Final winners of ‘PDF Print Production Guide, v.2’ book

We’ve named the final pair of randomly selected
winners in our now-closed promotional contest to give away to
members of our global community free copies of the book ‘HREF=’′
TARGET=’_NEW’>PDF Print Production Guide, Second
Edition,’ by Joseph Marin and Julie Shaffer of GATF. HREF=’’>Enter
soon to qualify!

ALSO: Browse the HREF=’’>Table
of Contents for the updated version. You can also
download a free excerpt from Chapter 6 — ‘HREF=’’
TARGET=’_NEW’>In the Trenches‘ [PDF: 949kb], featuring an
illustrated tip on how to change the colors within a


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Production Guide’>Briefly (1-2 paragraphs at most) describe
either your current or intended use of PDF in
printing/prepress, noting the key benefit(s) of PDF for your
particular project or situation.

Final List of Winners:

  • Denise Rudnay
    Packaging Group, Inc.

    A: ‘Our prepress department is desiring to implement
    automated workflows via JDF files and PDF workflow systems. I
    like the various page size and other pre-press specific
    features of putting a PDF into our workflow rather than a
    postscript file.’

  • Gordon Reed

    Pre-press Manager

    Island Publishers – Goldstream Press

    A: ‘We have just installed a new imagesetter and
    imposition software, Dynastrip, which imposes PDF pages in a
    specified template and then creates a new PDF file for the
    RIP. Our page layout program is InDesign CS and we are
    struggling with whether to make our PDF files directly from
    InDesign (exporting as PDF) or printing as PS files and
    handling them through a watched folder. The trouble we are
    having is that it appears (but not confirmed yet — more
    testing required) that exporting from InDesign causes some of
    the fonts to jumble/mix up — transposing or deleting
    characters. It’s never the whole job, just certain areas, but
    it’s always repeatable. Solution — If I re-postscript the
    files in Acrobat and then distill them the problem
    disappears. So I am looking at getting the Print Production
    Guide 2 as it looks like some valuable info is there that we
    could benefit from. I don’t necessarily think that resolving
    our specific problem will be dealt with in the book, but one
    can hope. I am currently working with Adobe to see if they
    can offer any explanation — no results yet.’

  • Gary Little

    Senior Prepress Operator

    The Lowe-Martin Group

    A: ‘We are a large printing company in Ottawa, Canada. We
    use PDFs for many uses ranging from sending proofs of jobs to
    utilizing customer-created PDFs for printing.

    One of our customers, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, sends the
    PDFs all around the world for proof approvals. Once we get an
    OK, we can use the PDF for imposition, then to make press
    plates. Since we are a total CTP printing company, we do not
    have to make new files therefore ensuring that the job is
    printed using the latest, approved PDFs.

    We encourage our customers to submit hi-res PDFs for
    printing rather than sending us InDesign or Quark files.’

  • Bron Kowal

    Senior Production Manager

    Digital Vision

    A: ‘All of our magazines, catalogues and marketing mailers
    are sent to print as PDF files. Files are generally small
    enough to send as e-mail attachments or can be uploaded
    quickly, saving on time and courier costs. I would hate to go
    back to the old way of doing things.’

  • Portia Westfall

    Documentation Services Manager

    Lenel Systems International, Inc.

    A: ‘PDF has been a very convenient format for our documentation. We save our FrameMaker documents to PDF so they can be reviewed by engineers in our company who do not have FrameMaker; Acrobat’s note feature works very well for this. We also release our user guides to customers in PDF because we can provide stable formatting, as well as utilize the security features to control what can be done with the content in the document.’

  • Collin Kelso


    Kelso Colour Print


    A: ‘We use PDF extensively to:

    • Send proofs to customers for review-and-comment

    • Send medium- to large-volume jobs to be printed

    • Produce images from Photoshop & Illustrator for placing in InDesign

    • Publish some documents that we distribute for customers for their
      own printing’

  • Laura Foley

    Graphic Designer

    AlphaGraphics US271

    A: ‘We’re a small quick-print shop, and we get all manner of files for printing: Excel spreadsheets, Word brochures, Publisher files, FrameMaker documents. It’s hard, if not impossible, to get print-ready files with these formats.

    Now, I deal with clients with varying levels of computer expertise, everything from ‘Do you need me to save that as a Press Quality PDF with no compression and embedded fonts?’ to ‘What’s a mouse?’ But everyone knows how to create a PDF file, so that’s what I tell them to send me. If they can’t, then I usually create PDFs from the files they submit.

    If it weren’t for PDFs, I’d be doing a lot more re-creation of my client’s files!’

  • Wade Gillespie

    Art Director

    Tri-Auto Enterprises

    A: ‘Our current use of PDF files is our means of sending print products to press. We receive a lot of PDF files for print production. We don’t care what layout program, or platform it was created in, as long as it’s a properly created PDF file we’ll accept it. But, only about 20 percent of the PDF files we receive are press ready or PDF/X-complaint. I need a good resource to refer to so that I can better teach other graphic artist about creating a PDF for press. The more resources I have, the better I will be at troubleshooting PDF files.’

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