Agfa Graphics today announced :Apogee Impose, an innovative Agfa-developed imposition module. :Apogee Impose, which is part of :Apogee 7, the new version of Agfa’s Apogee workflow management suite, uses job information instead of templates to determine imposition, saving users time and money in prepress.

:Apogee Impose was developed after Agfa surveyed its installed customer base and found that many were having problems with template-based imposition software. Instead of using pre-defined templates which must be manually edited for each job, :Apogee Impose uses job information, such as page size, product part information like cover, body and insert, and available equipment (prepress, press and bindery) to calculate and propose the optimal imposition scheme.

As such, it helps prepress departments save valuable time and expense in the imposition process. For example, if outcome verification is required for a suggested imposition, with :Apogee Impose it would only take about 30 seconds for standard jobs to be validated. With solutions that use templates, the procedure would normally take more than three minutes.

“:Apogee Impose is an innovative solution that changes the prepress industry’s way of thinking by taking all print production requirements into account for imposition,” said Erik Peeters, :Apogee marketing manager. “For example, Apogee Impose can print and, if needed, duplicate a print control strip across a press sheet and clip it intelligently at the borders in such a way that the measurement device can read it reliably. You no longer need a strip for each sheet size.”

:Apogee Impose lets you set up ‘standard’ folding schemes for optimum efficiency. For example, only folding schemes that require no adaptations of the folding machine will be used. Because :Apogee Impose calculates the preferred imposition scheme for every job, based on rules you define, the outcome is predictable and automated, eliminating incorrect settings, resulting in additional savings of time and expense.