Core strengths of Adobe PDF Print Engine

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Advanced color capabilities

State-of-the-art color management and powerful color controls. Manage process and special inks. Maximize gamut and visual impact by accounting for substrates and inks.

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Performant and robust architecture

Engineered for speed, scalability, and reliability. Take full advantage of available system resources to render complex graphics and jobs at record speed.

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Industry-leading print quality

Proprietary processing technologies for superior reproduction of every element type: text, graphics, images, and smooth shades, either stand-alone or in combination.

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Dynamic workflow capabilities

Flexibility to support specialized job and device requirements. Functionality to address a broad range of job types and production environment workflows.

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Power to customize

Customizable integration points for adding proprietary value. Differentiate solutions to build products that stand out.

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Reliability = Predictability + Consistency

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Adobe end-to-end workflow

Customers who build their print jobs with Adobe applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Express benefit from consistent technology across the end-to-end job lifecycle. Using the same Adobe technology to create, manage, and print results in reliable reproduction.  Adobe PDF Print Engine also excels at rendering jobs created in non-Adobe applications.

Advanced color capabilities

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Color management: built-in or proprietary

  • PDF Print Engine includes the Adobe Color Engine for state-of-the-art color conversion.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud applications and Acrobat use the same CMM (Color Management Module).
  • Alternatively, systems have the option to integrate a 3rd-party CMM with PDF Print Engine. 

Sophisticated controls for managing color conversions

  • Content and context-aware color management: 
    • Options to customize color for target press/proofer.
    • Controls to emulate press conditions on a proofing device.
    • Color operations based on object type. (e.g., text, vectors, images).
    • Intelligent controls based on device capabilities and job content.
  • Ability to customize color conversions using tags by passing private data via profiles to custom CMM. 
  • Source color replacement.
  • Black Point Compensation (BPC).
  • Spot color replacement (at source or emulation at output).
  • Device Color Adjustment interface.
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Streamlined processing for Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) presses

  • Utilize the full available color gamut on the press by generating multiple plates/planes beyond CMYK. 
  • For example: on presses with CMYK ink stations plus Orange/Green/Violet (CMYK-OGV).

Auto-generate plates for white underlay and varnish

  • White underlay: When printing on fabric, direct-to-film (DTF), clear plastic, or various packaging substrates, a white plate can be automatically derived in-RIP from the design elements and printed first to make the design colors more vibrant.
  • Varnish overlay: When a clear varnish can be overprinted, it can be automatically generated in-RIP from page contents, to highlight design elements and increase visual impact.
  • Controls:
    • Alpha channel mask - to enable transparency interactions with colored substrates.
    • Choke and spread - edges can be controlled and extended. 
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Corporate brand colors using spectral values

  • When brand colors are precisely defined by spectral values (e.g., CxF data), PDF Print Engine can seamlessly transform these colors into CIELAB values considering ambient conditions. 
  • Enables spectral brand colors to be color-managed using the same method as the other colors in the job.

Performant and robust architecture

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  • Scalability platform for dynamically managing multiple PDF Print Engine instances, working in tandem on multicore or blade systems.
  • Mercury RIP Architecture enables high-speed rendering of job content, including VDP, of any complexity to drive a high-volume or multiple presses at their rated speeds.
  • Local, shared local, shared global cache hierarchy across multiple instances.

Variable printing: cache and retrieve common elements

  • Recurring elements are cached and retrieved to eliminate redundant processing.
  • Multi-level caching support for: 
    • Repeating patterns. 
    • Object-level caching with cutting-edge technology for opaque and transparent objects. 
    • Nested objects.
    • Entire PDF pages for step-and-repeat workflows.  
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Context and content-aware transparency decision engine

  • Automated selection of optimal transparency blending algorithm that balances performance and visual quality.
  • Employs job intelligence for context and content-aware decisions.

Parallel processing at every stage in the pipeline

  • Optimize resource usage via multi-threading for both single-core and multi-core systems.
  • Optimized for enhanced CPU instruction set. 
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Optimized processing of PDF files generated at run-time

  • Begin rendering of long transactional print jobs before they are completely generated. 

Handle non-compliant PDFs

  • PDF Print Engine can provide multiple control points to handle non-compliant PDFs.
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Robust and intelligent memory management

  • System-wide, coordinated memory management along the entire processing pipeline to reduce peak memory requirements and avoid job failures caused by memory constraints.

Industry-leading print quality

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Adobe live transparency blending

  • Full support for all blend modes and blending color spaces as defined in the latest PDF specifications.
  • Appearance-based mixing for non-available spot colors.

Future-ready image processing

  • Sophisticated image scaling utilizing proprietary Photoshop algorithms.
  • Edge-to-edge image printing for textile designs.
  • Handling 16-bit images that have non-standard channels.
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Proprietary font rendering

  • High-quality font rendering that leverages the Adobe-proprietary font engine. 

Fine line rendering

  • Optional enhanced processing of elements with very thin lines or fills, such as barcodes, security lines, or outlined text in small point size.
  • A light touch prevents ink from spreading and produces a clean, crisp appearance. 
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Seamless smooth gradients

  • Seamless gradients and smooth shades, using higher precision rendering pipeline.
  • Gradient transitions are designed to avoid abrupt changes or band artifacts.

Accelerated anti-aliasing of text and vectors

  • Visually smooth jagged edges of text and graphics.
  • High-speed anti-aliasing that balances bit depth, resolution, and device controls (e.g., take advantage of multiple droplet sizes).
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In-RIP trapping

  • Efficient choking and spreading at edges of adjacent objects. 
  • Rules can be applied to text, graphics, and image interactions. 
  • Available as an optional booster package.

Dynamic workflow capabilities

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Comprehensive PDF/VT support

  • PDF Print Engine supports the latest PDF/VT (ISO 16612) workflows for Direct Mail, Customer Correspondence, Transactional, Transpromo and Variable Product Printing (VPP).
  • Offers sophisticated handling of non-printing metadata, giving you complete control through JDF.

Native consumption of images and external objects 

  • Extensible direct image consumption.
  • Sophisticated handling of externally referenced placed objects (Xobjects, PDF pages).
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Integration with post-press finishing

  • Interface to pass cut-path vectors to post-press finishing equipment.
  • Generate a separate plate for the cut contours.
  • Global transformations applied to job content (e.g., scale, rotate, shift) will also be applied to the cut contours.
  • In compliance with PDF Processing Steps international standard (ISO 19593).

In-RIP imposition (automated and non-automated)

  • Leverage automated capabilities of JDF job ticket format to impose pages into signatures for cut-and-stack, saddle stitch, and other imposition schemes.
  • Rule-based insertion of pages/sheets.
  • Conforms to CIP4 Imposition ICS (Interoperability Conformance Specification).
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Content-aware smart pixel metadata

  • PDF Print Engine augments ink-channel values with five metadata categories for each pixel. The metadata conveys information about the origin of each graphic, which can be harnessed to enhance color management, optimize compression, caching, and other purposes.

Extensive support for a full range of device configurations

  • Support for all device configurations: frame, band, or tile. It also supports various bit depths, resolutions, and multiple rendering modes.
    • Support for presses with different bit-depths (1/2/3/4/8/16) & resolution types (isotropic and anisotropic).
    • The full surface can be imaged in a single operation, or the surface can be subdivided into bands and/or tiles for greater efficiency.
    • Multiple rendering modes enable rendering the same page with different parameters. For instance, a preview rendition can be followed by a full rendition with different resolutions, media sizes, clip paths, and transforms. 
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Enable run-time attribute discovery and modification of PDF job files

  • Default read-only helper module, plus optional integration with Adobe PDF Library SDK.

Enable run-time image enhancement 

  • Interface to integrate proprietary image operations into the RIP.  For example, resampling, image modification, color correction, and image replacement.
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Complete control over the marking module

  • Full-featured, powerful marking module that can be used out-of-the-box or replaced to target specialized needs. 

OEM-proprietary color management support

  • Harness OS-provided CMM or proprietary CMM for managed color conversions to address OEM custom color management needs.
  • Implement independent late-stage adjustment (post-CMM) of device color planes. E.g., ink limiting or proprietary spot blending.
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OEM-proprietary file system

  • Optional support for OEM supplied file-system for maximum security.  Access files from any file systems (OS, RAM disk, cloud).

Customizable control over VDP caching

  • What to cache and when
  • Rendered form of raster cached objects (e.g., proprietary)
  • Where to cache (RAM disk, shared memory, other location)
  • Type of caching (object vs. page)
  • In-RIP caching as a display list or OEM-customizable raster cache
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Advanced JDF configuration support

  • Partition job to enable page/surface/document-level configuration controls (e.g., treating cover, body, pages differently).

Versatile job submission methods

  • Support for hot folders, MIME-packed PDF/VT-2s, and JMF job submission modes (Job Messaging Format).
  • URLs for job resources (e.g., ICC profiles, PDF files, half-tone screens, calibration curves) can be local or remote HTTP.
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