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Enfocus announces PitStop Pro 10

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Gent, Belgium – Enfocus announces PitStop Pro 10, a major upgrade of the world's most popular PDF editing and preflighting application. This latest version offers customers improved color management, expanded collaborative working tools, and several user-requested features. PitStop Pro 10 will be showcased at Graph Expo, October 3-6, in Enfocus booth #217 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

PitStop Pro is recognized for its many PDF editing features and its user-friendly design, enabling easy management and customization of presets and tools. As part of its 'You first' commitment to the customer, now reflected in a communications campaign, Enfocus has always encouraged, and listened to, extensive user feedback; and accordingly expanded features in PitStop Pro 10. The new version will let users work faster with greater precision, and allow them to save significant amounts of time. PitStop Pro 10 also concentrates on making color management more accessible for everybody.

Additionally, for users in a collaborative working environment where multiple copies of PitStop Pro 10 are utilized, the completely new PitStop Workgroup Manager allows central management and standardization of preflight settings, Action Lists, Workspaces, etc. This feature is available with Floating Licenses, where copies of PitStop Pro can be installed on any number of terminals within a local area network, but only a certain number can be used simultaneously. 

Big on Color
PitStop Pro 10 includes new and improved tools for color handling, with a wide range of color management settings. "Handling color issues can be tedious. That's why Enfocus wants to make it as easy as possible," says Elli Cloots, Director of Product Management at Enfocus.

The new version of PitStop Pro enables users to manage all color settings in an easy and straightforward manner. Multiple color management presets can now be saved for quick and accurate application, when needed. The Color Picker panel can be used to import users' own color libraries, and includes the latest PANTONE Plus libraries. The preset manager can display all color libraries and users can add favorites and search for colors.

PitStop Pro allows automatic checking for ink coverage issues while taking into account transparency, overprint settings, overlapping items and layers. Black Point Compensation is supported when using the Adobe CMM or Little CMS and you can choose the Acrobat settings directly from the PitStop Pro Preference Panel.

Faster and easier in every aspect
A new interface makes the creation of Action Lists easier than ever. Action Lists are  automated sequences for checking, automatic editing and fixing files in PitStop Pro. The new interface offers drag and drop functionality and easier, faster, Action List creation. Through grouping, you can structure your Action List logically and comment on the different Actions.

QuickRuns, which allow users to run repetitive tasks through a single click that applies changes across all the pages in a document, can now also include Global Changes, and are not independently exchangeable.

A strong answer to customers' requests
In PitStop Pro 10, Enfocus has responded to feature requests from its users gathered from many sources, including the dedicated feedback area of the Enfocus website. Examples are improvements to Design Layouts and management of page boxes and guides, a new ability to search within the Font Picker, and show RGB values as 0-255, for example.  For graphical editing, it's also now easier to move objects over a bigger distance through a shortcut.

"We have tried to implement features to improve efficiency for every user," says Cloots. "Volume customers will be helped by the PitStop Workgroup manager. Basic users will find the color handling a lot easier, and we have implemented some smaller feature requests for them, as well. Advanced users will also see the benefit in color and they will like the new way of creating Action Lists."

PitStop Pro 10 runs as a plug-in with Adobe Acrobat 8 and the latest Adobe Acrobat 9, and supports the current Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Windows 7 operating systems, as well as older systems. PitStop Server, the automated PDF preflighting, correction and certification tool that shares the Enfocus preflight library, has also been updated to version 10. 

Availability and pricing
PitStop Pro 10 will become commercially available in October 2010. With immediate effect, a grace period commences whereby buyers of PitStop Pro get a version 09 key and will receive a free upgrade when version 10 becomes available.

Customers using PitStop Pro 7.x have their final opportunity to upgrade their version, until the end of the year, for $249. As of January 1st, 2011 they won't be able to upgrade anymore.

Starting today and until release, both single users and volume users with more recent products (PitStop Pro 08 and 09) can benefit from discounted upgrade pricing to reward their loyalty when pre-ordering their upgrade to PitStop Pro 10.

PitStop Pro 10 will become commercially available by the end of October 2010. With immediate effect, a grace period commences whereby buyers of PitStop Pro get a temporary key of version 09 and will receive a free upgrade when products become available.

Customers using PitStop Pro 7.x can still upgrade their version until the release of PitStop Pro 10. After this date they won't be able to upgrade anymore. Upgrades from more recent versions are also available. An upgrade from 08 is available at EUR 169 and an upgrade from 09 is EUR 259. For more information contact your preferred reseller or consult the Enfocus website at www.enfocus.com.




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