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Pitstop: PDF Quality Control (Preflight)

Preflight
PitStop Pro automatically detects pretty much every possible error in PDF files. The ultimate PDF quality control.

  • Check PDF files before they are printed using customised quality checks specific to processes, equipment or customers
  • Validate against production specifications and deliver quality print services
  • Generate a preflight report based on chosen benchmarks
A PitStop Pro preflight report contains a clickable list of warnings and errors that visually indicate exactly where and on which page of a PDF that the discrepancy is located.
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Automatic corrections and fixes
Not only does PitStop Pro detect errors, it also gives you the possibility to fix them yourself or have it done automatically.

Automatic fixes make prepress more efficient.

  • Prevent slowdowns from manual corrections
  • Make repairs that don’t need approval
  • Embed fonts, covert color, set white text to knockout etc
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Edit
Modify PDF files without leaving Acrobat. Adobe Acrobat® plug-in ensures standardized PDF. PitStop Pro certification is prrof of PDF quality

  • Streamline your workflow
  • Certified PDF can skip preflight
  • Certification is linked to custom preflight profiles

PDF preflight and auto-correction.

PitStop Pro checks and fixes these errors:

Image resolution
PitStop Pro detects low resolution images in PDF files and gives you a warning. For print output, the image resolution needs to be higher than for viewing a PDF on a screen. Otherwise you will see jagged edges and artifacts in the image. PitStop Pro detects low resolution images in PDF files and gives you a warning.   
RGB objects
PitStop Pro checks PDF files for RGB objects and automatically converts them to CMYK if you want it to. Unintended RGB images in PDF files can cause unexpected results after processing. The images can be of low quality, the final printed colour can be incorrect and there may even be a colour shift. PitStop Pro checks PDF files for RGB objects and automatically converts them to CMYK if you want it to.   
Missing bleed
PitStop Pro checks PDF files for missing bleed and can also automatically add bleed if it is missing. If a file contains images or content that extend to the edge of the page, and it contains no or not enough bleed, white borders can appear after cutting the sheets. PitStop Pro checks PDF files for missing bleed and can also automatically add bleed if it is missing.   
Deep black
How do you define a nice deep ("rich") black, one that won't cause trouble on a printing press? Every company has its own recipe for it. But a black that carries too much ink can be a problem for some printing methods. A black that's too heavy can cause web breaks on a web press and marking or set-off. PitStop Pro can reduce or standardize the Rich Black values to your own recipe.   
Font issues
PitStop Pro checks PDF files for missing fonts and automatically embeds or outlines fonts if you want it to. Numerous problems can occur with fonts:
  • When a font is not embedded, the output equipment will need to replace that font with another one that could look completely different.
  • Small text can become hard to read when printed, especially when it's printed in multiple colours.
  • PitStop Pro checks PDF files for missing fonts and automatically embeds or outlines fonts if you want it to.
      
    White elements
    PitStop Pro checks if white elements are set to overprint and can automatically set them to 'knock-out' if wanted. Ever seen a job where a white element looks great on the screen or paper proof, but suddenly disappears when on press? White elements could be set to "overprint", which means that the white ink will be output on top of the inks below and basically disappear. PitStop Pro checks if white elements are set to overprint and can automatically set them to "knock-out" if wanted.   
    Ink coverage
    PitStop Pro can automatically reduce ink coverage if it's too high. Excess ink coverage causes marking from one sheet to another and long drying times, and it increases the risk of spoilage. Wet paper can lead to registration issues and can cause you to have to slow the performance of a press to ensure final printed quality. PitStop Pro can automatically reduce ink coverage if it's too high.   
    Transparency
    PitStop Pro checks PDF files for transparency. Although transparency is now a widely accepted functionality within the most design and page layout applications, many printing companies are still wary of PDF files containing transparency and like to give them specific attention to ensure they are processed and imaged correctly. PitStop Pro checks PDF files for transparency.   
    Edit any element in PDF

    PDF editing
    PitStop Pro can edit any element in a PDF file.

    • Edit paths, images, colours, layers or pages
    • Change page geometry, scale or move content.
    • Make text changes. Embed or change fonts.
    • View wireframes to reveal all page elements regardless of layering.
    Edit text directly to simply fix a typo or to embed or change a font

    Text editing
    Edit text directly to simply fix a typo or to embed or change a font. Many text attributes can be changed to make corrections or prepare for a file for production. Use all the tools of the powerful PitStop Pro Inspector:

    • Set overprint or knockout
    • Convert fonts to outlines
    • Change text fill and stroke colour
    • Alter character and word spacing
    Edit, resize, fill

    Line art editing
    Edit line art with tools to control fill, stroke, and nodes.

    Resize, recolour, move or rasterize to suit content and production requirements.

    Gain full editing capability while viewing a PDF in Acrobat.

    Use all the tools of the powerful PitStop Pro Inspector:

    • Apply any colour to fills and strokes, including Pantone
    • Edit path line segments and anchor points
    • Add shape objects and resize line art objects
    Edit images directly in a PDF with tools designed to make production-related changes a simple task.

    Image editing
    Edit images directly in a PDF with tools designed to make production-related changes a simple task.

    Use all the tools of the powerful PitStop Pro Inspector:

    • Change tonal curves
    • Convert colour mode
    • Edit transparency
    • Resample images
    • Change brightness and contrast
    • Change compression
    • Apply unsharp masking
    Edit a recurring element or attribute throughout a PDF file.

    Global changes
    Edit images directly in a PDF with tools designed to make production-related changes a simple task.

    Use all the tools of the powerful PitStop Pro Inspector:

    • Change tonal curves
    • Convert colour mode
    • Edit transparency
    • Resample images
    • Change brightness and contrast
    • Change compression
    • Apply unsharp masking
    Rasterize a selected object, group of objects or the entire document.

    Rasterize a selection
    PDF files can contain very complex vector art. The easiest way to make files get through a RIP more efficiently is to rasterize pages.

    That workaround has its caveats. PitStop Pro allows you to select just the things that you want to rasterize. Rasterize Selection keeps text and other vector images intact to perform targeted rasterizations.

    Rasterize a selected object, group of objects or the entire document.

    Action Lists: the first steps toward automation

    Action Lists
    Action Lists are like small procedural how-to's.

    They are a list of tasks that PitStop will perform in a specified order. An Action List is then run simply by clicking the "run" button and a PDF file is processed. This removes the need for repetitive tasks to be performed manually.

    Detect and fix your Actions Lists
    The Action List Visualizer allows users to step through an Action List while seeing the results of each step as they occur. This gives valuable insight to Action List creators and troubleshooters.

    There are many standard Action Lists installed with PitStop

    Valuable actions ready to use There are many standard Action Lists installed with PitStop. According to data from users, these are the top used Action Lists:

    • Remove printer marks
    • Convert all text to outline
    • Convert all RGB to CMYK
    • Clean up content
    • Scale page content 101%
    • Scale page content 101%
    • Scale page content 99%
    • Set trim box size and add 3mm white space
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    Sample actions
    Convert all text to outlines

    See dashboard: most used Action Lists

    There are many standard Action Lists installed with PitStop

    Clean up content
    Clean up a PDF by only preserving objects that are actually visible.

    With a PDF viewing in Acrobat®, select any object and the Inspector panel has all the information.

    Inspector Panel
    PitStop Pro allows you to check the smallest details of a PDF file with the Enfocus Inspector. Attributes of pages, vectors, images, and text can all be inspected at a glance.

    With a PDF viewing in Acrobat®, select any object and the Inspector panel has all the information.

    There is no process to run or report to generate. Select any object and see its properties. Object-specific properties are viewed in one of several tabs in the Inspector.

    • Fill and stroke (fill, stroke, stroke details, overprint)
    • Line art editing (combine and divide selected line art)
    • Text (Font, size, character spacing, word spacing)
    • Image (properties, curve edit, resample, compress, brightness and contrast, unsharp mask)
    • Transparency (properties, group, parent group, mask)
    • Prepress (general, halftone, OPI, layers, output intent)
    • Separations (remap channel, varnish separation)
    • Object (position, align and distribute, page box overview, page box edit)
    • Summary (ie. "page contains 142 anchor points, 866 characters, 38625 bytes of image data")
    The Object Browser is a nested list of all of the stacked objects on a PDF page.

    The Object Browser
    is a nested list of all of the stacked objects on a PDF page.

    Selecting an object in the browser selects it on the page.

    This makes the process of locating a single or small group of objects on a complex page very easy.

    Find, select and correct issues

    Object selection
    Typically, when an error is discovered, it occurs anywhere that the condition exists.

    For example, a headline text in RGB black probably exists throughout a PDF page. Select Similar allows users to identify which attributes to consider when "selecting similar" elements.

    This makes finding and selecting the same conditions simple. It also means that correcting the issue can be done in one edit.

    Select Similar attributes:

    • Stroke (colour, line width, line cap, line join, miter limit, flatness, dash pattern)
    • Fill (colour, fill type)
    • Text (font, size, spacing)
    • Prepress (fill overprint, stroke overprint, transfer curve, halftone, black generation, under colour removal, smoothness, colour rendering intent)
    • Transparency (alpha is shape, text knockout, fill alpha, stroke alpha, blend modes)
    PitStop Pro helps prepress get the expected colour separations to press.

    Colour handling
    PitStop Pro helps prepress get the expected colour separations to press.

    PDF files can contain multiple variants of the same colour, incorrect colour modes and extra colour channels.

    With the tools available in PitStop Pro, getting a PDF file to cleanly specify content colours is easy.

    • Convert colour
    • Remove ICC tags
    • Remap colour
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    Remap Pantone Colours
    Effectively deal with the ever-changing pantone book...

    Convert Pantone to CMYK
    Deal with Pantone values assiged to colours even though the job is supposed to print CMYK.

    PitStop Pro uses Pantone library values to convert stray spots to the correct CMYK equivalent.

    Certain devices may need tweaks to the standard CMYK breakdown of a Pantone in order to reproduce it correctly. With PitStop Pro, set up an Action List to find a specific Pantone colour by name and convert it to the custom CMYK mix needed.

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    Change or replace a color
    PitStop Pro can find and replace colours as required by production or design changes.

    For instance, find every object assigned to c5m25y100k5 and change it to c0m30y80k0.

    Colour is an object attribute, which means that PitStop Pro can edit, define or check for specific colours and perform actions as you define them in an Action List or Global Change.

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    DeviceLink Profiles
    PitStop Pro ships with 40 DeviceLink Profiles. What this means is that users can quickly apply a DeviceLink Profile to PDF files with one click. Many industry-standard profiles are among them.

    • GRAcol2006...
    • ISOcoated...
    • JapanColor...
    • PSOcoated...
    • SWOP...
    • TAC reduction

    System requirements


    For more information on the system requirements for current and previous versions of Pitstop Pro, please consult the Enfocus site.

    Errors and omissions excepted.