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General Prepress / Re: Box Sleeve Size
February 29, 2024, 11:22:51 AM
Quote from: kabeergfx on February 29, 2024, 09:43:15 AMThe reason for asking here was, I dont have the box :huh:
Typical. Prepress is the mushroom of the printing greenhouse; they leave you in the dark, and feed you shit.
Quote from: Tracy on February 23, 2024, 08:10:32 AMHey that sound like a good feature overprint on plate and knockout on the proof!
I never knew it could do that!
Just keep in mind, Black should ALWAYS overprint. Unless you're sending to a 2-color press with a common blanket. Like a Heidelberg Quickmaster POS.
When I was working, I created a spot color called, "Dieline," (100M) and I would set it to overprint manually in ID or Illy. When RIPping in Rampage/Prinergy, I selected it also to overprint (when Rampage existed). When proofing in EFIColor/FieryXF I would choose it to print. When plating, I did not select it as a plate to print. Worked for me.

Not sure how this translates over to XMF.
The Rest... / Re: Excel stuff
February 10, 2024, 12:04:13 AM
Quote from: pspdfppdfxhd on February 08, 2024, 06:27:50 PM
Quote from: Joe on February 08, 2024, 07:03:01 AM
Quote from: pspdfppdfxhd on February 08, 2024, 06:59:58 AMBitcoin?
Carrier pigeon dropping off a bag of cash?
My old roommate owned a baseball card store back in the day. The property owners he leased the building from kept blocking the entrance to the store with dumpsters, and he kept calling and complaining and they never took care of the issue. One day he snapped and went around town to like 15 different banks and cashed in something like $1000 cash for rolls of pennies. Then me and him dumped pennies into trash bags and delivered it to the property management company to pay his rent on the shop.

The dumpster was immediately removed.
Adobe InDesign / Re: InDesign QR code
February 09, 2024, 11:50:47 PM
Quote from: madbugger on February 07, 2024, 02:05:01 PM
Quote from: Tracy on February 07, 2024, 01:39:12 PMI guess I want to be able to do nothing!  ;D
Don't we all? ;D
I'm currently busy doing nothing right now. Oops. Typing this was something. OK. Doing nothing starting....

Adobe Acrobat / Re: Update to Acrobat caused problems
February 09, 2024, 11:49:07 PM
Adobe Acrobat / Re: Update to Acrobat caused problems
February 09, 2024, 11:47:57 PM
Quote from: born2print on February 07, 2024, 11:20:10 AM
Quote from: pspdfppdfxhd on February 06, 2024, 06:30:05 PMPeach fuzz is gross, it tickles the inside of your mouth when you eat a peach. Yuck.
That's why I like nectarines better (fun fact, nectarines are in fact a hairless variety of peach)
Or I peel them but who has the time?
I heard if you run water on them it negates the fuz but we have determined THAT WAS A LIE!
The Rest... / Re: Excel stuff
February 07, 2024, 02:23:53 AM
Don't they have tech support for a reason? I once had a job... The Polar Express. It's a special event every Christmas season by the CSRM (California State Railroad Museum). They run an old train in honor of the movie (and play the movie on screens inside) for November and December 4x a day, 4 days a week. It's the hottest ticket in town; you have to be a member of the museum society for at least a year to get an advanced purchase. It usually sells out for the season in the first 5 minutes. Once upon a time, it was my job to make the tickets. The tickets CANNOT AND MUST NOT EVER be resold and if they find out you bought them from someone else, the tickets are immediately voided and unusable. There were 6 cars (IIRC). Each car's ticket had a different image. There were 4 runs per day. Each run had a different color. Each car had an assigned seat with a unique code/number. Each car had a different number of seats. Each ticket was imprinted with a different date and time. Then, we had a hologram sticker printed that had to be manually applied to each ticket to prevent counterfeiting. Essentially, IIRC, there were something like 56,000+ tickets to be printed, and each ticket was unique.

I did this in FusionPro, and before I even started the job, I had to program an Excel file - they didn't supply one. I usually got the job at the start of September, and the tickets went on sale the first of October, so it had to be deliverable after that. It usually took a day to create the Excel file, and then 2 days to program the code in FusionPro for the color background swap, the car image swap, the dates, times, car numbers and unique barcode. It ran digital on 120# stock 4/4 and had to back up perfectly with no skew. After approved, it took about 2 days to run, and about 2-3 days in bindery because they always miscut and we had to rerun random tickets.

Originally it was like 768 separate files (6 cars x 4 times a day x 4 times a week x 8 weeks) because I wasn't smart enough to figure out all the proper programming. Then I enlisted the FusionPro guys to help, and we got it down to a single file, but had to export it in 768 files, but luckily, that's one export. I don't even remember if these are the correct numbers, but I'm using it as an example of how complex the job was. Until you deal with something like this, I am the VDP God.
The Rest... / Re: Excel stuff
February 05, 2024, 07:40:14 PM
Quote from: Ear on February 05, 2024, 04:12:10 PMI hear that... I thought a Pivot Table was millennial speak for a Lazy Susan.  :P
Try going to and type, "Ross Friends," in the search window. Then click on the couch icon. Make sure you have your speakers on.
Adobe Acrobat / Re: Update to Acrobat caused problems
February 05, 2024, 07:36:40 PM
Quote from: pspdfppdfxhd on February 05, 2024, 06:21:11 PMThats my middle name. Workaround.
Mine is, "whothefuckdoyouthinkyouare?" James, for short.
The Rest... / Re: Excel stuff
February 04, 2024, 07:30:39 PM
I thought it was Dan and not David.

Anyway, I know you can do a tab delimited and a comma delimited; is there a quote delimited csv option to write a file to? Otherwise, I echo the earlier post that says to do a search and replace with nothing.
Adobe Acrobat / Re: Update to Acrobat caused problems
February 02, 2024, 06:02:37 PM
Quote from: pspdfppdfxhd on February 02, 2024, 01:34:40 PMYes, the latest and greatest full of tons of new "features".
Adobe Acrobat / Re: Update to Acrobat caused problems
February 02, 2024, 11:28:16 AM
Quote from: Joe on February 02, 2024, 11:08:33 AM
Quote from: pspdfppdfxhd on February 02, 2024, 11:00:03 AMDumb question, but if you just bring a pdf into indesign, does that not import all the PANTONE swatches?

If you had a pdf with all the Pantone colours wouldn't that bring them all in?

I know, it sounds too easy but when I import any PANTONE colours from supplied pdfs they come in. I'm sure that I am missing something here though.
Been out of the game for awhile but it doesn't actually add the colors in the PDF to the main pallet does it? I think they are just in the document swatch pallet and when you close that document they are no longer there.
well that's... something
The Rest... / Re: Excel stuff
January 25, 2024, 10:35:14 PM
FusionPro is good if you don't have a large number of records... say less than 10,000. XMPie is better for large quantities. FusionPro has some limitations, like having to set up in PDF only (you can create "placeholders," in ID or Illy, but it really doesn't work very well), and sometimes the programming can be overly complex.

Using ID's mail merge for VDP works for simple stuff, but at my last place we would only output 500 records at a time. It *can* do more, BUT we found that there were fewer issues by simply breaking it up into chunks, plus the Fiery can process the merged file faster. We would typically print masters offset, and then only impose the VDP in mail merge in ID and imprint the masters, but I have also done it 4-color on the digital press by creating a master within Command Workstation and then an imprint file that references the master.

In all instances, having a good excel data file is crucial to start with.
The Rest... / Re: Excel stuff
January 24, 2024, 07:51:47 PM
Quote from: Tracy on January 24, 2024, 02:28:45 PMright on the nose Joe - Train Wreck is right
6289 Letters 6289 Statements and 6289 Envelopes
XMF did not like their word pdf that I put into indy with their Letterhead
so I had to multipage import this piece of @$% R#$ into indy for 2-up on the letters and statements
just found out they put the wrong date on the letters
The date on it is January 26 (that's when they want it)
The bindery has to put stamps on 6289 pieces and it still has to run
and I still need to fix their letters, You want it by the 26th?
Is this a VDP job? Are you using XMPie or FusionPro?