New Enfocus PitStop 13 introduces Next-Generation Preflight and Automated Bleed Creation
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Press release from the issuing company
Enhanced Preflighting engine and a solution for bleed issues provide big benefits to anyone working with PDF files in print production
Enfocus has re-engineered the functionality within PitStop 13 to increase the opportunities to preflight and correct PDF files, with a major focus on a solution for the very common issue of 'no or insufficient bleed'.
PitStop 13 will be released in April 2015.
PitStop 13 has a re-designed Preflight engine that addresses the challenges of creating high-quality PDFs and is structured to ensure the submission of high-quality PDFs, today, tomorrow and well into the future. It includes a new option to generate bleed where none currently exists, and the ability for users to customize the language and content of the error messaging within Preflight reports, including the use of languages for which the software has not yet been localized.
More Targeted, Relevant Checks and Corrections
Preflight Restrictions represents the most significant change to the PitStop Preflight library since it was created 15 years ago. It allows for checks and fixes included in a preflight profile to be limited to certain aspects of a PDF. For example, a PDF page box, a certain page, or pages, a particular area or specific elements of a PDF, and even different layers within a PDF file; can each be checked in different ways, depending on user requirements. The options for customizing Preflight are now virtually endless.
PitStop 13 users therefore benefit from a much more targeted Preflight check, receiving fewer irrelevant warnings and errors. It also allows users to carry out complex quality control routines, thoroughly checking files in one processing pass.
Because the PitStop Preflight editor interface, already familiar to hundreds of thousands of users around the globe, has only minimal changes, the new functionality can be implemented without any major retraining or re-reading of product manuals, a significant benefit for users.
Automatic Bleed Generation
Another major enhancement is the Add Bleed Action, which allows bleed to be generated even if none exists in the original file.
Bailes-Collins explains: "Lack of bleed in supplied PDF files is still a major issue for our customers. Previous versions of PitStop displayed bleed if it was available and could automatically extend rectangular shapes to create bleed if none existed. Users could also manually manipulate a PDF to extend bleed if the file design allowed it. The new version is a leap forward, as it works by mirroring the individual objects that are close to or cross a PDF box to create bleed. These mirrored objects are also completely editable, so the resulting bleed can also be adjusted manually, if necessary, which we believe is unique in the world of preflighting. Bleed can be generated for single or multiple objects, as well as complete pages or documents, significantly streamlining workflow in the production process."
Customizable Preflight Messages
Based on requests from PitStop users, the ability to customize the warning and error messages in the PitStop Preflight reports is an important new feature. In PitStop 13, messages can be customized to reflect non-technical language that can include suggestions for corrections, if necessary. In addition, the preflight messages can be translated into languages that are not currently supported by the PitStop application.
Other enhancements include:
PitStop Pro 13 available with option of subscription licensing
Subscription licensing models are becoming popular within the design, print and publishing industries. Enfocus has received positive feedback from more than 2,000 customers regarding this type of licensing model. As a result, Enfocus is pleased to announce that subscription licensing is now a new option users can consider when purchasing PitStop Pro 13.
A single monthly subscription for PitStop Pro will cost $38 per month, or $12 per month with an annual prepaid contract at $365; whereas a perpetual license cost is $799. The option for subscription licensing will be available when PitStop 13 is released in April 2015.
The PitStop 13 grace period begins today, February 2, 2015.
Users purchasing or upgrading to PitStop 12 from February 2, 2015 will automatically be entitled toPitStop 13, free of charge, when the new version is available.
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