PREFLIGHTING -- Getting a Fix on Files
The core of the application is the Enfocus PDF Profile, which specifies the proper parameters and file attributes for a workflow. The PDF Profile concept also is being incorporated into the company's PitStop PDF professional preflighting products, which have the capability to generate actual profiles. The intent is for the printer/prepress operation to provide a profile to the job creator for use with Instant PDF to direct the file checks and fixes that are performed. The PDF Profile also functions as an Acrobat Distiller helper application by generating the proper settings for use in writing the PDF file.
Enfocus' Certified PDF technology is fully implemented in Instant PDF and the latest versions of the PitStop products, Blake notes. This means that the PDF Profile and results of any preflight analysis are attached to the PDF file itself. As a result, a file can be automatically rechecked after it is edited and the file receiver can verify it has been successfully preflighted. In addition, a detailed log is kept of all changes made to a PDF document and by which user. A "roll back" feature enables users to revert back to a snapshot of the file at any early stage of production.
Instant PDF can process PDF-X 1a and 3 files, as well as standard PDFs. Final pricing was yet to be set, but is expected to be in the same range as Certify PDF, which retailed for $249. (www.enfocus.com)
Three Different Views
Currently in beta testing, Callas Software's pdfInspektor2 reportedly analyzes PDF files based on more than 400 criteria. The application ships with preflight profile templates, but users can also create their own XML-based profiles to match specific workflows.
The software offers three different views of the potential problems it identifies. The first is a conventional preflight report with detailed problem descriptions. As an alternative, the Breakout function creates a report for each page, displaying each non-conforming element together with a succinct description of what is wrong with it. Thirdly, users can visually review individual problematic elements in an inspection window via the Snap feature.