Monday, March 2, 2020

PitStop 2020 to be released in April

Give your prepress 20/20 vision

Gent, Belgium [2 March 2020], Enfocus, the leader in PDF quality control, advanced PDF editing and workflow automation for the graphic arts industry announces the upcoming release of PitStop Pro and PitStop Server 2020. Enfocus PitStop has long been the often imitated, never duplicated PDF quality and repair go-to tool for prepress. Their industry leadership comes from listening to customer needs, then building on and refining the technologies that keep them on top. PitStop 2020 is no exception.

“PitStop Pro and PitStop Server 2020 will release with a long list of new features and improvements. The feature set offers new automation possibilities, and has new tools for working with vector graphics. Customer feedback has driven many of these advancements. The extensive list will be revealed as the release date approaches. Enfocus works tirelessly to keep PitStop in it’s position as a must-have for print service providers. Give prepress 20/20 vision with PitStop 2020.”

Andrew Bailes-Collings, Senior Product Manager, Enfocus


PitStop can now see with 20/20 vision

Among the highlights is a new break-through patent pending Enfocus technology that uses Computer Vision techniques. This enables PitStop Pro and Server to ‘see’ the visual content of a PDF file. What that means is, PitStop will be able to look for images, and graphical shapes such as logos to check if they are present or absent in a PDF file. The technology can even flag cropped or partial images that may occur in the file, and has options for size and rotation. This new technology has special value when files have particular legal or design restrictions such as a corporate identity or compliance rules.

Tracing rasters to vectors

Also new in PitStop 2020 is the ability to trace raster elements to create a vector shape. Customers will find it valuable when creating varnishes, underprints or digital cutting paths.

Other highlights

PitStop 2020 will be able to overlay and merge one PDF document onto another to making a single document, while using variables for placement, resizing and opacity options.

Find and replace text is being added as Action List feature in PitStop 2020. As one of the features that customers requested most, it will allow users to automate search and replace text operations using variables in PitStop Pro and PitStop Server. A totally new check for bleed is also a major improvement as it works using a page-based approach as opposed to an object-based technology used in older versions. Additionally Adding copied graphics and adding pages will be able to be accomplished using variables that greatly increase the automation possibilities in PitStop Server, especially when used in a Switch environment.

Grace period

Starting 2nd March,  any customers purchasing a new copy of PitStop Pro or Server 2019 with maintenance prior to the release of PitStop 2020 in April, will automatically receive a copy of the 2020 version when released. Current PitStop users on older versions who upgrade with PitStop Pro or Server 2019 with a maintenance contract, will also be entitled to the 2020 version. Current PitStop 2019 customers with a current valid maintenance contract at the time of release, will receive a copy of PitStop Pro or Server 2020 as part of their maintenance contract.