Adobe--Life in the PDF Lane
"Our partners and customers provide key insight into the challenges they deal with every day. Recent milestones include the development of Adobe PostScript 3, Adobe PostScript Extreme and PDF. As our customers' businesses evolve, so do ours. By the time our competition unveils its latest products, we are already eight to 10 months into the development of the next solution."
Adobe PostScript Extreme
Since it's introduction in 1984, the Adobe PostScript language has not only been the mainstay of desktop publishing in the commercial printing industry—it has become the very standard for digital commercial graphic arts production as well.
Welcome PostScript Extreme.
Adobe PostScript Extreme technology is an architecture of related modules whose functionality optimizes throughput for commercial printing, Extreme makes use of three of Adobe's complementary core technologies: Adobe PostScript 3 interpreters, Portable Document Format (PDF) and Portable Job Ticket Format (PJTF).
At present, there are two variants of Extreme—Extreme for graphic arts and production printing, and Extreme for high volume printing. The ultimate goal of both versions is to provide a robust job management environment for commercial printing.
Extreme process modules are known as Job Ticket Processors (JTP). JTPs get information from a job ticket, which is an extended set of processing information about a PDF document, written in PJTF, which is based on the PDF language.
A job ticket may be included in a PDF document or exist as a separate entity. A PDF document and its associated job ticket contain essentially all the information (content, graphics, production specs) required for viewing, processing and outputting a file in a self-contained package. Because a PDF document contains this key information, it can be thought of as a "digital master"—a complete and reliable description of a file's content and processing requirements.
For more information on Adobe's Extreme architecture and a comprehensive backgrounder on PDF files, consult www.adobe.com on the Internet.