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Pdf Print Engine

The Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) is a common rendering engine technology packaged as a software development kit (SDK). APPE can be the basis for a. The Adobe PDF Print Engine is a common rendering engine technology, packaged as a software development kit (SDK). It can be the basis for a variety of . In the RIP process, PostScript, PDF and raster formats are converted into system- specific screen/ raster data for output on printing systems. ColorGATE is one of.

Designed for offset and digital printing, Adobe PDF Print Engine 2 enables Original Equipment Manufacturers OEMs and print providers to fulfill the promise of variable data printing VDP and help their customers to develop personalized campaigns for different target audiences. Adobe PDF Print Engine 2 makes personalized publishing more practical and broadly accessible while enabling print service providers worldwide to realize significant performance gains. Naresh Gupta, senior vice president, Print and Publishing at Adobe. Optimized for digital printing, Adobe PDF Print Engine 2 efficiently renders graphically rich content and offers an easy path for print providers to add personalization to existing workflows, using the familiar tools, methods and expertise employed in prepress today. With VDP content exchanged in the form of user-friendly PDF, collaboration between creative designers, business users, print and prepress professionals is greatly simplified. Adobe PDF Print Engine 2 is built on the industry standard JDF Job Definition Format , which enables printers to realize substantial cost savings through end-to-end workflow automation, beginning with an easy-to-use, online job submission. To manage all elements from start to finish through an integrated PDF-based workflow is a strong value proposition; the benefits are obvious. In the past, we found ourselves asking our customers for new files more often.

Even now, despite many advancements in transparency flattening, there are still significant output issues that can arise when trying to resolve native transparency for print output, especially when spot colours are involved.

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The problem with native vector transparency in design is not really a problem with transparency at all. The concept is quite well defined, and the results obtained from using vector-based transparency can be quite good. The problem really has to do with cooperating technologies that are used to process those transparent files, and in particular, limitations of PostScript.

PostScript and Transparency PostScript has been a cornerstone for the advancement of the print industry. It has helped define modern desktop publishing as we know it, and has been a key player in advancement of output through devices like imagesetters, and later, platesetters. PostScript has defined the very nature of what we do, and is at the heart of some of the biggest workflows used in this industry. As important as PostScript has been to the progression of this industry, there are some limitations with regards to what it can do.

When PostScript was developed, the concept of native vector transparency did not exist. PostScript is based on an opaque paint model, and in the world of PostScript there can be no such thing as transparency. Transparent objects must be flattened i.

Even PDF files created in such a way as to retain transparency will have to be flattened early on in a PostScript workflow. This is why native vector-based transparency can be problematic.

And while application programs tend to be revised and updated on to month cycles, PostScript has not had a significant update since the s. As application programs evolve, transparency continues to grow with regards to the range and complexity of features available to users. Transparency can be something as simple as adding a drop shadow to a text box in InDesign, or as sophisticated as using blending modes and opacity to meld coloured objects through complex vignettes.

Even using alpha channels in Photoshop files to crop objects in InDesign constitutes transparent imaging to a degree. As these features become more and more integrated into the software, transparency is being used as a design tool with more frequency, which can result in more issues on output. When spot colour objects are subjected to transparency, the possibility of output errors increases, especially when transparent spot objects interact with transparent CMYK objects.

The Adobe transparent imaging model changes the dynamic of how colour is derived on a page when compared to the opaque imaging model. The stacking hierarchy of objects is important, since this object order will be used to calculate colour Adobe refers to the stacked objects as a transparency stack. Transparency values are calculated based on the order of the objects in the stack and the relationship of those objects with the compositing rules that are used to define the transparent imaging model.

The complexity of this computation is increased when one considers that each object is drawn with an associated backdrop, and that backdrop will usually consist of other stacked objects previously defined. Different objects within a stack can have different blend modes, resulting in a wide variety of colour option combinations.

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The resulting transparency is achieved through a series of computationally-derived overprints that are used to represent the blended colours created by transparency. As you may imagine, colour space plays a significant role in the outcome of the blending colour space used to resolve transparent objects within this framework. Although blending can be done on spot colours so that transparency can be applied, spot colours are not converted to a blending space unless they are first reverted to an alternate colour space.

This can produce undesirable results when attempting to reconcile transparency for the purpose of flattening. When a file that has transparent spot objects combined with non-spot objects in a stack is flattened, it can be difficult to simulate the many possible result colours within that blend space, since the spot colours must be dealt with separate from the blend space.

In other words, transparent spot objects can result in some really messed up results when the file is RIPped, as seen in the example below. The more complex transparent effects become in application programs, the more likely we will see problems like this at the output stage when transparency has to be flattened early in a PostScript workflow.

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When it comes to RIPping files with complex transparent elements, PostScript and its opaque paint model may not be the best tool for the job anymore. Lucky for us, there is an alternative. In , version two of the APPE was released and is currently available in a variety of workflow systems on the market. Features such as native transparency and optional content groups, for example, can be maintained throughout an APPE workflow. There are significant advantages to maintaining transparency right through to the output stage.

At the point that transparency needs to be resolved in an APPE workflow, several important aspects of the output are known, and can be used to create more stable results on output. Variables such as the number of colours, output resolution and screening requirements are known and can be incorporated into the final transparency reconciliation.

In general, transparency stacks have the potential to be reconciled with greater accuracy and consistency when reconciliation occurs at the end of the workflow, just prior to output. When spot colour objects are subjected to transparency, the possibility of output errors increases, especially when transparent spot objects interact with transparent CMYK objects.

The Adobe transparent imaging model changes the dynamic of how colour is derived on a page when compared to the opaque imaging model. The stacking hierarchy of objects is important, since this object order will be used to calculate colour Adobe refers to the stacked objects as a transparency stack.

Transparency values are calculated based on the order of the objects in the stack and the relationship of those objects with the compositing rules that are used to define the transparent imaging model. The complexity of this computation is increased when one considers that each object is drawn with an associated backdrop, and that backdrop will usually consist of other stacked objects previously defined.

Different objects within a stack can have different blend modes, resulting in a wide variety of colour option combinations.

The resulting transparency is achieved through a series of computationally-derived overprints that are used to represent the blended colours created by transparency.

As you may imagine, colour space plays a significant role in the outcome of the blending colour space used to resolve transparent objects within this framework. Although blending can be done on spot colours so that transparency can be applied, spot colours are not converted to a blending space unless they are first reverted to an alternate colour space.

This can produce undesirable results when attempting to reconcile transparency for the purpose of flattening. When a file that has transparent spot objects combined with non-spot objects in a stack is flattened, it can be difficult to simulate the many possible result colours within that blend space, since the spot colours must be dealt with separate from the blend space.

In other words, transparent spot objects can result in some really messed up results when the file is RIPped, as seen in the example below.

The more complex transparent effects become in application programs, the more likely we will see problems like this at the output stage when transparency has to be flattened early in a PostScript workflow. When it comes to RIPping files with complex transparent elements, PostScript and its opaque paint model may not be the best tool for the job anymore.

Lucky for us, there is an alternative. In , version two of the APPE was released and is currently available in a variety of workflow systems on the market. Features such as native transparency and optional content groups, for example, can be maintained throughout an APPE workflow.

There are significant advantages to maintaining transparency right through to the output stage. At the point that transparency needs to be resolved in an APPE workflow, several important aspects of the output are known, and can be used to create more stable results on output. Variables such as the number of colours, output resolution and screening requirements are known and can be incorporated into the final transparency reconciliation.

In general, transparency stacks have the potential to be reconciled with greater accuracy and consistency when reconciliation occurs at the end of the workflow, just prior to output. The less times the file is converted from one format to another, the less likely we are to get artifacts and errors. Each time one of these transformations occurs, there is a potential for errors to develop.

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There are many advantages to using a PDF standard for file submission, including stability, consistency, predictability and accuracy. There are some significant differences between X-4 and previous X standards, especially when comparing X-4 to X-1a. In particular, X-4 retains transparency on output, has support for non-CMYK colour-managed workflows and has limited support of optional content groups.

Regardless, transparency is a feature that is new to X When an image with a transparent background is placed overtop another image, and the PDF file is not flattened, those two images remain separate objects and therefore can be trapped.

This opens up some great opportunities where none existed before. There are some things that should be considered, however, before you tread down this path. The Adobe PDF print Engine is only in version two of its release, and unless you have upgraded your RIP recently, you may be still be at version one, or not have it at all.

There are differences between the draft version and the published version, specifically with how colour is managed, so do your homework if you are still on CS3. As with all new technology, a bit of caution and a good dose of testing can prevent some headaches down the road. The research project was commissioned by the Technical Standards Sub-Committee of Magazines Canada, and was conducted by Ryerson University and by key publishers and printers within the Greater Toronto Area.

The research extended over many months, and several workflow configurations were included in the testing.

The files created for the testing were made to be challenging: they pushed the boundaries of design to include all sorts of transparency including blending modes, opacity settings, alpha channels, mixed colour models and even transparent spot to CMYK blends.

The results of the testing were quite interesting for many reasons. Even more interesting was that the errors were unpredictable and inconsistent from one workflow to another.

Another interesting outcome of the research was that we discovered that if spot colours are converted to process prior to flattening a PDF file, the result will be different when compared to the same file saved as a flattened PDF file without spot colours converted to process, or spot colours converted to process after the PDF file is created i.

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