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Enfocus to Launch PitStop Automate for IPEX 2006

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

London, UK – January 24, 2006 – IPEX 2006 will be the international launch platform for Enfocus PitStop Automate, the latest toolset to advance the company's mission to make graphic arts workflows as reliable and productive as possible. The new software will be commercially available from March 2006 and will be on show at the Enfocus stand at IPEX (Hall 6, Stand A20). Easy, Intuitive Design of Complete Automation Workflows PitStop Automate is a task-based production automation tool that allows design studios, ad agencies, printers and publishers to increase productivity and output consistency by introducing automation at an affordable price. An intuitive graphical user interface makes it straightforward to design complete automation workflows. Closely Integrated with Acrobat Distiller PitStop Automate, which closely integrates with Acrobat Distiller, includes Enfocus' renowned PDF editing and preflighting, as well as automation functionality. A natural upgrade from Enfocus PitStop Server, PitStop Automate offers many additional features. The software can perform conditional checks on files and decide which path the file should follow based on file type, size, and other file or document properties. Another function which Enfocus customer research shows will prove to be very useful to many businesses is the ability to split multiple-page PDFs into many single-page PDFs. Includes Enfocus Certified PDF for Automatic Quality Checking Crucial to a fully automated production process, PitStop Automate incorporates Certified PDF, Enfocus' award-winning technology. Enfocus Certified PDF makes PDF a more powerful production format by embedding the PDF profile originally used to preflight the file. A detailed preflight report and an audit trail of all edits made to the PDF are also created. PitStop Automate enables efficient Certified PDF verification and control while managing a large volume of PDFs. Certified PDFs are immediately identified and moved through production faster than non-Certified PDF files. Sophisticated Automation is Hallmark of Enfocus Development Philosophy Enfocus has developed significant, progressively sophisticated automation-enabling technologies --PDF preflight, PDF editing, Action Lists, and Certified PDF --all built to streamline graphic arts creation processes while maintaining absolute quality control. Enfocus PitStop Automate extends the power of these technologies to bring an advanced level of automation within reach of every type of company, big and small. Director of Corporate Marketing at Enfocus, Tom Peire: “With PitStop Automate we are filling a gap in the market for an entry-level product. Many companies are looking at automation tools to increase the efficiency of their production environment. PitStop Automate is an easy-to-use, off the shelf product that drives processes for companies involved in document creation right down to output, without having to invest in an elaborate system that is beyond the users' day-to-day requirements.” Enfocus PitStop Automate SDK Allowing Third Parties to Plug-In Enfocus today also announces the release of a software development kit (SDK) for PitStop Automate. This SDK allows third party software developers to plug their own solution(s) into PitStop Automate and take full advantage of its capabilities. As such, PitStop Automate becomes an automation platform within which color proofing, imposition, file transfer, image manipulation and many other applications can be integrated. Peire continues: “Enfocus has a strong record of technology partnerships that have made our own, and our partners', customers more successful. We want to extend that success by taking a different approach to production automation than traditional workflow vendors have done so far and offer a truly open system that allows anyone to plug into. We encourage other developers to take a look at this SDK and see how their customers can take advantage of our automation features.” Pricing, Availability & Training Enfocus PitStop Automate Macintosh version is scheduled for commercial release in March 2006. The Windows version of Enfocus PitStop Automate is scheduled for the first half of 2006. The product and related training will be exclusively available through Enfocus' channel of Certified Resellers. Enfocus PitStop Automate will be priced at $5999 or €4999.




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