PDF/X-4 which I converted into a normalized PDF
i use for several years: pdf-x/1a for publishing from coreldraw/freehand and pdf-x/4 for adobe products.
it very rarely fails (i'm working in major typography with over 1000 artworks per day).
pdfx-1a is a safe solution for offset printing. You can export from Indesign or you can use Adobe Distiller to make your pdf file and it will be ready for printing.
We have been using the PDF/X-1a:2001 as our standard for several years without problems.
When someona ask me i always tell him to make a pdf-x 1/a
I think it depend of the RIP capacity. If you use a CPSI RIP you can use Pdfx-1a. If you have an RIP APPE v2 or v2.5 you can use Pdfx-4.
In my opinion Pdfx-1a is more safe than the other (because without transparency).
Last edited by Teuflutch; 02-08-2012 at 10:47 PM.
we ask normal customers for pdf/x-1a
and pro's should bring pdf/x3 or x4
I use pdf x3 and never had problems with it, you can print from indesign or illustrator, using PostScript printer, adobe pdf as ppd.
In fact we ask PDF-X1a, but it doesn't matter that much if they send another version
Always stick with the most widely compatible one is my rule. Unless you can hash out exactly what you want between both/all parties and can be more specific, keep it as simple as possible.
only PDF/X-1a:2001. (pdf 1.3)
I alway use PDF X3 and no problem.
Most of the time it's not PDF X3 the problem ; it's the RIP.