TL;DR — All PDF files are composed of layers and it is common for web browsers to accidentally hide layers intermittently. Ashore now ensures your PDFs always render correctly by rasterizing them at 300 DPI.
January 25, 2020 | Georgetown, TX — Today, Ashore App is proud to announce the release of a game-changing new feature, Automatic Rasterization. This new capability will dramatically improve user experiences when uploading and proofing PDF files on Ashore.
PDF (portable document format) files have been in use since the 1990s as a standardized way to share documents of all kinds. PDFs contain a complete description of the text, fonts, vector graphics, raster images and any other information required to properly display a document. Since their creation, they’ve come a long way, but so has the web. As a result, PDFs do not always render correctly in some web browsers such as Firefox or Chrome.
“PDFs are an antiquated technology,” explains Ashore App Founder and CEO, Cody Miles. “The shortcomings of displaying PDF content on the web are well known. In particular, layers intermittently disappear when a PDF is loaded. Our users cannot confidently proof PDFs online if it is unclear whether PDFs will display accurately.”
Automatic Rasterization resolves this problem by flattening out a PDF’s layers and eliminating the possibility of layers intermittently disappearing for approvers during proofing.
Miles continues, “By creating fast, high quality PDF-to-raster file conversion, users can rest assured that their clients will see their PDF files exactly as they’re meant to be viewed. While the quality remains the same, an added benefit of the rasterization is the smaller file size. This allows approvers to load these important documents faster, especially on mobile. Your users will actually never know the difference when viewing their proofs in Ashore. If you download your files from Ashore, you’ll be downloading the original files that you uploaded.”
PDF rasterization is yet another tool Ashore can add to its impressive repertoire of online proofing capabilities. Along with automatic workflows, automated reminders, contextual commenting, audit timelines, review links and much more, Ashore streamlines review and approval for creative businesses of all sizes while delivering an industry-best user experience.
Ashore is an online proofing system built for high-velocity creatives that increases approval ratings by 50% by automating the approval process and improving the quality of feedback from approvers. Thousands of creatives worldwide rely on Ashore to delight their approvers with excellent, white-labeled proofing experiences.