:Apogee Automate


Controlled Prepress Workflow Automation

:Apogee Automate is a fully integrated, prepress production system. While automating prepress production, a graphical interface offers a complete and comprehensive overview of the actual processing and of the job status. It also includes an extensive array of tools to interact with jobs at any time and infl uence the automated processing. With :Apogee Automate, Agfa brings you the benefits of PDF, JDF, and Digital Film. It connects prepress production with business processes and other JDF aware applications for seamless, end-to-end workflow automation.

The Solution for integrated Printing

:Apogee Automate was designed to accommodate the production needs of medium and large commercial printing operations. Using scripts, rules, or specific conditions, smart decisions are made on how jobs or job parts are to be processed. For maximum automation, communication through JDF is provided to connect :Apogee Automate with the Project Management or to any JDF enabled MIS system. Through JDF (Job Definition format) intake, prepress tasks are defi ned and jobs are automatically processed. To track job progress and calculate costs, JMF (Job Messaging format) can be added for real-time reporting of page revisions, number of proofs and plates made, incl. plate remakes, back into :Apogee Portal or the MIS system.

An Integrated Solution Completing all Prepress Tasks

:Apogee Automate provides integrated PDF creation, preflighting and imposition. It lets you manage and track jobs, control output queues, request plate remakes, generate page and imposition proofs, or soft proofs of screened and trapped digital films. And because of its intuitive graphical interface, :Apogee Automate is easy to learn and use. :Apogee Automate can also integrate with existing legacy workflows or extend your input and output capabilities with various options.

A Scalable Solution for Expanded Functionality and Productivity

:Apogee Automate adapts easily and economically to match any of your functionality and throughput needs. Through flexible licensing, you can easily add options and scale from a single-platform to a multi-platform workhorse. Once scaled, built in Fault Tolerance features provide additional security, minimizing down-time and maximizing production, even in the event of a computer platform or hard disk failure.

Features and Benefits

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 automated "hands-off" processing of jobs through a single job ticket that graphically describes all required processing steps, from PDF creation, preflighting, to imposition; from page proofing to content proofing, to final output on 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.

Hot Tickets:

Contain Production Plans for fully automatic(hands-off) production of repeat jobs.

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.

Integrated Imposition:

Provides automated imposition of PDF pages, using PJTF, JDF and optionally Preps Templates.

MSDE database:

Logs all job related processing information and keeps track of all resources such as production files, fonts, ICC profiles, and halftone screens. Logging information can optionally be shared with any ODBC compliant applications for cost calculation purposes.


Enables integration with JDF enabled applications for automatic job setup and the communication of customer name and order id.

:Apogee Preflighting:

Optimizes the PDF based on production requirements.

Support for Ghent Workgroup Preflight profiles:

Provides standardized preflighting of PDFs.

Adobe PDF Print Engine:

Renders PDF files natively to digital films, 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) (option):

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


Agfa's Balanced Screening and :Sublima 200 are standard. :CristalRaster FM Screening and :Sublima XM Screening at line rulings above 200 lpi can optionally be added.

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.

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 the optional QmsX.

:Apogee PlateMaker Link:

Enables seamless integration with an :Apogee PlateMaker providing additional digital film management tools, redundant platemaking and connectivity to legacy workflows and engines.

Export PDF, PDF/X-1, PDF/X-1a, and PDF/X-3 (enhancer):

Provides reliable colour managed file exchange to media and print production applications.

Five :Apogee Client Licenses:

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


Controlled Workflow Automation Enhancers
Conditional processing specification O
Naming conventions O
Basic Job setup using JDF O
Digital Film Manager and Raster Processing  
Digital Film Management / ROOM O
Web Growth - compensation for paper stretching on web presses O
Preps Template Manager - importing and managing Preps templates - PDF based imposition O
Digital QuickStrip (DQS) - raster based imposition O
Split for Proof O
:AutoStrip - converting MIS input to an imposition layout O
PDF-based Plate Versioning O
Quality Enhancer  
In-Render Trapping (IRT) O
:Sublima at line rulings above 200 lpi, depending on platesetter and plate technology O
:InkSave O
Adobe PDF Print Engine O
:Apogee Preflight - Optimizing PDF to production requirement O
Proofing Enhancer  
Raster Preview O
Hardcopy Proofing O
Inclusive :QmsX - quality management for colour contract proofing O
:Apogee WebApproval O
Connectivity Link  
InkDrive - automatic CIP3 or CIP4 PPF ink key setup generation O
JDF / JMF (MIS) Link - Including dynamic job generation and adaptation O
:Apogee PlateMaker Link O
Postpress Link - JDF based setup of finishing equipment O
Digital Print Link - Drive digital presses in a hybrid environment O
Additional Output Capacity O
Additional PDF Processing Capacity O

O = standard
O = enhancer
O = requires JDF/JMF (MIS) Link

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