ARTS PDF Crackerjack 5.0 makes print workflows more efficient

ARTS PDF recently announced the release of Crackerjack 5.0, its popular Acrobat plug-in for print production professionals.

The advanced print tools in ARTS PDF Crackerjack 5.0 enables users to convert RGB and CMYK to spot color, perform impositions, verify Enfocus Certified PDFs, print accurate color separations, and preview and control one’s output.

‘Crackerjack 5.0 has added some very useful features to an already powerful tool,’ said Catherine McCarthy, Area Director for North America, Enfocus Software. ‘We are especially pleased that it incorporates Enfocus Certified PDF technology to allow users to validate Certified PDF status before printing. The addition of a simple to use tool for converting RGB or CMYK document colors to spot colors, plus the new n-up and step & repeat imposition features provide users with prepress tools which are above and beyond Acrobat Professional.’

Crackerjack allows users to fix common print problems and to automate their workflow via hot folders to improve accuracy and efficiency by setting up hot folders and assigning the tasks to perform — any time PDFs land in the folders, they’re processed automatically without any further effort from the user.

‘The latest Crackerjack is ideal for controlling color output: convert RGB or CMYK to spot colors before printing; at print time, convert spot to process, map spot to spot; and control color-space conversion of RGB images, text and graphics using ICC profiles,’ says Gary Armstrong, VP of Sales, ARTS PDF. ‘In addition, the new imposition tools let users choose step and repeat or n-up to layout and create imposed PDFs that meet typical production needs.’

New features ensure users get a more accurate separations preview, enabling them to display separations with all print settings such as media size, marks and color space conversion applied to ensure correct output. And it provides users with more precise control, enabling them to adjust for binding and other late-stage positioning needs. Tune dot gain, scaling, separations, screening, and so forth, and save and reuse each setting for consistent results.

Pricing and Availability

ARTS PDF Crackerjack works with Acrobat 5.0, 6.0 & 7.0, runs on Windows and Macintosh platforms, and is available immediately. The product can be purchased now from an extensive range of resellers for $US495. Upgrades from Crackerjack 4 are available for $199. Upgrades from versions earlier than 4.0 are available for $249. For further information about Crackerjack, and to download a demonstration copy, visit the ARTS PDF Web site.

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