QUESTION: What is a master document in a variable-data-printing workflow?
ANSWER: In a variable-data-printing
workflow, the master document is the document that contains the text & graphics
that are the same on each document in a variable-data print run.
If you're using software that's designed specifically for variable-data printing,
and if you're using a printer/RIP that's geared for
variable-data printing, your software will be able to download the master document
to the printer/RIP only once (as opposed to downloading it to the printer/RIP
over and over, once for each variable-data document in the print run). This
will allow your variable-data documents to print much faster than they would
A variable-data-printing workflow that allows the master document to be
downloaded to the printer/RIP only once is sometimes referred to as a
"print-optimized" workflow. For more information about
print optimization, click here.