Visiting Network Printing: Why CTP Can Support PDF Files

CTP technology has changed the way that fast printers operate. They have improved workflows, resulting in significantly improved print quality and shorter production cycles. However, the CTP has also brought challenges. The documents that customers create for digital printers or color copying companies are too simple. Usually these documents are sent to the printing factory without any processing. With the help of some simple instructions, most customers can also produce well-output documents. If the documents cannot be printed or printed incorrectly, the printer can also find and fix mistakes so as not to cause large losses.

However, using CTP to process client files becomes more and more complicated, and monochrome may be easy, but when it comes to two-color or several mixed colors, it becomes more troublesome.

The problem is that multi-color documents must be color-coded before they can be printed. Many customers do not understand the principle of mechanical color synthesis of printing machines. Therefore, they cannot use the appropriate technology to complete the color separation process. People who use CTP find that this process will lead to production. Slow down.

In the application of CTP to PDF workflow. Since the introduction of ADOBE Acrobat 4.0, the PDF format has become one of the printing standards. It provides removable, platform-compatible files that can be used, searched, and edited to some degree. It is because of this convenience that PDF has become the first choice for the printing industry.

The biggest issue for the use of CTP printers is the editing capabilities of PDF files. Although it is not an inherent process of CTP, PDF files can be modified prior to platemaking. Thanks to ACROBAT 4.0X and various plug-ins, printers can change spelling, attributes, replace images, and more.

A PDF workflow for CTP cannot be accomplished overnight, fast printers must invest in additional software, and some PDF plug-ins enhance ACROBAT functionality and enhance PDF file control. Digital designers/desktop publishers have to spend a certain amount of time learning this new tool before they can actually use CTP.

PDF is usually converted from a PS file, mainly because some customers do not want to purchase the ACROBAT DISTILLER program that converts files into PDF files.

Benefits of Other aspects of PDF Use PDF files can also be used for proofing, rearrangement, and archiving.

One of the services that many fast printers can provide is online proofing on the web. Once the document is ready for printing, the PDF file is passed to the customer as proof. Sometimes the website can automatically implement this procedure by e-mailing the sample to the customer and automatically opening it in Acrobat Reader after download. Customers can agree with this proofing or make some changes.

PDF files are also used online to help customers know what files are used in light printers and how to rearrange them. In addition, some printers also provide PDF files, allowing customers to confirm that the production operation is exactly what they need.

PDF officially became the industry's standard format. Once CTP users learn how to use PDF solutions and adopt PDF workflows on their CTP devices, it is easier to apply PDF workflows to other digital printing devices. Both monochrome and color digital presses can produce PDF files. Teaching customers how to generate a PS file and then converting it to a PDF file will reduce the problems associated with many customer-generated documents.

How to better serve customers Whenever they deal with customers, they list a list of major competitors. If they have a website, go to their website. See how they advertise for their services and tell them how to use existing services online.

One of the main services of the Internet is file conversion. Customers can easily transfer files to you. This area is critical to the success of the site and should be reused by customers. Clearness and standards are part of the network file transfer. The customer should also be informed of the format of the application software you are supporting, what image format is accepted, and the standard of the document. When guiding customers, consider that the customer may be a newcomer to preparing documents for the printer. In short, the website should be helpful and encouraging. However, in some websites where I logged in, I could not do this.

First, I think that fast printers should support Microsoft publisher. Because it is widely used, it is Microsoft's very good support program for light printers. I have logged into the Microsoft website to see how other printers are listed as publishing services. However, it is disappointing that if customers are hesitating to send documents to the printer, then he is in the "How to submit documents" section. It may be disappointing.

The following are some reviews of special software supported by printers.

Adobe Pagemaker - industry-standard typesetting software, but his operation is cumbersome, and the output may be very different from the idea. For example, what you see on the screen may change beyond the film. Microsoft Publisher works much better. But if you give your child a birthday party for an invitation or a copy of a business card, this home-based computer software can come in handy.

Microsoft word does not guarantee that services processed with word can be output in the same scheme.

In fact, various softwares do not perform as badly as they used in practical applications. Many printers who accept Pubisher and Word documents are equally successful. The key is to let customers know how to prepare documents.

Learning in production Many printers still hold the above, and customers should be prepared to meet their requirements. Many customers who come to light printing are businessmen, not graphic designers. Most of them use Microsoft products, not high-end design solutions. If we really want to go deep into the customer's business, we need a program that can handle Microsoft files. We have overlooked too much of the business generated by Microsoft products.

In comparison with your competitor's website, find out how they deal with the documents and how to explain them to the customers. You will find that your opponent is more concerned with the mystery and not just the provision of services. Through these you can know which customers to fight for.


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