Enfocus’ new Switch update includes full support for the new Smart Preflight functionality introduced in PitStop Server 11. Smart Preflight offers Switch and PitStop Server users a more dynamic and accurate way of applying preflight and auto-correction settings, driven by the power of Switch variables. The new configurator streamlines communication between Switch 11 and Esko Automation Engine.
Smart Preflight that takes full advantage of the power of Switch 11
Switch 11 update 1 includes a new version of the PitStop Server configurator, compatible with the newly announced PitStop Server 11. It enables Smart Preflight in PitStop Server 11 using any of the variables available in Switch, including SQL databases, XML and JDF job tickets, embedded XMP values, private data variables created with the scripting API and all of Switch’s built-in variables.
‘PitStop 11 has introduced a new era in PDF preflight, and the combination of PitStop Server 11 and Switch 11 update 1 are making the possibilities endless. Each and every job can be checked to specific job requirements that can be sourced from the file itself, metadata values, job tickets or external data sources,’ said Dieter Wullaert, Switch Product Manager. ‘For example, you can check if an incoming file matches the specifications for that job in your order system, or alternatively whether it corresponds to the information entered on your website by the customer when uploading the job. Using the new rule-based variables, it’s possible to translate those values into real preflight checks – this new functionality is huge and unique in workflow automation.’
This new configurator for Esko’s Automation Engine (AE) provides support for AE job names, id’s and references. Based on the functionality in this new configurator, files can be picked up by Switch, processed as required by any of Switch’s many tools and other third-party configurators, and delivered into an Automation Engine Job without operator intervention. The new configurator also supports unattended initiation of Automation Engine workflows upon the delivery of a production file or XML job ticket by Switch.
‘Because of Switch’s unique file handling capabilities and thanks to the many other configurators already supported in Switch, it is now possible to complete additional processing before a file is delivered to Automation Engine”, states Dries Vandenbussche, Automation Engine Product Manager. “For example: a print buyer places ‘chocolate gift box.zip’ containing an Illustrator file on an FTP server monitored by Switch and the result in Automation Engine is a preflighted, color corrected and trapped PDF file. We are also very excited about formally joining the Switch community soon as a Crossroads Application Partner.”
Enfocus Crossroads is a community related to Enfocus Switch automation. Comprising Crossroads Application Partners, Crossroads Integration Partners and Switch users, the community provides automation best practices to other Switch users and prospects. A dedicated Crossroads web portal (www.crossroads-world.com) provides an extensive source of information about the Crossroads Partners and their integrated solutions.
Updated Microsoft Word configurators
Switch 11 update 1 includes new configurators for the world’s most popular text editor. Users can automate file processing in Microsoft Word 2010 (Windows) or 2011 (Macintosh) and convert all supported Word documents to PDF, rtf, txt, html, doc and docx at blazing speeds.
Switch 11 Web Services Module support
Switch 11 update 1 includes support for the new Web Services Module that allows users of Switch 11 to build secure, Web-based interfaces into a Switch workflow environment for job submission, file upload, review and approval.
Switch 11 update 1 will be available by the end of Q2, 2012.