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  • A realisticunderstanding of PDFproduction workflowsDidier HaazenChair Compliancy Testing Subcomittee
  • Topics• A compliant flow?• Key components for a realistic and predictable workflow• Where to begin• Other useful tools• Info and links
  • Intro: compliant wf’s
  • 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…
  • Key componentsfor a good PDF workflow
  • 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
  • Key components• Tools• Settings• Awareness• Guts
  • Tools• Microsoft Word ≠ Adobe InDesign• But also Mac OSX Preview ≠ Adobe Acrobat
  • ComparisonMac OSX Preview (5.0.3) Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.4)
  • ComparisonMac OSX Preview (5.0.3) Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.4)
  • ComparisonMac OSX Preview (5.0.3) Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.4)
  • ComparisonMac OSX Preview (5.0.3) Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.4)
  • Tools• And the Adobe Reader mobile app ≠ the Adobe Reader desktop version
  • Tools• But also other workflow components are equally importantOriginal PDF PDF after imposition
  • Tools• The effect of missing an important software update
  • Settings• ‘High Quality Print’ is not the same as ‘PDF/X-1a’ or ‘PDF/X-4’
  • PDF/X-4 presets
  • High Quality Print presets
  • Settings• Be careful when reviewing pages in layout tools or PDF…
  • Overprint Preview ON Overprint Preview OFF
  • 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…
  • 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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  • 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 v3
  • Ghent Output Suite v3
  • Ghent Output Suite v3
  • Ghent Output Suite v3
  • Ghent Output Suite v3
  • 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
  • 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 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!
  • Info & links
  • 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
  • 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/
  • Thank You!