Which VD format for EFI?

kdw75

Well-known member
We do a lot of VD mailings in the 4,000 to 9,000 range. We used to use PPML, which was very fast, but I found some color and artwork issues in a couple of jobs that scared me off using it. Since then, we have been using PDF/VT format, which seems to be great, except that it is much slower.
 

arossetti

Well-known member
PDF/VT is the universal format that I see taking the industry forward from here on out. I would stick with it. MailGuru might have some good insight on this.
 

kdw75

Well-known member
Thanks for the feedback. We didn't get the faster P RIP, so I generally let things Process and Hold overnight.
 

cec-prepress

Active member
When you say 'EFI', is that a Fiery front end on a digital press? If so, does it have HyperRIP capability? If yes, just use regular PDFs. They'll be slower than a PPML, but faster than PDF/VT which doesn't engage the HyperRIP for some reason. We've had this issue on every Fiery (different presses) for the past 5 or so years. Some reps from EFI told us that it was because only one software they know of outputs proper PDF/VT files. We'll just ignore the part where our Creos would process the same PDF/VT files just fine.
 

Craig

Well-known member
Flatten the pdf before you make it a VT. Even with a hyper RIP it will slow way down. I have found pdf output from PSL MUCH faster than PDF VT from Fusion Pro.
 

kdw75

Well-known member
Flatten the pdf before you make it a VT. Even with a hyper RIP it will slow way down. I have found pdf output from PSL MUCH faster than PDF VT from Fusion Pro.
So it may be that Fusion isn't outputting a PDF/VT that Fiery likes?
 

deckm00@yahoo.com

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So it may be that Fusion isn't outputting a PDF/VT that Fiery likes?
Assuming your Fiery updates are current then I might try using good old VPS (Creo) vdp output format which the Fiery can also process. Just make sure the postscript rip doesn't mess with your transparency levels.
 

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