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Driving your CtP

At A Glance
Computer to plate has changed the way plates are produced, especially regarding the deadline.:Apogee Prepress and PlateMaker support any CtP device to deliver plates in time before the press starts.

Using :Apogee Prepress, there are three ways to drive your CtP. Either the CtP device is supported directly out of the :Apogee Prepress workflow, or the plate ready data is sent to PlateMaker, which operates as a digital buffer, or the plate ready data is sent to a third party CtP device.

Driving you CtP

:Apogee Platemaker is targeted to the high end, high volume printers who need a maximum plate production, which is load balanced over multiple CtP devices.

Applies To:
:Apogee Render, :Apogee Control, :Apogee Manage, :Apogee Integrate
How It Works
1. The Ctp is directly supported by the :Apogee Prepress workflow.

:Apogee Prepress supports a wide range of Agfa and non-Agfa CtP device using an integrated connection. Due to this direct link, a two-way communication is possible where :Apogee Prepress not only sends the plate data, but also CtP device specific commands. The CtP-device on its turn will also feedback data, such as the amount of exposed plates back to the :Apogee Prepress system.

Driving you CtP

2. Plate ready data is sent to :Apogee Platemaker

The main purpose of :Apogee Platemaker is to have a plate output independently from the :Apogee Prepress system.
Plate ready data is sent to the Platemaker system, together with JDF/JMF data. Possible, the main Platemaker system is acting as the server, while other Platemaker systems are acting as satellites.
Having an independent plate processing will guarantee a secure environment, which does not rely on :Apogee Prepress anymore.

:Apogee Platemaker is also able to accept 1 bit TIFF files from third party workflows.

:Apogee Prepress will send plate ready data (1 bit TIFF) together with JDF/JMF data to the Platemaker software. :Apogee Platemaker will act as a hub which collects all the data and spread it out over multiple Platemaker systems (load balancing). Also, all plate data is stored, so plate remakes are easy to perform. :Apogee Platemaker also has extra functionality as standard such as job (re)scheduling, job queuing, re-directing CtP devices, back-up & restore.

Driving you CtP

The Platemaker software is able to give feedback of the plate processing using JDF/JMF.

3. Plate ready data is sent to a third party CtP Device.

Using the 'Non-Agfa Output Link' enhancer, :Apogee Prepress is able to send plate ready data to third party CtP devices. With this solution, :Apogee Prepress can be seamless integrated within a third-party environment.

Driving you CtP
Why is this Important?
Due to the open architecture of :Apogee Prepress, you have several options to drive your CtP device. The CtP device might be driven by :Apogee Prepress using a direct link or via :Apogee Platemaker. The third option is to output plate ready data to a third party CtP device. In either way you go for a total integrated solution where stability, consistency and security are the key words.