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Tech Update: Older Technology Retired from Prepress 7
At A Glance:

With the release of Prepress 7, three task processors have been retired due to technology advances. These task processor are PDFReady, Render and Press.

Applies To:

Prepress Automate, Manage, Control, Render, PDF, PDF & Proof

How It Works:

Agfa has decided to remove PDFReady, Render and Press task processors from :Apogee Prepress. The underlying functionality from each of these components is superseded by other tasks.

In the case of the PDFReady and Render tasks, the functionality has been replaced by Adobe’s PDF Print Engine. Agfa’s implementation, the PDFRender task, flattens transparency automatically, using not only core Adobe code but also Agfa’s overprint emulation technology. Transparency flattening may also be handled via the Apogee Preflight action “ap_Transparency Flattening.”

Render - PDFRender PDF Ready

If you are still licensed to use PDFReady for trapping, please contact your Agfa representative. There will be a 1-to-1 exchange in licensing between PDFReady and InRender Trapping.

In the case of one or more specific Press tasks, a single Generic Press (with one or more
parameter sets) offers the same functionality with less system overhead.

Press - Generic Press

Automatic Task Processor Replacement

During your server’s upgrade, (5.0 or higher), the installer script will determine which task processors need to be replaced, if any. If your system is already installed with PDFRender tasks, no swap will take place. If you have the older CPSI Render task and no PDFRender task exists, a PDFRender task will be installed for each CPSI Render currently on the system.

When both rendering technologies are currently installed, only PDFRender will remain once the upgrade is complete. If you have unique parameter sets for the Render portion of the CPSI renderer, these will not be transferred.

To replace PDFReady, the upgrade installer will automatically install an Apogee Preflight task if it does not already exist. Any existing PDFTrapping parameter sets will be copied to the PDFRender > Trapping function.

All specific Press task processors will be removed and only a Generic Press task will be available. The parameter sets and specific configuration information (sheet offset, for example) will be merged into Generic Press parameter sets. These will be named as a combination of the existing press name and parameter set name.

Updating Job Plans

In many cases, your job plans will be automatically updated and a notification will be posted on the message board. Most of this activity occurs during the upgrade process itself, for jobs currently on the system. Additionally, as job archives are imported, task processor and/or parameter set swaps will be made.

Any time a job plan contains PDFReady, PDFRender or a specific Press task, the Prepress system replaces or removes the task, depending on its function within the flow.

Here are a few examples.

If PDFReady is being used to flatten, then export files, PDFReady is removed and an Apogee Preflight task is placed in front of the Export task. Apogee Preflight is set to flatten transparency and if the Export task is certifying to a standard profile, that function is moved to Apogee Preflight as well, provided there’s an equivalent profile available.

If PDFReady is being used to flatten and a CPSI Render is performing trapping, separation, color management and screening, both are removed and replaced with a PDFRender task. The appropriate parameter sets are called.

When a job plan uses the CPSI Render task, it is replaced with PDFRender. Trapping, color separation and screening parameters are the same between the two tasks, so the replacement is 1-to-1. With respect to render settings (color management, overprint and font handling) your system will post a job warning when an exact match is not possible.

It is not possible to exactly replicate all render functions of Render with PDFRender. While there is very close equivalency, there is always the possibility of small changes in your overall results.

Why is this Important?

The decision to finally remove outdated technology was simple – make the workflow as productive as possible and continue to provide enhancements. In most cases, you’ve already moved beyond the defunct technology and are actively using the rich features available through Agfa’s implementation of the Adobe PDF Print Engine.

But we wanted to do more. We wanted to make sure we minimized the impact of a technology change, which is why the upgrade installer is doing the swap for you.

Will you notice a difference here and there? Yes. Will every job convert exactly the way you want it to? No. But you’ll benefit from the more advanced features and functionality of newer technology with increased productivity and predictability.

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