Adobe–Life in the PDF Lane

“Tasks such as trapping, imposition and color correction can all be handled by the PJTF and, since the files are translated into Adobe PDF, the file can easily be based from one task to another.

“Extreme supports not only the workflow leading up to rendering, but also a very sophisticated way to render files, allowing for the distribution of multiple RIPs to attain or beat engine speeds. All of this is integrated so the beginning of the system knows what is happening on the back end, creating a very efficient and productive workflow.”

PI: What is Adobe doing to help users increase productivity with their production printing jobs?

Adobe’s Walker: “When looking at a recent GATF research study, we saw that 57 percent of all jobs submitted to service providers and prepress production facilities fail when attempting to output to film, proof or plate. This is a stunning statistic that shows there is much room for improvement in our present workflows. Some of the reasons for these failures are missing files, fonts, graphics and images; incompatible native applications; cross-platform issues; etc.

“With Adobe Extreme, we have introduced PDF as the internal file format, thus obviating many of the file failure concerns and increasing reliability, as all graphics, fonts and images are now in one object-based file that has already been interpreted by an Adobe PostScript interpreter. Users of PDF in digital printing find they can streamline operations, improve responsiveness to customer demands and cut costs because of the efficiencies of its use as a common file format.

“We introduced the Adobe Portable Job Ticket as a flexible way to access and control process information, such as imposition templates or trapping information, which enables users to change information up to the last minute when the job ticket and the PDF are rendered to the marking engine. Also, with the latest version of PDF, we will increase the capabilities of PDF within a system such as Extreme which, among many other things, allows users to hold color intentions in the file.”

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