Intro: compliant wf’s• The sometimes inconceivable approach − Take EPS − Place in Illustrator − Save as PDF/X-1a − Import in QXPress − Print to PS (HQ settings or PDF/X-4) − Re-render using Distiller − Place in Imposition tool − Send to RIP
Intro: compliant wf’s• The sometimes inconceivable approach − And what… text goes missing???
Intro: compliant wf’s• The sometimes inconceivable approach − And what… font problems occur???
Intro: compliant wf’s• It may seem unrealistically• But we’ve seen situations that came pretty near…
Settings• Will these colors print well on e.g. a Newspaper printing press?
Awareness• Can you visually see the eight major problems in this PDF?
Guts• New technology (often) means new opportunities• Stagnation can lead to decay − I work with IDCS3, can I also use Live Preflight in that version? − Can I also use the GWG 2012 preflight profiles in Enfocus PitStop Professional 6.5?
Where to begin…• GWG joboptions and preflight profiles − A set of settings files for many applications to properly create and preflight PDF-files − Tested with more than 200 different compliancy test files − Provided with documentation on how to install and use − Completely free and downloadable from the GWG website
Where to begin…• GWG joboptions and preflight profiles − Developed and maintained by Publishers and Printers from the industry − Ensure proper and predictable PDF output
E.g. Current GWG v4 PDF presets (PDF creation)
E.g. Example of (future) GWG 2012 preflight check
Where to begin…• Ghent Output Suite − Free test suite from GWG − Based on current standards and proven technology (PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-4) − Separated in individual categories, important areas to check • Those areas that often cause problems in live situations
Where to begin…• Ghent Output Suite − Created by real people, with real software and containing real issues • Not hand crafted laboratory conditions − Used by many companies (including vendors!) − Goes beyond RIP, but also layout, imposition, PDF-rendering, etc
Ghent Output Suite v4• Shall contain new challenging aspects − Live Transparency − Optional Content (groups) − JPEG2000 patches − 16 bits image support − OpentType fonts• Proposal that is developed by now (amalgamated page)
Why important?• And the moment you think “This will never happen to us…”
Other useful tools• VIGC PDF viewer check − A ‘quick and dirty tool’ to check if the proper PDF viewer / PDF viewer settings are used
Other useful tools• VIGC Output Essentials − A key tool to simplify and check the entire layout process • Custom panel for both Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop (CS5/CS6) • Including link to VIGC Live Preflight profiles for Adobe InDesign (CS4 and up)
Other useful tools• And don’t forget to check the VIGC RIP audit ‘Passed’ and ‘Perfect’ labels during your stay at Graph Expo
Other useful tools• Perfect (Graph Expo) − EFI Fiery, version FS100 Pro
Other useful tools• Passed (Graph Expo) − Agfa :Apogee Prepress v8 (AP 8.0.0b3) − Océ PRISMAsync Color Controller Version 13
Other useful tools• Passed (drupa 2012) − EFI - XF v4.5.5 − Esko - Esko Suite 12 − FujiFilm - XMF v22.214.171.124 − GMG - ColorProof v126.96.36.199 − Heidelberg - Prinect 2011 SR1 − Kodak - Prinergy 188.8.131.52 − Xeikon - X800 Digital Frontend• No Perfect scores at that time!