Final winners of 'PDF Print Production Guide, v.2' book
December 14, 2004
We've named the final pair of randomly selected
winners in our now-closed promotional contest to give away to
members of our global community free copies of the book "PDF Print Production Guide, Second
Edition," by Joseph Marin and Julie Shaffer of GATF. Enter
soon to qualify!
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
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.
Final List of Winners:
Denise Rudnay Prepress WS
Packaging Group, Inc.
A: "Our prepress department is desiring to implement
automated workflows via JDF files and PDF workflow systems. I
like the various page size and other pre-press specific
features of putting a PDF into our workflow rather than a
Island Publishers - Goldstream Press
A: "We have just installed a new imagesetter and
imposition software, Dynastrip, which imposes PDF pages in a
specified template and then creates a new PDF file for the
RIP. Our page layout program is InDesign CS and we are
struggling with whether to make our PDF files directly from
InDesign (exporting as PDF) or printing as PS files and
handling them through a watched folder. The trouble we are
having is that it appears (but not confirmed yet -- more
testing required) that exporting from InDesign causes some of
the fonts to jumble/mix up -- transposing or deleting
characters. It's never the whole job, just certain areas, but
it's always repeatable. Solution -- If I re-postscript the
files in Acrobat and then distill them the problem
disappears. So I am looking at getting the Print Production
Guide 2 as it looks like some valuable info is there that we
could benefit from. I don't necessarily think that resolving
our specific problem will be dealt with in the book, but one
can hope. I am currently working with Adobe to see if they
can offer any explanation -- no results yet."
Senior Prepress Operator
The Lowe-Martin Group
A: "We are a large printing company in Ottawa, Canada. We
use PDFs for many uses ranging from sending proofs of jobs to
utilizing customer-created PDFs for printing.
One of our customers, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, sends the
PDFs all around the world for proof approvals. Once we get an
OK, we can use the PDF for imposition, then to make press
plates. Since we are a total CTP printing company, we do not
have to make new files therefore ensuring that the job is
printed using the latest, approved PDFs.
We encourage our customers to submit hi-res PDFs for
printing rather than sending us InDesign or Quark files."
Senior Production Manager
A: "All of our magazines, catalogues and marketing mailers
are sent to print as PDF files. Files are generally small
enough to send as e-mail attachments or can be uploaded
quickly, saving on time and courier costs. I would hate to go
back to the old way of doing things."
Documentation Services Manager
Lenel Systems International, Inc.
A: "PDF has been a very convenient format for our documentation. We save our FrameMaker documents to PDF so they can be reviewed by engineers in our company who do not have FrameMaker; Acrobat's note feature works very well for this. We also release our user guides to customers in PDF because we can provide stable formatting, as well as utilize the security features to control what can be done with the content in the document."
Kelso Colour Print
A: "We use PDF extensively to:
Send proofs to customers for review-and-comment
Send medium- to large-volume jobs to be printed
Produce images from Photoshop & Illustrator for placing in InDesign
Publish some documents that we distribute for customers for their
A: "We're a small quick-print shop, and we get all manner of files for printing: Excel spreadsheets, Word brochures, Publisher files, FrameMaker documents. It's hard, if not impossible, to get print-ready files with these formats.
Now, I deal with clients with varying levels of computer expertise, everything from 'Do you need me to save that as a Press Quality PDF with no compression and embedded fonts?' to 'What's a mouse?' But everyone knows how to create a PDF file, so that's what I tell them to send me. If they can't, then I usually create PDFs from the files they submit.
If it weren't for PDFs, I'd be doing a lot more re-creation of my client's files!"
A: "Our current use of PDF files is our means of sending print products to press. We receive a lot of PDF files for print production. We don't care what layout program, or platform it was created in, as long as it's a properly created PDF file we'll accept it. But, only about 20 percent of the PDF files we receive are press ready or PDF/X-complaint. I need a good resource to refer to so that I can better teach other graphic artist about creating a PDF for press. The more resources I have, the better I will be at troubleshooting PDF files."
OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.