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A 'realistic' understanding of PDF production workflows

  1. 1. A realisticunderstanding of PDFproduction workflowsDidier HaazenChair Compliancy Testing Subcomittee
  2. 2. Topics• A compliant flow?• Key components for a realistic and predictable workflow• Where to begin• Other useful tools• Info and links
  3. 3. Intro: compliant wf’s
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Intro: compliant wf’s• The sometimes inconceivable approach − And what… text goes missing???
  6. 6. Intro: compliant wf’s• The sometimes inconceivable approach − And what… font problems occur???
  7. 7. Intro: compliant wf’s• It may seem unrealistically• But we’ve seen situations that came pretty near…
  8. 8. Key componentsfor a good PDF workflow
  9. 9. Key components• What needs to be in place• What are the areas where things mostly go wrong, and that could have been avoided would they have been addressed upfront
  10. 10. Key components• Tools• Settings• Awareness• Guts
  11. 11. Tools• Microsoft Word ≠ Adobe InDesign• But also Mac OSX Preview ≠ Adobe Acrobat
  12. 12. ComparisonMac OSX Preview (5.0.3) Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.4)
  13. 13. ComparisonMac OSX Preview (5.0.3) Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.4)
  14. 14. ComparisonMac OSX Preview (5.0.3) Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.4)
  15. 15. ComparisonMac OSX Preview (5.0.3) Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.4)
  16. 16. Tools• And the Adobe Reader mobile app ≠ the Adobe Reader desktop version
  17. 17. Tools• But also other workflow components are equally importantOriginal PDF PDF after imposition
  18. 18. Tools• The effect of missing an important software update
  19. 19. Settings• ‘High Quality Print’ is not the same as ‘PDF/X-1a’ or ‘PDF/X-4’
  20. 20. PDF/X-4 presets
  21. 21. High Quality Print presets
  22. 22. Settings• Be careful when reviewing pages in layout tools or PDF…
  23. 23. Overprint Preview ON Overprint Preview OFF
  24. 24. Settings• Will these colors print well on e.g. a Newspaper printing press?
  25. 25. Awareness• Can you visually see the eight major problems in this PDF?
  26. 26. 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?
  27. 27. Where to begin…
  28. 28. 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
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  31. 31. Where to begin…• GWG joboptions and preflight profiles − Developed and maintained by Publishers and Printers from the industry − Ensure proper and predictable PDF output
  32. 32. E.g. Current GWG v4 PDF presets (PDF creation)
  33. 33. E.g. Example of (future) GWG 2012 preflight check
  34. 34. 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
  35. 35. 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
  36. 36. Ghent Output Suite v3
  37. 37. Ghent Output Suite v3
  38. 38. Ghent Output Suite v3
  39. 39. Ghent Output Suite v3
  40. 40. Ghent Output Suite v3
  41. 41. 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)
  42. 42. Why important?• And the moment you think “This will never happen to us…”
  43. 43. Other useful tools
  44. 44. Other useful tools• VIGC PDF viewer check − A ‘quick and dirty tool’ to check if the proper PDF viewer / PDF viewer settings are used
  45. 45. 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)
  46. 46. Other useful tools• And don’t forget to check the VIGC RIP audit ‘Passed’ and ‘Perfect’ labels during your stay at Graph Expo
  47. 47. Other useful tools• Perfect (Graph Expo) − EFI Fiery, version FS100 Pro
  48. 48. Other useful tools• Passed (Graph Expo) − Agfa :Apogee Prepress v8 (AP 8.0.0b3) − Océ PRISMAsync Color Controller Version 13
  49. 49. Other useful tools• Passed (drupa 2012) − EFI - XF v4.5.5 − Esko - Esko Suite 12 − FujiFilm - XMF v4.1.0.6 − GMG - ColorProof v5.3.1.97 − Heidelberg - Prinect 2011 SR1 − Kodak - Prinergy 5.2.2.2 − Xeikon - X800 Digital Frontend• No Perfect scores at that time!
  50. 50. Info & links
  51. 51. Info & links• GWG joboptions and preflight profiles − http://www.gwg.org/applicationsettings.phtml• GWG output test suite (v3) − http://www.gwg.org/ghentoutputsuite.phtml• Stay informed (GWG) − http://www.gwg.org/future_specifications.phtm
  52. 52. Info & links• VIGC PDF viewer check − http://www.vigc.org/vigc-pdf-viewer-check/• VIGC output essentials − http://www.vigc.org/vigc-output-essentials/• VIGC PDF RIP audit − http://www.vigc.org/vigc-pdfx-4-audit/
  53. 53. Thank You!

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