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These are the products we offer for publishing-workflow automation, print-workflow automation, prepress-workflow management, PDF-workflow automation, PDF-workflow-management, automated file retrieval.
prepress workflow automation software PDF workflow automation software PitStop Server
  print workflow automation software PDF workflow automation software Quite Hot Imposing 
prepress workflow automation software Switch

These products are publishing-workflow-automation solutions that run on both Macintosh computers and Windows computers. They are easy to install and use, yet they are versatile and powerful. These products are geared for PDF-based document production and are sometimes referred to as "PDF-workflow-automation software."

These products allow you to automate repetitive tasks that you are now doing manually — retrieving files from an FTP site; retrieving files sent as email attachments; sorting files based on file type, filename, page dimensions, other criteria; doing preflight tasks; doing page imposition; adding page numbers and Bates numbers, sending email notifications when particular events occur; more.

PitStop Server         
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PitStop Server software
PitStop Server is an automated preflighting and correction tool for high-volume PDF workflows. Using PDF Profiles and Action Lists, PitStop Server instantly analyzes, corrects, reports on and routes files based on the most stringent of requirements, including the PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4, and Ghent PDF Workgroup industry standards.

Hot folders make it easy to integrate PitStop Server into your workflow. For tighter integration, you can use PitStop Server's command-line interface instead of relying on PitStop Server's hot folders. Unlike PitStop Professional, PitStop Server does not rely on the Adobe Acrobat software.
New in PitStop Server 13...
  • Speed Improvements. PitStop Server 13 Update 1 includes new enhancements that improve the speed at which files are processed.

  • Create and edit Action Lists directly in PitStop Server. PitStop Server 13 does not requires PitStop Pro to create and edit Action Lists.

  • Preflight Restrictions. This is a very significant change to PitStop. PitStop Server 13 will allow the checks and fixes included in a Preflight Profile to be limited to certain aspects of a PDF — for example: a PDF page box, a certain page or several pages, different layers, more.

  • Select Inside Contour. This new feature of PitStop 13 Update 1 builds on the concept of Preflight restrictions, giving packaging & label printers a way to select objects only within a defined shape, such as a dieline or a cutter guide.

  • Customizable Preflight Messages. Messages can be customized with non-technical verbiage that can include suggestions for corrections, if necessary. And you can translate messages into languages not supported by PitStop.

  • Automatic Bleed Generation. PitStop 13 will automatically add bleed to PDF files.

  • OTHER ENHANCEMENTS: Improvements to Select Pages Action, enhanced Add Copied Graphic Action (great for placing grommets for large-format printing), new Crop Graphics Action.
Hot folders. Attach a PDF Profile to a hot folder and you're ready to go. PitStop Server comes with many commonly-used PDF Profiles right out of the box, so you don't lose time searching them out on the Internet or creating them yourself. And, so your workflow can match industry standards, PitStop Server enables PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4, and Ghent PDF Workgroup compliance — again, right out of the box. Hot folders can be locked to prevent tampering.

Command-line interface. For tighter integration, use PitStop Server's command-line interface instead of relying on hot folders. An easy mode allows instant integration of the preflight and auto-correction capabilities with standard settings, while the advanced mode allows full customization using an XML-driven integration.

Custom PDF Profiles. Need more control over the exact checks PitStop Server performs on your PDF files? The built-in PDF Profile Editor allows comprehensive customization of checks and corrections. And once you've got a tried-and-tested PDF Profile, you can export it and share it with other users.

Action Lists. If you want PitStop Server to make modifications to your PDF files, add Action Lists to your workflow. These powerful and editable scripts easily automate such repetitive tasks as page renumbering, color or overprint modifications, object replacement, and page resizing, to name just a few. PitStop Server comes with a large collection of Action Lists that will get you started quickly.

Smart Preflight & Correction. The Smart Preflight & Correction system allows users to use preflight rules that can depend on job-specific and production-specific information. The concept of "Variable Sets" makes this possible. A Variable Set is a group of variables to be used when preflighting or correcting PDF files. These variables are replaced at runtime with the right values for the job. details...

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PitStop Server is available for both Macintosh computers and Windows computers.

OFFICIALLY SUPPORTED:
Windows
Microsoft Windows 7, Home Premium, Business or Ultimate Edition (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 2008 Server Standard or Enterprise Edition (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 2008 Server R2 Standard or Enterprise Edition (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard, Essentials or Foundation Edition (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard, Essentials or Foundation Edition (64-bit only)

Macintosh
Mac OS X 10.8
Mac OS X 10.9
Mac OS X 10.10

Hardware
Minimum 2 GB recommended
PitStop Server can be used on other systems at your own risk, but it isn't officially supported if used in an environment that doesn't comply with the above specifications.

Contact us at 888-260-7316, info@CitationSoftware.com to get your free trial version of PitStop Server.

To buy PitStop Server on line, click the appropriate button below.

To order by phone, call us at 888-260-7316. To order by fax, download our order form, fill it out, and fax it to us at 207-433-1160.

NOTE THAT OUR COMPANY SELLS THIS PRODUCT TO CUSTOMERS WITHIN THE UNITED STATES ONLY.

PitStop Server Ver. 13 $3279.00 US PitStop Server
PitStop Server Ver. 13 Upgrade from Ver. 12 $769.00 US PitStop Server Upgrade
PitStop Server Ver. 13 Upgrade from Ver. 11 $1549.00 US PitStop Server Upgrade

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PitStop Server         
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Formats for preflight reports. PitStop Server can generate the same kind of user-friendly reports that PitStop Professional creates; PitStop Server can also generate preflight reports in an XML format.

Embedded preflight reports. You can embed PitStop Server's preflight report in the original PDF file; this provides clear and straightforward information to all users associated with that PDF file.

Customizable preflight reports. You can customize the preflight reports PitStop Server produces. You can even brand the reports for your company.

Just click to go to a problem. Simply click a link in a preflight report to go to the exact location in the PDF file where the problem is.

Standards-based. PitStop Server is based on industry standards: PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4, Ghent PDF Workgroup specifications.

Fast. PitStop Server 09 takes full advantage of multiple-processor or multiple-core systems.

Background processing. On the Mac, PitStop Server 09 can behave as a true background process.

Adobe Acrobat not required. You don't need to have Adobe Acrobat installed on the computer that's running PitStop Server.

Easy integration with the Switch software. Automate your workflow even more by using PitStop Server in conjunction with Switch.

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PitStop         
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Both PitStop Professional and PitStop Server contain the Smart Preflight & Correction System, a more-accurate and more-flexible way of preflighting and correcting files to specific production requirements.

Prior to Version 11, a PitStop Preflight Profile could only contain fixed checks and corrections — e.g., the resolution of an image must be higher than 300 dpi, or the page size should be A4. However, every job is different and comes with its specific order and production requirements. This meant that many different Preflight Profiles or a few very general Preflight Profiles were required for different types of jobs. Doing things this way meant that preflighting and corrections were not as specific and not as accurate as most users would desire.

To address this issue, the Smart Preflight & Correction System was developed. This system relies on the concept of "Variable Sets," a group of variables to be used when preflighting or correcting PDF files. At runtime, the PitStop Smart Preflight & Correction System replaces these variables with the right values for the job. The result is higher-quality PDFs.

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Quite Hot Imposing         
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Quite Hot Imposing is a stand-alone application (not a plug-in) that allows you to integrate automated, high-speed page-imposition operations into a document-production workflow by using hot folders or by using a command-line interface. Built on the rock-solid foundations of the Quite Imposing Plus plug-in and the Adobe PDF Library, Quite Hot Imposing lets you integrate imposition functions into heavy-duty, demanding workflows.

Quite Hot Imposing was designed to be very intuitive and easy to use. You don't have to be a programmer to use Quite Hot Imposing!

(But if you ARE a programmer, you can achieve tighter integration and you can take advantage of Quite Hot Imposing's advanced features.)

Quite Hot Imposing does not rely on the Adobe Acrobat software — that is, Adobe Acrobat does not have to be installed on the computer that's running Quite Hot Imposing.


Setup is easy!

It's easy to set up Quite Hot Imposing.

Create the control file. First, use the  Quite Imposing Plus  software to create the imposition scheme you want. (Quite Hot Imposing is designed to be used in conjunction with Quite Imposing Plus.) Quite Imposing Plus will generate a PDF file that contains inside it the information Quite Hot Imposing needs to do that same kind of imposition automatically.

Put the control file into a folder. Next, put the PDF file generated by Quite Imposing Plus (it's called a "Control File") into a folder on the computer that's running Quite Hot Imposing.

Define hot folders. Next, use Quite Hot Imposing to define a set of hot folders for that particular kind of imposition.

Ready to go! Now you're ready to start using Quite Hot Imposing to impose files automatically. Just put a PDF file into the appropriate hot folder, and Quite Hot Imposing will generate a new PDF file containing the imposed document.

(If you're a programmer, you can invoke Quite Hot Imposing directly, without using hot folders.)

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Quite Hot Imposing is available for both Macintosh computers and Windows computers.
Macintosh system requirements:   Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard")

Windows system requirements:   Windows XP or later
Call us at 888-260-7316 to arrange for your free trial version of Quite Hot Imposing.
You can buy your Quite Hot Imposing product on line at our Web Store by clicking one of the buttons below. If you prefer not to buy on line, we'll be happy to accept your order by phone or fax. To order by phone, call us at 888-260-7316. To order by fax, download our order form, fill it out, and fax it to us at 207-433-1160.

Regardless of whether you buy on line, by phone, or by fax, you can download the software and obtain the license numbers within 1-3 business days, under normal circumstances.
Pricing is shown below. Volume discounts are available – call.
New license for Quite Hot Imposing $2,950.00 US Financing is available for this product. No credit check required.
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Quite Hot Imposing         
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If you're a programmer, you can invoke Quite Hot Imposing by using its command-line interface and (if you like) its XML-based API to achieve very tight integration and to take advantage of Quite Hot Imposing's advanced features. Here is a command-line string that invokes Quite Hot Imposing.


C:>"C:\Program Files\Quite\Quite Hot Imposing 1.0\qi_applycommands.exe"
-control MyControlFile.xls -source MyInFile.pdf -target MyOutFile.pdf

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Quite Hot Imposing         
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  Bookletting. Do imposition for a booklet (saddle-stitched book).

n-Up. Arrange consecutive pages on a larger sheet.

Step and repeat. Arrange multiple copies of the same pages on larger sheets. Good for business cards, labels, postcards, etc. Also good for saving money on click fees — print two 8½" x 11" pages on an 11" x 17" sheet.

Tile (Split) pages. Split pages into multiple pages, or "tiles."

Modify whitespace at margins. Add or remove whitespace on some or all edges of page.

Re-position text & graphics on page. Move the text & graphics on page up, down, left, or right.

Re-order pages. Reverse page order, user-specified re-ordering, more.

Odd/even pages. Manage odd and even pages separately.

Insert pages. Insert blank pages; specify their dimensions. Also insert pages from a PDF file.

Backgrounds. Use custom backgrounds for watermarks, printer's marks, color bars, etc.

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Quite Hot Imposing         
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  Text stamping. Add arbitrary text and variable text such as filename, date and time, page numbers, page count.

Sequential numbering. Add page numbers, Bates numbers, more. Support for flexible numbering schemes: specify increment, skip pages, repeat numbers, more.

Mask out text & graphics. Draw a rectangle with your mouse to create a white box that obscures whatever is "underneath" or "behind" the rectangle.

Printer's marks. Add crop marks, registration marks, etc.

Annotations & form fields. Options to discard or convert to part of the imposition.

Manual imposition. Manually place pages over any other page at any scale.

Automation sequences (macros). Save a sequence of commands to use again on future impositions.

Bleeds. Define bleeds; impose pages with artwork that overruns the printing edge (designed to be trimmed later).

Imposition information. View origin of imposed pages for full accountability; also extract imposed pages for reuse, and delete pages from imposition.

PDF/X support. Checks the PDF/X status of a file and preserves the PDF/X data (if any) in the imposition. PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4, and PDF/X-5 are supported.

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Switch         
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prepress workflow automation software PDF workflow automation software Switch lets you save time and money by automating your document-production workflow. It is a modular software solution that integrates with existing systems and with software applications used by the graphic-arts industry. Switch can speed up job processing and reduce errors by automating repetitive tasks. Automating work processes with Switch frees up your staff's time so they can focus on revenue-generating activities.

Switch eliminates the need for people to perform repetitive tasks associated with receiving and sorting files. It can automatically download files from one or more FTP servers, it can receive files as email attachments, and it can retrieve files from hot folders. Using various user-specified criteria, Switch can sort files that have been retrieved into different folders, or transmit them to the appropriate destination, so each file is ready for processing or archiving.
Switch can do many things beyond these basic functions. For example, you can have Switch send notification emails to your customer-service representatives or even directly back to customers when particular criteria are met.

Switch integrates seamlessly with many popular applications used in the graphic-arts industry, including Adobe Distiller, callas pdfToolBox Server, Microsoft Word, PitStop Server, PitStop Connect, QuarkXPress, Quite Hot Imposing, and more.

In addition, Switch can be integrated with Management Informatiom Systems (MIS), Digital Asset Management Systems (DAM), Web-to-Print systems, and database systems.

Switch is a reliable solution even in demanding environments. Scalability and intelligence can be enhanced by adding modules as required.
File reception. Retrieves files from an FTP site, retrieves files sent as email attachments, retrieves files dropped in hot folders.

File handling. Renames, sorts, routes, and archives files based on file type, naming conventions, and other criteria. Routing can be done via FTP, email, folder drop.

E-mail notifications. Sends plain-text or HTML email notifications automatically when particular events occur.

Support for metadata and variables. Variables referring to different properties of a job and its embedded metadata can be used to customize how jobs are sorted and how tools act on them. For example, this makes it possible to sort a job based on an embedded XMP field or to customize the subject of an email message so the name of the job is added exactly where needed.

Support for integration of many applications. Many popular applications used by the graphic-arts industry can be integrated with Switch.

Logging. Performs activity logging.

Wizard. The flow Wizard makes it easy to create common workflow designs.

Drag-and-drop design tool. The Visual Flow Editor lets you create a customized workflow design just by dragging and dropping. You can also use the Visual Flow Editor to customize a workflow design created with the Flow Wizard.
Switch is a modular solution that can easily evolve with your changing requirements. Start with the Switch Core Engine and add one or more modules if and when you need them.

Switch Core Engine

The Switch Core Engine supports powerful file-management features such as sorting, routing and tracking of files. The Switch Core Engine also enables PDF-specific handling such as the ability to split and merge PDF files. You can use the information already available in jobs to make routing decisions. For example, you can configure Switch to take specific actions based on file-naming conventions, the number of pages in a file, the number of colors in a file.

The modules listed below let you enhance Switch's capabilities when new needs arise.

Configurator Module. Enables integration, control and automation of many applications used in the graphic-arts industry.  more > 

Database Module. Automates communication between a database application and Switch.  more > 

Metadata Module. Lets you enhance workflow intelligence by using information stored in XML or JDF tickets or stored as XMP data.  more > 

Scripting Module. Enables Switch to take advantage of custom-developed Visual Basic Scripts, JavaScript scripts, or AppleScripts.  more > 

Performance Module. Can boost the processing speed of the Switch Core Engine.  more > 

SwitchClient Module. A desktop application that is used by humans to submit jobs to Switch and to interact with jobs when required.  more > 

Switch Web Services Module. Allows applications such as Web portals to integrate and drive Switch.  more > 

SwitchProxy Module. A proxy server that ensures network security and business continuity.  more > 
Switch is available for both Macintosh computers and Windows computers.

OFFICIALLY SUPPORTED:
Windows
Microsoft Windows XP SP2Professional or Home Edition
Microsoft Windows 2003 Server Standard or Enterprise Edition (32-bit and 64-bit, running in 32-bit mode)
Microsoft Windows 7, Home Premium, Business or Ultimate Edition (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 2008 Server Standard or Enterprise Edition (32-bit and 64-bit, running in 32-bit mode)
Microsoft Windows 2008 Server R2 Standard or Enterprise Edition (64-bit, running in 32-bit-mode)

Macintosh
Mac OS X or Mac OS X Server v.10.5, 10.6 and 10.7

Hardware
Dual Core processor (Quad core recommended)
Minimum 2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
1024x768 screen resolution
MAC Intel Only
Switch can be used on other systems at your own risk, but it isn't officially supported if used in an environment that doesn't comply with the above specifications.
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Switch         
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The Switch Configurator Module enables integration, control and automation of some of the most popular applications used in the graphic-arts industry. Building solutions for preflight, page-imposition, color management, and more is a breeze when you employ the Switch Configurator Module.

If you want to integrate applications for which the Switch Configurator Module does not have built-in integration support, you can effect the necessary integration by using hot folders, CLI (command-line interface), or scripting.

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Switch         
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The Switch Database Module automates the communication between a database application and Switch. It allows you to:
  • Use values from a database wherever Switch can use variables.

  • Read, write, update and delete information in databases whenever a job passes the Switch "Database connector" flow element.

  • Visualize content straight from a database in SwitchClient and PitStop Connect.
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Switch         
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The Metadata Module lets you enhance workflow intelligence by using information stored in XML or JDF tickets or stored as XMP data.
  • Use metadata wherever Switch uses variables; for example to route files or process jobs dynamically.

  • Update or add information in XMP packages.

  • Visualize variable content in SwitchClient and PitStop Connect.
By reusing this information Switch enables you to get the most out of previous investments and personalize your service to customers.

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The Switch Scripting Module enables Switch to take advantage of custom-developed Visual Basic Scripts, JavaScript scripts, or AppleScripts. A separate SwitchScripter application is provided to assist the user in the development and debugging of scripts. This module gives you complete freedom to customize your workflow to your particular needs.

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The Switch Perfomance Module can boost the processing speed of the Switch Core Engine by exploiting advanced hardware configurations with multiple processors and high amounts of RAM memory, allowing you to increase the number of processes Switch executes simultaneously.

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Switch         
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The SwitchClient Module is a desktop application that is used by humans to submit jobs to Switch and to interact with jobs when required.

The SwitchClient Module comes with 5 SwitchClient licenses, enabling 5 different people to run and access Switch simultaneously. Additional licenses can be purchased.

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Switch         
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The Switch Web Services Module allows applications such as Web portals to integrate and drive Switch. You can use it to improve customer service by enabling your customers to submit files straight from a familiar environment such your company's Web site. Your customers can track and approve jobs directly in Switch without having to leave the familiar environment of your company's Web site.

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Switch         
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The SwitchProxy Module is a proxy server that ensures network security and business continuity: clients can always deliver data to your company's server even while it is being maintained or updated.

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