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Oce Outlines Key PDF Printing Considerations for AEC Market PDF Print E-mail
Written by Océ   
25 March 2011


March 25, 2011, Trumbull, CT – Today, Portable Document Format (PDF) files are used more than ever, and the architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) market is no exception. Because Adobe® Reader® software is freely available for every computer, PDF has become the ubiquitous file format for electronically distributing, viewing and printing all types of data and information. In fact, most reprographers cite PDF files as being the most common file type received from their customers.

However, not all PDF files are the same. Since the introduction of Adobe Acrobat® software, Adobe has created numerous versions of Acrobat software and PDF files, adding new features and expanding functionality. Creating and printing PDF files without an understanding of all their nuances can create challenges and delays.

Below, Océ, a leading international provider of digital document management technology and services, outlines key considerations to help AEC professionals take the mystery out of wide format PDF printing.

Familiarize Yourself with the Most Common PDF Problems
Multiple editions of Adobe Acrobat have lead to a variety of PDF file versions, which in turn create challenges to ensuring print accuracy. Layers of transparencies (i.e. when two or more objects in a document overlap), missing fonts and poorly defined page boxes are the most common problems that affect processing speed and printing accuracy.

The use of color and how the color is defined also impacts processing time and the final printed output. While most engineering and architectural drawings are created in color, many are still printed in black and white. Problems can arise when color is converted to grayscale. For example, the color yellow might be very visible on a monitor but will become a very faint gray when printed in black and white. For on screen viewing, RGB color is appropriate; however, color printers typically use CMYK inks or toners, potentially causing colors to change during the conversion process.

Understanding the issues that can impact the printing of PDF documents can help AEC professionals be better equipped to handle them.

Understand the Nuances of Each PDF Printing Method

Since the method used to print PDF files can affect the final output, it is important to understand each method’s unique characteristics.

Application/Printer Driver Method

  • Requires two pieces of software in order to print a PDF file – Application software that can open and view the PDF file and Print Driver software used to convert documents into a printable format. Both work together to convert the PDF into a language the printer can understand.
  • Adobe Acrobat software flattens any transparencies in the file, giving the printer a complete file that should print correctly.
  • Using this method, there is no easy way to handle batch printing of multiple PDF files.

Direct PDF Printing

  • Submits PDF files directly to the printer, where the file is then converted using a PostScript® interpreter or processor. No Printer Driver is required.
  • Offers flexibility by giving users the ability to batch print multiple PDF files in one job.
  • Adobe PostScript software can only process specific versions of PDF files using this method as not all PDF files are supported.
  • Anything created with Acrobat 7 software or later has the potential to have issues with direct PDF printing.
  • Not all printers support this method.

Utilize PDF Printing Solutions
As PDF printing continues to gain in popularity, it is important for AEC professionals to understand how to best use the software and identify problems or issues before documents are printed and distributed.

To learn more about how AEC professionals can improve their PDF printing, download the Océ whitepaper “PDF Printing Explained for the AEC Market” at www.oceusa.com/PDF4AEC

About Océ

Océ is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The Océ offering includes office printing and copying systems, high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for both technical documentation and color display graphics. Océ is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are Océ customers. The company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, Océ is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide. Total revenues in financial 2010 amounted to approximately €2.7 billion. Océ is listed on Euronext in Amsterdam. For more information visit www.oce.com.

Océ North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business units in Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL.  North America represents 34% of Océ’s worldwide revenues, and employment is over 8,000.  For more information about Océ North America, visit www.oceusa.com.  Outside the U.S., consult http://global.oce.com.

Océ and Canon: Stronger together

In 2010 Océ joined the Canon Group of companies with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, to create the global leader in the printing industry. Canon develops, manufactures and markets a growing line-up of copying machines, printers, cameras, optical and other products that meet a diverse range of customer needs. The Canon Group comprises over 197,000 people worldwide. Global net sales in 2010 were more than US $45 billion. For more information visit www.canon.com.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.                                                        

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2010†, with global revenues of more than US $45 billion and is listed as number six in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies 2010 list.  Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.



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