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Chapter 45. Using Distiller > WHAT IS PDF/X?

WHAT IS PDF/X?

The PDF/X file format was created with the objective of eliminating problems when making PDF files for press production. It is not a substitute for PDF but rather a “flavor” of it customized for press.

The reason to create the PDF/X format was that not all PDF files are suitable for press, which is one of the strengths of PDF format, after all. Distiller solved that problem partially by enabling users to save and share .joboptions files, but in order for them to work, a user needs to have Acrobat. Because these days there are several third-party programs that do the same task as Distiller—create PDF files from PostScript files—using .joboptions files with them is impossible. This prompted many printing industry leader companies to work on a standard format that could be used with press production in mind, and that's how PDF/X was created.


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