‘San Diego U-T’ Installs alfaQuest Software


AlfaQuest Technologies of Rolling Meadows, Ill., completed installation of its Print Express Consolidated Production Management system earlier this month at The San Diego Union-Tribune, where it replaces multiple Harlequin RIPs and spooling servers.

The system’s software modules include PrintExpress consolidated server with Adobe Systems’ CPSI RIP, network imaging, PrintExpress multi-burn, page-pairing, Bitmap Assembler, PDF Creator, and network proofing.

The paper’s CPM system accepts PostScript, PDF, and TIFF input from its front-end systems. It also accepts bitmap information from its page scanners, performs double-burn page processing, and drives existing Agfa/Autologic 3850 imagers.

The CPM server is configured to allow installation of all modules on fault-tolerant Sun Microsystems or Microsoft Windows scalable platforms. Consolidated servers simplify installation and configuration and reduce hardware and software maintenance costs, according to alfaQuest.

Network licensing permits CPSM server configuration for customer-defined manual or automated failover. The Union-Tribune’s two SunFire V440 servers have back-up power supplies, disk, and CPUs. If a server fails, a single server will take over operations.

PrintExpress management tools include input sorting and multi-level routing, plate requeuing, multiple plate output, plate viewing and approval, load leveling, dynamic edition display, timed-release queues, priority plate processing, color plate locking, output sorting and routing, and remote plate management. The system may be integrated with page-planning, pagination, and press-control systems.

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