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DIGITAL digest

August 2010

PitStop Connect software enables printers to create small PDF preflight utilities called "Connectors" that they can brand and distribute to customers to put on their computer desktops. When PDF files are dropped on the Connector, they are processed using the Enfocus preflight engine with a preflight profile and/or Action List defined by the printer.

If a file isn't certified as OK, the user receives a report containing easy-to-understand error messages. When a file does pass, the Connector includes delivery settings and sends a preflighted PDF file via FTP or Enfocus Switch to the printer.

Alternatively, the Instant PDF 09 upgrade brings its press-ready Certified PDF creation capabilities to Adobe Creative Suite 5, QuarkXPress 8 and Windows 7. Selecting "Save as Certified PDF" from an application's "File" menu initiates a PDF file creation process—with preflighting and automatic correction of common errors—based on profiles set up by a print service provider. Completed files can be submitted to the printer via e-mail, FTP or the Enfocus PowerSwitch automated workflow.

PDFs can be created to industry specifications, including ISO PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4 and the latest Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) standards. The resulting files are Certified PDFs, with embedded metadata that includes creator, verification and profile information.
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PALO ALTO, CA— HP recently completed beta testing for the HP Indigo 7500 press launched at Ipex, which features enhanced automation for greater productivity (up to 120 ppm). The new color digital press was beta tested at eight sites across Europe and the Americas, including Grandville Printing in Grandville, MI.

CHICAGO—RR Donnelley has expanded its research and development facility in Grand Island, NY, into a 120,000-square-foot facility that features printed electronics, ink and materials labs. It also houses a complete pilot plant for development and production of variable digital presses, including in-line configurations that combine proprietary digital printing with existing platforms for book, direct mail, statement and other production applications. PI



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