Agfa to release StoreFront 5.3 W2P

Agfa is getting ready to release the latest versions of its StoreFront web-to-print software with dedicated versions for both its Apogee prepress and Asanti wide format workflows.

However, both use the same core engine, StoreFront 5.3, which gains further refinements to the new interface that was introduced last year for items such as posters and banners. This now lets end-customers order complex bound products such as catalogs, magazines and brochures. It shows the number of pages in these products with preflight errors or warnings as well as how many pages are still missing.  When the ‘Add to cart’ button is clicked, StoreFront will still do a full preflight before adding the bound product to the cart.

It also allows those customers to realise discount pricing when ordering the same or similar items in one go. This could include, for example, a discount for the total square metre pricing for a dozen or so different posters that all happen to be printed on the same substrate. This only applies to items that are based on the same product template and use the same media. 

StoreFront also now allows users to select an order reference code from a dropdown menu at the checkout. Agfa has also limited the number of clicks needed to place large orders and has given customers the ability to add an option to a product that allows shoppers to enter text. Agfa has also tweaked the way that items are added to the shopping cart to make it easier for customers with multiple items or repeat orders. 

Agfa has also added a way to group Product templates into categories to make it easier for print service providers to manage large libraries of product templates. Agfa has also responded to customer feedback by making it easier for customers to group multiple products together to create product kits. This was previously limited to 16 items but can now take 32 items. StoreFront can also now handle multiple versions of digitally-printed products, such as multi-lingual manuals that can be offered in a store as digital downloads.  

Finally, version 5.3 can now include JDF Production Intent information that indicates if that job is intended to be produced using an offset, digital or inkjet press.

Agfa has said that it is planning to update the Online Editor but this will have to wait for a subsequent version.  In the meantime, StoreFront 5.3 should be available this month, July 2019. You can find further details from Agfa’s website here.


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