Tranforming Classified Ads
Gannett is the publisher of USA Today and a leading media and marketing company. They employs digital technology and services to reach millions of people everyday through Web and mobile media. For a newspaper industry project, Gannett implemented FLY Batch Server to publish EPS classified ads to the web. JPEG was the chosen as the most appropriate format since many of the ads included photos.
JPEG, or JPG, is a widely-used Web graphics format. it is also the most common format for digital camera output. JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, the original name of the committee that wrote the standard. JPEG compresses either full-color or grayscale images, and works best with photographs and realistic images. For line art, lettering, cartoons and other images with few colors and sharp lines, the PNG and GIF image formats are best suited.
JPEG is very good at compressing rich color images without any perceptible change in the file. This technique is called lossy compression. Even though colors are dropped to achieve compression, it is done in a balanced way so that it fools the eye. If you need to uncompress the image, it will not have the same quality as the original. GIF and PNG are lossless formats. When they are compressed, the image does not change.
JPEG was developed for two reasons: it makes image files smaller and it stores 24-bit per pixel color data (full color) instead of 8-bit per pixel data. Making image files smaller is important for storing and transmitting files. Being able to compress a 2MB full-color file down to, for example, 100KB makes a big difference in disk space and transmission time. JPEG can easily provide 20:1 compression of full-color data. With GIF images, the size ratio is usually more like 4:1.
- Outputs to 24-bit color with JPEG encoding by default
- Output to any dpi resolution or pixel size (preserving aspect ratio)
- Source files may include vector graphics, raster images and font text strings
- Advanced anti-aliasing applied during production
Images for Web-based Repair Manuals
GE Aviation, the world’s leading producer of both large and small jet engines, runs PDF FLY Server as part of an automated EMC Documentum platform + Epic XML publishing flow. PDF FLY produces Web images from UniGraphics drawings and Office graphics delivered to the system as PostScript files for incorporation into repair manuals.
Airbus, a leading aircraft manufacturer, integrates FLY SDK into a proprietary server application used by their airline customers. When the application is fed PDF and PostScript files, FLY SDK drives the automatic extraction of vector graphics as CGM, raster images as TIFF or JPEG and text as ASCII. Airbus chose Visual Integrity because of excellent support, willingness to collaborate on custom features, multi-platform support (Sun Solaris, Microsoft Windows) and general quality of all output formats. Airbus has been a Visual Integrity customer since 2005