Why some tools are more
forgiving of bad PDFs?

Martin Bailey gives some thoughts on the Global Graphics blog about compliance, compatibility, and why some tools are more forgiving of bad PDFs.

He reports on Global Graphics’ nearly 25 years of experience with native PDF RIPs (Harlequin). At that time, developers were faced with the question of whether to strictly implement the PDF specification and thus risk not being able to process many PDFs (even from well-known creators), or whether to pragmatically achieve the best possible result even with poorly built PDFs.

Problems again with
PDF/X export in InDesign?

Some time ago I reported on a solution for a problem with the PDF/X export in InDesign CC 2019.

With the update to InDesign 14.0.1 released on 19.11.18 (according to Adobe) the problem should also be solved.

Now, several readers have recently reported that the problem has reappeared in the latest version CC 2021 (version 16.1). (Unfortunately I can currently not reproduce the problem since I have to stick with an older MacOS version because of customer project.)

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PDF/X export in InDesign?

Global Graphics publishes
second edition of «Full Speed Ahead»

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:

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second edition of «Full Speed Ahead»

No Type1 fonts in Creative Cloud
applications starting January 2023!

Type1 font is the most widely used font format in the PostScript page description language. PostScript fonts were introduced in 1984. Only a maximum of 256 characters can be used in a font. The character code is not standardized. As a successor, Adobe (together with Microsoft) introduced the OpenType format in 1996. This has the advantage of a larger character set (> 65,000 characters) and a standardized character code (Unicode). In addition, OpenType fonts are platform-independent, unlike Type1 fonts.

Adobe has now announced that support for Type1 fonts in Creative Cloud applications will end in January 2023! (For Adobe PhotoShop, Type1 support will already stop in 2021).

Read more…No Type1 fonts in Creative Cloud
applications starting January 2023!