Apogee

Innovate, interact, and optimize. That’s the Apogee workflow software philosophy with which you stay ahead of the competition. Because quality and efficiency can never be rated too high in the printing business.
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Any organization can benefit from the Apogee suite of workflow management products. With Apogee, Agfa offers you a comprehensive and integrated workflow solution. It is designed by professionals for professionals and committed to offering the highest degree of reliability.

Keeping an overview of your PDF files with Apogee Preflight? Calculating the ideal imposition with Apogee Impose? Or saving on ink costs and expensive press time with InkTune? Choose without losing thanks to Apogee. It perfectly aligns and fuses different software modules into one streamlined whole.

With Apogee, you control every phase of the production process from a single user interface. Even jobs that consist of multiple parts are simply processed in one flow. The latest version brings new tools, an improved performance, and a unique cloud-based solution.

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Key benefits

  • Combines different Apogee solutions, such as Preflight, Impose, on-line approval, and more.
  • Brings significant quality improvements to avoid unwanted and unpredictable output.
  • Increases throughput and efficiency via Digital Quick Strip (DQS).
  • Provides first-rate versioning support, extended digital print support, and improved job handling.
  • Dedicated tools for all applications of wide-format inkjet printing, including tiling, media optimization and canvas printing
  • Offers compatibility with the latest file formats, software programs, and print engines.
  • Supports no fewer than 13 languages, between which you can easily switch.
  • Is now available in the form of a cloud-based workflow solution – Apogee Cloud – as well.

What is new in Apogee v12

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This video is a shortened version of an in-depth demo of Apogee v12. It summarizes the new features of Apogee Impose (00:05), the Automate Task Processor (02:22), Apogee WebApproval (02:45) and WebFlow (05:18).

ECO³

Agfa is committed to sustainable innovation that focuses on ecology, economy, and extra convenience—or ECO³. Our hardware, software and consumables make your prepress and printing operations cleaner, more cost-effective and easier to operate and maintain.
InkTune and PressTune are crucial elements of our ECO3 program: our commitment to sustainable innovation. Thanks to ECO3, you can save up to 30% on ink and paper and 90% on water, and reduce waste by 50%. The ECO³ solutions will drive extra value to your printing business.

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Features

Maximum ease of use

Apogee enables you to keep track of all required steps in the prepress process working from one place. Extended JDF and JMF support also improves the connection between software and devices, and thus the communication with the user. Moreover, Apogee users can now split JDF files, making your production process easier than ever. The entire software communication is available in 13 different languages, between which operators can easily switch.

Performance and reliability due to Digital Quick Strip

Thanks to its unique Digital Quick Strip (DQS) mechanism, Apogee provides you with unprecedented efficiency and user-friendliness. It lets you process each page separately before integrating it into a place holder, which turns page revision into a swift and simple task. As your layout is also rendered as a separate file, updating it only takes a few minutes. By relying on DQS, you increase throughput and optimize the usage of all available output resources.

ATP or Automate Task Processor

Accessible automation is part of the Apogee DNA: The user interface offers multiple ways to automate standard and repetitive tasks such as job archival and deletion. You can also effortlessly set up page placement rules according to naming conventions. Automation is now lifted to the next level with ATP or Automate Task Processor. Using an interface, rules are defined to take action depending on a page’s content or meta data. This means that pages and orders can be routed to specific production plans. In case of a high copy count, an order is sent to your offset press. A digital job may be split between your B&W and color digital presses to guarantee the lowest possible production cost.

ATP is not limited to the rules set in the interface. If dedicated actions need to be taken, specific scripts can be written and added. This leads to the highest possible degree of automation of your prepress production.

Press efficiency and order combination

Apogee offers a mechanism to combine print jobs in an intelligent way in order to optimize press time, while also keeping track of the actual order. With this new feature, it caters to the needs of printers faced with shortening run lengths and looking for ways to keep their presses running as efficiently as possible to maintain sustainable margins.

The multi-product support combines orders (or parts of different orders) on a single press sheet instead of repeating a signature or an order multiple times. The challenge at hand does not lie in the actual placement of the various orders, but in keeping track of the separate orders and allowing for proper finishing. With Apogee, collation marks, signature barcodes and all other marks remain in place and refer to the original order.

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Latest technologies

Apogee fully supports the most recent Adobe PDF Print Engine, your sure-fire guarantee for high-quality rendering. In addition, it supports new engines (i.e. Canon B4000 and Canon B5000) and links to the new DFE Ricoh TotalFlow, for which it ensures the best connection possible with the C7100 and C9100 series. Finally, this software solution is compatible with the latest formats and applications, such as Adobe Normalizer, Acrobat plug-ins, Adobe Creative Suite, and QuarkXPress.

Apogee Cloud

Apogee Cloud is all about using the existing Apogee products, yet relying on the systems infrastructure, know-how, cloud technology, and hardware security offered by Agfa. It allows you to run your workflow off-site, more specifically on the same private and secure cloud that Agfa Healthcare uses for the safekeeping of confidential medical data.

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Apogee WebApproval

Expanding your Apogee workflow system with a web portal for online collaboration, Apogee WebApproval enables both your clients and your colleagues to access jobs from their desktop computer or mobile device. They can cooperate with each other, transfer files, review pages, and approve jobs. Thanks to WebApproval, you can facilitate file exchange and shorten approval cycles, which results in fewer errors and more satisfied customers.
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Technical Specs

Infrastructure
Apogee 12 system runs under Windows 10 or Windows 2016 (Standard Edition) or Windows 2019 (Standard Edition), depending on the throughput and reliability requirements
Hardware requirements: Dual CPU, min 16GB Ram and 250GB hard disk
Client
Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 2012, Windows 2016 and Windows 2019
Languages
Chinese (simplified and traditional)
Czech
Dutch
English
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Norwegian
Portuguese
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Swedish

Product comparison table

✔ = standard, ✘ = not available

To ensure you are running the latest Apogee solution and you receive proper support, Apogee is now available as a subscription service. Depending on your needs, you can opt between different plans. The productizing listed below may vary depending on your country and region.

Product comparison table
Apogee Essential Apogee WorkFlow Base Apogee PlateMaker
Integrated workflow management
Multi-flow production plans
Production influencing actions such as archiving and notify
Apogee Impose – Automate imposition based on job requirements Option
Imposition based on PJTF and JDF
PDF-based plate versioning
Page management (including offset, scaling, page revision handling)
Quality Enhancer
Adobe PDF Print Engine
Adobe-based normalizer
Sublima 200 lpi
In-render trapping (IRT) Option
ABS options kit Option Option
Sublima at line rulings above 200 lpi depending on platesetter and plate technology Option Option
CristalRaster III Option Option
Apogee Preflight – Optimizing PDF to job-specific production requirements
Acrobat Pro Toolbar (including trap spotting, varnish & screening plug-in)
Proofing Enhancer
Raster Preview – View separations and zoom in to dot level
Hardcopy Proofing – Quality management for color contract proofing
Apogee Color Quality Manager (including press repurposing) Option Option
Apogee WebApproval – HTLM5-based file upload and approval Option
Conversion of spot colors to CMYK using the Pantone® libraries
InkDrive – Automatic CIP3 or CIP4 ink key setup generation Option Option Option
Apogee PlateMaker Link – Stand-alone platemaking unit to guarantee plate output
MIS link – JDF/JMF-based integration Option
Postpress Link – JDF-based setup of finishing equipment Option
Digital Print Link – Drive digital presses in a hybrid environment Option Option
Apogee StoreFront Link – Automatically download and process order from your on-line stores
Apogee Wide-Format Link – Drive your digital wide-format engines directly Option
Web Growth – Compensation for paper stretching on web presses Option Option
Digital Film Management/ROOM – Perfect consistency between proofs, plates and remakes Option Option
Additional output capacity including fault tolerance support Option Option Option