XChange UK Announce Workflow Automation Software Giveaway Competition

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[prMac.com] London, United Kingdom - XChange UK are excited to announce an automation software and integration giveaway competition to celebrate the launch of their new web site. In conjuction with the launch of the new site, XChange UK have also changed their company logo and identity for a fresh new look. Users who complete the Win an Automation Workflow entry form on the company's site are eligible to win a free PitStop2Switch Bundle, valued at GBP 3477, along with a day of integration and consultancy services valued at GBP 895.

XChange UK have evolved over the years and have redesigned their web site to better reflect current services, which include consultancy, integration and training alongside workflow automation and productivity enhancement software. As customers' needs changed and in tandem with the popularity of PDF as a file delivery medium, XChange UK advanced to be able to provide automation solutions for production processes. XChange have always taken an active part in their customers' business activities and the prime recurring requirement has been the need to simplify and automate repetitive manual tasks.

"We are really excited about this valuable giveaway," offers Tami Stodghill, Press Relations Manager for XChange UK. "Automation can offer immediate and long-term savings in time, money, errors and efficiency. More and more of our customers are enquiring as to what they can do to increase profits and improve customer service without sacrificing quality. Automation is the answer. This package is a fantastic chance for a company to win a completely automated workflow that can be customised to their specific workflow needs. All users need to do is tell us why they believe they should be the winning entry."

Included in the PitStop2Switch giveaway bundle are both PitStop Server 12 and Switch 12. PitStop2Switch is the perfect way for any size business to step up their production, improve customer service and free up staff time for what's important. Businesses implementing an automated workflow can immediately start increasing profits and reducing errors! With PitStop Server ensuring PDF output is flawless and Switch 12 automating the repetitive tasks associated with creating, receiving and sorting files, any company will experience a customised and more efficient production workflow.

Robert Banbury, Production Project Development Specialist at The Economist, a magazine with a global subscriber base, says, "After considering all available automation systems at the time, our decision to choose Enfocus Switch was influenced in part by its ability to integrate with third-party applications, giving us the choice of some of the best available technology then and into the future; and also the easy-to-follow graphical user interface."

Enfocus PitStop Server 12 is a stand-alone and hotfolder-based application that allows users to easily set up and manage PDF based workflows. A PitStop Server hot folder is actually a collection of dedicated folders for batch PDF processing. Users create such folders on the hard disk of their computer or on a network drive. Enfocus PitStop Server automatically processes PDF documents that arrive in a given input folder of this hotfolder and places the processed files based on the result accordingly in the specified output folder.

The original PDF document and the preflight results can be saved in the same (or a different) folder, depending on whether processing was successful or not. PitStop Server can process in the background, even after closing the PitStop Server application

Enfocus PitStop Server allows users to successfully operate and manage workflow procedures on PDF documents and includes the Adobe Normalizer transparency flattener to give consistent, high-quality output whether for print, the web or for viewing on iPad. New image correction capabilities allow users to adjust images using Photoshop-like curves. They can easily change contrast or remove a colour cast (per channel or overall), adjust brightness and contrast, or apply unsharp mask to enhance the edges of objects in the image. PitStop's Action Lists include options to add blur or sharpen an image.

PitStop Server fits seamlessly into Enfocus Switch to provide preflighting and auto-correction of PDF files in a bigger automated workflow. Users can:

* Automatically download PDF files from FTP servers or receive them through e-mail
* Preflight them and notify your customers automatically of problem files
* Combine PitStop Server's capabilities with other key publishing tools to create PDF files, do colour management and ink optimisation, image optimisation, proofing, impositioning and more

Enfocus Switch 12 fully automates the quality of files, and exactly how they're created, shared and received. Switch uses a company's existing applications, systems and servers in new and intelligent ways to create the smartest automated production workflow in existence, customised for the way they do business. Enfocus Switch eliminates errors, streamlines repetitive functions and drives productivity to levels previously unattainable. Switch is perfect for any size business or organisation. Whether a company uses a simple flow for file handling or an advanced flow that relies on multiple configurations and links to a company's other business software, Switch brings order to chaotic and challenging environments.

Switch gives any organisation the tools they need to be successful now, and when they experience growth and begin exploring new revenue streams, Switch will be there to flexibly accommodate their business as their workflow requirements change.

"Enfocus is recognised for it's products' abilities to extensively automate any kind of workflow, and add new and cost effective capabilities in an easy and affordable way." - Cory Sawatzki, Director of Print Technology at Consolidated Graphics

The giveaway competition includes a full day of integration and users can be up and running, and experiencing the benefits of automation right away.

Users who wish to be entered in the drawing for the GBP 4372 giveaway can enter through XChange UK online. No purchase is necessary to enter. Terms and conditions apply. This competition is only available to users in the UK and Republic of Ireland. XChange UK encourages users to browse the new site for resources and information including tips and informative articles related to workflow and automation for the creative, digital media, print, publishing and prepress industries.

XChange UK are leading suppliers of PDF workflow and automation tools, desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension(R) technology; Adobe InDesign(R), Acrobat(R) and Photoshop(R) Plug-ins(R) and other design and publishing utilities. They offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the print, pre-press, publishing and creative industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their their web site.