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Enfocus upgrades product line to Acrobat 7, PDF 1.6 compatibility

March 16, 2005

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Enfocus Software recently announced current and forthcoming Acrobat 7- and PDF 1.6-compatible versions of its product line, with the English-language version of the company's flagship product, Pitstop Professional 6.5, immediately available. (See "What's New with Pitstop 6.5".)

Other language versions of PitStop 6.5 and Acrobat 7/PDF 1.6-compatible upgrades for Enfocus Instant PDF and PitStop Server are scheduled to become available in the following weeks and will also be available via free download. In addition, Enfocus' OEM partners will now be able to integrate a PDF 1.6 compatible version of the Enfocus PitStop Library in their workflow solutions.

"We have always strived to be compatible, as quickly as possible, with the latest version of PDF and Acrobat," says Patrick Van Dam, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Enfocus Software. "These new upgrades to all of our products, engineered specifically to meet graphic-arts needs, will allow our customers to do much more than they could with just Acrobat alone."

The new versions will also check and correct on the newly expanded range of functions Adobe brings in its latest version of Acrobat, such as the use of OpenType fonts and new annotation types.

With this release of PitStop Professional, Enfocus also re-institutes one of its most heralded features: Text-editing of PDF files using embedded fonts. The licensing conditions of Adobe Acrobat 6 had forced Enfocus to restrict text editing in its PitStop Professional 6 version. As Adobe relaxed its licensing conditions for Acrobat 7, Enfocus was able to reactivate this feature. Enfocus explains the updated text-editing rules:

"In PitStop Professional 6.5, in conjunction with Acrobat 7, the following font-licensing rules apply: If the font is embedded and contains licensing information, PitStop Professional honors that information; otherwise, the user is asked whether he is licensed to edit the font. If so, text editing is allowed. In PitStop Professional 6.5, in conjunction with Acrobat 6 on Mac OS X, text editing is only allowed if the font is installed on your system."

[See the Enfocus Knowledge Base article "New text editing restrictions in PitStop Professional 6.0 and higher" for more information.]

Julie Shaffer, Director, Center for Imaging Excellence, PIA/GATF, says, "Bringing embedded font-editing back to PitStop Professional will have a tremendous, positive impact on the many thousands of Enfocus customers worldwide who rely on it. It is one of the breakthrough, indispensable features that has made PitStop a critical component of PDF-for-print workflows."

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