Prepress workflow & automation software

Any organization can benefit from the Apogee suite of workflow management products. With Apogee, ECO3 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, improved performance, and a unique cloud-based solution.

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In general, Apogee has made my life easier. ECO3 has done a great job upgrading and staying current with new intuitive features that allow us to do more with less. Books that took hours to produce were accomplished in minutes making our operation faster and more efficient.

Mike Hegg, Prepress Manager - Journal Graphics
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We installed Apogee 20 years ago, and it is working great for us. The use of built-in automation and integrated trapping has made a big difference in our overall productivity. The automation has only gotten better. What we do now takes half the amount of people which makes my job easier. Apogee is reliable, intuitive, faster, and easy to use, and it has only improved.

Beth Brandewie, Prepress Manager - Globus Printing & Packaging
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Apogee is a game-changer. It allows us to run production faster with a hot ticket workflow, and it automates our imposition requirements without the hassle. It accurately renders and color manages our PDF's delivering predictable results and peace of mind. And the service is top-notch.

Jeff Swarek, Prepress Manager - Heeter
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New in v13: extended packaging support

Apogee v13 offers operators a dedicated toolbox to review packaging designs, nest them to optimize media usage and generate die cuts.
Using a single workflow for both commercial printing and packaging jobs limits training costs, minimizes licensing and hardware investments and increases flexibility.

New in v13: connecting quality

ECO3’s PressTune manages print quality using spectral data, while also taking TVI into consideration. Calibration curves are automatically sent to Apogee v13 and those data can immediately be used to output new plates that deliver print quality according to the agreed quality standard.

New in v13: APPE 6

Including version 6 of the Adobe PDF Print Engine ensures Apogee is fully compatible with the new PDF 2.0 standard.

New in v13: automating versioning

Job setup can be automated using data provided in a Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet. This saves operator time and avoids costly errors.

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.

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 can combine print jobs intelligently to optimize press time while keeping track of the actual order. 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 automation goes beyond combining orders (or parts of orders) on a single press sheet. Apogee makes it easy to still keep track of the separate orders and allows for proper finishing. 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 is all about using the existing Apogee products, yet relying on the systems infrastructure, know-how, cloud technology, and hardware security offered by ECO3. It allows you to run your workflow off-site, more specifically on the same private and secure cloud that is also used for Arkitex newspaper production.

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.

Apogee Network

Apogee Network is a community of Apogee users, specially developed to help you get the most out of your Apogee investment.

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