February 27, 2009 in Publishing (F)
[prMac.com] London, UK - XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide are pleased to announce the new PDF Standardizer 1.0. Enfocus and Alwan Color Expertise, leaders in PDF quality assurance, colour optimisation and standards compliance, have joined forces in the development of Alwan PDF Standardizer to bring simple, reliable PDF standardisation and quality control to the graphic arts market. PDF Standardizer is an all-in-one PDF and colour preflight and standardisation tool designed for graphic professionals who would like to have full control and guarantee for the quality of their PDF files.
PDF Standardizer offers a simple and reliable way to create PDFs that comply to PDF standards such as ISO 15930-1 PDF/X1-a and Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) specifications as well as to colour standards such as ISO 12647. PDF Standardizer is a complete solution that combines the functionalities of Alwan CMYK Optimizer, Enfocus FullSwitch and Enfocus PitStop Server. PDF Standardizer is a fully integrated software solution and is not a bundle - it has a single installer and a single product key for all three components. It has a unique wizard to configure each flow as well as the flow's PDF and colour settings.
Designed to be a simple out-of-the box solution, it caters to PDF creators as well as PDF receivers. Designers and prepress bureaus pass PDF files they produce through PDF Standardizer before sending them to their printers and publishers. PDF Standardizer ensures that files match ISO colour standards and GWG specifications and generally ensures that PDFs can be reproduced without colour or transparencies interpretation problems. Publishers, prepress bureaus and printers that receive PDF from a wide variety of sources use PDF Standardizer to ensure that PDFs are print-ready (PDF/X and GWG compliant) and have a consistent and standardised colour content. Making PDFs consistent and standardised allows for a smoother and problem-free processing later in the workflow.
Benefits of using PDF Standardizer include:
* Creating print-ready PDFs
PDF Standardizer creates Certified PDFs that comply with ISO 15930-1 PDF/X1-a and Ghent PDF Workgroup standards and whose colour content complies with ISO 12647 colour standards. A series of automated analysis and correction steps are performed by PDF Standardizer in order to make incoming PDFs compliant.
* Simple to use:
Configuring PDF Standardizer is done using two convenient wizards. Users need to answer a few basic questions that will allow PDF Standardizer to identify the right preflight parameters, colour settings and certification profiles to use. A second wizard configures PDF Standardizer to retrieve files from hot folders, email accounts and FTP sites and sort them depending on file naming conventions.
* Powerful workflow automation:
PDF Standardizer contains the complete Enfocus FullSwitch functionality. Users can go beyond the workflows setup using the wizards and define their own workflows, routing files and drive other applications as in the standalone version of FullSwitch.
* Quality control mode in the LAN:
PDF Standardizer consolidates your PDF workflow processes on one computer on the local network. Users copy their PDFs to that computer via network drop folders and PDF Standardizer will automatically create the normalised files or generate reports that indicate what the problems are.
Major features of PDF Standardizer 1.0:
* Easy-to-set and easy-to use PDF colour management, within reach of users at all skill levels.
* Embedded Alwan award winning Dynamic colour management technology and Dynamic management of flattening of transparencies.
* Easy to integrate with existing workflow and workflow systems.
* Processing and conversion of complex source PDF files into simple, reliable and standardised PDF/X1-a files for printing in any environment and with any prepress system.
* Unprecedented level of reliability and quality assurance for global and print-on-demand workflows.
* Error-free PDF processing by both modern and legacy workflows.
* Instant compliance with ISO Standards 12647 and 15930-1.
* Produces Certified PDFs that are compliant with Ghent PDF workgroup specifications.
PDF Standardizer is available now through XChange International via electronic delivery worldwide. A reviewer's guide is also available. To order, or for more information, users can visit the website, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours.
XChange are a leading supplier of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension(R) technology; Adobe InDesign(R), Acrobat(R) and Photoshop(R) Plug-ins(R) and other design and publishing utilities. XChange offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site. The company are headquartered in Central London and also offer specialist training on many of the solutions they sell.