Global Graphics Supports PDF
Processing Steps in Harlequin RIP 12.1

Global Graphics announced that the Harlequin RIP V12.1 and higher supports PDF Processing Steps.

PDF Processing Steps is a relatively new ISO standard (ISO 19593-1:2018) for clearly defining technical information (e.g. die line, varnish) in a PDF file (usually for packaging) that is not normally printed.

Martin Bailey, CTO of Global Graphics, explains in a comprehensive blog post the additional RIP functions made possible by the PDF Processing Steps.


Version 3.0 of text comparison tool
PDiff released

The text-based PDF comparison PDiff is available in the new version 3.0. The software from CSci is a modern solution for professional document comparison. The new release makes PDF comparison even more powerful thanks to an improved GUI.

PDiff shows all text differences between two PDF documents – as a comparison of the two PDFs and with markings of the deviations. So you can check intended revisions quickly and find unintended changes at first glance:

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PDiff released

How long will it take to preflight a PDF?

My colleagues at AgileStreams in France have been working on the question How long will it take to preflight a PDF file?

They compared three different methods of spot color checking a 600-page PDF file with Callas pdfToolbox. In addition to the traditional preflight check, the new Quickcheck was also tested in a process plan and with a CLI call. The results were documented in a short video.


What does a RIP do?

Ever wondered what a Raster Image Prozessor (RIP) does? What does RIPing a page mean?

Martin Bailey, CTO of Global Graphics (most important provider of RIP technology beside Adobe), explains the tasks of a RIP (Interpreting, Compositing, Rendering, Output) involved in outputting (PDF) pages using the Harlequin RIP as an example.

There is also a  comprehensive white paper available.