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Enfocus PitStop 11 Smart Preflighting adds even greater value
August 10, 2012 in Publishing
[prMac.com] Carson City, NV and London, UK - ThePowerXChange and XChange UK are receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from their customers in response to the new Smart Preflighting features now available in version 11 of PitStop Pro and PitStop Server from Enfocus. Users who have upgraded are finding the new flexible way of preflighting and correcting files to their specific workflow requirements offers a boost in productivity and further simplifies the preflighting and editing processes in their PDF workflows.
Until version 11 shipped, a Preflight Profile could only contain fixed checks and corrections, e.g. the resolution of an image must be higher than 300 dpi or the page size should be A4. However, every user's job is different and comes with its own specific order and production requirements. The previous versions required either many different or several very general Preflight Profiles. Those approaches were difficult to maintain or offered less specific and accurate preflighting and corrections.
With the release of PitStop 11, users no longer have to work with fixed values within a Preflight Profile, but can use preflight rules that can now depend on job and production specific information. Smart Preflight unleashes the full potential of checking and correcting PDF files within the PitStop Preflight engine. PitStop Pro 11 introduces the concept of 'Variable Sets' - a group of variables to be used when preflighting or correcting PDF files. These variables are substituted at runtime with the right values for the job.
Industry experts are also providing positive feedback for the new version 11. "For years PitStop Pro has been an essential tool for preflighting and correcting my PDFs. Acrobat X Pro's Action Wizard is an excellent basic preflight utility, one that can test for ink and font problems, find and correct accessibility issues, and extract content from PDFs, but it's only an introductory preflighter; professionals need the power and configurability of PitStop Pro," offers Pariah Burke, a well-known digital publishing, EPUB, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark, PDF author, consultant and technology guru. "PitStop Pro can not only find ink and font problems, it can fix them. It can convert and replace colors - problematic or not - alter bleed and trap settings, renumber pages, and even replace text with a powerful search and replace engine. Version 11 is the most powerful PitStop Pro yet with the Variable Sets feature, which enables the same preflight profiles to be used for a variety of documents and jobs, altering the requirements and tolerances of profiles during preflight and correction without the need to maintain many, almost identical profiles. The new interface for the Preflight Profile Editor make working with the new - and old reliable - features even more intuitive. My PDF-processing depends on PitStop Pro, and now is even faster and more efficient with PitStop Pro 11."
Enfocus has developed a new and streamlined interface to make Preflight Profile editing as easy and obvious as possible in PitStop 11. The Preflight Profile Editor has been optimized with more logical categories and now users can add their desired preflight checks and have a clear visual overview of the checks and corrections that are used in their Preflight Profile. The Navigator, PitStop Pro's mission control, is more compact and easier to use resulting in a clearer view of a PDF throughout the review process.
"The feedback is coming in fast and furious," explains Tami Stodghill, Press Relations Manager for XChangeUK and ThePowerXChange. "We love hearing from our customers - especially those who have been in the industry for many years - and they are calling PitStop 11 'the version we've been waiting for'. Based on the feedback we are hearing from their users, Enfocus has really hit the target with the release of 11."
PitStop Pro 11 (UK/Ireland)
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PitStop Pro 11 (North America)
PitStop Server 11 (North America)
Enfocus products are available now through XChange UK and ThePowerXChange worldwide and both companies are Enfocus Certified Resellers and Certified Experts. The companies offer free workflow and production consultations to users interested in automating their workflow. To order, or for more information, users can visit the websites or call 44 (0)845 259 0255 (UK/Ireland) or 877-940-0600 (North America). US Office * TEL: +1 877 940 0600 * FAX: +1 303 940 0601 * UK Office * TEL: +44 (0) 845 259 0255 * FAX: +44 (0) 845 259 0256.