Enfocus has released the next major upgrade to its Connect product line, Connect 13, which features a number of workflow and delivery enhancements for printers.

The software update also aims give designers an easy-to-use solution for delivering press-ready PDF files to their print service provider by streamlining the file preparation and submission process.

Connect enables the printer to control all the settings for PDF creation and verification, job ticketing and final job submission into their production facility. Designers benefit by eliminating the need to learn layout production settings, deal with FTP addresses or logon credentials.

‘Printers and designers are working towards the same goal: easily getting their files into production to meet critical deadlines,’ explained Michael Reiher, product manager. ‘However, there are many obstacles to this goal, and we know that if we eliminate technical barriers and give control to the printer; designers will encounter fewer hassles, incoming jobs will flow faster through production, proofing cycles will be reduced and everyone will come out a winner.’

New workflow and control functions in Connect 13 allow users to specify delivery rules based on file type, making it easy for a print service provider to control which file types they will accept before the customer submits them. In addition, there are expanded controls for PDF creation, a simplified XML job ticket format and support for all Enfocus PitStop preflight report styles.