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:Apogee Control

Overview

Complete Control over Output

:Apogee Control delivers control functionality over your film output, plate making, and proofing. With an intuitive graphical interface, it is easy to learn and use. Yet, it lets you control the power of :Apogee. You can let jobs process without interruption or intervene at any time. Drag-and-drop tools let you interact in real-time, stop or start output, change output priority, view digital film before imaging to plate or remake a plate if required. :Apogee Control can be configured in different ways to take on your output production needs.

The Perfect Fit for Service Bureaus, Prepress Companies and Small Printers

:Apogee Control was designed for operations that rely on off-the-shelf applications to produce pages or fully imposed flats. Easily and reliably, it takes PS, EPS, and PDF files and renders them for output to Agfa's wide range of platesetters and filmsetters, using acclaimed screening and the latest plate technologies and to proofing devices. With :Apogee Control, setup and configuration is simple. Whether you are a seasoned user or new to prepress workflow, the unique graphical user interface intuitively helps you manage and track print jobs, control output queues, request plate remakes, generate page and imposition proofs, or soft proof screened and trapped digital films.

Import and Process Legacy Files

:Apogee Control can be enhanced with import and conversion tools to enable simple integration with your legacy workflow. Resolution of imported files can be adjusted to match the resolution of the output device, or can be descreened, down-sampled and colour-managed for colour accurate output to a wide range of Agfa's :SherpaProof proofing solutions.

A Scalable Solution for Expanded Functionality and Productivity

:Apogee Control is scalable, adapts easily to match your exact throughput requirements and expand productivity as needed. A flexible licensing system enables you to add additional options and scale from a single-platform solution to a multi-platform workhorse. Once scaled, built in Fault Tolerance features provide additional security and minimized down-time in the event a computer platform or hard disk fails.

An Upgrade Path to Leverage Your Investments

As your production requirements change, Agfa can offer a simple upgrade path to :Apogee Manage, extending the functionality with fully integrated preflighting, and imposition, or further enhance the functionality with various unique automation features by upgrading to :Apogee Automate.

Features

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

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

Hot Tickets:

Customized Production Plans for fully automatic (hands-off) output of print jobs. They graphically describe all required processing steps for a job: from page proofing to content proofing, to final output on CtF or CtP imaging devices.

Job Tracking & Controlling:

Easy-to-use tools lets you monitor the progress of a print 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.

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.

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 the 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.

Screening:

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 default contone previewer enables viewing of Digital Film to check for correct separation, overprint, knockout, and trapping. The optional Raster Preview allows you to see 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.

Five :Apogee Client Licenses:

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

Enhancers

Complete Control over Output Enhancers
Multi-flow prodution plans O
Production influencing actions such as archiving and notify O
:Sublima 200 lpi O
Digital Film Manager and Raster Processing  
Digital Film Management / ROOM O
Web Growth - compensation for paper stretching on web presses O
Basic Job setup using JDF O
Upgrades  
Upgrade to :Apogee Manage or :Apogee Automate O
Digital Film Manager and Raster Processing  
Digital Film Management / ROOM O
Web Growth - compensation for paper stretching on web presses O
Quality Enhancer  
Adobe PDF Print Engine O
In-Render Trapping (IRT) O
:ABS Options Kit O
:CristalRaster O
:Sublima at line rulings above 200 lpi, depending on platesetter and plate technology O
Proofing Enhancer  
Raster Preview O
Hardcopy Proofing O
:ColorTune, inclusive :QmsX - quality management for colour contract proofing O
Connectivity Link  
InkDrive - automatic CIP3 or CIP4 PPF ink key setup generation O
OpenConnect - import screened DCS and 1-bit TIFF O
OpenConnect - import and convert (n)CT/(n)LW and TIFF-IT files O
Non Agfa Output Link O
:Apogee PlateMaker Link O
Scalability  
Additional Output Capacity O

O = standard
O = enhancer

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