25 years PrePress-Consulting
Stephan Jaeggi

PrePress-ConsultingOn January 15th, 1992 the foundation of my company PrePress-Consulting Stephan Jaeggi was published in the Commercial Register of canton Basel-Landschaft. Despite the fact that preparation work started earlier this marks the offical beginning of my company.

At the beginning my goals was to cover the entire prepress area. I have supported my customers in the evalution and introduction of new hard- and software (from editorial systems to imagesetters). I also did process optimisation and database publishing projects. But soon this became too much to cover and in 1996 I decided to concentrate my activities to the upcoming PDF technology. At the same time I started with my first PDF seminars.

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Information event on PDFX-ready Online Tools

On October 25th PDFX-ready hosted an information event at the Berufsschule für Gestaltung Zürich. More than one hundred users have attended the first public presentation of the final version of the PDFX-ready Online Tools.

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Issue 100 of PDF-AKTUELL

Today issue 100 of the newsletter PDF-AKTUELL is published. The first issue was released on 9.2.1999 in german: 


In the archive most of the published newsletters are still available. Unfortunately some issues were “lost”.  Of course most of the links in the old newsletters are invalid by now. But I often use the archive to check when a particular version of a software was released and which new features were introduced.

The first newsletters were created with Adobe PageMill, the first WYSIWYG editor for HTML. The design is relatively ugly (however some people have called it “cult”).

Starting with PDF-AKTUELL Nr. 81 I have switched to WordPress (with the Newsletter plugin). After a few problems at the beginning it’s now running smoothly.

Since PDF-AKTUELL Nr. 83 the newsletter is also published in English. And thanks to  Google Translate also in 120 additional languages. 😉

The goal remains to send a summary of all news releated to PDF in Print Production via e-mail to all subscribers. The subscription of the newsletter is free of charge.

PDF-AKTUELL Nr. 100 features a summary of Drupa 2016. In addition to the blog post I have collected the most important PDF Trends at Drupa in a presentation at the PDF Days Europe.

New ECI profiles for sheetfed offset printing

On September 30th a kick-off event took place in Stuttgart were BVDM, ECI and FOGRA presented their new tools supporting the new ISO 12647-2:2013 printing standard.

The new ISO-Standard supports the latest developments and standards in measuring technology and lightening. For papers containing optical brigheners a better process control can be achieved. Color measurements and visual impression of proof and printing are better in line.

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Preflight is 25 years old

Jaeggi2_84x88In Sommer 1990 my colleague Chuck Weger has presented the concept and the term “Preflight” for the first time. 1993 the application FlightCheck from Markzware was introduces, which could check files of layout applications (Aldus PageMaker, QuarkXPress, later Adobe InDesign).

The first preflight tool for PDF was devloped by Enfocus. Later Callas pdfInspektor, which is now part of Callas pdfToobox, was added. In 2002 the PDF/X-3 Inspector (Freeware) for Acrobat 5 was released which made creating and checking of the ISO standard PDF/X-3 possible. In April 2003 Adobe has implemented a preflight feature based on the Callas pdfInspector in Acrobat 6. Also in the latest Acrobat version the preflight feature is provided by Callas.

PDF preflight is also available as server applications: Enfocus PitStop Server and Callas pdfToolbox Server. There are also online services available.

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Start of new web site and new newsletter in english

Dear PDF users As announced in the last issue of the german newsletter PDF-AKTUELL I have set up a new modern web site with a blog. The URL is http://www.pdf-aktuell.ch. The web site is in german and english. There is also a new newsletter which will serve to regulary send the most important articles of the blog to the subscribers. For the first time the newsletter will also be published in english. I have already filled the blog since more than half a year with articles. The new web pages feature a comment function which will facilitate the dialog with the readers. In addition there is a page with frequently asked questions (and the answers). I am looking forward to get your feedback (positive and negative) as well as suggestions via the contact form. The implementation of the new web site was delayed because I first wanted to finish my projekt at Novartis Pharma. I was responsible for the introduction of PDF/X-4 for all packaging materials on a global bases. This project was so successfull that they don’t need my support anymore. Therefore I have time again for my new web site, new seminars and new projects! If you are interested please contact me… 😉 Stephan Jaeggi