Berlin, Germany — Adobe today announced Adobe PDF Print Engine 6. The new version builds on Adobe’s 40 years of experience transforming the graphic arts. Version 6 includes new features that will unleash the power of emerging technologies, standards and workflows. As commercial printing continues to recover from the business impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, industrial printing continues its rapid growth with the development of innovative applications that harness the power of inkjet in new ways. The capabilities of PDF Print Engine 6 will empower all print segments, delivering exceptional print quality, maximum efficiency and increased automation with job intelligence based print time decisions.
PDF Print Engine 6 is optimized and updated to take full advantage of the latest hardware and system imaging technologies. New color features in Version 6 will accelerate adoption of spectral colors by brand owners and increase market traction for single-ink-set production workflows, driving both digital and analog presses. Prepress operators can harness and precisely control the full color palette available on press, for vivid and accurate reproduction of corporate brand colors, graphics and images. Reducing the overhead of switching between jobs will save time and money, especially as average run times continue to decrease.
What’s new in Adobe PDF Print Engine 6
– Streamlined ECG processing (extended color gamut). High-performance, one-step color conversions for efficient and accurate output to presses using orange and/or green and/or violet (OGV) inks in addition to CMYK inks.
– Brand spectral colors. The new spectral module will process spectrally defined spot colors so that they can be handled seamlessly with other elements of the job.
– Sophisticated image resampling. When resizing an image, a powerful new algorithm will generate optimized color values for derived pixels.
– Integrated graphics and manufacturing. Advanced methods to manage and automate post-press and inline embellishments such as varnish and foils, as well as other non-graphic elements, and convert dielines.
– Derived plans/plates. Varnishes and white underprints can be automatically generated dynamically from job elements at runtime.
– Improved variable printing. In conjunction with the Mercury Scalability Architecture, PDF Print Engine 6 offers enhanced support for variable data printing (VDP) and variable product printing workflows that can scale to drive any which press at its rated speed.
PDF Print Engine 6 will be released to Adobe print partners in June 2022. Version 6-based products are expected to be available later this year.
“The Adobe Print family is proud to release version 6 of PDF Print Engine, our flagship imaging platform for commercial, packaging and textile printing,” said Amit Dayal, VP & GM, Digital Advertising, Learning, & Publishing, Adobe. “As new staining methods gain more acceptance, the industry needs sophisticated controls to maximize their potential. . . and more automation everywhere. New features in PDF Print Engine 6 will speed up workflows and increase productivity. More importantly, it will give print service providers the edge they need to win new business and increase their profits.
EFI – “With our 30+ year commitment to delivering the fastest, highest quality printing, we know what it takes to get the best performance and image quality in a DFE solution”, said John Henze, vice president of sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “Our long-term partnership with Adobe helps us achieve these goals. Customers will benefit from Adobe PDF Print Engine 6 through improved Fiery color accuracy in all applications using spectrally-based color workflows.
Konica Minolta, Inc. – “The long-standing partnership between Konica Minolta and Adobe has provided global value for digital printing in the commercial print and label markets worldwide,” said Mototaro Noguchi, Director General, Industrial Printing Business Unit, Konica Minolta. “In particular, the superior image quality and color reproduction for brochures, photo books, flyers and labels as well as the high performance required for variable printing are achieved by combining Konica Minolta’s DFE technologies and Adobe’s APPE, including Mercury RIP Architecture and PDF/VT Processing.
Global Inkjet Systems – “Adobe invented PDF and pioneered it as the preferred working interchange format for print production in the early 90s,” said Simon Edwards, sales and product manager, software, Global Inkjet Systems. “Today, Adobe is globally recognized as the leading provider of PDF technologies for digital printing. Given the importance of the PDF workflow to the industrial inkjet industry, access to Adobe’s suite of industry-leading PDF and upstream technologies through the RIP server and GIS Atlas® user interface provides our customers and their end users with a world-class, flexible and powerful platform for growth.
SCREEN – “SCREEN has supplied Computer to Plate printing systems and various inkjet printing systems over the years to meet the market demands of the printing industry which continue to rapidly evolve” , said Yukiyoshi Tanaka, President of SCREEN Graphic Solutions. “As part of the more than 25-year partnership with Adobe, we adopted their RIP Core as the development platform for our original controller and worked together to modernize the production environment. The packaging enhancements in Adobe PDF Print Engine 6 are very much in line with our direction. We believe that collaborating with Adobe more than before becomes the newest and best solution for various customers. »
Canon Production Printing – “Canon Production Printing and Adobe are true strategic partners in delivering the industry’s best rendering technology through the Adobe PDF Print Engine,” said Bert van Agen, Vice President, Strategy and Alliances, Cannon. “Combining our print server technology with Adobe technology allows us to deliver unparalleled consistency and predictability in the print workflow and helps our customers experience unparalleled reliability and performance.
Agfa – “The Adobe PDF Print Engine is more than a technology for Agfa. It is a versatile solution that meets the requirements of Agfa’s diverse customer base,” said Erik Peeters, Commercial Market Manager, Agfa. “Whether it’s cloud-based capability for an Apogee-subscribed commercial printer, or extremely high-resolution, accurate rendering for a note printing bank, it’s all integrated. As a result, the decision to select APPE for Amfortis, our packaging workflow, was a natural one. And to exceed the expectations of this printing segment, Agfa looks forward to the innovations that are part of APPE Release 6 as they will increase the efficiency of our printers and packaging converters in a variety of ways. »
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