PitStop Pro 2017
Released 20 April 2017
PDF Geomapper technology
Until now, it was impossible to configure PDF Preflight to distinguish between objects that are needed to render or print a file and those that are not.
The PDF Geomapper will ignore or remove these unnessecary elements, and we have provided some default Action Lists to help with this.
This truly unique technology completely erradicates false warnings and errors when using PDF Preflight.
Rectangles can be created to the size of PDF Page Boxes and with round corners
Adding Rectangles is something that a lot of users do within PitStop using the ‘Add object’ Action.
One of the shortcomings of this functionality was that it worked to a fixed size or a variable, whereas often there was a need to generate a rectangle based on a PDF page box.
This is now possible and you can make round corners with a specified radius.
Operating system support
PitStop Pro is now officially supported in both Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra) and Windows 10 anniversary edition.
Reorder and delete pages
The Enfocus Inspector gains a new tab specifically for working with transparency, and some new functionality and options as well.
You now have the ability to select or toggle through Page and Transparency groups and also modify and correct the attributes of the groups directly within PitStop.
41 Devicelink Profiles included as standard
With this version of PitStop we now include 41 Devicelink profiles for CMYK-CMYK conversions and managing Ink Coverage.
These are made possible by our sister company X-Rite.
Ink coverage check to ignore named separations via Restrictions
The ink coverage check within PitStop can now ignore technical inks, and additional special finishes such as varnishes or white separations.
There is no specific interface for this functionality, as it’s incorporated within the standard restrictions interface.
All you have to do is simply create a Restriction to select or ignore specific separations and apply it to the ink coverage check.
PitStop Pro 13 update 2
Released 30 May 2016
ISO 19593-1 compatibility
ISO 19593-1 is a new PDF standard that is currently being developed by the TC130 committee of ISO. This specification is designed for, but is not exclusive to, packaging, large format and labels.
Remove attachments in PDF files
PDF files can be used as a container for many types of files, and these are not always necessary for prepress production, online viewing or PDF repurposing. They also add unnecessary file size, which is why customers have requested this new Action to remove them.
Action to convert shadings (blends) to images
This new Action converts fill and stroke shadings in Gray, RGB or CMYK to images.
Rasterizing such objects in a PDF can make the rendering of the PDF much faster when it is output or viewed, removing the production bottleneck.
Of course it needs to be recognized that it takes some time for PitStop to carry out this process, but for some customers it’s preferable to do this upfront in PitStop, rather than have a delay later on during the output RIP process.
Retina support for PitStop icons
Any Macintosh PitStop user working with Adobe Acrobat DC will be familiar with the ‘lego blocks’ that PitStop currently displays on a Retina monitor. In this version we have added new style icons that support Retina.
Create Action Lists directly within the Preflight Profile editor
It was always possible to import/edit and export Action Lists from within the Preflight Profile editor, but now you can also create new Action Lists directly from this location.
Remove object level XMP metadata in PDF files
PDF files often contain XMP metadata that relates to objects and attributes within the PDF, many applications create and store such information when a PDF is created. Whilst this information can be useful, and indeed we use it ourselves within our Switch application, many times it is not needed and can result in very large PDF files. The ability to remove object level XMP metadata has been added to the Remove metadata Action.
GWG 2015 Preflight Profiles
We now also include the latest Preflight Profiles from the Ghent Workgroup. These new profiles are based on PDF/X-4.
Latest Pantone libraries
These include the 112 new colors recently released, in addition we have included the Pantone+ Solid Coated and Solid Uncoated with two different alternate colorspaces.
We have added some specific packaging Preflight functionality, but this is based on PDF files created with Esko applications.
When Esko ‘Normalised’ PDF files are created, they include metadata that describes some of the attributes of objects and inks within the PDF file.
The two areas we have focused on in this PitStop update are barcodes and inks.
Turn off Anti-aliasing when Rasterizing
The Rendering engine within PitStop has again been improved in this version. We now have the option of anti-aliasing, whereas before, this was applied by default.
Having this new option opens up some interesting approaches for handling PDF files that have white lines from flattening.
This Action uses a two pass approach: one without anti-aliasing and one with, to give the best possible result.
PitStop Pro 13 update 1
Released 27 October 2015
Add copied graphic
This Action has undergone a large upgrade with lots of new functionality added.
This was primarily done to allow the placement of grommets and other page furniture, but it also offers several new options based on placing multiple copies of the object. This could be used for step and repeat, for example.
Cut, copy and paste objects in Action Lists
Up to 1,000 selected objects can now be put in a temporary clipboard, to be re-used in another place in the same Action List.
New Preflight Profile: Just make my office PDF work!
This is a special Preflight Profile designed to fix Office based (sRGB) PDF files, it's not so much a checking Preflight Profile as it works on the idea that the file will be incorrect as supplied.
It's mainly about fixing it and getting the file in a good state with 'one click'.
Operating system support
Added support for Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and Windows 10.
Select inside contour
Although it has multiple uses, this Action is really designed to be used in conjunction with the Preflight Restrictions concept that we launched with PitStop 13.
The idea behind the Action is that it allows you to select objects only within a defined shape such as a Dieline or a Cutter Guide.
Improvements to Select Page Action
PitStop can now select a page range from the end of the document by adding an ‘R’ to the numbers in the page range. R1 is the last page, so the last but one page is R2 etc.
We also added another new function to the Select Page Action that was requested by several customers: select every Nth page.
WAN-IFRAnewspaper26v5 is a new ICC profile for newspapers.
FOGRA51 and FOGRA52 are also available.
Detect complex pages
This new Action can detect pages based on the user-defined amount of nodes.
It's useful to detect pages that may take a considerable amount of time to RIP and therefore may cause a production bottleneck.
GWG 2012 Packaging Preflight Profiles
These are a new set of Preflight Profiles released this year for the Packaging Industry based on the GWG2012 Preflight specification.
PitStop Pro 13
Released 16 April 2015
Automatically add bleed to PDF files
Missing or not enough bleed is a very common problem faced by anyone trying to print a PDF file. Previous versions of PitStop were able to extend rectangular vector based objects in order to create bleed, but did not touch any other page content.
With PitStop 13 we have a completely new approach, and one that works on all page content except text.
Optional subscription licensing model
PitStop Pro 13 can now be licensed via a monthly or yearly subscription licensing model.
This kind of licensing has become popular since the advent of the Adobe Creative Cloud.
Enfocus has carried out extensive research amongst its customer base and as a result of that research added the option of subscription licensing for PitStop Pro.
Acrobat DC/2015 support
We did the majority of the development of the PitStop Pro move to 64-bit within the PitStop 12 update 3 release, so both PitStop Pro 12 update 3 and PitStop Pro 13 will work within Adobe Acrobat DC.
Customizable Preflight messages
This new functionality enables you to write your own preflight warnings and messages.
Customers have been asking for this ability for some time, so we are delighted to be able to deliver it.
Preflight messages are often seen as too technical, especially when the report is sent to customers, so now you can write the reports using your own words, terminology or even language.
Restrictions within Preflight
The concept behind ‘Restrictions’ is that you can limit Preflight checks to only the elements of the file you actually want to check.
This means that the Preflight is much more specific and you only get warnings and errors on objects that you care about.
This makes the check more relevant and more accurate.
Improved Log selection
This Action generates a user-defined message if something was ‘selected' or found in a PDF file.
It works in conjunction with a ‘Select’ Action.
The change in PitStop 13 is that the Action can now generate a message if something is NOT found in the PDF file, so you can now use it to check if required elements are present.
Compare PitStop Pro versions
Optional subscription licensing
|Customizable Preflight messages|
|Customizable Action List messages|
|Generate bleed Action|
|Improved log selection Action|
|Improvements to Workgroup Manager|
|Cut - copy - paste in Action Lists|
|Check number of nodes on a page|
|Select pages Action can count from the back|
|Select inside contour Action
(dieline / cutter guide)
|Select spot color now allows lists of colors|
|Scale Actions work to 4 decimal places and with Variables|
|"Just make my Office PDF work" Preflight Profile|
|Improved Preflight image resolution reporting|
|ISO 19593-1 Processing Steps support|
|Action to remove object level metadata|
|Action to remove attachments from PDF files|
|Option to turn off anti-aliasing when rasterizing|
|Action to convert shadings (blends) to images|
|Esko Packaging Preflight Actions|
|GWG2015 Preflight Profiles|
|Updated Pantone libraries including Pantone+ in Lab / CMYK|
|Create Action Lists directly in the Preflight Profile editor|
|Retina icon support for Acrobat DC|
|Integration with Monotype missing font solution|
|Image adjustment - tonal curves|
|Image adjustment - brightness / contrast|
|Image adjustment - Unsharp masking|
|Gradient / Blend creation and editing|
|Ink Usage Report|
|RGB Black Image to Black channel only|
|Group and ungroup objects|
|Customizable keyboard shortcuts|
|Global color curves|
|Use of regular expressions in Action Lists|
|Anti-aliasing in image conversion|
|Improved working with PDF layers|
|"Look" function in Inspector|
|Smart Preflight and correction|
|Improved Preflight Profile editor|
|Find and replace text|
|Merge into text lines|
|Split spreads into single pages
(Split pages in half)
|PitStop Workgroup Manager|
|PDF/A, check and fix to this standard|
|Optimize PDF files|
|Global Changes in QuickRuns|
|Redesigned and enhanced Action List engine|
|Enhanced design layout|
|Search functionality on the font and color picker|
|Import color libraries|
|Pantone Plus added to Pantone color libraries|
|Check total ink coverage|
|Color management presets|
|Black point compensation when converting color|
|Redesigned and enhanced Global Change engine|
|Unified Preset Manager|
|Outline problematic fonts|
|Place PDF in PDFs|
|Run Action Lists during Preflight|
|Work with different font types|
|Support for Little CMS, Adobe CMM|
|Text display in wireframe mode|
|Sign-off on Preflight errors|
|New PitStop Inspector|
|Separate Color conversion panel|
|Better page configuration handling|
|Annotated Preflight Report|
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