Why can't I just export a PDFX file directly from my layout program?
PDFX files exported directly from a layout program such as InDesign or Quark can have unexpected results. While the PDFX format is designed to greatly reduce the chance of unexpected errors when outputting a file, issues can arise. Instead by first creating a PostScript (PS) file, you are further reducing the chance of something going wrong. When you produce a PS file, you are printing the file to disk which locks down the print process.
Is a PS file the same as an EPS file?
No. An EPS (encapsulated PostScript) file contains only data which describes the document and graphic elements within it. A PS (PostScript) file contains the same data but also includes information describing how it should be printed.
I need to replace a file that was already submitted because I made a minor text correction. Do I have to create a new proof?
Yes. Any time a change is made to a digital file it is in a sense a new file. To ensure the new file prints exactly the way you'd expect it to we'll need a new proof.
Can I send Communication Arts my native file with fonts and have you create the PDF/X?
What are the most common reasons a file is rejected?
The most common file problems are:
- Trim and Bleed marks not incorporated in the layout itself
- Trim and bleed size not correct
- Unintended Spot Colors
- Truetype fonts / Missing fonts
Helpful Links/Additional Resources
The DDAP Association is a nationwide group of graphic arts professionals dedicated to integrating the publishing and advertising industries through digital technologies.
The Planet PDF Web community caters for anyone and everyone with an interest in PDF -- from professional Web or print publishers seeking appropriate tools, to rank beginners wondering exactly what "PDF" stands for. Assisting PDF users since 1998, Planet PDF is a comprehensive, popular and independent Web site exclusively focused on Adobe Acrobat/PDF users and uses.
Makers of PDF/X-1 Checkup, a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat for preflighting and producing PDF/X files.
Makers of Acrobat and Distiller.