First features for OpenType SVG fonts
in Callas pdfToolbox and Enfocus PitStop

Recently I have published a warning regarding the use OpenType SVG fonts in Adobe InDesign CC2019 for PDFs for print production.

In the meantime, the manufacturers of the most important preflight tools have reacted and included corresponding functions in the latest versions of their products:

Read more…First features for OpenType SVG fonts
in Callas pdfToolbox and Enfocus PitStop

Enfocus PitStop 2019
with many small improvements

The improvements in Enfocus PitStop 2019 Update on one hand bring extensions of existing functions but also a more efficient handling of the PitStop tools.

My favorites are the following functions:

At there is a longer list of new features (incl. more videos) and I also found a detailed list of all changes (with screenshots).

GWG: new Landing Page and new
Preflight Profiles for Digital Printing

After the recent publication of the first specification for digital printing by the Ghent Workgroup (GWG), a new landing page for digital printing has now been released. A similar landing page has recently been launched for packaging and labels.

On the new digital printing page you can also download the new digital printing preflight profiles for Enfocus PitStop Pro and Callas pdfToolbox. The Callas profile can also be used with Acrobat DC Pro.

ATTENTION: The new profiles are called «GWG_Digital_Cutsheet_2015…». The year 2015 is justified by the fact that the new digital printing specification is based on the GWG2015 specifications for offset printing.

Disable the new security warning
in Acrobat and Distiller

Since the (unimportant) Acrobat update of April 9, 2019, users have been surprised by the following dialog box when converting PostScript and EPS files to PDF in Acrobat and Distiller:

This message appears in the following variants of Acrobat:

  • Acrobat DC: 2019.010.20099
  • Acrobat 2017: 2017.011.30138
  • Acrobat 2015 Classic: 2015.006.30493

Adobe has already published instructions for permanently disable this annoying security warning in Acrobat and Distiller.

An update to version 19.010.20100 for Windows has already been released on April 16, 2019, which prevents the security warning from opening while printing to Adobe PDF.

New PDF Layout Tool «Stepz»
for digital packaging and labels

Hybrid Software has announced a new PDF layout software for digital packaging and labels

As the name indicates, the main task of Stepz is the Step&Repeat function. Stepz is a slimmed-down version of Hybrid’s native PDF editor PACKZ.

The first version of Stepz is intended for users of HP Indigo digital presses with Global Graphics DFEs. (Finally, the Chairman of Hybrid Software has recently also become Chairman of Global Graphics…).