Commercial Printing and PDF Workflows.


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PDF workflows have the ability to streamline commercial printing and enable more throughput in automated commercial printing PDF workflows. PDF file submission in commercial printing has grown exponentially over the last 3-5 years. The open architecture and the ability to show online proofs and ease of file submission has made PDF workflow for commercial printers a must.

PDF's(Portable Document Format) ability to be a cross platform file that can be used as a print, web or other digital means has given the strong rise to wide adoption. In the past, printers were either given the native file or a postscript file. Those files were ripped, trapped and imposition done creating many times very large files that were cumbersome and time consuming to deal with. When changes were made the multiple step process had to start over. A pdf workflow eliminates many of those multiple steps by only dealing with the pdf file. A proof can be shown over the internet and all dealings are with a smaller file with less time for trapping, ripping and imposition. Commercial printing PDF workflows have become a necessary step in streamlining the printing process.

Written by Buzz Tatom
buzz@odeecompany.com
The Odee Company, Dallas, Texas

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