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Dynamic Media: Music, Video, Animation, and the Web in Adobe PDF by Bob Connolly

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Chapter 6. From Print to Interactive PDF

When desktop publishing was first invented, a whole new service industry developed to help the print designers who wanted to do it all–create the layout, typeset the page, edit the graphics, and deliver the final film to the printer. This all became possible using relatively inexpensive home computer equipment with the aid of a service bureau. The service bureau had the expensive laser image setter that could output the film to printing plates. Today, that process has been replaced by digital PDF files that load directly into a digital printing press.

As the “disruptive” PDF technologies become mainstream, some companies fight to keep the new forms of media from invading their turf. However, other companies ...

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