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Automating Preflight with PDF Analyzer

From Check List to PDF Options

From Check List to PDF Options
More than a decade ago Chuck Weger coined the term “preflight” to define the verification process of digital files prior to printing. Since then, this process or “check list” has materialized into integrated PDF options, plug-ins, and standalone products.

Automated Batch Processing
Unlike integrated options and plug-ins, PDF Analyzer can be installed on a server to perform the preflight of large numbers of documents as an automated batch process (Figure 1) without user interaction.

Figure 1: Automated Preflight

PDF Analyzer validates the structure of PDF documents with customizable VB.NET rule sets (Figure 2) to ensure that the structure of documents comply with industry or custom specifications.

Figure 2: VB .NET Rule Sets

Customized VB .NET rules can be created, saved, and reloaded to verify that:

  • PDF document object instructions, syntax, and hierarchies do not contain errors.
  • Fonts and corresponding font information such as TrueType tables are properly embedded.
  • Embedded graphics and images are properly compressed for specific application processing.
  • PDF/A documents contain embedded fonts, XMP metadata, and device-independent colors, etc.
  • PDF/A documents do not contain encryption, JavaScript, embedded files, etc.

In addition to document analysis, you can also use PDF Analyzer to compare documents, verify sensitive metadata, and extract confidential information. Its design and functions stem from years of “on the field” application deployment experiences.

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Franc Gagnon is a technical copywriter for Amyuni Technologies–a PDF solution provider. Amyuni products are integrated into applications used worldwide. The company's software tools are the PDF engines behind several leading business applications created by large software companies such as Intuit, Sage, CaseWare and many more.

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