This week in PDF: Photography best practices whitepaper released

This week in PDF has seen the release of a best practices whitepaper, along with the introduction of an automated transparency flattening tool and an Acrobat 3D plug-in.

First up, the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) has released at whitepaper outlining best practices relating to digital photography for print production. The GWG Photography White Paper gives publishers and photographers a compact set of digital photography guidelines for print production. Correct implementation of ICC color management and standards is essential to ensure that maximum quality is maintained from the original capture through to the final printed result. The GWG recommends using these guidelines for digital photography projects for print production. Check out the GWG web site for more detailed information or to download a free copy of the whitepaper.

In other news, callas software has released a new transparency-flattening tool for Acrobat 8.1 Professional. The pdfAutooptimizer plug-in is the main component of a special software package from callas software for automated transparency flattening using Adobe Acrobat Professional. The software automatically optimizes PDF documents, preventing transparency-related printing issues. Full product details can be found at

Finally, San Francisco, California-based Lattice Technology has announced the release of an XVL Plug-In for Adobe Acrobat 3D. The software operates with Acrobat 3D Version 8 to enable bidirectional conversion between Adobe PDF and Lattice’s XVL, Lattice’s compressed 3D data format. The lightweight XVL format allows 3D data to be used throughout the product lifecycle. while Acrobat 3D Version 8 enables virtually any 3D CAD file to be delivered as a convenient PDF document. The new plug-in provides users the convenience of PDF distribution with the power to edit the data in Latticeā€™s XVL-based applications, wherein users can produce 3D process animations, training manuals, customer documentation, engineering process documents and more. More information can be found on Lattice Technology’s official web site.

That’s it for this week. Watch this space!

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