PDF Print Engine renders content using core Adobe PDF technology to accurately render transparent images and graphics, and effects such as drop shadows and feathering, even when combined with spot colors and smooth shades.
PDF Print Engine uses the Adobe Color Engine (ACE) or proprietary CMMs (Color Management Modules) to efficiently and consistently render job elements, defined in any combination of color spaces, to a reference printing condition (e.g. SWOP), using ICC profiles.
PDF Print Engine supports Variable Data Print (VDP) workflows where job content is expressed as Optimized PDF or PDF/VT, or where a PDF file is used as a page element in another VDP architecture. Direct mail and Transpromo jobs can take advantage of the full richness of the PDF imaging model with high impact personalized content.
Repeating elements in VDP jobs, and step-and-repeat labels/packaging jobs, can be cached after rendering to minimize processing times. Both opaque and transparent elements can be cached and retrieved. PDF Print Engine supports caching of both rasters and device primitives (Display List elements).
PDF Print Engine supports end-to-end processing of images and graphics defined with 16-bit colors, ensuring smooth gradients at any length (no banding), and precise colors on any substrate.
The PDF Print Engine integrates into workflows managed by Job Definition Format (JDF), the industry standard job ticket. This capability can be leveraged for in-RIP impositions, text placement and other rules-based processing.
PDF Print Engine includes the “PDF Helper” utility for dynamic job configuration based on run-time inspection of incoming files.
For systems which include the Adobe PDF Library, PDF Print Engine can invoke it at run-time, enabling real-time modification of job content, immediately prior to rendering.
PDF Print Engine can produce accurate 2-bit, 3-bit and 4-bit continuous tone output for non-binary halftone screening.
PDF Print Engine can be configured for in-RIP modification of images using any pre-defined algorithm, and metadata inputs.
PDF Print Engine can apply transforms to all elements in a job, or to elements of the same type (e.g. images). In additional, individual objects can be discretely targeted for transformation.
PDF Print Engine can accept printstreams submitted directly from desktop applications, via the Adobe PDF Driver.
PDF Print Engine can enhance visual perception of text outlines in continuous tone output (contone), including for interleaved devices.
Print Engine can distinguish between images, vectors and unmarked areas, right down to the pixel level, which enables use of the most efficient type of compression, for each type of content.
PDF Print Engine is available as a 64-bit application, as well as 32-bit. Where the hardware/OS platform can support 64-bit executables, 64-bit processing delivers a large addressable memory space, and a performance gain of up to 15%.
From digital presses to wide format printers to CTP– the Adobe PDF Print Engine is the industry’s fastest rendering platform.
New scalability framework for maximizing resource utilization, parallel processing and load balancing.
Finally, Variable Data Print (VDP) production workflow can harness the most robust imaging model in the industry.