Progress bar displays each step in automated process
October 11, 2010 – Gent, Belgium - Enfocus releases PitStop Connect 09 update 1, an enhancement to the easy-to-use PDF preflight & delivery tool. This first update saves time and further streamlines communication between printers, publishers and creative professionals by updating Connectors and live feedback during operations.
PitStop Connect 09 – released in May 2010 – makes it easy for creative professionals to deliver perfect PDFs, even for people who don’t have technical knowledge. The tool enables printers and publishers to create Connectors containing PDF specifications for preflight and delivery specifications. It can also be used to deliver other document formats – such as JPEGs or TIFFs – automatically via FTP to the receiving site or directly into an Enfocus Switchautomated workflow.
PitStop Connect Now Displays File Preflight Progress
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The Connectors can be branded for designer/creative professional customers and will only deliver files to the owner of the Connector who set it up. Once a Connector is created, printers and publishers can distribute it — without incurring additional costs — to as many creative professionals as needed, either via an FTP site or by posting the Connector on a website. The Connectors are free for the creative professional.
“PitStop Connect is typically used by printing companies that want to streamline their communication and not go back and forward to the client several times about corrections. A Danish printer, for example, reduced their communication efforts with customers by around 25-40% because almost every file they receive is print ready,” says Kristof Kemseke, Product Manager at Enfocus. “With the release of update 1, users can save even more valuable time, particularly when they want to update Connectors.”
PitStop Connect 09 update 1 is the first enhancement to this tool and free to all existing PitStop Connect users. “From listening to our customers’ feedback, we learned they wanted to streamline the process of updating Connectors so we’ve made that possible,” says Kemseke. “Printers and publishers need to make sure that creative professionals are always using the latest version of their Connector. PitStop Connect 09 update 1 adds features to facilitate this process, while saving valuable time.”
PitStop Connect users that distribute Connectors also want to update their Connector over time. In that case they can put the new version on their FTP server. The Connector will notify everyone who has installed that particular Connector that the new version is available for download. The installed Connector has built-in intelligence that continues to monitor where it came from. It also detects when a new version is uploaded and tells the creative professional where to find the new version.
For the creative user, a key benefit of update 1 is that they will receive continuous feedback when a file is being processed. The main window shows who will receive the files and a progress bar identifies what’s happening, while the log tracks every step. Essentially, the user knows what is happening every step of the way.
PitStop Connect 09 update 1 also extends the support for jobs containing multiple files. It allows metadata information to be entered once and is applied to every file.
Existing PitStop Connect 09 users can download update 1 for free from the Enfocus website. PitStop Connect can be purchased through Enfocus resellers and distributors or directly from the website. A trial download is also available. For more information, visit www.enfocus.com.
Enfocus provides modular and affordable tools safeguarding job quality and enabling automation throughout the complete production chain. Innovative solutions improve communication between design and production while enhancing productivity and predictability through automation of routine tasks.
Step-by-step deployment dramatically increases added value without forcing users to completely rethink their way of doing business. Well-known brands include Instant, PitStop and Switch.
Enfocus is a business unit of EskoArtwork and has its headquarters in Gent, Belgium.
EskoArtwork is a global supplier and integrator of innovative solutions for packaging, commercial printing, sign and display finishing and professional publishing. Its products and services help customers raise productivity, reduce time-to-market, lower costs and expand business.
EskoArtwork employs around 950 people worldwide. Its global sales and support organization covers Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Japan, and is completed by a network of distribution partners in more than 40 countries.
EskoArtwork is headquartered in Gent, Belgium, and has R&D and manufacturing facilities in 5 European countries, the United States and in India. The consolidated full year financials ended for 2009 with revenue of EUR 145 million and an EBITDA of EUR 23 million.
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