Andrew Bailes-Collins

PitStop Pro 2018

Andrew Bailes-Collins is Senior Product Manager at Enfocus.

He graduated from what is now the London College of Communications and went on to serve an apprenticeship as a compositor. He has worked for a number of vendors in the printing and publishing sector, including Scangraphic, Apple and DuPont/Crosfield.

Andrew has been Prepress Manager for several high-quality printing companies in London, managing the change from conventional production techniques to digital. An early adopter of computer-to-plate and PDF workflow, Andrew then worked at OneVision Software for ten years. Initially based in the UK, before rising through the company to become Head of Product Management Europe at their head office near Munich in Germany.

Andrew joined Enfocus and moved to Belgium in 2011 and is the Senior Product Manager responsible for the PitStop family of products. He is also the Technical Officer for the Ghent Workgroup and Co-Chair of the GWG specifications sub-committee.

Blog posts by Andrew Bailes-Collins

9 Jan 2019

Did you know? Barcodes can be tiny job tickets

Like most manufacturing processes, print shops rely on job tickets. Despite the industry’s increasing focus on automation, however, a lot of printers still use paper tickets that travel through the process with the job. Are you one of those printers and are you fed up with tickets getting misplaced or lost? Enfocus now has the perfect solution in store. 

27 Dec 2018

PitStop Pro is the perfect addition to Skabertrang | Silkeborg Bogtryk's automated solutions

"We love our automated solutions, but we also need to provide personal service to our customers. PitStop Pro is the perfect solution to achieve that. We take a quick look at the automated preflight report and in addition, we offer to correct typos and other non-technical mistakes in the job."

Jimmy Hartington, IT-Manager / Graphic Designer, Skabertrang | Silkeborg Bogtryk

 

7 Dec 2018

Soft proofing: the browser is where the magic happens!

Soft proofing is nothing new. Most print customers are used to proofing jobs by email and find it pretty convenient to boot. Sure, they may have some questions or remarks regarding color accuracy or what might happen to their layers in the RIP. But for the most part – and this is especially true in the case of digital print – customers are comfortable giving printers the green light based on what they see in a PDF soft proof. However, there are some bees in the prepress bonnet when it comes to administering soft proofs via email. Is it time for a browser-based alternative? Yes! And it already exists, fancy that. Read on to discover all about the Enfocus PDF Review Module.

10 Oct 2018

Two Click Proofing at ZeroPlus

Using the PDF Review Module, ZeroPlus is now creating and sending proofs to customers in minutes and getting them turned around to them in less than an hour. The process is much easier for their customers who no longer have to download, unzip, inspect and return an email.

4 Sep 2018

How efficient is your Prepress Department?

It’s always been a bit tricky knowing how well your prepress is doing, there aren’t many global benchmarks to measure against.

24 Aug 2018

PDF blows out 25 candles! So, what does the future hold?

After a quarter of a century, PDF is still around. Will the popular file format still be considered just as awesome another twenty-five years from now? Our bet is yes! We even dare say that PitStop played a big part in its adoption in our industry. Don’t believe us? Let history convince you otherwise!

4 Apr 2018

Serif vs sans serif? Let’s settle the battle once and for all

Choosing between serif vs sans serif is an age-old dilemma that still fazes many printers and graphic designers. Or, better said, it has been a dilemma ever since someone invented the first sans serif type, somewhere around 1925. Rumor has it, it had something to do with the Bauhaus Dessau designed by Herbert Bayer. Anyway, contrary to what many readers assume, the serif vs sans serif issue is not just a matter of taste. There is a strong case to be made for both types of font, depending on the context they’re used in.

1 Mar 2018

5 tips for designing and printing the best brochures

Brochures are not just about getting a message across. They’re about giving customers a tangible extension of a brand experience. Arguably one of the biggest challenges of designing a brochure is the fact that the information they present is time-sensitive. So, as a designer, you really need to pull out all the stops to achieve that wow impact and create something memorable. What’s more, no matter how great the design, the printing process is what really determines whether a brochure is going to be perceived as high-quality. 

1 Mar 2018

Just knock it out! Tackling the challenges of reversed type

Getting white or light-colored text to really take center stage on a dark background can be one tricky task. In fact, reversed type or knockout text, as printers like to call it, not coming out right is one of the ten most common printing errors. Fortunately, printing reversed type is not just a matter of keeping your fingers crossed. There is plenty you can do in the prepress stage to get those white elements looking just as great in print as they do on screen.

16 Jan 2018

Back to black: how to print ‘deep’ or ‘rich black’

Using black ink for offset printing can be a tricky business. We’ve all been there, scratching our heads when we see a supposedly jet black area turn out grayish, greenish or even bluish in print. Fortunately, graphic designers and printers have a few tricks up their sleeves to solve this common printing problem and create what is known in the printing industry as rich black or deep black.