The PDFX-ready Guideline covers the entire workflow from the creation of images and illustrations, the design of the layout, the correct PDF export, preflight and output of PDF/X files. This guideline concentrates on the PDF/X-4 workflow using CMYK and spot colours.
As reported earlier, Acrobat DC has gotten a new user interface. It not only looks completely different but the tools are also group in a new way. Instead of 18 tool groups there are now 26. Some tools (e.g. Select Object) are hard to find. There is a new search for tools feature but Acrobat crashes as soon as I enter something in the search field on my Macs. However it’s working properly on Windows.
Fortunately there is a possibility to create your own tool groups. They can easily be shared with other users. I have created a tool group with the most important tools for prepress. These can be downloaded for free. Simply unzip the download and import with a double click (provided that Acrobat DC is installed on the computer).
In the Mac version of Acrobat DC Adobe has introduced a new folder for storing third-party plug-ins. The Plug-ins folder can be found in Library > Application Support > Adobe > Acrobat > DC (subscription license) or 2015 (perpetual license).
Callas pdfToolbox 7.6 is indeed installed in this new folder. However Enfocus PitStop 13 Pro is still in a folder inside the Acrobat application package like in older versions. It seams that both ways are working. However there is a risk that during an upcoming Acrobat update the plug-ins in the application package will be removed. Enfocus has issued a warning and instructions to manually move the Enfocus plug-ins to the new location.
The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) has published a web page with links to recommended settings for successful output of Ghent PDF Output Suite. These settings are also valid for the Output Test Pages 3.0 of PDFX-ready since those are using the GWG test pages.
Unfortunately only the settings of GWG vendor members (Agfa, Esko, Kodak, Dalim) are listed. Some other vendors (Océ, EFI, Ricoh) will follow.
Martin Bailey, CTO of Global Graphics, was written an interesting booklet on the new ISO standard PDF/VT entitled Do PDF/VT Right. The english publication offers a good overview on PDF/VT and tells what is necessary for an efficent use of this standard. The booklet also includes many useful recommendations for daily production.