I just wrote the thread for the pdf workflow. No one talk about the PDF/X standart.
At the moment I'm using Acrobat + Pitstop + SignaStation + MetaDimension.
I told to my clients to use PDF/X 1a or PDF/X 4. Very small details to check in the preflight step if they send me the proper PDF/x.
Do you have problems with a PDF/X 3 ?
Did you guys experience some nasty problems that is difficult to catch, even with all the software that we use (black text to 4 color in the rip, bad profile conversion, etc...) ?
One of my problems - I have a pdf file, created by Indesign CS3, doesn't matter is it PDFx 1 or 3 or 4. When I put it directly in MD 7.5, the black text is fine. When I impose it with signastation 4.5, the rip always convert text to 4 color.
No problem with other clients at all, just this one. Didn't fine some special errors in the preflight and didn't find anything wrong with a Pitstop.
I take from the client the original CS3 files. and I make a pdf-x 1/a or 4, but from CS5.
No problem at all.
Did you guys have something similar ?
Hope to move to Prepress workflow in the near future, and hope to have better results.
I think that the new softwares gives less errors. Using a strictly PDFX standart also have better results