Newspapers upgrade prepress workflow solutions to ProImage NewsWayX

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ProImage, an AGFA Company, is helping several newspaper publishers streamline their prepress operations and centralizing their production by modernizing and upgrading their workflow management systems. Essential in the streamlining processes is ProImage's new generation of production workflow system NewsWayX.

NewsWayX controls and manages production workflow from a variety of front-end systems through to output. Using a web browser and being fully HTML5 compliant, NewsWayX is able to monitor production status from both origination and print sites – regardless of location. It supports ICC profiles, PDF as well as Bitmap workflow, imposition and page pairing. In addition, it easily integrates with editorial and press control systems thus providing a single, cost-effective, integrated end-to-end production solution.

As a result, many newspaper publishers have taken advantage of ProImage's innovation to upgrade their workflows:

The Las Vegas Review Journal
One of the largest newspapers in Nevada will be replacing a Print Express workflow solution with NewsWayX to provide further automation and to streamline its production flow to the new Agfa Advantage CTP devices. Operators will have the options to create edition plans or use templates to easily track production. ProImage OnColor ECO will ink optimize the PDF pages to reduce color ink usage. The PDF pages will also be preflighted using Pitstop Server before being sent to three upgraded Harlequin RIPs that will generate Tiffs. Softproofs of every page are automatically generated for review and NewsWayX will automatically pair pages based on the edition plan and display a softproof of the plate-ready Tiffs. Upon plate approval, the paired Tiffs are sent to the CTP devices for output; fan-out values are applied to individual separation to accommodate for web growth.

Buffalo News
The Buffalo (N.Y.) News recently finished an extensive workflow upgrade project that included installing NewsWayX. ProImage's Intellitune/OnColor for color correcting and toning images and OptiInk/ECO for ink optimization has been upgraded as well. These new versions with added features will help improve image quality and save the newspaper additional ink.

Lee Enterprises
Lee Enterprises will be upgrading its centralized workflow to NewsWayX to better manage production to over 25 print sites. Planning files are imported from Layout 8000 to automatically build editions. Two separate workflow hubs share the workflow load, each backing the other up for recovery. The centralized RIP farms will be upgraded to the latest versions and will be load balanced for efficient throughput. Once pages are paired, they are approved by a centralized prepress team before plate-ready Tiffs are sent to the designated print site(s) for output to local CTP devices.

Tribune Publishing
Tribune Publishing is upgrading its Arkitex workflow to NewsWayX and will be configured in a centralized environment to provide automated workflow for six Tribune production sites. Each site will have its own remote workflow for viewing and approving its own publications. Centralized RIPs will receive PDFs and send plate-ready Tiffs to local CTP devices while color locking separations and load balancing across various CTP lines. Ink presets will be sent to various press control systems and ProImage OnColor ECO ink optimization software will reduce ink costs for each print site.

Kingsport Times-News
A longtime ProImage client, the Kingsport Times-News in Kingsport,  Tenn., is upgrading its existing workflow to NewsWayX HTML5 browser-based workflow software. The new software will better manage production with an improved user interface and production tracking screens. Kingsport is already using ProImage's ECO SaaS ink optimization software which will now be integrated into the workflow. The upgraded Harlequin RIPs and NewsWay software will run on new servers for faster throughput to Agfa CTP devices.

The New York Times
The New York Times is upgrading its Arkitex workflow to NewsWayX at the College Point Plant in Flushing, N.Y. The new version will simplify edition planning and manage the additional commercial work as well as local publications. Edition plans will automatically be generated by importing a plan from Courier layout system as well as Goss OmniX press control system to obtain plate location data and page counts needed. NewsWayX will then burn plate information onto the plates as part of the barcode along with all furniture marks for output to five CTP lines which will allow color locking separations and load balancing on all lines. Ink presets as CIP3 values will be sent to Goss press control system and a copy of Tiff to calibrated hard proofers.

NewsWayX can be fully accessed from any computer platform that supports a browser eliminating complicated hardware installation. Two levels of user security guarantee online safety.  NewsWayX Dashboard will give a snapshot of the status of all publications and editions that are being currently produced.  ProImage NewsWayX provides an easy-to-use interface along with a proven robust system providing time- and cost-savings to publishers and system operators.

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