Enfocus - 3/26/2014
Enfocus Releases PitStop 12 Update 2
Enfocus today releases PitStop 12 update 2. Included in the new release of the world's most popular PDF QA application is an expanded range of tools
to quickly check, edit and fix troublesome PDF files. PitStop 12 update 2, in both stand-alone Pro and Server versions, is a free upgrade for all existing
PitStop 12 users.
"PitStop 12 was a groundbreaking release for Enfocus," says Andrew Bailes-Collins, Enfocus Senior Product Manager. "Its development was based directly
on customer needs and their extensive feedback, secured through surveys, interviews and social media forums. We kept the conversation going after
PitStop 12, listening to users telling us what they liked and what additional functionality they needed to tackle common PDF problems in their daily
Bailes-Collins says that PitStop Pro 12 update 2, and PitStop Server 12 update 2, are the result of these ongoing dialogs, as well as the excellent work
of Enfocus' development team. The releases, he explains, build on the success of PitStop 12, and provide users with additional abilities to even more
easily and efficiently check, correct and edit every element within a PDF file, ultimately increasing productivity.
New features praised by users
The features in PitStop 12 update 2 give users the ability to gain efficiencies, improve editing and better handle issues when they arise. These capabilities
have been rigorously tested at customer beta sites, who have subsequently provided extensive feedback on the new release.
Axel Robert, Prepress & Graphic Chain Quality Manager at Ubisoft, Montreuil-sous-Bois, France, is one of the PitStop 12 update 2 beta testers. He
commented on the overall release by saying, "PitStop is the ultimate killer PDF knife tool in my every day work. I find it unthinkable to work without it,
and this new update is no exception to the rule."
The main new features in PitStop 12 update 2 include:
Improved selection editing: with PitStop Pro 12 update 2, users can carry out functions such as rotating, scaling or skewing of objects by simply moving
the mouse to the control points of the object they want to change. Previously, users had to select different tool buttons, which was not user friendly and
required extra mouse clicks. Ubisoft's Axel Robert says of this new feature, "I especially really like the new way you can select and edit an object. It's so
simple and yet so effective!"
Customizable keyboard shortcuts: now users can edit and customize keyboard shortcuts for the majority of PitStop Pro 12 menu items. Multiple sets of
shortcuts can be created on the same computer, which means that different operators can apply the shortcuts that best work for them. This will help users
to be more productive and efficient. As Amy Menendez, Prepress Specialist, BlueOcean Worldwide, LLC in New York, USA, notes: "Efficiency and
accuracy equal productivity, so the new customizable shortcuts are a real advantage. Now all my favorite tools and actions are just a keyboard click
away - when the work is 'flowing', so am I!"
Add separation names: this new action allows the names of color separations to be generated and positioned within a PDF file. The separation names
are individually created for each page and will show all separations including any spot colors. PitStop Pro 12 update 2 also provides several options that
show how the separations will appear, giving the user strong control over positioning, font and font size. This functionality is important for any workflow
that is processing a large number of PDF files. For example, Jon Morgan, IT Manager at Hopkins Printing in Ohio, USA, reports: "With the number of
PDF files that we soft proof, a good quality control element is to show which colors are on a page. With PitStop 12's new 'Add Separation Names'
feature, it's now easy to know exactly which colors - process and spot - are on a page. Thank you, Enfocus!"
Continuing the Dialogue
Customer feedback also drove a host of additional changes to PitStop 12 update 2, and PitStop Server update 2. These include, among others:
Apply color curves: users were very positive about the image curve editing functionality that was added to PitStop Pro 12. In update 2, Enfocus builds on
that functionality and now allows adjustment curves to be applied on all content within a PDF file; not just on images. PitStop 12 update 2 also allows
curves to be applied to a whole page for calibration, or dot gain adjustment.
Curves are available for all color spaces and can also be based on separations including individual spot colors. For example, if a user wants a
particular calibration adjustment curve for a spot color separation, they can easily add specific spot colors by using the '+' button and choosing one
of the options. They can then define a curve for the named color, which will be used if the color is in the processed PDF file.
Use of regular expressions: Action Lists can now be created using regular expressions, which opens up a whole host of new opportunities for more
powerful checking and automatic correction.
Improved Image Conversion: the rasterizing functionality in PitStop Pro and PitStop Server now supports anti-aliasing, which increases the quality of the
created image. This quality improvement is particularly important for the repurposing of tablet preflight profiles.
Enfocus - 1/30/2014
Enfocus Announces Switch 12
Enfocus today announces the release of Enfocus Switch 12. New features include remote management and simplified group administration tools that
make Switch 12 even more flexible. This release gives businesses of all sizes and budgets the ability to automate the repetitive tasks associated with
creating, receiving and sorting files. In addition, Switch's robust processing power and infinite configuration options let larger organizations successfully
develop more complex business practices, such as integrating connections with more complex and layered business management data.
Thousands of businesses use Switch to integrate applications, resulting in custom production workflows
Noted by experts as not only the first, but also a leading automated, rules-based pipeline workflow solution, Enfocus Switch has helped thousands of
businesses worldwide to improve communication, productivity, and quality of document or file exchange. Switch is the "glue" that integrates
organizations' existing systems with the third-party applications they use to create, produce, and share files. Users only pay for the functionality they
require at the time, and use Switch's exclusively simple, visual interface to create the application connections that Switch seamlessly pulls together
into a customized and efficient production workflow.
New - The freedom of control from anywhere with Remote Designer
A key feature of Switch 12 is the Remote Designer. This new feature gets users out of the server room and allows them to administer the Switch Server at
any time, from any computer, at any location. So, no matter where they are - another office, at home, or traveling - users can easily access and manage
the Switch Server.
New convenient and flexible management of users and user groups
Switch 12 also includes several new features that dramatically simplify the way users and user groups are managed.
A complete redesign of the User Pane, as well as elimination of user roles, gives customers the freedom to configure users and groups without limitations,
and with any level of permission. In addition, Switch 12 allows new access rights for individual users and groups to be based on the existing Active
Directory; making it unnecessary to create new users or groups within Switch. Administrators simply import users and groups from the Active Directory to
create new access rights for particular jobs or projects.
Switch 12 also includes support for new Configurators, the tools that allow users to integrate their applications and automate third-party software
application tasks. Included in Switch 12 are updates to The Adobe® Creative Cloud™ and Quark Xpress Configurators. In addition, Switch 12 includes
new Configurators for CorelDraw and HP SmartStream Production Center JDF Control.
Switch 12 is compatible with the latest operating systems including Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9 and Windows version 8.1.
Enfocus - 12/17/2013
Enfocus Connect Product Family Supports OS X Mavericks
Enfocus today releases Connect 11.2, a free of charge product line upgrade bringing full compatibility with OS X Mavericks, Apple's recently released
operating system, to current Connect customers. Enfocus Connect ensures creation of print-ready, top-quality PDFs by design and production
professionals, and can automatically deliver completed jobs to printers (and anyone else, as needed).
The release of Connect 11 update 2 makes the entire Enfocus Connect Family - Connect YOU, Connect SEND and Connect ALL - compatible with the
latest mainstream operating systems, including OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Along with support for the new
OS's, Enfocus has also updated its supporting plug-ins for Adobe Creative Suite® and Creative Cloud™ products.
A Better Way to Take Control of PDF Creation and Production
Enfocus Connect solves one of the biggest issues affecting the production process today: poor quality PDFs. Most designers do not know how to adjust
settings to create high quality PDFs, and this causes frustration and delays in production. Printers who receive these PDFs are spending too much time
and resources identifying - and then, fixing - the PDF problems.
To serve customers faced with these challenges, Enfocus created the Connect family of products, with each of 3 solutions designed to assist users in
different aspects of the production process. Enfocus Connect YOU is for individual users (primarily designers). Enfocus Connect ALL and Enfocus
Connect SEND were both developed for companies that need to collaborate with many internal and external users.
How Connect Works
The Enfocus Connect application defines and creates applets called Connectors. These Connector applets include all the technology required to
automatically perform such functions as creating a certified PDF, PDF preflight, or automatically delivering job files to a remote server. Depending on the
version of Enfocus Connect, Connectors can be used on the local workstation or distributed to internal or external users freely.
Fabian Prudhomme, Vice President of Enfocus, says: "In listening to our customers, Enfocus clearly heard the challenges poor quality PDFs were
creating for the graphic arts industry. We knew there was a better way to manage the production process, and that is what led us to the development
of the Enfocus Connect family. Making this technology compatible with OS X Mavericks and other operating systems ensures that customers can
continue to enjoy the improved quality Enfocus Connect brings to both their PDFs and to their organizations."
Enfocus - 11/28/2013
Enfocus PitStop 12.1 Supports OS X Mavericks
Enfocus today releases PitStop Pro and PitStop Server version 12.1, providing full compatibility with Apple's recently released OS X 10.9, also known
as Mavericks. PitStop 12.1 is available immediately, and is free to all current PitStop 12 customers.
PitStop 12.1 - full compatibility with latest operating systems
PitStop-based applications are the industry standard for PDF preflighting and editing. PitStop is increasingly referred to as the "pocket knife" software,
because it is the one solution that can correct typographic errors, change color spaces, and fix hundreds of other PDF problems, all within one
application. The release of PitStop 12.1 builds on the software's powerful flexibility by ensuring compatibility with the latest Apple and Microsoft
Fabian Prudhomme, Vice President of Enfocus, says that ensuring PitStop's compatibility with Mavericks was an important priority for the Enfocus
development team. He says, "The Enfocus policy is to wait until a full version of an operating system is released before we ensure compatibility. This
allows for last-minute changes, such as those Apple undertook before releasing Mavericks. However, because Mavericks is free, we knew there
would be immediate demand by the early adopters who started using Mavericks before Apple made important post-release changes. We therefore
focused on expediting the coding, testing, and availability of this Mavericks-compatible release."
In addition to being compatible with Mavericks, PitStop 12.1 is also compatible with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
PitStop Benefits, Including Breakthrough Image Editing and Missing Font Replacement, Continue with New Release
Users of PitStop 12.1 can take advantage of all the powerful "pocket knife" features the new PitStop 12+ family offers. These features let users
manipulate everything in a PDF, without having to open a new application. One of the most talked-about breakthroughs is the ability of PitStop
users to access the Monotype Baseline™ platform, a new cloud-based service solution that solves the challenge of missing fonts in PDF files.
Enfocus - 10/1/2013
Enfocus Announces Connect SEND 11
Enfocus, creator of the industry standard for PDF preflight and editing, PitStop Pro, and the comprehensive production workflow suite, Enfocus Switch,
today announces Connect SEND 11. Using Connect SEND, graphic arts and print service providers can streamline and automate file delivery from
their customers. Connect SEND is available now.
Print service providers continue to look for ways to better serve customers and increase operational efficiency. Connect SEND 11 supports print
service providers by giving their customers everything they need to submit files without requiring them to remember FTP addresses, web site locations
or log-on credentials.
Providing better service by eliminating file delivery hurdles
Connect SEND joins the Connect product family, Enfocus' award-winning, powerful resource for PDF creation, quality control, and job delivery automation.
Two versions of the Enfocus Connect 11 product family are already available: Connect YOU offers individuals a desktop application for streamlined
PDF creation, verification and delivery. Connect ALL, winner of a PRINT 13 / Must See 'ems recognition, is designed to provide service providers or
large creative groups the same abilities to automatically create, verify and deliver consistently high-quality PDFs.
Michael Reiher, Connect Product Manager at Enfocus, says of this new release, "Our Connect product line is focused on making file delivery easy and
efficient in a distributed environment. The release of Connect SEND builds on that goal by giving our customers a way to improve the order submission
process for their clients. With the easy commands of click, drag, and drop, Connect SEND makes it so easy to submit a job that your customers might
never again think of going to another provider."
Using Connect SEND, service providers create and distribute pre-configured andbranded applets, called Connectors, to customers. Connectors contain
all the embedded settings for delivery of PDFs, images, native layout files or any other file type to existing FTP, sFTP, HTTP, Email, or Enfocus Switch
Using Connect SEND to deliver files into a Switch-based production workflow automates file receipt, sorting,management and processing, to achieve
end-to-end automation. To submit a file, all the customer has to do is drag and drop the files onto the desktop icon; without the usual email and
telephone support required to ensure settings and delivery credentials are correct.
Additionally, electronic job tickets can be defined so that all necessary customer and job information is delivered with the production files.
Connect SEND provides an automatic updating mechanism, enabling service providers to update remote connectors with any new settings. The process
is hassle-free for service providers and their customers.
Availability, pricing and compatibility
Enfocus Connect is available in three editions: one for individual users, Connect YOU; and two for companies that need to collaborate with many internal
and external users: Connect ALL and Connect SEND. In all editions, the Connect application is used to define and create Connectors. Connectors are
easy-to-use applets that sit on customers' computer desktops, and include all the technology required to automatically deliver jobs to remote locations.
Connect YOU and Connect ALL also contain all technology necessary for optimal PDF creation and preflight, thereby adding control and consistency
to PDF creation both externally and internally.
For the creative professional, Enfocus Connect YOU costs just $99 and replaces the widely-used Instant PDF application in the Enfocus product
For larger operations working with external customers, Connect SEND and Connect ALL set-up and maintain unlimited numbers of Connectors. This
allows commercial printers, ad agencies and publishers to provide Connectors to customers and freelancers who need a direct connection to their
respective facilities. Connect SEND provides a simple way for external customers to upload files to their production servers, for only $1199. Connect ALL
adds high-quality PDF creation for only $2999.
Users of Connect SEND can easily upgrade to Connect ALL when their future requirements include the need for PDF creation, preflight and
All three products in the Enfocus Connect 11 family are at the update 1 release. Enfocus Connect YOU and Connect ALL 11 update 1 are fully compatible
with the recently updated PitStop12 library, the standard core preflight and correction technology inside the world's mainstream workflows.
Enfocus - 9/8/2013
Enfocus Solves the PDF Missing Font Problem
Enfocus announces an exclusive agreement with Monotype, one of the world's renowned typeface providers, to address the number one obstacle to
correcting PDFs for production: missing fonts.
Enfocus, the leader in automation and creator of PitStop, the PDF preflight and editing standard; gives PitStop Pro 12 and PitStop Server 12 sites the
option to connect to the new Monotype Baseline™ platform, a new cloud-based service solution, when missing fonts are detected. Licensing the font
for a special introductory rate of $1.49 per font, per document, permits embedding of the font in the file, thereby allowing it to pass preflight and
print successfully. As part of the terms of the agreement, Enfocus currently has exclusive rights to offer the Monotype solution for use in preflight.
Veteran Production Consultant Comments
Seattle-based PDF production consultant Matt Beals, who integrates the full range of graphic arts products for companies all over the world, says, "The
font embedding from an online source, and no less the ultimate typeface provider, Monotype, was an ingenious move on Enfocus' part. With the new
color functionality and faster processing you can actually 'feel', PitStop 12 was already shaping up to be the most important upgrade of the solution in
"Now I may change my stance - the addition of Monotype font embedding in PitStop 12 might make this one of the most valuable software upgrades
for the entire industry, this year!
"You might say I'm impressed."
"Missing fonts is cited in survey after survey, year after year for well over ten years, as one of the biggest obstacles to timely PDF production," says
Andrew Bailes-Collins, Senior Product Manager for the PitStop family at Enfocus. "Speaking on behalf of 130,000 worldwide companies and individuals
who use PitStop to preflight and correct PDFs, we thank Monotype for working with us to finally conquer the problem."
Bailes-Collins further says that an agreement between Enfocus and Monotype marries the best of what both companies have to offer, to resolve a long
lasting problem. "Enfocus PitStop can check a PDF file and find out if any fonts are not embedded, and Monotype has a very large collection of fonts.
Together we are finally resolving the problem of missing fonts."
How PitStop 12 Customers Can Use the Service
PitStop Pro 12 and PitStop Server 12 will work as previous PitStop versions do, in checking PDFs for missing fonts, and sourcing those fonts if they
are available on the local computer. In those cases, if the font is available and the user enables the option, the local font will be embedded into the
PDF file. In PitStop 12, however, the trail doesn't end if the missing font is not available locally. PitStop version 12 operators now have the option of
checking if the missing font is available on the Monotype Baseline™ platform. If the missing font is available and if the user allows it, the font will be
downloaded and embedded within the PDF document.
The Monotype Baseline™ platform is accessible after users set up an account. They are charged an introductory rate of $1.49 per font, per document;
whether the PDF is a single page, or a 1000+ page document.
Purchased fonts will be documented in PitStop preflight reports, and in the user account history with Monotype.
PitStop 12: A Milestone Upgrade
Enfocus Vice President Fabian Prudhomme says that the agreement with Monotype is "the crowning achievement on the most important PitStop family
update in years. "Enfocus PitStop customers are clear about their needs," Prudhomme says. "Leaving PitStop to make image edits in external
editing applications was a burden; so we put comparable tools inside of PitStop 12. PitStop Server users also have use of Adobe's transparency
flattening engine and 64-bit processing for faster, more robust memory access. Now, with the Monotype Baseline™ platform, we're bringing customers
the spoils of the biggest, longest battle on the PDF production front: missing fonts. We've won."
Enfocus - 7/18/2013
Enfocus Connect 11 Product Family
Enfocus, the leader in automation and creator of the PDF preflight and editing standard, PitStop Pro, today announced the availability of its new Connect
11 product family. Well-received in the marketplace by both designers and producers of printed materials, the Connect 11 product family solves file
problems at the creators' desktop; saving them time, money and production delays.
The Connect 11 product family is designed to bridge the gap between designers and production professionals. It helps designers to deliver high quality
files, right the first time, thus ensuring the production of high quality PDFs regardless of the document creation application used, or the PDF skill levels
at the designer level.
"PDF has become the file transfer format of choice, from the office environment to agencies, design firms and print service providers," said Fabian
Prudhomme, Enfocus Vice President. "But there are still many issues associated with creating high quality PDFs for print. Many print service providers
spend excessive time on file review and correction after jobs are submitted. We developed the Connect 11 product family of products to address these
issues head-on by making the PDF creation and submission process consistent and predictable. By complying with the Adobe® Normalizer - the
market standard for PDF creation, we have ensured that the Connect 11 product family is the simplest and most reliable means for producing reliable
Connect 11: The Details
Enfocus Connect uses state-of-the-art technology and replaces a pair of proven Enfocus products: Instant PDF and PitStop Connect. The Connect
family features a new level of PDF creation and quality control along with job delivery automation that makes collaboration between the designers and
producers easy and consistent. Two versions of Enfocus Connect 11 product family are available - Connect YOU for individuals, and Connect ALL for
service providers or large creative groups.
Enfocus Connect YOU is an affordable, easy-to-use single-user solution that allows anyone to create high quality PDFs from any application, and to deliver
them automatically to a production site, with job instructions related to the file included. PDFs are written to pre-set standards, then checked, corrected
and uploaded automatically, with one click. No special operator skills are required.
Enfocus Connect ALL allows print service providers to easily deploy and manage Connect solutions with an unlimited number of outside clients.
Connectors can be customized for individual clients, or created for general use functions such as job submission, and distributed to many clients.
Each Connector that is created can be totally tailored to create, verify and fix high-quality PDFs, collect electronic job ticket information, and deliver
jobs to a variety of servers such as FTP, HTTP and Enfocus Switch.
Connector icons can be branded with a company logo or background to personalize the service even more. End-to-end automation is also made possible
when combining Connect ALL with Enfocus Switch, offering a seamless automation environment for the graphic arts professional.
Voice of the Customer
"Enfocus Connect 11 family is an impressive solution," said Axel Robert, Prepress, Print Studio & Graphic Chain Quality Manager for Ubisoft. "Connect
11 product family offers ease of use and flexibility in the creation, verification and delivery of PDFs (and other file formats) for various production needs.
The Connect 11 product family will be very useful for designers, making it easy for them to create and deliver quality PDFs to production - an impressive
tool for the entire graphic arts supply chain."