Putting PDF into Production
InProduction's Preflight tool, which Sato anticipates will join Separator as a lead tool for Primary Color, compares PDF files against a set of user-defined profiles to check for time-consuming errors. It scans for problems in the document structure, pages, images, fonts, colors and output settings.
InProduction's Trim/Bleed tool, also high on Sato's list to be a production streamliner at Primary Color, allows users to create production-ready PDF files. Its functionality provides the controls needed to define media, trim, bleed and art boxes on a specific page, giving users the ability to ensure accurate page positioning for imposition.
InProduction also delivers Color Converter and in-RIP Trapping tools. Color Converter enables CMYK conversions from L*a*b, RGB or CMYK color modes using industry standard ICC profiles. Adobe in-RIP Trapping enables users to specify page and regional zone-based trapping parameters for later execution in an Adobe PostScript 3 RIP that licenses Adobe in-RIP Trapping.
"I foresee Primary Color utilizing the Preflight and Trim/Bleed functionalities extensively," Sato reports. "Separator, to date, has been a good tool to incorporate into our workflow. I foresee, for example, Preflight being an equally good tool to incorporate, allowing us to perform the front line assessment of files, as well as be a great tool on the back end, which adds another layer of quality control before we ship the files."
At present, Primary Color offers color separations, electronic retouching and image manipulation, imagesetting, digital photography, digital asset management, multimedia and Internet services, press proofing, ad reprints and commercial printing. With facilities in Irvine and Culver City, CA, the company—led by principals Dan Hirt, Ron Hirt and Mike Hirt—is a large, progressive provider of prepress, printing and new media services, with an elite list of clientele.
PDF, too, is a staple technology at Primary Color. "I don't think it'll be too long before PDF will be the preferred format for internal workflows and external file exchange," Sato adds. "PDF is an enabler that allows us to do things we could not do before. With PDF, we can represent almost all of our jobs, no matter which application they originated, in a self-contained, common file format."