Moving Printability Upstream
Preflighting prior to production has become a necessity. This removes the added expense of prepress intervention when errors in files, including PDFs, are discovered. But preflighting takes time, requires expertise, and must be done just before production—so it's usually the printer who preflights.
To enable peak production efficiency, however, PDF creation and preflighting should move upstream, to the person ultimately responsible for the file: the content creator. Printers need to provide clear, detailed specifications of how each PDF file should be created to satisfy the print workflow.
The goal is to automate both functions, so that content creators only send PDF files to print providers that meet specified preflight and print-ready requirements. Last year saw the debut of Jaws PDF Courier Internet-enabled electronic document delivery tool kits from Global Graphics Software.
Jaws PDF Courier-based systems allow content creators to create PDF files according to exact specifications required for the print provider's workflow. Enfocus' PitStop preflighting can then be placed upstream to assure everyone in the production chain that the PDFs they create and send can be printed.
The preflighting option allows checks to be performed at the publisher's site, where the original applications and files are easily accessible. Any repairs can be done at file origination, instead of at the printer, who might not have the applications or original files.
This saves time and effort. Content creators can move on to the next job. Print providers can process files faster and more accurately. No wonder the rate of adoption of this type of upstream processing is accelerating around the world.
- Justin Coombes
Justin Coombes is marketing manager for Jaws PDF Technologies at Global Graphics Software Inc. He can be reached at Justin.Coombes@GlobalGraphics.com.