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April 7, 2006

Adobe PDF Print Engine introduced at IPEX

For anyone that knows me personally, pre-press & print production are not my strengths, however, I wanted to let you know about a new technology that we introduced this week at IPEX in the UK. At IPEX, we are hosting two full theatre sessions each day which are devoted to discussion of the Adobe PDF Print Engine and one session each day is dedicated to discussion of reliable PDF creation for print publishing workflows.

For further info on the Adobe PDF Print Engine, see


  • By Kevin Mack - 3:14 AM on April 8, 2006  

    Does this mean that existing Creo, Fiery, Xerox, Heidelberg, etc RIPs will need to be upgraded?
    Or will the RIPs need to be replaced to fully access the features of Adobe PDF Print Engine?

  • By Lori DeFurio - 8:42 AM on April 10, 2006  

    The Adobe PDF Print Engine will be available via our OEM partners (Creo, EFI, Xerox, Heidelberg, etc. as noted). Whether this new technology is incorporated as an update
    to an existing RIP/PDF workflow system or as a component of a totally new RIP / PDF workflow system is up to that vendor / OEM partner. For example, FFEI (FujiFilm
    Electronic Imaging) announced a totally new RIP / PDF workflow system incorporating the Adobe PDF Print Engine at IPEX 2006 in Birmingham, UK last week. Of the other Adobe OEM partners who have announced intentions of shipping products with the Adobe PDF Print Engine, some are creating new products and others are simply incorporating the new technology into existing product lines in their next major release.

    It is reasonable to assume that at least some of these OEM partners will make the new technology available as an upgrade for existing users and/or include the upgrade
    for customers with software maintenance plans. Obviously, beyond these generalities, Adobe cannot further comment on unannounced products of our OEM partners. (Note that the Adobe PDF Print Engine is software and that most RIP/PDF workflow
    systems are based on fairly generic hardware platforms running standard operating systems as opposed to “printer controllers” which are often proprietary hardware
    running specialized real time operating systems. Conceptually, the former are generally easy to provide software updates for, the latter – not!)

  • By Will Pollard - 12:16 PM on May 16, 2006  

    I have just done another search on this blog for ‘JDF’. This comes up with nothing. Am I right in thinking that the Job Definition Format is not really a concern for the community around this blog? I have looked at the agenda for Adobe Live in the UK next week and expect to be encouraged to move on to online video for phones etc.? Nothing wrong with that of course, just that I would like to think print was still in there somewhere.