Hybrid workflows to increase digital printing productivity

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. and Agfa Graphics have developed an integration between EFI Fiery digital front ends (DFEs) and Agfa Graphics’ latest Apogee 10 system to enable joint customers to increase digital printing productivity.

Apogee acts as a hybrid production hub with connections to CtP for plate imaging and to EFI’s Fiery DFE platforms, and it centralizes all prepress tasks. Apogee 10 features the ability to split parts of a job and send those for digital output, which turns out to be extremely powerful in case of versioning jobs and proofing of (parts of) books with large page counts. 

With the Apogee/Fiery workflow integration, users can access the latest Fiery DFE capabilities, including HyperRIP–a key Fiery job acceleration technology offering 55% faster job processing, as well as advanced make-ready and colour management tools, right from the familiar Apogee workflow user interface. JDF templates can be used to automate any colour, media, layout, or finishing settings available for Fiery Driven digital presses.

Users can access EFI Fiery colour management technology from one consolidated point of control with colour profiles and rendering intent managed by Apogee. In addition, Apogee users can access the full Fiery paper catalog from the Apogee user interface, with the system dynamically mapping media selection to the Fiery DFE. Furthermore, they can also map parameters for inline finishing on Fiery Driven digital presses.

In Fiery/Apogee integrated hybrid workflows, Fiery DFEs report job status data directly to Apogee so both prepress and production operators can monitor job status in real time.

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