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.


Enfocus Switch 2019 Spring released

Enfocus has announced the release of Enfocus Switch 2019 Spring. From now on Enfocus plans to release two Switch updates every year.

An overview on the new features is presented in a short YouTube video (5’05”) and in a comprehensive PDF document.

Attention: Switch Client for transmitting jobs and meta data to the server is no longer supported in this version. The local app is replaced by a web client which runs in the internet browser.


Harlequin RIP Version 12.1
with PDF Processing Steps

Global Graphics supports PDF Processing Steps (ISO 19593-1) in the latest version 12.1 of their Harlequin RIP. This is a new ISO standard designed for labels and packaging workflows, that specifies a standard way of encoding processing steps such as die and fold lines or dimensions into a PDF file. It provides an unambiguous way of marking the technical content that’s required in the finishing step of the production workflow but not intended to be printed.

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with PDF Processing Steps