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Final winners of 'PDF Print Production Guide, v.2' book

December 14, 2004

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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 duotone.

QUALIFYING QUESTION:

PDF Print
Production GuideBriefly (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 postscript file."


  • Gordon Reed
    Pre-press Manager
    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."


  • Gary Little
    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."


  • Bron Kowal
    Senior Production Manager
    Digital Vision

    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."


  • Portia Westfall
    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."


  • Collin Kelso
    Director
    Kelso Colour Print
    Australia

    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 documents
    • Publish some documents that we distribute for customers for their own printing"


  • Laura Foley
    Graphic Designer
    AlphaGraphics US271

    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!"


  • Wade Gillespie
    Art Director
    Tri-Auto Enterprises

    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."

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