InDesign Poll Results: Sending Files to a Print Service Provider
Stop the presses!! Or rather, start them and send off your print-ready files! This past month’s poll was all about the format you choose when sending off your files to a commercial print service provider. And the clear winner is PDF. Just which flavor of PDF is where things get divided. And fairly evenly, at that.
The included Adobe presets won the day—albeit by a small margin—with the PDF/X standards a close second. As someone who rarely uses the predefined PDFs, I was surprised to see such a relatively high percentage.
More surprising, though, was how far behind using a PDF preset from the provider themselves finished in this race. That may speak more to the lack of information provided or preparation on the service provider’s part, however.
Sending native InDesign files—a practice I avoid to ensure errors won’t be introduced at the printshop—accounted for a not-too-shabby 16% of the vote. The last mystery in this month’s poll is, just what types of files make up the “Other” category? A poll can only say so much. If you chose this option, let us know what kinds of files you send in the comments!
New Poll: Upgrading to CC 2018
Speaking of polls, start your engines for the newest race and (puts on best announcer voice), “LET’S GET READY TO RUMMMBLLLLLE!” This month’s poll asks the question of the season: When will you upgrade to InDesign CC 2018?