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Unfortunately anything newer than PDFx1a will be a headache for most prepress/print vendors... You'd be surprised how many imagesetters/RIPs are still postscript level 3.... Composite PDFs are both a blessing and nightmare for most printshops as they can just throw up their hands and say "well this is what you gave us" and we don't have a prepress department didn't you see our spec sheet we only accept PDFx1a. At the end of the day the printing press is entirely analog and the press operator only care about ink densities... transparency and blending are all RIP issues at the end of the day the plates on the press are positive negativ whether your print one color, 4 color or any pecialty ink mixes. Find a printer that cares about ink separations and prepress because thats a ahop tha turns out quality products... The PDFx1a has hurt specialty print more than helped.