PitStop Server

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Manual editing tools such as PitStop Pro are amazingly powerful in correcting last-minute problems in PDF files and making them suitable for production. PitStop Server takes that same power to an automated level; using convenient watched folder architecture it allows you to automate inspection and correction of PDF files The opportunities with PitStop Server are much larger. It brings editing and correction to the next level as it doesn’t need user interaction. Correct text errors, convert colors, renumber pages, set correct page boxes, apply stamps, insert cover pages, move, rotate, and scale objects; are just a few of the possibilities. Transparency flattening allows you to ensure consistent results also when outputting to different devices.

An extensive preflight engine enables you to check for potential problems e.g. font problems, low image resolution, color issues,... Ink coverage problems are detected while handling transparency, overprint settings, overlapping items and layers correctly.

Of course PitStop Server is built on the industry-standard Enfocus preflight engine to check all aspects of your PDF files and supports standards such as PDF/X and the Ghent PDF Workgroup specifications but also allows you to use the profiles created by your publisher or printer. 

You can generate a full preflight report that lists all problems found in your files. Next to the same user-friendly preflight reports as PitStop Pro, it enables you to create XML or annotated PDF reports. Embedded Certified PDF technology digitally signs your PDF files to ensure their quality and include the preflight results.

Integrate PitStop Server in your workflow

PitStop Server fits seamlessly into Enfocus Switch to provide preflighting and auto-correction of PDF files in a bigger automated workflow. Automatically download PDF files from FTP servers or receive them through email, preflight them and notify your customers automatically of problem files, are a few of the possible extensions to PitStop Server.

When more integration is in order, the CLI (command-line interface) included with PitStop Server makes it a breeze. An easy mode allows instant integration of the preflight and auto-correction capabilities with standard settings, while the advanced mode allows full customization using an XML-driven integration.

Compatibility with Switch versions

Check out this article to see which version of PitStop Server is compatible with which version of Switch.

Example flows

Preflight and optimize PDF assets

This flow illustrates how Switch together with the WoodWing Enterprise  Configurators can download PDF assets (with or without a pre-defined query) and preflight them according to pre-defined preflight profiles.

Use job information in Mail Send

This flow demonstrates how to use available job information in the email body when sending an email with Switch.

Sort jobs by PitStop XML report content

This flow picks up the XML preflight reports created by PitStop as metadata. This metadata is used to sort files into different folders depending on the type of errors encountered while preflighting.

Automated PDF quality control with manual correction cycle

With this solution, Switch is used in conjunction with PitStop Server, a server based preflight application, to check incoming PDF files for common errors. An operator is alerted if an error occurs, allowing him/her to look at the file and correct or edit the file before submitting it back into the flow.

Preflight using a PDF profile based on XMP data

All job files are passed onto "XMP Pickup" tool, where XMP information in the job is retrieved and stored in the Switch job ticket attached to individual job files. Next, PitStop Server preflights the incoming PDF files, but there is no specific profile selected for this configurator. Instead a script expression is defined in order to determine which profile should be used for each PDF files. This script expression looks at the XMP information in the PDF and reads the value in the "destination" field (as defined in the Ghent PDF Workgroup Ad Ticket specification - for more information about the Ad Ticket, visit www.gwg.org). If the destination is "Magazines", the "MagazineAds_1v3" profile is used; if the destination is "Newspapers" the "NewspaperAds_1v3" profile is used. If the preflighting is successful, the job file and its report are moved to "Good xxxx" folders; otherwise they will be placed under "Bad xxx" folders.

Preflight and report

Operators at a printer receive jobs from their customers and drop them in their own input folder. Email address of each operator is automatically inserted to the job file for later use. When a PDF file is successfully preflighted, the PDF is passed onto "Ready for printing" folder and an email notification is sent to the corresponding operator. Otherwise, the PDF files are gathered in "PDF_Error" folder and an error report is sent to the operator who submitted the job by email.

Convert native layout documents to print-ready PDF files

Many production companies in graphic arts receive native page layout and illustration files from applications such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, QuarkXPress or even MS Word. Often these native-application files need to be converted to PDF for print production, distribution or other processes.

With this solution, Switch offers a single automated process where the native documents are automatically sorted to the right native application and a PDF file is produced serving a specific usage such as offset or digital printing (depending on the selected settings). As MS Word is not capable to create a print-ready PDF, PitStop Server is used to clean up the file ensuring black does not appear on all 4 plates, RGB images are correctly converted to CMYK, etc. 

In short, native jobs turn into print ready PDFs automatically and if there are any unsolvable problems detected, the final Preflight will stop the file from going directly into print.