Fremont, CA (September 21, 2001) - Today, Lantana announced Crackerjack 4.0, a significant upgrade to its award-winning product for PDF print production. Crackerjack is the #1 Acrobat printing product for the graphic arts market. Crackerjack offers convenience and features not available in high-end systems. Crackerjack employs a visually-intuitive user interface to tune all aspects of color print production. The "built-in" Crackerjack Pilot feature provides "hot folder" automation with customized settings by device, client, or application. Lantana will demonstrate Crackerjack 4.0 at the SeyboldSF exposition, September 25-27 in San Francisco at its booth (1517D), the Adobe Partners Pavilion.
Crackerjack 4.0 adds significant new features. These include separations preview, spot color mapping, a font embedding "fixer", expanded RGB conversion options, support for Acrobat 5.05, Mac OS X and Windows XP, and more.
This allows the user to preview separations before printing. It includes controls to turn off selected inks and to see the effect of overprints, knockouts, and transparency. The preview also reflects Crackerjack settings which can affect output – media size, orientation, scaling, offsets, tiling, mirror and negative print, printer marks, RGB to CMYK conversion, spot color mapping, custom transfer curves, etc.
Spot color mapping
In addition to the current functions for selecting spot color inks for print or converting them all or individually to process color, this feature permits users to selectively map them into other spot colors. This is useful for eliminating extra separations for spot colors with similar names or for reducing the number of inks in a print job.
Font embedding "Fixer" and RGB conversion
These features let users solve common PDF print production problems, i.e., missing fonts and RGB conversion. Crackerjack can now automatically check for non-embedded fonts and include them in the output if they are available on the user’s computer. Additionally for RGB to CMYK conversion, UCR/GCR has been extended to all separation modes with the ability to optionally specify that images are to be converted using UCR/GCR or ICC profiles.
"Crackerjack 4.0 incorporates many of the features that our customers have been requesting", stated Gary Armstrong, Lantana’s CEO. "In more and more cases, a PDF workflow using Crackerjack is the most efficient, cost-effective means to high quality output."
Crackerjack 4.0 requires Adobe Acrobat 4.05 or above. It will be available for the Macintosh (MacOS 9.x/OS X) and Windows (98/2000/NT/XP) within 60 days. The US suggested retail price for Crackerjack 4.0 is $495 plus shipping. Registered users of Crackerjack 3.x may upgrade to Crackerjack 4.0 for $199. Prices will vary internationally. Users who purchase Crackerjack 3 between now and the release of Crackerjack 4 will be eligible to receive a free upgrade.
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