A compliant workflow?• 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
A compliant workflow?• The sometimes inconceivable approach − And what… text goes missing???
A compliant workflow?• The sometimes inconceivable approach − And what… font problems occur???
A compliant workflow?• It may seem unrealistically• But we’ve seen situations that came pretty close…
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 − Competitive advantage − Faster turnaround, higher Q.• But also possible threaths − Do all the new features really work (e.g. live transparency, PDF layers) − Do they tie in seamlessly with other components of my flow?
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 them − Completely free and downloadable from the GWG website
Where to begin…• Ghent Output Suite − Free test suite from GWG − Based on current standards and technology (PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-4) * In the making − 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 representing real situations • Not hand crafted laboratory conditions − Not only for testing RIP’s, but also page layout, imposition, cooking (?), etc.
Other useful tools• VIGC PDF viewer check (1) − A ‘quick and dirty tool’ to check if the proper PDF viewer / PDF viewer settings are used
Other useful tools• VIGC Output Essentials (2) − 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)