Enfocus Adds PitStop Professional Adobe Acrobat 9 Compatibility

Enfocus announces the availability of Adobe Acrobat 9 compatibility for PitStop Professional 08, an added enhancement to the major product updates demonstrated at drupa 2008, the world's largest printing trade show held in D¨1sseldorf in May. The update is being made available as a no-charge upgrade for current 08 product users.

"Enfocus is dedicated to ensuring that our products deliver improved productivity through automation for users across the spectrum of the graphic arts industry," said David van Driessche, Director of Enfocus Marketing.

The latest versions of PitStop Professional, PitStop Server and the Switch product family, as well as fully-functional trial versions of all Enfocus products, are available for download from the Enfocus website at: www.enfocus.com.

"Enfocus has built its reputation and market leadership on the concept of delivering the most reliable and easy-to-implement automation with unprecedented control over PDF workflows," adds Mr. van Driessche. "This latest announcement reinforces our ongoing commitment to our users around the globe as we continue to enhance the industry's most comprehensive suite of PDF-based tools."

PitStop Professional 08: Adobe Acrobat 9 compatibility, enhanced ease-of use, productivity PitStop Professional has long been the de facto standard for preflighting, editing and repairing of PDF files among graphic arts professionals who use a PDF workflow. PitStop Professional 08 takes this functionality to the next level with Adobe Acrobat 9 compatibility.

Other new capabilities include sign-off on preflight errors, a redesigned and significantly more compact PitStop Inspector, better page configuration handling, faster access to common functions through expanded contextual menus and conformance to the latest standards and operating systems.

In addition, PitStop Professional 08 offers a choice of multiple color engines including the industry standard Adobe CMM, PDF/X-4 compliance in PDF Profiles and Action Lists (in addition to support for earlier PDF/X levels), easy PDF Profile adaptation to create new preflight profiles from existing items, and user-configurable viewing preferences.

PitStop Server 08: improved performance, full compatibility with new standards PitStop Server is a Hot-Folder-based application for graphic arts professionals who need unattended PDF document processing or need to process high-volumes of PDF documents. It is the indispensable tool for pre-flight checking of PDF documents, with facilities for fixing many common problems without human intervention.

New PitStop Server 08 capabilities include a totally redesigned and more intuitive user interface, server-based processing (PitStop Server now runs as a service on Windows and as a login item on Mac OS X), the ability to process two PDF documents in parallel for faster performance, more powerful Hot Folder processing, import and export of Hot Folder settings, a detailed history log, improved security and expanded e-mail notification.

Switch 08: improved productivity, more effective device management Switch 08 is a major upgrade for all products in the Switch family of automation-enabling software (entry-level LightSwitch, mainstream FullSwitch and advanced PowerSwitch), adding significant new functionality and offering new workflow automation opportunities for ad agencies, publishers and printers alike.

With Switch 08, job processing is more predictable even with complex flows, and the implementation of real job priorities allows fast-tracking jobs through a flow. Switch 08 also optimizes the time it takes the first job to flow through a complete flow, enabling better resource management for devices such as proofers and rips.

Hot Folders, FTP and email-receive tools can be scheduled to automatically activate only in a predefined time window and now offer a "read-only" processing mode where the original jobs are left on the server and a copy is processed through the flow. Switch 08 also includes many improved and new tools, and enhances variable data support. Metadata support and scripting capabilities have been greatly expanded in PowerSwitch, offering, for example, support for compression, database access and SOAP or web service communication directly from within Javascript.