PR: Enfocus announces multi-level PDF/X initiative
Includes Comprehensive Guidebook, Educational Seminars, Free/Downloadable PDF/X Profiles and Action Lists, and Dedicated User Group

15 May 2002

San Mateo, CA and Chicago, IL -- Enfocus Software, the leading publisher of Adobe PDF tools and developer of the Enfocus Certified PDF workflow for fail-safe PDF file exchange, today announces a multi-level PDF/X initiative designed to offer comprehensive training and support to PDF users (both creators and receivers) working toward PDF/X compliance.

Enfocus' multi-level PDF/X initiative includes:

  • Co-sponsorship of "The PDF/X Guide" in conjunction with IPA (International Prepress Association) and others, available early June. Announcement of the Guide is being made during the IPA Conference, "Premedia 2002", being held in Chicago this week

  • Free and downloadable PDF/X and PDF/X Plus Profiles via the Enfocus website and its partners' websites

  • Hosting of Online PDF/X Training Sessions Beginning May 29

  • Establishment of an Enfocus PDF/X User Group

  • PDF/X Training for Enfocus Certified Resellers and Trainers

"PDF/X is a major step toward reliable exchange of PDF files in publishing applications," says Peter Camps, Enfocus CEO. "As it is Enfocus' mission to be a leader in making PDFs easy and reliable for the marketplace, we're not stopping with technology support for PDF/X creation and checking. As a major PDF proponent, it is also Enfocus' responsibility to cooperate with industry groups, vendors, and users to successfully forward PDF/X adoption.

"As a result, we're offering free educational and communications tools for what is anticipated to be a large PDF/X user community."

Camps says Enfocus has gained experience in bringing extra educational and communications tools to the PDF user community as a result of its involvement with European industry associations such as Medibel+, Febelgra, Oppo and Sicogif. "Our customers have made us pretty competent in this arena," he says, adding, "We've been testing, fine-tuning, and helping people make better PDFs and perfect their PDF workflows for a long time."

Enfocus PDF/X Initiative Offerings

Enfocus conceived of and is co-sponsoring, the creation and publication of a comprehensive guidebook explaining PDF/X, Certified PDF/X workflows, Basics, How-To techniques and PDF/X Plus Profiles. Primary co-sponsor IPA will offer the guidebook as an electronic download from its website ( and the sponsors anticipate that a print version will be available in June. The Guide is also being sponsored by TIME, Inc., industry associations: DDAP (Digital Distribution of Advertising for Publication), dMACS (Digital Magazines Advertising Canadian Specifications), GASAA (The Australian Graphic Design Association) and other industry vendors and organizations to be announced.

PDF/X Profiles are included with all of Enfocus' core products: Instant PDF, PitStop Professional and PitStop Server. Starting in June, Enfocus users will be able to download free Enfocus Certified PDF Profiles, specifically designed to support PDF/X, at Enfocus PDF, PDF/X and PDF/X Plus Profiles are sets of specifications and rules for successful creation of PDFs for specific purposes, or in specific workflows. Additionally, a PDF or PDF/X Profile defines and identifies potential problems within a PDF document both during and/or after creation. The PDF Profile can be set to warn of an issue, flag an error, or in most cases, actually correct the problem. PDF/X Plus Profiles are PDF/X compliant with additional checks recommended for specific market segments (e.g., magazines, newspapers, commercial printing, etc.).

A series of free, online audio/web seminars offering basic training in PDF/X, with specific how-to information and tips on creating PDF/X documents, will begin May 29. The seminars will premiere with renowned PDF expert and Enfocus Certified PDF Evangelist, Michael Jahn, as host. Sign-up information will be available soon at where a full schedule of seminar dates will also be posted. Those interested in signing-up immediately and in advance of web-based registration can call Enfocus' U.S. office at 1 650 358 1210.

Moderated by Jahn, the Enfocus PDF/X User Group will begin as an eforum for communication and exchange at As interest and involvement builds, Enfocus will organize activities, including seminars and special interest workshops, on an as-needed basis and often in partnership with industry vendors and organizations.

About Enfocus: Enfocus Software, internationally recognized as a pioneer of PDF related software, publishes powerful tools for the rapid and accurate flow of PDF documents in the publishing, graphic arts, Internet and ePaper markets. Enfocus enables users to create, edit, check, verify and auto-correct PDF documents with confidence. Enfocus' tools are compatible with Windows and Mac OS systems. Enfocus' flagship products, PitStop Professional and PitStop Server, along with new Instant PDF, are part of the Enfocus Certified PDF workflow solutions.

Enfocus Software is a wholly owned subsidiary of Artwork Systems Group.

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

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