After digging through lots of documentation and whitepapers, I am still puzzled about what would be an efficient way to implement a software module that handles some specific processing tasks of PDF output (automatically generated in InDesign Server and targeted for various types of print configurations from small-run LFP up to very high volume commercial printing).
We have a working standalone script that uses Acrobat's preflight and correction functions, and now we would like to port and integrate this into a server-based workflow. Apparently, there is no Acrobat Server product available. Distiller Server does exist, but seems to be limited to converting PostScript to PDF without the PDF-to-PDF processing features we need. Some of the functionality that is typically found in RIPs (e.g. converting colours to a preset output intent with highly configurable options [for pixel/vector elements, black and spot colour ink issues etc.] and flattening native transparency) could probably be implemented using the Adobe PDF Print Engine, but this seems a bit overkill and would probably require extensive programming from scratch. I suspect there should be a smarter way to use existing software – but which? I am not yet familiar with InDesign Server; does its SDK permit full access to the same parts/functions of the PDF library that Acrobat uses for its preflight and correction features?
Any help is welcome.
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