PDF Printing & Workflow

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This practical guide helps you learn how to use Adobe's portable document format (PDF) to create cross-platform files for easy transmitting, viewing, and printing. PDF files retain all of your formatting, even your fonts and graphics, and can be shared electronically in any number of ways--via disk, intranets, e-mail, CD-ROM, and the Web.

Unfortunately, the book has a few typos; the chapter on "Adobe Capture," for example, is called "Adobe Culture." But there's useful information nonetheless, including details on creating and fine-tuning PDF files. You learn about Adobe Acrobat, the software for converting files to PDF format and for publishing the completed files, and you explore the uses of Acrobat's companion tools: Adobe Capture, Distiller, Exchange, Catalogue, PDF Writer, and Reader. More technical chapters cover printing issues, such as trapping and OPI (Open Prepress Interface); digital workflow issues, such as networks, printers, and workflow systems; and PostScript, the page-description language. There's also a lot of technical information on the PDF format itself. Other topics include the Acrobat SDK, plug-ins for extending Acrobat's functionality, and the uses for PDF files in publishing and other fields. --Kathleen Caster

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Must reading for every design, publishing, and print professional The only complete, real-world guide to PDF and digital workflow!

PDF and related digital technologies are transforming graphics arts workflow-and with every new job, it seems, come new surprises. Now there's a comprehensive guide to the realities of digital workflow with PDF, by the industry's leading expert and author-Frank Romano. In PDF Printing and Workflow, you'll walk through all you need to know to integrate PDF into digital processes that actually achieve their goals. From preflighting to color management, trapping to RIPping, it's all here-the best practices, pitfalls, workarounds, and compromises that would otherwise take you years to learn.

  • Build reliable networks for digital workflow automation-and prevent bottlenecks
  • Get expert advice on creating, viewing, and editing PDF files
  • Learn advanced trapping approaches, including In-RIP Trapping
  • Make the most of Acrobat Exchange, PDFWriter, and Acrobat Catalog
  • Learn more about Crackerjack, Tailor, Checkup, PitStop, and other key PDF plug-ins

Discover how designer/printer relationships must evolve to support high-quality, profitable work in digital environments. Implement technology and workflows to support short runs, personalization, repurposing, soft proofing, and other critical new requirements. Get "under the hood" with PDF and PostScript to see why things don't always work as they're supposed to. Whether you're a creative, publishing, or print professional, PDF Printing and Workflow brings together all the theory and practice you need to succeed with digital workflow.

  • The definitive guide to digital workflow with PDF!
  • Real-world applications and insights
  • Trapping, RIPping, color management, personalization, and more
  • Up-to-the-minute coverage of PDF problems, workarounds, and plug-ins

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