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PitStop with Adobe Acrobat 8 support

XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce new releases of the Enfocus product range

XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce new releases of the Enfocus product range, including the industry standard PitStop Professional, PitStop Server, Instant PDF and PitStop Automate with Adobe Acrobat 8 support.

PitStop Professional 7.1 This latest upgrade of the industry's most popular PDF preflighting and editing tool offers many new features for end users, and strengthens the Certified PDF technology that so many magazine and newspaper publishers and printers rely on for reliable and accurate file exchange.

As well as supporting Intel Mac and Adobe Acrobat 8, version 7.1 features a new Navigator, which allows the user to identify and interactively correct errors reported in preflight more easily than before. Time-consuming repair of common errors can be automated with newly redesigned Global Change and Action List features.

In addition, there is the option to outline text and a new place PDF function for simplifying the building of a page from multiple PDFs, which was requested by prepress and ad agency professionals.

Compliant with the PDF/X and Ghent PDF Workgroup specifications, Enfocus PDF Profiles allow checking of all critical issues and the automatic correction of about 140 of the most common errors. Enfocus Certified PDF technology embeds the PDF Profile and preflight report in the file for easy file exchange.

The report layout in this latest version is customisable and clear - easy to read and print.

Instant PDF 4.0 The latest version of the Enfocus tool which, using award-winning Enfocus Certified PDF technology, is the simplest and most reliable way to create PDFs that comply with print or advertisement vendors' specifications. Enfocus Instant PDF 4.0 is fully compatible with PitStop Professional 7 and PitStop Server 4, using the most up-to-date set of Enfocus PDF Profiles and Action Lists.

Additions to the functionality of Enfocus Instant PDF 4 include the facility to export press-ready Enfocus Certified PDFs directly out of QuarkXPress 7 and Adobe Illustrator CS2. Other new facilities include the support of FTP passive mode enabling users to transfer PDFs wherever they are, and improved performance due to the fact that this version is less resource intensive.

With Instant PDF 4, print providers will see a significant reduction in the work load suffered by customer service and pre-press operators, because Certified PDF files are always output correctly from the designer's workstation. With Certified PDF technology, the files are flagged as ready for output as soon as they arrive in your in box.

PitStop Server 4.0, With the additional speed from its support for Intel Mac and its ability to let users identify and pre-flight PDF 1.7 files produced from Acrobat 8, Distiller 8 and other applications capable of exporting PDF1.7 files, PitStop Server 4 is also now fully compatible with PitStop Professional 7, and allows end users to share PDF Profile and Action Lists across the complete workflow. Using Enfocus PDF Profiles, Action Lists and Certified PDF technology, it instantly analyses, corrects, reports on and routes files based on the most stringent industry standards, including PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, and Ghent PDF Workgroup.

End users simply have to drop PDF files into an input folder and PitStop Server 4 does the rest, preflighting, correcting a wide range of pre-press problems and rejecting files that don't come up to scratch. PitStop Server 4 also contains powerful Action Lists to automate repetitive editing tasks such as page numbering and color correction.

Additionally, this latest version provides robust crash protection by catching and quarantining unstable PDFs; reports can be generated in XML format as well as PDF format, and it also watches for free maintenance updates and payable software upgrades, alerting the administrator if a new version becomes available.

PitStop Automate 1.1, also Intel Mac compliant, allows design studios, ad agencies, printers and publishers to increase productivity and output consistency by introducing advanced automation at an affordable price. Built to streamline graphic arts processes, PitStop Automate extends the power of Enfocus' automation-enabling technologies such as PDF preflight & editing and the award-winning Certified PDF. On top of all that power lays an intuitive graphical user interface, making it straightforward to translate complex production requirements into a complete automation workflow design.

A natural upgrade from PitStop Server, PitStop Automate goes beyond PDF preflight and editing. The application closely integrates with Acrobat Distiller and features file sorting and conditional workflows based on file type, size and other file or document properties.

The Enfocus product line is available through XChange International. To order, or for more information on upgrades or full products, users can visit www.xchangeuk.com, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours. Email address is info@xchangeuk.com.

XChange are a leading supplier of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension technology; Adobe InDesign, Acrobat and Photoshop Plug-ins and other design and publishing utilities. XChange offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site. The company are headquartered in Central London and also offer specialist training on many of the solutions they sell.

Enfocus Product Upgrades Release
author = Tami Stodghill XChange International
url = http://www.xchangeuk.com/enfocus
dept = DTP: publishing, page layout, type, fonts

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