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.
Adobe released planned updates for Acrobat DC and Acrobat 2017. As usual there are separate installers:
- Acrobat 19.012.20034 for subscribers of the Document Cloud (Continuous Track)
- Acrobat 17.011.30142 for users with a perpetual license of Acrobat 2017 (Classic Track)
The update can also be installed using the Acrobat menu Help > Check for Updates….
In addition to many improvements in the user interface (e.g. Review, Signatures, Reopen closed documents, Search, Commenting, Microsoft integration) there are finally also some interesting new features for print production in the preflight function:
In the Callas blog the managing director Dietrich von Seggern, who also is a member of the relevant ISO working groups has published the article How does PDF 2.0 affect the printing industry?. The post also covers the impacts on the PDF/X and PDF/VT standards which are important for printing.
In particular the extensions in the area of output intents (page based) and color definitions (spectral data, black point compensation) are discussed.
ECI has released the ICC color profile eciCMYK.icc. It’s based on the printing condition FOGRA53 defined by Fogra. The goal is a large gamut exchange space which covers all printing technologies (offset, gravure, digital). The eciCMYK profile can be download for free.
Since the gamut of eciCMYK is larger than any real printing gamut and the profile allows a high total ink coverage (TAC), this profile is not suitable for printing.