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Apogee Preflight Updates

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Functional Changes: Apogee Preflight Updates for Profiles & Actions
At A Glance:

Apogee Preflight Profiles & Actions have been updated for Prepress 7.

Applies To:

Prepress Automate, Manage, PDF, PDF & Proof

How It Works:

The Apogee Preflight task has been updated with new or changed Actions and Profiles. As with the prior release, by default there are a number of industry standard Actions and Profiles installed. Several additional Actions and Profiles have been added or reclassified. You may add these to your system depending on your needs.

All profiles and actions for Apogee Preflight are delivered as mime files only. You cannot use actions or profiles created in Pitstop, nor can you edit the Apogee Preflight actions or profiles.

When you start to explore your Prepress 7 resources DVD, you’ll find the Apogee Preflight resources have been reorganized and that there’s a lot of new content. For example, if you explore the available actions, you’ll see several at the main level of the folder. These are all installed by default. Additionally, you’ll see an “Extras” folder.

Loose in that folder are several actions creates specifically for a country. For example, the ones labelled “FR_actionname” were created for France. You are not restricted from using those, however there’s no information available to the general user as to what that specific action does.

Then there are 6 subfolders, which contain actions grouped together by function. These actions are independent of one another and do not have to be used together. Accompanying each of these actions is a text file explaining what the action does.

Subfolders

Validation: Contains actions that “check” a PDF. Some actions perform fixes, others post warnings and/or failures. These actions are similar to the “Certify” function in Pitstop.

SISR: Contains actions that perform color profile tagging. Using SISR (Smart Input Space Recognition) requires additional licensing.

PDFProcessing: Contains actions that alter the PDF with an eye toward additional processing. This is where you’ll find the ap_TransparencyFlattener, a very powerful Apogee Preflight action that flattens transparency layers prior to export. This is an extremely useful action when preparing PDFs for export to a digital press

We strongly recommend the use of the PDFRender task for flattening transparency when outputting to plate, film or proof!

Overprint: Contains a series of actions that apply overprint and/or knockout characteristics to the PDF.

Digital Printer Specific: Contains two actions that may be useful when preparing PDFs for export to a digital press.

ColorManagement: Contains several actions that can facilitate the color handling of your PDFs. For example, ap_Apply Color Settings v6.0.1.mime set the spot color attributes defined in the PDFRender on your PDF.

Whether you’re loading an action or a profile, the procedure is the same. You’ll find all the custom profiles in the “Extras” folder. Consult your Local Competency Center for any available details on custom profiles.

You must be logged in as Administrator level or higher.

How to Load an Apogee Preflight Profile
  1. In the System Overview, select the Apogee Preflight task.
  2. Double click Profiles from the Resources pane.
  3. Task Processors

  4. Select the Add Action button (open folder icon).
  5. Navigate to the Prepress 7 Resource DVD location. Navigate to Resources > Apogee Preflight Resources > Profiles > Extra.
  6. DVD location

  7. Select any profile you want and click Okay. In this example, we’ve selected US_AcademyStd320_NA v6.0.0.mime..
  8. Profile

    For more information on the US_AcademyStd and Min profiles, please see the separate
    documentation on AcademyExtras.com.

  9. You can see the newly loaded profile in the Apogee Preflight Profiles overview window.
  10. Overview window

This is the same process you’ll follow to load Apogee Preflight Actions. In step 2, just pick the Actions resource instead!

Why is this Important?

As Apogee Preflight matures, we’re adding more and more functionality to it. To keep up with technology and make your workflow faster, it makes more sense to do some of your normal file “fixes” automatically, like mapping multiple spot colors to one another and exporting the result for consumption by other forms of media.

And remember, if you want a custom action or profile, we’re happy to do that for a fee. Contact your local sales representative or your Local Competency Center (LCC) for additional information.

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