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Adobe Announces PDF Print Engine 3

September 05, 2013
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Adobe today unveiled the latest version of its PDF Print Engine, now on version 3. The new version features performance improvements through a new scalable architecture called the Mercury RIP Architecture.

The Mercury RIP Architecture is designed to drive modern digital presses, focusing on variable data printing in particular. It can support continuously streamed PDF and PDF/VT in High Volume workflows, (such as HVTO and Transpromo). Adobe claims that in its testing, the PDF Print Engine 3 is the fastest rendering technology in the industry today.

“With PDF Print Engine 3, Adobe continues to demonstrate our leadership in print – 30 years after launching PostScript and igniting the Desktop Publishing revolution. Faster processing and greater predictability translate directly into higher profits for our partners’ customers: the printers of the world,” says Naresh Gupta, senior vice president of Adobe’s Print and Publishing Business Unit.

Adobe says that in the coming weeks and months vendors such as Canon Production Systems, EFI, Kodak NexPress, Screen and Xeikon will be announcing products that support the new PDF Print Engine. Fujifilm has already announced support in its XMF 5.5 for the JetPress 540W.

Adobe highlights the following features as the top three new things about PDF Engine 3:

  • The Mercury RIP Architecture for the Adobe PDF Print Engine 3, manages multiple concurrent instances of the Print Engine for maximum throughput within a single system, or several systems on a network. It is able to dynamically load balance available work across multiple presses concurrently, ensuring full resource utilization.

  • Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 can support continuously streamed PDF and PDF/VT in High Volume workflows, (such as HVTO and Transpromo), fast-growing segments of the print industry.

  • Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 renders content which matches the display in Reader and Acrobat XI. Using the same core Adobe PDF technology at every stage of the print workflow ensures predictability and eliminates unwelcome surprises.

The first Adobe PDF Print Engine SDK launched in 2006 and the company says that there are currently 90,000 units in live production of it worldwide. The new version replaces PDF Print Engine versions 2.5 and 2.6.

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