Customization of the new user interface of Acrobat DC

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).

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New folder for plug-ins in Acrobat DC for Mac

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.


Instructions for successful output of Ghent PDF Output Suite 4.0

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.