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HP and Agfa integrate HP Indigo digital presses

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HP and Agfa have announced a new :ApogeeX Integration Pack has been created by Agfa to leverage the benefits of the :ApogeeX workflow in HP Indigo digital printing environments.

Available immediately, this new workflow component enables the management of hybrid analogue and digital workflows from a single system. This reduces production costs by eliminating redundancies and ultimately makes it easier for commercial printers to add digital printing to their conventional printing capabilities.

Users will now be able to combine analogue and digital printing with HP and Agfa in one streamlined workflow and select their final output device later in the production process for a higher level of production management flexibility.

“We are excited to be working with one of the industry’s top workflow providers to develop robust solutions for customers who want to efficiently combine their long-run offset and short-run HP Indigo operations under one roof,” said senior vice president, Graphics and Imaging Business, HP, Stephen Nigro.

“The HP and Agfa cooperation is an important reflection of the graphic arts market of the future – hybrid environments where documents are efficiently produced on the most appropriate device, without sacrificing quality or turnaround time.”

The :ApogeeX / HP Indigo integration was showcased with an HP Indigo press 5000 at the USA Print 05 and Converting 05 trade show in September.

“This cooperation with HP shows Agfa’s commitment to generating a single cohesive digital workflow environment,” said Agfa’s vice-president of worldwide marketing, Graphic Systems, Richard Barham.

“With :ApgeeX, printing companies will be able to merge all of their digital business, be it CtP, direct digital printing or large-format inkjet.”

The new :ApogeeX Integration Pack for HP Indigo presses helps commercial printers improve their profitability and grow their digital page volume with:

* PDF-based HP Indigo export capabilities

* :ApogeeX pre-defined templates

* HP Indigo colour profiles

* Hybrid production planning capabilities

* ICC colour management for HP Indigo presses with Harlequin RIPs, dual- or quad-HP Production Flow systems, or RIPs supplied with the HP Indigo press 5000.

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