GWG tests specs for sign printers

6th June 2019

The Ghent Workgroup, or GWG, has put together preflight specifications for the sign and display market and is now running a public beta testing program. This is aimed both at software vendors that want to prepare for standardized quality control and at end-users who can use the preflight profiles to improve their quality control.

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Pitstop 13 updated

28th October 2015

Enfocus has released the first update for its PitStop 13 preflight and workflow tool. New features include improved processing speed, support for adding grommets, preflight restrictions within a shape such as a cutter guide, and a new preflight profile for fixing PDFs created from Microsoft Office documents. Continue reading “Pitstop 13 updated”

Enfocus releases Pitstop 13

3rd February 2015

Enfocus has released PitStop 13, the latest version of its handy PDF production utility. Enfocus has re-designed the preflight capability, which now includes a Preflight Restrictions feature that allows the checks and fixes included in a preflight profile to be limited to certain aspects of a PDF. Continue reading “Enfocus releases Pitstop 13”

Callas updates pdfToolbox

9th October 2013

Callas has updated its pdfToolbox product line to version 7, claiming “a significant step forward in making PDF quality control and production workflows more accurate”. The core PDF and font libraries in pdfToolbox have received a major update to improve speed and reliability of processing troublesome PDF files. The more compact and adjustable preflight report improves clear communication with customers, and the operator checkpoints allow manual intervention in automated workflows.
Files with potential problems detected in the server version can be set aside to be manually inspected in the desktop edition. Transparency flattening has been improved with updated Adobe libraries. There’s a completely new font engine that is said to be much better at embedding and sub setting fonts and at handling broken fonts.
Other new features include the ability to Crop pages to what is visible on the page, disregarding invisible or partially masked out objects for better performance, and removing non-visible areas and arbitrary page elements altogether. It can also remove all metadata from PDF documents for smaller files.
There are further preflight checks, including the exact number of separations in a file and whether given separations are identical or different between two versions of a PDF file.
It can accurately check the x-height of text, to comply with new EU regulation for text size on packaging material that requires this particular check (as the regulation is expressed using x-height rather than point size). It also supports the GWG 2012 specifications for ads and commercial print.
The desktop version costs €499, while the server edition starts at €3999. A fully functional time-limited trial version can be downloaded from http://www.callassoftware.com/callas/doku.php/en:download.