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Extreme Systems

The Extreme workflow systems offered by vendors such as Agfa and Heidelberg are closely tied to their manufacturers' output hardware: CreoScitex's Prinergy, for example, is most commonly used with computer-to-plate systems, while Agfa Apogee drives imagesetters and platesetters. IBM Printing Systems, meanwhile, uses it to drive high-speed digital printers. In this way, the various systems are closed; however, they're also open in that they'll generally accept many file formats (such as EPS or TIFF/IT) and convert them to PDF for processing.

Make Room to RIP

Always an issue in Extreme and high-end prepress workflows is the point at which you rasterize your digital file. As an object-oriented file format, PDF must be rasterized to bitmapped pixels that correspond to the dots imaged on a given output device prior to being screened and imaged. However, when the file is rasterized, its format becomes much more limited—bigger and device dependent—which means you want to put off that step as long as possible to maximize your file's flexibility and editability.


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