Putting PDF into Production
At Johnson Printing, once files are ready for imaging, they are sent to either the company's Galileo digital platesetter or to an Agfa Avantra 44 imagesetter. For these devices, a PostScript stream is created for the Apogee Taipan AX RIP, which uses Adobe PostScript 3 features, such as 16-bit screening and smooth shading, to improve print quality.
Notes Chris Dyson, Johnson's prepress director: "Our productivity has really grown. PDF is an ideal solution for attacking, or eliminating, problematic files. If PDFs are created correctly, the productivity and accuracy of prepress departments improve immeasurably."
While Johnson Printing is experiencing workflow boosts with PDF, Primary Color, a 240-employee, Irvine, CA-based prepress, printing and digital service provider, is turning to PDF for soft proofing, color control and time savings.
Presently, Primary Color is utilizing Adobe's Acrobat InProduction for better control of the PDF process. Designed for print production professionals, InProduction reportedly enables PDF files to be processed easily, efficiently and reliably through a color printing workflow.
Prior to InProduction, Primary Color—with sales in the $31 million range—had to rely on a piecemeal solution to complete its PDF workflow, particularly for the conversions of spot colors to process colors and other separation functions.
InProduction's Separator tool, one of five InProduction tools designed to offer better control and improved workflow performance, currently allows Primary Color to specify and perform conversions of spot colors to process colors, as well as specify printer's marks.
"We have been waiting for a tool like Separator; it solves many prepress problems for us," reports Jay Sato, prepress R&D manager at Primary Color. "The Separator tool gives our team complete control over output, including converting and remapping spot colors to the correct plate. Separator allows us to soft proof files much more accurately because it shows overprints and traps."