Enfocus PitStop Server 13


Automated preflight & correction -

PitStop Server brings editing and correction to the next level without the need for user interaction. Correct text errors, convert colors, renumber pages, set correct page boxes, apply stamps, insert cover pages, move, rotate, and scale objects — these are just a few of the possibilities. Automated transparency flattening allows you to ensure consistent results also when outputting to different devices.

  • Save time and money by automating PDF Preflight and correction.
  • Reduce risk of human errors, high quality guaranteed every time.
  • Free up your staff for work that you can actually charge for.

Extensive preflight options enable you to check for potential problems, e.g. font problems, low image resolution, color issues and many others. Ink coverage problems are detected efficiently and handle transparency, overprint settings, overlapping items and layers correctly. PitStop Server is built to check all aspects of your PDF files and supports standards such as PDF/X and the Ghent PDF Workgroup specifications but also allows you to use the profiles created by your publisher or printer.

 You can generate a full preflight report that lists all problems found in your files in the user-friendly PitStop Pro report format as well as XML or annotated PDF reports. Embedded Certified PDF technology digitally signs your PDF files to ensure their quality and include the preflight results.

 Integrate PitStop Server in your workflow - PitStop Server fits seamlessly into Enfocus Switch to provide preflighting and auto-correction of PDF files within a larger scale automated workflow. Enfocus Switch can easily extend PitStop Server to automatically download PDF files from FTP servers or receive them through email, preflight and correct them and then notify your customers automatically of problem files.

 When further integration is required, the CLI (command-line interface) included with PitStop Server makes it a breeze. An easy mode allows instant integration of the preflight and auto-correction capabilities with standard settings, while the advanced mode allows full customization using an XML-driven integration.

 Transparency flattening at pre-flighting stage - The new ability to flatten transparencies within PDF files aids the consistency of output. Although the latest print engines can flatten transparencies earlier RIPs widely in use cannot always handle transparency reliably. PitStop Server now enables transparency flattening to ensure predictable output.

 Optimize PDF files for the web or for archiving? - The optimization functionality in PitStop Server analyses and removes unnecessary items within the PDF. This results in a smaller file sizes for archival purposes and also ensures faster downloads from websites.

 Color management is also brought to a new level in PitStop Server, in tandem with the enhancements in PitStop Pro. Total ink coverage checks now take into account transparency, overprint settings, overlapping items and layers. Black point compensation is also supported when using either Adobe® CMM or Little CMS.


What’s new in PitStop Server 13

Automatic bleed generation
Our customers have reported that lack of bleed is still a major issue. We're pleased to announce that we've cracked that nut! PitStop Server 13 will automatically add bleed to PDF files!

  • It mirrors individual objects close to or cross the PDF box to create bleed.
  • These objects are completely editable for manual adjustments.
  • Bleed can be generated for multiple objects, or for complete pages and documents.


Preflight restrictions
This is the most significant change to PitStop Preflight since it was created 15 years ago. PitStop Pro 13 will allow the checks and fixes included in a Preflight Profile to be limited to certain aspects of a PDF.

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For example: a PDF page box, a certain page or several pages, a particular area or specific elements of a PDF, even different layers within a PDF file can each be checked in different ways, depending upon user requirements.

The options for customizing Preflight are now virtually endless.

Integration with the Monotype Baseline™ platform
Enfocus has entered into a co-operation with Monotype to provide a solution for PDF files with missing fonts. The solution can be used when the user has a PDF file that that has a missing font, but does not have the required missing font available locally to embed and fix the issue. When configured correctly, PitStop Server can connect with the Monotype Baseline platform to find out if any required missing fonts are available online, and if so it can automatically download those fonts and embed a subset of them into the PDF so it can be printed successfully.

The user is charged a nominal fee per embedded font, on a per document basis. 

It is important to understand that you are not buying the font and you do not own it. What you are buying is the right to embed a “subset” of the font for the PDF document that is being processed to replace any missing fonts. The purchased fonts the local computer and cannot be used by other applications.

To use the system, the user first has to create an account on the Monotype Baseline platform. Once the account is created, the user is able to generate a security token that must be added to the font preferences of PitStop Server in order to connect to the Monotype cloud font server.

In operation within PitStop Server, the local font folders are always checked first. If a missing font is not found locally then PitStop Server will check the Monotype Baseline platform to see if the fonts are available there. In PitStop Server missing font purchases happen automatically, but the user has the option of enabling the functionality for all preflight Hot Folders or for individual Preflight Hot Folders depending on their requirements.

It’s important to note that when missing fonts are embedded as part of a fix within a Preflight Profile, fonts are only purchased if the PDF file passes the associated preflight checks. Fonts will not be purchased if the resulting PDF file has other preflight errors that mean the PDF cannot be used.

PitStop Server is now available in 64-bit versions
PitStop Server is now 64-bit aware and therefore provides better support for modern operating systems and addresses all available memory. In practice this means that complex files that would be quarantined due to memory consumption can now be successfully processed on suitable hardware and operating system.

Windows installers of PitStop Server are available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.  Macintosh OSX installers are only available in 64-bit versions as all supported OSX versions are 64-bit aware anyway.

PitStop Server now includes the latest Adobe® transparency flattening engine
We have decided to discontinue development of our own flattening engine and instead replace it with the Adobe transparency flattening engine in PitStop Server. We consider the Adobe engine to be the ‘industry standard’ for flattening and therefore it makes sense to us that PitStop has the same flattening engine as Adobe Indesign™, Adobe Illustrator™ and Adobe Acrobat™.

PitStop Server also now installs the Local License Manager
To improve our support of activation and licensing issues, PitStop Server will now install the Local License Manager application as default. This can be launched via the about panel and also via a menu item.


System requirements
Minimum RAM 2GB - 2GB Per Core recommended
Screen Resolution1024 x 768 screen resolution (1280 x 1024 recommended)
Hard Drive - 120 GB Free Space, SSD recommended

Supported operating systems
Microsoft® Windows® 7, Home Premium, Business or Ultimate Edition  (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® 10,  (32-bit and 64-bit)*  (Requires PitStop Server V.13 Update 1)
Microsoft® Windows® 2008 Server R2 Standard, Essentials or Foundation Edition   (64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012 Standard, Essentials or Foundation edition (64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® 2012 Server R2 Standard, Essentials or Foundation Edition   (64-bit)

Apple Mac OS® X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
Mac OS® X 10.9 (Mavericks)
Apple Mac OS® X 10.10 (Yosemite) *  (Requires PitStop Server V.13 Update 1)
Apple Mac OS® X 10.11 (El Capitan)