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|Stone Design Ships PStill 2.8|
PDF redistillation, PDF chaining
Albuquerque August 13, 2003 - Stone Design today shipped a new version of PStill™, its user friendly PostScript® to Portable Document Format (PDF) conversion program that does much, much more.
PStill provides automated PDF Workflow, and can repurpose and shrink printed output from every Mac OS X 10.2.4 application. PStill’s watched folders can have custom preference sets to repurpose the PDF for specific purposes. PStill now contains 4 instant sets: Factory standard, Publish to Web, Text as Outlines and Prepress. PStill is server based and you can make the watched folders available on the network.
This version features:
Stone Design CEO Andrew Stone comments “Here’s an easy solution to printing large banners inhouse! Just drop a PDF into the Tile Poster panel, select your size and overlap, and you are done! We provide an online tutorial to show you how to work with Create to make your posters.”
- Latest PStill Engine V 1.7 with performance and stability improvements
- Overprinting can be "pre-flighted" with new overprint transparency switch
- RGB images can be force converted to CMYK as a new option
- You can now set the frequency of checking the Watched (Hot) Folders
- PDF/X:1a and PDF/X:3 support, including custom conditions & ICC profiles
Recently added features include the ability to combine multiple PS, PDF, and graphic image files into one PDF document, and the ability to redistill PDF files to create smaller files. Also enhanced is a complete Postermaking module to let you turn any single page PDF into a large poster, that is tiled to allow printing on standard printers.
PStill for Mac OS X puts an easy to use, drag and drop interface on top of the PStill Conversion Engine, developed and enhanced by Frank Siegert for over 14 years. Users can drag in a PS, EPS, PDF, or image file, and drag out the PDF result. In addition, PStill’s EPS filter lets users view EPS as antialiased PDF in any Mac OS X application that supports filter services.
Andrew Stone notes, “Frank keeps improving the PStill engine and we provide the easy interface that Mac OS X users expect. Create and repurpose PDF that will print and view anywhere!”
PStill, using the latest 1.7 engine, has new digital prepress features, including the ability to process spot colors and take over overprinting settings. It is also now possible to output 2, 4, and 8 pages onto one physical page for “N-up” printing, as well as “scale to page”, add page numbers and instant tiling.
PStill will also shrink PDF files, in many cases creating much smaller files. CEO Stone says, “OS X’s ability to print to PDF from any application is great, but sometimes the files are huge. PStill can redistill those files, often shrinking them to more manageable sizes. We typically see savings of 40-70%! Users can determine what DPI and compression they want for even smaller output file sizes, which is excellent for web distribution of documents. And now they can do it directly from every Mac OS X running 10.2.4 or higher!”
PStill 2.8 is a free upgrade to current PStill and Stone Studio owners, and is available online from the Stone Store for $69. It is also included as part of Stone Studio™, Stone Design’s suite of Mac OS X graphics and productivity applications. A 30 day full-strength demo can be downloaded from Stone Design’s web site.
Stone Design Corporation of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was incorporated in 1984 and was the first developer to ship a product on NeXT hardware in 1989 with the release of TextArt. Since then, Stone Design has been a leader in innovative shrinkwrap software in the NEXTSTEP/OpenStep/Mac OS X marketplace. Create® - the high end drawing and web page making package - is Mac OS X’s first Cocoa native design application. Create®, PhotoToWeb®, GIFfun™, SliceAndDice™, TimeEqualsMoney™ and PackUpAndGo™ are Stone Design trademarks. Other names are trademarked by their respective companies.