New survey: Which standalone PDF applications are you using frequently for your prepress files?

A year ago I have asked which Acrobat plugins are used on a regular basis. The focus in the most recent survey is on standalone applications:

Which standalone PDF applications are you using frequently for your prepress files?

It’s possible to add additional applications (not plug-ins!) in the field “Others”.

The survey can only be taken once. After entering your answers you will see the current results.

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Acrobat is the most popular Preflight tool

In my last survey I have asked which Preflight tool(s) is used most frequently. These were the five most mentioned products (count on 28.12.17):

  1. Acrobat Preflight (30.61 %)
  2. Enfocus PitStop Pro (15.51 %)
  3. OneVision (15.10 %)
  4. Callas pdfToolbox Desktop (12.63 %)
  5. Callas pdfToolbox Server/CLI/SDK (8.16 %)

Other products were mentioned less than 5%.


PDF Accessibility Checker Version 3.0 (PAC 3)

PAC, the PDF Accessibility Checker, is a free tool provided by the swiss not for profit Organisation «Acces for All» which allows accessibility checking of PDF documents according the PDF/UA standard.

PAC 3, the new version of the checker, can be downloaded here.

Unfortunaltey there is still no Mac version available.


Error in Adobe PDF Print Engine
caused by bad font data

Datalogics, distributor of Adobe software libraries for developers, has publisher a knowledge base article on a new error in version 3.0 of the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) called NON-FATAL PDF Exception: Cannot extract the embedded font. This error message generated by the Adobe Common Renderer is caused by bad font data. The article describes settings which can prevent this error message (but adds the risk of wrong display of fonts).


 

Three articels on PDF 2.0 in SD Times

SD (Software Development) Times has published three articles on PDF 2.0 in the December issue:

For the articles they have interviewed some members of the PDF Association, who were involved in the development of the PDF 2.0 specification (ISO 32000-2). There is also an overview of the current status of the PDF 2.0 implementations in the most important PDF developer tools.


Enfocus Connect 2017 available

Enfocus has released an upgrade to the Connect product family with support for Switch 2017 and Pitstop 2017. Connect helps creative and print professionals create print ready PDF files and delivers them, with job ticket specifications, in an easy to use way from most applications to internal or remote locations.

I have used Enfocus Connect to create the Connectors for the PDFX-ready Online Tools.


MadeToPrint & MadeForLayers
support Processing Steps

The latest versions of the Axaio plug-ins for InDesign MadeToPrint and MadeForLayers allow the definition and the PDF export of layers with Processing Steps metadata:

PDF Processing Steps were defined by the Ghent Workgroup and will soon be releases as ISO-Standard 15993. PDF Processing Steps allow standardized identification of non-printing objects in packaging files (e.g. dieline, braille, varnish, folding) and help automating production.


Acrobat DC 2018 with PDF 2.0

After the version jump from 2015 to 2015 in April, Acrobat now was updated to version 2018 after only half a year. But only for the subscription variant (Continuous track). The subscription variant (Classic track) stays with version 2017:

(The update can also be installed using the Acrobat menu Help > Check for Updates….)

Many users have got an automatic update since the corresponding option in the preferences was recently activated by default.

Despite the divergent version numbers all of the new features of this update are available in both variants!

The new Acrobat versions support PDF 2.0. Documents using PDF 2.0 are now opened without a warning. They can also be saved as PDF 2.0. However PDF 2.0 is not supported in Acrobat Preflight (yet). Since Callas has already integrated PDF 2.0 checks and fixups in pdfToolbox 9.4 this feature will certainly soon be available  in an upcoming Acrobat update.

Unfortunately Adobe is quiet about which of the new features of PDF 2.0 are supported in the new Acrobat versions!!!

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PDiff 2.0: PDF text comparison with new features

The new version 2.0 of the text based PDF comparison tool PDiff  from  CSci brings new features and more comfort for the user.

PDiff 2.0 features an additional format for PDF reports with a side by side view of the two documents with highlighted changes. The report also contains PDF comments:


PDF Accessibility enhancements in InDesign 2018

The InDesign update to version 13.0 (2018) released in October 2017 features some enhancements in the export of accessible PDFs:

  • Alternate text for graphics and InDesign objects
  • Group level tagging
  • Support for footnote
  • Anchored text frames and anchored groups tagging
  • Master pages tagging
  • Index tagging
  • List tag language
  • List tagging
  • Caption tagging
  • TOC tagging structure

Callas pdfToolbox 9.4 with PDF 2.0

Callas has released version 9.4 of pdfToolbox. The update supports the new ISO standard 32000-2 (PDF 2.0). In addition there is a new feature for comparing two profiles:

This comparison feature will certainly help me in the  development of upcoming versions the thirty PDFX-ready preflight profiles.

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Screening technology to avoid the orange peel

Martin Bailey, CTO of Global Graphics (Harlequin-RIPs), talks in his blog about tests to avoid the orange peel effekt for inkjet presses using special screening methodes.

When inkjet presses print on non-absorbent, poorly wettable media such as flexible plastics or metal, prints are characterized by a mottle effect that looks a bit like orange peel. This effect seems to be triggered by ink shrinkage during cure. This can be corrected with a halftone with specially designed characteristics.

In order to avoid these artifacts Global Graphics will soon introduce a new screen technology.

It’s interesting that the topic of screening becomes important again for the new printing technologies…


One year PDFX-ready Online Tools

In the morning of Octobre 26th, 2016 we have launched the PDFX-ready Online Tools. which I had developed for PDFX-ready. Right at the beginning we offered three tools:

There is a FREEWARE and PREMIUM versions for members of PDFX-ready.

The experience we made in the past year is pretty good. The Enfocus Switch server with the applications Callas pdfToolbox and ColorLogic ProfileTagger is running very stable. But of course there were a few problems.

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Quality loss after color conversion
in Acrobat

In preparation of my new seminar PDF Color Management I have tested the image compression before and after color conversion in the most popular PDF tools.

In highend PDFs destinated for quality printing the images are usually compressed using JPEG maximum quality. Before color conversion the images must be decompressed and afterwards compressed again. Acrobat always uses JPEG medium quality for this recompression. The consequence is that there is an (unexpected) loss of quality of the color converted images (see table).

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in Acrobat

End of support for Acrobat/Reader XI

On October 15, 2017 Adobe discontinued the support of Adobe Acrobat XI und Adobe Reader XI. Adobe only supports during five years. That means that Adobe no longer provides technical support, including product and/or security updates, for this version of the application.

However the software can still be used!

According to my survey last year Acrobat XI is the most used Acrobat version by my readers. This is also confirmed by the feedback of the attendees of my seminars.