Which topics do you prefer
for online training?

The topic of the last survey was preferred online services for professional training. 43.5% of readers of PDF-AKUTELL prefer online courses, while 37.7% prefer live webinars.

The new survey now focuses on the preferred topics for online training:

Which topics you prefer for online services?

The survey can also be completed in the right sidebar. ——>

You are also welcome to send me your opinion via contact form.

Thank you very much for participating in this survey!


Enfocus: Don’t update to
MacOS X Catalina yet!

Enfocus announces that the Enfocus products PitStop, Connect and Switch do not yet officially support the recently released update to MacOS X Catalina. It is recommended to wait with the operating system update until the used software has been tested with the new MacOS version.

MacOS X Catalina only runs 64-bit applications. This update is therefore drastic! Many programs and small helpers will not work anymore. Before the update you should test whether your often used programs are 64-bit. This can be checked with the free tool Go64 from St Clair Software. (Choose All Executables to also include Plug-ins.)


Warning for Output Intent
of Affinity Publisher

After I reported about the disastrous PDF/X-4 compatibility of the new Affinity Publisher a few weeks ago, a reader drew my attention to another problem.

When preflighting with the PDFX-ready preflight profiles, a warning is generated regarding the output intent for PDF/X files of Affinity Publisher V1.7.1 and V1.7.2 with the message “!!! Output Intent not suitable for printing (unknown ICC profile)”:

Read more…Warning for Output Intent
of Affinity Publisher

Online services for professional training

For over 20 years I have been offering one-day seminars on PDF in print production at various locations. Recently, however, it has become more and more difficult to get the necessary number of participants together and events were therefore often cancelled at short notice. In many companies there have been so many staff reductions recently that it is becoming more and more difficult for the remaining employees to attend a training course for one day.

Since digitalization has also reached the training area, I am currently evaluating digital possibilities to bring the know-how about PDF in print production – which in my opinion is still urgently needed – directly to the users in the companies (or at home).

I would also like to take into account the needs and preferences of the readers of PDF-AKTUELL.

Therefore, I have started a first survey about the preferred online services for professional training:

Read more…Online services for professional training

Disastrous PDF/X-4 compatibility
with new Affinity Publisher

The final version 1.7.1 of Affinity Publisher has recently been released. In the media, this program has already been considered an InDesign killer. The feature overview is indeed very promising. Regarding PDF/X support, the following statement is made on the website:

«You can also open, edit and output PDF/X files.»

Two years ago this claim was already made for the vector graphics program Affinity Designer 1.4. Then I tested Affinity Designer 1.4 using the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0, the internationally recognized standard test for PDF/X compatibility. The result with Affinity Designer 1.4 was disappointing. I was curious to see if the new Affinity Publisher – a multi-page layout program where secure PDF import and export is even more important than for a vector graphics program – would now have better compatibility with PDF/X-4 files.

Read more…Disastrous PDF/X-4 compatibility
with new Affinity Publisher