Adobe--Life in the PDF Lane
PI: What's new with PDF?
Adobe's Gellman: "Feedback from customers regarding workflows, color management and other issues have influenced our work on the latest version of PDF.
"Adobe recently revised the PDF language specification to allow for several new capabilities that facilitate a digital workflow in the print production world. The new features address many of the biggest challenges our customers face in using PDF within the print environment. Some of our customers have expressed concern that ICC workflows are not possible with the current version of PDF, version 1.2, but are with native application workflows, thus limiting the type of work they can do using PDF.
"Also, PDF 1.2 cannot handle objects defined through PostScript 3 operators, which are used in applications such as Illustrator 8.0 and PhotoShop 5.0. Therefore, the next version of PDF will address these challenges."
PI: Is the Adobe Portable Job Ticket Format (PJTF) being used today and, if so, where?
Adobe's Walker: "The PJTF can be found in products from Agfa and EFI, which are using it to carry imposition data to increase flexibility in job handling and to enable workflow automation. Also, the PJTF has just been approved by the CIP3 committee as a way to carry and transport CIP3 data from the RIP to the printing device. So we expect to see it implemented in systems using PJTF for CIP3 data sometime soon."
PI: What is the biggest challenge to developing a completely integrated printing workflow?
Adobe's Gellman: "As with any product or service, the biggest challenge is in creating a solution that can be implemented immediately within a complex infrastructure of native applications and equipment.
"Over the past few years, Adobe has continually tackled the most substantial issues facing printers and developed several innovative solutions. Critical to that success has been the tremendous interactive relationships we have with OEM partners and end-users.