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.


Acrobat August 2017 Update released

Adobe has releaded planned Updates for Acrobat DC and Acrobat 2017. As usual there are two different updaters:

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

Some of the new features are only available in the subscription version. IMHO there are not interesting new features for users in print production in this update.

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PDF 2.0 (ISO standard 32000-2)
is (finally) published!

After nine years of (hard) work the ISO has published PDF 2.0 as ISO standard 32000-2:2017. This is the first PDF specification which was completely developed by more than 30 PDF experts from all over the world in an ISO working group. ISO 32000-1:2008 was basically a takeover of PDF 1.7 from Adobe. PDF 2.0 is more an evolution than a revolution. An important goal was compatibility to older PDF versions.

Seven chapters of the specification (971 pages in total) have been completely rewritten (e.g. transparency, tagged PDF). The goal was not to introduce new features but to eliminate ambiguities and errors of old specifications.

Beside other new features there are also some enhancements for digital prepress data:

  • Setting to activate black-point compensation (BPC) for each object. This allows to define predictable color conversions.
  • Output Intent per page (optional). E.g. Coated for the cover pages and Uncoated for the body pages of the same PDF.
  • Use of spectral data for spot colors (using CxF/X-4).
  • Definition of the printing order (e.g. for sheetfed offset).
  • Enhanced halftone features (origin, halftone dot shape).

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!


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).


 

PDFX-ready Preflight profiles
V1.5 / V2.5 released

PDFX-ready has update their preflight profiles for Acrobat Pro. The latest versions feature the following changes:

  • V2.5 (for PDF/X-4):
    • Removed check for single-color hairlines (< 0.125 pt) since these lines are no longer problematic in modern CTP and Digital workflows.
    • Check of multi-color objects (text < 8 pt; lines < 0.25 pt) also for Digital Printing.
    • More details in explanation for spot color check.
    • Compatibility with PDF/X-4 created by QuarkXPress 2016/2017.
  • V1.5 (for PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3):
    • New checks for recognition of black texts and vektors which most probably were re-separated (was alredy in V2.4).
    • More details in explanation for spot color check.
    • Removal of check “Annotation of this type not allowed (GWG)” (alignment with V2.x).

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.

Acrobat DC January 2017 Update
with long-awaited improvement

Adobe has released a planned 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….

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Acrobat Reader Mobile
with new scanning feature

Adobe has built a scanning feature into the Acrobat Reader Mobile for iOS and Android. One can make a picture of a paper document (e.g. a receipt) with the built-in camera, crop it very easy and save in the Document Cloud:

The question remains if the tax authorities will accept photographed receipts…


Kodak Prinergy Workflow Version 8 announced

Kodak has announced Version 8 of their Prinergy Workflow System. Prinergy 8 now offers a single workflow for both offset and digital printing. Prinergy can be integrated with printing systems from Ricoh, Minolta, Landa and Komori. It includes the new universal Digital Job Ticket Editor

In addition the packaging features were enhanced. The latest Specifications of the Ghent Workgroup for packaging are supported.


Comparison tool d’accord 3.0
with new user interface

D’accord 3.0 has been released. CSci based in Hamburg has created a new user interface for their PDF comparison tool. New is a zoom window with a three-part synchronous display of PDF A/PDF B/diffs following mouse motion in the main window and with highlighting of the zoom area in the overall view. With the ALT key the user can get a fast flashing between PDF A/PDF B to highlight deviations.

The new version is much faster thanks to the use of 64-bit technology and multicore CPUs.

In addition d’acrod has an additional report format and a new data format for projects with better compatibility between the Mac and Windows versions.

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Callas pdfToolbox 9.1
with Processing Steps

pdfToolbox 9.1 adds support for the Processing Steps standard, includes a new version of the Adobe PDF library and extends several main pdfToolbox features.

PDF Processing Steps is a specification originally developed by the Ghent Workgroup (GWG) to associate information about printing and finishing processes (such as cutting, embossing, varnish …) with a PDF document. This is done by grouping page objects in layers (technically: optional content groups), and adding metadata to those layers to identify them as processing steps. The GWG specification is currently going through a standardization process at the ISO organization to become an official international standard.

pdfToolbox 9.1 implements wide support for this specification: it is possible to view or add processing steps information, check for its availability or correctness during preflight and fix common problems with it.

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