ZePrA 6 from ColorLogic with PantoneLIVE integration

Version 6 of the ColorLogic color server features an integration with PantoneLIVE. This allows to online access spectral definitions of spot colors.

There are additional improvements in the area of spot color iteration and better administration of spot color libraries. In addition there are improvement in handling queues and configuration.

In the online help for the ZePrA the new features are covered indepth.


Callas pdfToolbox 9.3 with new
color separation feature

The update 9.3 of pdf Toolbox from Callas adds a new feature for the color separation of CMYK and spot color pages. This sounds like a déjà vue. In the late 1990ies color separation of PDF pages was a huge topic. (I was working on a software solution myself.) But it seams that there is still a need. Just recently I had such an enquiry. The customer would like to check separations on the monitor and print them on a laser printer if necessary.

During the first test I recognized a mess with the separation names in the page label fields when the PDF had multiple pages. I have reported the bug to Callas and after a two weeks the problem was fixed in an update. Therefore you should update to version 9.3.434.


Is JPEG2000 compression suitable
for PDF files for prepress?

For the new Adobe InDesign export settings V2.5 for PDF/X-4 CMYK+RGB from PDFX-ready the technical committee of PDFX-ready has investigated if a change of the compression method from the traditional JPEG to the newer JPEG2000 would be useful.

JPEG2000 uses a completely different compression technology (wavelet transformation) than the old JPEG (discrete cosine transformation). The new technology promises a better quality together with smaller file sizes. JPEG2000 also allows images with more than 8 bits per channel and up to 256 channels. That sounds promising…

We already knew from tests of the Ghent Workgroup that not all PDF viewers (especially on mobile devices) can handle PDFs with JPEG2000. With other PDF viewers (including Acrobat/Reader) displaying JPEG2000 images is much slower than JPEG images.

But after all we wanted to know if we could recommend JPEG2000 compression for prepress data. That’s why we decided to perform a series of practical tests with a calendar with highres images in different color spaces (Device-CMYK, ICC-CMYK, ICC-RGB). Peter Kleinheider has done the output tests with two different RIPs and I did the export tests with Adobe InDesign CC2017.

When comparing the test results we noticed some unexpected surprises!

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Barcode check in PDF files
with ChkBarcode from CSci

Software developer CSci from Hamburg has released ChkBarcode. This software allows checking of barcodes in PDF files for printing.

ChkBarcode checks quickly and securely all barcodes directly in the ready-to-print PDFs. The verification software ChkBarcode finds 1D and 2D barcodes, determines the type, reads the contents and measures the quite zone, checks the dimensions, measures the barcode elements and determines the bar width reduction (BWR). With ChkBarcode, you can create a QS report and use the results to control your workflow.


Problem with Enfocus PitStop Inspector
in Adobe Acrobat DC 2017

There is a problem with PitStop Inspector in Acrobat DC 2017. After starting Acrobat it is impossible to select an object with the PitStop Inspector tool.

This is also true for older versions of Enfocus PitStop. The reason for the problem seam to be a change in Acrobat DC 2017. Enfocus is working with Adobe to find a solution.

The recommended workaround is to open the window Adobe Acrobat DC > About Third-Party Plug-Ins > About Enfocus PitStop Pro… and close it. Afterwards objects can be selected as usual … until the next start of Acrobat DC 2017. Then you have to open the About Enfocus window again!


Review of PDF Days Europe 2017
in Berlin

On May 15th to 17th PDF Days Europe, organized by the PDF Association, took placed again in Berlin. The event, organized for the first time as PDF Technical Conference in 2012 in Basel with less than 60 attendees (mostly developers), was attentended by more than 200 vendors and users this year.  

This year the upcoming publication of PDF 2.0 (ISO 32000-2) and a (somewhat vague) preview of next-generation PDF, which is supposed to allow a better use of PDF on mobile devices, were the primary focus of the event. The concept became clearer only at the Hackathon on the third day.

Slides and video recordings are available of most presentations (please allow enough time to load the video previews on the page). There is also a YouTube video posted of my english presentation about the PDFX-ready Online Tools.

Prepetual license of Acrobat
now also in version 2017

After the confusing version jump of the Acrobat update in April Adobe now has also released Version 2017 of the perpetual license of Acrobat (classic track). Please note  that the perpetual version has lost the amendment DC and now is only called Acrobat 2017.

The users of the perpetual version eventually can also benefit of new features of the subscription version:

On the Acrobat 2017 FAQ page one can find a somewhat longer list of new features. But also there several features of the subscription version are missing. E.g. the enhancements of preflight and accessibility. However I don’t know if these features just have not found their way into these lists or if the perpetual version really has fewer features that the subscription version…

Acrobat 2017 is a paid update for users of Acrobat XI and Acrobat DC (Classic).


 

Enfocus PDF Review Module released

At last years Drupa Enfocus had showcased a new technology which allows to better integrate customers into review and approval workflows. This technology is now released as Switch PDF Review Module.

PDF Review Module consists of two parts:

  • a Switch App which uploads a PDF to a web server, and
  • the PDF Review web server, which can be installed on any internal or external host.

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Enfocus PitStop 2017
with new technology

Enfocus has released version 2017 of PitStop Pro and PitStop Server. It’s the first bigger update sind April 2015 (version 13).

Enfocus has used the time to develop some innovative new preflight features. I have waited for these since longtime.

These features are based on the new PDF Geomapper technology. This makes ist possible to check objects based on their position on the page in relation to other objects at this position. This was not possible with any preflight tool since only properties of single objects are checked.

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Acrobat DC April 2017 Update
with confusing version jump

Adobe has released a new update for Acrobat DC. As usual there are two different updaters:

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

It’s strange that the subscription variant now has a 17.x version number while the perpetual variant still has a 15.x version number. For sure this will increase the confusion about the different variants of Acrobat even more!

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Callas pdfToolbox 9.2
with cross-library search

In pdfToolbox 9 Callas has introduced the possibility to define unlimited libraries with collections of profiles, checks, fixups and multiple settings. This allows very easily to combine all definitions for a particular project or customer and save them in an independent way. Changes in one library do not change anything in other libraries. So far so good. It becomes problematic if one uses this feature extensively (like me) and one has to search for a specific definition but cannot remember in which library this was saved.

This problem is now solved with the latest update to Callas pdfToolbox 9.2 with allows to search in all libriaries at once.

In addition to some smaller feature enhancements the new version allows to use an external text editor for definition JavaScripts in variables.

EFI Fiery DFEs and Workflows Process
the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0

EFI has announced that the six pages with 48 test elements of the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 can be flawlessly processed by  Fiery DFEs und workflows.

On the web site of the Ghent Workgroup one can find the settings used for the successfull output of the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 (also for some other vendors).


Use of GWG preflight profiles
with Agfa Apogee Prepress 10

Agfa offers in Apogee Prepress 10 a choice of two different preflight processes. Apogee Preflight is a solution developed by Agfa while Preflight is based on Enfocus PitStop. For both there are now preflight profiles available which are compliant with the lastest GWG2015 specifications of the Ghent Workgroup.

In a short instruction the use of the GWG2015 profiles with both preflight processors in Apogee 10 is described.


Maximum file size doubled
for all PDFX-ready Connectors

In the user survey of the PDFX-ready Online Tools many users were complaining about the small file sizes. PDFX-ready has reacted and has doubled the maximum file sizes for all PDFX-ready Connectors:

  •   10 MB instead of     5 MB for FREEWARE
  •   40 MB instead of   20 MB for PREMIUM Bronze (individual members)
  • 100 MB instead of   50 MB for PREMIUM Silver (corporate members)
  • 400 MB instead of 200 MB for PREMIUM Gold (PDFX-ready partners)

In order to benefit from the new file sizes a new PDFX-ready Connector is required.

The FREEWARE version of Connector V2.0 can be downloaded here. A new registration is required.

Members of PDFX-ready will receive an e-mail with the download information (including password) for their PREMIUM version from the PDFX-ready office once the payment of their membership fee for 2017 is received.


Good rating for PDFX-ready Online Tools

PDFX-ready is conducting a continous survey about the PDFX-ready Online Tools in order to get feedback from the users of the PDFX-ready Online Tools.

So far the users of the PDFX-ready Online Tools gave a good rating for the new service:

More than 60 Percent would recommend the PDFX-ready Online Tools to their  customers and colleagues:

A frequent complaint is the small maximum file size.

That’s why PDFX-ready has doubled the maximum file sizes for all PDFX-ready Connectors in February 2017.