Enfocus have announced PitStop 2017, the most powerful and technically advanced PDF preflight and correction solution available on the market today. The new 2017 update to the flagship PitStop product range will be available in April 2017 and some of it’s new functionality includes:
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 2016 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
Devicelink profiles: 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.
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