Product Watch: Use PDF Files For Print Production? Then This Is A Product For You

Crackerjack 3.0

Lantana's Crackerjack is a cross platform PDF plug-in for Adobe Acrobat. It enables color production workflows using PDF and is the link between the natural preflighting environment of Adobe Acrobat and production printing equipment, such as, imagesetters, digital proofers, and color printer/copiers. Crackerjack 3.0 is available in US English, German, French and Japanese.

  • New features in 3.0 include:
  • Pre-separated output allowing laser proofs on desktop printers
  • Black text overprint to ease trapping and multi-language work
  • New color management options to tune output to your specific print conditions
  • Improved bleed and crop support
  • Inclusion of Crackerjack Pilot's watched folder automation
  • Auto-size media selection
  • Optional backgrounds
  • Dynamic page preview capability

The Crackerjack 3.0 plug-in is compatible with either Acrobat 3.0 or Acrobat 4.0. When used in conjunction with Acrobat 4.0, Crackerjack 3.0 supports larger and smaller page sizes, smooth shading, PostScript 3, duotones/tritones/quadtones, spot color gradients, and Asian language output. Crackerjack in included in PDF PowrPack, a bundle of leading PDF production plug-ins.

"Crackerjack 3.0 extends Lantana's leadership position by enabling more and varied PDF workflows." Lantana's CEO, Gary Armstrong, said "Now PDF users can choose between in-RIP separations for efficiency or pre-separated output to support traditional workflows and devices for DCS [with Crackerjack DCS module] which is frequently used for direct-to-plate applications."

A recent Macworld review gave Crackerjack 3.0 four mice out of a possible five and said this about the product - "Crackerjack 3.0 is a must-have program if you use PDF files for print production; it's still the only way to generate color separations from Acrobat files."

Crackerjack 3.0 MSRP $495
Demo version available

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