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Built-in Preflight Profiles

Enfocus Pitstop Preflighting stops uncertified PDFs from ever getting to the pressroom floor. Now you can catch uncertified PDFs before even a single plate or image is output.

The purpose of the Enfocus certified status check is to determine if incoming PDF documents contain an Enfocus certificate. This certificate determines if it has previously passed (or failed) a preflight check using the same profile, prior to reaching the RIP.

If a PDF document passes the check, the RIP monitor reports: StatusCheck: document '<path/name>' certified

If a document fails the check, the RIP monitor reports: StatusCheck: document '<path/name>' not certified

You can also check a box that will allow the RIP to 'Abort the job if the status check fails' thus preventing an uncertified PDF from printing. This check allows you to ensure the validity of the incoming jobs and as such be sure the files are passed successfully through the RIP and workflow.

Also included with every RIP is an overprint control strip for checking that proofs and prints made from files transmitted as PDF/X have rendered correctly. When the job is later converted to one of the PDF/X conformance levels and then proofed or printed, the strip will show whether or not the rendering process in that proofing or pre-press system has been configured in conformance to the PDF/X standards.

  • PDF/X-1a:2001 is designed to provide the most robust and, to some extent, least flexible delivery of PDF content data. It requires that the color of all objects be expressed in CMYK or spot colors, prepared for the intended printing conditions. Elements in RGB or Lab color spaces or tagged with ICC profiles are prohibited. It also requires that all fonts used in the job be embedded in the supplied PDF file.
  • PDF/X-3:2002 allows slightly more flexibility in that color managed workflows are also supported—elements in Lab, and with attached ICC source profiles may also be used.
  • PDF/X-4:2008 supports color-managed, CMYK, gray, RGB or spot color data, as well as optional content and PDF transparency.
  • PDF/X-4p can be used with an externally supplied ICC Profile for the output intent.
  • PDF/X-5g is an extension of PDF/X-4 that allows the use of workflows similar to those used with OPI. That is, the ability to reference externally supplied files.
  • PDF/X-5pg is an extension of PDF/X-4p that allows the use of workflows similar to those used with OPI, together with a reference to an external supplied ICC Profile for the output intent.
  • Support for PDF/X-4p, PDF/X-5g, PDF/X-5pg requires the ability for the RIP to find external files (ICC color profiles for PDF/X-4p and PDF/X-5pg and reference XObjects for PDF/X-5g and PDF/X-5pg).
  • Support for PDF/X-4, PDF/X-4p, PDF/X-5g and PDF/X-5pg allows a digital front end to be constructed which is compliant with PDF/VT-1, PDF/VT-2 and PDF/VT-2s.

The following Enfocus PitStop 4.0 lib/v7 preflight profiles are included with the RTI Harlequin RIP: B&W v3.0, B&W + Spot v3.0, CMYK v3.0, CMYK + 1 Spot v3.0, Generic Office v3.0, Generic Press v3.0, PDF to Web v3.0, PDF/X-1a:2001 v5.0, PDF/X-1a:2001 v5.0 Verify, PDFX-3:2002 v5.0, PDF/X-3:2002 v5.0 Verify, and Soft Proof v3.0, and some new 2003 PDF/X profiles (PDF/X-1a:2003 v5.0, PDF/X-1a:2003 v5.0 Verify, PDF/X-3:2003 v5.0, PDF/X-3:2003 v5.0 Verify). You can also install additional Enfocus PDF profiles if necessary.

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