Tuesday October 24, 2017

So what’s the deal with Certified PDF?

Topics: PDF

There’s a lot more to the humble PDF than meets the eye. All may appear calm on the surface but so much can go wrong along the journey from your screen to the printer. Since quite a few PDF creators are unaware of this, printers often need to spend precious time editing their clients’ PDFs to get them print-ready and, understandably, there are some printers who would prefer to avoid all that fuss and simply accept Certified PDFs only.

What is a Certified PDF?

Certified PDF is a concept that was first introduced by Enfocus in the early 2000s. A certified PDF is a PDF that ticks all the boxes on any checklist (the so-called PDF profile) provided by printers (or any other party on the receiving end).

Certifying does not make changes to the document you created, but simply tells receiving parties that making changes won’t be necessary as the print will turn out the way it’s supposed to. If changes are necessary, you won’t be able to get your PDF certified unless those changes are made.

Is it necessary?

You are probably wondering if certifying your PDF is really necessary to get a great-looking print. The answer is no. But, it is certainly very useful nonetheless? 

Industry-wide PDF standards

Many printers only accept certified PDFs that adhere to standards determined by ISO or the Ghent Workgroup (GWG), a collective of graphic arts and specification specialists striving to spread global PDF standards across the printing industry.

How to create a certified PDF

Remember how easy it was to create certified PDF files using Instant PDF? Then you’ll love Connect YOU. Just like its predecessor, Connect YOU makes creating certified PDF files easy-breezy and takes all the guesswork out of PDF creation for print production.

Start your Connect YOU free trial now & see how easy it is to create a Certified PDF 

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About Piet De Pauw

After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Graphic Arts, Piet started his career as a software support engineer at Esko. This immediately made him realize the vital importance of automation within an organisation.

Passionate about the web, he became an online marketer at Thomas More university college, gained a lot of digital marketing experience and re-joined Esko in the Enfocus business unit.

Today he's in charge of driving interest for the Enfocus automation solutions. As you're reading this after reading an entire article, he might think he succeeded...

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