Putting PDF into Production
To help in bolstering any printer's understanding of PDF—or any print buyers', for that matter—the following sites are on the World Wide Web: www.pdfzone.com, www.planetpdf.com, www.purepdf.com. Also, there is never a shortage of interesting PDF banter on www.printplanet.com.
PDF is making major steps in the printing and publishing environments. Read all about it.
Enfocus, PDF & PitStop
Born soon after Adobe debuted its PDF format, Enfocus Software is today a leading provider of production tools for ensuring PDF document workflows. Because the company's focus is entirely PDF, Enfocus' worldwide growth and success in just a few short years can be seen as a barometer of PDF adoption, especially in the conventional printing and publishing segment.
PDF has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a read-only format. Today, it has been adopted by virtually all software and equipment providers in printing and prepress, and continues to evolve in many ways. In fact, PDF is now the most popular way to post print-format documents to the Internet.
The printing and publishing segment itself is multi-faceted and sufficiently varied.
Recently, Enfocus identified the need to split its product development to meet different user requirements. In fact, at Seybold San Francisco the company will launch a new suite of solutions representing the spectrum of conventional through cross-media publishing workflow PDF applications.
A new product development path that will be devoted to Enfocus' core audience in the graphic arts will begin with a turbo-boosted version of PitStop, Enfocus' flagship product. "PitStop Professional," says Enfocus Director of Marketing John Sugnet, "is destined to be Enfocus' crown jewels. All of our best and most sophisticated PDF intelligence will be brought to the highest end publishing customers via this solution."
PitStop Professional is full-featured and includes preflight, editing, global change and action lists. The product will offer new and unique features Enfocus previewed in Germany at DRUPA 2000. Seybold will also mark the official launch of Enfocus PowerUp, a PDF editor engineered to give larger segments of the PDF print/publishing community simplified access to powerful PitStop tools. PowerUp PDF will be offered at a significantly lower price than PitStop Professional.