In May 2020, Global Graphics released the first edition of Full Speed Ahead: How to make variable data PDF files that won’t slow your digital press. Since some things have changed in the meantime, the second edition of Full Speed Ahead: How to make variable data PDF files that won’t slow your digital press has now been published:
The third version of the ISO standard for variable data and transactional printing PDF/VT-3 (ISO 16612-3:2020) has been published.
PDF/VT-3 is based on the recently published PDF/X-6 and uses, among other things, the DPart metadata for structuring PDF pages, which has been newly included in PDF 2.0 (32000-2).
Why are there two ways to handle variable data in Harlequin RIPs from Global Graphics? What’s the difference between Harlequin VariData and Dynamic Overlays? The two use cases revolve around who has the data, when they have it, whether a job should start printing before all the data is available, and whether there are any requirements to restrict access to the data.
Now the follow-up publication Full Speed Ahead was introduced.
Full Speed Ahead: How to make variable data PDF files that won’t slow your digital press is a concise guide published today that provides objective information and advice to anyone with a stake in VDP: graphic designers, print buyers, production managers, press operators, owners of PSPs, and developers of digital presses and composition tools.
The free guide is edited by Martin Bailey, chief technology officer for Global Graphics and the primary UK expert to the ISO committees that maintain and develop PDF and PDF/VT.
The European Color Initiative (ECI) has revised its CMYK exchange color space. The new version eciCMYK v2 (FOGRA59) offers an improved gray axis and thus expands the application possibilities of the CMYK exchange color space compared to the previous version. The new profile can be downloaded free of charge from the (german) ECI homepage.