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Adobe PDF Print Engine

 

The Adobe PDF Print Engine – APPE – is a software platform of ADOBE, specializing in the processing of PDF files and print rendering. It follows the widespread PostScript Level III print language or CPSI (Configurable PostScript Interpreter).

Currently, the version 3 of the Adobe PDF Print Engine is available, which was extended by the Mercury RIP architecture. By parallel processing, the engine is able to process on a modern quad-core system four instances of APPE simultaneously on the same PDF file, resulting in a much faster ripping process. In large RIP environments, four computers each with four processor cores can work at the same time on a PDF file.

According to Adobe, the APPE RIP is the fastest available technology. Using PDF / X-4 customer data, we at Proof GmbH observed some absurd long calculation times (3.75 hours for one page with the APPE 2.5 in two parallel instances), which has been referred to by Adobe as “normal” because of the complexity of the file processed.

Unlike PostScript Level III the APPE does not support PostScript. A PostScript file must be converted to a PDF file first in order to be processed by the APPE.

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About Matthias Betz

Born in 1970. Owner and CEO of Proof GmbH in Tübingen. Since the 1990s, Matthias is dealing with color management, proofing, standardized lightning technology, color-consistent work and soft proofing. He is a certified PDFX-ready Expert (X-1a and X-4) and a member of the examination board for media design at IHK Reutlingen. Proof GmbH is the first worldwide company certified for PSOCoatedV3 and PSOUncoatedV3 Contract Proofing.

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