Minuteman Press Bristol has come to rely on and recommend the Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) system for receiving print ready artwork files and emailing design proofs to clients. Not only have we found Adobe’s PDF and related programmes to be a reliable method for transferring artwork, but it is also a versatile format with a lot to offer.
The PDF was created in 1993 by Adobe as a way to transfer files to be viewed independently of the software they were created in. The PDF contains information including font data, vector graphics and images, and can be left open for subsequent editing or locked with a password. The ability to lock a PDF is very useful when sending a proof or a document that requires security. The information in the file can also be password protected to prevent it from being printed or the text and images copied.
The file recipient can download Adobe Reader to view the file, but this free programme has limited capabilities compared with the premium Adobe Acrobat programme. Adobe Acrobat, depending on the level of file security, allows the user to dismantle the PDF in order to obtain information on fonts, images and text details. The advanced tools option displays print production information allowing the user to view process colour, cyan magenta yellow black (CMYK) values and spot colour details.
At Minuteman Press Bristol, we distinguish the PDF as the industry standard for file transfer and document security, and always recommend PDF to our clients as a suitable file format.