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Enfocus Helps Fill Gap in Lack of Printing Expertise

MIAMISBURG, OH—More than two decades since desktop 
publishing revolutionized print production, service providers often still struggle with getting print-ready files from customers. Now, the increased emphasis on digital media/formats threatens to exacerbate the problem as the creative community focuses less on printing and design applications try to do it all. Enfocus recently has released two products intended to make it easier for print customers to create files that meet production requirements.

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.


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.

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