CorelDraw 2019 with PDF/X-4 – or not!

More than 10 years after the introduction of PDF/X-4 finally CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 now adds support for PDF/X-4. At least that’s what the manufacturer claims.

I courageously installed the trial version and did some practice tests.

First I imported some PDF/X-4 files. CorelDraw tries to convert the PDF files (including text) into the Corel format. You can choose between Text and Curves. With the “Text” option, font substitution is often used and the text is completely torn. The conversion of the text into curves (vectors) is better, but is not exactly considered “state of the art”!

Read more…CorelDraw 2019 with PDF/X-4 – or not!

Warning about OpenType SVG fonts
in Adobe InDesign CC2019

A few weeks ago I advised caution with new SVG fonts in Adobe InDesign CC2019. (These are also called color fonts). Meanwhile my fears have been confirmed.

Christian Blaise, a French colleague from the Ghent Workgroup (GWG), has done extensive testing and published two english articles on his blog:

We recently discussed this issue in detail in the Process Control Working Group of the Ghent Workgroup, which I am chairing. The results were as follows:

Read more…Warning about OpenType SVG fonts
in Adobe InDesign CC2019

Caution with new SVG fonts
in Adobe InDesign CC2019

Encouraged by a post in the german PublishingBlog about the new SVG fonts in Adobe InDesign, I have executed some tests myself with the Adobe font Trajan Color in InDesign CC 2019 and have discovered some strange things in the exported PDF/X-4 file:

  • The OpenType font is converted to a Type3 font during export.
  • Different representation in Adobe Acrobat (left) and Apple Preview (right):

Read more…Caution with new SVG fonts
in Adobe InDesign CC2019

Solution for PDF/X export problem
in Adobe InDesign CC 2019

In some situations the export options for PDF/X-3 and PDF/X-4 in InDesign CC2019 (and also older versions) are no longer active (gray) and the color profiles for output cannot be changed anymore. Therefore, it’s no longer possible to export PDF/X-4 files!

It seems the reason are problems with the synchronizing color settings using Adobe Bridge CC2019.

Read more…Solution for PDF/X export problem
in Adobe InDesign CC 2019

First update for Acrobat DC 2019
with important bug fix

Adobe has already released an update to version 19.008.20074 for Acrobat DC 2019 some serveral bug fixes.

In the area of print production an ugly bug was fixed which caused rounding errors for color values (percentages) in color separations in the output preview. Some of the values were more than 1 percent to low.

An old bug where values between .51 and .64 are rounded down is still present.

Users of the Output Preview should install this update immediately.