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CxF/X

ISO 17972 defines methods for the use of CxF3 to exchange measurement data and associated metadata within the graphic arts industry and for the exchange of files between graphic arts users. It is a multi-part document where each part is intended to respond to different workflow requirements. The goal throughout the various parts of ISO 17972 has been to maintain the degree of flexibility required while minimizing the uncertainty of the data exchange.

CxF/X

PDF/A

An electronic file format for long-term file preservation/archiving.

PDF/A

PDF/X

An application standard as well as a file format standard providing a focused subset of PDF designed specifically for reliable prepress data exchange. This page provides application notes, Adobe PDF references, Errata for PDF reference, the Adobe PDF reference manual, XMP-Extensible Metadata Platforms 2001 - 2005, technical notes, and a FAQ document.

PDF/X

PQX

This part of ISO 20616 specifies a simple extensible format for the exchange of print quality data and metadata between quality control applications including but not limited to colour measurement, process control and quality management systems.

PQX

TIFF/IT

Tagged Image File Format for Information Technology. A tag-based file format for storing and interchanging both raster and vector elements which is well-suited to scanned graphics. This page contains the TIFF 6.0 revision and a draft Technical Note that discusses problems found in TIFF's design for embedding JPEG data. 

TIFF/IT

PPML/VDX

Personalized Print Markup Language/Variable Data Exchange. A standard that specifies a way to use information in PDF format and PPML format for the exchange or identification of the elements needed to render a variable-data-printing job as intended by the person or entity that created it. This page contains the Application Notes for the standard.

PPML/VDX

PDF/VT

ISO 16612-2 defines the PDF/VT document format and methods to enable reliable document exchange for variable data and transactional printing. Transactional documents include invoices, statements, and documents that integrate billing information with marketing information (TransPromo). It is intended to enable those involved in variable data printing to take advantage of tools, conventions and technologies already in use. PDF/VT will simplify and streamline production workflows for Direct Mail, Transactional and TransPromo print jobs. It will simplify VDP printing in a range of environments from desktop printers to digital production presses. 

PDF/VT