In Part 1 of my blog earlier this month, I reviewed the component of our Prinect Production Manager workflow called Proofing Engine Manager.

Proofing Engine Manager: Part 1

We ended at the options to output rasterized PDFs. Everything being generated by Proofing Engine Manager is rasterized. You are given a bunch of different file formats to choose from based on the requirements of the device you are sending the files to.

Let’s take a dive into the other output options we have. Let me remind you, as well, that the safest and most reliable way to output jobs to various devices is by using the same rip for all of them. By not allowing any other rip the chance of misinterpreting the data in a way that is different from your final output, whether it is to a digital device or a CtP, you reduce touch points. Everything you need is provided in a Production Manger subscription to produce your work.

The second format I would like to take look at is JPEG format. The first option I can choose is the color space. It might be that the artwork is being repurposed for the web so the operator can easily generate an RGB JPEG of the artwork. Some proofing devices or large format inkjet final output will want this format as well.

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As with any image format, compression can be chosen. Just remember higher compression=lower quality=smaller file size. We give you some hints when choosing the level of compression.

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If the artwork has a lot of fine detail, do not use heavy compression with any format. Whether it is output by Heidelberg’s workflow or trying to jam as many songs as possible onto your phone, you will get artifacts. Please know, once it is applied, compression cannot be changed back except by having an original copy that was not compressed or less compressed beforehand. So, it might seem tempting to make those images in Photoshop really small but there is always a trade-off if you do that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compression_artifact

This can be made even more evident by the type of screening you apply at your final output. A higher lpi for halftone or micron for stochastic will bring these artifacts into even greater detail.

Outputting to TIFF is one of the more commonly accepted safe file formats when outputting to devices that we might not be able to drive directly. The TIFF format can be chosen first. Make sure you read Part 1 of this blog for an explanation of all of the file formats.

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Color space is next.

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Compression is next.

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Prinect Prepress Portal is the module of Production Manager that customers can use to accept jobs over the internet and go through proofing cycles online instead of with traditional hard proofs.

Prinect Prepress Manager Demonstration: Part 1 of 4

This setting is used to generate soft online proofs within Prepress Portal for page or imposition approvals.

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As always, I am slightly dating myself by knowing and having used Postscript. I can say that I used it but that I was a young child at its emergence. So not quite that old. I was definitely there at the start of PDF as it’s replacement. The postscript step is for older devices whose front ends only accept it. The first thing I can do is pick the type. Level 1 would be for a very old device while Level 3 will be more recent.

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Next what color space to work in.

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Lastly, whether we want all of the pages or forms in one file or separate.

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The final small trick is that you can configure multiple outputs that will work simultaneously. These would be dedicated to different devices and would make sure output was solely for them.

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Just another way Production Manager can help you get your work out and make your life so much easier.


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    Joe Banich
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    Heidelberg Canada