When you have to preflight or fix a lot of PDFs, there’s no better tool than Enfocus’s PitStop Professional 8. This $699 tool not only preflights PDFs, it lets you adjust many attributes such as fonts, colors, line width, page size and image resolution.
In addition, you can add or remove objects such as registration marks, color bars, or any page item. You can add smaller PDFs to larger PDF pages, record Action Lists for batch processing many PDFs at once, create templates, convert text to outlines, check for ink coverage, view objects that overprint, and much more.
If you find a problem, it will take you to it and helps you fix it.
Version 8 adds the ability to convert colors using the Adobe CMS, Little CMS, or the default CMS on your operating system. Version 8 also supports PDF/X-4, converts font formats, checks for missing glyphs, allows custom PDF profiles, and more. Upgrades cost $199–$299.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.