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Unique PDF Book From GATF Focuses on Print Production Issues

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Pittsburgh, Pa., April 14, 2003 — Developed in 1991 as a universal file format for a variety of uses, Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) has rapidly been embraced by today’s content creators and output providers. However a recent printer survey conducted by the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) revealed several problems associated with creating digital files for print still persist despite advancements made by PDFs. Additionally there are new challenges to overcome. While there are numerous books about PDF, now for the first time the printing industry has a PDF resource offering solutions and techniques specific to prepress and print production—The PDF Print Production Guide. This unique guide is based on real-life scenarios. In response to the printer survey reporting the most common problems with PDF files from clients, The PDF Print Production Guide provides step-by-step instruction on how to fix PDF problems that plague print production facilities such as missing image bleeds, converting an image to a duotone, and editing an entire paragraph of text. Additionally co-authors Joe Marin and Julie Shaffer, both GATF prepress experts and instructors, share the answers to common PDF problems they’ve heard from printers time and time again at GATF’s training programs and nationwide seminars. All information has been thoroughly tested in the GATF labs, assuring its reliability. The opening chapters give the readers a brief history and evolution of PDF and the Adobe Acrobat software family before moving on to setup and PostScript basics. Later chapters unlock how-to secrets through nearly 100 illustrations and 17 sequenced step-by-step screen capture instructions. Specific procedures for creating print-perfect PDF files using the standard Acrobat software tools are included. Chapter 7 closes the guide by providing several useful reference tools including sections on Internet resources and common file extensions. A glossary of terms and handy index complete the guide. A 164-page, spiral-bound, paperback in full color, The PDF Print Production Guide (ISBN 0-88362-431-1) is available for $45 ($40 for GATF/PIA members), not including shipping. Orders may be placed by contacting GATF by phone at 800/662-3916 (U.S. and Canada) or 412/741-5733 (all other countries); fax at 412/741-0609; or online from the GAIN Bookstore. Mail orders to GATF Products, P.O. Box 1020, Sewickley, PA 15143-1020. Indicate Order No. 1740.