XMF - Flatten PDF for Digital KM1 inkjet press

abc

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I'm pretty sure the KM1 has a reasonably current rip that should handle transparency in-rip.
Why do you think it can't handle transparency?
 
I'm pretty sure the KM1 has a reasonably current rip that should handle transparency in-rip.
Why do you think it can't handle transparency?
All of the technicians say the file needs to be flatten.
Any time there is a problem, first thing they ask.
 

namelessentity

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All of the technicians say the file needs to be flatten.
Any time there is a problem, first thing they ask.
I'd take what your techs say with a grain of salt. They're not operators, they're mechanics. Not to say they're dumb, but they get trained on the mechanical side, but generally know nothing about the operating side. I'd ask a trainer or if they have a color specialist to get in touch with you. There's no reason a machine made in the last 5 years can't support a PDFX4 with transparency.
 

abc

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If you want to test your rip properly and see what PDF features are working and which need better configuration, download and rip this test suite. Then you will know where your problems are.
 

jwheeler

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I'm pretty sure the KM1 has a reasonably current rip that should handle transparency in-rip.
Why do you think it can't handle transparency?
I agree with this. We have KM C6085 and C7090, and they all offer APPE (Adobe PDF Print Engine) in the RIPs. Being that the KM-1 is their top of the line press, I'm sure it has that feature as well. On our RIP's, it's a check box we can toggle on/off. This will automatically handle transparency flattening issues. I haven't used XMF, but this article states "Adobe PDF Print Engine: XMF Workflow is based on Adobe's native PDF rasterizer, which is capable of rapidly processing the most complex PDFs with ease."...so it seems like it uses the same APPE as the KM controller.

If you're having issues with a particular file that both the KM and XMF workflows aren't handling, then you can attempt to manually flatten the PDF and embed fonts using the "Preflight" feature found in Acrobat Pro.
 

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