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PDF Tools for Graphics Professionals

(July 2005) posted on Thu Jul 28, 2005

A sourcelist of products for compressing workflow.

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Creo's Synapse Prepare allows designers to create PDFs with an
automated process that matches the technical specifications
from a particular print provider. Users can print directly from
QuarkXPress; print to the Synapse Prepare desktop printer from
any Mac application; or drag-and-drop a PostScript or PDF file
onto a hot folder or Synapse Prepare applet. Prepare's preflight
technology examines a file and notifies users of its status; if a
file fails preflight, a warning report is generated so errors can be
identified and fixed.

Creo also offers Synapse Prepare Pro, which enables printers
and trade shops to set their printing instructions and distribute
custom vendor profiles to designers through a directive.
Directives can be customized to control settings for Quark-
XPress, InDesign, Acrobat Distiller, and Enfocus PitStop. The
directives can then be imported into the designer's version of
Synapse Prepare, allowing for the creation of error-free PDFs.


DALiM TWiST is a workflow tool that can be configured to automate
file conversions"?such as PostScript to PDF"?or to apply
ICC color profiles for print production. It supports a variety of
native and proprietary file formats, such as CT/LLW, PDF, and
TIFF/IT-P1, and integrates with legacy file formats.

Twist's Workflow Manager manages work in progress, either
locally or remotely, and can intervene at any time by initiating a
pause in the workflow, or allowing users to view job status or job
logs. Twist also is able to take information from a database and
incorporate it into a print-production workflow, as well as place
information back into the database for easy integration with MIS


OneFlow, from EFI, uses an icon-based graphic interface to allow
users to convert files to PDF, as well as preflight, trap, impose,
RIP, and soft proof. Jobs can be managed and tracked in real time
from anywhere using the browser-based OneFlow Job Tracker
application. OneFlow incorporates an Adobe-based RIP as well as
EFI ColorWise, the company's color-management system, and
ROOM ("RIP Once Output Many") proofing architecture.