Caldera has extended its partnership with Adobe and announced the integration of the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) into its RIP solutions. The association of the two technologies will guarantee for production printing fast and reliable reproduction of files in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), including complex images and transparencies.
Caldera has built the technology into its new generation of RIP solutions and will be available with Caldera's V8 software edition which will be released at the end of 2009.
The Adobe PDF Print Engine enables integrated, end-to-end PDF workflows for printing graphically rich content, including variable content for personalized publishing. The Caldera print solutions powered by Adobe PDF Print Engine allow PDF files to be rendered natively, without conversion to PostScript, helping to ensure that complex designs and effects, even variable print elements with transparency, are efficiently and reliably reproduced.
"With the Adobe PDF Print Engine, the Caldera RIPing speed is not only increased for all PDF files, but the output is much more consistent with the design and editing products of the Adobe Creative Suite. Adobe PDF Print Engine eliminates the need for flattening transparency, maintaining content in a device-independent state right up until final rendering," said Guillaume Muller, R&D director.
With this new Adobe PDF Print Engine, Caldera simplifies upstream PDF workflows and unifies prepress production. It empowers designers to create leading-edge content with confidence, knowing that it will be reproduced as expected by print producers.
The combined technology also streamlines print production by enabling a single workflow for all job types, maximizing reliability and flexibility while providing new opportunities for growth. It provides printers with an easy on-ramp to add personalized publishing to their existing workflows.
"Caldera is proud to be the first dedicated wide format solution to integrate Adobe PDF Print Engine technology. This new solution delivers straightforward outstanding quality and speed from Caldera solutions on complex PDF files. It will also build breakthrough innovative solutions using the PDF/VT format for Variable Data wide-format printing," said Joseph Mergui, CEO and president, Caldera.
"Ongoing innovation in wide-format printing has enabled new graphic possibilities and business opportunities for printers participating in this segment," said Raman Nagpal, senior director of Adobe Print and Scan Division at Adobe. "By incorporating the Adobe PDF Print Engine into its solutions, Caldera continues to demonstrate its leadership role in the wide format market."
The beta version of the new embedded technology will be presented at SGIA in New Orleans in October.