Editing PDF Files with Prinergy 5.0

by admin on November 17, 2008

Okay, I made some screen grabs of how Prinergy 5.0 allows you to safely edit PDF files. Really easy, fire up your Prinergy workshop and right-click on the mouse:

Illustrator will then open up automatically with the file you just selected. In the background, Prinergy is coverting the file to native AI format. This is what you see after Illustrator opens. Make sure you have the layers window open.

You won't get any font warnings when you open up the file. In the layers windows, you should see a whole bunch of objects called "Kodak Protect Art." Individually you click on each object to make edits. If you click on a font that has not been converted to outlines, only then will it ask you for the font to be loaded.

Pretty nifty, huh? Personally I think this is the killer feature of Prinergy 5.0. And people will want it in Evo and I think there will even pressure to release it as a stand-alone product. I know lots of existing Prinergy customers won't think it's a big deal because they have already put procedures in place to automate their workflow & ensure their customers don't send them crap files that need to be loved tenderly. But for the little guy on the street - the small printer who has to service the other type of customers, this will be a godsend.

{ 5 comments }

Chris Riley November 20, 2008 at 7:09 am

How does editing PDF’s through Illy improve on our current model of making corrections through Acrobat/Pitstop? We use those tools all the time, and have a real comfort level with them, how does Illy improve that? We do a lot of on-the-fly color cx in Photoshop through Acrobat using the Touch Up Object tool, and often make type changes and move elements in Acrobat using Pitstop, and have a real comfort level with that, and have become proficient at it. Am i missing the boat on how editing in Illustrator improves on that? Just curious – not trying to rain on the Prinergy 5 parade!

admin November 20, 2008 at 9:53 pm

For the packaging, Acrobat and Pitshop just doesn’t cut it. (Don’t ask me why, ask them. Packaging guys are a different breed).
I don’t deal with customer files enough to specifically know what is the value in the commercial market, but I do remember when I was working for Creo, getting a PDF editor in the system that was better than Pitstop, was always requested by a lot of clients.

Chris Riley November 21, 2008 at 5:32 am

I am certainly all for it if it is better and easier to use than Pitstop. When I was at graph expo, I was shown the latest versions of Insite and Prinergy (along with Colorflow – THAT’S what I cant wait for), and this whole “Illustrator-to-edit-pdfs” was never mentioned. Seems like a pretty big deal, curious that it never came up in my demo.

Allan Larson November 23, 2008 at 10:09 pm

As part of the team doing product demos, the list of new software (Prinergy 5, Insite 5.53, Colorflow, Preps ganging, Digital Direct, Digital Submit, and others took time to distill down to a 15 minute demo. We did between 90 and 115 demos a day, and showing the Illustrator plugin was on all the stations, but looks like you didn’t get the time to see it. Yes, it is huge and it’s another amazing tool in an arsenal to dig in quickly (only when you have to). Contact a Kodak sales rep for a demo and we’ll square you up. 🙂
Cheers,
Allan

Alberto December 9, 2008 at 10:27 am

Very cool feature, today I had to delete word on a text paragraph, with pitstop I delete the word and the line was ok but now that line is shorter! If I can open it in illustrator I can adjust it much better than with pitstop..

Question: can someone tell me WHEN Prinergy 5 (EVO version) will be available? I bought a Magnus 400 CTP, it arrives at the beginning of february… which version will come with it?
Thanks,
Alberto

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