Abrasion resistance

Abrasion resistance refers to the resistance of the ink on a printing substrate to friction.
The decisive factors here are the nature of the print (adhesion, density), the manner of friction (force, duration) and the hardness and roughness of the friction substance.

Absolute colorimetric

“Absolute colorimetric” (also known as colorimetric) is one of four rendering intents in gamut mapping.

When converting from a larger colour space to a smaller colour space, all displayable colours, including the white point, of the original colour space are directly transferred to the destination colour space.
Any colours that lie outside the destination colour space are positioned at its edge (Clipping).

This method is particularly suitable for the most accurate colour reproduction of spot colours with CMYK or for digital proofs, as long as the colour spaces are of similar size.

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.

Altona Test Suite

The Altona Test Suite is a test equipment package for printers and prepress companies. In the current version it includes the Roman16 reference images, different test forms for different applications (technical test forms, visual test forms etc.), reference prints for all test forms, ICC profiles, reference data of all test forms and technical documentation.

With the Altona Test Suite, companies can easily and precisely control the colour reproduction of all print-relevant hardware and software components within a printing company or prepress operation. It is published by the bvdm and will be available from June 2016 in Version 2+, which includes the innovations regarding Fogra51 / Fogra52 in addition to the classic ISO 12647 profiles.


Amber is a high white, uncoated paper made by Arctic Papier, which is available in different variations:


A Proof Profile is available for the following paper:

Amber Graphic

We would be happy to provide you with proofs for Amber Graphic. Do not hesitate to contact us.


An anaglyph picture is a printed or screen displayed 3D image that can be viewed with special anaglyph glasses in 3D. These glasses are equipped with a red and a cyan or blue film before the eyes. The pictures are mostly in black and white, sometimes also colorful. The image for the left eye cyan and the image for the right eye is red, exactly opposite to the color of the glasses. The images are superimposed on one page.

Since each image disappears in front of one eye by the color filter, the result is a three-dimensional image.



Aniva is a highly pigmented printing ink made by Epple, which achieves significantly higher colourfulness in CMYK mode than regular printing inks. They can be processed identically to regular printing inks, but they are much more colourful and lively than regular inks, so they have a noticeably wider colour range.

Aniva ICC profiles from Epple are available for proofing, which we can use for proofs on request.


The Artbox is the smallest box within a PDF file. It covers the area to be used when importing the PDF file into another application. It is comparable to the size specified during the import of an EPS file.

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