Calling it the most powerful and technically advanced PDF preflight, editing and correction solution available on the market today (and to celebrate the 20th anniversary since its first release), Enfocus has announced the next major release of PitStop.
PitStop 2017 introduces new 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 for no 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 also restricted to within an irregular shape – such as a cutline or structural design information.
Expanding the PDF Geomapper technology, Enfocus allows decisions to be made based not just on a single object, but also by taking into account other objects underlying or overlapping the original. “The new PDF Geomapper technology opens up an exciting new world of possibilities for preflight checking and correction,” said Andrew Bailes-Collins, Senior Product Manager at Enfocus. “For example, a text segment can be preflighted based on its legibility,by checking the colour of any objects underneath it.” PitStop Pro and PitStop Server now include the addition of 40 Devicelink profiles based on standard ICC profiles, to help users with CMYK-CMYK colour 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.