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Adobe PDF and printing

Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF) is rapidly gaining acceptance in the global marketplace as the standard file format for electronic document distribution and printing. Think of an Adobe PDF file as a reliable "digital master". With Adobe PDF, you can capture the original look and feel of a document, including all the fonts, images, graphics, and formatting of the original application file. Yet, unlike the original application file, Adobe PDF files are compact and platform-independent, and can be shared, viewed and printed by anyone with free Adobe Reader® software. You can create PDF files from any application using Adobe Acrobat® software.

The integration of Adobe PostScript and PDF

Adobe PDF has the same imaging capabilities as PostScript because they share the underlying architecture of Adobe Imaging Model. Together, Adobe PostScript and PDF open up new possibilities with greater flexibility than ever before.

When you print your Adobe PDF files on devices equipped with true Adobe PostScript Level 2 or Adobe PostScript 3 printing technology:

  • Your files will print correctly, with the highest quality and with optimal performance.
  • Misprints and reprints virtually disappear because PDF files are more reliable than their PostScript counterparts.
  • If you have an Adobe PostScript 3 device, you may be able to bring direct PDF printing to your workflow. With direct PDF printing, devices can receive and print PDF files without printing through an application. The device accepts a PDF file and processes it as easily as if it had received a PostScript file. This time-saving feature removes an unnecessary step and increases job productivity.
  • Having a next-generation Adobe PostScript 3 printing device guarantees that you are ready for the transition to the digital workflow of the future.

Adobe PDF for office printing

Together, Adobe PDF and Adobe PostScript technologies provide an integrated "view and print" solution for office environments. PDF is ideal for capturing final form documents from virtually any source — including desktop computers, mainframes, or even legacy hard copy archives — and turning them into archivable, searchable electronic documents. Since PDF is independent of platforms, applications, and distribution media, it is the ideal basis for your document distribution, archiving, and retrieval strategy. Because PDF is based on PostScript, printing to an Adobe PostScript printer is the most reliable way to print your documents. Adobe PostScript was designed from day one to ensure output consistency between different PostScript printers, so your documents will always look their best, whether you're printing to your local printer or sending them out for volume production.

Using Adobe Acrobat and Adobe PDF in an office environment allows you to:

  • Easily convert any document from any application to PDF.
  • Scan and convert paper documents to PDF.
  • Add annotations, security options, live Web links, and bookmarks to your PDF document.
  • Create interactive PDF forms.
  • Distribute PDF documents anywhere — on the web, by e-mail or your corporate server.
  • Print on demand to a wide range of printers — when printing to Adobe PostScript printers, you can be assured of high quality, compatibility, and consistency from one printer to the next.

Adobe Acrobat and Adobe PostScript in the Enterprise(PDF: 92K)

Adobe PDF for professional publishing

As the professional printing industry evolves from a traditional to a digital workflow, it faces a number of issues, including predictability, reliability, and consistency of workflow. Adobe Acrobat, Adobe PDF, and Adobe PostScript 3 printing technology address all these issues.

With the introduction of Adobe PostScript 3, Adobe is making the concept of a digital, composite prepress workflow a reality. Composite files are compact, efficient, and easier to use than separated files, and can be delivered and printed on a broader range of devices. Adobe PostScript 3 provides the enabling technology to help users in press environments take advantage of composite files and move to a fully digital workflow.

Using Adobe Acrobat and Adobe PDF in a graphic arts and production printing environment can:

  • Streamline the printing process with faster and cleaner communication, fewer delays, lower production costs, and increased reliability.
  • Speed the review and approval of creative proofs.
  • Show on-screen how a document's fonts, graphics, and layout will print.
  • Work as a pre-flight mechanism to ensure the validity of a PostScript file.
  • Generate essentially error-free PostScript language files.
  • Deliver final output to printers.
  • Archive final documents.
  • Provide an alternative to EPS for placing artwork in another document.
  • Capture existing paper documents and archive them electronically.

With the addition of third-party plug-ins that expand the core capabilities of Adobe Acrobat, print producers can also pre-flight PDF files and handle last-minute edits on a page-by-page basis.

For more information on PDF in graphic arts and production printing, try out the following user documents.

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Advantages of a PDF-based workflow for print

People in the professional printing industry are often confused by the discussion of changing from a PostScript-based workflow to a PDF-based workflow. A PostScript-based workflow generally refers to the production process as we know it today. Authors create their files, then deliver every single element of the job (layout document, graphics, images, fonts) to a service provider or print producer. Once received, the service provider or print producer.

The service provider reassembles application files and turns them into a PostScript file, which may go through multiple prepress steps including trapping and imposition before being sent to the imagesetter, platesetter, or digital printer. In some cases, the author might even create the original PostScript file for the service provider based on settings agreed upon between the two parties beforehand. Either way, the PostScript file itself is the primary file format used to deliver and prepare a document for final output.

In contrast, a PDF-based workflow uses the PDF format to deliver and prepare the same document. The PDF workflow takes advantage of the PDF format's more flexible architecture to simplify and streamline the entire workflow. In this scenario, PostScript files are only used as a means to create the PDF file, then to print the job after all the necessary prepress steps have been completed.

Despite rumors to the contrary, there is no need to choose between PostScript and PDF. Rather, each serves its own purpose. PDF is the reliable "digital master" — the emerging standard for file exchange and output that is simplifying and streamlining today's complex workflows. Adobe PostScript is the foundation, providing the underlying imaging architecture. Adobe PostScript is the technology that translates great ideas into print...exactly as intended.