Enfocus Announces PitStop 2017
The most powerful and technically advanced PDF preflight and
correction solution available on the market today
New PDF Geomapper technology
PitStop 2017 introduces a new and innovative technology, extending the possibilities of preflight and correction by allowing unique new ways for objects to be selected or ignored.
An example would be configuring preflight checks to check only the objects needed to render or print a PDF file. Any additional hidden or unneeded elements can be ignored or even removed, greatly reducing the complexity of files, and false error messages, which might stop a file in production without reason.
Initial implementations of this new technology were first seen in the Drupa release of PitStop to help reduce the amount of false error messages. Introduced as a market-leading first in Preflight, checks could be restricted to within an irregular shape such as a cutline or structural design information.
Expanding the PDF Geomapper technology, Enfocus continues to deliver market unique solutions by allowing decisions to be made based not just on a single object, but also by taking into account other objects, underlying or overlapping the original.
Other additional new functionality
PitStop Pro and PitStop Server includes the addition of 40 Devicelink profiles based on standard ICC profiles, to help users with CMYK-CMYK color conversions. These are useful for managing ink coverage, and the conversion of PDF files from one printing condition to another, e.g. Fogra to GRACoL or SWOP and vice versa. These high-quality profiles have been made available with the support of Enfocus’ sister company X-Rite, leveraging its position as a Danaher company.
Check for Ink Coverage
Particularly useful for customers in packaging, labels and large format, the check for Ink Coverage has been improved so that it can work with selected inks and ignore named separations such as ‘white’ or ‘varnish’. This results in a more accurate check as only the actual printing inks will be used.
New Inspector interface
PitStop Pro includes a new Inspector interface for analyzing and editing page and transparency groups directly within the PDF file. There are also new Action Lists for customer requested functionality, such as automatically generating round cornered rectangles (for dielines) and new ways of modifying page sizes and objects within a PDF file.
New PDF Report
A new PDF Report function is available for validating the presence and configuration of layers within a PDF file, and new checks and fixes are available within the Preflight Profile Editor.
Other improvements and updates
Improved cut/copy/paste and add copied graphic functionality.
The Adobe transparency flattener within PitStop Server has been updated to the latest version, and Mac OSX Sierra and Windows 10 anniversary update are now officially supported.
Enfocus rewards its loyal customers
The name change to PitStop 2017 signals a move to an annual release cycle and introduces changes to the upgrade, pricing and support policies.
Customers under maintenance will automatically receive the new PitStop 2017 license upon release.
Customers buying a new PitStop 13 license from now until the release of PitStop 2017, will automatically also receive a license for PitStop 2017 that they can use when it is available.
For PitStop 13 users without a maintenance contract, the most cost effective way to upgrade to PitStop 2017 is by taking out an annual maintenance contract now. This offer is only available until the release of PitStop 2017.
Customers on older versions also have the opportunity to take out a maintenance contract prior to release, but they must upgrade to the current PitStop 13 version first to be able to do so.
Upgrade PitStop Pro v.12 to v.13: Only $279 - includes 12 Months Maintenance
Upgrade PitStop Pro v.11 to v.13: Only $389 - includes 12 Months Maintenance
If possible include the version number of PitStop Pro currently being used. Or just call toll-free at 800-234-4460 for an instant quote.
Purchasing a maintenance contract is the most cost effective way to automatically receive major PitStop upgrade versions. From the day PitStop 2017 is released, only maintenance contract customers and customers who obtained PitStop licenses through subscription may contact Enfocus directly for priority support through the Enfocus support portal. Priority support includes a response within 1 business day.
Customers without a maintenance contract can only look for answers to their questions by consulting the “Known issues and solutions” webpage, found on the Enfocus website, or seek help from fellow users on the Enfocus community forum.
Customers wishing to receive an even faster response time (within 6 business hours) and who want to be able to call Enfocus directly, can do so by purchasing a premium maintenance contract.
PitStop users are advised to evaluate their upgrade options available to them by consulting their local Enfocus reseller.
Enfocus PitStop Pro 13
Preflight, automatically fix and edit PDF files in Adobe Acrobat
PDF files can be painful to work with. Your customers don't deliver them as expected, they don't output as you want them to, and more than often you need to edit the PDF even though Adobe Acrobat doesn't support it. PitStop Pro is a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat that offers the solution to your problems. With PitStop Pro, checking and editing a PDF will be a piece of cake!
PitStop PDF preflight detects and automatically fixes the most common errors in PDF files
In PitStop Pro, you can set a preflight profile or use one of the many default profiles that ship with the plug-in. When you preflight a PDF file, PitStop will automatically create a clear report which tells you exactly what you need to do to get the file fit for purpose.
Why preflight PDF files?
Checking the quality of PDF files before printing is absolutely essential, because what you see on the screen is not always what you get in print. Preflighting PDFs has become a common practice in the print industry. Today, more than 80% of printers make use of professional preflight tools. Since 1993, Enfocus PitStop Pro has always been the pioneer and industry standard PDF preflight tool. Want to learn more about preflighting?
10 reasons to preflight your PDF files
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Every day thousands of printers, publishers and designers are saving millions and ensuring their quality control by preflighting PDF documents.
Very simply put, preflight is checking the quality of PDF files before they get processed. Preflight checks whether the characteristics of those files are in sync with your desired output.
Preflight ensures not just the technical content of a PDF file but also the printability of the layout and design based on the printing technique, printing device and substrate used.
For print output, the image resolution needs to be higher than for viewing a PDF on a screen, a general rule of thumb is the resolution should be 2 x your halftone screen ruling. Otherwise you will see jagged edges and artifacts in the image.
Before a PDF file is ready for printing you need to make sure the image quality is high enough. The image resolution needs to be higher for printing than for viewing onscreen. If not, the edges will appear jagged and artifacts will appear in the image.
PitStop Pro's PDF preflight: A low resolution image may look fine on your computer, but the final printed result will be jagged and blurry. To detect low res images, you can use PitStop Pro’s preflighting feature. It will tell you whether or not the image resolution settings match the purpose of the PDF file.
Unintended RGB images in PDF files can cause unexpected results after processing. The images could be of low quality, the final printed color could be incorrect and there may even be a color shift. It’s not uncommon that RGB images slip into a design and end up in the final PDF for printing. Images that have been downloaded from the internet or imported from a camera are most likely RGB images. In this case these should be converted to CMYK.
Automatically find and convert RGB images to CMYK - If a PDF contains RGB images, this can cause unexpected results after processing the PDF file. Colors may be altered and the images could appear in low quality. To prevent this, PDF files should be checked for RGB images which should be converted to CMYK.
PitStop Pro checks if RGB images are present in a PDF file and automatically converts these RGB images to CMYK, all without leaving Acrobat!
Most designers like to work with spot colors (e.g. Pantone), especially in logos. But in many cases, these logos need to be printed using only CMYK inks, an extra 'dedicated' ink for the spot color is more expensive.
PitStop PDF Preflight checks on presence, number and suffix of spot colors.
PitStop PDF Preflight can handle color conversion from and to spot colors.
Numerous problems can occur with fonts. If a font is not embedded, the output equipment will need to replace that font with another font. This font might look similar, or not. In all cases it will be a different font. Small type can become hard to read when printed, especially if it's printed in multiple colors.
If a font is not embedded in a PDF file and the viewer of the file does not have the font installed on his computer, another standard font will be shown as a replacement. The same can happen in workflow and RIP systems which will cause unexpected results. This can be avoided by embedding the fonts in the PDF.
Embedding vs. subsetting fonts in a PDF
Embedding a font in a PDF: Every character of the used font is stored in the PDF.
Subsetting a font in a PDF: Only the characters that are used in the design are saved in the PDF.
Small type becomes unreadable
Small text can become hard to read when printed, especially if it's printed in multiple colors. PitStop Pro can
check if type smaller than a predefined value is present in a PDF.
Tutorial: How to convert text to outlines in a PDF.
Ever seen a job where a white element looks great on the screen or paper proof suddenly disappears when on press? White elements could be set to "overprint", which means that the white ink will be output on top of the inks below and basically disappear. Unless you are in packaging or use a specific white ink in your production process, the white elements should be set to "knock out"
PitStop PDF Preflight can check if white elements are set to knock out.
PitStop PDF Preflight can automatically fix white elements so they knock out.
White text could disappear after processing a print job. This is often caused because the white text is set to overprint. If this is the case, the ‘white ink’ will be output on top of the inks below and the white text will disappear. Unless you are in packaging or use actual white ink in your production process, the white text should be set to "knock out".
When white text is used on a darker background, it should be ‘knocked out’. The white text is literally knocked out of the darker background, which makes the paper show through.
How do you define a nice deep ('rich') black, one that won't cause trouble on a printing press? Every company has their own recipe for a nice black. But a black that carries too much ink can be a problem for some printing methods.
A black that's too heavy can cause web breaks on a web press and marking or set off.
PitStop PDF Preflight can specifically check for too high Rich Black color values.
PitStop PDF Preflight can reduce or standardize the Rich Black values to your own values.
Although transparency is now a widely accepted functionality within most design and page layout applications many printing companies are still wary of PDF files containing transparency and like to give them specific attention to ensure they are processed and imaged correctly.
PitStop PDF Preflight can check files for transparency.
Layers were introduced with PDF version 1.5. These layers can be visible, or hidden. If your proofer or your RIP doesn't support PDF v1.5 or higher and there are layers in the PDF, they will be placed on top of each other.
If a file contains a hidden layer, which is set to to 'Always print', it will be printed.
PitStop PDF Preflight can check if hidden layers are present in the file.
If a file that contains images or content that extend to the edge of the page and it contains no or not enough bleed, white borders can appear after cutting the sheets.
PitStop PDF Preflight can check if bleed is present in a PDF file and add it automatically.
And now PitStop Pro can automatically generate bleed to enhance final print quality.
Customers have reported that lack of bleed is still a major issue. We're pleased to announce that we've cracked that nut! PitStop 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.
Excess ink coverage causes marking from one sheet to another, long drying times and increases the risk of spoilage. Wet paper can cause registration issues and can cause you to have to slow the performance of a press to ensure the final printed quality.
PitStop PDF Preflight can check and reduce ink coverage.