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Connecting digital presses with Apogee Prepress

The Apogee prepress workflow solution can be integrated perfectly within a digital printing solution. As with the traditional prepress workflow for offset, efficiency and consistency are also the keywords for the digital printing solution. Due to the flexibility of Apogee, either a one-to-one combination Apogee to digital press, or a hybrid combination Apogee to CtP and digital press is possible.

Below is an overview out which digital printer can be used with your Apogee Prepress workflow. Note that all digital printers are supported by exporting a PDF file! The feedback coming from overview below would allow you to check if your digital printer and its digital front end (RIP) are supported by Apogee Prepress.

The JDF connectivity is done by the digital front end, which comes from either your digital printer supplier, or from a generic third party DFE/RIP (e.g. Creo PODS or EFI Fiery).

It is possible that the JDF functionality requires an update or an extra module for the DFE. Contact your supplier for more information.

Note:

  • Agfa Graphics does not have enough information if your digital printer is not in the overview.
  • Digital printers which are not supported might change to ‘supported’ in the future.
  • Status:
    • Initial testing = a basic connectivity test was done
    • Basic testing = basic jobs were printed, finishing options done by the DFE
    • Basic finishing testing = basic jobs were printed, finishing options done by Apogee Prepress
    • Extensive testing = complex jobs were printed, more finishing combinations were tested
  • The JDF connection to Xerox FreeFlow is currently not supported.
  • If you have an EFI Fiery, Creo PODS (Color Server) or an HP Indigo DFE that supports JDF, but is not listed in the overview, contact Agfa Graphics HQ via your local Agfa representative.
  • The finishing options are customer dependent. Therefore, they might not work for all combinations. A careful setup by the integrator can resolve this.

How to obtain the information on my DFE JDF setup?

For EFI Fiery

Check your Printer dialog box.

EFI provides a list of printers that support JDF at: http://www.efi.com/products/fiery-servers-and-software/fiery-integration/fiery-jdf/supported-printers/

To check the installed JDF Connectivity and Finishing Options in more detail:

  • Start the Fiery Command WorkStation and connect to your printer
  • Select the “Device Center” tab
  • Select the “General” tab
  • Click the “Setup Summary” button
  • Open the “Server Setup” section
  • Scroll down to “JDF Setup” to verify if the JDF Option was installed and enabled
  • Open the “Printer Installed Options” section to see the installed Finishing Options

For HP Indigo

Check the About screen of your server (make a screenshot as reference).

HP provides a list of press that might support JDF at: http://h10088.www1.hp.com/cda/gap/display/main/index.jsp?zn=gap&cp=20000-13698-16021-16033_4041_100__

For Creo PODS

Check the ‘About’ information of your CREO Color Server.

Creo PODS provides a list of servers that support JDF at: http://www.creo.com/data/Products/Digital Color Servers/default.aspx

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