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How PDF changed prepress production dramatically in the last 25 years

In the recent blog from callas software Stephan Jaeggi, publisher of PDF-AKTUELL, looks back on how PDF has changed prepress production over the last 25 years.
About the author: Nicole Gauger is the managing partner of good news!, a communications agency based in Stockelsdorf near Lübeck, Germany. Communications and IT are in her blood. A graduate (BA) in information … Read more

25 years ago the first version of the Portable Document Format (PDF) was published. The deception among the users in print production was great because PDF 1.0 only supported RGB colors. No CMYK nor spot colors were possible. But in the last 15 years PDF became the most important format for the exchange of prepress data.

The 25th birthday of the pdf-format is a good opportunity for PDF expert Stephan Jaeggi, publisher of PDF-AKTUELL, to look back on how PDF has changed prepress production over these years.


callas software finds simple ways to handle complex PDF challenges. As a technology innovator, callas software develops and markets PDF technology for publishing, print production, document exchange and document archiving. callas software helps agencies, publishing companies and printers to meet the challenges they face by providing software to preflight, correct…

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