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Enfocus' PDF quality-control program is more than just a bargain system for eliminating errors, finds Simon Eccles.
Enfocus Instant PDF 3.5 is a quality-control gateway for the creation of PDF documents at a customer site, followed by their automatic upload to a service provider. It ensures that PDFs will output correctly in a professional production cycle, mainly for print but also for the web if needed.
The alterations can be anything from adding page numbers to a file to remapping specific Pantone colours. A number of action lists are supplied and it's possible to import new ones, but Instant PDF cannot create new actions itself.
For that you need Enfocus' full-function PDF pre-flight and editing program, PitStop Professional.
It can also validate and convert PDFs into the print-specific PDF/X subsets, which have strict rules that exclude anything unprintable. These include PDF/X-1a (2004), PDF/X-3 and the even narrower 'Ghent Workgroup' PDF/X-Plus sets.
When files pass the Instant PDF checks, it embeds a validation certificate into the PDF so …