Why do we need a PDF/X standard?

Answered by guest expert, Michael Jahn, ePublishing Analyst, Agfa Corporation

Why do we need a PDF/X standard?

Most publishers make their specifications for ad delivery available to ad agencies and prepress houses. These include page sizes, bleed allowances, number and types of hard copy proofs to be sent alongside digital files and file formats that will be accepted.

Once a publisher is confident that they have the tools to handle PDF/X files, they can simply add it into that list. No further technical discussion should be required in order to make a suitable file for delivery.

This is known as "blind exchange."

Blind exchange is also appropriate for some other parts of the print market. It will fit well wherever an exchange should be kept simple, or when a single file is sent to many places to be printed.

Contact information:
Michael Jahn
ePublishing Analyst
Agfa Corporation
200 Ballardvale Street
MS 200-4-5H
Wilmington, MA


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