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The brand name of a colour matching system produced by Pantone, Inc of the USA. A large range of inks are specified and identified by number to produce standard results across the industry.

Pantone inks provide a much greater range of colours than can be achieved using CMYK. This is important if trying to match work printed in four colour process with that printed in special colours.

Payment Gateway
See payment service provider below.

Payment Service Provider
A third party service provider directly linked with credit-card authorization network for the acceptance of credit cards and e-payments for orders placed online.

Businesses and not-for-profit organisations registered at AbleStable® that provide products and/or services for creative professionals.

Perfect Binding
A type of book binding where the pages are held in the spine by glue. Many magazines and most paperback books are perfect bound.

Printing both sides of a sheet in one pass through the press.

Making illegal copies of software.

The smallest displayable element
of a display adapter, monitor or printer, whose colour or intensity can be set. It is said to stand for 'picture element'.

Software that encrypts important information so it can be sent over the Internet securely. PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy and offers military grade encryption.

PDF (Portable Document Format)
Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF) is the cross-platform standard for electronic document distribution worldwide. Adobe PDF is a universal file format that preserves all the fonts, formatting, graphics, and colour of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it.

Popular Music
Music intended for a broad range of people, literally 'of the people'. The term popular is often unadvisedly used by the music and intellectual elite in a disparaging way. Popular music tends to be unnotated (aural), more instinctive and spontaneous than art music (sometimes referred to as serious music).

Portrait (printing)
The orientation of the page so that the short edge is along the bottom. Sometimes referred to as vertical. The opposite of 'landscape'.

The brand name of a software standard created by Adobe. It is a page description language which is used by most graphics software and output devices to combine text, pictures and graphical elements into an electronic document and create output which can be used by the printer.

Printing Plate
The physical plate which carries the image. These can be made from a variety of materials. At the cheaper end of the market there are paper plates which are designed to be used once and thrown away. They are very economic for short runs such as small quantities of stationery.

Progressives (printing)
A set of proofs which show the different inks separately and combined in various permutations.

The person responsible for aesthetic and non-technical aspects of recording and broadcast mediums.

A project is creative work someone wants done.

Project Posting
Posting a project is the act of advertising work someone wants done. Creative professionals who are interested in carrying out the projects posted at AbleStable® can contact the potential Client who has posted the project directly (we are not an agency and there is no hidden charge).

A creative professional generating 50% to 80% of their income from the sales of creative production or creative services.

Professional Status
The percentage of income generated from the sales of creative production and/or creative services
Full Professional: 80% to 100%, Professional: 50% to 80%, Active Practitioner: less than 50%.

Project Posting
The act of posting projects (jobs) at AbleStable® by Clients for Members to pick up.

A test print produced to show what the finished product will look like. These can be made in a variety of different ways and at different stages of the production process.


A standard for communication between computers. If two computers have a protocol in common, then they should be able to communicate even if they are completely different. There are a range of standard protocols to cover the different types of communication application. For example: DNS (naming); FTP (file transfer); HTTP (World-Wide Web documents); NNTP (news); POP, SMTP (e-mail).

Proxy Server
A proxy server is a computer network service which allows clients to make indirect network connections to other network services. A client connects to the proxy server, then requests a connection, file, or other resource available on a different server. The proxy provides the resource, possibly by connecting to the specified server, or by serving it from a cache. In some cases, the proxy may alter the client's request or the server's response for various purposes.

Public Domain
If a work is in the 'public domain' it is generally freely distributable although at times companies may have rights over distribution.

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