Enfocus launches Pitstop 2018

Enfocus has released the latest version of its PitStop Pro Acrobat plug-in, which is widely used to preflight and correct files for printing.

PitStop 2018 gains a number of new features including Pantone colour libraries and the option to remap between libraries.

There’s a new online dashboard feature that shows users which PitStop tools are being used and gives information on the incoming PDF files. This should help users see how many pages are processed each day and identify the type and quantity of errors in each job. Enfocus can also use the online access to offer customer support.

PitStop has gained Pantone colour library Actions so that spot colors can now be checked and corrected against the correct Pantone colours and colour breakdowns in PitStop. This should give consistent Pantones regardless of the colour space used. Other functions include remapping Pantone colours between Pantone libraries and remapping colours based on a name match. This is hardly a surprising development, given that Esko owns both Pantone and Enfocus.

There’s a neat feature in the PitStop preflight report that emulates a DFE and tells a user if pages are empty, black and white or CMYK, which is handy for monitoring click charges on digital presses.

Enfocus has also simplified the process of creating and editing Action Lists. There’s a new Visualizer mode that shows users what the Action List is doing so they can identify problems and edit that list on the go, saving a great deal of time. It should take a lot of the complexity out of using the Action Lists, which can be quite a powerful feature.

PitStop also gains a new tool for cropping line art, removing unnecessary clipped content within the PDF file to reduce the complexity of files whilst still preserving its visual appearance. This Hard Crop can be added through a standard Action List called ‘Clean up content’. 

There are three further tools for editing line art, including the Vector Pathfinder Tool allows for manual line art editing for tasks such as working with dielines or cutter guides, useful for large format, label and packaging users. There’s also an Offset Path Action that allows closed paths (shapes) to be enlarged (spread) or reduced (choked) by value. So, for example, you could allow a dieline shape to be duplicated and turned into a bleed object, a varnish or a white underprint. To complement this, there’s a new Stroke to Fill Action that allows objects that are strokes to be converted to shapes so they can be edited using the other new line art tools. 

It’s now possible to generate barcodes in a PDF file , either manually or automatically, without the need for any third-party applications. There’s a choice of over 100 types of barcodes, including 1D, 2D, international postal bar codes and GS1 compliant barcodes as well as QR codes. There are options for bar width reduction, quiet zones and optional control digit. This is a useful feature given that barcodes are being used more frequently, particularly for job tracking, particularly in finishing, as well as part of the printed products.

There’s also a Server version, which uses hot folders to automatically check and fixes PDF files, including remapping Pantone colours. It can also automatically generate barcodes via a JDF/XML job ticket.

Andrew Bailes-Collins, senior product manager at Enfocus, explained: “We included customer studies very early on in the development process and we involved our PitStop user community to develop ideas and test new functions. As a result, we have developed new and improved features that address the needs of today’s professional pre-press operators and managers. PitStop is the number one professional solution for PDF preflight and editing and the 2018 release pushes its capability even further by providing the advancements in technology and innovation that our customers expect.”

You can find further details at the Enfocus website:

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