Forum > Agfa Systems

Apogee X Archiving Trick

(1/3) > >>

DigitalCrapShoveler:
We are getting away from AGFA and going full Kodak workflow via Prinergy.

One of the biggest hurdles we faced was not being able to access archived jobs due to Apogee X's proprietary arching format.

I asked Kodak and Fuji both if they had any methods or utilities for getting these .arch files open. Both claimed their top engineers could not crack them open. This was a SERIOUS problem. If I can't access old jobs, I would have to keep Apogee X running JUST for unarchiving old files.

I cracked it.

Here is how to do it:

This is what they look like after a file has been archived through Apogee X:



As you can see, the runlist is contained within the .arch file. This is what you would access through Apogee X to bring a previously printed job back into production.



In the "gr_hotfolder_1_1" folder you will see a file called "Document" usually proceeded by a numerical value. This can be opened using the Mac's built in compression software, or Stuffit.



After the file decompresses, you have a series of additional folders that become available to browse. You want to keep opening each folder until you get to a folder called "wunKeyInput." Within you will see 2 files. Both named similarly, but one with an extension ".properties." Ignore this and open the other file with Acrobat.

BAM! Done. You now have the original PDF you used to create the job.

Joe:
Can't keep a good hack down can they? :laugh:

DigitalCrapShoveler:
It was a serious detriment to my workflow change decision. I actually put off getting Prinergy or XMF until I figured out a way to get these open. I figured if there were any other shops out there thinking they were locked in with AGFA due to this problem, it would be nice to know they don't have you by the balls.

So there, AGFA!

My old Manager liked to drop PDFs directly into Apogee X without creating an archive through me. He was under the assumption we were never leaving AGFA, so he would always be able to access archives through Apogee X. Usually, all files come through the operator who then creates a folder that gets archived with all native jobs. Because he did this, I didn't have a comprehensive archive of EVERY job. Certain jobs can only be accessed through Apogee X. Not anymore.

Joe:

--- Quote from: DigitalCrapShoveler on February 08, 2013, 01:09:19 AM ---
It was a serious detriment to my workflow change decision. I actually put off getting Prinergy or XMF until I figured out a way to get these open. I figured if there were any other shops out there thinking they were locked in with AGFA due to this problem, it would be nice to know they don't have you by the balls.

So there, AGFA!

My old Manager liked to drop PDFs directly into Apogee X without creating an archive through me. He was under the assumption we were never leaving AGFA, so he would always be able to access archives through Apogee X. Usually, all files come through the operator who then creates a folder that gets archived with all native jobs. Because he did this, I didn't have a comprehensive archive of EVERY job. Certain jobs can only be accessed through Apogee X. Not anymore.

--- End quote ---


It is a good feeling when you get to stick it to the man isn't it?

frailer:
When we Archive jobs from XMF, (an optional thing, which I gather would be the case in any vendor's workflow), it creates what I assume to be some sort of proprietary file; I suppose a compressed Windows-compatible format. Would be the same for us I suppose, if we were to change, though I'd have no fingernails left after the attempt to get XMF away from me.
Guess they may be similarly crackable.   :undecided:

Navigation

[0] Message Index

[#] Next page

Go to full version