From: Ruth, Brice (bruth@Fiskars.com)
Date: Fri May 28 2004 - 12:44:15 PDT
Any further word on this? Anyone? Alexander?
Ruth, Brice wrote:
> How would I go about encoding the use of CMYK and Pantone spot colors
> in the PDF? I wouldn't mind skipping the SVG step from Illustrator
> entirely, and using the PDF natively - but I have to admit, I'm very
> much unsure how that works. I'm most familiar with XML & XSL, and know
> next to nothing about PDF's native format.
> Can I use Illustrator's native PDF and still use it as a template to
> marry data into it and have XEP produce the final PDF?
> One thing I noticed is that if I save from Illustrator, a PDF with
> 'PRESS' settings, it correctly encodes the Pantone colors and what not
> ... it also places the registration/crop marks which the print shop
> would like to see (and I would have to do manually with an SVG).
> Alexander Peshkov wrote:
>> Hello Brice,
>> Surely RenderX XEP is not supposed to be used as 'backend' for Batik.
>> But you can (and should :-) use XEP to achieve your goal. Simple
>> XSL-FO document below demonstrates how you can wrap SVG image into
>> <?xml version="1.0"?>
>> <fo:root xmlns:fo="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Format">
>> <fo:simple-page-master master-name="main">
>> <fo:page-sequence master-reference="main">
>> <fo:flow flow-name="xsl-region-body">
>> <fo:external-graphic src="url('your_image.svg')"/>
>> (you can use fo:instream-foreign-object element instead of
>> fo:external-graphic if you want to embed SVG content inside of XSL-FO.)
>> One possible approach to your task is to write dedicated XSLT
>> stylesheet that takes as an input SVG exported by Illustrator and
>> required data, "marry" them and produce XSL-FO that then rendered into
>> PDF by XEP. XEP can also use PDFs as vector images so you can save your
>> Illustrator documents as PDF if you wish.
>> Vector graphical formats supported by XEP described in its
>> documentation (http://xep.xattic.com/xep/doc/spec.html#Vector)
>> Hope this helps.
>> Best regards,
>> Alexander Peshkov mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
>> RB> Greetings.
>> RB> I'm currently in the process of putting together a backend that
>> will RB> take Illustrator CS created template documents, exported to
>> SVG, then RB> married with data, to be output as a print-ready PDF.
>> By print-ready, I RB> mean that this will go to a print shop, not so
>> much a common printer RB> device. So, things like CMYK & Pantone spot
>> colors are important to RB> preserve.
>> RB> I've landed at RenderX, because I'm using Batik, which uses
>> Apache's FOP RB> backend to generate PDFs from SVG. However, Apache's
>> FOP doesn't handle RB> colors as well as RenderX supposedly does, so
>> I'm here.
>> RB> Now - my question to the list is quite simple: can I use RenderX
>> as a RB> backend to Batik? If not, or if the process would be
>> excessively RB> complex, can (should?) I use RenderX directly to
>> generate a PDF from RB> SVG? If so, I'm guessing I'll need to wrap a
>> bit of XML/XSL-FO around my RB> SVG. Without getting too deep into
>> XSL-FO, what would be the RB> base-minimum amount of markup I would
>> need to be able to start testing RB> the RenderX trial version?
>> RB> What type of documentation is out there for using the more
>> advanced RB> color extensions for RenderX? Does RenderX only support
>> CMYK, or is RB> there a way of generating a PDF with spot-color
>> information?! If this RB> latter point is not possible, what options
>> am I left with to generate a RB> press-ready PDF?
>> RB> TIA!
>> RB> Brice Ruth
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