can be performed by communicating accounting specific information to an JDF/JMF enabled MIS system. New proofing and color management enhancers guarantee more control and absolute proofing accuracy.

User Profile

Agfa Graphics provides several economic Apogee upgrade programs to help its customers upgrade to the latest Apogee Prepress version.

If you are an Apogee Workflow Care customer you may contact your local sales representatives to schedule the upgrade to the latest Apogee Prepress. If you are using ApogeeX or Apogee Series2/Series3 and you don't have a Workflow Care Contract, then you should also contact your local sales representatives to find out about any of the applicable and attractive upgrade programs such as the time-limited "Stay Ahead" upgrade program or "Jump Ahead" for ApogeeX customers that are not yet on the latest version.

  • Support for the latest application files :

  • create and process PDF 1.7 files using the latest Adobe Normalizer v9.0

  • process Pantone Goe, Pantone Bridge and Pantone Pastel colors correctly

  • use new versions of the Apogee Prepress Acrobat 10 plug-ins: DocuBox Manager, Trap Spotting, and Alternate Image Viewer for better interaction and parameter setting with your PDFs

  • be compatible with the latest front-end applications such as Adobe Creative Suite 5 and QuarkXPress 9

  • render native PDFs using the Adobe PDF Print Engine including support for Rational tangent and Adobe Accurate Screening

More Quality and More Compatibility enables you to:

  • process PDF files with transparent objects seamlessly

  • map process colors to another process color in composite PDF files or pre-separated PDF files

  • manage ink weights and separations with InkSave

Enhanced Connectivity enables you to:

  • directly import and convert TIFF/IT and CT/LW pages or flats

  • integrate with Apogee Portal for automated prepress production & link to print buyers for file upload and approval of pages and flats

  • report in realtime, job progress, page revisions, proofs and plates made, back into Apogee ProjectManager or MIS for cost-calculation purposes using JDF & JMF

  • interact with jobs from Apogee ProjectManager or MIS to change job priority, communicate milestones, automatic page placement rules, etc, using enhanced JDF and JMF

  • import JDF based imposition and step&repeat templates from a select group of imposition and step&repeat applications

  • connect to cutting machines like Polar - Mohr and Horizon I2S

  • integration to digital presses accomplished through CIP4's DigitalPrint ICS compliant JDF/JMF

More Ease of Use and support for 14 languages:

  • the Apogee Prepress user interface as well as messages posted to the operator are now available in French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese

  • operators can easily switch between different languages

  • provides full control of Apogee Prepress powerful features and messages

  • Drag & Drop pages and multi page document directly into Apogee Prepress jobs without using any of the supported input channels

  • benefit from the overall up to date information in the Pages Tab

  • intuitive setup of versioning jobs reduces the required operator time significantly and excludes errors as it is fully integrated in the prepress workflow

  • look at real colors through colormanaged softproofing

  • QuickProof that allows you to "drag&proof" a page or signature on the selected proofing device

Controlled Automation enables you to:

  • have Apogee Prepress decide what are b/w or color pages and have them automatically send to the appropriate proofer, for improved and unattended processing

  • define specific rules so that Apogee Prepress can make decisions for you on how to process a job so it requires less interaction from the operator

  • render pages separately and assemble them on the fly at output time

  • dynamic barcode generation enhances the reliability and productivity of the postpress equipment