Enfocus on PDF
A strong indicator of Adobe PDF's prospects for industry-wide adoption as a workflow standard is the increasing success of companies such as San Mateo, CA-based Enfocus Software, a supplier that has rapidly achieved victory in the competitive PDF tool space.
Enfocus, which received a significant vote of confidence in the form of a major funding boost earlier this year, is currently busy shipping its new PitStop 4.0 application for combined preflight, interactive and native PDF editing at any production stage, and automated correction capabilities in PDF documents.
A Seybold Seminars "Hot Pick" while still in beta, PitStop 4.0 is based on a modular, core technology that the company is utilizing for a number of other solutions, including the highly anticipated PitStop Server product, as well as for integration into mainstream PDF workflow systems such as Scitex's Brisque. Another product based on PitStop technology is the Enfocus PDF CheckUp for Adobe InDesign plug-in (available at no charge beginning this month) to provide automated preflighting of Adobe PDF files saved in InDesign. Users of Adobe InDesign will be able to download the plug-in at no charge through December 31, 1999, at www.enfocus.com.
Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Power Images is enthusiastic about the new PitStop-based offerings. The company's technical director, Fred Wunderlich, stresses that he is anxious to start work with PitStop 4.0. At present, Wunderlich and his colleagues are big fans of tools in PitStop, particularly Eyedropper, which allows accurate measurement of color from any point on a page—the color information specified within the PDF page description, not just the on-screen RGB color.
"We're a 100 percent PDF shop and have been for more than two years," Wunderlich says, adding, "I don't understand why more people in high-end prepress aren't using it. Acrobat 4.0 is a major leap forward in itself."