Promotional contest for PDF Print Production Guide, 2nd Edition

November 09, 2004


During April 2003, we hosted a promotional contest for and gave away eight copies of the highly regarded book "PDF Print Production Guide," by Joseph Marin and Julie Shaffer of GATF. At the time we said 'To be honest, we wouldn't blame you or feel offended if you went right ahead and purchased a copy from GATF Press rather than enter our contest. In fact, if you use PDF in a printing and prepress environment, you'll be an April Fool if you don't obtain a copy one way or another.'

The authors have recently published an updated edition of the book, and again are collaborating with Planet PDF to offer randomly selected members of our global community the chance to win one of eight free copies -- two copies per week for the next month -- of the "PDF Print Production Guide, Second Edition." And again, if you use PDF for printing and publishing, we wouldn't blame you for rushing over to the GATF Press site to purchase a copy in order to start learning more right away about PDF-oriented solutions and techniques specific to prepress and print production.

GATF Press says:

PDF Print Production Guide"This unique guide is based on real-life scenarios. In response to the printer survey reporting the most common problems with PDF files from clients, The PDF Print Production Guide covers PDF and production workflow solutions, Acrobat 6, Mac OS X, print-related PDF plug-ins, and an introduction to PDF forms. As in the first edition, the core of this guide is its step-by-step instruction on fixing those PDF problems that plague print production facilities, including transparency, trapping, layers, and more. Additionally co-authors Joe Marin and Julie Shaffer, both PIA/GATF prepress experts and instructors, share the answers to common PDF problems they've heard from printers time and time again at PIA/GATF's training programs and nationwide seminars. All information has been thoroughly tested in the PIA/GATF labs, assuring its reliability."

ALSO: Browse the Table of Contents for the updated version. You can also download a free excerpt from Chapter 6 -- "In the Trenches" [PDF: 949kb], featuring an illustrated tip on how to change the colors within a duotone.

IMPORTANT: To qualify for the weekly prize drawings, please take care to complete BOTH of the following steps -- each explained directly below -- by sending us your contest entry using the Planet PDF feedback form. Please submit the required personal information and a brief response to the specific Qualifying Question for this promotion, as shown below.


  1. Name
  2. Email Address
  3. Job Title
  4. Company/Organization
  5. City, State/Province, Country
  6. *URL (*Optional)


  • Briefly (1-2 paragraphs at most) describe either your current or intended use of PDF in printing/prepress, noting the key benefit(s) of PDF for your particular project or situation.

Entries missing ANY of the requested information will not be entered in the weekly drawings. Submissions will be collected for one week, then two randomly selected winners will be named and notified. The previously submitted, non-winning entries will remain in the competition for the duration of the contest, so it pays to enter early! But NOT often -- only one entry per person, please. Duplicates will be eliminated.

Following completion of the contest, submitted information from selected contest entries may be published with attribution on the Planet PDF site, but no other use would be made of identifying information, as stated in our Privacy Policy.

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