Adobe has teamed up with print-related publishing service provider AlphaGraphics to bridge the gap between print-shops and the desktop.

The two companies have announced a joint licensing agreement that incorporates Adobe’s PDF Transit technology into AlphaGraphics’ (AG) PDF Express solution.

This means customers can connect to a local print-shop over the Internet in order to despatch PDF files securely for print. Print-shops can create remote printing-systems to ensure proper file-submission, delivery, job-ticketing, and billing. AG PDF Express also lets printers configure the set-up so that PDF files used in the process match their particular output devices. This minimizes the likelihood of failed prints.

Time-savings Mike Witte, AlphaGraphics’ CEO, observed: “Receiving jobs in Adobe PDF format with the corresponding job specifications means that printing will be correct the first time – saving customers and printers time and money.”

George Cacioppo, VP of the Internet Printing Group at Adobe, remarked: “AlphaGraphics is one of the first companies to offer this new set of print-services based on Adobe PDF Transit. It’s opening up new market-opportunities for the printing industry.”

AG PDF Express will be available for free download from the end of May. The solution works with Mac OS 9.x and OS X. AlphaGraphics has over 320 franchises in 21 countries worldwide.