has released a new version (2.8) of PStill, the PostScript-to-PDF conversion tool. The update offers improvements in performance and stability.
PStill provides automated PDF workflow by placing a drag and drop interface on top of the PStill Conversion Engine. You can drag in a PS, EPS, PDF or image file, and drag out the PDF result. Also, PStill’s EPS filter allows you to view an EPS as an antialiased PDF in any Mac OS X 10.2.4 or higher application that supports filter services.
PStill’s watched folders can have custom preference sets to repurpose the PDF for specific purposes. As of version 2.8, it contains four instant sets: Factory Standard, Publish to Web, Text as Outlines and Prepress. Since PStill is server-based, you can make the watched folders available on a network.
PStill has new digital prepress features in version 2.8, 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. Overprinting can be “pre-flighted” with a new overprint transparency switch. As of PStill 2.8, RGB images can be force converted to CMYK, and you can now set the frequency of checking the Watched (Hot) Folders.
Version 2.8 is a free upgrade to current PStill and Stone Studio owners; for new owners the cost is US$69. It is included as part of Stone Studio, Stone Design’s $299 suite of Mac OS X graphics and productivity applications. If you want to test drive PStill, a 30-day demo is available at Stone Design’s Web site.