Price When Reviewed: 429 . 119 . 189 . 1799
Pros: Comprehensive problem detection for PDF documents, with a range of automatic- and manual-editing tools, plus useful Certified PDF metadata for audit trail and undos.
Cons: Requires a copy of Adobe Acrobat to function. Creating Profiles and Actions could be easier, though it’s simpler and more flexible than Acrobat’s own preflighter.
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Enfocus PitStop is a publishing mainstay, and its PDF checking is central to publishing workflows throughout the industry.
It’s used to detect errors in PDF documents prior to professional printing, avoiding the need for expensive re-runs. It’s a wide-ranging plug-in for Adobe Acrobat 7, and can fix some problems automatically – others have to be fixed in the original layout application.
Although Acrobat 7 has a built-in preflight function, PitStop is easier to use. It supplies a range of manual-editing tools that expand on the small set that come with Acrobat.
PitStop runs through a checklist of potential problems based on a pre-defined profile, generating a report file (below) that flags warning or failure notices for each item. Enfocus provides profiles for common job types, including PDF/X subsets required by some publishers.