Tom Kubinski www.shapco.com
|September 2007 TK's KornerPDF/X, PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 Formats
Patricia, was wanting more information on PDF file formats and the differences between PDF/X, 1a, X-3.
Now I am going to be completely honest with you, this area is one that I know just enough to be dangerous. So, I am giving you the info from one of our top guns/gurus.
He certainly knows his stuff as some of you can contest to and he is always available for you to touch base if you have any questions on how to try something or clarification. Hope this info aids you with your up coming production questions. So dive in and enjoy.
Everyone is aware of the PDF file format, but what is PDF/X and what are the variations.
Industry organizations have been working for many years to ensure that graphic arts files be written in a way that will reproduce on press exactly the way the content creator intended. Although this goal sounds simple enough, it is not. With the plethora of platforms, operating systems, software applications, color spaces, font types, file formats, and media to choose from, achieving successful blind communication between two or more production environments is a daunting task. So PDF/X was created to allow the blind exchange of production ready files. PDF/X really comes in two flavors, PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3
PDF/X-1a also eliminates the most common errors in file preparation. According to a GATF (Graphic Arts Technology Foundation) survey conducted in January 2002, among the 10 most common errors in client PDF files were the following:
Currently PDF/X-3 is not as widely accepted by commercial printers because of options it supports.
PDF/X-1a files can be created using Acrobat Distiller 6, Acrobat Professional and IndesignCS.
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