What is this website

This site is intended to be a small manual in Spanish and English of the Enfocus PitStop action lists used to modify PDF documents related to graphic arts (especially printed ones).

This website is not related in any way to Enfocus, the manufacturer of PitStop, nor is this commercial firm related to this website. Automatizarpdf.com is a private initiative of one person who maintains other sites.

What are PitStop Actions Lists

An action list is a sequence of PitStop commands made to be executed sequentially on a PDF document to modify or check an specific issue.

Actions lists are specifically designed to be run with the server version of PitStop on large groups of PDFs, to check and modify them automatically without human intervention using the hot folder system, but they can also be used with the Acrobat Pro plug-in version of PitStop.

The action lists are divided into five main sections (selections, changes, checksreports and configuration). Besides, there are several logical operators to link and modify complex selections.

The actions list handbook

The pages listed below are the handbook itself. Each page is a detailed explanation of each command available in the Enfocus PitStop action lists.

They are grouped under the main headings mentioned above, but in addition, each page also has tags that allow you to view the commands grouped by concepts such as "barcodes", "colour", "RGB", "DeviceLink profiles", etc:

"Debería ser..."

On the Spanish pages of the handbook, below the action name in English there is a phrase in Spanish "En español debería ser…" ("In Spanish it should be:"). Sometimes i'ts followed just by "Ok" and sometimes by a different translation into Spanish.

The reason for this section is that not a few of the Spanish translations of the programme are unclear or even incorrect and confusing. The section "En español debería ser…" indicates what, in my opinion, would be the correct title or name of the command.

I agree it may seem a trivial detail, but in not a few cases the current translation hinders the understanding of the purpose of the action described, hence this section. I know that quite a few times the correction indicated is a flimsy detail, but the purpose of the indicated difference is to maintain coherence —It's my website and i'ts a personal quirk I have to live with. Welcome to my world.

Some basic information to get started

If you have come this far, you probably have some idea of what PitStop is and how it works. Most likely you are looking for how to perform a specific operation.

If it is not so not (or even if it is), I recommend you to take a preliminary look at the following pages. Some of them are reference pages that explain settings or parameters that appear repeatedly time and again in many commands. Understanding accurately how they work can help you to use the actions better.

Not all of them are written down and I will add new ones as I see fit.

The program and its environment

Action lists and automation in PitStop

Colour, profiles and inks

Diverse subjects

Some list as examples

These are examples used to explain how action lists are created. To understand the explanations, it is best to refer to these pages in the order in which they appear in this list, as they are incremental (they take for granted the previous explanations).

Comments, questions and feedback

If you have any question, comment of general feedback, I suggest you to contact with this website. I don't promise to answer and I may not know what the proper answer is (Enfocus PitStop is very complex and I am just a graphic designer doing this website in his spare time), but if you write reasonably and clearly, explaining your problem, I may try to help you.

In any case, I hope this little manual of action lists in PitStop Pro may be of help to someone.

Gustavo Sánchez (2023, March)