All posts by Elisabetta Bruno

Elisabetta Bruno is both an active volunteer Forum Host for the About Desktop Publishing and About Graphics Software forums and a frequent contributor of tutorials and FAQs to the About Desktop Publishing site. Her tutorials have been referenced or used in several web sites other than the About Desktop Publishing site. She is the author of several Desktop Publishing tutorials covering InDesign, QuarkXPress, Photoshop and pre-press. Studying Graphic Design in Italy before moving to England for several years, Elisabetta eventually got into designing full-time and has been a designer for a few years. She also has experience in copywriting, typesetting and is a skilled Italian translator.

Freeware Friday: Your WordPress Blog on a Canvas

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Customize your themes simply with a drag and drop

Not long ago I discovered a very well thought out WordPress theme, called Kiwi. It’s a fabulous theme by Yasser Dahab, Yas to friends, which delivers all the information the reader needs in logical fashion right in the home page, and it has a nice professional look and feel.

No One’s Listening’s developers however, didn’t just stop with a theme, they also created a WordPress plugin, which adds functionality to the admin area, allowing people to customize themes by adding and deleting modules, that is with a simple drag and drop. That plug-in is called Canvas. It’s absolutely free and this makes it even more interesting. Canvas is a great idea, but it is still in development, therefore you can still find bugs which Yas and Karsten, the other develoèer who’s working on Canvas, definitely want to know about.

Right now Canvas only works with Kiwi, but more themes will be soon supported. If you want to give it a try, feel free to download it here.

Beware of Faux Bold and Faux Italics

It’s so easy to just press that “b”

We all know that DTP is done with WYSIWYG applications. Aside from the colours of your images which might shift if you used the wrong colour mode or didn’t properly colour manage them, not considering the font reflows which happen if you don’t provide the font files to your printer and without mentioning those lines that don’t come up right because you chose the airline setting instead of a weight .25 pt, well… We all know that DTP is a WYSIWYG affair.

One of the little things that makes DTP quick is the fact that you don’t have to type <strong> word </strong> every time you want to make something bold, or you don’t have to type <em> word </em> whenever you want to make something italics, right? You just have to press that “b” or that “i” in your formatting/measurements whatever your palette/toolbar is called, correct?

You bunch of word processing corrupts!

If you want to have another instance of WYSINWYG just carry on using those evil shortcuts. The truth is that unless you have the bold and/or italics versions of those fonts installed that “b” and that “i” buttons will only deceive you by pleasing your sight and eluding your paper.

Before you, rightly, think that I am babbling along, let me explain what I mean: if the bold and/or italics versions of your font are not installed they won’t print, period. That’s it. Your program will fake your bold and/or italics making you believe they are there, but in actual fact they won’t print. So just beware of that and you’ll have an easier life. Trust me, there are more important things you need to have grays for in the DTP world.

QuarkXPress 7 Will Launch in June

QuarkXPress 7 box shot

Earliest launch in the UK, followed by the US and the rest of Europe

The final version of QuarkXPress 7 is ready. Everybody run. Whether you will decide to run to the counter and get your copy or run away where nobody can reach you is up to you, but the first launch will be on June 2, in London, so you need to make up your mind before then.

QuarkXPress 7 Beta however has proven to be a great improvement over any previous version, and if I were you I’d definitely have a look at it, before I either ditch it or fall in love with it.

Launch Events in the US

Washington, DC
Monday, June 5, 2006

Chicago, IL
Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday, June 13, 2006

San Francisco, CA
Thursday, June 15, 2006

Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, June 22, 2006

Dallas, TX
Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Toronto, Canada
Thursday, June 29, 2006

Launch Events in Europe

UK and Ireland
June 02, 2006
London, United Kingdom

Scandinavia
June 13, 2006
Stockholm, Sweden

Benelux
June 15, 2006
Utrecht, Netherlands

Italia
June 20, 2006
Milan

Freeware Friday: FontHit Font Tools

A free Windows font management application

FontHit Font Tools is a free application that allows anyone with a Windows platform to view, install, uninstall and print fonts. While it lacks certain functions which I deem essential, such as on-demand activation and deactivation, it lets you view fonts in many and useful ways and it can even view zipped fonts. You just need to drag and drop them into the application.

It also lacks fancy functions, such as repair of corrupted fonts, like in Suitcase, or smart font sets, which are present in Linotype Font Explorer X (Mac OSX only), but it has all the bits that can make this application usable even for commercial work.

FontHit Font Tools’ functionality will be extensible with the use of plugins, many of which are still in the works at the time of this writing. From FontHit Tools:

With the currently available plugins you can view, preview, install, uninstall, print in color, customize size and text of the previews, browse your hard drive and view fonts in convenient categories, use drag-‘n-drop to add font files (even folders and zip files with fonts) to the preview list. You can also search the web for fonts and font-related webpages right from within the Font Tools, using the FontHit Search plugin.

As it stands now, the application has one bug which should be noted: I couldn’t switch off any computer running Windows XP Home Edition I installed it on, unless I closed FontHit Font Tools first. If you remember to do that however, there are no problems in switching off or restarting the computer.

Aside from that bug, I find FontHit Font Tools to be a better application than Font Frenzie, and, as I already stated, it can be very well used within professional grounds.

No Support for Boot Camp Applications… Yet

Publish.com questions: “Who Will Support Your Graphics Software Running on Boot Camp?”

Apple’s announcement of Boot Camp, the application that will allow Mac users to run Windows on their Apple computers, seemed to have caught everyone unprepared.

While it is an advantage for users who continually switch between Macs and PCs, the lack of support for PC software used on Intel-Based Macs might outweight the advantages. Or maybe it won’t.

The majority of the industry-standard graphics software runs on both Mac OS and Windows, so I personally don’t see any advantage about using, let’s say, a Windows version of Photoshop on a Mac. If someone already owns the Windows version of Photoshop, why, he already has a PC, otherwise he would have bought the Mac version. That holds true for any other desktop publishing and software.

Publish.com covers this subject in an article where they also say:

Mac users have long waited for the day when Windows-only applications such as AutoCAD, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio would run on an Apple machine.

“Those are really the three big applications–well, along with games–that are missing on the Mac,” said Scott Michaels, director of professional services for Atimi Software, a cross-platform development company based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Yet, maybe aside from AutoCAD, I don’t see designers needing badly the other two Microsoft applications.

While Publish.com targets designers with their article, I see Boot Camp (which will be incorporated in Mac OS X Leopard, even if with another name) as another step towards making Macs available to the non-designer.

As Boot Camp news is still fresh, software companies might be unprepared, yes, but I think many of them, especially companies like Apple, don’t see the point of providing support–the same way you wouldn’t buy skates to drive a car, you wouldn’t purchase a Windows version of InDesign, only to buy not only a copy of OS X, but also a copy of the Windows operating system itself, in order to run InDesign on your Mac.

QuarkXPress 7 Beta 2 Now Available

Quark launched the second phase of its public beta program

Quark released the first beta of their layout program at last Macworld’s conferene. The beta was to expier by the end of March. You now have the possibility to download QuarkXPress 7 beta 2, which will run until May 2. Quark rightly makes a few points which should be taken into consideration when using QuarkXPress 7 beta 2 :

  • QuarkXPress 7 public beta software is a pre-release version.
  • The QuarkXPress 7 Public Beta will be functional through May 2, 2006
  • Not all of the features in QuarkXPress 7 are implemented in this beta release. Users may experience unexpected results when using certain features.
  • QuarkXPress 7 public beta software is not intended for use in a production environment.
  • Technical support is not available for QuarkXPress 7 public beta 2 software.

Please note that if you have used the QuarkXPres 7 beta 1, you might have problems installing the beta 2. Quark addresses these issues here.

Preflight While You Design

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Think with the final output while you design and you will save time at preflight stage

If you have read last How-To on Designorati:Desktop Publishing you know what you are looking for when you want to prepare a file for printing on an offset press. I am now going a step backwards to show you what to do to avoid problems even before they happen.

The Links Palette

In the earlier tutorial I have mentioned that when you modify graphics with a program such as Photoshop, after you have placed them into InDesign, those graphics need to be updated. You can do this in the Preflight window, but also the Links Palette (Window>Links) lets you do that.

Links paletteFigure 1: the Links palette and its menu

The illustration is pretty self-explanatory, but here is a quick rundown of this palette’s options.

Relink: Makes you change a currently linked image with another one or if you moved the original image, it allows you relink it.

Go to Link: You want to look at an image on page 2 of you document but you are on page 93. Select the link you want to look at in the links palette and then click Go to Link. You will be taken to that link wherever it is in the document.

Update Link: If you have placed an image in InDesign and then you modified it in a graphics program, update it here, so you are able to view the modified image and not how it looked like originally. Sometimes InDesign will automatically make the updates.

Edit Original: Opens your image in the graphics program which created it.

Convert Swatches and Graphics to CMYK

Running the Preflight option in InDesign is a very quick way to check whether you have any graphics in CMYK mode. If you find you have any RGB images, then convert them to CMYK. You also need to make sure that all your swatches are CMYK. The use of the Swatches palette is covered in lesson 3 of this course.

View Modes

In the first lesson of this class I described the Tools palette in very broad strokes. Since that lesson, we went through all the tools and we learned how to use its swatches. We still have one thing to look at, which I also mentioned in the first lesson – the view modes. These allow you to look at your document in different ways,s you can see whether your bleeds are set up correctly, or how your layout will look without the added bleed. All this without touching your layout, but simply switching amongst the various view modes.

The last two buttons in the Tools palette give you a variety of view options of your document. The button on the left is the Normal View Mode, which is the default. This view mode allows you to see everything in your document, i.e., the document’s pages, the pasteboard, the slug and the bleed (slug and bleed are explained in lesson 1).

InDesign's Normal ViewFigure 2: the Normal View

View mode flyoutPicture 3: the flyout menu showing the different view modes

The button on the has a flyout menu that allows you to toggle between three view mode: the Preview Mode, the Bleed Mode and the Slug Mode.

  • The Preview Mode lets you see your document without bleed and slug
  • The Bleed mode lets you see your document with the bleed, but without slug
  • The Slug mode allows you to see your slug but not the bleed

Note: You will not see the pasteboard in any of these view modes.

How-To’s Day is a regular Designorati feature in which we give you fresh tutorials across all of Designorati. How-To’s Day happens every other Tuesday.

Enfocus Launches Instant Barcode at IPEX 2006

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New Solution in Broadened Product Line Removes Technical Complexity of Barcode Creation and Preflighting

Birmingham, UK (IPEX – Hall 6, Stand A20) – April 4-11, 2006 – As part of its strategy to offer more practical solutions that remove technical complexity from the life of creative professionals, Enfocus adds Instant Barcode to its ‘Instant’ product line. A plug-in for Adobe® Illustrator®, Instant Barcode allows professional graphic designers to easily generate, check and read barcodes — a rapidly increasing design component — within their familiar software design environments.

With Instant PDF, Enfocus has proven it understands the needs of creative professionals. With Instant Barcode, the company brings an additional product to market that makes the day-to-day life of graphic designers easier and more productive. With such a limited number of reliable, user-friendly products available for the creation of barcodes within design applications, Enfocus has re-branded and upgraded the products previously known as Barcode Toolbox and Barcode Checkup, to provide creative professionals with a more integrated solution.

Frank Vyncke, original developer of Barcode Toolbox and Barcode Checkup, comments: “We believe that our customers will benefit greatly from the integration of Barcode Toolbox and Barcode Checkup within the respected Enfocus brand. The company’s sound knowledge of what creative professionals need, combined with the strong network of support throughout the world, can only be a good thing for all concerned.”

Today, barcodes are used on a large majority of items, and predominantly as a means of automation. It is imperative that they are created correctly, putting designers in the awkward position of needing to generate them on the original artwork files, without necessarily having the correct understanding, or training. A simple to use, low cost, plug-in to an already familiar software package provides them with a seamless working environment which will save time and prevent costly errors.

“As designers are now widely responsible for generating barcodes when creating the artwork for packaging or publications, Instant Barcode is designed to be fully compatible with the latest version of Adobe® Illustrator®. Where today in many cases a font is used to create and place barcodes, we believe that the vector approach of Instant Barcode provides a more user-friendly and reliable solution,” comments Tom Peire, Director of Corporate Marketing, Enfocus.

Initially available in both English and German, Instant Barcode operates on both Mac OS X and Windows platforms, and supports the 17 most common barcode systems used today, including EAN-8, ISSN and ISBN. When a code is created it can either be directly integrated within the Illustrator design or can simply be exported to an EPS or PDF file if necessary, for placement in other design applications.

Instant Barcode will automatically make sure the barcode is of good quality, placing it on a white rectangle if needed, or warning when it is not properly scaled. This, along with many other pre-set parameters, makes it virtually impossible for a designer to get it wrong. The advanced barcode preflighting capabilities allow the design to be checked for the amount and types of barcodes used in a document. The software also verifies the barcode height, the number of colors used, and whether it is set to overprint or not. As with Enfocus’ PDF preflighting technology, certain errors can be fixed during verification.

The measurement of existing barcodes is simply carried out by the end user ‘swiping’ the mouse cursor over a code which will then be instantly read, so that he can see at a glance if the correct code has been used .

Pricing & Availability

This new plug-in will be available June 1st 2006 on the Enfocus website and through its distributor and reseller channel, and is priced at € 249/$ 299. Existing Barcode Toolbar or Barcode Checkup users can upgrade to Instant Barcode from € 59/$ 69 as an electronic download only.

About Enfocus

Enfocus is a leading brand in PDF and production automation technology. From start to finish, Enfocus is essential to designers, printers and publishers who want to work in a truly reliable, automated production environment.

Universally acclaimed technologies, products and service innovations include Certified PDF®, Instant PDF, Instant Barcode, PitStop Professional, PitStop Server, PitStop Automate, StatusCheck and www.CertifiedPDF.net. Enfocus goes beyond preflight, delivering unmatched PDF creation, auto-correction, advanced editing and production automation to guarantee accurate exchange and precise PDF output. Enfocus picks up where other products leave off with features and capabilities that bridge every critical gap in professional graphic arts production environments.

Through a comprehensive technology partner program, Enfocus technologies are available to 3rd party developers. Major suppliers such as Agfa, Artwork Systems, Kodak, EFI, Fujifilm, Global Graphics, Heidelberg, Xerox, Screen, Quad/Graphics, Vio and Xitron have integrated Enfocus technologies into their own PDF workflow system offerings.

Go to www.enfocus.com to discover more about Enfocus and the comprehensive solutions graphic arts professionals throughout the world rely on.

Enfocus is an Artwork Systems Brand.

Certified PDF is a registered trademark of Enfocus, patent pending. Enfocus PitStop Professional, Enfocus PitStop Automate, Enfocus PitStop Server, Enfocus Instant PDF, Enfocus Instant Barcode, Enfocus StatusCheck and CertifiedPDF.net are product names of Enfocus. All products and services are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners, and are hereby acknowledged.

Enfocus Announces Expansion of Technology Partner Program at IPEX 2006

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Partnership with PerfectProof Brings Both a Certified PDF® and Certified Proofing Solution to Market

Birmingham, UK (IPEX – Hall 6, Stand A20) – April 4-11, 2006 – Enfocus announces it has broadened the scope of its Technology Partner Program, originally established to allow other developers to integrate Enfocus’ PDF preflighting and editing technology into their own products. The program has now been adapted to include the company’s automation technologies, and has also been made more transparent so that developers can become an Enfocus Technology Partner more easily. The program reinforces the company’s leadership in PDF quality management and automation-enabling technologies.

Respected by the World Graphic Arts Community

Over the years, Enfocus’ technology has gained the respect of the global graphic arts community, with over 70,000 customers and one of the most successful OEM partner programs in the industry. Over 10 high profile enterprise and graphic arts workflow developers have integrated the company’s PitStop Library into their own production automation solutions.

Delivering on the Commitment to Open Systems

Priding itself on constantly opening up its technology to other developers in order to bring a wider range of possibilities to the end user, part of Enfocus’ new program is to make a full range of software development kits (SDK’s) available:

  1. The PitStop Library SDK is designed to integrate Enfocus’ award-winning PDF preflighting, editing and Certified PDF® technology
  2. The StatusCheck SDK allows checking for Certified PDF® status within a third party solution
  3. Through the PitStop Server SDK, developers can seamlessly communicate with PitStop Server from within their own application. As such they also have access to PitStop Server’s PDF automated preflighting and editing capabilities
  4. The PitStop Automate SDK enables developers to plug-in their own solution within Enfocus’ new automation platform, PitStop Automate

Furthermore, the company has introduced three levels in the program: Bronze, Silver and Gold, each giving access to a specific set of software development kits and an adapted level of support. More information can be found on the Enfocus partner website http://partners.enfocus.com/technology.

Automation beyond PDF preflight and editing

At IPEX, as part of the new Technology Partner Program, Enfocus is launching an SDK for PitStop Automate, a new, task-based production automation tool that allows customers both on the design side and at the production end to increase productivity and output consistency by introducing automation at an affordable price. An intuitive graphical user interface makes it simple to design complete automation workflows. Through this SDK and new partnerships, the company aims to create an automation platform within which color proofing, imposition, file transfer, image manipulation and many other applications can be integrated.

New program, new partners

In its recent collaboration with Belgian software company PerfectProof, Enfocus has partnered with a key player in proofing solutions to bring the first stage of production automation certification to market. Both companies will be available on Enfocus’ Stand A20 in Hall 6 at IPEX to talk about their partnership.

PerfectProof currently incorporates Enfocus’ StatusCheck SDK within its proofing technology, to allow users to check whether their proof is generated from a Certified PDF® file. In addition, as a second element of the process, PerfectProof links the file to the proof by printing a unique identifier on the proof and writing that same unique ID back to the Enfocus Certified PDF® edit log. To achieve this, PerfectProof uses the PitStop Library SDK.

With the integration of PerfectProof’s FOGRA certified ‘ProofMaster’ color proofing solution and Enfocus Certified PDF® technology, PDF files can have both content and color integrity. The PerfectProof technology allows designers to easily simulate and check what the end color results will look like, taking into account paper stock, inks and the final printing device to be used, on a standard inkjet printer. This gives them added confidence that the colors on the file create the end results expected, and they can sign the file off before it is sent to print, bringing many cost savings to both the customer and the printer.

PerfectProof is also the first partner for Enfocus’ new PitStop Automate SDK. The companies are working to seamlessly integrate ProofMaster into Enfocus’ automation platform, to configure the ProofMaster solution from within PitStop Automate. As such, a job will be automatically proofed, and then continue into the next section of the workflow. If it is rejected, it is sent back to an easily recognizable folder to allow the end user to take a decision on the next step. The aim is to ensure that the proofing stage of a job happens as early as possible in the workflow, and that the Certified PDF® and Certified Proof are inseparably linked, removing any possible doubt as to the origins of the files and their connection.

“We were very keen to partner with Enfocus, as they are the market leader in PDF preflighting and editing and the inventor of Certified PDF®,” comments Jan Schoovaerts, Marketing Director, PerfectProof. “With our integrated solution of Certified PDF® and Certified Proofing, we are bringing a unique solution to the market by offering certification throughout the entire production process. I am very much looking forward to working with Enfocus and furthering our partnership.”

Tom Peire, Enfocus’ Director of Corporate Marketing, adds, “The result of this collaboration is truly innovative. By integrating PerfectProof’s respected proofing solution with Enfocus’ PDF quality management and automation technologies, we believe we can offer end users a far more cost-effective means of ensuring complete integrity of their job, before going to print.

“We truly value partnerships with companies like PerfectProof, as they bring together different fields of expertise which enables us to concentrate on our core workflow technology. We look to expand our technology partnerships to further add to the solutions we can bring to our customers.”

As partners, the two companies will be promoting each other’s individual solutions, and the benefits of combining them.

About Enfocus

Enfocus is a leading brand in PDF and production automation technology. From start to finish, Enfocus is essential to designers, printers and publishers who want to work in a truly reliable, automated production environment.

Universally acclaimed technologies, products and service innovations include Certified PDF®, Instant PDF, Instant Barcode, PitStop Professional, PitStop Server, PitStop Automate, StatusCheck and www.CertifiedPDF.net. Enfocus goes beyond preflight, delivering unmatched PDF creation, auto-correction, advanced editing and production automation to guarantee accurate exchange and precise PDF output. Enfocus picks up where other products leave off with features and capabilities that bridge every critical gap in professional graphic arts production environments.

Through a comprehensive technology partner program, Enfocus technologies are available to 3rd party developers. Major suppliers such as Agfa, Artwork Systems, Kodak, EFI, Fujifilm, Global Graphics, Heidelberg, Xerox, Screen, Quad/Graphics, Vio and Xitron have integrated Enfocus technologies into their own PDF workflow system offerings.

Go to www.enfocus.com to discover more about Enfocus and the comprehensive solutions graphic arts professionals throughout the world rely on.

Enfocus is an Artwork Systems Brand.

About PerfectProof

PerfectProof offers a complete range of products for digital proofing, high quality photo printing and e-commerce solutions. The ProofMaster RIP software for Mac & PC and a wide range of media are supported by all the leading digital printers including Epson, Canon, HP, Agfa Sherpa, Iris and Digital Cromalin. Printer’s Website, the e-commerce platform and SimplePrep, the PDF generating software for Microsoft documents allow printers to put their business online in just a matter of days. PerfectProof is Epson, X-Rite and Enfocus partner and its products are sold through a worldwide network of independent resellers. Visit www.perfectproof.com for info.

About ProofMaster

The award-winning ProofMaster software RIP forms one of the most complete packages available in the industry today, offering both ConTone/1-bit proofing, photo and wide format printing, Multiplatform usage on Mac & PC for a wide variety of file formats (PDF, PostScript and native file formats), a host of production tools, soft-proofing and workflow automation are just some of its main features. The software allows the in-house production of Fogra-certified proofs, great looking photographic prints and even silk screen films. Visit www.proofmaster.net for info.

Certified PDF is a registered trademark of Enfocus, patent pending. Enfocus PitStop Professional, Enfocus PitStop Automate, Enfocus PitStop Server, Enfocus Instant PDF, Enfocus Instant Barcode, Enfocus StatusCheck and CertifiedPDF.net are product names of Enfocus. All products and services are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners, and are hereby acknowledged.

Alwan Color Expertise Joins Enfocus Technology Partner Program

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Alwan CMYK Optimizer® to Plug Into PitStop Automate Creating Collaborative Solution for Automated PDF and Color Preflighting & Optimization

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Birmingham, UK (IPEX – Hall 6, Stand A20) – April 4-11, 2006 – As part of its ongoing efforts to develop cost-effective tools for production automation and PDF quality management, Enfocus announces its technology partnership with France-based Alwan Color Expertise.

As a silver member of the new Enfocus Technology Partner Program, Alwan will be using the PitStop Automate SDK to integrate Alwan CMYK Optimizer® with Enfocus’ new automation platform. The collaboration of the two companies will enable the creation of PDF files that are not only fully checked, preflighted and certified, but also compliant with chosen color and print standards specifications, ready for proof or print.

PitStop Automate Software Developer Kit (SDK)

PitStop Automate helps graphic designers, ad agencies, as well as printers and publishers, to introduce production automation at an affordable price, increasing productivity and output consistency. The graphical interface is easy to use, and integrates closely with Acrobat® Distiller®. PitStop Automate also includes Enfocus’ renowned PDF editing and preflighting tools, as well as automation functionality.

As part of the new Technology Partner Program, a full range of software development kits (SDK’s) become available. With PitStop Library SDK, StatusCheck SDK, PitStop Server SDK and the new PitStop Automate SDK, which Alwan will be taking advantage of, Enfocus is opening up its technologies for other developers to benefit from. Through this new SDK and new partnerships, the company aims to create an automation platform within which color proofing, imposition, file transfer, image manipulation and many other applications can be integrated.

Says Tom Peire, Director of Corporate Marketing at Enfocus: “Our company has a strong record of technology partnerships that have made our own, and our partners’ solutions more powerful, and our combined customers more successful. Up until now, users only really had two options: either to piece together a workflow solution themselves by combining individual software packages to match their needs, or invest in a high-end workflow system. With PitStop Automate, and through our Technology Partner Program, we take a different approach by offering a truly open system that allows other solutions to plug in to create high-level automation at an affordable price. We believe there are other solutions in the market that would also benefit from such a partnership to build a better value proposition for users.”

Color compliancy with CMYK Optimizer®

Alwan CMYK Optimizer® is a tool for color preflighting, standardization and optimization for CMYK separations and data. It helps pre-media and prepress companies produce printable files, and allows printers to control and improve the printability of the files they receive by optimizing their separation for the destination process. The files made compliant using CMYK Optimizer® generate reproducible proofs as well as plates and cylinders with improved printability on the press.

Elie Khoury, Managing Director at Alwan Color Expertise, explains: “With both our organizations being considered leaders in non-proprietary PDF technology, the link is obvious. In fact, users have been combining our two systems by means of hot folders for some time already, creating simple automation via a hot folder cascade of PDF files on their desktops. When Enfocus approached us to forge a more formal, strategic technology partnership, we didn’t hesitate.

“The partnership allows us to integrate CMYK Optimizer with PitStop Automate to create a more useable and intuitive interface,” Khoury continues. “The user can set the system to certain PDF specifications or profiles determined by the printer. My vision, and that of Enfocus, is to build fully automated standard workflows that allow users to produce and reproduce files that are compliant to International or national standards, with a single click of a button. With this approach PitStop Automate is becoming a solution which compares favorably to large, custom-made systems – but at a much more affordable price.”

About Enfocus

Enfocus is a leading brand in PDF and production automation technology. From start to finish, Enfocus is essential to designers, printers and publishers who want to work in a truly reliable, automated production environment. Universally acclaimed technologies, products and service innovations include Certified PDF®, Instant PDF, Instant Barcode, PitStop Professional, PitStop Server, PitStop Automate, StatusCheck and www.CertifiedPDF.net. Enfocus goes beyond preflight, delivering unmatched PDF creation, auto-correction, advanced editing and production automation to guarantee accurate exchange and precise PDF output. Enfocus picks up where other products leave off with features and capabilities that bridge every critical gap in professional graphic arts production environments.

Through a comprehensive technology partner program, Enfocus technologies are available to 3rd party developers. Major suppliers such as Agfa, Artwork Systems, Kodak, EFI, Fujifilm, Global Graphics, Heidelberg, Xerox, Screen Europe, Quad/Graphics, Vio and Xitron have integrated Enfocus technologies into their own PDF workflow system offerings.

Go to www.enfocus.com to discover more about Enfocus and the comprehensive solutions graphic arts professionals throughout the world rely on.

Enfocus is an Artwork Systems Brand.

Certified PDF is a registered trademark of Enfocus, patent pending. Enfocus PitStop Professional, Enfocus PitStop Automate, Enfocus PitStop Server, Enfocus Instant PDF, Enfocus Instant Barcode, Enfocus StatusCheck and CertifiedPDF.net are product names of Enfocus. All products and services are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners, and are hereby acknowledged.