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.Continue reading “GWG tests specs for sign printers”
Enfocus has released the latest version of its PitStop Pro Acrobat plug-in, which is widely used to preflight and correct files for printing. Continue reading “Enfocus launches Pitstop 2018”
Konica Minolta has updated its AccurioPro Flux software which deals with print management. Continue reading “Konica Minolta updates print management software”
OneVision, which is best known for its Asura preflighting software, has developed a new layer of colour management, which it calls 4D. The Asura family of products can be used as a 4D colour server. Continue reading “OneVision announces 4D colour server”
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 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”
Enfocus has announced the next update to its Connect program. Connect 13 expands file delivery controls, and delivers a new Connector structure that is easier to install, manage and access for all users. Continue reading “Enfocus to launch Connect 13”
Enfocus has released Connect 12, its program to help designers produce PDFs capable of being printed without problems. Continue reading “Enfocus updates Connect PDF creator”
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.