Agfa Offers PDF Processing With Ink-Saving Capability

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By: E&P Staff

At the recent Ifra 06 equipment show in Amsterdam, Agfa Graphics launched :Arkitex OptiInk, an automated solution for processing PDF (Portable Document Format) files it says can save publishers from 10% to 25% in ink cost.

The ink savings depends on how PDF files are produced, the proportion of color work, and other requirements, Agfa said.

Where possible, OptInk replaces CYM (color) ink with less expensive black ink, Sheila Nysko of Agfa’s North American Newspaper Systems business development unit, told E&P at the recently concluded Graph Expo show in Chicago.

“It’s a tangible savings, given that color can be two-and-a-half times the cost of black ink,” she said.

OptInk reduces the ink volumes needed, Agfa said.

OptiInk works by automatically converts color spaces to ensure consistent color, and, using Smart Input Space, Recognition technology (SISR), can also intelligently assign an input profile when it is not provided in the PDF file. OptInk can also handle spot colors, automatically converting them into CMYK and then processing them.

:Arkitex is Agfa’s software solution approach designed specifically for newspapers. Agfa says it is in use with more newspaper publishers producing more titles than any other newspaper prepress software in the world.

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