Prinect from Heidelberg Now Available with Adobe PDF Print Engine

New Adobe RIP technology rounds off the Prinect PDF workflow and optimizes ripping of transparent objects in PDF documents

Heidelberg, (PresseBox) - The new Adobe PDF Print Engine is now part of the Prinect workflow management system from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). The new rendering technology from Adobe features in Release 6.5 of the Prinect MetaDimension RIP. As a "native PDF renderer" controlled exclusively by JDF/JMF, the Adobe PDF Print Engine fits perfectly into the JDF-controlled Prinect workflow. All Prinect systems with MetaDimension 6.5 will in future include the Adobe PDF Print Engine within their scope of delivery. Heidelberg is also offering upgrades for existing MetaDimension versions.

"As user experience has demonstrated, the Adobe PDF Print Engine is set to develop rapidly into the standard RIP technology for Heidelberg customers. It solves the problems many print service providers have with correctly processing elaborately structured PDF documents. One of the typical challenges so far has been processing transparent effects, for instance when the PDF conversion turns several layout levels into a single level (flattening) too early in the process. With the Adobe PDF Print Engine, reliable handling of transparent objects and better compatibility with Acrobat screening technology offer major advantages to print service providers," says Dr. Peter Leu, Head of Product Management for Prinect Preprint at Heidelberg.

Prinect MetaDimension will also include the current Adobe Postscript Interpreter as a second RIP renderer in future. This will enable the user to process PDF files using either the Adobe PDF Print Engine or the conventional PostScript RIP with a simple click of the mouse. All the data handling will be controlled in Prinect MetaDimension in future such that no changes will be required in the workflow setup. Heidelberg will supply this dual RIP configuration as standard with no surcharge as of Prinect MetaDimension Version 6.5 and later.

Last year, Heidelberg introduced workflow support for transparent objects in PDF documents in Prinect Printready 3.0. Users can define workflows in the Printready prepress workflow so that transparent objects in the PDF files are retained during all processing steps such as color management and trapping, until the PDF file is transferred to Prinect MetaDimension for output. The market launch of the new Adobe PDF Print Engine for Prinect MetaDimension also marks the completion of the last step of the PDF changeover process from Adobe PostScript to the native Adobe PDF technology.

"The introduction of the Adobe PDF Print Engine has brought unprecedented stability and quality in the output of PDF files for all types of output device. We are particularly pleased that Adobe has implemented this technology as a pure JDF processing engine that can be seamlessly incorporated into Prinect. This means Prinect users can benefit from the central JDF architecture with an even greater degree of consistency and control over the workflow," explains Peter Leu.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Die Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG ist mit rund 24.200 Mitarbeitern in mehr als 170 Ländern weltweit führender Lösungsanbieter für die Printmedien-Industrie. Mit Hauptsitz in Heidelberg, Deutschland, bietet das Unternehmen Produkte von der Druckvorstufe über die unterschiedlichsten Druckverfahren bis hin zur Weiterverarbeitung. So entwickelt und fertigt die Heidelberg Gruppe Software, elektronische Prepress-Produkte, Bogenoffset-, Rollenoffset- und digitale Druckmaschinen sowie Weiterverarbeitungssysteme. Das Unternehmen hat bei weitem das größte Service- und Vertriebsnetz der Branche. Mit 18 internationalen Standorten und 250 Vertriebsniederlassungen werden 240.000 Kunden weltweit optimal betreut. Heidelberg generiert seinen Umsatz zu 85 Prozent durch eigene Vertriebsgesellschaften. Im Geschäftsjahr 2002/2003 erreichte Heidelberg einen Umsatz von rund 4,1 Milliarden Euro.

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