Enfocus Switch 2018 released

The update of the workflow software Enfocus Switch 2018 mainly features enhancement in the area of job administration:

  • Job Finder: quickly find job status
  • Configurable Boards: flexible view of jobs
  • Webhooks: connectivity with external services (e.g. MIS)
  • One-click actions: release all connections, access to job variables and metadata
  • Private Data: now also accessible without Scripting module

In May additional new features (new reporting module, additional one-click actions) shall be available.

An overview of the new features is also available in a YouTube video (4’08”).


Enfocus Connect 2017 available

Enfocus has released an upgrade to the Connect product family with support for Switch 2017 and Pitstop 2017. Connect helps creative and print professionals create print ready PDF files and delivers them, with job ticket specifications, in an easy to use way from most applications to internal or remote locations.

I have used Enfocus Connect to create the Connectors for the PDFX-ready Online Tools.


Barcode check in PDF files
with ChkBarcode from CSci

Software developer CSci from Hamburg has released ChkBarcode. This software allows checking of barcodes in PDF files for printing.

ChkBarcode checks quickly and securely all barcodes directly in the ready-to-print PDFs. The verification software ChkBarcode finds 1D and 2D barcodes, determines the type, reads the contents and measures the quite zone, checks the dimensions, measures the barcode elements and determines the bar width reduction (BWR). With ChkBarcode, you can create a QS report and use the results to control your workflow.


Enfocus PDF Review Module released

At last years Drupa Enfocus had showcased a new technology which allows to better integrate customers into review and approval workflows. This technology is now released as Switch PDF Review Module.

PDF Review Module consists of two parts:

  • a Switch App which uploads a PDF to a web server, and
  • the PDF Review web server, which can be installed on any internal or external host.

Weiterlesen / ContinueEnfocus PDF Review Module released

Use of GWG preflight profiles
with Agfa Apogee Prepress 10

Agfa offers in Apogee Prepress 10 a choice of two different preflight processes. Apogee Preflight is a solution developed by Agfa while Preflight is based on Enfocus PitStop. For both there are now preflight profiles available which are compliant with the lastest GWG2015 specifications of the Ghent Workgroup.

In a short instruction the use of the GWG2015 profiles with both preflight processors in Apogee 10 is described.


Kodak Prinergy Workflow Version 8 announced

Kodak has announced Version 8 of their Prinergy Workflow System. Prinergy 8 now offers a single workflow for both offset and digital printing. Prinergy can be integrated with printing systems from Ricoh, Minolta, Landa and Komori. It includes the new universal Digital Job Ticket Editor

In addition the packaging features were enhanced. The latest Specifications of the Ghent Workgroup for packaging are supported.


Tucanna releases tFlow 5

Tucanna has released tFlow 5. It’ a combination of tFlow Production and tFlow Approval and comes as a SaaS solution. The workflow software is targeted for digital printing. It has a nice user interface. Under the hood it’s powered by the Callas pdfToolbox Server. tFlow benefits from the new possibilites of pdfToolbox 9 for using variables in profiles. The new features are presented in a short webinar.


Callas pdfToolbox 9
with Scripting for Variables

Annonced long before Drupa Callas pdfToolbox 9 is now available. These are the highlights of the new version:

  • Support for the CxF standard (spectal data) for defining spot colors in PDF
  • Zoom feature and Wireframe display in pdfToolbox Desktop viewer
  • Features for Large Format Printing
  • Use of Shapes for the creation of new objects
    (e.g. Varnish, Diecut line)
  • Improvements for preflight variables (incl. scripting)

A detailed list of all new features can be found in the Release Notes.

More information and examples are available in an english webinar recording (72’14”). 

I have waited long time for the scripting feature for variables. This allows extremly flexible preflight and fixing profiles. Hopefully Adobe recognizes this as well and will include this feature in an upcoming Acrobat version…!


Enfocus and ESKO support
PDF Processing Steps

The PDF Processing Steps Specification just published by the Ghent Workgroup (GWG) is already supported by Enfocus and their parent company ESKO. This was expected since the author of this GWG specification is the head of software development at ESKO.

The Processing Steps are used in the following applications:

At Drupa these software tools can be seen at the joined stand 8a/A23 of ESKO and Enfocus .