APPE

Features


High Impact Colour Rendering
New capabilities to harness the full potential of today’s digital and conventional presses, including support for PDF 2.0 colour features such as Black Point Compensation (BPC), Half-tone Origin (HTO), Spectral data for spot colours (CxF) and Page-Level Output Intent.
Anti-aliasing
PDF Print Engine can visually smooth
the sharp edges in text and graphics, especially helpful at low resolutions.

Enhanced Unicode Support
Control parameters, file paths and passwords can include multi-byte characters.


Tile Parallel Processing
A large surface can be subdivided into tiles, each of which can be rendered by a separate instance of the PDF Print Engine, running on a dedicated CPU. When complete, the rasterised tiles are seamlessly reassembled. Tests show significant performance gains for a range of job types.
cache management
Repeating elements in VDP jobs and step-and-repeat labels/packaging jobs, can be cached after rendering to minimise processing times. Opaque and transparent elements can be cached and retrieved. PDF Print Engine supports caching of both rasters and device primitives (Display List elements).
16-bit processing
PDF Print Engine can be configured for end-to-end processing of images and graphics defined with 16-bit colours, ensuring smooth gradients at any length (no banding) and precise colours on any substrate.
JDF-based automation
The PDF Print Engine integrates into workflows managed by Job Definition Format (JDF), the industry standard.  This capability can be leveraged for in-RIP processing of impositions, text placement etc.
PDF Helper
PDF Print Engine includes the “PDF Helper” utility for dynamic job configuration based on run-time inspection of incoming files (read-only). 
Tight integration with PDF Library 
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.
Non-binary halftones
PDF Print Engine can produce accurate 2-bit, 3-bit and 4-bit continuous tone output for non-binary halftone screening.
Inline image processing
PDF Print Engine can be configured for in-RIP modification of images using any pre-defined algorithm and metadata inputs.
Object-level transformation
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 Driver support 
PDF Print Engine can accept printstreams submitted directly from desktop applications via the Adobe PDF Driver. It can also accept PostScript via the Adobe PDF Converter.
Smoothest shades ever
Long gradient blends, both axial and radial, can sometimes show banding and artefacts when they include abrupt colour changes. These unwanted effects have been eliminated. Continuous shading effects are consistently smooth and more fluid than ever!
Optimised compression
PDF 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.
Live Transparency
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 colours and smooth shades.
 
VDP support
PDF Print Engine supports Variable Data Print (VDP) workflows where job content is expressed as Optimised PDF or PDF/VT or where a PDF file is used as a page element in any other VDP architecture. Direct mail and Transpromo jobs can take advantage of the full richness of the PDF imaging model with high impact personalised content.
ICC-based Colour management
PDF Print Engine uses the Adobe Color Engine (ACE) or proprietary CMMs (Colour Management Modules) to efficiently and consistently render job elements, defined in any combination of colour spaces, to a reference printing condition (e.g. SWOP), using ICC profiles.
64-bit operation
64-bit processing delivers a large addressable memory space and faster performance than 32-bit. PDF Print Engine is available for 64-bit platforms.