pdfToolbox 8.1 improves profile management and introduces support for PDF/X-5n soft proofing

21 Okt. 2015


Berlin, October 21, 2015 – callas software, market leader for automated PDF quality control and archival solutions, just released version 8.1 of its pdfToolbox product line. pdfToolbox 8.1 now features soft proofing for multi-channel color and introduces “libraries” offering better organization of profiles.

PDF/X-5n soft proofing

pdfToolbox 8 introduced support for the creation of PDF/X-5n files, an ISO standard that is designed to support multi-channel color spaces in prepress data exchange. Now pdfToolbox can also do PDF/X-5n soft proofing.

Soft proofing of PDF/X-5n files enables color-accurate display of documents that use multi-channel ICC profiles. Multi-channel color is becoming increasingly important because more and more often printers use more than 4 colors on their digital presses. Another area where they are frequently used is packaging. The new soft proofing capabilities let users control color in different environments, which until now was only possible with highly specialized products.

The new feature is available in the standalone version of pdfToolbox 8.1 Desktop and in pdfToolbox 8.1 CLI, Server and SDK where soft proof images can be created.

pdfToolbox libraries

If custom preflight or correction profiles are created, pdfToolbox 8.1 can make one’s life much easier with pdfToolbox libraries. In pdfToolbox 8.1 different profile libraries can be managed; each library can contain a different set of profiles, checks, fixups and all other supporting settings (such as HTML templates, color conversion settings etc…). Libraries can be imported and exported to be shared between users, and it’s easy to switch between libraries in pdfToolbox to quickly work on different projects.


On November 17 at 4 pm CET David van Driessche, CTO at Four Pees, will hold an English webinar to introduce you to pdfToolbox 8.1. The webinar is free of charge. You can register via this link.

On November 12 at 10.30 am CET Marc Heusmann and Dietrich von Seggern from callas software will hold a German webinar. The webinar is free of charge. Please register via this link.

Availability and price

callas pdfToolbox 8.1 is immediately available:

  • The update to pdfToolbox 8.1 is free of charge for pdfToolbox 8 users.
  • pdfToolbox Desktop for manual processing as a plug-in within Adobe Acrobat or standalone, starts at 499 EUR. An upgrade from pdfToolbox 7 costs 199 EUR and an upgrade from pdfToolbox 6 costs 299 EUR.
  • pdfToolbox Server, CLI and SDK for fully automated, hands-off processing and integration in other solutions start at 3999 EUR. Upgrades to pdfToolbox Server 8 are included for customers who have an active support and maintenance agreement.

For further inquiries regarding availability, price, options or return on investment, please contact your local reseller or Four Pees via sales@fourpees.com. A fully functional time-limited trial version can be downloaded from www.callassoftware.com.

About callas software

callas software finds simple ways to handle complex PDF challenges. As a technology innovator, callas software develops and markets PDF technology for publishing, print production, document exchange and document archiving. callas software helps agencies, publishing companies and printers to meet the challenges they face by providing software to preflight, correct and repurpose PDF files for print production and electronic publishing. Businesses and government agencies all over the world rely on callas software’s future-proof, fully PDF/A compliant archiving products. In addition, callas software technology is available as a programming library (SDK) for developers with a need for PDF optimization, validation and correction. Software vendors such as Adobe®, Kodak®, Quark®, Xerox® and many others have recognized the quality and flexibility provided by these callas tools and have incorporated them into their solutions.

callas software actively supports international standards and has been participating in ISO, CIP4, the European Color Initiative, the PDF/A Competence Center and the Ghent PDF Workgroup. In addition, callas software is a founding member of the PDF/A Competence Center and in October 2010, Olaf Drümmer became its chairman.

callas software is based in Berlin, Germany. For more information, visit the callas software website at: www.callassoftware.com.

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