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Topic: PDF workflow advice needed
Conf: (P-PDF) What's Wrong with my PDF?, Msg: 146255
From: John_Galt
Date: 2/11/2006 05:20 AM

Hello all - I'm in need of advice, and I've spent countless hours searching these forums and elsewhere for a solution. I thought the best thing might be just to start a thread. Here goes:

I work for a publishing company. Our main page layout program is Adobe Framemaker. (Probably 80% Mac, 20% PC) As you may or may not know, Framemaker on the Mac is NOT OS10 native, so any Frame files created on the Mac are in "Classic" mode. - All files are postscripted (using AGFA Normalizer PPD), then distilled. Finished PDF files are flightchecked using a Pitstop hotfolder, tweaked using Pitstop Pro and automated using Pitstop server. Final files are then printed to a Canon 1140 or ImagePass.

Our main problems are these.
1.) Files appear correctly on screen, but do not print correctly. Text drops out, and we experience some "transparency" issues. White boxes become clear, and print with the background color coming through. We have experimented with sending PS level 2 data with some success, but it seems hit or miss. Both RIPs are PS level 3. (supposedly)

2.) Pages that are "cut in" to an existing multipage PDF appear fine prior to replacing pages, but after they are cut in, text drops out.

3.) Spot colors sometimes do not get carried over in the PDF, although they are designated as "spot" within Adobe Framemaker. (This is not a problem with placed EPS files using spot colors) - This problem mainly occurs when the job is done on a PC, but sometimes happens on the Mac too.

4.) Placed PDFs within Framemaker are problematic. I understand that this is not a Framemaker forum, but I'm looking for input as to how to "flatten" these PDFs and optimize them for placement within a page layout program. Any ideas?

I should mention that we have about 20 designers here, creating PDFs locally. We have looked into AGFAs Apogee Create Pro, but it may be just too expensive.

If anyone can help, I can send a PDF file to illustrate what I mean. I wanted to attach a single page PDF, but the file size is way too big. (Abnormally big for such a simple doc: it's almost 18meg) Any suggestions are welcome, and thanks for your time.

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