Agfa Graphics Unveils PrintSphere

PrintAction Staff
May 16, 2016
By PrintAction Staff
Agfa Graphics launched the cloud-based PrintSphere to provide printing companies with a standardized way to send and receive files. The Software as a Service technology, with an overview of active jobs, also provides Customer Service Representatives with a dashboard to manage their customers.

PrintSphere is a shared service that allows printers to exchange files with, for example, customers, employees and freelancers. Whether data sharing happens internally or externally, the cloud-based solution keeps all print data stored and organized.

Integrated with Apogee Prepress or Asanti, prepress operators can assign users to specific jobs. An automated messaging system invites these assigned parties to deliver files for a particular job. PrintSphere can also be used to create archives of previous jobs that can be made available to a select number of customers.

“Printers exchange gigabytes of data on a daily basis using a variety of tools,” said Andy Grant, Head of Software, Agfa Graphics. “We wanted to offer them a standardized and more efficient way to do that. PrintSphere makes it easy to swiftly send and receive files, it has a browser interface and sits in the cloud, not on your own system.”

PrintSphere is accessible through the website Printsphere.com or via client applications for Windows, Mac, and mobile. Uploaded data automatically synchronizes with local folders, making files available on-site as well.

“PrintSphere integrates with Agfa Graphics’ existing production workflow software, such as Apogee, Asanti, and StoreFront,” Grant added. “It automates data intake, creates off-site backups of critical production databases, and picks up web-to-print orders to make them available on the local network.”

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