Acrobat compatibility with the new
MacOS 10.15 Catalina

The latest versions of Acrobat DC (October 2019), Acrobat 2017 and Acrobat 2015 are compatible with MacOS 10.15 (Catalina).

Due to the changes (especially in the area of security) in MacOS 10.15, there are several changes in the user interface of Acrobat. Many operations require additional confirmations. You may need to enable permissions to access the folder in the Mac Security Preferences.

CAUTION: Before switching from Acrobat to Catalina, check that all plug-ins (and other programs) are compatible with the new operating system version. The Enfocus products, for example, do not yet officially support Catalina.


Acrobat DC October 2019 Update:
few new features,
but many improvements

Adobe released planned updates for Acrobat DC as well as for Acrobat 2017. As usual there are two separate installers:

The update can also be installed using the Acrobat menu Help > Check for Updates….

In the latest version there are many new features at first sight. However, most of these innovations are not new functions, but improvements of the user interface. There are some new commands, with which existing functions (e.g. compression, protection, sharing) can be accessed faster.

As known from other programs, PDF documents can now be marked with an asterisk as favorites:

Read more…Acrobat DC October 2019 Update:
few new features,
but many improvements

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.)


Second edition of «Do PDF/VT Right»
from Global Graphics

Global Graphics has updated their popular «Do PDF/VT Right™» guide.

The english publication offers a good overview on PDF/VT and tells what is necessary for an efficent use of this standard.

In addition to a general overhaul there is a section on the new ISO 21812 standard that allows workflow controls to be added to PDF files.

The new edition also contains notes on Harlequin-specific hints, to get even more speed out of your DFE if you are a Harlequin user. 


 

Global Graphics Supports PDF
Processing Steps in Harlequin RIP 12.1

Global Graphics announced that the Harlequin RIP V12.1 and higher supports PDF Processing Steps.

PDF Processing Steps is a relatively new ISO standard (ISO 19593-1:2018) for clearly defining technical information (e.g. die line, varnish) in a PDF file (usually for packaging) that is not normally printed.

Martin Bailey, CTO of Global Graphics, explains in a comprehensive blog post the additional RIP functions made possible by the PDF Processing Steps.