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Enfocus introduces PitStop Connect

Mar 12, 2010 12:00 AM

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Enfocus (Gent, Belgium) has launched PitStop Connect, a tool that enables printers and publishers to create “Connectors” (small desktop tools to drop a file on) containing PDF specifications for preflight that can be branded to customers. The Connector can be distributed as many times as needed and is free for the creative professional.

“Enfocus wanted to bring to market a simple tool that streamlines the communication between printers/publishers and these infrequent users without any click charges or other hidden costs. PitStop Connect fits that bill perfectly,” says Elli Cloots, director, product management, Enfocus.

With a one-time fee, printers or publishers create PDF Connectors that creative professionals can place on their desktops without the need for installing application software. When PDF files are dropped on the Connector, the file is processed using the Enfocus preflight engine with a preflight profile and/or Action List defined by the printer or publisher. This also enables the designer to make changes to the file in case of errors. The Connector includes delivery settings and sends a preflighted PDF file through FTP or directly via Enfocus Switch to the printer or publisher site. The Connector will enable the addition of metadata that can be used to further automate processes with Switch. PitStop Connect ensures that files are delivered only to the printer or publisher who provided the tool to the creative professional.

“PitStop Connect is the bridge between the [print and creative] communities and solves a number of communication problems,” says Cloots. “It is also an additional link in the overall graphic arts supply chain to other Enfocus automation products, connecting seamlessly to Switch and PitStop Server. We are excited to be bringing this innovative tool to market and it is in line with our vision to help our customers work smarter and not harder.”

PitStop Connect will be demonstrated live for the first time at Ipex 2010, May 18-25 in Birmingham, England, on the Enfocus stand C150 in Hall 12.