[Desktop_printing] Question for PDFA

Michael Sweet mike at easysw.com
Wed Jan 11 13:06:45 PST 2006


George Liu wrote:
> Is the document format Mac OS X uses complaints to PDFA?

The best place to ask this is the Apple "printing" list (see
lists.apple.com), but as far as I know the PDF output on MacOS X
contains embedded fonts and thus does not conform to PDF/A.

(The PDF output *might* conform to PDF/is, but again it is best
to ask Apple directly...)

> Thanks
> George
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: desktop_printing-bounces at lists.osdl.org
> [mailto:desktop_printing-bounces at lists.osdl.org] On Behalf Of Michael
> Sweet
> Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 9:46 AM
> To: Till Kamppeter
> Cc: desktop_printing at osdl.org
> Subject: Re: [Desktop_printing] Update of the Printing Summit Agenda
> 
> Till Kamppeter wrote:
>> Here is the originally suggested agenda with some points mentioned on
>> the mailing list added:
>>
>> John Cherry wrote:
>>> The starting point for the Open Printing Summit agenda is:
>>>
>>> 1. Making printing user friendly - it should just work
>>>       * Usability
>>>       * Consistent methods for printing, job handling, and printer
>>>         administration
>>         * "Printing as a desktop service" - non-native apps and apps
>>           from ISV should use standard printing dialog from KDE/GNOME
>>           (Kurt Pfeifle)
>>
>>> 2. Hardware support
>>>       * Drivers and PPDs, preferably from printer manufacturers and
> free
>>>         software
>>>       * Plug and Print (not plug and play; plug the printer and play
> for
>>>         hours with different drivers)
>>>       * Auto-download and auto-install of drivers
>>         * Certification of printers working with distros (Waldo
> Bastian)
> 
> Also reference previous quicky form I posted...
> 
>>> 3. OpenPrinting.org implementation
>>> 4. CUPS 1.2 integration with desktops, apps, drivers, distros, etc.
>>   5. Transition of job transfer format from PS to PDF (Till Kamppeter,
>>      Mike Sweet)
>>
>>       + More portable
>>       + High color depth, color management
> 
> PostScript also supports high color depth and color management,
> just not as easy...
> 
>>       + Easy post-processing (N-up, booklet, scaling, page reordering,
>>         ...)
>>       + Transparency support
> 
> PostScript also supports transparency, it just isn't as easy...
> 
>>       + Smaller files
>>       + Better interoperability with Mac OS X
>>       ? Free software support: GhostScript vs. XPDF (how well
>>         maintained? Is newest software version free?)
>>       - Free software has to implement all new features which Adobe is
>>         adding to PDF, PostScript is "finished".
> 
> PDF is also used for international standards and printing/prepress;
> we could just standardize on a particular version of PDF (e.g. PDF/is)
> rather than chasing the latest version of PDF.
> 
> Other points:
> 
>      - PDF is already supported by CUPS
>      - Current path for PS printers is: pdftops -> pstops -> printer
>      - Future path for PDF-capable printers is: pdftopdf -> printer
>      - Current path for raster printers is: pdftops -> pstops -> 
> pstoraster -> printerdriver -> printer
>      - Future path for raster printers is: pdftoraster -> printerdriver 
> -> printer
>      - Add discussion of job ticket stuff, and embedding them in PDF.
> 
> I can do a presentation on this...
> 
>>   6. Modularizing built-in drivers of GhostScript (Till Kamppeter)
>>
>>       + Easy change of printing workflow without loosing hardware
>>         support (exchange renderer version, transfer format,
> simplified
>>         workflow for embedded ...)
> 
> It is worth noting that this can be done over time - the existing
> driver will still work in the short term without changes...
> 
>>   7. Did I forget anything important which we discussed on the list?
>>
>>       - Please post ASAP
>>       - Please mention on phone meeting
> 
> Also:
> 
>      - Writing printer drivers - CUPS DDK, IJS, etc?
> 


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