Structured and, ideally, automated methods of communication, and the interaction between industry organizations, are key to successfully addressing the problems publishers face in reliably delivering printable PDF files.
It is clear that consistency and reliability in PDF documents can be achieved when all parties involved in PDF workflow transactions create their PDF documents using approved settings from identical PDF profiles, to verify document printability.
Enfocus Software's solution to the problem of exchanging reliable PDF documents began with the 2002 introduction of the company's Certified PDF Workflow technology. That offering streamlined PDF workflows by tracking authors and versions, and maintaining consistency between final production files and original application files.
Now the company has taken this approach one step further with the recent introduction of CertifiedPDF.net, an easy to use, yet deeply featured online resource for PDF specifications and related content.
At the site, located at www.CertifiedPDF.net, graphic designers can subscribe, at no charge, to various industry-standard PDF specifications. These include PDF Profiles, Adobe Acrobat Distiller settings, Action Lists, InDesign Print Styles, and so on.
All of the profiles are published by industry associations, printers, publishers, or other contributing members. Among them: Brown Printing, Cadmus MediaWorks, Moore Wallace, Paizo Publishing, Quebecor World, Time Inc., Transcontinental Printing, Walsworth Publishing.
Various Enfocus applications, such as Instant PDF and PitStop Server, can be linked to the CertifiedPDF.net service, and have the system automatically update the applications with the latest PDF specifications. E-mail notification is also available.
In addition to the specification resources, Enfocus's CertifiedPDF.net includes an extensive database that provides a few hundred tips and solutions to commonly encountered PDF problems. Also online: a comprehensive PDF Guide, white papers, product and standards documentation, and other useful resources for PDF users.
The CertifiedPDF.net site revolves around three primary components:
•1 Specifications: A database containing all of the settings graphic designers need to create and check PDF documents for publication. Specifications consist of software settings (print settings for design applications, Enfocus PDF Profiles, Adobe Acrobat Distiller Job Options, PPDs, etc.), and related documentation. A straightforward file management system allows users to search for and retrieve the proper settings for specific printers, applications, media, and so on.