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:Apogee Manage

Overview

Prepress Tasks Made Simple

:Apogee Manage gives you exactly what you need to manage your complete prepress workfl ow simply and reliably. It comes with advanced tools to handle PDF creation, preflighting, page management, imposition, plate making and can also include proofing and trapping. Because it is so easy to learn and use, you'll benefit immediately from a streamlined and truly integrated prepress workflow.

The Most Cost-Effective Way To Automate Your Prepress Workflow

Designed for printing companies that produce a moderate volume of plates, :Apogee Manage provides a complete solution that runs on a single platform. It integrates powerful tools normally found only in high-priced production systems such as automatic trapping, preflighting, imposition and proofing. Its intuitive drag-and drop user interface lets you graphically create a production plan. The resulting job ticket, will contain all necessary information to manage all different processes of prepress production reliably and efficiently.

Efficient Delivery And Approval Of Page Content

:Apogee Manage can be enhanced with the optional :Apogee WebApproval - providing web-based page-upload and approval services to print buyers. Email notifications inform the print buyer about pages that await approval. As an additional service, preflight reports are made available to inform the print buyer on errors in the delivered pages, and to allow corrective measures without unnecessary delays. The approval cycle is in real-time; removing the time it typically takes when approving hardcopy proofs. It also provides savings on shipping costs, since there is no hardcopy proof that needs to be send back-and-forth between you and the print buyer.

A Scalable Solution For Expanded Functionality And Productivity

As your business grows or your needs change, a simple upgrade from :Apogee Manage to :Apogee Automate will give you access to more powerful tools. To meet changing performance requirements :Apogee Manage can also be scaled to a multi-platform solution with Fault Tolerance functionality. If your business goals include diversification with digital print services, you can extend typical commercial offset workflow tasks to a hybrid workflow environment driving digital presses based on JDF/JMF. The re-use of prepress knowledge and workflow capabilities will increase efficiency by streamlining the production.

Features

Hot folder, AppleTalk, Named Pipe, TCP/IP, LPR input channels:

Enables file input from any Mac, PC, or even Unix based applications.

Comprehensive Job Tickets - MultiFlow Production Plans:

Provides a single job ticket that graphically describes all required processing steps for a job, from PDF creation, preflighting, to imposition and trapping; from page proofing to content proofing, to final output on any of the supported CtF or CtP imaging devices. Multi Part Job workflow is a new way to create and process jobs with different parts (for example cover & body) that require different processing. Easy setup and simplified viewing and filtering make the Multi Part Job functionality a powerful tool to process, control, and adjust the most complex jobs in no time.

Job Tracking & Management:

Easy-to-use tools lets you monitor the progress of a job and interact with it to either hold, resume, delete, change its priority, approve/reject, perform remakes, or archive to near - or offline backup solutions.

:Apogee Preflighting:

Optimizes the PDF based on production requirements.

Page Management:

Select and drop the required pages for the job on the right place holder. At a single glance view whether the document page size matches the defined page size of the impostion. Scale, rotate and offset the pages to obtain the perfect fit. Manage page revisions automatically.

Integrated Imposition:

Provides automated imposition of PDF pages.

Adobe PDF Print Engine:

Renders PDF files natively to digital fi lms, using the latest available technology. The Adobe PDF Print Engine eliminates the need to flatten transparent artwork upfront providing consistency of output. Combined with Agfa Graphics' colour management and screening technology, the APPE enables a more efficient and reliable end-to-end PDF workflow.

In-Render Trapping (IRT) (enhancer):

Provides automated hands-off trapping of pages or signatures. Influence trap-zones using the TrapSpotting plugin for Adobe Acrobat.

Hardcopy Proofing (enhancer):

Using the same Adobe based renderer that generates the digital film, quality proofs are generated from pages and signatures, providing 100% data integrity. Quality of the proofs can be enhanced even more if output is wanted to one of the many :Sherpa proofing devices, and its quality is managed using QmsX.

Screening:

Agfa's Balanced Screening, :Sublima 200, and optional :CristalRaster FM Screening and :Sublima XM Screening at line rulings above 200 lpi.

Soft Proofing:

The standard contone previewer enables viewing of Digital Film to check for correct separation, overprint, knock-out, and trapping. The optional Raster Preview allows you to look at the real dots the way they will image on film or plate.

Five :ApogeeX Client Licenses:

A native graphical application for Macintosh and PC, enables five operators to logon to :Apogee Manage simultaneously to create and submit Job Tickets, manage jobs, track jobs, or manage the entire :Apogee Manage. Options are available to extend the number of clients.

Enhancers

Integrated Workflow Management Enhancers
Page Management (including offset, scaling, page revision handling) O
Imposition based on PJTF and JDF O
PDF based Plate Versioning O
Multi part job support O
Upgrades  
Upgrade to :Apogee Automate O
Digital Film Manager and Raster Processing  
Digital Film Management / ROOM O
Web Growth - compensation for paper stretching on web presses O
Proofing Enhancer  
Raster Preview O
Hardcopy Proofing including GDI-driver support and :Qms - qualitly management for color contract proofing O
Split for Proof O
:ColorTune, inclusive press repurposing O
:Apogee WebApproval O
Quality Enhancer  
Recombine pre-separated PDF and Postscript files for improved processing O
:ABS Options Kit O
:Sublima at line rulings above 200 lpi, depending on platesetter and plate technology O
In Rip Trapping (IRT) O
Adobe PDF Print Engine O
:InkSave O
:Apogee Preflighting - Optimizing PDF to production requirements O
Connectivity Link  
InkDrive - automatic CIP3 or CIP4 PPF ink key setup generation O
Non Agfa Output Link O
:Apogee PlateMaker O
Digital Print Link - drive digital presses in a hybrid environment O
Scalability  
Additional Output Capacity O
Additional PDF Processing Capacity O

O = standard
O = enhancer

For a complete list of enhancers, please contact your local Agfa Graphics sales representative.