After the much awaited PDF 2.0 file format was released last year, the pressure is now on both developers of both software and RIPs to make sure they are compliant.
The first non-Adobe RIP to be compliant with PDF 2.0 is the Global Graphics Harlequin RIP, now in version 12. Version 1.7 of the PDF format is what we use at the moment, and was released as far back as in 2009, so an update is welcomed. Version 1.7 has been the basis for some subsets of PDF, like PDF/A (“A” for Archiving), while the existing print friendly variations of PDF, the PDF/X-series, are actually based on the even older format PDF version 1.6 dating back to 2004. But there are of course many benefits and improvements to PDF 2.0, not least that all previously proprietary functions have been removed. Many, if not all, of those new features will gradually show up in both applications for creative design and tools for prepress operations. And regarding PDF/X – the coming version PDF/X-6 is of course based on PDF 2.0. Global Graphics points out some key elements in PDF 2.0 which they now support.