21 Jun 2018

Enfocus PitStop 12 update for OSX Yosemite Support

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Enfocus has announced the release of Enfocus PitStop 12 update 3. In addition to support for Mac OS X Yosemite, this latest release of PitStop technology includes a range of new and user-requested features that improve the quality of PDF pre-flighting and editing. PitStop 12 update 3 is available now.

As PDF files have become the standard for file exchange in the graphic arts industry, critical gaps have emerged in PDF workflows. PitStop technology covers these gaps, giving users tools that go beyond quality control and enable manual and auto¬mated error correction that guarantees reliable PDF processing and output.

Andrew Bailes-Collins, Senior Product Manager at Enfocus, notes: “Since its introduction, PitStop has helped customers worldwide solve the challenges that occur with PDF file production and output. It has become the must-have product for anybody working with PDF files in the graphics arts industry, used by over 130,000 customers all over the world to detect, correct and edit problems within PDF files.”

He adds: “The value of this wide network of customers gives us a tremendous benefit. They are a great source of ideas and information on how we can make our technology even better. You can clearly see the input of our users in this latest release of PitStop technology. Their input, combined with our development efforts, makes PitStop 12 update 3 an important resource for our customers and for anybody working with PDF files.”

New features and functionality included in PitStop Pro 12 update 3 are:

OS X Yosemite Support
Apple recently announced its OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and PitStop 12 update 3 is officially supporting this new version. This compatibility gives users the opportunity to take advantage of the features in this new operating system.

New Actions for Better Production
PitStop 12 update 3 includes several new actions that better support the speed, accuracy and output of PDFs that are managed with PitStop. These actions include:

  • Add Colour Bar - This new action lets users automatically generate a colour bar using the document colours of each individual page. While users can still control tint values, patch size and position, the automatic generation of the colour bar saves time and ensures greater colour accuracy in production.
  • Match, Fill and Stroke Colours - This new action fills a request heard from many PitStop customers. It lets users change the stroke to match the fill – and vice versa - based on the selected objects.
  • Flatten Annotations - This new action builds on a previous ‘Flatten form fields’ action that was released in an earlier version of PitStop 12. Because that action had no configurable options, users reported that some of these annotations were causing issues on output. This new action solves that problem by giving users the tools to flatten annotations so they become normal objects within the PDF.

Tools for Proportional Resizing
This is another customer request that Enfocus is addressing in PitStop 12 update 3. It gives users a ‘lock’ in the Inspector that can be used for proportionally resizing objects or page boxes.

New Actions for Layer Functionality
PitStop 12 update 3 also includes improved functionality for working with layers in PDF files. Users now have actions that enable them to select layers in various ways, giving them the ability to select, remove, check, and change layers and layer properties.

Enhancements to Existing Functionality
PitStop 12 update 3 improves the user experience further with better colour mapping from Gray to CMYK, and support for rasterising content within PDF files via Action Lists.

New default Action Lists
PitStop 12 update 3 also ships with many new pre-configured Action Lists that use the newly developed functionality. These new Action Lists helps users to get immediate benefit from the new features without having to create Action Lists of their own. The Action Lists can easily be modified by users to meet their own production requirements.

New functionality for PitStop Server 12 update 3.
PitStop Server also benefits from the new Actions and Action Lists available in this new release. In addition, PitStop Server also includes an improved configurator for use with Enfocus Switch and PitStop2Switch.

How to get Pitstop 12 update 3?
For more information on obtaining PitStop 12 update 3, please contact Enfocus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Enfocus website at www.enfocus.com/pitstop 

Enfocus solves PDF missing fonts problem with PitStop Font Fix

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Enfocus today announces PitStop FontFix, the new Adobe Acrobat Pro and Standard plug-in that checks and replaces fonts missing from PDF files. PDF is an extremely popular file format used by a wide range of markets worldwide, including graphic arts, government, corporate, office, financial and medical. To celebrate the release, Enfocus is making the Font Fix solution available to customers for free. To get their copy, customers simply share their thoughts on social media.

As PDF files have grown in popularity, so has the problem of missing fonts. Users in all of these markets experience the challenge that comes from managing a PDF file that is missing correct fonts.

PitStop Font Fix is the result of an agreement between Enfocus, the leading software developer of tools to control the quality of PDF files, and Monotype, a leading global provider of typefaces, technology and expertise. With the new PitStop Font Fix plug-in, users can check their PDFs for missing fonts and make simple corrections. If fonts are missing, users can simply embed them from fonts available on their computer system, or by downloading them from Monotype Baseline™, a cloud-based font library.

Here’s how it works:

- Visit the Enfocus PitStop Font Fix link (www.enfocus.com/en/products/pitstop-font-fix) and click the “Get It Now” button.

- Write a personal message or use the Enfocus' suggested post:  “I fixed fonts in my PDF file with PitStop Font Fix!” Then share the update on social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+, xing en vkontakte).

- Download and install the plugin (Macintosh and Windows) into Adobe Acrobat Pro or Adobe Acrobat Standard.

Once users have installed the plug-in and registered for a free Monotype Baseline account, they can embed as many local system fonts as they want. By creating an account on the Monotype Baseline platform, users get access to a massive font library. This Monotype library holds over 60,000 fonts of various types, including Adobe Type 1 fonts. As a start, users receive 10 free tokens enabling them to embed 10 fonts absolutely free of charge.  After that, additional fonts can be purchased via the Monotype website at $0.39 per font. This exceptional promotional offer is valid until the last day of this year.

For more information, visit www.enfocus.com/en/products/pitstop-font-fix.

If you are not currently a customer and want to learn more about the entire Enfocus range of solutions for managing PDFs, please visit www.enfocus.com.

Agfa Graphics launches Apogee 9 workflow solution for graphics market

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Agfa Graphics has launched Apogee 9, a PDF-based workflow solution that serves as the production hub for graphic reproduction, including commercial printers and wide-format print service providers. With connections to a wide series of output devices and many tools and functions inlcuding integrated nesting and tiling and a new, patented, approach to colour management, Apogee is designed to help commercial printers that are looking to do more for their customers.

“With Apogee 9 as the production hub, commercial printers can automate their workflow, and it helps them to expand into the wide-format inkjet market,” said Andy Grant, Global Head of Software, Agfa Graphics. “Apogee 9 now brings typical wide-format tasks and existing powerful pre-press functions together in one single, PDF-based workflow. It provides them with more flexibility and integration so they can remain competitive with added value products such as banners and posters”

With APPE 3.4, Apogee 9 incorporates Adobe’s latest core technology for processing complex designs, and thanks to HTML5 the new WebApproval portal for page submission and approval can now be used on tablets and other mobile devices. Additionally, Apogee 9 features the third-generation of Agfa Graphics' unique imposition engine with dedicated features for web printers.

Apogee 9, will be on display for the first time at EXPOPRINT LATIN AMERICA 2014 (Sao Paolo, Brasil, 16-22/7) and will be available for customer shipment in Q4 2014.

DiMS.NET! -MIS/ERP with fully automated imposition

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"Increased level of automation: with DiMS.AutoImpose! direct from MIS to CtP"

With DiMS.NET!, DiMS! has a fully integrated solution that provides companies in the print- and packaging industry with the most powerful and efficient MIS/ERP–solution they can find, all on a single central database.

With the introduction of its new DiMS.AutoImpose!, DiMS! completed the next step to integrate and automate prepress processes in their MIS/ERP solution.  Already in the calculation of an respective order – and at a very early stage -  the relevant impositions are automatically available so that no extra operating cost for pre-press are necessary. Immediately after importing the print-ready PDF's into DiMS.AutoImpose! - the order can be directly forwarded to the plate production. More and more, the order administrator gains full control on the relevant customer order, fully and comprehensively supported by DiMS.NET! and DiMS.AutoImpose!

Including automated, flexible nesting and ganging, by simultaneous consideration of substrate, paperweights and delivery date of each individual order, DiMS.AutoImpose! will automatically setup the print form for the appropriate printing machine, created directly and send out from DiMS.NET!. And, as always taking into account the optimal allocation of jobs on the template and print form by simultaneous consideration of the most cost-effective production path.

The times are gone, where you had to choose among hundreds of different imposition templates or started to think, what jobs are alike and can be combined with each other.

DiMS.AutoImpose! can be used both in commercial, digital, label as well as packaging printing.

A corresponding prepress application can be still used by prepress specialists, still providing the possibility of switching back the full automatic production proposals if necessary, for example to bring in additional flaps, very quick and easy. Or to create additional, customer dedicated special templates to make those available for his colleagues, if this at the end is really necessary.

And finally: work faster and more profitably with LFR Image Library - for just 81p a day

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What can you get for under a pound these days? A can of cola or a large chocolate bar? Maybe a newspaper? The LFR Image Library claims that just a few coins – 81p – will enable sign and graphics businesses to completely transform the way they design signs and display print. It is even backing up its claim with a FREE seven-day trial that will allow anyone to try the LFR Image Library product at zero cost.

The LFR Image Library features 2.7 million royalty-free images compiled specifically for the wide-format print industry. Photographs, illustrations and cartoons, vehicle outlines and wraps, vinyl-ready vectors, international sign designs, layered metallic files and more are all easily searchable in the online library.

Many of the images are downloadable in super hi-res quality (up to 55MB) and optimised specifically for large-format printing, making them ideal for banners and advertising graphics, with many also 100 per cent cut-ready. Unlike some of the popular credit-based image libraries, LFR Image Library does not charge extra for these large images.

The accurate and true-to-scale vehicle selection is regularly updated – 130 new 2014 models have been added this year already – so artwork never goes out of date, gets damaged or lost like those in DVD or CD libraries. As the LFR Image Library is all online, there's also no clutter from obsolete discs.

Subscription is available for only 81p per day, a minimal investment for a vast library of professional-quality images that can immediately add value to a wide-format print company's offering – and for considerably less than a decent takeaway coffee.

Steve Lowe, Managing Director at Scene Signs, describes the LFR Image Library as 'a very useful tool'. "There are so many high-quality pieces available – it is hard to NOT find what you are looking for," he says. "We have incorporated many images from the website into designs with outstanding results."

Cassign's Managing Director, David Cassidy, adds that the service 'has helped us create a hassle-free solution for our business', commenting: "No more buying credits at inflated prices. The images are of the highest quality with a huge variety available. Our graphic designers love it. Easy to use and the results are brilliant. A great investment which I recommend to all business owners."

A seven-day try-before-you-buy trial of the LFR Image Library is available now, enabling print providers to download up to ten files including one full vehicle outline absolutely free, as well as to browse the entire library for a whole week.

Click on the link for more information and to redeem the free 7-day trial: http://www.lfrimagelibrary.com/index.cfm?/freecreditslanding_EN

You can also follow LFR Image Library on Twitter @LFRstock - followers get access to regular free images and offers.

Additionally, for further information, click here for a PDF brochure or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Esko demonstrating sign & display business software solutions at FESPA Digital

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Esko is demonstrating software solutions, from prepress through automated workflows for production and finishing, designed specifically for sign & display businesses on stand B2-238 at FESPA Digital 2014.

“Esko is well-known in the sign & display graphics industry for our industry-leading Kongsberg cutting tables and i-cut software,” says Armand Gougay, Esko Vice President EMEA. “Our line of cutting tables are demonstrated at the show. But for true business success in today’s highly competitive market, sign & display companies must evaluate their  entire workflows, removing as much time, errors and cost from the processes as possible. That’s where Esko's expertise in prepress and workflow automation can be applied. We are excited to present a wide array of software solutions at FESPA to help drive both business growth and profitability for these companies.”

Visitors to Esko’s stand at FESPA Digital 2014 will be able to gain in-depth information about workflow automation and learn from Esko experts how it can be effectively implemented to address specific business challenges and opportunities.

On-stand software demonstrations include:

  • i-cut Layout+, a new module of Esko’s i-cut Suite, a collection of pre-production software solutions targeted specifically at users of large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems. i-cut Layout+ intuitively and interactively builds and edits sheet layouts, ensuring that jobs make the optimum use of substrates through intelligent true shape nesting and tiling. i-cut Layout+, which operates on both Mac and PC platforms, saves time, effort and material by ensuring the most efficient use of resources throughout the production process.
  • The latest generation of Esko's highly successful Automation Engine has been enhanced to address the specific needs of the sign & display graphics market. Automation Engine automates the entire production process from design to print to cut. Users can build dynamic workflows that will automate repetitive prepress tasks, thereby enhancing productivity, reducing operator intervention and errors, and saving valuable time, money and materials in the production process.
  • WebCenter workflows for signs & display graphics. WebCenter is the customer-facing web portal that provides an easy and effective means of customer communication throughout the entire manufacturing process. It handles both simple and advanced orders, provides for online review and approval of final designs prior to production, and enables the organization of assets by customer and/or by project owner, making it fast and easy for customers to engage with their sign & display partners while keeping order information and digital assets organized for the manufacturer. Online editing capabilities from CHILI Publish have been integrated within Esko's workflow solutions.
  • ArtiosCAD for structural design. ArtiosCAD brings customers many time-saving features. Its extensive library of resizable display designs helps designers so that they do not have to start from scratch designing new displays. Its Tab & Slot tool ‘assembles’ components of a display with just a few clicks. The Mate tool helps to build and visualize connected folds and multiple parts. Users can identify glue areas and corresponding targets to quickly connect designs or perform simple assembly of displays. Support for thicker materials such as papercore-board, along with correctly designing V-notches and edge bands make it easier to visualize and convert designs of this material.
  • Studio, 3D software for designers and manufacturers. Studio helps designers and prepress operators produce better artwork. With Studio, they are virtually holding the sign or display graphic in their hands and can check for mistakes before printing, avoiding expensive mistakes, and saving hours formerly required to create physical proofs and mock-ups.
  • Esko Color Engine offers exceptional color management capabilities, answering to the high expectations of brand owners for color integrity in their signs and display graphics. The updated task-drive user interface of the Color Engine simplifies and automates the fingerprinting process of presses and proofers for an unsurpassed color match. The new color module not only proves to be a great ink-saver, but can also be integrated into an automated workflow, reducing job setup time.

"Handling a greater number of jobs more economically while shortening cycle times is both a challenge and an opportunity for business growth in the sign & display graphics market,” Gougay adds. “To handle the larger number of shorter runs and broader job mix, typical for this market, companies require solutions that remove time-consuming labor from their work process and cost-efficiently enhance throughput capacity. This can make a tangible difference in their bottom-line performance and helps foster stronger customer relationships - crucial in an economic climate where holding onto business already won, is increasingly important."
Learn from the application experts

Esko’s expertise goes beyond the hardware and software solutions it offers to sign & display and large format printing professionals. Its extensive know-how for applications critical to the sign & display graphics industry is translated into expert advice for sign & display graphics professionals. At a dedicated desk with tools and applications, Esko experts will guide visitors in their search for the best-fit solution for specific application needs and provide insight into automating even the most complex workflows.

 

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