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pdfToolbox stellt eine leistungsstarke, dynamische und leicht zu integrierende PDF-Verarbeitung bereit: von der schnellen visuellen Überprüfung und Korrektur bis hin zur vollständig automatisierten Verarbeitung tausender Dateien. Auf Basis der auch von Adobe in Acrobat verwendeten Technologie ermöglicht pdfToolbox Prüfen und Korrigieren selbst sehr komplexer Probleme, Farbmanagement, Ausschießen, Konvertierung von und nach PDF und mehr. Die pdfToolbox-Technologie wird von kleinen Unternehmen, großen Publishing-Häusern und Druckereien gleichermaßen wie von OEMs verwendet, die die Technologie in eigene Produkte integriert haben.

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callas pdfToolbox Server automatisiert und standardisiert den Prozess der Dateiübermittlung und des Empfangs. Für Print-, Verlags-, Werbe-, Verpackungs- und Design-Unternehmen bietet er die umfassendste Lösung für automatisiertes, qualitativ hochwertiges Preflighting und zuverlässige automatische Korrektur von PDF-Dateien. callas pdfToolbox Server beschleunigt Durchlaufzeiten von Aufträgen und reduziert Fehlerraten deutlich.

Vollständig automatisierte Verarbeitung

Der pdfToolbox Server ermöglicht die vollkommen automatische Verarbeitung von PDF-Dokumenten. Es lassen sich jede Anzahl von Verarbeitungsaufträgen konfigurieren. Für jeden dieser Job wird ein Hotfolder konfiguriert, der laufend vom pdfToolbox Server überwacht wird. Sobald neue Dateien eingehen, werden sie „abgeholt“ und gemäß den Einstellungen für diesen Job verarbeitet. Werden Fehler erkannt, wird die verarbeitete Datei in einen Ausgabeordner für fehlerhafte Dateien geschoben; war die Verarbeitung fehlerfrei, wird die Datei in den Ausgabeordner für erfolgreiche PDF-Erstellung gelegt.

pdfToolbox Server kann aber auch manuelle Verabeitungsschritte in einen automatischen Arbeitsablauf integrieren. Soll jemand die fehlerhaften Dateien prüfen und entscheiden, ob sie wirklich ein Produktionsproblem darstellen oder ob sie korrigiert werden können? Kein Problem! Mit pdfToolbox Server können Dateien automatisch an einem Checkpoint verwahrt werden. Anwender von pdfToolbox Desktop erhalten dann eine Liste der Dateien in diesem Checkpoint und können sie auf ihrem Rechner zur Kontrolle oder Korrektur öffnen. Nach der Prüfung kann die Datei (oder die geänderte Version) an einen der beiden Ausgabeordner (Erfolg oder Fehler) zur weiteren Verarbeitung im Arbeitsablauf gesendet werden.

Möchten Sie PDF-Automatisierung zur Qualitätskontrolle oder Korrektur in komplexeren Workflows konfigurieren? pdfToolbox Server lässt sich nahtlos in Automatisierungslösungen wie Enfocus Switch und Laidback FileTrain integrieren. Dateien von FTP-Servern abholen oder an sie senden, E-Mail-Benachrichtigungen, Datenbankanbindungen, Arbeit mit XML-Dateien und vieles mehr ist so möglich.

Probleme beheben … oder einfach melden

Jeder Job mit pdfToolbox Server kann ein Preflight-Profil enthalten. Diese Profile ermöglichen dann die automatisierte Qualitätskontrolle. Die Profile können aber auch Korrekturen enthalten, um häufig auftretende PDF-Probleme zu beheben. Mit vielen vorkonfigurierten Profilen unterstützt pdfToolbox Server direkt nach der Installation bereits eine große Bandbreite von Preflight-Standards:

  • alle ISO-PDF-Standards: PDF/X, PDF/A, PDF/E und PDF/VT
  • alle Spezifikationen der Ghent Workgroup für diverse Segemente

Selbstverständlich können Sie alle vorkonfigurierten Profile direkt mit pdfToolbox Server erweitern oder anpassen, um exakt die Qualitätskontrollvorgaben Ihres Arbeitsablaufs zu erfüllen.

Skalierfähigkeit

Da der pdfToolbox Server multi-prozessor-fähig ist, kann er unterschiedliche Aufträge parallel verarbeiten. So lassen sich mit der Standardlizenz bis zu acht Dateien gleichzeitig verarbeiten. Noch mehr parallele Prozesse erlaubt die unbegrenzte Lizenz von pdfToolbox Server, die nur noch durch die Leistungsfähigkeit des Rechners begrenzt ist.

Möchten Sie die Verarbeitung auf mehrere Systeme verteilen? pdfToolbox Server ist auch dazu in der Lage. Sie können für pdfToolbox Server über ein Upgrade als pdfToolbox Dispatcher verwenden. Dabei bleiben alle vorherigen Jobkonfigurationen erhalten. Der Dispatcher arbeitet dann mit einem oder mehreren pdfToolbox Satelliten zusammen. Diese können auf demselben oder auf unterschiedlichen Rechnern im Netzwerk installiert werden und kommunizieren dann mit dem Dispatcher. Dies erlaubt die Verteilung der Arbeit im Netzwerk, organisiert und überwacht durch den Dispatcher.

Dynamisches Preflight – maximale Flexibilität

Seit Jahren verfügt pdfToolbox Server über die Möglichkeit, Variablen in Preflight-Profilen zu verwenden. Dadurch können die Preflight- oder Korrektur-Einstellungen dynamisch zur Laufzeit angepasst werden, abhängig von der verarbeiteten PDF-Datei oder der zugehörigen Metadaten. Arbeitsabläufe werden dadurch deutlich flexibler und die Anzahl der benötigten Profile sinkt was den Pflegeaufwand reduziert. Außerdem unterstützt die pdfToolbox Prozesspläne, womit sich ganze Abläufe über Bedingungen steuern lassen, so dass die Verarbeitungsfolge abhängig von der jeweiligen PDF Datei ist.

Mit Variablen in den Preflight-Profilen der pdfToolbox werden dynamische Änderungen an den Preflight-Prüfungen und -Korrekturen möglich, so dass bei Arbeitsabläufen, in denen sich bestimmte Parameter regelmäßig ändern (z. B. die Größe einer Anzeige) keine Anpassung der Profile notwendig ist: alle Anzeigen lassen sich mit demselben Profil und jeweils über die Variablen angepasster Sollgröße der Anzeige verarbeiten. In ähnlicher Weise können auch bestimmte Prüfungen oder Korrekturen komplett ein- bzw. ausgeschaltet werden.

Prozesspläne definieren eine Abfolge von Schritten, die eine PDF-Datei durchlaufen soll. Jeder Schritt kann wiederum ein Preflight-Profil, eine einzelne Prüfung oder Korrektur oder eine Aktion (z. B. Seiten als Bilder speichern, Booklet ausschießen, ...) sein. Mit Prozessplänen lassen sich auch Preflight-Reports auf Basis des Ergebnisses jedes Schritts erzeugen. Auch kann man Schritte überspringen, abhängig von den Ergebnissen des vorherigen Schritts.

Komfortable Steuerung

Gleich ob ein einzelner pdfToolbox Server verwendet wird oder ein pdfToolbox Dispatcher die Last auf unterschiedliche Systeme verteilt: Die Einrichtung und Überwachung der Verarbeitung im Netzwerk kann kompliziert sein. pdfToolbox vereinfacht dies durch entferntes (remote) Konfigurieren und Überwachung von jeder pdfToolbox-Desktop Instanz.

Sämtliche Management-Tools des pdfToolbox Servers sind in pdfToolbox Desktop vorhanden. Es ist möglich, einen lokalen Server zu starten oder sich mit einem oder mehreren entfernten Servern zu verbinden. Damit können Preflight-Profile oder Prozesspläne lokal getestet werden und schließlich an einen entfernten Server übertragen werden, wenn Sie mit den Resultaten der Profile zufrieden sind.

Mehr als PDF

Bei vielen Arbeitsabläufen ist mehr als einfaches PDF-Preflight und -Korrektur erforderlich. pdfToolbox Server ist auf einzigartige Weise für alle Bedürfnisse geeignet.

Nutzen Sie ihn für das Ausschießen von PDF-Dokumenten, zur automatischen Konvertierung von Office-Dokumenten nach PDF, zur Generierung von Thumbnails oder von Vorschaubildern und für vieles mehr.

  • Optimieren von PDFs für Mobile- oder Webeinsatz: Komprimieren, Beschneiden unsichtbarer Bildteile, Konvertieren nach RGB usw.
  • Generieren von PostScript und EPS aus PDF oder Erzeugen von Thumbnails oder Vorschaubildern im TIFF-, JPEG- und PNG-Format
  • Voll funktionsfähige Engine zum Ausschießen: Broschüren, Nutzenkopien oder auch komplexere Ausschießaufgaben sind möglich
  • Teilen von PDF-Dateien in separate Dokumente oder Zusammenführen von Dateien, Sichern von PDF-Dateien mittels Passwort oder Re-Distilling, um Fehler zu beheben

Systemvoraussetzungen

  • Mac: MacOS X (Intel), version 10.9 or newer, 64-bit-compliant (PlugIn requires also Acrobat DC 64-bit)
  • Windows:
    • Windows 7 or newer
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 or newer
  • Linux:
    • Debian 7 (and derivates like Ubuntu 12.x )
    • RedHat RHEL6 (and derivates like CentOS6)
    • SuSE SLES11 (and derivates like OpenSuSE11)
    • Other Linux distributions are also supported as well if the version of the glibc is at least v2.12
  • Solaris (Sparc and Intel): Solaris 11 (v5.11) or newer
  • AIX (PPC): AIX 6.1 (oslevel 6100-09) or newer

Vorteile

Erfüllen Sie alle Ihre PDF-Anforderungen mit einer einzigen Anwendung

  • Unterstützt alle PDF-Standards, sowohl von internationalen Standardisierungsorganisationen als auch von nationalen Anwenderverbänden
  • Bietet Qualitätskontrolle, Ergebnisreports, PDF-Korrektur und viele weitere Funktionen zum Anpassen von PDF-Dateien (Generierung von PDFs aus Office-Dateien, Konvertierung von bzw. nach PostScript oder EPS, Ausschießen und vieles mehr)
  • Läuft auf allen aktuellen Plattformen von Mac OS X oder Windows

Konfigurieren der Automatisierung exakt nach Ihren Anforderungen

  • Erstellen Sie eine unbegrenzte Anzahl von Jobs (Hotfolder)
  • Konfigurieren Sie Jobs von jedem beliebigen Rechner im Netzwerk
  • Verfolgen Sie die Serververarbeitung mit pdfToolbox Desktop von jedem Rechner im Netzwerk aus
  • Sammeln Sie Problemdateien in Checkpoints für die manuelle Prüfung und Korrektur mit pdfToolbox Desktop und deren anschließende Rückführung in die automatisierten Abläufe
  • Nutzen Sie pdfToolbox Server auf physischer Hardware oder auch in virtualisierten Umgebungen
  • Ermöglicht Lastverteilung mit pdfToolbox Dispatcher und Satelliten
  • Funktioniert mit Enfocus Switch oder Laidback FileTrain für weitere Automatisierungsaufgaben

Profitieren Sie von höchster Qualität und Zuverlässigkeit

  • Verwendet dieselbe Preflight-Engine wie Adobe Acrobat
  • Für die Konvertierung von PDF-Dateien in Bilder, die Transparenzreduzierung und die PostScript-/EPS-Erzeugung wird die Adobe PDF Library verwendet

Funktionen

Vollständige Automatisierung:

  • Erstellen Sie eine unbegrenzte Anzahl von Jobs (Hotfolder)
  • Konfigurieren Sie pdfToolbox Server Jobs mithilfe von pdfToolbox Desktop von jedem beliebigen Rechner im Netzwerk
  • Verwenden Sie Jobs zum Durchführen von Preflight (unter Nutzung eines Profils oder Prozessplans) oder führen Sie automatisierte PDF-Aktionen aus
  • Verarbeiten Sie mit der Standardlizenz 8 Dokumente parallel oder nutzen Sie mit einer unlimitierten Lizenz die volle Leistungsfähigkeit Ihrer Hardware oder virtuellen Umgebung
  • Richten Sie pdfToolbox Server mit einer Dispatcher- oder Satellitenlizenz zur Lastverteilung über mehrere Maschinen ein
  • Überwachen Sie die Serververarbeitung mit pdfToolbox Desktop von jedem Rechner im Netzwerk aus
  • Setzen Sie Kontrollpunkte auf, bei denen Dateien an eine pdfToolbox Desktop Instanz im Netzwerk gesendet werden können und von dort aus nach der Prüfung oder Bearbeitung zurück an pdfToolbox Server geschickt werden
  • Integration in Enfocus Switch und Laidback FileTrain

Eine der besten und vollständigsten verfügbaren PDF-Qualitätskontrollen

  • Unterstützt alle ISO-PDF-Standards: PDF/X, PDF/A, PDF/VT und PDF/E
  • Vollständige Unterstützung der Vorgaben von Branchenverbänden wie der Ghent Workgroup und von PDF/X-Ready
  • Fehlerreports mit unterschiedlichen vordefinierten PDF-Reports
  • Individualisierbare, auf HTML-Vorlagen basierende PDF-Reports bieten darüber hinaus Anpassungsmöglichkeiten an Ihr Branding
  • Zusätzliche Sicherheit durch optionalen Vergleich des PDFs vor und nach der Korrektur auf Basis von deren Erscheinungsbild
  • Erstellt Prozesspläne: Abläufe von Prüfungen und Korrekturen mit zusätzlichen Verzweigungsmöglichkeiten über Bedingungen
  • Fehlerbehebung durch Re-Distilling (eine PostScript-Datei wird erstellt, die dann wieder nach PDF gewandelt wird) oder durch das Rastern jeder Seite

Anpassung von Qualitätskontrolle und Korrektur

  • Geben Sie Variablen für Prüfungen und Korrekturen ein
  • Ändern Sie Werte von Variablen bei jedem Job
  • Legen Sie on the fly fest, ob Prüfungen oder Korrekturen mit einem bestimmten Dokument ausgeführt werden müssen

Mehr als nur schnelle Korrektur – PDF-Aktionen

  • Office-Dokumente, Bilder und PostScript/EPS-Dateien in druckfähige oder konforme PDF-Dokumente konvertieren, einfach mit „drag-and-drop“
  • Bilder für jede Seite eines PDF-Dokuments erzeugen (für Vorschaubilder oder auch für hochauflösende TIFF-Dateien für die Produktion)
  • PostScript- oder EPS-Dateien aus PDF-Dokumenten erzeugen
  • Einzelne vordefinierte Ausschießvorgänge anwenden (Erstellung von Broschüren oder Nutzenkopien usw.) oder eigene Ausschießvorlagen erstellen
  • Professionelle Handouts von Präsentationen für die Bildschirm- und Druckausgabe erstellen
  • Seiten und Inhalte skalieren, verschieben, erweitern, drehen und spiegeln
  • Sichtbaren Seiteninhalt vergrößern ohne die Seitengröße zu ändern
  • Druckmarken auf Basis der Trim- und der Bleed-Box hinzufügen
  • Druckmarken in PDF-Dokumenten erkennen und Trim- und Bleed-Box entsprechend einfügen oder anpassen
  • Transparenz reduzieren für die Verwendung mit älteren Arbeitsabläufen oder Geräten
  • PDF-Dokumente mit Ebenen verarbeiten (Inhalte auf Ebenen optional verarbeiten oder von der Verarbeitung ausschließen)
  • Schriften einbetten, vollständig oder als Subset, bei Bedarf auch das Outlining von Schriften
  • Bildkompressionsverfahren ändern
  • Schärfe der Bilder in PDF-Dokumenten verbessern

Professionelles, reibungsloses Farbmanagement

  • Konvertieren von PDF-Dokumenten anhand von ICC-Profilen: Der Assistent führt Sie sicher durch die Einstellungen
  • Verwendung Ihrer eigenen DeviceLink-Profile zur Farbkonvertierung, TAC-Reduktion oder Druckfarbeinsparung
  • Verwenden der Zusatzoption bestehend aus zahlreichen mitgelieferten DeviceLink-Profilen für die reibungslose Konvertierung von CMYK nach CMYK
  • Konvertierung aller Schmuckfarben nach CMYK
  • Ändern individueller Schmuckfarben in einem PDF-Dokument (Namen ändern, alternative Farbräume und -werte ändern, in eine andere Schmuck- oder Prozessfarbe konvertieren oder nach CMYK umwandeln)
  • Schnelles Konvertieren von PDF-Dokumenten nach RGB oder in Graustufen (mit oder ohne Kompensation des Farbtonzuwachses)

Release notes

10.2.508 27 June 2019

  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox 10 Desktop for owners of a pdfToolbox 10 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Map spot and process colors: Issue fixed, where a defined Check in "Apply to" was not respected anymore [FP53896; FP53340; FP54009]
    • Substitute characters using .notdef glyph: Problem solved, where Type0 font characters resulted in doubled text [FP52469]
    • Create Content entry for Link annotations: Problem solved, where content entries were not created for all missing entries [FP54389]
    • General: Fixed issue, where executing Convert colors and DeviceLink Conversion in a ProcessPlan resulted in Missing XObject for certain Type 3 fonts [FP53816]
    • General: Fixed issue, where font processing and Convert colors within one Profile resulted in a missing Extended Graphic State for certain uncolored Type 3 objects [FP54129]
  • Checks
    • Dash array of a stroked path object: Issue fixed, where analysis resulted in an unstable behavior [FP54316]
    • Difference between colorant channels: Problem solved, where processing resulted in unexpected result for a specific PDF [FP54005]
    • General: Problem solved, where analyzing a certain TrueType structure in a PDF resulted in an unstable behavior [FP53817]
  • Actions
    • SplitLayers: Problem solved, where resulting PDF with text also contained inline images in certain cases [FP53160]
    • ToPDF: Issue fixed, there import from Tiff resulted in a wrong size for the created PDF [FP33813]
  • CLI
    • Installer: Added "Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable (x86)" to installation package (Windows only) [CA1028423]
  • Distributed Processing
    • Compare: Problem solved, where processing was not successful [FP41110]
    • SplitPDF/MergePDF: Problem solved, where wrong output path was created when --outputfile was used [FP54308]
  • General
    • Apply Layer view setup: Problem solved, where Layers were no more visible in Acrobat afterwards [CA1028370]
    • Issue fixed, where the office conversion component reported an older version number than in previous versions [CA1028384]
  • Internal HTML converter updated to the latest version of callas pdfChip (v2.1.060) [CA1028415]

10.2.504 7 May 2019

  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox 10 Desktop for owners of a pdfToolbox 10 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Edit Profiles: Problem fixed, where removing a Check from a Profile (which was switched with a Variable) resulted in the loss of the Variable assigned to other Checks (if the same Variable was used) [FP53760]
    • Problem solved, where certain Libraries could not be opened in French version [FP53686]
    • Switchboard: Issue fixed, where Batch processing resulted in empty folders [FP53713]
    • Test mode: Changed default displayed PDF from initially for Test mode used file to the currently open file [FP53615]
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Office: Support for file formats .wmf, .emf, .pcx, .bmp and .pgm to be converted using LibreOffice [CA1027903]
  • Reports
    • Profile execution: Identical Checks (e.g. contained as Custom Check and via Standard validation) will not be merged anymore but reported separately
  • Server
    • Edit jobs: Problem solved, where editing a job with a "Remote" Profile resulted in the loss of defined report settings [FP51919]
  • CLI
    • Profile execution: Identical Checks (e.g. contained as Custom Check and via Standard validation) will not be merged anymore but reported separately
    • Updated translations for non-major languages (cz, da, fi, ko, nl, no, pl, pt, sv, zh_CN, zh_TW) [CA1028207]
  • General
    • Variables: Problem solved, where multiple identical Checks (switched by a Variable) could result in improper results [FP53726]

10.2.503 16 April 2019

  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox 10 Desktop for owners of a pdfToolbox 10 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Desktop
    • Test mode: Several enhancements (optional page geometry box view, result of QuickCheck is displayed, visualization of generated shape for Checks) [FP52010]
    • Compare PDF: Origin of page positioning can be defined
    • Object inspector: Some minor improvements related to information about overprinting [FP52425]
    • Switchboard: Batch-processing of Profiles with Variables in Workspace: New option to ask for Variables for each file during runtime [FP52981]
    • Standalone now shows an indicator in the footer areas if PDF is encrypted
    • QuickCheck: Available QuickChecks are now available in a separate menu item in the QuickCheck editor
    • Switchboard: Batch processing for Process Plans if linked into Workspace [CA1025609; FP21963; FP36198; FP37937; FP44284; FP49498; FP51444]
  • Profile
    • New option "PDF Version 2.0" in Document group to check if a PDF contains features which require this PDF version
  • New Fixups
    • Set PDF version in header: Sets the PDF version independent from what features are used in the PDF
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Added support for page scaling factor (UserUnit) in resulting PDF, if input image exceeds the maximum dimension of a PDF page [CA1027771; FP21635; CA1026629]
  • Enhanced Fixup
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Extended scope to Type 3 fonts [CA1022867; FP37894; FP47760; FP49088; CA1027964; FP52417]
    • Flatten transparency: New option to set a timeout, after which the whole page gets rasterized [CA1027633; CA1027399; CA1025453; FP52925]
    • Flatten transparency: Some conflicting settings will be handled in a more intelligent way (e.g. "JPEG" compression and "lossless" quality) [FP52633]
    • Outline page geometry boxes: Multiple settings for different configurations (e.g. for even and uneven pages) enabled [FP52651]
    • Convert colors using n-channel: Support for .icm profiles as destination profile added [FP53305]
    • Remove actions: New option "With invalid destination" [CA1027518]
    • Convert page into image: New option to take layer visibility into account and to preserve invisible layers [FP52513]
    • Create invisible text copy for all text: When deactivating the new checkbox "Merge all font resources", the existing fonts will be reduced and used with empty glyphs [FP51573]
    • Set PDF version if compatible: Has been renamed from "Set PDF version" and sets the PDF version in the PDF header only if all features in the PDF are defined in that version.
  • New Properties
    • Colored Type 3 font
    • Uncolored Type 3 font
  • Reports
    • QuickCheck: Content stream length can be determined e.g. to detect very complex files [FP53584]
    • QuickCheck: Support for DPart metadata
    • XML Report: Added color space for image masks [FP48021]
  • CLI
    • Compare: Origin of page positioning can be defined [CA1027644]
    • OpenPassword: New parameter to define an "open" password for encrypted PDFs: "--openpassword=..." [CA1027735]
  • License Server
    • Support for activation using the callas License Server for Desktop and CLI
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.4PlusP5c)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Converter integrated (PostScript to PDF conversion; v1.1PlusP2d) [CA1028034]
  • Internal HTML converter updated to the latest version of callas pdfChip (v2.1.059)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Edit Variables: Issue fixed, where external editing of JavaScript did not opened the assigned default application (Windows only) [FP51586]
    • Compare PDF: Several adjustments to improve functionality and page display [FP36165; FP35778; FP52636; FP53407]
    • Object inspector and Visualizer: Issue fixed, where displayed content was not updated after the execution of Fixups [CA1026589]
    • New dialog with additional information if PostScript or Office conversion to PDF fails
    • Variables: Issue fixed, where a Variable classified as "String" in editing UI, was handled as a "Number" in ask-at-runtime dialog
    • Edit Fixups: Issue fixed, where Variables could be lost if list view for settings was used [FP52481]
  • Acrobat Plug-In
    • Issue fixed, where a PDF could not be converted to a PDF/X-Standard under certain circumstances [FP52578]
  • PDF Standards
    • PDF/A and PDF/X conversions: Added Fixups "Remove page level output intents" and "Remove Black Point Compensation entries" to ensure conversion of PDF 2.0 files to the respective standard
    • PDF/A validation: Adjusted detection of compressed object level metadata
  • Fixups
    • Several Fixups to split up DeviceN colorants: Several improvements to increase processing speed and to prevent visual changes in the resulting file [CA1027850; CA1028092]
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Issue fixed, where certain, already embedded fonts became unembedded after flattening [FP52550]
      • Problem solved, where flattening resulted in visible text, which was invisible before [FP48363, CA1027364]
      • Problem solved, where processing resulted in a missing image [CA1027286]
      • Issue fixed, where bookmarks lost their not destination after processing [CA1027772]
      • Problem solved, where certain glyphs got damaged after processing [CA1027900]
      • Issue fixed, where visible glyph defined as .notdef was removed [FP51831; FP5245]
      • Issue fixed, where transparent objects remained in PDF under certain circumstances [FP53244]
    • Substitute characters using .notdef glyph with space characters: Problem solved where certain Type 3 font became bullets after processing [FP53093]
    • Convert page content into image: Problem solved, where invisible layers from the PDF were visible in the resulting output image
    • Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers: Problem solved, where visible layers were removed in some cases [CA1028003]
    • Map colors: Issue fixed, where defined combination of CMYK colorant values in an image was not properly mapped to a spot color
    • Map spot and process colors: Issue fixed, where objects using DeviceN with multiple "None" colorants were not properly converted [FP38404; FP51529; FP52525; FP52774; FP52982]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved, where unnecessary conversion of pixel data resulted in an unusual long processing time [FP52553]
    • Convert colors: Enhanced handling for Type 3 fonts to avoid visual changes
    • Convert colors: Issue fixed, where inconsistent spot colors remained in PDF, although Fixup "Make spot color appearance consistent" was contained in same Profile [FP50429; FP37675; FP52557]
    • Remove printer marks: Problem solved, where textual page content was also removed in certain cases [CA1027857; FP53028; FP53045]
    • General: Automatic repair for Type 3 fonts which are using very unusual resource dictionaries introduced by certain DTP software [CA1028093]
    • General: Length of Code Ranges in ToUnicode CMap Streams is now adjusted to 255 to match specification [CA1028128]
    • General: Problem solved, where text got displaced, caused by positioning of vectors within text objects which is not allowed [CA1028126; CA1027936]
    • General: Non-existing property resources are now be removed during the automatic optimization of the Content Stream references (by adding an empty dictionary in the BDC or DP commands) [FP52994]
  • Checks
    • Problem solved, where initial analysis on specific PDFs resulted in an unstable behavior or long processing time [CA1028230; CA1028157; CA1028080]
    • Issue fixed, where a certain way of color space definition for Pattern resulted in an error during analysis [FP52350]
    • Font is embedded: Problem solved, where a certain PDF with empty FontBBox values resulted in an unstable behavior [FP52795]
    • Context aware object detection: Issue fixed, where a combination of shape definitions was not properly regarded
  • Actions
    • Create PostScript: Problem solved, where creation was not successful with certain PDF [CA1027780]
    • ToPDF:
      • PostScript:
        • Problem solved, where conversion of PostScript (which extracted internal resources during processing) could not be properly processed [CA1027902]
        • Problem solved, where glyph positioning changed while converting certain PostScript files [CA1027912]
        • Issue fixed, where objects below a certain scaling factor were dropped in certain PostScript files [CA1027914]
        • Issue fixed, where PostScript could not be converted if a specific font was installed on the system [CA1028016]
      • TIFF:
        • Issue fixed, where rather large TIFF files (3 GB or more) could not be converted to PDF [CA1021439; FP25090]
        • Problem solved, where conversion of certain TIFF files resulted in an un-proportionally scaled result [FP52287]
        • Issue fixed, where TIFF with AlphaChannels (spot color) were not properly converted [CA1027782; CA1028201]
        • Issue fixed, where 16bit TIFF images were not properly converted [FP19497]
        • Issue fixed, where existing image XMP metadata was not preserved [CA1023497]
        • Problem solved, where RGB TIFF with alpha channels could not be converted [CA1024806; FP39228]
        • Issue fixed, where certain types of shadows resulted in striped output [FP33818]
        • Problem solved, where certain TIFF resulted in a very different visual result [FP52285]
        • Problem solved, where specific, ICC-tagged TIFF resulted in shifted colorants [FP52468]
        • Issue fixed, where transparency in TIFF was not properly regarded [CA1027593; CA1023947; CA1027813]
        • Problem solved, where CMYK TIFF with additional spot channels could not be converted [FP34428]
        • Problem solved, where some JPEG compressed TIFF images resulted in un-proportionally scaled result [FP27294; FP28140; FP30095; FP39228]
      • JPEG
        • Issue fixed, where a JPEG without a proper resolution could not be converted to PDF (will be set to 72 ppi by default now)
        • Problem solved, where certain very big JPEG images could not be converted to PDF [FP22503]
      • PSD
        • Issue fixed, where PSD images with an obsolete entry for spot colors could not be converted [CA1028171]
        • Problem solved, where PSD images marked as CMYK, but also included spot color data, were converted to CMYK only [CA1027298]
        • Issue fixed, where certain files using n-color- or alpha-channels could not be converted
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where invisible layers from the PDF were visible in the resulting output image
    • Slice: Problem solved, where separation of objects into 2 files did not work properly anymore [FP52354; FP52501; FP52911; FP53079]
  • Reports
    • HTML-based template report: Issue fixed, where default images were not properly resized
    • HTML-based template report: Problem solved, where report could not be created using Linux [FP52526]
    • Layer reports: Adjusted report creation if a downsampling of the report is requested to avoid false reporting for low-res images [FP30414; FP52526]
  • Server
    • Problem solved, where Server jobs could not be started when path was a certain type of mounted SMB Share [FP53235]
    • Problem solved, where report generation failed if output PDF was already locked by another application [CA1027996]
    • Issue fixed, where original PDF was moved to "Success" folder instead of "Processed" when Profile error code was "0" (= no Hit, no Fixups executed)
  • CLI
    • Server/Dispatcher on CLI: Issue fixed, where wrong layout glyphs were shown in the command shell on first startup (Windows only) [FP52648]
    • Log execution: Issue fixed, where not all resources where available in installation package [FP53365]
    • Variables: Issue fixed, where name of Process Plan could not be used to set as a value in XMP metadata [FP49671]
    • Improved management for temporary files to avoid remaining data in TEMP folder
    • Trace: Added process ID to UUID to avoid creation of identically named logging folders [FP52561]
    • Adjusted error codes in cases where report creation failed due to encrypted input PDFs [FP52526]
  • General
    • Problem solved, where imposed documents could not be properly rendered or saved as an image in pdfToolbox [CA1027927; CA1028035]
    • Problem solved, where certain PDFs could not be rendered properly anymore [CA1027843; CA1028229]
    • Windows Service: Updated to .NET 4.0 framework to avoid installation issues on latest Windows Server versions
    • Installer: On Unix based systems the installer will not extract into the "basename" directory of the respective package [FP52486]
    • Problem solved, where ICC profiles could not be loaded under certain circumstances [FP53438]
    • Activation: Improved handling for all non-ascii glyphs
    • Variables: Improved handling when "," is used as a delimiter for a numeric value
    • Variables: Problem solved, where file object "File.exists" was not supported within a JavaScript Variable [FP52323]

10.1.490 9 January 2019

  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox 10 Desktop for owners of a pdfToolbox 10 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Desktop
    • Improved visualization of non-supported custom Checks from Acrobat Preflight Profiles
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Added support for page scaling factor (UserUnit) in resulting PDF, if input image exceeds the maximum dimension of a PDF page [CA1027771; FP21635; CA1026629]
  • Distributed Processing
    • New option "--noshadowfiles" to suppress the creation of a place holder file (which normally reserves the intended file name in the file system) [FP50894]
    • New option "--setvariablepath", which will transfer the referenced file or folder to the satellite (e.g. as additional resources)
    • The log files in the shared preferences folder are now created on a daily basis and are named accordingly for Dispatcher and Satellite
    • New option "--verbosity" to activate extensive logging for debugging processing problems
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Converter integrated (PostScript to PDF conversion; v1.1PlusP1m) [CA1027549; CA1027597; CA1027594; CA1027595; CA1027605]
  • Internal HTML converter updated to the latest version of callas pdfChip (v2.0.056)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Batch processing: Problem solved, where resulting files were not stored according to their severity in the correct output folder [FP52157]
    • Visualizer: Added zoom functionality to wire frame mode [FP32420]
    • Extract ICC profiles: Problem solved, where 7c n-channel ICC profiles could not be extracted successfully
    • Fixed issue, where custom Fixups or Checks could not be removed from a Profile in certain cases [CA1027851]
  • PDF Standards
    • PDF/A conversion: Annotations with "NoView" flag will be removed [FP50434]
    • PDF/A conversion: Improved handling for PDF 2.0 files [CA1027743]
    • PDF/A-2u conversion: Problem solved, where errors regarding Unicode values occurred after processing [CA1027552]
    • PDF/A validation: Adjusted recognition to detect invalid XMP metadata with more than one occurrence of "pdf:Producer" [FP45634]
  • Fixups
    • Convert colors: Existing Matte entries are now calculated into the image data to prevent color shifts in the resulting PDF [FP49499; FP52185]
    • Improved resource handling for multiple used objects deactivated to avoid extensive processing time (can be activated on CLI) [FP51750; FP52090]
    • Problem solved, where de-calibration of objects to DeviceCMYK left a reference to an ICC profile which caused a processing error in certain cases [FP52219]
    • Adjust or remove annotations:
      • Problem solved, where annotations became rotated in rare cases [FP51279]
      • Problem solved, where white background rectangles for "Square" annotations appeared in certain cases [CA1027804]
      • Fixed issue, where annotations became scrambled due to page rotation [CA1026832]
    • Embed missing fonts: Issue fixed, where glyph widths for Latin glyphs in Asian fonts were not respected properly for CID fonts [CA1027420]
    • Embed missing fonts: Possibility to map defined glyph names of a font to an Adobe glyph names using the FontSubstitution config file [CA1027497]
    • Convert TrueType font to CFF: Issue fixed, where umlauts were changed to rectangles [FP38342]
    • Convert TrueType font to CFF: Added support for simple TrueType fonts using rendering mode 3 [CA1027678]
    • Merge adjacent headings if heading level is the same: Problem solved, where certain nesting of table fields was not properly handled [CA1025709]
    • Font handling: Fixed issue, where certain .notdef glyph encodings in the Differences array were not removed [FP48002]
    • Content stream analysis: Problem solved, where invalid command resulted in loss of content after processing under certain circumstances [CA1027602; CA1027220]
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where the Exif information regarding the image orientation was not respected properly [FP51829]
    • ToPDF: Issue fixed, where conversion of large images resulted in false cropping of the image content [FP51880]
  • Reports
    • Problem solved, where certain special characters like umlauts were not encoded properly in PDF reports [FP51757; CA1027738; FP52173]
    • QuickCheck: Added escaping ("\") for values like ":" (which is normally used as a delimiter) in config file to allow access to objects using a ":" in their object name [FP52069]
    • QuickCheck: Problem solved, where orientation of page boxes was not counted correctly [FP51995]
  • CLI
    • Problem solved, where long file paths were not properly handled as destination for output file (Windows only) [CA1027806]
    • Issue fixed, where a non-supported Check from a Acrobat Preflight Profile was listed multiple times on STD OUT [FP52268]
    • Log execution: Issue fixed, where logging resulted in an error in certain cases [FP51641]
  • Distributed Processing
    • Reviewed and improved STD OUT information for running Satellite and Dispatcher
    • Optimized job handling, logging and communication between Dispatcher, Satellite and Client to improve stability and performance [FP46404; FP42456]
    • Issue fixed, where --password could not be used when distributing jobs [FP51676]
    • Problem solved, where naming of output files was not respected in certain cases [FP40363; FP42648; FP49077; FP25217]
    • Improved error message when trying to start an additional Satellite, Dispatcher or Server on the same system
    • Problem solved, where very long filenames resulted in an unstable behavior of the Satellite [FP47616]
  • General
    • Problem solved, where processing time has increased due to unnecessary evaluation loops for JavaScript-Variables [FP51750]
    • Process Plans: Reviewed internal logic for file analysis to improve processing speed for Fixup-only steps where no Checks are used within the Fixup of the respective Process Plan step [FP51750]

10.1.484 22 November 2018

  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox 10 Desktop for owners of a pdfToolbox 10 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • New DeviceLink Profiles: Issue fixed, where conversion of objects was not properly executed [FP51596; FP51693; FP51702]
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Implemented improved handling for certain TIFF variants (e.g. some JPEG compressions) to ensure proper conversion to PDF [CA1022291; CA1022778; FP30125; FP41742; FP51155; FP41742; CA1027636; FP31061]
  • Reports
    • Problem solved, where XML reports were not created with certain PDFs (MacOS only) [FP51643]
  • CLI
    • Fixed issue, where stopping pdfToolbox (when started as a Service) was not successful (Windows)
  • General
    • Problem solved, where certain localized strings were not properly encoded and an error was shown [FP51717]
    • Updated internal HTML converter to the latest version of callas pdfChip (v2.0.053)
    • Variables: Issue fixed, where the usage of the Date formatter in JavaScript resulted in an unstable behavior [CA1027740]

10.1.482 9 November 2018

  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox 10 Desktop for owners of a pdfToolbox 10 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Support for conversion of the most common variants of Photoshop files (PSD) and GIF to PDF, directly as input file as well as when referenced in HTML
  • Desktop
    • Unchanged Profiles, Fixup, Checks and Process Plans in default Libraries will be automatically updated with latest settings in the future (can be disabled in Library settings)
    • New Switchboard Action in Document group: "Remove invisible objects", which removes objects that are completely covered, clipped or outside of the page area
    • New Switchboard Action in Arrange group: "Split or reorder", to split certain pages or page ranges into several or single PDF
    • Various "Decorate" functions in new Switchboard group to add objects or pages:
      • Place folding marks
      • Text
      • Page number
      • Date
      • Logo/Image
      • Watermark
      • Mail stamp
      • Letter background
      • Add summary page
      • Add divider page
      • Move objects
      • Add empty pages
    • Variables: Defined JavaScript objects are now available across all Libraries
    • Libraries: Possibility to create a new empty Library, which includes the default resources (e.g. Output Intents, curve files etc)
    • Compare Libraries: Included settings of the scope of a specific check (e.g. limited to boxes or including soft masks etc.) to the comparison result for checks
  • New Profiles
    • 53 new DeviceLink Profiles, free for use for Desktop and Server/CLI customers:
      • RGB to ISO/PSO Coated (4 Profiles)
      • Conversion between standards Europe (25 Profiles)
      • Conversion between standards Europe / Japan (4 Profiles)
      • Conversion between standards Europe / US (7 Profiles)
      • Total area coverage (TAC)/Ink coverage reduction (13 Profiles)
  • Updated Profiles, Fixups, Checks and Process Plans
    • Fix potential font problems: Replaced Fixup "Make font name unique for all fonts" with new Fixup "Make font name unique for all fonts with same name"
    • Sheetfed offset (CMYK, RGB and spot colors) (GWG 2015): Replaced previous Profile with a new one due to some misconfiguration
  • New and enhanced predefined Fixups
    • Make font name unique for all fonts with same name
    • Set all black text and vector objects to overprint (no objects using transparency) [CA1025554]
  • New and enhanced predefined Checks
    • Origin of MediaBox is not 0/0 [FP48381]
  • New Fixups
    • Remove from Layer: Remove selected objects from a Layer
    • Several new Fixups to split up components of DeviceN objects:
      • Extract CMYK from DeviceN: Separate CMYK from spot colorants as DeviceCMYK
      • Extract CMYK from DeviceN one by one: Split up all CMYK channels into individual Separation colorants
      • Extract spot colors from DeviceN one by one: Split up all spot channels into separate colorants
      • Extract all colors from DeviceN one by one: Split up all channels into separate colorants
      • Extract selected color from DeviceN: Isolate single channels into a separate colorant
      • Condense into single spot color: Remove all but one spot channel from the document
      • DeviceCMYK to CMYK DeviceN: Convert objects using DeviceCMYK to DeviceN with CMYK as colorants
    • Rotate page content: Rotates the page content by a given degree and optionally enlarge the page accordingly [CA1026711; CA1027435]
    • Remove all clipping paths: Removes all clipping paths, e.g. to optimize a PDF for production on certain cutting devices [CA1026869]
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Convert colors: Improved resource handling for conversion of single pages or page ranges of a PDF, e.g. to convert only inner pages to grayscale [FP46055; FP48931; FP49013]
    • Remove XMP Metadata: Extended with possibility to define namespace and properties to be kept or to removed [FP50448]
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Enabled page-based Checks for "Apply to" selection
    • Increase line width / Increase line width for multicolored lines: New option to exclude lines drawn with a distorted transformation matrix (when this matrix is unproportionally scaled, objects appear distorted, e.g. a square becomes a rectangle) [FP41862; FP20486]
    • Discard private data from other applications: Has been extended to remove private information also in the PieceInfo [FP51081]
    • Insert pages: Page geometry boxes are also inserted for new empty pages [FP49025]
    • Place text / Place barcode: Improved fallback for fonts if the default fonts (Arial/Helvetica, Times, Courier) can not be found on the respective system
  • New Properties
    • Current transformation matrix (CTM) is unproportionally scaled: When the CTM is not scaled proportionally, objects appear distorted, e.g. a square becomes a rectangle
  • Enhanced Properties
    • Context aware object detection (Sifter): New option if layer visibility is taken into account or not
  • Reports
    • QuickCheck: Several new details made available, e.g. about tagging structure, page geometry boxes, transparency and overprint, document level XMP metadata, annotations and form fields and some more
  • CLI
    • New DeviceLink Profiles added, old Profiles have been removed from installation package
    • New parameter for Profile execution "--logexecution" which creates a folder with logging information for the specific processing in the user preferences
    • QuickCheck: More sample configuration files added to installation package
  • General
    • Variables: Current Profile name is now available as a JavaScript object [FP49671]
    • Log profile execution: Contains now also intermediate result from "Place content" Fixups as well as the used template and logging information
    • Log profile execution: For "Context aware object detection" based checks, a visual report will be created in the respective logging folder
  • Updated internal visualizer of tagging structure to the latest version of callas pdfGoHTML (v2.0.025)
  • Updated internal HTML converter to the latest version of callas pdfChip (v2.0.052)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.4PlusP4e)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Variables: Improved evaluation and editing of JavaScript Variables; implemented a timeout for evaluation to prevent endless loops while editing
    • Variables in Checks or Fixups: Improved handling of predefined numeric values when a Variable is inserted [FP47656]
    • Profile editing: "Report PDF syntax issues" option is no more active in newly generated Profiles
    • Profile editing: Issue fixed, where order of dialog boxes was wrong when editing a Variable in certain cases (MacOS only) [FP50297]
    • Added missing keyboard shortcut for "Object inspector"
    • ToPDF: PostScript files will now use the selected PDF setting (joboption) from the Switchboard action, even when "Drag'n'Dropped" on the canvas
    • Standalone: Issue fixed, where size of an opened or processed PDF was not properly adjusted to the size of the window [FP47803; FP48378]
    • Layer explorer: Problem solved, where removing layer metadata resulted in an unstable behavior (MacOS only) [CA1026482]
  • Fixups
    • Conversion to PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3: Improved handling to set the overprint mode (OPM) for ICCbased CMYK object also if DefaultCMYK is introduced during processing [CA1027162]
    • Flatten transparency: Issue fixed, where rendering or flattening resulted in cropped image in certain cases [FP49028]
    • Insert pages: Issue fixed, where multiple settings were not properly regarded
    • Set Line Width: Certain line width (like "0") not properly handled [CA1027473]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink / Adjust dotgain: Issue fixed, which resulted in unnecessary long processing time in certain cases (MacOS only) [FP47587 + FP47589]
    • Place content: Improved handling of existing Layer of placed PDF documents
    • Remove printer marks: Problem solved, where some objects were not properly handled in certain cases [FP39789; CA1026929; CA1017847; FP32714; CA1019332; FP17475]
    • Remove objects outside page area: Reviewed functionality to ensure proper handling of objects
    • Set layer default to On/Off: Issue fixed, where layers remain visible in certain cases [FP51310]
    • Downsample/compress color/grayscale images: Issue fixed, where processing results in visual differences due to improper handling of Matte entry [CA1027129]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where certain inline images were not properly handled when image downsampling took place in the same profile [CA1027679]
    • Create bookmarks from headings: Issue fixed, where tag tree was not properly recognized [CA1027492]
    • Place text: Issue fixed, where the used font was not embedded as an indirect object [FP48225]
    • Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers: Problem solved, where text color changed during processing in certain PDF [FP50980]
    • Embed missing fonts: Issue fixed, where certain fonts with Unicode characters in their font name were not properly determined (Unix only) [FP49361]
  • Properties
    • Number of effectively non-empty plates: Issue fixed, where the unit of the sample size was not taken into account properly
    • Context aware object detection: Problem solved, where the unit for parameters was not taken into account properly [FP50378]
    • Context aware object detection: Issue fixed, where clipping paths with holes were not properly interpreted when determining the visibility of objects [FP51352]
  • Actions
    • SplitPDF: Fixed general performance issues and avoided creation of very large temporary files [CA1027389]
    • Save as image: Problem solved, where certain PDF with transparencies resulted in a very long rendering time [CA1027190]
    • ToPDF: Issue fixed, where conversion of certain JPG (created by some mobile devices) resulted in a blank pages [FP49150]
    • ToPDF: Issue fixed, where conversion of TIFF containing a special kind of thumbnail preview of the content resulted in a 2-page PDF [FP29704]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where conversion from SVG to PDF resulted in an empty PDF [CA1027173]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where certain corrupt PDFs resulted in an unstable behavior [FP49271]
    • Tiling: Optimized template to avoid embedding of an Output Intent and PDF/X-1a entry
  • Reports
    • QuickCheck: Problem solved, where some font infos were not correctly listed in the resulting JSON report [FP48305]
    • QuickCheck: Issue fixed, where Hex-coded values in the DocInfo of a PDF was not properly listed in the resulting JSON report [FP51257]
  • CLI
    • Issue fixed, where wrong error level was given if processing was tried with expired trial license [FP51471]
    • Problem solved, where processing sporadically resulted into an error (Linux only) [CA1024691]
    • Problem solved, where a defined cachefolder was not properly respected [FP47604]
  • General
    • Variables: Reviewed evaluation of JavaScript Variables to ensure proper update of all values, especially after user interaction in ask-at-runtime dialog [FP50722]
    • Problem solved, where some incomplete PDF structure of an incoming file resulted in an unstable behavior [CA1027625]
    • Issue fixed, where a Process plan used as a step in a Process plan was not properly handled in certain cases [FP50380]
    • Problem solved, where processing of a certain PDFs resulted in an unstable behavior [CA1027573]
    • Improved setting of the transparency blend color spaces when converting to PDF/X and PDF/A when an CMYK Output Intent already exists
  • Distributed Processing
    • Increased default value for waiting time for free satellites by the Dispatcher to 10 seconds

System requirements

  • Mac:
    • MacOS X (Intel), version 10.9 or newer, 64-bit-compliant (PlugIn requires also Acrobat DC 64-bit)
  • Windows:
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 / 7 / Server 2012 / 8 / 10
  • Linux:
    • Debian 7 (and derivates like Ubuntu 12.x )
    • RedHat RHEL6 (and derivates like CentOS6)
    • SuSE SLES11 (and derivates like OpenSuSE11)
    • Other Linux distributions are also supported as well if the version of the glibc is at least v2.12
  • Solaris (Sparc and Intel):
    • Solaris 11 (v5.11) or newer
  • AIX (PPC):
    • AIX 6.1 (oslevel 6100-09) or newer
  • Recommended are at least 2 GB of free storage

10.0.471 31 August 2018

  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox 10 Desktop for owners of a pdfToolbox 10 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.4PlusP3w)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Converter integrated (PostScript to PDF conversion; v1.1PlusP1g)
  • Server
    • The "Server.log" logfiles in the shared preferences folder are now created on a daily basis and are named accordingly [FP33277]

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Switchboard: Problem solved, where changed PDF wasn't marked as such, therefore no "Save as" was requested when closing the document
    • Switchboard: Issue fixed, where deleting a saved Action wasn't successful [FP49208]
    • Switchboard: Problem solved, where some Actions in the "Large Format" section couldn't be executed successfully anymore [FP49161]
    • Variables dialog: Fixed several issues regarding the determination and the display of JavaScript Variables
    • Test mode: Issue fixed, where the lock status of a Process Plan was not properly regarded [FP47859]
    • Process Plans: Issue fixed, where Process Plans in Process Plans could not be properly edited in some cases [FP49114]
  • Standalone
    • Recently saved files are now also included in the "Open recent files" menu
    • Compare: Issue fixed, where "Min/Max differences" and "Area" values were not properly updated
  • Checks
    • Context aware object detection: Several improvements regarding recognition of visibility or obliteration of objects
    • Context aware object detection: Problem solved, where a check for visible RGB object didn't find an object [FP49322]
  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency: Issue fixed, where processing resulted in shifted glyphs and other objects in certain cases [FP48007]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where glyphs were changed and wrong glyph widths were created in some cases [FP43490]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where processing resulted in missing glyphs if specific TrueType font was converted to CFF beforehand [CA1027405]
    • Make Pantone spot color names consistent: Optimized handling of NChannel entries to avoid color shifts [FP48936]
  • Actions
    • Imposition: Issue fixed, where the PDF version entry of a PDF 2.0 was not properly handled [FP42268]
  • Reports
    • Issue fixed, where e.g. Names of Checks defined via Variables were extended by some additional glyphs (Linux only) [FP49522]
  • Server
    • The "Server.log" logfile in the shared preferences folder will now be continued and not overwritten after a server restart [FP46404]
  • CLI
    • Issue fixed, where types of Variables were not properly detected [FP49291]
  • General
    • Problem solved, where rendering of certain PDFs with transparency took abnormally long [CA127190]
    • Variables: Several improvements of the general handling and determination of JavaScript Variables
    • Variables: Issue fixed, where Custom Fixups could not be set to on/off by a JavaScript Variable under certain circumstances [FP49104; FP49148]

9.4.447 24 January 2018

  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop for the owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK for the owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Desktop
    • Display of activation status: Only activated components will be shown
  • Standalone
    • Go to page: Jump to entered page number in current document
  • General
    • Save as image: PDF files, where the permission setting "Copying content" is set to "allowed" can now also be saved as images [FP44878]
    • ToPDF: Added support for WordPerfect (.wpd) as input files [CA1026745]

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert to PDF/A-1: Problem solved, where recompression of JPEG2000 to JPEG resulted in a color shift in some cases
    • Convert to PDF/X-4: Problem solved, where result PDF was displayed with scrambled glyphs and an error warning in certain PDF viewers [FP44306]
    • Remove objects completely outside ...: Optimized handling of objects in Form XObjects [FP7329; FP41579; FP44796]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink: Fixed issue, where color space of ICC profiles defined using Variables was not properly determined [FP44629]
    • Convert colors: Adjusted handling for objects, where the source ICC profile is identical to Output Intent ICC profile: OPM will not be changed in such constellations to avoid visual differences [FP42762]
    • Place content: Fixed issue, where using a Variable to define the template path was not properly working
  • Desktop
    • Explore Metadata: Fixed issue, where preview images were not properly displayed (MacOS only)
    • Switchboard - Standards - Digital printing: Fixed issue, where outdated Profiles were used for conversion or the conversion was not successful at all
  • Plug-in
    • Compare: Support for the latest Acrobat DC version [FP44987]
  • CLI
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where conversion of non-PDF formats failed for certain licensing types [CA1026877; FP44840]
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where HTML files with a "#" character in their name could not be processed [CA1026885]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where empty Excel sheets resulted in an error in certain cases [CA1026819]
  • General
    • Fixed issue, where Profile property "Font is not embedded" was not properly regarded [CA1026813]
    • Problem solved, where editing Profiles was not possible in certain cases [CA1026887; CA1026797]
    • Fixed issue, where special characters in Variables were not properly handled [CA1026785]

9.4.445 21 November 2017

  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop for the owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK for the owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Desktop
    • Explore PDF: Unique indicators for font issues (to avoid confusion) [FP43221]
  • CLI
    • ToPDF for PostScript: Font substitution is now reported on CLI StdOut and in SDK [CA1026670]

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • ConvertColors: Fixed issue, where RGB-stroked objects were not converted in rare cases
  • Desktop
    • Switchboard - Document - PostScript to PDF: Fixed issue, where selected joboptions settings were not properly respected [FP43042]
    • Manage Libraries: Fixed issue, where certain user actions resulted in unstable behavior [CA1026708]
  • CLI
    • Visualizer: Fixed issue, where certain special characters in spot color names resulted in an error [CA1026696]
  • Reports
    • HTML-Template based report: Problem solved, where report was not created in certain cases [FP43304; CA1026729]
  • General
    • Fixed issue, that increased processing time in certain cases having to do with bookmark structures [CA1026703]

9.4.442 2 November 2017

  • Update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Standalone
    • Compare Libraries and Profiles
    • Explore PDF: New views of PDF structure and possibility to export selected objects into a new PDF
    • Output Intents on page level will be listed in the footer of the standalone and in the result dialog (PDF 2.0 Feature)
  • New Fixups
    • Insert pages: Insert empty pages or duplicates from previous or following page
    • Remove measurement properties (Viewport) [FP34538]
    • Several new Fixups for PDF 2.0:
      • Embed Output Intent on page level
      • Embed Output Intent with specified parameters on page level
      • Remove page level Output Intents
      • Remove all Black Point Compensation entries
      • Set Black Point Compensation
  • New Checks and Properties
    • Size of filled vector object [CA1026362]
    • Uses ICCbased RGB
    • Difference between colorant values: To determine the maximum difference between colorant values to identify e.g. gray objects in RGB color
    • Page uses measurement properties (Viewport) [FP34538]
    • Several new and extended Properties for PDF 2.0:
      • Has halftone origin entry (HTO)
      • Value of the Black Point Compensation entry
      • Requirements array in Catalog requires PDF 2.0
      • Output Intent has Mixing Hints entry
      • Printing Order entries in Mixing Hints dictionaries consistent across document
      • Solidities entries in Mixing Hints dictionaries consistent across document
      • Has Black Point Compensation entry
      • Has page level Output Intent
      • Set PDF version: Added "2.0" as possible version entry
  • CLI
    • Suppress generic syntax checks or define a specified severity with new parameter: --syntax checks
  • General
    • Support for PDF 2.0 [FP42268]
    • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.4PlusP2p)

Fixes

  • PDF Standards
    • PDF/A-2 + PDF/A-3 conversion: Fixup "Reduce bit depth for 16 bit images to 8 bit" removed
    • PDF/A-1 validation: Adjusted analysis for Type3 font with empty ResourceDict to avoid unnecessary hits [CA1026094]
    • PDF/UA-1 validation: Fixed issue, where untagged images were not properly recognized [CA1026588]
    • PDF/VT-1 validation: Adjusted recognition of nesting of encapsulated XObjects and their respective graphic states
    • PDF/X conversion: Fixed issue, where setting in Custom Fixup "Embed Output Intent" did not overrule the PDF/X conversion settings [CA1026544]
    • PDF/X-5n conversion: Fixed issue, where multichannel Output Intent from Custom Fixup was not respected in color conversion for PDF/X [CA1026361]
  • Fixups
    • Embed Output Intent with specified parameters: Added missing PDF/X-5n entry [CA1026575]
    • Flatten transparency: Fixed issue, where rotation of graphic was not properly respected [CA1026519]
    • Flatten transparency: Fixed issue, where processing was not successful with certain PDF [FP40660]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where bookmarks became invalidated [CA1022850; CA1023146; CA1023301]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where resulting file could not be properly handled in some viewers and RIPs [FP42385; FP42660]
    • Generate bleed from page content: Fixed issue, where resulting images became tagged with an ICC profile, even when option is disabled if color space was set to "Use Output Intent" [FP42310; FP40948]
    • Put objects on layer: Problem solved, where objects were no more properly assigned to a layer [FP42224; CA1026579; FP42628; FP42783]
    • Create and apply shapes: Problem solved, where endings of created lines were not created as expected [CA1026547]
    • Create and apply shapes: Fixed issue, where enlargement of contours were not properly created [CA1026481]
    • Convert TrueType to CFF: Fixed issue, where resulting file could not be properly displayed in viewers [CA1026574]
    • Convert TrueType to CFF: Problem solved, where glyphs exceeding the allowed size were nor properly handled [CA1026488]
    • Repair invalid ToUnicode CMap information in fonts: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in missing glyph after processing in some cases [CA1026445]
    • Make font name unique: Problem solved, where hyphen or softhyphen were not properly displayed in certain viewers [CA1026329]
    • Set XMP Metadata: Improved handling of empty settings in Fixup to avoid unstable behavior
    • Merge adjacent headings if heading level is the same: Problem solved, where redundant entries in Role Map were not properly handled in certain cases [CA1024489]
    • Map spot and process colors: Fixed issue, where mapping of separation colors using process color names was not successful [FP42603]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved, where mapping of one SmoothShade color to an existing color resulted in a rendering error with resulting PDF [CA1025948]
    • Map spot and process colors: Added Checks using Properties of group "Pages" to "Apply to" list [CA1026675]
    • Uncompress XMP Metadata objects: Problem solved, where processing resulted in an unexpected result if "Remove XMP Metadata" were contained in same Profile [FP42113]
    • Added optional "Apply to" to several Fixups (and/or made multiple settings available):
      • Remove objects outside page area
      • Add marks [FP28206]
      • Remove printer marks
      • Add white background
      • Set|Remove page scaling factor
      • Increase line width of multicolored lines
      • Convert colors using DeviceLink profiles [FP42305]
  • Checks
    • Set PDF Version: Automatic check for PDF version was executed, although Fixup was disabled using a Variable [CA1026297; FP42998]
    • Smallest distance from TrimBox: Optimized recognition of objects [FP40299]
  • Actions
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where page scaling factor (UserUnit) was not take into account for created image [FP42862]
    • SaveAsImage: Optimized listing of created files during runtime on StdOut [CA1023383; CA1026634]
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where umlauts or unicode characters in filename of jobsetting or logfile were not properly handled [CA1026563]
    • ToPDF: Added dialog handling for invalid references in Excel files to default dialog handling [CA1026571]
    • Optimization: Problem solved, where processing resulted in shifted glyphs [CA1026434]
    • EnumerateProfile: Fixed issue, where invalid path in Variable resulted in an error [FP42450]
  • Desktop
    • Switchboard - LFP - Grommets: Fixed issue, where grommets were not properly positioned in certain cases [FP42195]
    • Variables: Added "artBox" property to list of available boxes for app.doc.pages [CA1026601]
    • Edit Profiles dialog: Fixed issue, where button for Profile export became grayed out after export (MacOS only) [CA1026531]
  • CLI
    • Fixed issue, where resulting file could not be stored on a mounted device with high nesting depth of folders [FP41631]
  • Reports
    • Layer reports: Problem solved, where hits were no more assigned to respective layer [FP42114]
    • XML: Fixed issue, where specified number of "hitsperdoc" and "hitsperpage" were not properly respected [FP42663]
  • General
    • Problem solved, where processing of specific file resulted in an error [CA1026630]
    • Logging: Fixed issue, where umlauts in Profile name were not properly handled [FP42032]
    • Logging: Fixed issue, where JSON was not written in case of errors [FP42393]
    • Updated signing of pdfToolbox installer for MacOS [FP42382]

9.3.434 23 August 2017

  • Update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Reduce bit depth for 16 bit images to 8 bit: Issue fixed, where image was not properly converted
    • Place content: Problem solved, where processing was not successful, if generated overlay PDF contained less pages than base PDF
    • Pre-separate pages: Issue fixed, where page labels were not properly set for multi-page input documents [FP41612]
  • Actions
    • EnumerateProfiles: Issue fixed, where values of variables were not properly listed [CA1026454]
  • Plug-In
    • Issue fixed, where the Plug-In was not installed in Acrobat Pro 2017 [FP41726]

9.3.432 9 August 2017

  • Update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • New in Switchboard
    • Prepress - Pre-separate pages: Creates a separate page for each CMYK or spot color used in the PDF [CA1026318]
    • Standards - GWG based Actions: Target for conversion can now be selected ("GWG 2008" or "GWG 2015")
  • Fixups
    • Re-encode images using Indexed color spaces to their base color space [CA1021547; CA1022910; CA1022911]
    • Remove objects + Remove all objects except: Property "Sequential page number" can now be used in "Apply to" filter [FP41361]
  • Checks and Properties
    • Aspect ratio of CropBox|BleedBox|TrimBox|ArtBox: Determines the aspect ratio the respective dimensions [FP]
    • Font is not valid/Font is not valid (strict): Extended scope to find glyphs with corrupt data [CA1025806]
  • Desktop
    • Variables: Values in Ask-at-runtime dialog will now be remembered during one session and can be exported/imported as JSON to be used on command line or with the library [CA1025547]
  • Standalone
    • More recently opened files are available at the corresponding menu item [FP40629]
    • Organize pages: Multiple pages can now be selected by using the "Shift"-key [FP27341; FP36065]
  • CLI
    • --setvariable: Support for values as JSON added, e.g. for values exported from Desktop [CA1025547]
  • Distributed Processing
    • Enhanced display of status and details when components are started using CLI
  • General
    • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.1PlusP2f)

Fixes

  • Analysis
    • PDF/A: Fixed issue, where a certain kind of duplicate XMP metadata resulted in an unnecessary hit [FP39255]
    • PDF/A-3: Adjust Validation for embedded files (will now accept an "array of file specifications")
    • Fixed issue, where analysis resulted in an error due to certain, corrupt structures within the PDF [FP39060; CA1026245]
    • Validation of ZUGFeRD: Problem solved, where Names entry using UTF-16 encoding resulted in a hit [FP41113]
  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency: Fixed issue, where content became clipped in certain cases [CA1026118; CA1026184]
    • Effective ink coverage for separated plates: Fixed issue, where option "Evaluate all pixels" was not properly respected [FP39210]
    • Create any apply shapes: Problem solved, where an error was shown, when "Apply to" was set to "None" [FP41147]
    • Create and apply shapes: Problem solved, where shape was not properly created in certain cases (MacOS only) [FP]
    • Convert colors: Corrected usage for configuration parameter "Using Destination-CompressionMethod" [FP39515]
    • Convert colors: Fixed issue, where images (using only some CMYK channels as DeviceN) were not properly converted [CA1025702; CA1025916; CA1026389]
    • Convert colors: Optimized handling of SMask Matte entries to reduce color shifts [FP39118]
    • Convert colors to n-channel: Fixed issue, where spot colors in DeviceN became converted, although "Any colors except spot colors" was selected [CA1026144]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where text was moved, when certain filter settings were used [CA1026197; CA1026394; CA1025775]
    • Font to outline: Fixed issue, where selective outlining of certain fonts resulted in missing glyphs of other fonts [CA1025636]
    • Generate bleed from page content: Fixed issue, where result PDF was not properly created [FP37676; FP41179]
    • Remove all objects except: Fixed issue, where certain objects were not removed
    • Set page geometry boxes (based on page content): Problem solved, where processing was not successful if no custom check was defined [FP39852; FP40062; FP40657; CA1026368]
    • Remove invisible image data: Problem solved, where contours of clipped images were not properly handled [FP37577; FP41086]
    • Set halftone dictionary: Fixed issue, where Angle and Frequency were not accurately interpreted as set up in the user interface [CA1026248]
    • Map spot and process colors: problem solved, where importing ASE files containing spot color alternates with 3 values were not properly handled [FP39694]
    • Set transparency blend color space: Fixed issue, where an ICC profile from the system was used although there was one attached to the Profile [CA1025748]
    • Place content: Problem solved, where unused spot colors in the PDF resulted in an improper behavior [FP32353]
    • Remove transfer curves: Fixed issue, where transfer curves were not removed [CA1025753]
    • Convert TrueType to CFF: Problem solved, where glyphs were missing after conversion in certain cases [CA1026170; FP38874]
    • General font handling:
      • Fixed issue, where glyphs were not properly handled in some cases [FP26860]
      • Fixed issue, where an empty composite glyph could not be properly processed [FP40205]
      • Problem solved, where certain not well formed glyph charstrings for Type3 fonts resulted in a modified visual appearance [CA1026312]
      • Problem solved, where a specific encoding with a wrong encoding table entry resulted in invisible glyphs [CA1026193]
  • PDF Standards
    • Remove glyphs with invalid encoding definition: Optimized handling to exclude symbolic fonts [CA1025348]
  • General
    • Fixed issue, where some unnecessary coordinate values were not properly handled [CA1026366]
    • Problem solved, where a wrong syntax in the PDF was not properly corrected so that the result file contained empty pages [CA1026313]
  • Actions
    • Impose: Fixed issue, where certain text was not placed as defined (Linux only)
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where TIFF file names containing double bytes resulted in missing pages in generated PDF [CA1026378]
    • SaveAsImg: Problem solved, where certain resolution/dimension combinations resulted in an error [CA1026272]
    • EnumerateLayers: Fixed issue, where not all objects were put on the respective layer [CA1024551]
  • Desktop
    • Activation: Fixed issue, where request could not be sent to the activation server (MacOS only) [FP41216]
    • Edit Variables: Improved evaluation handling for JavaScript variables that already contain all required values
    • Manage Libraries: Fixed issue, where searching for e.g. Curve files did not properly work
    • Problem solved, where a certain Process Plan could not be deleted [FP39772; FP41461; CA1026071]
    • ToPDF: Location for log files created during conversion of PostScript files changed to user preferences
    • Edit Process Plans: Fixed issue, where moving the first sequence step resulted in an unstable UI behavior in certain cases [FP38177]
    • Log Profile execution: Intermediate results for "Place content" (HTML-Template, calsDocInfo.js and PDF) are saved as well
    • Variables in Process Plans: Fixed issue, where Variables set by 1st step were overwritten by default values of identically named Variables in the 2nd step [FP40740]
    • ToPDF for Office files: Improved error message, if no Office application is installed on the respective system [FP38812]
    • Overlay: Fixed issue, where processing was not successful [FP38945]
  • Standalone
    • Problem solved, where parts of the PDF became cropped [FP35374]
  • Plug-In
    • Fixed issue where processing was not successful for some functions with the latest Acrobat DC update [FP39995; FP41161; FP40402]
  • CLI
    • ToPDF for PostScript files: Fixed issue, where sub-folders of additional search paths for fonts were not taken into account [FP38112]
    • ToPDF for PostScript files: Fixed issue, where font folders of the system where taken into account, although "--topdf_psfontsonly" was used
    • ExtractContent: Added extractcontent.xsd to installation package [CA1026230]
    • Tiling: Fixed issue, where missing values for --tilesvertical or --tileshorizontal resulted in an error [CA1026169]
  • Distributed Processing
    • Compare: Problem solved, where resulting PDF report was not properly transferred back to client [FP41110]
    • Problem solved, where "/" or "\" in values of variables where not correctly transmitted to the satellite [FP41110]
  • Reports
    • XML report: More accurate trigger values for "Effective ink coverage" checks (if properly configured in a new checkbox)

9.2.425 26 May 2017

  • Update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Convert colors using DeviceLink: Improved processing speed [FP27136; FP26846; FP27692; FP28305; FP31041; FP32837]

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Generate bleed from page content: Improved handling for PDFs with larger dimensions [FP24673; FP27298]
    • Remove invisible image data: Problem solved, where images were not properly handled when used in patterns [CA1025812; CA1025671]
    • Set page geometry boxes (based on page content): Problem solved, where settings were not properly respected anymore [CA1026146, CA1024826; FP38902; CA1026081]
    • Outline page geometry boxes: Result is a single path if possible to better support cutting devices [FP39424]
    • Outline page geometry boxes: Fixed issue, where area was not filled after processing [FP38902; CA1026081]
    • Convert colors: Fixed issue, where the alternate color values of a DeviceN "Black" were not properly set for the resulting Separation "Black" in certain cases [FP22079]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyphs were not placed correctly [FP23209]
    •   Font to outline: Problem solved, where fonts with extensive use of division commands were not properly handled [CA1026142]
    • Rotate pages: Problem solved, where Fixup was not executed if performed together with a PDF/X conversion [FP39038]
    • Set MediaBox to origin: Fixed issue, where Fixup was not properly executed when processed together with another Fixup to set page geometry boxes [FP22485; FP22583]
  • Desktop
    • Problem solved, where Korean characters were not properly handled in some input fields [FP38525]
    • Fixed issue, where Checks could not be edited in the Japanese version [FP39714]
  • Actions
    • Enumerate Layers: Problem solved, where objects using spot and process colors were not properly enumerated onto layers [CA1022332; CA1026011]
    • Impose: Fixed issue, where certain text was not placed as defined
    • Impose: Fixed issue, where brackets used in variables for placing text were not properly handled [FP39073]
  • General
    • Process Plans: Fixed errorlevel reporting for hits for embedded files [CA1026135]
    • Optimization: Problem solved, where text was not visible after conversion to PDF/X-1a and post-processing optimization [FP25218; FP25913]

9.2.424 13 April 2017

  • Update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Fixes

  • PDF Standards
    • PDF/A-1 validation: According to veraPDF real numbers too close to zero are not a problem, check removed

9.2.423 10 April 2017

  • Update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Desktop
    • Cross-Library-Search
    • Explore Fonts with more information
    • Use external Text-Editor for JavaScript-Variables
    • Improved Handling Keyboard Shortcuts in Ask-as-runtime and Variables Editor
    • Switchboard: Dynamic button to corresponding help article
    • Standalone application on Windows is now also available as 64-Bit [FP34993]
  • PDF Standards
    • PDF/A validation: Compatibility with veraPDF Test Corpus
    • PDF/A-1 validation: Adjusted validation and correction for form fields u.a.
    • PDF/A-1 conversion: Improved creation of appearance streams for PDF/A-1
    • PDF/A-1 conversion: Improved "Prepare forms" to cover hidden form fields as well
    • PDF/A-1 conversion: Improved "Prepare annotations" to avoid removal of file attachment annotations
    • PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3 conversion: New Fixup: Set Supplement entry in CIDSystemInfo of CIDFont to corresponding entry in CMap
    • All PDF/A conversions: Improved "Remove actions" to cover more types of actions (e.g. hidden ones) [CA1025903]
    • All PDF/A conversions: StemV entry for fonts will be added automatically if missing (and if insertion is possible)
    • All PDF/X conversions: Added Fixup "Remove all view and print area settings in ViewerPreferences dictionary"
    • All GWG 2015 validation Profiles: Adjusted recognition of used transparency blend color spaces
  • Fixups
    • Place text/page number: optional white background
    • Outline page geometry boxes: selective outline of edges
    • Rotate pages: multiple configurable [FP33043]
    • Insert empty page: multiple configurable
    • Enlarge page: new settings for top/bottom, left/right, all; multiple configurable
    • Embed OutputIntent with specified parameters
    • Set Supplement entry in CIDSystemInfo of CIDFont to corresponding entry in CMap
    • Set page zoom for bookmarks
    • Remove all view and print area settings in ViewerPreferences dictionary [FP36867]
    • Convert colors: New set of policy parameters (e.g. "RGBImage-R_eq_G_eq_B_is_Black_ExcludeBlendModes") to suppress special rules for white/gray/black objects using specified bland modes, but apply regular CMYK conversion instead [CA1025230; CA1025554; CA1025637]
    • Place date (YYYY-MM-DD)
  • New Checks and Properties
    • Font is not valid (strict): To determine problems that are usually not critical in embedded fonts
    • Blend mode (cumulative): To determine effective blend modes  objects nested in Form XObjects
    • Blend space in Luminosity soft mask [CA1024860]
    • Color values for fill/stroke: Operators "is contained in list" and "is not contained in list” are now available [CA1025514]
  • Actions
    • Impose: Overprinting for placed text in runlists can be defined
    • ToPDF: Support for LibreOffice v5.x (Linux + MacOS) [CA1025782]
  • Reports
    • XML: Details of OutputIntent are listed  
  • General
    • Updated engine for conversion of content for all "Place ..."-Fixups
    • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.4Plus2a)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Switchboard: Colors: Optimized processing duration for spot color conversion (Problem on MacOS only) [FP28629; FP34237; FP38054]
    • Switchboard: LFP: Add grommets by distance/by number: Option to open respective folder added [FP34486]
    • Unsupported Checks from Adobe Acrobat Profiles are no more shown in imported Profiles
    • Manage Libraries: Several smaller improvements
    • Profile edit dialog: New Filter: "Uses same Fixup type"
    • Profile edit dialog: Default filter in Custom Checks/Fixups is now "Not referenced from current profile"
    • Profile window:
      • Fixed issue, so that "Most recently/frequently used" can be used across multiple sessions
      • Fixed issue, where ProcessPlan could not be exported [FP38062]
      • Fixed issue, where locked Profiles could not be imported into another system in certain cases [FP37531]
    • ServerUI: Fixed issue, where editing Process Plans did not worked as expected [FP34298]
    • ServerUI: Problem solved, where an external Profile could not be used [FP37903]
    • Improved text color for locked Process Plans and Profiles for better readability [FP34272]
    • Checkpoint: Fixed issue, where "List Checkpoint Files" needed an activated version [FP36675]
  • Standalone
    • Object inspector: Improved visualization of ClippingBoxes and BoundingBoxes
    • Problem solved, where analysis of certain PDF files resulted in an unstable behavior [FP38081]
  • PDF Standards
    • PDF/A-1 conversion: Problem solved, where processing was not successful due to invalid font
    • PDF/A-1 conversion: Fixed issue, where annotations became visually changed during conversion
    • PDF/A-2 conversion: Fixed problem, where the Subtype of embedded files was changed, although not necessary
    • PDF/A-2 conversion: Solved issue, where the ModDate of EF entry was set 2 hours earlier than actual time
    • PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3 conversion: Automatic correction of bitmap filter shortcuts like "CFF" to "CCITTFaxDecode"
    • PDF/A validation: Optimized recognition for invalid ICC profiles to avoid additional hits for wrong ICC profile version
  • Checks
    • Table evenly structured: Optimized recognition for tables using certain combinations of rowspan and colspan
    • Adjusted recognition of certain font issues to avoid unnecessary warnings
    • Result file different from original (visual comparison): Problem solved, where non-painting spot colors resulted in false hits [FP37365]
    • Color values for fill/stroke: Fixed issue, where certain usage of thresholds didn't result in the expected hit [FR35448]
  • Fixups
    • Repair invalid bookmark hierarchies: Problem solved, where valid bookmarks became removed [CA1023352; CA1023146]
    • Repair invalid bookmark hierarchies: Fixed issue, where bookmark structure was not properly handled in certain cases
    • Discard/Flatten hidden layer content: Problem solved, where processing resulted in an unexpected behavior [CA1025057]
    • Flatten visible layers: Problem solved, where flattening resulted in an unexpected behavior in certain cases [FP35445]
    • Fix glyph width information:
      • Fixed issue, where glyph width problems were not solved
      • Problem solved, where resulting PDF triggered a warning in various PDF viewers [FP36895]
      • Problem solved, when used in conjunction with “Font to Outline” [FP28635]
    • Optimized font embedding to avoid problems with .notdef glyphs after creating an invisible text copy [FP26551]
    • Embed missing fonts: Fixed issue, where the order in the FontSubstitution config file was not properly respected
    • Font to outline:
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were removed, if some tables in the font were improperly formatted [CA1025632]
      • Fixed issue, where text was not properly handled in certain cases [FP28898]
      • Fixed issue, where text positioning was changed in specific PDF files [CA1025463]
    • Convert TrueType fonts to CFF: Problem solved, where visual appearance was changed after processing [CA1025464]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where quality setting for image compression was not properly respected [FP35459]
    • Flatten transparency: Fixed issue, where the ICC source profile of objects was not taken into account [CA1025535]
    • Crop to BoundingBox: Problem solved, where content was in certain cases not properly cropped when the background was a SmoothShade [CA1025793]
    • Convert colors:
      • Fixed issue, where decalibration was not performed when a Custom Check was used [CA1025173]
      • Problem solved, where a "Matte" entry in a SoftMask was not properly handled [FP35619]
      • Problem solved, where a SoftMask of type Luminosity was not properly converted [FP28131; FP32521]
      • Fixed issue, where a Radial SmoothShade (used as filling pattern) became a gray rectangle after conversion [CA1025611]
      • Fixed issue, where processing was not successful, if downsampling was performed in the same Profile on specific PDF [CA1025459]
    • Map colors: Fixed issue, where images became inverted when opened in Adobe PhotoShop [FP28663]
    • Map spot and process colors:
      • Improved consideration if an OutputIntent exists, changed alternatively used Profile to PSO Coated V3 [FP35048]
      • Improved color management: If an OutputIntent exists, this ICC profile will be used for simulation; alternatively PSO Coated V3 will be used [FP35048]
      • Problem solved, where images became invalidated when CMY were mapped to Black [CA1025755]
      • Fixed issue, where processing together with "Make spot color appearance consistent" resulted in unexpected output [FP34658; FP37686]
    • Make Pantone spot color names consistent: Fixed issue, where processing was not successfully executed [CA1025718; CA1025189]
    • Make spot color consistent: Problem solved, where a parallel adjustment of colors resulted in improper results
    • Normalize spot color names: Fixed issue, where Fixup was not successful after Convert colors on specific PDF [FP33025]
    • Convert registration color to black: Problem solved, where conversion of vector objects resulted in an error [FP32866; FP37434]
    • Set page label: Fixed issue, where the Fixup UI only allowed numbers for input [FP27217]
    • Create and apply shapes:
      • Fixed issue, where region inside was not clipped [CA1025656]
      • Fixed issue, where very large formats were not handled properly [CA1025458]
      • Problem solved, where objects defined by "apply to" were not excluded from generated shape
    • Remove objects outside page: Fixed issue, where images inside page area became removed in certain cases [FP35565; FP37704]
    • Remove objects outside page: Problem solved, where text inside page area became removed [FP35565; FP35812]
    • Flip pages: Problem solved, where result was not flipped if processed together with "Rotate pages"-Fixup [CA1025231]
    • Put objects on layer: Fixed issue, where the Property "Belongs to a layer" could not be used as a Custom Check [CA1025626]
    • Place text: Problem solved, where small text was not properly handled [FP35471]
    • All predefined, template-based "Place content"-Fixups: Problem solved, where positioning was not correct if MediaBox didn't start at 0/0 [FP]
    • "Place content"-based templates have now an entry for meta charset in UTF-8 [FP33009]
  • Actions
    • Export to HTML: Fixed issue, where PDF could not be exported properly
    • Impose: Problem solved, where custom sheet sizes were not respected [CA1025944]
    • Impose: Fixed issue, where runlist Variable "ShinglingValue" did not worked as expected
    • ToPDF:
      • Fixed issue, where converting office files using Libre/OpenOffice was not successful in certain cases (Problem on MacOS only) [FP32686]
      • Fixed issue, where a time limited activation prevented the conversion of Office files [FP34517]
      • Dialog handling for "Deactivate Macros" in Word 2016 (Windows only) [CA1025868]
      • Problem solved, where special characters in office file names prevented conversion (MacOS only) [FP22084]
      • Added support for CJK for PostScript to PDF conversion [CA1025018]
      • Problem solved, where an indexed PNG or certain JPEG resulted in white page [FP37476]
    • SaveAsImage:
      • Fixed issue, where the simulation profile was not respected in certain cases [CA1025582; CA1025824]
      • Problem solved, where output could become scaled, if origin destination was not 0/0 [CA1024771]
      • Fixed issue, where smoothing was not performed [FP35415; FP37540]
    • CLI
      • Reporting of Variables: Improved error message when Variables in Fixups are pointing to non-existing external resources [CA1025163; CA1025633]
      • Tiling: Problem solved, where --overwrite could not be used properly [CA1025501]
      • ExtractText: Fixed issue, where not all characters were extracted [CA1025537]
      • Improved handling for PDF with corrupt document structure (will result on CLI in Error 1013 with exit code 107) [CA1025209]
    • Distributed Processing
      • Fixed issue, where a simulation profile for SaveAsImage was not transferred to the Satellite [FP38409]
      • Fixed issue, where the imposition SheetTemplate was not transferred to the Satellite [FP38376]
      • Problem solved, where the specified cachefolder of a Satellite was not used for saving Profiles
    • Reports
      • XSLT based reports: Calculation of ink amount enabled [FP36329]
      • Yellow color adjusted for highlighting of "Warning" in reports to be easier visible [FP33543]
    • General
      • Problem solved, where processing resulted in an error due to an invalid color space
      • Improved recognition of illegal content streams and parameters
      • Problem solved, where wrong header in font was not properly handled
      • Fixed issue, where linearization of a PDF was not terminated properly [CA1025653; FP36439; CA1025448]
      • Problem solved, where content was displayed clipped in certain cases [CA1025775; FP35374]
      • Fixed issue, where ICC-Profiles in JPG2000 images were not handled properly in certain cases [CA1024861]
      • Log profile execution: Better reporting for used Variables and errors for actions in Process Plans
      • Variables in Process Plans: Variables from previous steps are now available for use in Action steps as well
      • Optimized trigger reporting for objects which are causing an "Missing extended graphic state" error for easier analysis [CA1025324]

9.1.413 3 January 2017

  • Update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfaPilot SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Map colors: Fixed issue, where Smooth shade objects became converted, although not covered by a check [FP35961]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink: Fixed issue, where conversion of Smooth shade objects resulted in an unexpected strong visual differences [FP35996]
    • Create and apply shapes: Problem solved, where color space of created shape could not be set to "RGB (0..255)" or "Lab" [FP36003]
    • Create and apply shapes: Fixed issue, where a Variable in a popup menu for units could not become unassigned [CA1025608]
    • Create and apply shapes: Problem solved, where a created shape was not properly positioned under certain circumstances [FP35826]
    • Convert colors: Fixed issue, where a filter for spot color names in the "Conversion settings" was not properly respected [FP34982]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved, where some objects remained RGB after conversion [FP35158]
    • Convert colors: Fixed issue, where inline images were not converted in certain cases [FP34259]
    • Set page geometry boxes: Problem solved, where UserUnits were not properly regarded in some cases [FP35602]
    • Generate bleed from page content: Problem solved, where some PDF viewers reported missing resources for resulting PDF [FP34607]
  • Checks
    • Font is not valid: Adjusted recognition to avoid unnecessary hits [CA1025557; CA1025574; CA1025595; FP35771]
  • General
    • Improved recognition and handling of modified resources (like HTML templates) in Fixups
    • Visualizer: Problem solved, where multiple occurrences of identically named spot colors were not properly respected [CA1025548; CA1025630; CA1025596]
    • Problem solved, where processing resulted in an invalid result in certain cases [CA1025658]
  • Desktop
    • Fixed issue, where no multiple Variables could be added to a text input field [FP35940]
    • Fixed issue, where a Profile could not be exported when a Variable was used for certain resource files [FP35364]
    • Fixed issue, where the attempt of editing a Variable in a locked Profile was not properly handled [FP35375]
    • Problem solved, where Variables window for Parameters was not in the front [FP35460]
    • Switchboard: LFP - Add ink layer: Fixed issue, where created shape was not created in correct size [FP35687]
    • Library manager: Fixed issue, where Libraries could not be saved after a specific way of several changes [CA1025492]
  • CLI
    • Problem solved, where processing resulted in an error if system log was completely empty (Windows only) [CA1025398, CA1025552; FP35464]
    • Improved listing of variables used in a Profile or Process plan to those which are really used
    • New parameter "--novariables" to suppress listing of Variables on CLI output (stdout) [FP35685]
  • Reports
    • Fixed issue, where no report could be created if a Variable was used in certain cases [FP35836]

9.1.411 15 November 2016

  • Update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfaPilot SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Fixes

  • Actions
    • EnumerateProfiles: Fixed issue, where Process plans using a “Variable” process steps could not be enumerated successfully [CA1025486]
  • Reports
    • XML: Problem solved, where Variables became listed, although not used in respective Check [FP35115]

9.1.410 3 November 2016

  • Update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfaPilot SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Fixups
    • Insert empty page [CA1025309]
    • Move objects
    • Create and apply shapes: New options to reduce or enlarge non-rectangular shapes and to merge overlapping shapes
    • Place content on page: Support for SVG as input format
    • Processing Steps:
      • Put objects on Processing Steps layer
      • Add Processing Steps layer metadata
      • Modify layer name for Processing Steps layer metadata
      •  Various other existing Fixups for Layers extended to limit execution to Layers with Processing Steps metadata
    • Flatten transparency: Several compression methods added for images, which are created during transparency flattening
    • Place Barcode: A quiet zone for barcodes will now apply add space if required for the barcode type
    • Flip pages: Extended with an optional "Apply to" to limit to specified pages [CA1025240]
    • Convert page content into image: "Maximum" and "High" now use Chroma Subsampling to enhance quality [FP34979]
  • Properties/Checks
    • Rotation of text [CA1024092]
    •  Is in custom area
    •  Processing Steps:
      •  Processing Steps metadata present
      •  Same Processing Steps metadata used for more than one layer
      •  Processing Steps
      • Processing Steps metadata uses custom values
      • Layer metadata (existing): Does now also analyze Processing Steps  metadata
  • Actions
    • SaveAsImg: "Maximum" and "High" will now use Chroma Subsampling to enhance quality [FP34979]
  • Desktop
    • Explore Layers: Metadata for Processing Steps can be defined
    • User interface: Improved recognition and notification when changing Fixups and Checks which are referenced in Profiles or ProcessPlans [FP32491]
    •  Debugging functionality to store intermediate results and processing details
    •  CxF-Support: Details of embedded CxF data are listed in the Result dialog in Output Intent details
  • Variables
    • Several improvements for Variables:
      • Default value for simple Variables visible now in the UI controls [FP34258]
      • Option to duplicate Variables [FP34267]
      • Define a list of permitted values for Variables defined via app.requires [FP34880]
      • Value of a trigger value from a previous ProcessPlan step can be assigned to a Variable
      • Reports from a previous ProcessPlan step can be used in JavaScript Variable
      • XML files can be imported into JavaScript Variables and values can be derived via XPath expressions
      • Arrays and objects remain such objects when transferred via app.vars
      • Support for sidecar files (XML and JSON) by reading their contents in a JavaScript Variable
      • Extended scope of app.var.results to Profiles, Checks and Fixups (and not just Variable steps) in Process plans
      • The "Edit JavaScript Variables" dialog includes a Console window for debugging
      • Search added to list of Variables in user interface
      • JavaScript object to determine the current operating system
      • JavaScript Variables can now be used for ICC profiles [FP]
      • Improved display if a Severity is controlled by a Variable
  • CLI
    • New options to exclude certain severities in reports (see usage or CLI manual for details)
    • Option to define a path for external resources for PDF/VT-2 and PDF/X-5 [CA1024832]
    • EnumerateProfiles: Lists Profiles and Variables and generates a Profile summary report as XML or JSON [CA1023576]
  • General
    • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.1PlusP1e)
    • Support for rendering documents with more than 27 spot colors [CA1024100]

Fixes

  • Checks
    • PDF/X-4 validation: Adjusted recognition of transparency blend color space if a Default color space exists
    • PDF/X-4 validation: Enhanced recognition of identical ICC profiles as source profiles and in Output Intent
    • Problem solved, where multi-line input fields were not properly handled [CA1025415]
    • Problem solved, where unusual formatted Type 1 fonts resulted in an unnecessary error
  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Problem solved, where pure black (in RGB) became rich black in CMYK after processing [CA1025173]
      • Fixed issue, where text was not properly handled in certain cases [CA1022817]
      • Fixed issue, where images were not properly handled [FP26060; FP33275]
      • Problem solved, where processing could not be finished successfully [FP27418; CA1023201]
      • Problem solved, where processing resulted in an improper behavior [FP30860; FP33746; FP33975]
      • Fixed issue, where objects became distorted [FP23236; FP26368]
      •  Fixed issue, where smooth shades were repositioned [FP24224; FP27187]
      • Fixed issue, where text vanished in certain cases [FP26950; CA1025395]
      • Fixed issue, where visual appearance of vector objects changed [CA1024814; FP29085; FP32493]
      • Problem solved, where text that was converted into outlines during flattening resulted in malformed glyph contours when imposed [FP27204]
      • Problem solved, where colors of images shifted [FP32740]
      • Fixed issue, where flattening of overprint resulted in a changed visual appearance [CA1025065]
      • Problem solved, where page content was not properly handled [FP22621]
    • Create and apply shapes:
      • Fixed issue, where the set option for overprint was not respected [CA1025192]
      • Fixed issue, where processing was only successful with the second attempt [CA1025360]
      • Fixed issue, where Outside/Inside Shape was not accurately listed in the user interface [FP34580]
      • Fixed issue, where correction was not executed due to insufficient Fixup configuration [CA1025192]
    • Convert colors:
      • Problem solved, where a colored pattern using a second color space was not converted [FP34296]
      • Fixed issue, where page content was downscaled after processing [FP34250]
      • Fixed issue, where Fixup was not executed for images, if downsampling Fixup was also included in the Profile [FP33921]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink:
      • Fixed issue, where using any DeviceLink profile via a path in a Variable required a DeviceLink license [CA1025163]
      • Problem solved, where result file could not be opened in certain cases [FP34709]
      • Problem solved, where files with large dimensions or large images could not be successfully processed [FP25798; FP27564; CA1024821; CA1025078]
    • Downsample images: Problem solved, where Fixup was not executed, if "Remove invisible image data" was contained in Profile as well [FR35123]
    • Map colors: Fixed issue, where using the filter "Apply to:" was not properly respected [FP33788]
    • Map colors: Problem solved, where processing could not be executed successfully [FP34674]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved, where mapping of CMYK to None resulted in an improper result [FP34678; CA1024811]
    • Map spot and process colors: Fixed issue, where mapping of a single process colorant to another process colorant resulted in wrong colorants [CA1025294]
    • Place barcode: Fixed issue, where the dimension of the generated barcode were not properly taken from settings [FP]
    • Remove objects outside/Remove objects: Fixed issue, where also objects inside were removed [CA1024468]
    • Create invisible copy for all text: Problem solved, where result file showed an error when opened in Acrobat in certain cases [FP35082]
    • Fix glyph width information: Fixed issue, where glyphs were not properly placed after conversion [FP30712]
    • Substitute characters using .notdef glyph with space characters: Fixed issue, where glyphs became repositioned [CA1024178]
  • Actions
    • ReDistill: Problem solved, where a redistill resulted in an error in certain cases [FP23969]
    • CreatePS: Problem solved, where overprint of black changed to knockout [CA1024212]
    • CreateEPS: Fixed issue, where no EPS file was created [CA1019055]
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where conversion of HTML to PDF failed, if certain fonts were installed [CA1025428]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where conversion of Office files failed with Office 2016 on MacOS [FP34821]
    • Tiling: Problem solved, where grommets were not properly positioned [FP34780]
    • ListVariables: Fixed issue, where Variables introduced by app.requires() were not listed
    • Impose: Changed default encoding to UTF16 to avoid errors with rare glyphs
    • ExtractContent: Fixed issue, where not all content was extracted [CA1025215]
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where rendering large dimensions into PNG was not successful [FP30788; FP33106]
  • Desktop
    • Variables:
      • Several minor issues in configuration dialogs fixed [CA1025194]
      • Variables defined with app.requires in a Variable step of a Process plan will now show up in an Ask at Runtime dialogue [FP34977]
      • Variables in name or comments of Process Plans will now show up in an Ask at Runtime dialogue
      • Problem solved, where a JavaScript Variable was evaluated twice [CA1025277]
      • Fixed issue, where predefined values of various Variables were summarized [FP34837]
    • Help references online documentation instead of Reference manual
    • Switchboard - Spot colors: Problem solved, where an error was shown for spot colors (Acrobat Plug-In only) [FP34348]
    • Switchboard - Replace fonts: Fixed issue, where ligatures resulted in an error in certain cases [FP34361]
    • Fixed issue, where dimension of a PDF was shown wrong, caused by large dimension and a page scaling factor [FP35050]
    • Problem solved, where a content stream could not be analyzed [FP23121]
    • Fixed issue, where file extension of reports was not properly set [FP19906]
    • Explore PDF: Problem solved, where searching for non-existing content resulted in an error [FP16978]
    • Fixed issue, where a corrupt PDF resulted in an unstable behavior [CA1025209]
  • Server/CLI
    • Predefined Profile for CLI: "Acrobat PDF version compatibility" added to var/Profiles
    • Changed internal configuration to relative paths, so settings can be easier transferred
  • General
    • Libraries: Improved handling for Libraries from previous versions to increase loading time
    • Problem solved, where analysis could not be successfully executed due to fatal errors in the content stream [FP26817]
    • Process plans: Improved reporting of additionally created files in result tree and logs
    • Process plans: Error code for Fixup failures is now "8" [FP34673]
    • Problem solved, where a very unusual font structure resulted in an unstable behavior [FP34879]
    • Activation: Fixed issue, where the content of an email was not in the language of the UI [FP34867]
  • Reports
    • XML: Listing of Variables in rules added [FP32115]
    • XML: Problem solved, where IDs of Checks changed with each processing [FP]
    • XML: Fixed issue, where DictKeys were listed
    • XML: Problem solved, where IDs of Fixups got merged when used multiple times in a Process Plan [FP35101]

10.0.469 4 July 2018

  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox 10 Desktop for owners of a pdfToolbox 10 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Fixed issue, where editing of Fixup was not possible on a Japanese system [CA1027296]
  • Server/CLI
    • Problem solved, where files could not be stored on a SMB shared volume after processing (Windows) [CA1027303]
    • Variables: Problem solved, where values defined by --setvariable were not properly classified as number, string, ... [FP48345]
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Office files will be opened as read-only to allow conversion of files protected against editing (Microsoft Word on Windows only) [CA1027263]
  • General
    • Variables: Fixed issue, where one of multiple Custom Fixups in a Profile was executed even though it was switched off using a Variable in certain cases [FP49000]

10.0.465 31 May 2018

  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox 10 Desktop for owners of a pdfToolbox 10 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • New Fixups
    • Repair invalid or empty FontBBox values [FP32539; CA1027156]
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Merge adjacent line fragments: Optional "Apply to" and multiple settings added
    • Fix glyph width information: Extended scope to fix also font widths of Type 3 fonts [FP37894; CA1027057; FP47580]
  • New Properties
    • Embedded font file uses invalid or empty BBox values [FP32539; CA1027156]
  • General
    • Variables: Variables can now be deleted in the app.vars object

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors: Problem solved, where inline images were not properly handled if executed together with "Downsample/Recompress images" Fixups in certain cases [CA1026756]
    • Create and apply shapes: Issue fixed , where Lab color space was not properly created
    • Font to outline: Issue fixed, where a certain combination of invisible and clipping text objects was not properly handled [FP43980]
    • Generate bleed from page content: Problem solved, where Smooth Shades on larger pages were not taken into account in certain cases [FP41771]
    • Generate bleed from page content: Issue fixed, where page geometry boxes were always set, although not requested [FP41604]
    • Create and apply shapes: Issue fixed, where shape was not created properly [FP41250]
    • Fix glyph width: Issue fixed, where fonts were displaced when Fixup was executed together with "Embed missing fonts"
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyphs were displaced if executed together with "Fix glyph width" and "Embed fonts" [FP40683; FP42802]
    • Embed missing fonts: Issue fixed, where font style was not properly regarded in certain cases [FP42804]
    • Make font names unique: Problem solved, where already unique fonts were processed as well [CA1026408]
    • Make font names unique: Issue fixed, where fonts used in SoftMask were not properly handled in certain cases [CA1026851]
    • Put objects on layer: Problem solved, where objects identified by their ICC profile were not put on a layer
  • Checks
    • OPI: "File Name (%ALDImageFilename)": Issue fixed, where simple file specification resulted in unstable behavior [CA1026684]
  • Actions
    • Pre-separate pages: Problem solved, where empty colorants were not properly regarded [FP43482]
    • Overlay: New option to create a non-isolated transparency group for imported content to avoid e.g. overprinting issues [FP34715; FP42398]
    • SaveAsImage: Issue fixed, where transparency was not properly handled, if images were rendered as PNG with color space RGBA (transparent background) [CA1025691]
  • Reports
    • XML reports and Result dialog: Graphic state details for Smooth shades added [CA1027092]
  • Desktop
    • Variables dialog: Optimized switching between "Script" and "Value" to show correct values
    • Variables: Issue fixed, where numeric values became strings after the ask-at-runtime dialog
  • Plug-in
    • Problem solved, where the Plug-in was not installed in older Acrobat Pro versions [FP47798]
  • General
    • Issue fixed, where some rare font structures resulted in an unstable behavior [FP47705]
    • Problem solved, where some new PDF structures (introduced with PDF 2.0) were not properly handled [CA1027222]
    • Problem solved, where a rare usage of PostScript code in a font resulted in an unstable behavior [FP44454]
    • Variables: JavaScript objects can now always be assigned to the app.vars object

10.0.463 3 May 2018

  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Server 10, pdfToolbox CLI 10 or pdfToolbox SDK 10 from earlier versions of these products requires a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA).
    Please contact your reseller for further information.

Features

  • Standalone
    • Reviewed and improved zoom functionality
  • General
    • Checks can now be a part of other Checks using the Property "Include other check"
    • New option in Checks: "Invert check result"
    • Process Plans
      • New Sequence step type "Process Plan" to include other Process Plans as sub-parts
      • New Sequence step type "Save PDF copy" allows to save intermediate results, optionally with suffix, prefix or in a sub-folder of the output path
      • New Sequence step type "Quick Check" allows for high-speed determination of a custom set of PDF details as a JSON expression
      • New Sequence step type "File pick up" allows for getting back to a previous state of the processed file and for using this version for further processing [CA1026498]
    • Profiles: Severity for generic syntax checks can be defined
    • Variables:
      • Licensing details are now listed in JavaScript object app.env [FP47319]
      • Created files from Sequence steps are logged in the app.doc.result.resultfiles JavaScript object
      • Results for all Sequence steps are stored in the app.doc.result.fixups JavaScript object
      • Page scaling factor (UserUnits) is available in the app.doc.pages JavaScript object
      • Create a checkbox in the ask at runtime dialogue (via the app.requires object) [FP46975]
    • Reports
      • Template based PDF reports can be used as an overview page in all PDF reports
      • Bookmarks have been added to all PDF report types
    • License Server: Manages activation of pdfToolbox in cloud environments
  • New Profiles and Process Plans
    • Verify compliance with Processing Steps (ISO 19593-1) for packaging and label
    • Packaging Flexo (GWG 2015) [FP33523]
    • Packaging Gravure (GWG 2015)
    • Packaging Offset (GWG 2015)
    • Uses PDF 2.0 Features
    • Quick Check example
    • Bring 100% black text to front
  • Enhanced Profiles and Process Plans
    • Convert to CMYK and spot colors and generate images of pre-separated pages
    • List page objects, grouped by type of object: annotations are now also listed
    • List Processing Steps metadata information
    • Convert spot to CMYK (for transparency flattened PDFs)
    • Prepare PDF for specified page size
    • Analyze pages for effectively used plates
  • New Fixups
    • Bring to front
    • Send to back
    • Set line width now adds a stroke if not present beforehand
    • Convert Type 1 and CFF fonts to CID [FP44018]
    • Disjoin graphics objects
    • Merge adjacent line fragments
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Create and apply shape: Tracing can be limited to a single or a combination of separations
    • Create and apply shape: New option to create a shape based on the print surface (Processing Steps)
    • Adjust or remove annotations can now create appearance streams for annotations
    • Place content: Optional content (layers) in placed PDF files will be maintained
    • Place content: Page scaling factor (UserUnits) is available in cals_doc_info.js
  • New and enhanced predefined Fixups
    • Convert alternate color space for spot colors to CMYK (PSO Coated v3 (ECI))
    • Duplicate all pages
    • Insert empty pages as 2nd and last but one page
    • Re-encode images with Indexed color space to base color space
    • Convert DeviceN CMYK to DeviceCMYK
    • All "Place content"-based Fixups: New templates and utility functions (available in new Libraries)
    • Convert colors: New sample configuration file added, which avoids changes to the transparency blend color space during conversion of the alternate color space of spot colors [CA1025949]
      • New setting will be used in new Prepress Libraries for the following Fixups:
        • Convert alternate color space for spot colors to CMYK (PSO Coated v3 (ECI))
        • Convert alternate color space for spot colors to CMYK (Coated GRACol 2006)
        • Convert alternate color space for spot colors to CMYK (ISO Coated v2 (ECI))
        • Convert alternate color space for spot colors to CMYK (ISOnewspaper26v4 (IFRA))
  • New Properties
    • Various new Properties in the new Group "Context aware object detection" (Sifter)
      • Context aware object detection (Sifter)
      • Object below other object
      • Object covered by other object
      • Object covers other object
      • Object crosses other object
      • Object crosses shape
      • Object inside other object
      • Object inside shape
      • Object is completely clipped
      • Object is completely obliterated
      • Object is invisible
      • Object is partially clipped
      • Object is partially obliterated
      • Object is visible
      • Object not below any other object
      • Object not on top of any other object
      • Object on top of other object(s)
      • Object outside other object
      • Object outside shape
      • Object reaches into edge area of a shape
      • Shape definition
    • Various new Properties to determine different details of path objects
      • Stroked but not filled
      • Filled but not stroked
      • Filled and stroked
      • Number of sub paths
      • Number of open sub paths
      • Number of closed sub paths
      • Number of points in path object
      • Smallest number of points in sub path
      • Largest number of points in sub path
      • Number of straight lines in path object
      • Number of curved lines in path object
      • Number of rectangles in path objectStroked path object is solid line
      • Stroked path object is dashed line
      • Stroked path object is dotted line
      • Stroked path object is line with dashes and dots
      • Dash array of a stroked path object
      • Effective length of shortest dash in stroked path object
      • Effective length of longest dash in stroked path object
      • Effective average length of dashes in stroked path object
      • Effective length of shortest gap in stroked path object
      • Effective length of longest gap in stroked path object
      • Effective average length of gaps in stroked path object
    • Number of hits in this check in document
    • Various new properties to determine values of text and character spacing [CA1026843]
      • Character spacing of text
      • Word spacing of text
      • Text leading
      • Text rise
    • Unicode of ligature (via ToUnicode CMap) does not match PDF encoding [CA1026930]
    • Various new properties for Processing Steps:
      • Document has Processing Steps metadata
      • Page has Processing Steps metadata
      • Processing Step layers missing on page
      • Processing Step does not have type entry
  • New and enhanced predefined Checks
    • 100% black text below other objects
    • Small text or thin line knocking out background
    • Text crosses edge of rendered non-text content
    • Text too close to edge of rendered content
    • Text too close to line using spot color "Cutline"
    • Gray objects using CMY or RGB
    • Size of black filled vector object larger than 5 by 5 cm
    • Aspect ratio of TrimBox does not correspond to European standard sizes (A4, A3, ...)
    • Uses ICCbased RGB
  • Reports
    • HTML-based template reports:
      • Optional creation of more than one page preview image
      • Variables from executed Profile are now available in cals_params.js
      • Pages with hits from executed Checks are now listed in cals_params.js
  • Server
    • Server jobs from pdfToolbox 9 can now be imported at first startup of the Server component for pdfToolbox 10
  • CLI
    • New high-speed functionality to determine a custom set of information of the PDF file (--quickcheck)
    • Creating and using custom dictionaries for Profiles to use custom translations for Profiles, Fixups, Checks etc. in reports (--createcustomdict, --customdict)
    • Multiple reports can be created using different languages in a single CLI call [FP27467]
    • New report type: VARDUMP: Dumps the app.vars object of used Variables into a JSON file
    • New option to create JSON log files for Profile execution during runtime (--trace)
    • Tiling: New option to use a custom template to define the visual appearance of the created output (--template)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.4PlusP3e)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Converter integrated (PostScript to PDF conversion; v1.1PlusP1c) [CA1026884]

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Fixed issue, where generic check "Font is not embedded" was not properly executed
  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Fixed issue, where softmask objects were removed in certain cases [FP38452]
      • Problem solved, where vector objects vanished in some cases [FP32906; CA1025031; CA1026758; FP34801; CA1025815; CA1026873; CA1025940; CA1026726]
      • Problem solved, where image objects vanished in certain cases [FP32811]
      • Problem solved, where resulting PDF was visually changed [CA1025706; CA1026257]
      • Fixed issue, where objects were slightly shifted after processing [FP26401]
      • Problem solved, where processing resulted in an unstable behavior [CA1023301]
      • Problem solved, where link destinations were not properly maintained [CA1026663]
      • Fixed issue, where glyphs from a Helvetica font were not properly handled in a specific case (MacOS only) [CA1026810]
    • PlaceContent: Fixed issue, where processing was not successful when ink info in template was requested [CA1027004; FP46174]
    • Font to outline:
      • Fixed issue, where diacritical marks were shifted after processing [FP28166; FP28721; FP42886; FP43814]
      • Problem solved, where text was not properly handled in some cases [FP46991]
      • Fixed issue, where some text operators ("BT") remained in content stream after font to outline [CA1027019]
    • Map spot and process colors: Added Checks using Properties of group "Images" to "Apply to" filter
    • Map spot and process colors: Fixed issue, where multiple settings for different pages were not properly regarded [CA1026675]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink: Problem solved, where a "Matte" entry of images was not properly regarded [FP44990]
    • Problem solved, where .notdef glyphs were not properly handled [CA1026671]
    • Fixed issue, where PDF/A-2b conversion using a Profile resulted in width information problems [FP28837; FP45489]
    • Fixed issue, where glyphs were replaced with .notdef glyphs in certain cases [CA1026995]
  • Checks
    • Image is not valid: Fixed issue, where a corrupt image was not properly detected [FP42196]
    • Number of hits in this check: Fixed issue, where "0" as value was not properly handled [FP46339]
    • Size of page geometry box: Variables enabled for "Measurement unit" and "Ignore orientation" [FP34885; CA1025372]
    • Output condition (of Output Intents): Fixed issue, where Output Intents could not be properly added to the list [FP46093]
  • Actions
    • To PDF:
      • Problem solved, where text from PostScript files was not properly rendered after conversion [CA1026689]
      • Problem solved, where PostScript could not be processed in certain cases [CA1026984]
      • Added handling for "Unsupported formula" warning in Microsoft Excel files [CA1026918]
    • Create PostScript:
      • Fixed issue, where created PostScript was not valid [FP42852]
      • Problem solved, where objects were missing in resulting PostScript file [FP27516]
      • Problem solved, where created PostScript resulted in shifted glyphs on certain output devices [FP42850]
      • Fixed issue, where visual appearance of some objects was changed after processing [FP23626]
    • ReDistill
      • Fixed issue, where images were not properly handled in certain cases [FP35975]
      • Problem solved, where spot color images were not properly converted[FP24553]
    • Optimize PDF
      • Problem solved, where data after the end-of-file marker in the file structure were not properly handled in certain cases [FP43293]
      • Fixed issue, where some invalid references in the file structure were not repaired and resulted in an error [CA1026538]
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where some shadings were not properly rendered in high resolutions [FP41649]
    • N-Up / Step and repeat: Fixed issue, where files were not placed properly in certain cases [FP41839]
    • Add grommets: Added support for PDFs using a page scaling factor (UserUnits) [FP42478]
    • EnumerateLayers: Fixed issue, where not all spot color objects were put on the respective layer [CA1024551]
    • Compare/Visualizer: Fixed issue, where PDF as image format was not properly handled [FP45556; FP47709]
    • Impose: Problem solved, where positioning of text also resulted in embedding of "Courier" font, although not used for the positioned text [FP45224]
    • Pre-separate pages: Fixed issue, where empty or grayscale pages resulted in wrong page labels [CA1027170]
  • Reports
    • XML Report: Added trigger values for generic syntax Checks [CA1027097]
  • Desktop
    • Variables:
      • Order of Variables in ask-at-runtime is now derived from the KEY value (in alpha-numerical order) [FP20130; FP47024]
      • Problem solved, where Variables stored in a JSON file could not be loaded [FP43762]
      • Fixed issue, where a Variable could not be used properly in the "When check does not fire" field [FP45401]
      • Fixed issue, where a Library could not be imported [CA1026209]
      • Problem solved, where a JavaScript encoded as "UTF8 with BOM" was not properly handled (MacOS only) [FP43026]
    • Deactivation of a Server license will now also remove the Desktop activation (if Desktop was activated via the Server license) [FP45399]
    • Default values for number of displayed hits result dialog increased
  • CLI
    • Improved reporting, when the limit of parallel processes allowed by license is exceeded so that processes have to wait [FP47312]
  • General
    • Process Plans: Fixed issue, where processing could not be executed successfully in certain cases [FP47321]
    • Fixed issue, where processing a password-protected file resulted in a wrong error code [CA1027122]
    • Problem solved, where in certain cases changes from Fixups were not taken into account by the "Flatten transparency" Fixup when part of the same Profile [CA1026737]
    • Optimized generation and analysis of ToUnicodes CMaps to improve performance [CA1026591]
    • Process Plans: Fixed issue, where special diacritical characters in an imposition configuration were not properly encoded [FP41047]
    • Problem solved, where certain rare function operators in the content stream resulted in unstable behavior [FP45295]

9.0.398 23 August 2016

  • Update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfaPilot SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Problem solved, where Office documents could not be converted with a time limited full version [FP34517]
  • General
    • Problem solved, where the end page of a defined page range was not properly respected
  • Distributed Processing
    • Problem solved, where Satellite or Dispatcher could not be started
    • Improved logging of the Satellite [FP33635]
  • CLI
    • ListVariables: Problem solved, where labels of variables were not more listed [CA1025121]

9.0.397 9 August 2016

  • Update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfaPilot SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • User interface: Problem solved, where the stacking of multiple modal dialogs were not properly handled [FP34257; CA1025138]
    • User interface: Several improvements for displaying Variables and usability [FP34269; CA1025102; FP34258; FP34256]
    • Variables: Problem solved, where some variables were not properly saved in certain cases [CA1025152]
    • Export of Fixups and Checks: Problem solved, where Variables were not properly exported [CA1025123]
    • Switchboard: Fixed issue, where selected unit was not remembered properly [FP34321; FP34371]
    • Set page geometry boxes: Removed unit "point" as "pt" was already available [CA1025105]
  • General
    • Variables: Fixed issue, where path to external resources could not be used properly [CA1025163]
    • Problem solved, where an empty BleedBox or TrimBox definition in a PDF resulted in an error [FP33061]
    • Problem solved, where color conversion and downsampling of images resulted in an improper result in some cases [CA1023613; FP25896; FP30349]
  • Fixups
    • Create and apply shapes: Problem solved, where certain objects were not clipped properly [CA1025075]
    • Fix glyph width information: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in a changed appearance [FP28699; FP30712]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where additional dots appeared after processing in certain cases [FP28103]
    • Flatten annotations into page contents: Problem solved, where some PDF viewers showed an error after opening the processed PDF [FP28242]
  • Checks
    • Width of page geometry box (mm/inch): Problem solved, where unit was not properly respected [FP34347]
    • Base color space for transparency group: Adjusted recognition of current Default Device-ColorSpace
    • Color space of outermost transparency group: Adjusted recognition of current Default Device-ColorSpace
  • CLI
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where processing an encrypted PDF became not unencrypted, although correct password was used [CA1025046]
    • ListVariables: Problem solved, where simple variables were not listed [CA1025121]
    • Activation: Fixed issue, where activation in certain container environments were not successful (Linux only) [FP32362]
    • SplitPDF: Problem solved, where invalid PageLabels resulted in an improper behavior [FP33843]

9.0.395 26 July 2016

  • Update of pdfToolbox 9 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 9 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfaPilot SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Fixes

  • General
    • Problem solved, where Variables in imported Libraries from previous versions were not handled properly [FP34255; FP34262]
    • Problem solved, where conversion of embedded files into PDF standards were not executed with fresh exported profiles
  • Standalone
    • Some stability issues regarding zoom and loupe solved [FP34240]
  • PlugIn
    • Problem solved, where using the menu entry "About Third-Party Plug-Ins" could result into an unstable behavior

9.0.392 14 July 2016

  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Server 9, pdfToolbox CLI 9 or pdfToolbox SDK 9 from earlier versions of these products requires a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA). Please contact your reseller for further information.

Features

  • General
    • Extended Variable features: Variables on Profile level and as step in Process Plans, access to metadata and other information via JavaScript, calculating and propagating values using JavaScript, using Variables for Pop up controls (like ICC profiles)
    •  Various new Fixups to create shapes or to set page geometry boxes based on rendered page content
    •  New, PDF-based activation process also for pdfToolbox SDK
    •  Support for CxF (spectral data): Embedding, extracting, display of CxF
  • Desktop / PlugIn
    • Wireframe mode in Object inspector
    •  Zoom functionality
    • All Profiles have been reviewed and arranged into 5 new Libraries:
      •  Essentials
      • PDF Standards
      • Prepress, Color and Transparency
      • Shapes, Variables, JavaScript, Place content
      • DeviceLink (requires AddOn)
    • New Switchboard area: Large format printing
      • Tiling
      • Adding grommets
      • Generate bleed
      • Add ink layer
      • Add borders
    • New in "Prepress"-area of Switchboard:
      • Embed, extract and remove CxF data
  • New and enhanced Profiles
    • Library: Shapes, Variables, JavaScript, Place content
      • Viewing Distance related checks
      • Downsample image resolution to specified value
      • Generate 3 mm bleed (pixel repetition on pages with text objects close to TrimBox, else mirroring) (Process Plan)
      • Scale to page size from first 7 characters in file name, print error messages (Process Plan)
    • Library: Essentials
      • Convert all pages into CMYK images and preserve text information
      • Convert all pages into RGB images and preserve text information
      • Convert to PDF/A-1b /A-2b
    • Library: Prepress, Color and Transparency
      • Find CxF issues
      • Online publishing
      • Convert to PDF/X-1a (PSO Coated v3 (ECI))
      • Convert to PDF/X-4 (PSO Coated v3 (ECI))
      • Convert pages into CMYK images if page content is too complex (Process Plan)
      • List potential printing problems
    • Library: PDF Standards
      • Convert to PDF/A-1b /A-2b /A-3b
      • Convert to PDF/X-1a (PSO Coated v3 (ECI))
      • Convert to PDF/X-3 (PSO Coated v3 (ECI))
      • Convert to PDF/X-4 (PSO Coated v3 (ECI))
      • Check for PDF/A-2b compliance and convert if not compliant (Process Plan)
  • New and enhanced Fixups
    • Library: Shapes, Variables, JavaScript, Place content
      • Place CMYK color bar
      • Place gray color bar
      • Place spot color bar
      • Place registration marks
      • Place dimension arrows
      • Place fold marks (letter)
      • Create partial varnish for images
      • Create varnish for printed content (excl. white areas)
      • Create varnish for printed content (incl. white areas)
      • Generate bleed by specified method
      • Set TrimBox based on visible content
      • Create Dieline with rounded corners from TrimBox
    • General
      • Create and apply shapes: Add shapes based on rendered content [CA1024841]
      • Set page geometry boxes (based on page content): Sets the respective box based on rendered content [CA1024826]
      • Generate bleed from page content:
        • New methods: "Mirror as objects" and "Repeat last pixel"
        • Selection of edges [FP23500; FP28060; FP28375; CA1024069; CA1023144]
        • Option to set BleedBox to dimension of just created bleed added [CA1024317]
        • Filter for limited scope using "Apply to:" and possibility for multiple settings added [FP28206; FP23197]
      • Discard hidden layers [FP26617; CA1023906; FP29825]
      • Repair missing "Properties" resources [FP32810; FP33598]
  • New Checks and Properties
    • Several new properties related to CxF validation
    • Number of hits in this check: Allows for defining a minimum number of occurrences per pgae before a hit is generated [FP32837; FP32911]
    • Number of components in ICC profile dictionaries N entry does not match ICC profile

Fixes

  • PDF standards
    • PDF/A-1 validation: Adjusted validation and correction for form fields
    • PDF/X-4 validation: Adjusted analysis of insufficient defined Layers ("Optional content groups" OCG in OCCDs missing) [FP]
    • Conversion to PDF/X-4: Problem solved, where XMP metadata was falsely handled as not compliant and removed [CA1024720]
  • Fixups
    • Repair invalid bookmark hierarchies: Fixed issue, where bookmarks became removed due to improper formatting [CA1023352 + CA1023146]
    • Downsample images: Problem solved, where "Unsharp masking of images"-Fixup were reported although not executed [CA1024381; FP31407; FP31749; FP32664; FP32920]
    • Make spot color appearance consistent: Problem solved, where processing together with a "Convert colors"-Fixup resulted in remaining inconsistencies [FP33579]
    • Generate bleed from page content: Problem solved, where page scaling factor was not respected properly [FP28937; FP28943]
    • Convert page content into image: Changed compression library to reduce resulting file size [FP33481]
    • Uncompress XMP metadata objects: Fixed issue, where  uncompressed XMP metadata remained [FP32810]
    • Font to Outline: Problem solved, where non-painting starting points of glyph contours became visible [FP29707]
    • Embed missing fonts: Support for PostScript Type 0 CID-keyed fonts
    • Add missing SPACE glyphs: Problem solved, where ligature glyphs were not properly handled in certain cases [FP25791; FP25829; FP28771]
  • Actions
    • Duplicate pages: Problem solved, where page scaling factor was not properly copied for all duplicated pages [FP33498]
  • General
    • Problem solved, where processing resulted in an improper behavior caused by an damaged font in the PDF [CA1024235]
    • Wrong "N" entries (number of colorants) in ICC profiles will be corrected automatically
    • Problem solved, where internal optimization resulted in vanishing objects in certain cases [CA1024758]
    • Fixed issue, where file could no longer processed successfully, although successful in pdfToolbox 7 [CA1024880]
    • Optimized handling for self-referencing Role Maps to avoid unnecessary long processing time [CA1024838]
    • Problem solved, where content could not be analyzed, caused by empty "name" objects [FP33469]
  • PDF/A conversion
    • Updated font substitution to cover more naming varieties of "Arial" fonts [CA1024937]
  • Standalone
    • Explore Metadata: Enhanced flexibility for handling multiple entries of same property
    • Explore Layers: Enhanced display of optional content groups [FP]
  •  CLI
    •  Problem solved, where files from network paths were not properly handled [CA1024764]
  • Distributed Processing
    • Problem solved, where defined output naming for reports was not respected [FP33758]
  • Reports
    • Fixed wrong French translation in summary reports [CA1024840]
    • Problem solved, where reports using masks were not properly created due to large page scaling factors [CA1024534]
    • Updated translation repository of additional languages for Profiles, Checks and Fixups [CA1023799]

8.3.377 4 May 2016

  • Update of pdfToolbox 8 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 8 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server or pdfToolbox CLI free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server or pdfToolbox CLI

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors: Fixed issue, where bitmaps using JBIG2 compression were not properly converted in certain cases [FP32886; CA1024128]
  • Desktop / PlugIn
    • Problem solved, where user preferences could not be created after first installation of pdfToolbox on the respective system [FP32949; FP32947; FP32887; FP32938; FP32975; FP32978; CA1024865; FP32983; FP32992]
  • Distributed Processing
    • Problem solved, where a defined output file name was not properly respected [FP32956; FP32994]

8.3.375 28 April 2016

  • Update of pdfToolbox 8 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 8 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server or pdfToolbox CLI free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server or pdfToolbox CLI

Features

  • Enhanced Profiles
    • Conversion to PDF/A-1 and PDF/X-4
      • "Uncompress XMP Metadata objects" correction added [FP32620; FP32731; FP32810; FP32731; FP32620; FP32812; FP32810]
  • New Fixups
    • Uncompress XMP Metadata objects
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Support for Prologue and Epilogue files for conversion of PostScript files [FP29825]

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Improved stability for PDF/VT files with referenced, external resources [CA1024809]
  • Fixups
    • Remove all object level XMP Metadata: Problem solved, where certain files had missing resources after processing [FP32613; FP32643]
    • Convert colors/Map spot and process colors: Improved handling of certain, unusual definitions of spot color alternates used in DeviceN objects [FP27096; CA1022864; FP30079; FP30817; FP32703]
  • Impose
    • Improved stability for runlists with invalid operations
  • General
    • Conversions based on HTML-Templates: Problem solved, where  processing was not successful due to missing runtime (Windows only) [FP31121]
  • CLI
    • Compare: Optimized to create reports only for files with differences
  • Distributed Processing
    • Optimized handling for processing with large number of output files (e.g. SaveAsImage) [FP32755]
    • Problem solved, where distributed files could not be opened on a Satellite (Windows only)  [FP28513]
    • Fixed issue, where additional files created by a ProcessPlan were not transferred back to the Client [FP26750]
    • Reports: HTML-Template from Client will now be used on Satellite, even when identically named Template exists on Satellite [FP25424]

8.3.371 22 March 2016

  • Update of pdfToolbox 8 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 8 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server or pdfToolbox CLI free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server or pdfToolbox CLI

Features

  • Enhanced Profiles
    • PDF/X-4 and X-5 validation:
      • "Has non plain text XMP Metadata" added [FP]
      •    "Registration or process color representations are inconsistent" added [FP]
    • All "GWG 2015"-based profiles for Sheetfed, Newspaper/Newsprint and Web offset:
      • Removed check for recommended destination profiles
    • Fix problems in PDF tagging structure
      • "Remove CIDSet if incomplete" added
      •  "Add unique ID to Note elements in tagging structure" added
  • New Fixups
    • Remove all objects except [FP]
    • Convert spot color names to UTF-8
    • Convert font names to UTF-8
    • Open/Close all bookmarks [CA1024348]
    • Set miter limit [CA1024500]
    • Add unique ID to Note elements in tagging structure
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Generate bleed from page content: Support for spot colors and grayscale [CA1023145; CA1024363; FP30868; FP31016]
    • Make spot color appearance consistent: Added scope to separation colors "All", "None" and CMYK colorants
    • Adjust dot gain: Filter "Apply to" added to limit scope of Fixup and allowed multiple settings [FP22030; FP24591; CA1023381]
  • New Checks and Properties
    • Registration or process color representations are inconsistent (for page and document level)
    • 4 new properties to find colorant values of alternate color spaces [FP23194; FP27300; FP29575]Page is rotated
  • Enhanced Checks and Properties
    • Blending color space: Extended to find variants of ICCbased color spaces
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • PlugIn: Improved stability for parallel usage of Acrobat Preflight and pdfToolbox PlugIn [FP23201; FP28842; FP21575; FP27677; FP24334; FP27893; FP27834; FP28095; FP28842; FP31375]
    • Update notification: Possibility to deactivate notifications added (Standalone only)
    • Update notification: Manual check for updates added to "Help" menu (Standalone only)
    • Result dialog: Display of currently processed page added
  • CLI
    • XML-Report: Maximum number of pages to be contained as resources in report can be defined [CA1024710]
    • Option to suppress listing of severities in reports
    • Duplicate pages: Option added for multiple copies even when used with option --pageorder [FP29670]
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP4q)
  • Updated signatures of audit trail for preflight certification

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • PDF/X-1 and X-3 validation: Removed check for PDF 1.3 entry as it is not explicitly requested by the respective PDF/X standards
    • PDF/X conversion: Problem solved, where some Fixups were not successful in certain cases [FP22180]
  • Fixups
    • Generate bleed from page content: Problem solved, where created bleed was not properly scaled and positioned [FP20949; FP22781]
    • Merge adjacent headings if heading level is the same: Fixed issue, where headings were not merged in all cases [CA1024489]
    • Convert colors: Improved handling of resources for DeviceN objects with a "None" colorant [FP32427]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved, where DeviceN objects became invalidated when colorant was set to "None" [FP32427]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink: Fixed issue, where visual differences after processing on certain files [FP31386]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink: Problem solved, where processing was not successful caused by certain bitmaps and --uncompressimg parameter was set [FP31671]
    • Embed missing fonts: Fixed issue, where "nbspace" and "softhyphen" were not properly handled if used in simple fonts [CA1024564]
    • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved, where wrong CMap encodings resulted in false glyph replacement of certain glyphs in Asian languages [CA1024007; CA1024543]
    • Put objects on layer: Optimize handling for vector objects [FP31129]
    • Remove objects outside ...: Problem solved where also objects inside were affected [CA1024024; FP30870; CA1024461]
    • Problem solved, where conversion of inline bitmaps resulted in an improper behavior [CA1024600]
    • Convert colors: Fixed issue, where ICC-based objects were not tagged with another ICC profile [FP31000]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved, where certain inline images were not properly handled [CA1024091]
    • Font to outline: Fixed issue, where not all glyphs were properly converted in certain cases [CA1024629; FP31750]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where encoding mismatch resulted in removed text in some cases [FP31648]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyphs were moved after processing [CA1024501]
    • Remove printer marks: Problem solved, where remaining objects resulted in problems during post processing [FP31845]
    • Repair invalid ToUnicode CMap information in fonts: Problem solved, where processing resulted in invisible glyphs and damaged font [CA1024595]
    • Repair invalid bookmark hierarchies: Fixed issue, were color of bookmarks was not retained [CA1024492]
    • Fix glyph width information: Enhanced processing to correct special structures as well [CA1024251]
    • Discard hidden and flatten visible layers: Problem solved, where resulting PDF had visual changes due to not respected OCMD setting [CA1024399]
    • Font related Fixups: Problem solved, where text was missing after PDF/A conversion in certain cases [CA1023859]
    • Internal optimization: Problem solved, where processing did not found an end [CA1024624]
  • Checks
    • Problem solved, where analysis could not be finished successfully [CA1020522]
    • Fixed issue, where values in percentage were not always properly regarded depending on the operator [FP]
    • Fixed issue, where unusual structure of structure information could not be analyzed successfully [FP31708]
  • Actions
    • Save as image: Problem solved, where creation of low-res images from files with protection for high-resolution export was not possible [FP29123]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • Activation: Problem solved, where some special characters in customer name or company resulted in a failed activation (MacOS only) [FP30970; FP31009; FP31103; FP31667; FP31404; FP31370; FP31678; FP31696; FP31703]
    • Activation: Improved handling for instable or missing Internet connection
    • Save as dialog: Fixed issue, where changed destination file name was not properly displayed [FP30295; FP31644]
    • PlugIn: Problem solved, where usage of organize pages resulted in an unstable behavior (Windows only) [FP31140]
    • PlugIn: Improved behavior if Acrobat is run in a language which is not supported by pdfToolbox [FP30849]
    • PlugIn: Fixed issue, where sample files could not be opened [FP31564]
    • PlugIn: Problem solved, where wrong language keys were displayed after creation of new preferences (Windows only) [FP31103]
    • PlugIn: Problem solved, where the Quicktool icon was not visible after restart of Acrobat [FP31147]
    • Inspect objects: Fixed issue, where some vertical lines could not be selected
    • Library: Enhanced behavior for missing resources during export [FP30972]
  • Reports
    • Overview: Problem solved, where page numbers of hits in reports in Chinese language were not properly placed [CA1024719]
    • XML: Optimized reporting of processing duration within report
    • XML: Problem solved, where non existent bookmarks resulted in an invalid XML structure [FO30962]
  • CLI
    • Activation: Improved reporting and handling of insufficient folder permissions (Linux only) [FP29616]
    • Impose: Optimized handling of pages to be positioned to reduce processing time and temporary storage space [FP31145]
  • General
    • Improved handling for files with a extreme high number of recursions [CA1024508]
    • ToPDF: Extended scope to convert shape-only Excel spreadsheets as well [CA1024727]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where images with various color-related syntax errors were not properly handled when referenced from HTML files [CA1024124]
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where certain filter in TIFF files resulted in an improper output [FP31030]
    • ToPDF: Optimized handling of certain structures in TIFF files to avoid varying results [FP31061]
    • Improved handling of resources for document-only Fixups to increase processing speed [CA1024430]
    • Problem solved, where improper handling of image filter resulted in an improper behavior [FP32400]
    • Improved merging of Custom Fixups and identical Fixups from Standard conversions [CA1024476]

8.2.361 15 December 2015

  • Update of pdfToolbox 8 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 8 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server or pdfToolbox CLI free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server or pdfToolbox CLI

Features

  • New Profiles
    • Added 14 new Profiles for validation and conversion accordingly to the "Ghent PDF Workgroup Specification: GWG2015"
  • New Fixups
    • Convert color to PSO Coated v3 (ECI) (keep spot colors)
    • Convert color to PSO Coated v3 (ECI) (convert spot colors to CMYK)
    • Convert CMYK colors using DeviceLink ISO Coated v2 (ECI) to PSO Coated v3 (ECI) (can be used without a DeviceLink Add-on license)
    • Convert CMYK colors using DeviceLink PSO Coated v3 (ECI) to ISO Coated v2 (ECI) (can be used without a DeviceLink Add-on license)
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Downsample/Recompress images: New setting to retain current compression during processing [CA1024311]
    • Remove objects: Support for multiple settings [CA1024031]
    • Outline page geometry boxes: New option to define a tint value for spot colors [CA1024049]
  • New Checks and Properties
    • Page is rotated
    • PDF/X Output Intent not CMYK
    • Several new checks to match the new requirements of the GWG 2015 specification
  • Actions
    • Impose: Sheet sizes can be modified and new slots can become created during runtime
  • Reports
    • XML reports: Bookmarks now also include the "Name" entries to PageObjects (for GoTo actions) [FP30725]
  • CLI
    • Office to PDF: New option for high resolution images and markups in resulting PDF (MS Word only) [FP27584
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP4n)

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • PDF/X-1 and X-3 validation: Removed check for PDF 1.3 entry as it is not explicitly requested by the respective PDF/X standards
    • PDF/X conversion: Problem solved, where some Fixups were not successful in certain cases [FP22180]
  • Fixups
    • Subset fonts: Fixed issue, where glyphs were scrambled in some special cases [CA1024377, CA1024463]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where glyphs became replaced [FP24853]
    • Flatten transparency: Fixed issue, where processing was not successful [FP27069, FP24704, CA1023891]
    • Increase line width: Problem solved, where not only width of line were taken into account [FP17425]
    • Remove objects outside ...: Problem solved, where glyphs were moved during processing [FP30032]
    • Remove objects outside ...: Problem solved, were also objects inside were removed [CA1024377, FP29342, CA1023946, FP28968, CA1023683]
    • Downsample/Recompress bitmaps: Fixed issue, where bitmaps were not properly handled in certain cases [CA1024452]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved, where bitmap image became invisible in some cases [CA1024230]
    • Increase line width: Problem solved, where lines were not properly increased [FP29519, FP29816, CA1024209, FP30387]
    • Increase line width of multicolored lines: Improved handling to ensure successful processing for all kind of lines [FP30847]
    • Remove objects: Problem solved, where objects disappeared when applied together with "Convert colors"-Fixup [CA1022887]
    • Fix problems in PDF tagging structure: Fixed issue, where processing took an unusual long time [CA1023822]
    • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved, where a not properly encoded glyph caused a failure for font embedding [CA1024269]
    • Place job ID in gutter: Improved JavaScript in template to avoid wrong placement [CA1024256]
  • Checks
    • Smallest distance inside from TrimBox: Problem solved, where also objects with bigger distance created a hit [CA1017873]
    • Blend color space doesn't match OutputIntent: Fixed issue, where objects using DeviceCMYK resulted in unnecessary hits [FP20341]
  • Actions
    • CreateEPS: Problem solved, where PDF could not be converted (Linux Ubuntu 14.04 only) [CA1024344]
    • Impose: Problem solved, where character escaping did not work for some special characters [CA1023481]
    • Color convert: Fixed issue, where objects using spot color were not properly converted [CA1019221]
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where visible area of PDF became cropped [FP30745]
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where TIFF was not created properly if CMYK + spotcolors were used [CA1024316]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where invalid ICC-profiles in images resulted in improper displayed PDF [FP28526, FP29935]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • Fixed issue, where activation could not be performed successfully (MacOS only) [FP]
    • Problem solved, where PDF could not properly become rendered caused by some invalid function resources [FP23530]
    • Library export: Fixed issue, were ICC-Profiles were not properly exported in some cases [FP30777]
    • Fixed issue, where checks, used in ProcessPlans, became duplicated were not properly referenced within the ProcessPlan afterwards [CA1024441]
    • Visualizer: Problem solved, where color conversion on a file displayed in visualizer mode resulted in a improper behavior [FP30724]
  • Server
    • Problem solved, where an export of content from a ProcessPlan was not moved into respective output folder [FP30284]
  • General
    • MacOS: Added support for LibreOffice [FP23008]
    • PostScript handling: Fixed binary compatibility issues with RHEL5/CentOS5 (Linux only) [FP30180]

8.1.354 16 October 2015

  • Update of pdfToolbox 8 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 8 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server or pdfToolbox CLI free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server or pdfToolbox CLI

Features

  • Library function added to organize sets of Profiles, Fixups and Checks in separate Libraries
  • Rendering of PDF/X-5n files with correct preview of multichannel process colors
  • Support for PDF/UA-1 validation
  • Support for HTML-based templates for overview pages of collections [CA1024017]
     
  • New Profiles
    • Verify compliance with PDF/UA-1 (syntax checks only)
  • New Fixups
    • Remove PDF/UA information
    • Remove all signatures entries and flatten signature page objects into page content
    • Generate 2mm bleed from page content
    • Set suffix of all Pantone spot colors to “C” [CA1024044; FP28495]
    • Make negative line dash phase value positive [FP29385; FP29765]
  • New Checks and Properties
    • Negative line dash phase value [FP29385; FP29765]
    • Several new properties related to PDF/UA-1 verification
  • Actions
    • Impose: Support for UserUnits added, to allow larger dimensions for destination file [FP28937]
  • Reports
    • XML report: Bookmarks and their destinations became included [CA1023865; CA1024022]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • Special result dialog for PDF/UA to add result of semantic validation into report
    • Visual marker if file contains tagging structure
    • Results dialog: Enhanced listing of relationship entry for embedded files
    • Visualizer: Added complete overview of ink coverage for all colorants into several views
    • Improved display in Fixup edit dialog, if imported Profile did not contained configuration or resource files (especially for Profiles from Adobe Acrobat Preflight) [CA1023688]
  • CLI
    • QuickPDFinfo: Information for page geometry boxes added [FP29496]
  • General
    • Several standard ICC profiles added to installer to ensure stable processing even on operating systems with a limited number of pre-installed ICC profiles
    • Unix only: Installer now follow common Unix conventions and extract to a "versioned" directory
    • Unix only: Autostart script for systemd services added [FP28609; FP28841]
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP4j)

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Convert to PDF/X-4p: Fixed issue, where an error for "URL is not a file specification" remained [FP29814]
  • Fixups
    • Set values to implementation limits of PDF/A if possible: Enhanced processing time for bigger documents [CA1013657]
    • Conversion to PDF/A-2: Problem solved, where certain PDF structures resulted in an unstable behavior [CA1024043]
    • Conversion to PDF/A: Enhanced handling for Unicode values of certain Chinese characters to avoid unclear mapping [CA1023886]
    • Fix font encoding (CIDSet): Fixed issue, where 2 identical, embedded fonts used the same ID for different glyphs [CA1024040]
    • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved, where processing took very long in certain cases [FP29683]
    • Add missing Space Glyph: Problem solved, where glyphs vanished in some cases [FP25829; FP29369]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where spot color vectors changed from "stroked" to "filled" [CA1023462]
    • Flatten transparency: Fixed issue, where resulting file contained a small amount of color in previously white areas [FP22584; FP26049]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved, where parallel mapping of all process colors to "None" resulted in an improper result [CA1023407]
    • Increase line width: Problem solved, where lines using registration color were not increased in some certain cases [FP29816]
    • Place content: Fixed issue, where special characters used in JSON expressions were not escaped properly [CA1024160]
    • Substitute characters using .notdef glyph with space characters: Problem solved where glyphs were not properly handled if Simple-CFF-Font is embedded as CID-Font [FP30031]
  • Checks
    • Check for used colorants: Fixed issue, where shading pattern with no colorant values present resulted in unnecessary hits [FP28857]
    • Validation for PDF/A: Improved recognition of certain syntax issues [CA1023622]
  • Actions
    • CreatePS: Problem solved, where PostScript files could not be created due to negative dash phase values insie the PDF [FP29385; FP29765]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where fonts replaced by Microsoft Word were no longer reported in certain cases
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where a Microsoft Excel file using a chart could not be processed in some cases [CA1024188]
    • Switchboard: Fixed issue, where certain settings became not properly respected when saved as Action for ProcessPlan [FP29585]
    • Impose: Problem solved, where umlauts could not be used for placing text (Linux only) [CA1023764]
    • MergePDF: Fixed issue, where merging of PDFs were not successful in certain cases [FP25481; CA1023133]
    • MergePDF: Problem solved, where glyphs of became mixed if identical fonts with different encoding were used in input PDFs [FP29663]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • Fixed issue, where repeating editing of Fixups within a ProcessPlan resulted in an unstable behavior (MacOS only) [FP29318]
    • Problem solved, where missing Fixup ressources resulted in improper behavior [FP29648]
    • Problem solved, where Coldspare or Developer licenses for Server/CLI could not be used for activation in UI [FP29337; FP39346]
    • Switchboard - Outline page geometry boxes: Problem solved, where lines were not created as spot color when used with batch processing [FP29094]
    • Deactivation: Fixed issue, where a deactivation was not successful due to some delay during online connection to activation server [FP29460]
    • New chapter "Backreference" to RegEx help added
  • General
    • Problem solved, where post-processing optimization resulted in an improper behavior [FP26918; FP26212; FP28098; CA1023961; FP29643; FP29613]
    • Fixed shared library packaging issues (Linux only) [CA1024240]
    • Certification: Fixed issue, where negative time zone could result into an unexpected behavior [CA1024206]

8.0.333

  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Desktop 8 requires upgrade fee for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 or 7 Desktop license
  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Server 8, pdfToolbox CLI 8 or pdfToolbox SDK 8 from earlier versions of these products requires a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA). Please contact your reseller for further information.

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers: Problem solved, where processing resulted in an unexpected result in some cases [FP28646]
  • Actions
    • Visualizer: Fixed issue, where report parts were not created as separate images [CA1023970]

8.0.332

  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Server 8, pdfToolbox CLI 8 or pdfToolbox SDK 8 from earlier versions of these products requires a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA). Please contact your reseller for further information.

Features

  • Several new Fixups for placing pagenumbers, barcodes, text of content based on HTML on existing PDF documents
  • Inspect functionality for in-depth analysis of objects in PDF documents (Standalone only)
  • Color conversion to multichannel using n-Channel ICC profiles
  • Support for PDF/X-5n
  • Added scope optional to execute Fixups for current file, embedded files or both [CA1022809]
  • Retina and Windows HighDPI support
  • Improvements for memory usage when processing big files or files with high amounts of objects
  • Optimized usability of RegEx in supporting Fixups
     
  • New Profiles
    • Convert to PDF/X-5n (7C Indigo TAC370 (ColorLogic))
    • Verify compliance with PDF/X-5n
    • Verify compliance with ZUGFeRD
    • New group "Place content" with several new Fixups (listed in section "New Fixups")
  • New Fixups
    •  Place QR-Code with specified value
    •  Place EAN 13 barcode with specified value
    •  Place specified text at the center of each page
    •  Place page number in left or right corner
    •  Place document name in gutter
    •  Place job ID in gutter
    •  Create additional colorants Green, Orange and Violet for 7C devices
    •  Remove all tagging information
  • New Checks and Properties
    •  DeviceN contains same separation name more than once
    •  Has private Illustrator information
    •  Uses indexed color space
    •  Page is an even page
    •  Page is an odd page
    •  Several new properties related to PDF/X-5n verification
  • Enhanced Profiles
    • All "GWG 2008"-based Profiles
      • New Fixup “Set black text below 12 pt to overprint” replaces “Set black text below 12 pt and black vector objects to overprint”
    • All "GWG 2012"-based Profiles
      • Minor adjustments to thresholds used in checks for resolution of color and grayscale images as well as for bitmaps
    • Convert to PDF/A-2a, -2b, -2u
      • New Custom Fixups with extended scope for embedded files for:
        • Embed missing fonts
        • Remove XMP metadata if not compliant with PDF/A-2
    • List potential font problems
      • Added check: "No 'cmap' entry in Simple TrueType font"
  • Enhanced Checks
    • Resolution of color and grayscale images is less than 150 ppi inside BleedBox
    • Resolution of color and grayscale images is between 150 and 225 ppi inside BleedBox
    • Resolution of bitmap images is less than 550 ppi inside BleedBox
    • Resolution of bitmap images is between 550 and 800 ppi inside BleedBox
  • Enhanced ProcessPlans
    • Convert spot to CMYK (for transparency flattened PDFs)
      • Optimized handling for files which already contains transparency

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors: Fixed issue, where the predefined filter for text did not worked as expected [CA1023688]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved, where renaming of spot color resulted in invisible spot color in certain cases [FP28682]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved, where created result could not become redistilled afterwards [FP27367; FP27494; FP28445]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved, where mapping to None was not successful more more than 1 color in some cases [CA1023407; CA1022834]
    • Map colors: Fixed issue, where mapping of colors was not successful in some cases [CA1023847]
    • Increase line width: Problem solved, where line width was not increased [CA1023861]
    • Increase line width: Fixed issue, where very thick short lines were not handled properly [FP28575; FP28270]
    • Smallest distance from box: Problem solved, where wrong distances were reported [FP]
    • Font to outline: Fixed issue, where some kind of transformation matrix was not properly respected and resulted in changed visual appearance [FP28625; FP28886; FP28720]
    • Downsample/recompress images: Problem solved, where corrupt XMP metadata in images were not properly handled [FP28138]
    • Make font names unique: Problem solved, where execution results in error during postprocessing [CA1023888]
    • General optimization of file structure: Problem solved, where an improper defined clipping path was not properly handled [FP27392]
  • Checks
    • Problem solved, where setting for page scaling factors was not persistent
    • Object uses CMYK only (no spot colors): Problem solved, where clipping path objects were regarded as well [FP28857]
    • Length of name object / Longest name used: Adjusted behavior, so that only resolved hex values are counted [FP27755]
  • ProcessPlans
    • Problem solved, where some layer-based fixups were not properly executed on CLI [CA1022163]
  • Actions
    • Save as image: Fixed issue, where layers were not properly respected when set during ProcessPlans [FP26769]
  • Impose
    • Problem solved, where processing was not successful if only text was positioned, but not PDF pages
  • Server
    • Problem solved, where hotfolders were created in /volumes folder during startup when network volume was not mounted yet [FP28549]
  • General
    • Improved listing of used operating system (Unix only)

System requirements

  • Mac:
    • MacOS X (Intel), version 10.7 or newer, 64-bit-compliant
  • Windows:
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 / 7 / Server 2012 / 8
  • Linux:
    • Distributions with at least GCC 3.4-compatible system libraries are supported. Reference platform is Debian 6 (Squeeze)
  • Solaris:
    • Solaris SPARC: Solaris 8 (Solaris-Sparc v5.8) or newer
    • Solaris x86: Solaris 10 (Solaris-Intel v5.10) or newer
  • AIX:
    • AIX 5.3 (oslevel 5300-07) or newer
  • Recommended are at least 2 GB of free storage

7.6.317

  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Desktop 7 requires upgrade fee for owners of a pdfToolbox 4, 5 or 6 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7.6 free of charge for existing version 7 customers
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server 7.6 or pdfToolbox CLI 7.6 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 4, 5, 6 or 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 4, 5, 6 or 7

Features

  • Acrobat PlugIn
    • Support for Acrobat DC

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Problem solved, where umlauts in external config files were not handled properly [CA1023786]
    • Adjust or remove Image Interpolate entry: Problem solved, where Interpolate entries used in image masks were not discarded [FP28303]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved, where multiple settings within one Fixup were not respected [CA1023817]
  • Actions
    • Save as image: Problem solved, where PNG with transparent background were not created properly [CA1023672]
  • ProcessPlans
    • Problem solved, where import of ProcessPlans resulted in an unstable behavior in certain cases [FP27803]
  • Reports
    • XML-Reports: Added listing of fallback conversion steps for profile-based PDF/A conversion [CA1023662]

7.6.314

  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Desktop 7 requires upgrade fee for owners of a pdfToolbox 4, 5 or 6 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7.6 free of charge for existing version 7 customers
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server 7.6 or pdfToolbox CLI 7.6 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 4, 5, 6 or 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 4, 5, 6 or 7

Features

  • Enhanced Profiles
    • All “Convert to PDF/A…”-Profiles
      • New Fixup “Replace glyphs without Unicode to SPACE characters” [CA1023466; CA1023522]
  • New Checks
    • Has private Illustrator information [FP23244; FP26833]
    • Radial smooth shade without radius
    • Several new properties related to embedded files (especially for PDF/A-3)
  • Enhanced Checks
    • Possibility to use negation of regular expressions in those checks added, where values can be defined
    • Remove object level metadata: Option to remove XMP metadata from structure elements added
  • New Fixups
    • Replace glyphs without Unicode to SPACE characters
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • New function to switch between normal and table view in certain Fixups [FP27603]
    • Set relationship entry for embedded files: “Apply to” added for more flexibility
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Added support for OpenOffice using 64Bit JavaVM
  • CLI
    • UncompressImg: Extended scope, works now also for images-based Checks used in Fixups [FP27168]
    • Improve reporting of additionally created files from ProcessPlans
  • Reports
    • XML-Reports: Page label is listed in page information
  • General
    • Deactivation of licenses using Desktop and CLI
    • Introduced a validity period for activation with generated license file
    • License files used in CLI-only environments needs to be activated before deployment
    • Improved reporting if a Fixup is not successful for all objects (especially on CLI Fix and FixFailure will become reported now)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP3n)

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Verify compliance with PDF/X-4p: Problem solved, where the trailing space for RGB was not properly regarded [CA1023556]
  • Fixups
    • Fix glyph width information: Fixed issue, where positioning of glyphs changed in certain cases [FP25990; FP26244; FP27795; CA1023570]
    • Fix glyph width information: Problem solved, where glyphs are distorted in some cases [FP24435]
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Problem solved, where text was not properly formatted after processing [FP24371]
      • Problem solved, where text vanished in certain cases [FP25667; FP27233; FP27270; FP27639]
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were displaced [FP26089]
    • Make XMP metadata compliant: Problem solved, where multiple creator entries were not respected
    • Make XMP metadata compliant with PDF/X-4: Fixed issue, where unusual DocInfo entry was not properly removed [FP27145]
    • Convert SMask to image mask: Problem solved, where processing resulted in an unexpected result [CA1023528]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink profiles: Problem solved, where colorspaces in DefaultRGB or DefaultCMYK were not properly handle in some cases [CA1023656]
    • Remove objects outside of page area: Fixed issue, where certain cases of text placement was not properly respected [FP27658]
    • Make font names unique: Problem solved, where processing resulted in an improper behavior during postprocessing [FP20693; CA1022294]
    • Set MIME type entry for embedded files: Fixed issue, where entry was not properly set in certain cases
    • Set page label: Adjusted handling to enable modification of complete page ranges [FP27217]
    • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved, where font was not embedded due to missing Subtype-entry [FP27498]
    • Convert TrueType to CFF: Problem solved, where conversion was not successful in certain cases [FP26772]
    • Problem solved, where Smooth Shades were not properly handled in some cases [CA1022421]
    • Problem solved, where invalid UTF-8 font names were not corrected [CA1023559]
  • Checks
    • Number of effectively non-empty plates: Fixed issue, where selected units for aperture was not properly respected [CA1023646]
    • Effective Ink coverage:
      • Fixed issue, where result was not properly determined if aperture was identical to sample size [CA1023392]
      • Optimized handling to avoid unnecessary internal rendering [CA1023410]
      • If custom area is defined, it will be corrected to stay inside of CropBox if original dimension exceeds this box [CA1023392]
    • Fixed issue, where certain PDF structures resulted in false hits [FP27559; FP27939]
    • Fixed issue, where some kinds of Smooth Shades were mistakenly flagged as invalid [CA1023332]
  • Actions
    • ReDistill: Fixed issue, where processing special PDFs files causes an error [FP27494; FP27635]
    • Impose: Problem solved, where umlaut characters used in PlaceText resulted in an unexpected font [CA1023435]
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where the print area of XSLX-Excel-documents were not properly respected [FP27328]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where Unicode file names of TIFF files resulted in an unexpected behavior [CA1023605]
    • Save as image: Fixed issue, where overprint was not respected in some cases [CA1023059; FP27495]
  • Process Plans
    • Problem solved, where reports created by sequence steps did not contained annotations [FP27963]
    • Problem solved, where removing of steps resulted in an improper behavior in certain cases [FP27757]
  • Desktop
    • Reports: Problem solved, where custom PDF reports were not properly created in certain cases [FP27718; FP27979]
    • Variables dialog: Problem solved, where quotation marks became replaced by operating system (MacOS only) [FP27547]
    • Compare: Problem solved, where custom settings could not be used for reports [FP26947]
  • Server
    • Checkpoint: Problem solved, where preview did not work for PDF with Japaneses characters in filename [FP26938]
    • Reports: Fixed issue, where overview reports were not properly created [FP27966]
    • Fixed issue, where not convertible non-PDF files were moved into “Processed”- instead of “Error”-folder [FP26835]
  • General
    • Fixed problem, where special characters in name of Output Intent avoided a proper profile export [FP28111]
    • Desktop: Fixed issue, where text was not properly displayed (MacOS Retina only)
  • CLI
    • Improved handling of hotfolders when user “nobody” is used (Linux only)
    • Problem solved, where no template based PDF reports were created if ProcessPlans has been used [FP27087]

Anwender

CS Labels Xpert intervention by Digital Printer magazine

CS Labels’ managing director Simon Smith: "This has been a steep learning curve but a very worthwhile process."

Being at the forefront of technology innovation brings its own pressures. At CS Labels in Willenhall, near Wolverhampton, innovation is seen as a point of differentiation, and that spirit saw it become a beta site for Xeikon’s new 30 metres per minute Cheetah press in March. It is, says managing director Simon Smith, 58% faster than other Xeikon presses (CS Labels is the largest reel-fed Xeikon house in Europe with five machines). Therein lay the issue however.

"While we were putting the press in, we also had to consider what we were doing in terms of streamlining studio processes to get the work through more efficiently. We were using a preflighting system but it wasn’t giving us the savings we were hoping for", he told Digital Printer

The company had met MyPressXpert sales director Kevin Caughtry at an EasyFairs event in February, and then spoke to Niall Coady from the colour calibration firm shortly afterwards at a Xeikon Café. In talking, it was recognized that there could be ways to simplify and improve the workflow at CS Labels and reduce errors in prepress.

Initially, Mr Coady worked on developing a customised, simplified report for the CS Labels sales team that showed the ink consumption required for a file received, allowing them to quote accurately on the job. It would also preflight the file and report on any fixes that needed to be made, allowing this to be done by the customer before it took up studio time. A second, more detailed, report and client proof PDF is also produced for the studio. This was all achieved to CS Labels’ satisfaction using callas pdfToolbox Server and pdfChip software (HTML5, CSS and Javascript technologies used to automate client proof creation) alongside Filetrain, a workflow management system from Laidback Solutions.

Following this, MyPressXpert has undertaken further bespoke project work for CS Labels, creating a brand new job management system for the Xeikon workflow from scratch, which interrogates an Excel (.xlsx) file from the client and automatically creates and databases all the label barcodes based on sites and quantities. It has also put in a colour management software system – ColorLogic’s ZePrA colour management server and ReProfiler Digital colour engine – which is helping to improve CS Labels’ management of process control and calibration of the Xeikon engines, providing detailed reporting on the stability of the presses so that maintenance schedules can be optimised. This has been effective to such a degree that in September the label producer stopped using the colour control system that comes with the Xeikon presses.

"All digital presses face the challenge of colour consistency from print run to print run, and we also need to ensure that our presses are optimised to achieve Pantone colours", said Mr Smith. "Invariably we are given a label to match by printing CMYK. We need to get as close as possible to achieving the Pantones consistently and measure how close in Delta E we are. This system has helped us to do that. We are of the opinion that it actually takes it to a different level."

The impact of these implementations of automated preflighting and colour management within the company is that CS Labels is able to cope with higher volumes of work while utilising the same level of human resources. "We are also shortening lead times to get work on press and we are getting far fewer mistakes where files have to go back to the studio", Mr Smith continued. "It has streamlined the whole process for us and allows the studio to move away from more mundane tasks such as putting the bleed on a hundred files – those things are automated now. The system also automates the artwork and sends a proof back to the customer."

"The ideal is that we get a PDF from our customer and it goes straight on press without a human touching it. That’s what we are looking for, and we are making fairly substantial progress."

All progress in this direction is welcome, because in December a second Cheetah press will arrive, and further efficiencies will need to be found.

"This has been a steep learning curve but a very worthwhile process", Mr Smith concluded. "The biggest benefit is that we have been able to make this system bespoke to our unique requirements, rather than buying one off the shelf."

Written by Whitmar Publications
www.digitalprintermag.co.uk

Pim Print automatisiert seine Workflows mit dem callas pdfToolbox Server

Ronald van der Meer
Ronald van der Meer, Co-owner

Ist der callas pdfToolbox Server nicht das Workflow-Paket, das vor allem für größere Unternehmen geeignet ist? „Könnte sein“, sagt Ronald van der Meer von Pim Print in Roelofarendsveen, „aber wir steuern unsere Produktion mit dieser Software und sind damit sehr zufrieden.“

Die derzeitigen Räumlichkeiten, ein ehemaliges Lagerhaus, platzen aus allen Nähten. Deshalb plant man eine Vergrößerung auf einem kürzlich erworbenen Grundstück in der Nähe. Pim van der Meer gründete sein Unternehmen 1982. Ronald van der Meer, mit dem Gründer nicht verwandt, stieß 1997 dazu und wurde 2012 Miteigentümer. „Die größte Veränderung war ohne Zweifel die Digitalisierung unserer Produktion und die Beschaffung einer Reihe von SRA3-Hochleistungsdruckern sowie zweier großformatiger Tintenstrahl-Plotter. Vor vier Jahren haben wir in den webbasierten Verkauf investiert. Das war eine unserer wichtigsten Entscheidungen“, erklärt Ronald van der Meer.

Pim Print beschäftigt sieben Mitarbeiter. Einige von ihnen optimieren die fünf Onlineshops, sodass das Unternehmen und vor allem die Produkte leichter zu finden sind. Andere arbeiten an der weiteren Rationalisierung der Arbeitsabläufe.

Hunderte von Aufträgen

„Natürlich sind unsere Onlineshops 24 Stunden am Tag, sieben Tage die Woche verfügbar. Wir verarbeiten täglich Hunderte von Aufträgen, mit allen dazugehörigen administrativen Aufgaben. Dies ist nur mit einer strikten Automatisierung möglich.“ Ronald van der Meer, ein Veteran im Druckgeschäft, hat am Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam seine Ausbildung erhalten. „Das Grafikgeschäft kann nicht ohne IT funktionieren und glücklicherweise faszinieren mich die Möglichkeiten. Als wir feststellten, dass der web-basierte Verkauf zunimmt, begannen wir mit der Suche nach einer Software, die die Druckvorstufe durch die Automatisierung der Kontrollverfahren unterstützen kann. Dabei haben wir den callas pdfToolbox Server entdeckt. Wifac, unser Händler vor Ort, der uns mit Verbrauchsmaterialien versorgt, kennt sich mit Automatisierung, Workflows und Druckern aus. Wenn wir spezifische Fragen haben, berät und unterstützt uns Wifac jederzeit – für ein 24/7-Unternehmen ist das wichtig. callas entwickelt extrem flexible Werkzeuge, die vielseitig einsetzbar sind. Natürlich mussten wir selbst unsere Produkte und Profile in die Datenbank eingeben. Das war ein umfangreicher Job, an dem wir von Anfang November bis Ende Dezember hart arbeiteten. Seit Januar dieses Jahres läuft unsere Produktion vollständig auf der callas pdfToolbox, womit wir unsere Fehlerquote minimieren konnten. Unsere Kunden erhalten ihre Bestellung bereits nach einem Tag. Garantiert.“

Entspannte Produktion

Wie kann das funktionieren? Ein Kunde gibt eine Bestellung über das Internet auf. Wenn er die Bestätigung sendet, fügt er dem Auftrag die Drucksache in Form eines Dokumentes bei. „Der callas pdfToolbox Server übernimmt die Prüfung und unser Content Managament System erzeugt die Rechung, die es dann umgehend an den Kunden sendet. Der Kunde begleicht die Rechnung sofort, zum Beispiel über iDeal. Dieser Prozess erfordert kein manuelles Eingreifen. Die callas Software prüft – und, wenn nötig, korrigiert den Beschnitt, fügt Schnittmarken ein, glättet, berechnet den richtigen Farbraum und platziert einen Barcode, sodass nach dem Druck das Schneiden oder die Druckweiterverarbeitung ohne manuelle Anpassungen stattfinden kann.“ Dies reduziert die Arbeitsbelastung und entspannt die Organisation.

Der callas pdfToolbox Server beinhaltet erweiterte Farbmanagement- und Ausschießfunktionen. Durch die Nutzung von Hotfoldern beschleunigt er Prozesse zusätzlich. Tausende von Dateien können unbeaufsichtigt oder mit lediglich geringer Überwachung verarbeitet werden. Der callas pdfToolbox Server basiert auf der Adobe PDF Library. Eine Kommandozeilen-Version und ein vollständiges SDK stehen für Entwickler zur Verfügung.

Toolbox

„Um vollständig funktionierende und automatisierte Workflows zu realisieren, ist es erforderlich, Wissen und Zeit zu investieren. Man ist auf dem richtigen Weg, wenn die Software alle wiederkehrenden Aufgaben durchführen kann. Manche Druckereien machen sich das Leben selbst schwer, weil sie der Meinung sind, dass Pressmaschinen oder Drucker im Mittelpunkt der Produktion stehen. Dies ist bei uns nicht der Fall. Eine automatisierte Produktion spielt die zentrale Rolle und sorgt für Entspannung.“

Pim Print hatte einen hervorragenden Januar und auch Februar 2014 sieht sehr gut aus. „Kunden, die Druckaufträge erteilen, suchen zunächst im Internet nach der günstigsten Variante und entscheiden sich dann für die einfachste Lösung.“ Und sie sehen, dass es neben Prospekten eine ganze Bandbreite an Druckerzeugnissen gibt: Poster, Banner, Magazine, Sticker und vieles mehr. „Unser Druckerzeugnis in Lebensgröße ist ein echter Renner. Wir ermittelten, wie wir dieses Produkt zu einem attraktiven Preis inklusive Porto anbieten können. Dies gilt auch für alle anderen Produkte. Man sollte nicht anfangen, darüber nachzudenken, wie man etwas umsetzen kann, wenn man es bereits verkauft hat. Das muss alles vorher gut überlegt sein. Dadurch kann man einen attraktiven Preis mit schnellen Lieferzeiten anbieten und daran verdienen.“

Ronald van der Meer hat noch weitere Ambitionen: „Das Ziel ist, mehr Projekte mit dem bestehenden Team zu übernehmen. Dabei liegt der Fokus darauf, die Workflows weiter zu straffen und die Auffindbarkeit unserer Webseiten zu verbessern. Darüber hinaus werden wir Partner-Netzwerke und Websites Dritter nutzen, die unsere Produkte gegen Bezahlung bewerben. Das hört sich einfach an, sollte aber auch sorgfältig geplant und durchgeführt werden. Zusätzlich werden wir tiefer in die Möglichkeiten, die der callas pdfToolbox Server bietet, einsteigen. Ich bin davon überzeugt, dass dieses Produkt noch zahlreiche Tools beinhaltet, von denen wir profitieren können.“

Über pdfToolbox Server

callas pdfToolbox Server automatisiert und standardisiert den Prozess der Dokumentübertragung und des -empfangs. Es bietet Druckereien, Verlagen, Werbeagenturen, Verpackungs- und Designagenturen die umfassendste Lösung für automatisiertes hochqualitatives Preflighten und die zuverlässige automatische Korrektur von PDF-Dokumenten über Hotfolder. callas pdfToolbox Server, das mehrere Prozessoren unterstützt und erkennt, ist skalierungsfähig und lässt sich problemlos an Ihre Anforderungen anpassen. Es basiert auf der Adobe PDF Library und bietet eine absolut zuverlässige Verarbeitung. Auf Wunsch sind auch eine Befehlszeilen-Version und eine vollständige Programmierbibliothek für Entwickler (SDK) erhältlich, die eine noch stärkere Integration ermöglichen. callas pdfToolbox Server von den Entwicklern der Preflight-Technologie von Adobe® Acrobat® bietet umfassende und leicht zu bedienende Funktionen:

  • PDF-Prüfung und automatische Korrektur
  • Automatische Umwandlung von Microsoft Office-Dateien sowie Open Office-Dokumenten in druckfertige PDFs
  • Ausschießen jeglicher Druckaufträge – von einfachen Booklets bis hin zu vollständigen Broschüren und Büchern
  • Automatische Reduzierung von Transparenzen (Windows, OS X und Linux)
  • Beinhaltet ein umfangreiches Web-Entwicklungs-Kit zur einfachen Integration

Das optionale DeviceLink-Add-On erlaubt das einfache Anpassen von Dateien für unterschiedliche Druckbedingungen.


Über callas software

callas software bietet einfache Möglichkeiten, um komplexe Herausforderungen im PDF-Umfeld zu bewältigen. Als Innovator von Verfahren entwickelt und vermarktet callas software PDF-Technologien für das Publishing, die Produktionsstufe, den Dokumentenaustausch und die Dokumentenarchivierung. callas software unterstützt Agenturen, Verlage und Druckereien darin, ihre Aufgabenstellungen zu lösen, indem es Software zum Prüfen, Korrigieren und Wiederverwenden von PDF-Dateien für die Produktion von Druckvorlagen und das elektronische Publizieren bereitstellt. Unternehmen und Behörden aus aller Welt vertrauen den zukunftssicheren und vollständig PDF/A-konformen Archivierungslösungen von callas software. Darüber hinaus ist die Technologie von callas software auch als Programmierbibliothek (SDK) für Entwickler erhältlich, die PDFs optimieren, validieren und korrigieren müssen. Software-Anbieter wie Adobe®, Quark®, Xerox® und viele andere haben verstanden, welche Qualität und Flexibilität die callas-Werkzeuge bieten, und haben sie in ihre eigenen Lösungen integriert. callas software unterstützt aktiv internationale Standards und beteiligt sich aktiv in ISO, CIP4, der European Color Initiative (ECI), der PDF Association, AIIM, BITKOM und der Ghent PDF Workgroup. Darüber hinaus ist callas software Gründungsmitglied der PDF Association und seit Oktober 2010 ist der Geschäftsführer von callas software, Olaf Drümmer, Vorstandsvorsitzender des internationalen Verbandes. Der Firmensitz des Unternehmens befindet sich in Berlin. Weitere Informationen finden Sie im Internet unter http://www.callassoftware.com.

callas pdfToolbox: digitaler Gatekeeper für Penthion Media Technologies

Jan-Peter Tjepkema
Jan-Peter Tjepkema, Eigentümer und Geschäftsführer

Angesichts der steigenden Zahl neuer Publikationskanäle auf dem Markt müssen Verlage Inhalte nicht nur publizieren, sondern auch verwalten können. Dies hat in den vergangenen Jahren zu einer deutlichen Nachfrage nach Content-Management-Systemen (kurz: CMS) geführt. Außerdem suchen Verlage immer öfter nach Selbstbedienungsportalen, um die innerbetrieblichen Kosten für die Unterstützung ihrer Kunden gering zu halten. Das erklärt, warum die Selbstbedienungslösung, die Penthion für den gesamten Publishing-Prozess entwickelt hat, so erfolgreich ist. Sie nutzt den callas pdfToolbox Server für eine vollständige Automatisierung und nahtlose Integration zur Zertifizierung ihrer PDFs.

Im Juni 2012 hatte Penthion eine Evaluation von callas pdfToolbox begonnen; der Hauptgrund war die Beteiligung des Unternehmens an einem Pilotprojekt für einen großen Kunden, der die Lösungen von callas software deutlich bevorzugte. Nach deren Bewertung der Technologie und ihrer Erfahrung mit dem Unternehmen callas software an sich entschieden sie sich, nicht nur pdfToolbox für dieses eine Projekt zu nutzen, sondern die Geschäftsbeziehungen zu callas software zu intensivieren. „Wir haben uns entschieden, unser eigenes PDF-Prüfwerkzeug durch callas pdfToolbox zu ersetzen, da diese Lösung für uns wirtschaftlicher ist. Sie versorgt uns außerdem mit neuen Funktionen, verbesserter Effizienz, Updates und einem besseren technischen Support“, erklärt uns Herr Tjepkema, der Eigentümer und Geschäftsführer von Penthion Media Technologies. Die erste integrierte Lösung ging Anfang 2013 in Serie.

Mehr Zeit für den Verkauf durch weniger Administration

callas pdfToolbox Server wurde in die Online-Auslieferungsplattform Ad|Portal von Penthion integriert. Das Upload-Modul Ad|Portal ist der digitale Gatekeeper für Verlage. Auf Ad|Portal können Werber PDF-Dateien hochladen, die mithilfe der integrierten Technologie von callas software geprüft und, wenn möglich, sofort korrigiert und in zertifizierte PDF-Dateien konvertiert werden. callas pdfToolbox Server führt im Hintergrund alle nötigen Arbeiten aus: Die PDF-Dateien werden automatisch mit hoher Qualität geprüft und zuverlässig korrigiert. Lieferzeiträume für Aufträge können so verkürzt und Fehlerraten erheblich minimiert werden. Jan-Peter Tjepkema ergänzt: „Das Hochladen von Anzeigen war nie so einfach wie mit Ad|Portal. Die Lösung unterstützt auch den Workflow des Verlagshauses und sendet automatisch generierte E-Mails an die Werbeagenturen. Fristen werden eingehalten und die gesamte Lieferkette darauf abgestimmt. Mit der Integration von pdfToolbox Server unterstützt Ad|Portal außerdem das Hochladen von Print- und/oder Onlinematerial. Und natürlich können wir auch vorgefertigte oder satzfertige Materialien verarbeiten.“

Durch die Verwendung von Ad|Portal erhalten die Mitarbeiter des Verlagshauses mehr Zeit für den Vertrieb und müssen sich weniger mit dem mühsamen Umgang mit den Materialien beschäftigen. Der proaktive Ansatz, den Ad|Portal verfolgt, bedeutet für den Verlag und die Werbeagentur, dass beide jederzeit die Kontrolle über den Prozess haben.

„Das klassische Anzeigengeschäft ist massiven Veränderungen unterworfen und umso wichtiger ist es für die Verlage die in diesem Bereich verfügbaren Ressourcen auf die Akquise am Markt zu konzentrieren auf dem immer noch viel Geld ausgegeben wird und eingenommen werden kann“, so Jan-Peter Tjepkema in seiner Schlussbetrachtung. Weiter sagt er: „Wir sind ständig bemüht, mit unseren Kunden nachhaltige Lösungen zu entwickeln. Die größte Chance für Penthion besteht darin, ein verbrauchsabhängiges (Pay-per-Use) Kostenmodell bereitzustellen. Bei diesem Modell verdienen wir nur dann Geld, wenn der Verlag Geld verdient, und es gibt dabei keine größeren Investitionen. Man kann von einer schlüsselfertigen Lösung sprechen.“

Über pdfToolbox Server

callas pdfToolbox Server automatisiert und standardisiert den Prozess der Dokumentübertragung und des -empfangs. Es bietet Druckereien, Verlagen, Werbeagenturen, Verpackungs- und Designagenturen die umfassendste Lösung für automatisiertes hochqualitatives Preflighten und die zuverlässige automatische Korrektur von PDF-Dokumenten über Hotfolder. callas pdfToolbox Server, das mehrere Prozessoren unterstützt und erkennt, ist skalierungsfähig und lässt sich problemlos an Ihre Anforderungen anpassen. Es basiert auf der Adobe PDF Library und bietet eine absolut zuverlässige Verarbeitung. Auf Wunsch sind auch eine Befehlszeilen-Version und eine vollständige Programmierbibliothek für Entwickler (SDK) erhältlich, die eine noch stärkere Integration ermöglichen. callas pdfToolbox Server von den Entwicklern der Preflight-Technologie von Adobe® Acrobat® bietet umfassende und leicht zu bedienende Funktionen:

  •     PDF-Prüfung und automatische Korrektur
  •     Automatische Umwandlung von Microsoft Office-Dateien sowie Open Office-Dokumenten in druckfertige PDFs
  •     Ausschießen jeglicher Druckaufträge – von einfachen Booklets bis hin zu vollständigen Broschüren und Büchern
  •     Automatische Reduzierung von Transparenzen (Windows, OS X und Linux)
  •     Beinhaltet ein umfangreiches Web-Entwicklungs-Kit zur einfachen Integration

Das optionale DeviceLink-Add-On erlaubt das einfache Anpassen von Dateien für unterschiedliche Druckbedingungen.

Über Penthion

Penthion Media Technologies verfügt über mehr als 15 Jahre an Erfahrung als Komplettanbieter von automatisierten Lösungen für Verlage, sowohl für Zeitschriften als auch für Zeitungen. Das Unternehmen bietet eine vollständige Automatisierung und nahtlose Integration für den gesamten Publishing-Prozess. Das Tagesgeschäft von Penthion besteht darin, Automatisierungsprozesse zu optimieren und zu professionalisieren. Dazu geht Penthion sorgfältig auf die Bedürfnisse seiner Kunden ein und verfolgt aufmerksam die Entwicklungen am Markt. Die Lösungen sind benutzerfreundlich, skalierbar und bringen Zeit- und Kosteneinsparungen. Penthion ist der exklusive Händler in den Niederlanden und Belgien für alle Produkte des finnischen Unternehmens Anygraaf Oy. Penthion ist ein Privatunternehmen mit Sitz in Assen (Niederlande). Weitere Informationen sind im Internet unter www.penthion.nl zu finden.

Über callas software

callas software bietet einfache Möglichkeiten, um komplexe Herausforderungen im PDF-Umfeld zu bewältigen. Als Innovator von Verfahren entwickelt und vermarktet callas software PDF-Technologien für das Publishing, die Produktionsstufe, den Dokumentenaustausch und die Dokumentenarchivierung. callas software unterstützt Agenturen, Verlage und Druckereien darin, ihre Aufgabenstellungen zu lösen, indem es Software zum Prüfen, Korrigieren und Wiederverwenden von PDF-Dateien für die Produktion von Druckvorlagen und das elektronische Publizieren bereitstellt. Unternehmen und Behörden aus aller Welt vertrauen den zukunftssicheren und vollständig PDF/A-konformen Archivierungslösungen von callas software. Darüber hinaus ist die Technologie von callas software auch als Programmierbibliothek (SDK) für Entwickler erhältlich, die PDFs optimieren, validieren und korrigieren müssen. Software-Anbieter wie Adobe®, Quark®, Xerox® und viele andere haben verstanden, welche Qualität und Flexibilität die callas-Werkzeuge bieten, und haben sie in ihre eigenen Lösungen integriert. callas software unterstützt aktiv internationale Standards und beteiligt sich aktiv in ISO, CIP4, der European Color Initiative (ECI), der PDF Association, AIIM, BITKOM und der Ghent PDF Workgroup. Darüber hinaus ist callas software Gründungsmitglied der PDF Association und seit Oktober 2010 ist der Geschäftsführer von callas software, Olaf Drümmer, Vorstandsvorsitzender des internationalen Verbandes. Der Firmensitz des Unternehmens befindet sich in Berlin. Weitere Informationen finden Sie im Internet unter http://www.callassoftware.com.


Pressekontakt

Four Pees
Daniela Mahlke
E-mail: daniela.mahlke@fourpees.com
Website: http://www.fourpees.com
Phone: +32 9 237 10 00

SHOWPAD - ein leistungsfähiges Vertriebs- und Präsentationstool für Tablets verwendet callas pdfToolbox zur Optimierung von PDF-Dateien

Peter Minne
Peter Minne, Mitgründer und CTO

Mit Showpad können Unternehmen ihre Tablets in Hilfsmittel für den Vertrieb und für Präsentationen verwandeln. Das System ermöglicht eine kontrollierte Verteilung der Inhalte, die so jederzeit aktuell sind, den Branding-Regeln des Unternehmens entsprechen, und es gewährt detaillierte Einblicke in die Nutzung der Daten. Die Plattform ist ein Gewinn für Vertriebsmitarbeiter, Vertriebs- und Marketingmanager ebenso wie für Kunden.

Die Dokumente, die auf die Showpad-Plattform hochgeladen werden, liegen zumeist im PDF Format vor. Um solche Dokumente bestmöglich auf Tablets nutzen zu können, müssen sie entsprechend optimiert werden. Showpad hatte Schwierigkeiten mit der Konvertierung von PDFDokumenten, die seinen PDF-Standards nicht vollständig entsprachen. Hier kam die callas pdfToolbox ins Spiel. Peter Minne, Mitgründer und CTO von Showpad: “Wir brauchten eine Lösung, mit der wir eine größere Anzahl an Dateien optimieren konnten. Auch eine umfassende Feinabstimmung der Optimierung musste möglich sein. Zudem wollten wir Hinweise auf mögliche PDF-Probleme erhalten, und wir benötigten eine schnellere Verarbeitung.”

Showpad verwendet eine cloud-gestützte Online-Plattform als zentrale Schaltstelle zum Hochladen von Inhalten und zum Verwalten der Lösung. In eine solche Umgebung lässt sich die pdfToolbox Engine von callas dank ihrer Kommandozeilen-Schnittstelle (CLI) leicht integrieren. Die Engine bietet einen umfassenden Funktionsumfang zum Optimieren von PDF Dokumenten: Qualitätskontrolle, Beheben möglicher Probleme, Erstellen von Vorschaubildern, Ausschießen, etc. Außerdem läuft sie auf allen gängigen Rechnern wie Mac, Windows sowie einer Reihe von Linux- und Unix-Varianten. Peter Minne fährt fort: “Die pdfToolbox CLI haben wir Anfang 2013 installiert. Dass Linux unterstützt wird, ist ein echter Vorteil für uns. So können wir bei dem Betriebssystem bleiben, das wir am besten kennen.”

Bei Bedarf lässt sich pdfToolbox CLI leicht auf eine andere Plattform umstellen, da Installation und Verwendung völlig plattformunabhängig sind. Darüber hinaus kann sie bei steigenden Durchsatz-Anforderungen der Online-Plattform einfach erweitert werden, denn sie unterstützt Load-Balancing in Umgebungen mit hohen Volumen oder kritischen Antwortzeiten und lässt sich auf eigenen Servern oder auf virtuellen Servern bei Unternehmen wie Amazon installieren. Dabei baut die pdfToolbox auf der Standardtechnologie der Adobe PDF Bibliothek auf und bietet dieselben robusten Möglichkeiten zur Qualitätskontrolle wie Adobe Acrobat selbst (das Preflight-Plugin für Adobe Acrobat Pro ist eine Entwicklung von callas software).

“Es gibt einen weiteren klaren Vorteil:”, erklärt Peter Minne, “Tests und Weiterentwicklungen der verbesserten Optimierungen für PDF-Dokumente können wir zum größten Teil auf unseren Desktoprechnern ausführen. Konfigurationen erstellen wir einfach mit pdfToolbox Desktop. Wenn wir uns sicher sind, dass sie wie gewünscht funktionieren, laden wir sie auf den Server hoch. Äußerst praktisch.” Die Möglichkeiten zur Fernkonfiguration und -verwaltung von pdfToolbox Desktop gehörten zu den wichtigsten Funktionen bei Einführung von pdfToolbox 6. Mit ihnen kann pdfToolbox Desktop auf Mac und Windows als Remote-Client für einen pdfToolbox Server oder CLI irgendwo im Netzwerk fungieren. In einer cloud-basierten Umgebung entfällt so die Notwendigkeit, alle Test- und Konfigurationsaufgaben auf dem Server selbst auszuführen. Das Ergebnis ist oft ein erheblicher Zeitgewinn.

Über callas pdfToolbox CLI

Durchdachte Befehle, einfache Installationsschritte und eine umfassende Dokumentation sorgen dafür, dass der Einstieg in die Entwicklung auf einer ganzen Reihe von unterstützten Plattformen mit derselben callas-Technologie, die auch im Preflight-Branchenstandard Adobe® Acrobat® zum Einsatz kommt, zu einer Kleinigkeit wird.

Kunden können sehr schnell die robusten und zuverlässigen PDF-Preflight und Korrektur- Werkzeuge in jede Lösung integrieren; von vielseitigen Web-Anwendungen bis hin zu Jobübergabe-Portalen. pdfToolbox CLI bietet die gründliche und umfassende Verarbeitung, die erforderlich ist, um Lösungen zu ergänzen – The sky is the limit.

Für jede beliebige Lösung, sei es eine vielseitige Web-Anwendung, die auf UNIX läuft oder ein Jobübergabe-Portal, das die neuesten PDF/X Standards benutzt, pdfToolbox CLI sorgt für die solide und umfassende Verarbeitung, die benötigt wird, um das Produkt zu vervollständigen.


Über Showpad

Als Mobile Sales Enablement-Anwendung zielt Showpad darauf ab, die Effektivität jedes Unternehmens mit einem eigenen Vertriebsteam dramatisch zu steigern. Mit dieser Technologie können Unternehmen eine Vertriebs- und Präsentationsapp nach Maß erstellen und verwalten, Inhalte auf Tablets verteilen und Einblicke in Benutzeraktivitäten sowie in die Nutzung der Inhalte erhalten. Mit der Showpad App können Vertriebsmitarbeiter leicht Inhalte präsentieren und weitergeben sowie mit anderen zusammenarbeiten. Showpad ist ein in 2011 gegründetes Unternehmen in Privatbesitz. Es hat seinen Hauptsitz in Gent (Belgien) und verfügt über Vertretungen in Deutschland und den USA.

PDF2PRINT – a website integration built with callas pdfToolbox for automated pre-flighting and correction

Fred Soar
Fred Soar, Managing Director

Focus on customers

Soar Printing, an Auckland based company that was founded back in 1920 as a family busi-ness, is considered to be at the forefront of the printing industry in New Zealand. Soar Print-ing now employs over 70 people and they offer an extensive range of services, from short run digital printing to long run offset printing and large format poster prints. Within their specific industry segments, the Soar divisions are market leaders utilizing the latest technology to de-liver the best possible result. They are constantly evaluating and adapting new technologies that will add extra value for their clients. This is especially true with their commitment to en-vironmental issues and the ongoing policy of sourcing the most environmentally friendly pro-cesses and products.

“The printing industry has changed radically since we started out but one thing has remained the same – behind every single job is a customer who wants it done right. Soar Printing under-stands this. It is the heart of our culture. It guides our investment in new technologies and it helps us to continually evolve our business. We need to grow with our customers’ business and be aware of the trends and opportunities they are facing globally. From the smallest print job to the most complex, we want our customers to have the utmost confidence in our company” Fred Soar – Managing Director Soar Printing.

Remove costs of quoting, preflighting and job creation

Soar Printing mainly focuses on printing for commercial business such as marketing material, business forms, Point of Sale display items and packaging. They can count brand names like Nestlé, Estéé Lauder, ASB Bank, Telecom New Zealand, Air New Zealand and Sky City Casino amongst their clients.

“We’ve noticed a big change in the printing industry over the past few years” says Fred Soar.“Print runs are getting shorter, and printing has been substituted by other means of mar-keting communications such as social media and online marketing. We at Soar Printing try to adapt to these new trends by making sure we can offer reduced setup costs, taking care of short-er runs and offer more RIP print services”

Anticipating this new trend in the printing industry and entering a new market, Soar Printing wanted to offer a WEB2PRINT solution for people who know how to use Adobe products and how to create print ready PDFs. Soar Printing was looking for a way to provide instant quot-ing and instant preflighting to people and at the same time remove the cost of quoting, pre-flighting and job creation.  

Streamline preflight processes online and in-house

With callas software the first WEB2PRINT model has been setup as an independent store-front, targeting new customers throughout New Zealand.

The ease of setting up preflighting with callas software offers them to further streamline the preflighting process internally.  So it is not only an online tool, but also an application used in-house. And all this can be done with only one pdfToolbox Server.

The geographical distance between Soar Printing and callas software did not cause any issues. “The fact that callas software is situated in Europe and we in New Zealand created no problems at all. The model was developed over 6 months. Early problems were quickly lined out and some-times the time difference made it easier because the problems were solved over night.  It was an interesting way to work.”

Offer standard and personalized products

PDF2PRINT is a print upload portal build with callas pdfToolbox that allows preflighting and correction. It is an affordable and fast way to do easy print jobs without sacrificing quality. PDF2PRINT uses the newest digital and offset machines for highest standard. In order to offer amazingly low prices, Soar Print has kept a standard range of products that can be ordered through PDF2PRINT which include business cards, flyers, postcards, brochures and posters.

What happens in the background, when a customer orders through the PDF2PRINT button? The file appears on Soar printing’s server with the order and the price that was ordered at. This file is then automatically transferred into a job ticket in the reminder system. Once this is done, the production can be started. In the background, calculations are running to work out where the break is between digital and offset printing for each product and price accordingly.
Depending on those calculations, the order is printed either on an HP Indigo 5500 digital printing press or on a Heidelberg Anicolor press.

Look into the future

The callas software was installed about a year ago and was launched earlier this year. Soar Printing started a marketing campaign, which includes online marketing and direct market-ing, to attract new businesses. So far, there has been a lot of traffic on the website, a lot of visi-tors, a lot of sightseeing and orders are coming in.
In the future, Soar Printing is looking to expand their web to print products. Their next in-vestment will be more business-to-consumer oriented, offering online design options to ena-ble customers to do both design and order online.

“My web developers and me had a look at a few products but we felt that callas software fitted the bill best” , states Fred Soar. “It’s quite easy to use and it gave us what we want. What really stood out was the ability to set your own preflight parameters to your own work environment and the option to provide error messaging as well as other options for auto fix” he concludes.

pdfToolbox brings Formula 1 power to our web-based solutions

Andy Psarianos
Andy Psarianos, F.E.Burman director in charge of development

Founded in 1958, London based F.E.Burman Limited is a well known supplier of high quality short run printing and digital media services. However, for numerous British publishing houses, F.E.Burman is also a synonym for rock solid web-based production tools. The company supports its customers in a variety of print and data handling tasks including magazine production, handling advertising mate-rial, and commercial print and mailing services. Clients include publishing houses such as Condé Nast Publications, The Guardian Newspaper Group, the British Medical Journal and The Economist.

Costly problems belong to the past

Before investing in pdfToolbox, F.E. Burman already gained some experience with pdfInspektor (a callas PDF preflight solution, now integrated in pdfToolbox). They used it to check incoming PDF files in Auditor, an in-house developed web-based tool for publishers. Auditor centralizes the final stages of checking and distributing PDF files, allowing publishers to manage their publications more effectively. Andy Psarianos, F.E.Burman director in charge of development comments: “With Auditor, it takes editors only a few seconds to check complex PDF files. Running in the background, pdfToolbox checks every single PDF file, and depending on the type of application, some basic things like hair-lines, spot colors and transparency are fixed automatically. Files that aren’t suitable for printing are immediately identified, and detailed reports help editors and employees to quickly identify and solve eventual problems. Before, our prepress employees often had to open defective files manually, find the problem, and then attempt to correct it. These time-consuming procedures and costly problems definitely belong to the past. To put it bluntly, it’s the most accurate preflight engine we ever worked with.”

Unanimously elected as the winner

When F.E. Burman started to develop web-to-print solutions for their customers, the in-house development team quickly realized that tasks such as PDF creation, PDF checking, online proofing, color management and imposition, had to be fully automated in order to flawlessly and timely process the vast variety of incoming files. Andy Psarianos explains: “Creating a good-looking and user friendly front-end is one thing, but making sure that the back-end is capable of processing all the incoming files is another. Let me give you an example: For Savills, a global real estate service provider with more than 80 offices worldwide, we created more than 200 different templates to choose from. Things like layout, imposition and paper are different for most templates, so manual intervention is no option. We knew callas had a solution that fit our requirements, but we had to see it with our own eyes. After some extensive testing, and comparison with other solutions, pdfToolbox was unanimously elected as the winner. Our previous experience with pdfInspektor, and the fact that these products are very accurate and extremely easy to integrate played an important role in our decision.”

F.E.Burman Reception Desk Installation and implementation was very fast. In just a matter of days, the in-house development team was able to automate the complete web-to-print back-end process. They no longer have to worry about selecting the appropriate print queue or imposition scheme, and thanks to the intuitive user-interface, creating a new or modifying an existing workflow is like a walk in the park.

Andy Psarianos Andy Psarianos concludes: “pdfToolbox allows us to build some very powerful and sophisticated products. It’s like putting a Formula 1 engine in our web-based products. We have processed literally hundreds of thousands PDF files through the software, and I honestly can’t recall of one instance where we ever had to question the accuracy of the system. The quality of the imposition and preflight engine is outstanding and the software is extremely user friendly with clear instructions on how to use it. Implementation by our in-house development team was therefore very easy, fast and successful. Thanks to the increased speed, repeatability and accuracy brought in by pdfToolbox, we help our clients work faster and more effectively. And in the end, isn’t that the real purpose of any solution or business.”

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In this video, Dietrich von Seggern (Managing Director at callas software) shows you how you can edit profiles in pdfToolbox, as well as create your own profiles.

Better organization in pdfToolbox using libraries

Once you start creating your own Profiles, Checks, Fixups and so on, you'll see that you need some organization or you're going to loose your way. Libraries are perfect for that! And you already...

Webinar - Make your PDF files print ready with pdfToolbox!

In this webinar we show you how you can check in pdfToolbox whether or not your PDF files are ready to be printed. Get a quick overview of the functionality in pdfToolbox Desktop for PDF...

Webinar - Creating a dieline in a PDF document using pdfToolbox

In this webinar we talk about creating a dieline in a PDF document using pdfToolbox. The shapes technology in pdfToolbox makes it possible to create dielines on the fly using pdfToolbox....

Webinar - Upgrading pdfToolbox Server and transferring Hot Folders to a new installation

In this webinar we talk about upgrading your pdfToolbox Server and transferring Hot Folders to a new installation. While there is no ready-made export and import functionality to migrate...

Webinar - Updating pdfToolbox configurators in Switch to use v10 instead of v9

In this webinar we show you how to update your pdfToolbox configurators in Switch to use v10 instead of v9. You have to manually update the path to the binary since there are no Switch...

A short history of the world - PDF & callas software

A short history of the world of PDF and callas software, with questions such as: Where does the current product range come from? How did it evolve? How did PDF itself evolve? How does...

Getting multi-color right

N-channel color spaces become more and more popular, for example in digital printing. How well does PDF support n-channel color spaces? Does CxF/X-4 help at all? What options does the...

Using DeviceLinks in pdfToolbox

DeviceLink profiles are specialised ICC Profiles that are very useful for color conversions, TAC reductions or ink save. This session goes into the theory behind them, but also...

Webinar - Preflight standards in callas pdfToolbox

Over the years, organisations such as ISO and the Ghent Workgroup have developed different preflight standards. When you hear terms such as PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-4, GWG 1v4, GWG 2015 ... what do they...

Webinar - Affordable TAC reduction and InkSaving using pdfToolbox and ColorLogic DLS

callas pdfToolbox is capable of doing color conversions using regular ICC profiles, but it can also use DeviceLink profiles. Using specially crafted DeviceLink profiles from...

Webinar - Creating an imposition template for printing stacks

For some imposition layouts, you want to be able to cut and stack the resulting sheet. This can be important for numbering schemes for example. This webinar explains how that can be...

Webinar - Reformatting table throws in pdfToolbox

The imposition engine in pdfToolbox can be used to split a layout (such as a table throw) and put the pieces into a different configuration (for example for optimized printing).

Webinar - Sifter in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about Sifter in pdfToolbox. In pdfToolbox 10, 'Context-aware object detection' technology has been added. This technology is nick-named 'Sifter'...

Webinar - Test mode in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about test mode in pdfToolbox. Nothing is so annoying as ruining your original test files while you're creating a complex fixup or process plan....

Webinar - Finding empty space in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about finding empty space in pdfToolbox. It's usually not hard to check if objects are where they should be, but what about checking if a certain...

Webinar - Fonts in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about fonts in pdfToolbox. One of the difficult things in PDF documents are fonts. How are these embedded in PDF documents? What can go wrong with...

Webinar - Upsampling images in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about upsampling images in pdfToolbox. If images are too large, pdfToolbox has image downsampling capabilities to make them...

Webinar - Batch processing in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about batch processing in pdfToolbox. To process multiple PDF documents in the same way, pdfToolbox Desktop offers its "batch" mode. But callas...

Webinar - Remove objects outside of a page box

In this webinar, we will talk about removing objects outside a page box in pdfToolbox. pdfToolbox has many ways to ensure no objects exist outside or inside a...

Webinar - Reporting for duty

In this webinar, we will talk about reporting in pdfToolbox. What are the options to create reports in multiple languages in pdfToolbox Server or...

Webinar - The imposition engine in pdfToolbox

We delve into the support vaults and talk about interesting questions and problems, and their solutions of course. In this webinar, we will talk about the imposition engine in...

Webinar - Was ist neu in pdfToolbox 10?

pdfToolbox 10 ist da! Wir möchten wetten, dass Sie neugierig auf dieses neue, große Release von pdfToolbox sind. Lernen Sie die neue Version in unserem kommenden Webinar...

Webinar - How to install multiple versions of pdfToolbox & move licenses to another machine?

In this webinar, we'll focus on how to install multiple versions of pdfToolbox and how to move licenses to another machine. How can you install multiple...

Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 10?

pdfToolbox 10 is here! We bet you are curious for the milestone release of pdfToolbox? Let's take a closer look together at the new features and improvements of version...

Webinar - Adding a color bar & rotating a specific page in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we'll focus on adding a color bar and rotating a specific page in pdfToolbox. What if you want to add a color bar along your PDF files before they go to...

Webinar - Converting colors & ink saving in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we'll focus on color converting and ink saving in pdfToolbox. The most common question in support is probably how to do specific color related things. This...

Webinar - Variables & libraries in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we'll focus on libraries and variables in pdfToolbox. As of pdfToolbox 8.5, libraries are available to keep track of profiles, checks, fix-ups and much more!...

Webinar - Getting started with Place Content (part 1)

The "Place Content" fixup is perhaps the most powerful and flexible piece of technology in pdfToolbox. It can also be a real challenge to wrap your head around it and get going with it....

Webinar - Showcasing hidden features in pdfToolbox 9.4

pdfToolbox often contains features that are a little bit (or completely) hidden from the majority of the end users. This is often because they are still being tested, usually to find out how to...

Webinar - Activating & deactivating pdfToolbox Desktop, Server and CLI

All callas products are licensed and activated on specific machines. In this video, you'll see the complete activation and deactivation procedure for pdfToolbox Desktop, Server and CLI. And...

Webinar - Downloading older versions of pdfToolbox

There are of course plenty of reasons to upgrade to the latest version of pdfToolbox. But sometimes you need to install an older version, and this video...

Webinar - Profiles & process plans in callas pdfToolbox: when to use which?

pdfToolbox has two basic ways to run a bunch of preflight checks or fixes on your PDF documents: profiles and process plans. Both have their...

Webinar - Slicing a PDF file (tearing it apart in two files)

Sometimes you have one PDF file, but you really need two. A good example would be a PDF file which contains elements for print, but also a cut contour that will be used for...

Webinar - Editing custom page sizes in pdfToolbox

callas pdfToolbox contains a full imposition engine that can make booklets, step & repeat business cards, fill a page by...

Webinar - New standards on the horizon: PDF 2.0 & PDF/X-6

PDF 1.x has been with us for a long time, since 1993. As the PDF file format is now an ISO standard (ISO 32.000), ISO has been working on a major update, named PDF 2.0. It has also been working...

Webinar - Processing steps: the new ISO standard for packaging

At the VIP Event 2017, Dietrich von Seggern (Managing Director of callas) and Réne Treuber (Product Manager of axaio) talked about the new ISO Standard for Packaging. They have a...

Webinar - Getting started with Place Content (part 2)

The "Place Content" fixup is perhaps the most powerful and flexible piece of technology in pdfToolbox. It can also be a real challenge to wrap your head around it and get going with it....

Webinar - Tips & tricks for JavaScript in variables

Starting in version 9 a lot of improvements concerning variables were introduced in pdfToolbox, not the least of which was the use of Javascript. At VIP Event 2017, David van...

Webinar - Dynamic imposition from theory to practice

The imposition engine in pdfToolbox has learnt a couple of new tricks recently. This session shows you how to make an imposition dynamic. We focus on how to make sheets and slots "on the fly",...

Webinar - Font, a four-letter word beginning with 'F'

While font formats have become more modern and overall fonts have become higher quality, problems with fonts are still a sizeable chunk of what goes wrong with PDF documents. At VIP...

Webinar - Building a pdfToolbox Place Content template from scratch

The place content technology in pdfToolbox uses HTML templates to determine what gets added to your PDF documents. Creating such a template for the first time can be a bit of a challenge, even...

Webinar - An introduction to pdfToolbox 9.1

pdfToolbox 9.1 adds support for the Processing Steps standard, includes a new version of the Adobe PDF library and extends several main pdfToolbox features, such as the shape technology, place...

Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 9?

Of course pdfToolbox 9 adds many possibilities for preflighting and correcting PDF documents. What would you expect from the most-used preflight solution on the market? But we...

Webinar - Was ist neu in pdfToolbox 9?

Im Juli 2016 wurde pdfToolbox 9 eingeführt. Marc Heusmann und Dietrich von Seggern von callas software stellen in diesem Webinar die neuen Funktionen vor. Schauen Sie sich die...

Webinar - Evolutions in preflight standards

Vor 15 Jahren wurde der erste  Preflight Standard für PDF erfunden. Seit der Erfindung des PDF/X-1a Standards hat sich einiges geändert. Heutzutage ist es schwierig,...

Webinar - Preflight, the basics

What does preflight really do for you? What can be checked for, or even better, what can (safely) be fixed? Do you need to create your own preflight profiles or is it better to...

Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 8.1?

pdfToolbox 8.1 improves profile management and introduces support for PDF/X-5n soft proofing. The new features will be explained in this webinar.

Webinar - Was ist neu in pdfToolbox 8.1?

pdfToolbox 8.1 bietet Soft-Proofing für Mehrkanal-Farben wie sie z.B. in PDF/X-5n verwendet werden. Die neuen "Bibliotheken" bieten eine Organisation von Profilen, Korrekturen usw. Die neuen...

Webinar - Adding content in pdfToolbox 8

pdfToolbox 8 includes exciting new functionality to add all sorts of content to PDF documents. This webinar gives an overview of the different fix-ups to add content and goes into detail on...

Webinar - Content integrity throughout a workflow

In many workflows, it is critical that documents do not change or that requested changes are performed correctly. This webinar looks at a number of tools that help with comparing...

Webinar - Using variable profiles with pdfToolbox Desktop/Server & FileTrain

This webinar provides the full story on using variables in pdfToolbox Desktop and pdfToolbox Server. To make things clear, a practical use case of an advertisement workflow where multiple...

Webinar - Messing with color: colorful applications

This webinar covers several color related topics: ICC Profiles, DeviceLink profiles and the difference between both. Using ICC Profiles and...

Webinar - Automation with pdfToolbox, FileTrain & tFLOW

This webinar answers the question on which technology is best suited for which use-case. After a (high-level) review of each solution, the pros and contras of automation using these different...

Webinar - PDF preflight standards

David van Driessche, CTO of Four Pees, held an English webinar to introduce you to the different PDF related standards and how they are implemented and can be used in...

Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 6?

callas software held a pre-release webinar where some of the new features of pdfToolbox 6 were shown, which you can view below.

Webinar - pdfToolbox Desktop für Anfänger

Die pdfToolbox bietet zahlreiche Funktionen, die das tägliche Arbeiten mit PDFs erleichtern und diese optimal für die weitere Produktion vorbereiten. In diesem Webinar von...

Webinar - Was ist neu in pdfToolbox 9.1?

Die Version pdfToolbox 9.1 unterstützt den Processing Steps Standard, enthält eine neue Version der Adobe PDF Bibliothek und erweitert verschiedene pdfToolbox Funktionen, wie zum Beispiel die...

What is a preflight Check and how do I create one?

Often the best thing you can do is search for an existing preflight Check that matches more or less what you want to do, and duplicate that. But sometimes it's quicker or necessary to create an entirely new Check. So, how do we do that?

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The callas software GitHub repository

In 2017, callas software introduced a temporary GitHub account that was used to maintain a new Place Content template.

In 2018, the callas GitHub account went live and it handles much more. This session gives an overview of why callas software uses a public GitHub account, what you can find there and how to best use it.

00:00 - Introduction/what to expect
02:40 - Terminology of GitHub to understand callas content
27:55 - What’s on callas GitHub and how does it make your work easy?

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Converting PDF's to an ISO standard

If you have established that you want to work with the ISO PDF/X-1a or PDF/X-4 standard, the next question is what you do with PDF documents that are not compliant to those standards.

callas pdfToolbox can help you to convert the majority of PDF documents to those standards, and if that's not possible, it will tell you exactly why that is.

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Profile creation in pdfToolbox

In this video, Dietrich von Seggern (Managing Director at callas software) shows you how you can edit profiles in pdfToolbox, as well as create your own profiles.

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Better organization in pdfToolbox using libraries

Once you start creating your own Profiles, Checks, Fixups and so on, you'll see that you need some organization or you're going to loose your way. Libraries are perfect for that! And you already know them as pdfToolbox ships with a bunch of default libraries. But you can do a lot with them ...

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Webinar - Make your PDF files print ready with pdfToolbox!

In this webinar we show you how you can check in pdfToolbox whether or not your PDF files are ready to be printed.
Get a quick overview of the functionality in pdfToolbox Desktop for PDF quality control, correction, color management, imposition and more.

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Webinar - Creating a dieline in a PDF document using pdfToolbox

In this webinar we talk about creating a dieline in a PDF document using pdfToolbox.
The shapes technology in pdfToolbox makes it possible to create dielines on the fly using pdfToolbox. Dielines can be created from a page box (such as the trimbox), a custom box, actual page content and using variables more creative applications such as circular dielines are also possible.
This webinar runs over the possibilities of the shapes technology in pdfToolbox and gives examples of common use cases.

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Webinar - Upgrading pdfToolbox Server and transferring Hot Folders to a new installation

In this webinar we talk about upgrading your pdfToolbox Server and transferring Hot Folders to a new installation.
While there is no ready-made export and import functionality to migrate your Hot Folder setup to a new pdfToolbox Server installation, there is a quick way to move all your queues at once and we'll show you how it's done.

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Webinar - Updating pdfToolbox configurators in Switch to use v10 instead of v9

In this webinar we show you how to update your pdfToolbox configurators in Switch to use v10 instead of v9.
You have to manually update the path to the binary since there are no Switch configurators for v10.

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A short history of the world - PDF & callas software

A short history of the world of PDF and callas software, with questions such as:

Where does the current product range come from? How did it evolve? How did PDF itself evolve? How does the GWG and standardisation in general fit into that picture? What’s the relevance of standards and how does that affect callas software and pdfToolbox?

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Getting multi-color right

N-channel color spaces become more and more popular, for example in digital printing.

How well does PDF support n-channel color spaces? Does CxF/X-4 help at all? What options does the color conscious PDF user have today?

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Webinar - Preflight standards in callas pdfToolbox

Over the years, organisations such as ISO and the Ghent Workgroup have developed different preflight standards. When you hear terms such as PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-4, GWG 1v4, GWG 2015 ... what do they mean and which standards should you use in your organization?

This webinar will explain the theoretical differences between the different preflights and show you how to use them in practice.

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Webinar - Affordable TAC reduction and InkSaving using pdfToolbox and ColorLogic DLS

callas pdfToolbox is capable of doing color conversions using regular ICC profiles, but it can also use DeviceLink profiles.

Using specially crafted DeviceLink profiles from ColorLogic is an affordable way to reduce ink in PDF documents to what is needed for a specific printing purpose.

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Webinar - Creating an imposition template for printing stacks

For some imposition layouts, you want to be able to cut and stack the resulting sheet. This can be important for numbering schemes for example.
This webinar explains how that can be accomplished using pdfToolbox, which contains a complete imposition engine.

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Webinar - Reformatting table throws in pdfToolbox

The imposition engine in pdfToolbox can be used to split a layout (such as a table throw) and put the pieces into a different configuration (for example for optimized printing).

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Webinar - Sifter in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about Sifter in pdfToolbox. In pdfToolbox 10, 'Context-aware object detection' technology has been added. This technology is nick-named 'Sifter' and it adds a completely new layer of possibilities to your preflight checks!

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Webinar - Test mode in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about test mode in pdfToolbox. Nothing is so annoying as ruining your original test files while you're creating a complex fixup or process plan. Find out how you can deal with this using the test mode!

2:17 - Test Mode in pdfToolbox 10
2:32 - Test Mode used with pdfToolbox Checks
4:54 - Test Mode used with pdfToolbox Fixups
5:30 - Test Mode used with Process Plans containing multiple steps
6:20 - Feature, Changing the PDF you're testing
6:45 - Feature, Logging profile execution for information on each step of a Process Plan
8:43 - Test Mode with imposition workflows and variables in pdfToolbox
10:02 - Summary

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Webinar - Finding empty space in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about finding empty space in pdfToolbox. It's usually not hard to check if objects are where they should be, but what about checking if a certain area has no content? This is possible using a Check for Ink Coverage within a custom area.

1:44 - Using the "Effective ink coverage in custom area" Check in pdfToolbox 10
2:57 - Using Test Mode with the "Create and apply shapes" Fixup to position the area you want to test
5:42 - Checking if the blank area in a packaging is really empty
8:49 - Creating this Check step-by-step

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Webinar - Fonts in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about fonts in pdfToolbox. One of the difficult things in PDF documents are fonts. How are these embedded in PDF documents? What can go wrong with them and what options does pdfToolbox give you to correct potential problems?

02:15 - Case study: What can go wrong with fonts in PDF
03:55 - Identifying font problems with the default "List potential font problems" Profile in pdfToolbox
06:38 - Font tools in pdfToolbox
09:24 - Using pdfToolbox' "Explore Fonts" feature: 'glyph', '.notdef glyph' and 'empty glyph'
12:13 - Embedding fonts in PDF's as a 'Subset font'
13:57 - Fonts in PDF, how PDF page description uses fonts
18:46 - Finding font info in "Explore PDF" in pdfToolbox
20:31 - PDF page description and glyph encoding, glyph selection and glyph mapping
26:58 - Font types and their characterstics
30:39 - TrueType fonts in more details
34:14 - 'Symbolic' fonts
35:01 - Mapping to Unicode (encoding)
38:53 - pdfToolbox font report feature
41:00 - Case studies: when things go wrong
48:05 - Reasons for glyph substitution
51:50 - More font tools in pdfToolbox
56:00 - Recap and summary

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Webinar - Upsampling images in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about upsampling images in pdfToolbox. If images are too large, pdfToolbox has image downsampling capabilities to make them smaller. But can an image that is too low resolution be "up"sampled?

00:20 - Reasons for upsampling images in PDF's
01:11 - Upsampling will not visually improve your images
01:33 - Setting up 'upsampling' using the 'Downsample images' fixup in pdfToolbox
03:31 - Demonstration in pdfToolbox 10
07:52 - Upsampling images with too low resolution

Learn more about upsampling images in our Online Documentation!

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Webinar - Batch processing in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about batch processing in pdfToolbox. To process multiple PDF documents in the same way, pdfToolbox Desktop offers its "batch" mode. But callas software also has a product named "pdfToolbox Server" that provides real hot folder processing. What's the difference and what is possible with both methods?

00:16 - Batch Processing in pdfToolbox Desktop
01:00 - Hot Folder Processing in pdfToolbox Server
01:50 - Demonstration of Batch Processing in pdfToolbox Desktop 10
05:22 - Demonstration of Hot Folder Processing in pdfToolbox Server 10

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Webinar - Remove objects outside of a page box

In this webinar, we will talk about removing objects outside a page box in pdfToolbox. pdfToolbox has many ways to ensure no objects exist outside or inside a specific area. This includes using the 'Remove objects outside' fixup, using the regular 'Remove Objects' fixup, using masking in the 'Shapes' fixup. How can these been used? What is the best when?

03:08 - Displaying names and outlines of page boxes in pdfToolbox
06:17 - Highlighting the Trim Box using various Fixups in pdfToolbox
17:38 - Removing content outside of the Trim Box
18:08 - "Remove objects outside of page area" Fixup in pdfToolbox
22:35 - Using the "Remove objects" Fixup together with a preflight Check
27:55 - Using the "Remove objects" Fixup together with a preflight Check using the Sifter functionality in pdfToolbox 10
32:25 - Using the "Create and apply shapes" Fixup to clip content to a page box
35:28 - Removing objects outside of an irregular cutline using the Sifter functionality "Objects outside shape" in pdfToolbox 10
41:00 - Summary

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Webinar - Reporting for duty

In this webinar, we will talk about reporting in pdfToolbox.

  • What are the options to create reports in multiple languages in pdfToolbox Server or CLI?
  • For pre-press people the built-in profiles are probably understandable, but for your clients they might not be so easy to understand ... What are your options if you want to change the items reported to the user?
  • Don't like how pdfToolbox writes out your preflight report, because the text is too technical or terms haven't been translated correctly in your language? Maybe you want to have a preflight report in a language that is not supported by pdfToolbox. Custom dicts to the rescue!

00:48 - Setting the language for a preflight report in pdfToolbox
04:09 - Demonstration in pdfToolbox 10 CLI
06:22 - Generating multiple reports in different languages
08:30 - Using --help in pdfToolbox CLI to view possible commands and syntax
09:47 - Changing the name of reported Checks and Fixups in pdfToolbox reports
11:30 - Demonstration in pdfToolbox 10 Desktop
12:43 - Using Object Inspector in pdfToolbox Desktop to view object details
17:22 - Using the Test mode for profiles in pdfToolbox 10 Desktop
18:55 - Custom dictionaries for reporting in pdfToolbox 10
21:25 - Demonstration in pdfToolbox 10 CLI
30:28 - Summary and how to contact Four Pees with questions

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Webinar - The imposition engine in pdfToolbox

We delve into the support vaults and talk about interesting questions and problems, and their solutions of course. In this webinar, we will talk about the imposition engine in callas pdfToolbox.

pdfToolbox contains a complete imposition engine. It's not as powerful as for example Imp from InSoft, but it's probably more powerful than you imagine. Let's look at ways to use this imposition engine and some of the tasks it can be used for.

02:52 - The "Arrange" group in the pdfToolbox Switchboard
04:17 - The "Step and Repeat" Action
05:45 - The "Booklet" Action
08:40 - When the pre-made actions are not enough, the "Impose" Action in pdfToolbox contains the full power of the imposition engine
11:55 - The imposition files
14:14 - Sheetconfig file for pdfToolbox imposition
23:54 - Runlist file for pdfToolbox imposition
30:31 - Runlist Debugger
33:05 - Automating pdfToolbox imposition by using Switchboard Actions in a Process Plan
39:30 - Limitations of the imposition engine in pdfToolbox

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Webinar - Was ist neu in pdfToolbox 10?

pdfToolbox 10 ist da! Wir möchten wetten, dass Sie neugierig auf dieses neue, große Release von pdfToolbox sind. Lernen Sie die neue Version in unserem kommenden Webinar kennen, damit wir uns gemeinsam mit Ihnen die neuen Funktionen und Verbesserungen der Version 10 genauer ansehen können.

pdfToolbox 10 bietet eine Vielzahl von neuen spannenden Funktionen:
- Prüfungen bieten jetzt die Möglichkeit einer Negation, können miteinander verknüpft und mittels Bool'sche Logik verbunden werden.
- Der neue Testmodus für Profile macht es einfach, schnell selbsterstellte Prüfungen, Korrekturen oder Prozesspläne zu testen.
- Die Reports bieten jetzt Lesezeichen und können einfacher miteinander kombiniert werden.
- Mittels Kontextsensitiver Objekterkennung ist es jetzt möglich, auf Interaktion von Objekten auf einer PDF-Seite zu prüfen (also ob z.B. ein Objekt ein anderes Objekt überlagert).
- Der neue Lizenzserver ermöglicht die dynamische Aktivierung von pdfToolbox-Installationen z.B. innerhalb einer Serverfarm.

2:21 - QuickCheck: Ein neuer Reporttyp (als JSON) zur schnellen Ermittlung von PDF-Eigenschaften
13:32 - Nicht Sein oder Nichtsein: Negation von Prüfungen
21:04 - Bool'sche Logik in Prüfungen
26:09 - Testmodus (Desktop Version)
31:51 - Prozesspläne ohne Limits: Prozesspläne in Prozessplänen
40:11 - Report Verbesserungen: Lesezeichen, HTML-Template basierter Report als Übersichtsseite u.a.
47:29 - Kontextsensitive Objekterkennung
57:48 - Lizenzserver
1:01:24 - Übersicht weiterer neuer Funktionen und Zusammenfassung



Webinar - How to install multiple versions of pdfToolbox & move licenses to another machine?

In this webinar, we'll focus on how to install multiple versions of pdfToolbox and how to move licenses to another machine. How can you install multiple versions of pdfToolbox on the same machine, for example to test a new version that came out? What's the difference between installing a major version or a minor version? Do those versions interact with each other and what about compatibility between the different versions you have installed? pdfToolbox is activated on particular hardware. If that hardware changes, how can you move your license from one computer to another computer?

00:35 - Installing more than 1 major version of pdfToolbox on the same computer
03:47 - Upgrading pdfToolbox Desktop and taking your settings and profiles with you
09:48 - Creating a new default profile library in pdfToolbox
11:06 - Upgrading pdfToolbox Server while keeping your settings and jobs
12:00 - Sharing pdfToolbox profiles with others
15:04 - Running different minor versions of pdfToolbox in parallel
17:55 - Licensing pdfToolbox for more than 1 user per machine
21:31 - Moving your pdfToolbox installation to a different machine



Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 10?

pdfToolbox 10 is here! We bet you are curious for the milestone release of pdfToolbox? Let's take a closer look together at the new features and improvements of version 10.

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Webinar - Adding a color bar & rotating a specific page in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we'll focus on adding a color bar and rotating a specific page in pdfToolbox. What if you want to add a color bar along your PDF files before they go to production? How can you do this using place content and HTML templates? Are there easier ways to add a preconfigured color bar? What about adding penguins? Is there a way to rotate only a single page or a number of pages in a PDF document? Let's look at the "apply to" mechanism you find in many fixups in pdfToolbox.

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Webinar - Converting colors & ink saving in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we'll focus on color converting and ink saving in pdfToolbox. The most common question in support is probably how to do specific color related things. This session gives a short overview of the color functionality in pdfToolbox and how to use the different fixups. Delving further into color related queries, we'll also take a look at how ink saving or TAC reduction can be accomplished. This will include how to use DeviceLink profiles inside of pdfToolbox.

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Webinar - Variables & libraries in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we'll focus on libraries and variables in pdfToolbox. As of pdfToolbox 8.5, libraries are available to keep track of profiles, checks, fix-ups and much more! Libraries could be used to separate between development and production profiles, keep track of projects ... However, libraries are under-used and this session introduces how they can best be used and what to look out for. Variables in pdfToolbox 10 can be used to ask you questions in pdfToolbox Desktop. In most cases, the user is expected to type a value, but what if that isn't what you want? What if you would really like to have him select a value from a pull-down list?

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Webinar - Getting started with Place Content (part 1)

The "Place Content" fixup is perhaps the most powerful and flexible piece of technology in pdfToolbox. It can also be a real challenge to wrap your head around it and get going with it. Luckily, once you get the hang of the basic principles, things become a lot easier.

At VIP Event 2017, David van Driessche (CTO of Four Pees) started this session with the theory of what place content can do for you and how it works (part 1). The next step then is a practical example of building a proofing preview page using the imposition engine and the place content technology (part 2).

05:16 - What is covered in these videos
07:15 - Using GitHub and where to get our sample files
14:08 - Template structure for place content
18:48 - The place content procedure
27:00 - An example: a proofing page

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Webinar - Showcasing hidden features in pdfToolbox 9.4

pdfToolbox often contains features that are a little bit (or completely) hidden from the majority of the end users. This is often because they are still being tested, usually to find out how to present them to users.

At the VIP Event 2017, David van Driessche (CTO of Four Pees) and Marc Heusmann (Senior Product Manager of callas) introduced two such features in pdfToolbox 9.4:

  • Logging provides preflight analytics which can provide lots of feedback on workflows
  • Profile comparison gives in-depth information on the differences between two preflight profiles

00:33 - Summary of new features
01:20 - Comparing Libraries and Profiles
07:38 - Improved Explore PDF functionality
11:08 - New "Insert Pages" Fixup to add or copy pages within a PDF document
19:40 - "Apply to" and "Mutiple" allow for more detailed configurations for Fixups
21:50 - Surpressing the now automatic PDF syntax Checks on CLI
23:54 - Identify vector objects based on dimensions
28:30 - Converting Grey based on the distance between the colorants
19:58 - Custom ID's for Checks and Fixups to make identification in XML or JavaScript variables easier
34:09 - News about Logging for better analytics

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Webinar - Activating & deactivating pdfToolbox Desktop, Server and CLI

All callas products are licensed and activated on specific machines. In this video, you'll see the complete activation and deactivation procedure for pdfToolbox Desktop, Server and CLI. And lots of tips and tricks of course!

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Webinar - Downloading older versions of pdfToolbox

There are of course plenty of reasons to upgrade to the latest version of pdfToolbox. But sometimes you need to install an older version, and this video explains what you need to know in that case.

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Webinar - Profiles & process plans in callas pdfToolbox: when to use which?

pdfToolbox has two basic ways to run a bunch of preflight checks or fixes on your PDF documents: profiles and process plans. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and it's important to know them so you can choose wisely.

This video introduces profiles and process plans and explains why process plans sometimes have to be used to get the correct result.

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Webinar - Slicing a PDF file (tearing it apart in two files)

Sometimes you have one PDF file, but you really need two. A good example would be a PDF file which contains elements for print, but also a cut contour that will be used for digital cutting in a label or packaging workflow.

callas pdfToolbox offers functionality called "slice", which allows you to define a preflight check, and then uses this check to separate one PDF file into two files. This concept, how to use it and how to automate it, is discussed in this short video.

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Webinar - Editing custom page sizes in pdfToolbox

callas pdfToolbox contains a full imposition engine that can make booklets, step & repeat business cards, fill a page by repeating a design and much more.

This imposition engine has a list of predefined page sizes you can use out of the box, but you can also define your own. This video explains everything you need to know about that, and can help you when you made a mistake while editing those custom page sizes.

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Webinar - New standards on the horizon: PDF 2.0 & PDF/X-6

PDF 1.x has been with us for a long time, since 1993. As the PDF file format is now an ISO standard (ISO 32.000), ISO has been working on a major update, named PDF 2.0. It has also been working on a new part of the PDF/X standard. At the VIP Event 2017, Dietrich von Seggern (Managing Director of callas) introduced the upcoming standards during this session, together with their consequences for your tools and workflow.

01:20 - PDF 2.0 and ISO 32000-2
05:30 - PDF 2.0 will not break PDF 1.x workflows
08:39 - New features in PDF 2.0 09:36 - DPart Metadata
15:20 - "Common document metadata" for standardization of DPart Metadata
17:38 - Document Information Dictionary
18:43 - Page based Output Intents to overwrite Output Intents on Document level
22:05 - Black Point Compensation flag
23:33 - CxF and Mixing Hints for Spot Colors
27:16 - Screening
27:47 - Requirements array to add information about which features are used in a PDF 2.0
28:16 - Preparations to make before PDF 2.0 features become relevant
31:31 - PDF 2.0 in pdfToolbox 9.4
38:29 - PDX/X-6
41:29 - Summary & questions from the audience

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Webinar - Processing steps: the new ISO standard for packaging

At the VIP Event 2017, Dietrich von Seggern (Managing Director of callas) and Réne Treuber (Product Manager of axaio) talked about the new ISO Standard for Packaging.

They have a closer look at the new metadata and all the features related to Processing Steps in axaio MadeForLayers and callas pdfToolbox.

01:41 - What are 'Processing Steps'?
08:44 - What is included in the new ISO standard for packaging?
13:49 - Comparing the new standard to Ghent Workgroup Specifications
21:55 - Demonstration of a workflow with Processing Steps in MadeForLayers and pdfToolbox
40:10 - Processing steps feature overview
43:50 - Summary

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Webinar - Getting started with Place Content (part 2)

The "Place Content" fixup is perhaps the most powerful and flexible piece of technology in pdfToolbox. It can also be a real challenge to wrap your head around it and get going with it. Luckily, once you get the hang of the basic principles, things become a lot easier.

At VIP Event 2017, David van Driessche (CTO of Four Pees) started this session with the theory of what place content can do for you and how it works (part 1). The next step then is a practical example of building a proofing preview page using the imposition engine and the place content technology (part 2).

00:10 - Applying the template using Actions and Process Plans
03:36 - Building the HTML template in phases
06:00 - Step 1: Starting with the template from GitHub
07:45 - Step 2: A closer look at the files. Removing excess data and setting the page size
17:22 - Step 3: Adding layout containers. How to position content
21:55 - Step 4: Adding the content to the containers
24:20 - Step 5: Formatting the content
25:50 - Step 6: Update dynamic content from used variables
31:00 - Questions from the audience

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Webinar - Tips & tricks for JavaScript in variables

Starting in version 9 a lot of improvements concerning variables were introduced in pdfToolbox, not the least of which was the use of Javascript.

At VIP Event 2017, David van Driessche (CTO of Four Pees) and Ulrich Frotscher (Technical Director of callas) introduced tips and tricks, and things not possible before the use of Javascript.

00:35 - Summary of topics
00:55 - Using Javascript in pdfToolbox to check if the Trimbox is centered in the Mediabox with a tolerance.
10:35 - Editing variables outside of pdfToolbox because it's easier that way
25:33 - Checking if objects are too close to the edge of the page
35:23 - Using Checks and Variables to carry specific information to later steps in processing
43:05 - Using JSON in Process Plans to decide whether or not to execute certain steps

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Webinar - Dynamic imposition from theory to practice

The imposition engine in pdfToolbox has learnt a couple of new tricks recently. This session shows you how to make an imposition dynamic. We focus on how to make sheets and slots "on the fly", depending on what is needed for a given input job.

At VIP Event 2017, David van Driessche (CTO of Four Pees) and Ulrich Frotscher (Technical Director of callas) taught you the theory and illustrated that using a number of examples.

00:38 - Dynamic imposition in pdfToolbox, theory with Ulrich
01:26 - Summary
01:57 - 'Sheets' and 'Slots' in pdfToolbox Sheet configuration for imposition
08:33 - Static Sheet Configurations in pdfToolbox imposition
09:32 - Static Runlists in pdfToolbox imposition
12:00 - Creating sheets on the fly using variables
15:00 - Creating slots on the fly using variables
17:55 - Getting parameters from outside of pdfToolbox
20:06 - Using JavaScript and Process Plans to create a Dynamic imposition
21:00 - Start of demonstration with David 38:30 - Questions from the audience

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Webinar - Font, a four-letter word beginning with 'F'

While font formats have become more modern and overall fonts have become higher quality, problems with fonts are still a sizeable chunk of what goes wrong with PDF documents.

At VIP Event 2017, Dietrich von Seggern (Managing Director of callas) started the session with some font theory and provided an overview of the tools offered by pdfToolbox to deal with font problems.

02:06 - Font tools in pdfToolbox
02:38 - Default profiles: List & Fix potential font problems
06:15 - 'Glyph', '.notdef glyph' and 'empty glyph'
08:58 - How are fonts used in PDF page description
14:16 - How does PDF page description refer to glyphs
20:17 - Font types
23:17 - True Type fonts
28:55 - Mapping to Unicode
32:55 - Some more definitions for technical font related terms
37:12 - 'List potential font problems' Checks and their relation to PDF/X-4 and PDF/A-2
39:12 - What can go wrong? practical examples
39:20 - Missing glyphs
43:17 - .notdef glyphs is not a notdef
43:51 - Glyph substitution
47:22 - Font tools in pdfToolbox in more detail

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Webinar - Building a pdfToolbox Place Content template from scratch

The place content technology in pdfToolbox uses HTML templates to determine what gets added to your PDF documents. Creating such a template for the first time can be a bit of a challenge, even if you have some understanding of HTML, CSS and Javascript. In this webinar, we’ll go through a number of very simple examples to show the basic principles of these templates and to get you going. Once you understand those principles, it will be much easier to understand how to build your own templates and use place content to its fullest.
The templates used in this video can be downloaded via this link.
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Webinar - An introduction to pdfToolbox 9.1

pdfToolbox 9.1 adds support for the Processing Steps standard, includes a new version of the Adobe PDF library and extends several main pdfToolbox features, such as the shape technology, place content and process plan. David van Driessche, CTO at Four Pees, held an English webinar to introduce you to pdfToolbox 9.1.

You can download the PDF file of the presentation below. Here is the link to the files used during the webinar, and here is the recording:



Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 9?

Of course pdfToolbox 9 adds many possibilities for preflighting and correcting PDF documents. What would you expect from the most-used preflight solution on the market? But we know you need to do more, and pdfToolbox 9 is there to help you get it done.

David van Driessche, CTO at Four Pees, shares its highlights with you.



Webinar - Was ist neu in pdfToolbox 9?

Im Juli 2016 wurde pdfToolbox 9 eingeführt. Marc Heusmann und Dietrich von Seggern von callas software stellen in diesem Webinar die neuen Funktionen vor.

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Webinar - Evolutions in preflight standards

Vor 15 Jahren wurde der erste  Preflight Standard für PDF erfunden. Seit der Erfindung des PDF/X-1a Standards hat sich einiges geändert. Heutzutage ist es schwierig, herauszufinden, welcher Standard wann am besten eingesetzt wird. Bei diesem Webinar bekommen Sie einen Überblick über die existierenden Standards, deren Unterschiede, deren Stärken und welche Sie wann am besten nutzen sollten.

Back to the future mit David van Driessche!



Webinar - Preflight, the basics

What does preflight really do for you? What can be checked for, or even better, what can (safely) be fixed? Do you need to create your own preflight profiles or is it better to use standard profiles? And if so, what standard should you use? This webinar explains the ins and outs of preflight, both manually and automatically. Expect a mix of theory and practice!


Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 8.1?

pdfToolbox 8.1 improves profile management and introduces support for PDF/X-5n soft proofing. The new features will be explained in this webinar.



Webinar - Was ist neu in pdfToolbox 8.1?

pdfToolbox 8.1 bietet Soft-Proofing für Mehrkanal-Farben wie sie z.B. in PDF/X-5n verwendet werden. Die neuen "Bibliotheken" bieten eine Organisation von Profilen, Korrekturen usw. Die neuen Funktionen werden in diesem deutschen Webinar erklärt, das Sie sich hier anschauen können.

1:05 - Softproof für Mehrkanal PDFs und Unterstützung für PDF/X-5n
8:35 - Verschiedene Schmuckfarbnamen global anpassen mittels Regular Expressions in Korrekturen
14:45 - Profile organisieren mittels Bibliotheken
17:50 - Bibliotheken verwalten und neue Bibliotheken anlegen
21:15 - Leere Bibliothek anlegen und mit bestehenden Profilen etc. aus anderen Bibliotheken füllen
25:10 - Bibliotheken exportieren und weitergeben
30:51 - Fragen und Antworten



Webinar - Adding content in pdfToolbox 8

pdfToolbox 8 includes exciting new functionality to add all sorts of content to PDF documents. This webinar gives an overview of the different fix-ups to add content and goes into detail on what you can accomplish with them. The webinar will also dive into the generic 'Place Content' fix-up for which you can write your own HTML templates, including CSS and JavaScript to do amazing things.

Penguins will most certainly be added to documents during this webinar!

  • A better preflight report template allows easy customizability with a minimal knowledge of Javascript.
  • A development preflight report template shows how to integrate information from XML reports and provides a solid JavaScript base for you to start from.


Webinar - Content integrity throughout a workflow

In many workflows, it is critical that documents do not change or that requested changes are performed correctly. This webinar looks at a number of tools that help with comparing different versions of documents in a workflow, including:

  • callas pdfToolbox for comparison of PDF documents
  • Global Vision DocuProof and ArtProof for comparison in workflows where there is a mixture of text files, PDF files and scanned documents and where content consistency has to be maintained throughout all of these formats.


Webinar - Using variable profiles with pdfToolbox Desktop/Server & FileTrain

This webinar provides the full story on using variables in pdfToolbox Desktop and pdfToolbox Server. To make things clear, a practical use case of an advertisement workflow where multiple ad sizes need to be checked will be built throughout the webinar so that you see the technology in action. This webinar features pdfToolbox Desktop/Server and FileTrain.


Webinar - Messing with color: colorful applications

This webinar covers several color related topics:

  • ICC Profiles, DeviceLink profiles and the difference between both.
  • Using ICC Profiles and DeviceLink profiles for color conversion in pdfToolbox Desktop and Server
  • Using CoPrA and ZePrA to build and use ICC Profiles and DeviceLink profiles
  • Using profile creation applications or pre-built sets? Options and discussion


Webinar - Automation with pdfToolbox, FileTrain & tFLOW

This webinar answers the question on which technology is best suited for which use-case. After a (high-level) review of each solution, the pros and contras of automation using these different technologies are summarized so that you can take an informed decision and use what is best for your environment.


Webinar - PDF preflight standards

David van Driessche, CTO of Four Pees, held an English webinar to introduce you to the different PDF related standards and how they are implemented and can be used in pdfToolbox.

  • Preflight standards from ISO: PDF/X and more
  • PDF/X-Plus preflight standards from the GWG for specific market segments
  • What profiles should I use? What's with all the version numbers?
  • Checking versus fixing - what to do when?
  • GWG Proof of Preflight - protecting preflight results


Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 6?

callas software held a pre-release webinar where some of the new features of pdfToolbox 6 were shown, which you can view below.


Webinar - pdfToolbox Desktop für Anfänger

Die pdfToolbox bietet zahlreiche Funktionen, die das tägliche Arbeiten mit PDFs erleichtern und diese optimal für die weitere Produktion vorbereiten.
In diesem Webinar von Marc Heusmann und Dietrich von Seggern geht es um die Switchboard-Funktionen und Profile, es werden einige Korrektur-Beispiele gezeigt und Fragen beantwortet.
Dies Webinar ist für pdfToolbox Einsteiger gedacht, nicht für erfahrene Benutzer.

0:50 - pdfToolbox Desktop Funktionsbereiche
4:10 - Switchboard: Anordnen-Funktionen zum Platzieren von Seiten
11:30 - Switchboard: PDF Standards zur Konvertierung für verschiedene Ausgabeziele
13:00 - Switchboard: Prepress: Marken hinzufügen, Seitenrahmen herleiten, Transparenzen reduzieren, ...
18:40 - Switchboard: Dokument: In andere Formate konvertieren, PDFs überlagern, PDF optimieren, ...
21:20 - Switchboard: Seiten: Skalieren, drehen, spiegeln, beschneiden, vergrößern, Beschnitt erzeugen, ...
23:20 - Switchboard: Schriften: Einbetten, ersetzen, in Pfade wandeln, ...
23:45 - Switchboard: Farben: Konvertierung nach RGB, CMYK und Schwarzweiß, ICC-basierte Konvertierung, 4c schwarz korrigieren, Helligkeit anpassen, ...
27:40 - Switchboard: Batchverarbeitung eines kompletten Eingangsordners
29:40 - Seiten anordnen innerhalb eines Dokumentes oder Seiten in ein anderes Dokument verschieben oder kopieren
30:40 - Zusammenfassung: Switchboard
31:20 - Wie man Profile verwendet
34:05 - Visualizer: Anzeige der Flächendeckung, einzelner oder kombinierter Farbauszüge, ...
36:01 - Dokumente visuell vergleichen und Hervorhebung der Unterschiede
38:20 - Zusammenfassung



Webinar - Was ist neu in pdfToolbox 9.1?

Die Version pdfToolbox 9.1 unterstützt den Processing Steps Standard, enthält eine neue Version der Adobe PDF Bibliothek und erweitert verschiedene pdfToolbox Funktionen, wie zum Beispiel die Silhouetten Technologie.
Der Bereich "Variablen" wurde um zahlreiche Funktionen wie Sidecar-Dateien, den Zugriff auf Triggerwerte oder das Erzeugen von Auswahlmenüs im Ask-at-runtime-Dialog ergänzt.
Für die einfachere Erstellung und Überprüfung von Profilen und Prozessplänen und deren Variablen gibt es nun eine Debugging-Funktion.

1:05 - Processing Steps: Der neue Metadaten-Standard für den Verpackungsbereich
8:09 - Automatische Erzeugung der Quietzone für Barcodes
9:11 - Weitere neue Funktionen: Neue Adobe PDF Library u.a. zur verbesserten Transparenzreduzierung, Objekte verschieben, etc.
14:26 - Inhalte auf Seite platzieren: Verwendbarkeit allee von pdfToolbox unterstützten Formate (Bilder, Office-Dokumente, SVG, usw.)
17:20 - Steuerung der im Report enthalten Hits für Prüfungen anhand der Severity über CLI
20:10 - Erweiterungen für "Silhouetten erzeugen und anwenden": Größe ändern oder nur äußere Kontur verwenden
24:26 - Variablen und Debugging
25:10 - Variablen: Abfrage von Variablen im Ask-at-runtime-Dialog mittels JavaScript-Variablen erzeugen
28:40 - Variablen: Daten aus einer externen Sidecar-Datei einlesen und verwenden
30:10 - Variablen: Daten aus einem XML-Report auslesen mittels XPath
32:20 - Variablen: Zugriff auf Triggerwerte vorhergehender Prozessplan-Schritte
40:30 - Debugging: Profilen und Prozesspläne und deren Zwischenergebnisse und Variablen einfach analysieren
48:30 - Zusammenfassung Neuigkeiten pdfToolbox 9.1



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How can I find the callas pdfToolbox configurators for Enfocus Switch?

Background In the past the pdfToolbox Server installer offered the option to install Enfocus Switch configurators; this option is no longer present in the pdfToolbox Server 6...

How to upload large files to support?

Background When sending problems to support or asking questions about a specific functionality, it is always helpful if you supply as much information as...

How to create a pdfToolbox Server job that generates preflight reports?

Background callas pdfToolbox Server 5 allowed you to create "Hot folders" which specified a preflight profile and which indicated which preflight report needed to be generated in...

How to locate my callas preferences?

Background This article explains how you can locate your preferences for one of the callas products. This can be helpful if you want to make sure you have a backup, if some of the...

How to export (or import) multiple profiles at once?

Background It is quite easy to export (or even import) multiple profiles at once. Instructions Just go to the "Edit" dialog of the profiles (or chose...

How to move your pdfToolbox settings to another machine?

Background This article explains how you can move or copy your pdfToolbox settings to another computer. Instructions First of all, make sure the new...

How can I convert PostScript files to PDF using pdfToolbox Server?

Background In pdfToolbox Server 5 there was a specific action that could be selected to convert PostScript (or EPS) files into PDF with specific PDF Settings. Because of the...

How to reset my pdfToolbox Server?

Background This article explain how you can reset your pdfToolbox Server when you are not able to start them. Instructions Close pdfToolbox...

How to locate my jobs folder of pdfToolbox Server?

Background Every job that you create in pdfToolbox Server is stored in the "Jobs" folder. It's very important to know where that Jobs folder is...

Pfade zu den pdfToolbox Benutzerordnern

Die folgenden Pfade gelten für callas pdfToolbox Server 8. Bei der Desktop-Version und den pdfaPilot-Versionen ist der Name des letzten Ordners entsprechend...

Wie integriert man callas pdfToolbox mit Enfocus Switch?

Die Enfocus Switch Produktlinie erlaubt die Automatisierung einer Reihe von Anwendungen auf eine visuelle und sehr benutzerfreundliche Art und Weise. Natürlich lassen sich pdfaPilot und...

Installation auf Mac OS

Frage: Während der Installation erhalte ich eine Warnung, dass der Entwickler nicht vertrauenswürdig ist? Antwort: callas software ist ein bei Apple...

How do I best upgrade Adobe Acrobat on Windows so that callas pdfToolbox remains working?

When upgrading Adobe Acrobat on Windows (for example to go from version 9 to Acrobat X), Adobe Acrobat is completely reinstalled and the old version of the software is removed by the Adobe...

How to upgrade pdfToolbox Server successfully?

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How can I find the callas pdfToolbox configurators for Enfocus Switch?

Background

In the past the pdfToolbox Server installer offered the option to install Enfocus Switch configurators; this option is no longer present in the pdfToolbox Server 6 installers. So how do I get the updated configurators?  

Instructions

Because of how Enfocus handles configurators in Switch, it was no longer possible to provide configurators in the callas pdfToolbox Server installer. Instead, you have to install them through Switch. Follow these steps:  

  1. Launch Switch and under the "Help" menu, select "Manage configurators...". 


     
  2. This launches the Enfocus Pack Manager - quit Switch so that configurators can be updated by the Pack Manager.
  3. If you already had pdfToolbox configurators installed, scroll down on the "Local" tab. If you don't have any pdfToolbox configurators installed, switch to the "Web" tab and scroll down there. Locate the pdfToolbox configurators shown on the screen grab below: 


     
  4. The colored lights on the right hand side of the window show the status of the configurators and determine what you should do.
    •  If an orange (amber) light is shown, right-click the configurators you want and select "Update".
    • If a red light is shown, right-click on the configurators you want and select "Install".  
  5. Follow the instructions of the Pack Manager to install the new configurators.

How to upload large files to support?

Background

When sending problems to support or asking questions about a specific functionality, it is always helpful if you supply as much information as possible:

  • Profiles or Process Plans when working with pdfToolbox or pdfaPilot
  • Example documents 'before' and 'after' to explain the problem or question
  • Screenshots explaining the specific problem

When such files are over 2MB it is more reliable and quicker to send them to us through our Dropbox. This article describes how to do so.

Instructions

  1. First of all, please give your documents a unique name. If you already have a case ID (a 5-digit number), please include this case ID in the name of the file(s) you are going to send to us.
  2. Click this link to browse to our Dropbox upload page
  3. Click "Choose files from your computer" and navigate to the files
  4. If you are not logged into Dropbox, fill out your First and Last name and email address
  5. Click "Upload"

You will receive an email confirming your files were uploaded succesfully.


How to create a pdfToolbox Server job that generates preflight reports?

Background

callas pdfToolbox Server 5 allowed you to create "Hot folders" which specified a preflight profile and which indicated which preflight report needed to be generated in case of success, warning or error. callas pdfToolbox Server 7 significantly changes how the application works and generating preflight reports doesn't seem to be available any longer.

This article explains how you can use this functionality in pdfToolbox Server  using the new Process Plan functionality. To show how his works we're going to assume we had a hot folder defined in pdfToolbox Server 5 that created PDF/X-1a using a default callas profile and that we wanted an annotated PDF report if errors were found during preflight.

Instructions

  1. Launch callas pdfToolbox Desktop  (which you normally use to configure pdfToolbox Server) and launch the Profiles window.


     
  2. Using the action button at the top right of this window, click the "Create New callas pdfToolbox Process Plan..." option. This opens the Process Plan window where you can design a new Process Plan.


     
  3. Select the "Profile" option in the list at the top and click the "Add" button. This will add a step to the Process Plan that will allow executing a preflight profile. The screen grab below shows where you can select the PDF/X-1a profile from the list of preflight profiles available in the product (arrow 1) and where you can set what needs to happen when an error occurs (arrow 2).


     
  4. Click on the "On Error:" pull down menu to expose the options available when an error is detected and select the option "Create PDF comment report". By doing this, the Process Plan is instructed to execute the PDF/X-1a preflight profile and - if errors are detected - generate the selected type of preflight report. Click "OK" to save the Process Plan, you'll see that it ends up in the "Process Plans" group in the profiles window.

    Now connect to your pdfToolbox Server and create a new job.


     
  5. Click the "Profile:" pull down menu; you'll see your newly created Process Plan in this menu. Select it and the instructions in your Process Plan will now be executed by pdfToolbox Server.

How to locate my callas preferences?

Background

This article explains how you can locate your preferences for one of the callas products. This can be helpful if you want to make sure you have a backup, if some of the preferences got damaged or if you want to move your settings to a different machine.

Instructions

The settings for the callas products are stored in your system's preferences folder. The location of this folder is different for different operating systems, look for your operating system below to find it:

  • Windows
    %APPDATA%\callas software\
  • Mac OS X
    /Users/USERNAME/Library/Preferences/callas software/ 

In this general preferences folder for callas software, you will find sub folders for each product you have installed.

Note when using Mac OS X

As of Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), the user library folder is hidden by default. You have two options to use content in it anyway:

  • Run the following command in the Terminal: chflags nohidden ~/Library.
  • Go to the Finder and click the "Go" menu so that the list of places appears you can go to. Hold the "option" key to make "Library" appear in this list.

How to export (or import) multiple profiles at once?

Background

It is quite easy to export (or even import) multiple profiles at once.

Instructions

  1. Just go to the "Edit" dialog of the profiles (or chose "Create new callas Profile".
  2. Mark all profiles, which shall be exported in the left list.


     
  3.  Click the right icon below this list.


     
  4. Now just choose the destination folder, where the selected profiles shall be saved. - Thats all.

    To import more than one profile is also quite simple in the desktop-version: just drag'n'drop the .kfpx-Profile files onto the preview window of the standalone.

How to move your pdfToolbox settings to another machine?

Background

This article explains how you can move or copy your pdfToolbox settings to another computer.

Instructions

  1. First of all, make sure the new computer has the same ICC profiles installed as the current one.

    Your pdfToolbox settings are stored in the following location:
     

    Windows XP and Windows Vista:
    C:\Documents and settings\USERNAME\Application data\callas software\callas pdfToolbox 8

    Windows 7:
    C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\callas software\callas pdfToolbox 8

    Mac OS X:
    /Users/USERNAME/Library/Preferences/callas software/callas pdfToolbox 8

  2. Replace "USERNAME" in the path above with your username, and copy the contents of this folder to the same location on other computer.

Note when using Mac OS X

 As of Mac OS X 10.7 the user Library folder is hidden by default. You can make this folder visible in the Finder by running the following terminal command first:
chflags nohidden ~/Library


How can I convert PostScript files to PDF using pdfToolbox Server?

Background

In pdfToolbox Server 5 there was a specific action that could be selected to convert PostScript (or EPS) files into PDF with specific PDF Settings. Because of the different way pdfToolbox Server 7 works, this functionality needs to be implemented differently (and this article explains how).

Instructions

  1. Open pdfToolbox Desktop and either launch a local server or connect to your remote server in the usual way.
  2. Create a new job, fill in a name and description (optional) and setup input and output folders.
  3. In the "Additional CLI parameters" enter "--topdf". Doing this will make sure that incoming PostScript files are converted to PDF. If you select a profile as well, the file will first be converted to PDF and afterwards the selected profile (or process plan) will be executed on it).


     
  4. If you want to use your own PDF Settings instead of the default settings, you have to enter a second command-line parameter. The "--topdf_settings" parameter needs to be followed by an equal sign "=" and the full path to the PDF Settings you want to use. If this path contains spaces, it has to be contained in double quotes (as in the example screen grab below).


How to reset my pdfToolbox Server?

Background

This article explain how you can reset your pdfToolbox Server when you are not able to start them.

Instructions

  1. Close pdfToolbox Server.
  2. Navigate to:
    • Macintosh:
      /Library/Application Support/callas software/callas pdfToolbox CLI (version)/Server
    • Windows:
      C:\ProgramData\Application Support\callas software\callas pdfToolbox CLI (version)\Server
  3. Delete the following cache files:
    • Server.cfg
    • Server.info
    • Server.lck
    • Server.log
  4. Start pdfToolbox Server.
  5. Go to Tools > Server
  6. Start a Server.

How to locate my jobs folder of pdfToolbox Server?

Background

Every job that you create in pdfToolbox Server is stored in the "Jobs" folder. It's very important to know where that Jobs folder is located to create a backup of that folder. Because when you lost your data after a crash you will be able to put the Jobs folder backup in the right place to load your jobs back in pdfToolbox Server.

Instructions

  1. Go to:
    • Macintosh:
      /Library/Application Support/callas software/callas pdfToolbox CLI (version)/Server/Jobs
    • Windows: 
      C:\ProgramData\Application Support\callas software\callas pdfToolbox CLI (version)\Server\Jobs
  2. Create a backup of the "Jobs" folder.
    The "Jobs" folder can be stored on a backup server or you can put it on another machine where pdfToolbox Server is running, same path as described above.

Pfade zu den pdfToolbox Benutzerordnern

Die folgenden Pfade gelten für callas pdfToolbox Server 8. Bei der Desktop-Version und den pdfaPilot-Versionen ist der Name des letzten Ordners entsprechend unterschiedlich.

Windows

CLI:

  • %APPDATA%\callas software\callas pdfToolbox CLI 8
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\callas software\callas pdfToolbox CLI 8

Desktop:

  • %APPDATA%\callas software\callas pdfToolbox 8

Macintosh

CLI:

  • ~/Library/Preferences/callas software/callas pdfToolbox CLI 8
  • /Library/Application Support/callas software/callas pdfToolbox CLI 8

Desktop:

  • ~/Library/Preferences/callas software/callas pdfToolbox 8

Unix:

  • $HOME\.callas software\callas pdfToolbox CLI 8
  • /usr/share/callas software/callas pdfToolbox CLI 8


Wie integriert man callas pdfToolbox mit Enfocus Switch?

Die Enfocus Switch Produktlinie erlaubt die Automatisierung einer Reihe von Anwendungen auf eine visuelle und sehr benutzerfreundliche Art und Weise. Natürlich lassen sich pdfaPilot und pdfToolbox Produkte in Switch integrieren. Diese Integration geschieht durch “Konfiguratoren”, und um die callas-Produkte zu automatisieren, müssen Sie die neuesten pdfaPilot und pdfToolbox Konfiguratoren von Switch erhalten. Hier sind detaillierte Anweisungen, wie Sie diese bekommen:

Öffnen Sie Enfocus Switch

Gehen Sie zu "Help" => Manage configurators…  

Öffnen Sie "Web" und suchen Sie nach callas

Wählen Sie die Konfiguratoren und installieren Sie sie:


Starten Sie Switch erneut

Wenn Sie diese Schritte befolgt haben, erhalten Sie die neueste Version von den Konfiguratoren von pdfaPilot oder pdfToolbox. Sie können wählen, ob Sie alle oder nur die Konfiguratoren, die Sie interessieren, installieren. Da es jedoch keine Nachteile gibt, alle Konfiguratoren zu installieren, empfehlen wir Ihnen, alle zu installieren, so dass Sie mit der Funktionalität experimentieren und sehen können, was Sie genau brauchen.

Die verteilte Verarbeitung von callas pdfToolbox in Enfocus Switch optimieren

Durch die optionale Erweiterung der callas pdfToolbox ist es möglich, Jobs auf anderen Rechner (Satelliten) ausführen zu lassen. Die Verteilung der Jobs übernimmt hierbei der Dispatcher. Die Last der Verarbeitung kann somit gezielt auf andere Rechner verteilt werden.
Es hat sich heraus gestellt, dass für eine optimale Nutzung unter Enfocus Switch einige weitere Einstellungen erfolgen sollten. Die “Anzahl der Slots” im pdfToolbox Konfigurator spielt hierbei eine wichtige Rolle.
Zunächst sollte in den Flow-Eigenschaften die “Erweiterte Leistungssteigerung” auf “Ja” gesetzt werden.


Anschließend sollte im pdfToolbox Konfigurator die Anzahl der Slots auf 0 gesetzt werden. Dadurch hat der Dispatcher exklusiv die Hoheit über die Verteilung der Jobs im Netzwerk, da durch diese Einstellung die Verteilung der Jobs durch Switch entfällt.


Installation auf Mac OS

Frage: Während der Installation erhalte ich eine Warnung, dass der Entwickler nicht vertrauenswürdig ist?

Antwort: callas software ist ein bei Apple registrierter Entwickler für MacOS. Durch einige Standard-Sicherheitseinstellungen in MacOS seit Version 10.7 kann nur Software aus dem Mac App Store direkt installiert werden. Bitte ändern Sie einfach die System-Einstellungen in 'Sicherheit' auf 'Mac App Store and verifizierte Entwickler' bevor Sie ein callas software Produkt installieren. Nach der Installation können Sie diese Einstellung natürlich wieder auf 'Mac App Store' zurücksetzen.


How do I best upgrade Adobe Acrobat on Windows so that callas pdfToolbox remains working?

When upgrading Adobe Acrobat on Windows (for example to go from version 9 to Acrobat X), Adobe Acrobat is completely reinstalled and the old version of the software is removed by the Adobe installer. To ensure pdfToolbox remains working, follow the following steps:

  • Your preferences should not be affected by this upgrade. But it is always wise to have a backup of your preferences before doing big changes, so head on over to the callas preferences folder and make a backup.
  • Make sure you have the pdfToolbox installer handy. If necessary you can download it from the callas download page.
  • Run the Adobe Acrobat installer to upgrade your Acrobat installation.
  • When Adobe Acrobat is installed and properly working, run the callas pdfToolbox installer to reinstall the pdfToolbox plugin in your new version of Adobe Acrobat.

Remarks

  • Your preferences or custom profiles will not be affected by running the Adobe or pdfToolbox installer.
  • You should not need to reactivate pdfToolbox, it will continue to recognize your license.
  • You can avoid having to run the pdfToolbox installer, but going into the plug-ins folder of Adobe Acrobat and making a copy of the callas pdfToolbox folder. Then, after upgrading to the new Adobe Acrobat version simply copy the pdfToolbox folder back into the plug-ins folder of Adobe Acrobat.

How to upgrade pdfToolbox Server successfully?

Background

Sometimes after upgrading to a newer version of callas pdfToolbox Server, the server jobs are not moved automatically.

Instructions

  1. Go to the "Server" folder of the previous version of callas pdfToolbox Server:
    • Macintosh:
      /Library/Application Support/callas software/callas pdfToolbox CLI (version)/Server/Jobs
    • Windows: 
      C:\ProgramData\Application Support\callas software\callas pdfToolbox CLI (version)\Server\Jobs
  2. Create a copy of the "Jobs" folder.
  3. Go to the "Server" folder of the latest version of callas pdfToolbox Server.  
  4. Place the "Jobs" folder into the "Server" folder of the latest version of callas pdfToolbox Server.  

NOTE: Same procedure for callas pdfaPilot Server.


Fehlende Profile nach Upgrade von pdfToolbox Server/CLI 8 auf 9

Problem

Einige Benutzer (besonders  in Verwendung mit Enfocus Switch) dürften ein paar ursprünglich vorhandene Profile vermissen   innerhalb der  "/cli/var/Profiles" Ordnerstruktur im callas pdfToolbox Server/CLI 9 Installationsverzeichnis  nach Upgrade  von Version 8.

Ursache

Wir  haben uns dazu entschieden, den Bestand an Profilen durch einige  eher selten verwendete Profile zu erleichtern und somit mit denen in der aktuellen Desktop Version anzugleichen.

Lösung

  • Kopieren Sie die fehlenden Profile aus dem callas pdfToolbox Server/CLI 8 Installationsverzeichnis  in das  callas pdfToolbox Server/CLI 9 Installationsverzeihchnis (cli/var/Profiles).
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  • Downloaden Sie den  bereits zusammengeführten pdfToolbox Profile Satz und ersetzten Sie  den bestehenden  Profile Satz im  Installationsverzeichnis von callas pdfToolbox Server/CLI 9 (cli/var/Profiles).

Aktivierung manuell durchführen

  1. Klicken Sie hierfür in diesem Fenster auf "Details".


     
  2. Im nächsten Fenster einfach auf "Per E-Mail senden" klicken.


     
  3. In diesem Fenster können Sie nun den Text für die E-Mail heraus kopieren und auf einen  Rechner mit Internetzugang übertragen.
  4. Von dort aus senden Sie den kompletten Text (am besten als reine Text-Nachricht) an die im Text angegebene E-Mail-Adresse.
  5. Sie erhalten nach wenigen Augenblicken eine Aktivierungs-E-Mail, die auch einen Anhang "License.txt" enthält. Mit dieser Datei können Sie nun den anderen Rechner aktivieren.
  6. Bitte beachten Sie, dass Aktivierungen immer Hardware-gebunden sind. Die übersandte Aktivierung geht daher nur auf dem Rechner, auf dem auch die Anfrage erzeugt wurde.


Product activation does not work on Windows

Symptoms

I have a valid license key for pdfaPilot or pdfToolbox (Desktop or Server). I have requested an activation file from callas and have dragged-and-dropped the received "License.txt" file on the activation window, but when using it I receive an error that it is not valid.

Cause

On recent Windows systems permission control for users is very strict and older pdfToolbox versions sometimes have problems with that. You can follow the solution below to fix this problem.

 Solution

  1. Open Windows Explorer and type "%appdata%" in the navigation area.


     
  2. Click "Return".
  3. Look for a folder for callas pdfToolbox, depending on your version of pdfToolbox the name may be slightly different.
  4. Copy the "License.txt" file you received from callas into the folder for pdfToolbox.
  5. Restart pdfToolbox; it should now show your correct license information.

The imposition action doesn't work anymore after changing a page size

Symptoms

After editing the PageSizes.txt file to add a custom page size or change one of the built-in page sizes, every time I click on the "Arrange > Impose" action on the Switchboard, I get an error dialog box and the Impose action isn't shown. I have tried to uninstall and re-install pdfToolbox but that doesn't help.

Cause

The PageSize.txt file keeps all page sizes used by the Impose action in a very specific machine-readable format. Even though the file seems to contain only plain text, it defines each page size with a precise number of tab characters in between the different fields of a page size definition. If you edit the file, you have to keep to this format exactly or pdfToolbox will no longer be able to parse the file and cause the error dialog box to appear.

Uninstalling and reinstalling the software doesn't solve this problem because this file is installed in the user preferences. As it is assumed to be customizable by the user (you) the uninstaller doesn't remove the file and as a result the reinstall process doesn't reinstall a correct copy of the file.

Solution

First of all, find the PageSizes.txt file on your system:

  • On Mac, the file is normally located in: Macintosh HD:users:USERNAME:Library:Preferences:callas software:callas pdfToolbox X:Actions
  • On Windows, the file is normally located in: C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\callas software:callas pdfToolbox X:Actions

Replace USERNAME with your actual user name on your machine and pdfToolbox X by the version of pdfToolbox you have installed. Alternatively you can also search by name for the PageSizes.txt file. In that case select the one in your preferences folder.

To fix the problem, you can do either of two things

  1. Open this PageSizes.txt file and remove the offending information. For best results, use a text editor that preserves spaces and tabs and that can show invisible characters. That will make it much easier to understand the format of this file and to fix whatever error you introduced.
  2. Delete the PageSizes.txt file, download the attached default file from the bottom of this article and unzip it. Then copy the included PageSizes.txt file in the location where you deleted the old file.

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Tutorial - Create a Switchboard Action to be used in a Process Plan

Background

Process Plans allow you to run profiles, checks and fixups, but you can also create your own actions to be executed as part of the processing. How are these actions created? In this tutorial I will show you  how to create a Switchboard action that will generate thumbnail images for each page of a processed PDF file.

Applications

Instructions

  1. Open pdfToolbox Desktop.
  2. Go to the Switchboard panel.
  3. Click on the category "Document".
  4. Choose "Image Export".
  5. Configurate the image settings as below:


     
  6. In the bottom left corner, click on the action button and choose "Create new switchboard action..."
    The "Create action" dialog displayed to create a new action.
  7. Enter a short descriptive name and a description explaining what this particular action does. 


     
  8. Click "OK".
    The action now appears in the action menu of the Switchboard when you go to the "Image Export" section. You can use these preconfigured actions to quickly switch between different settings you frequently use in the Switchboard. This action will now also automatically appear in the list of actions when you're building a Process Plan.
  9. To set up a Process Plan, go to "Tools > Profiles".
  10. In the top right corner, click on the action button and choose "Create New callas pdfToolbox Process Plan".
    The "New Process Plan" dialog displayed.
  11. In the "Sequence" panel, double click "Action".
    The "Action" section is added to the Process Plan.
  12. In the "Name" list choose the newly created "Create thumbnails" action.
  13. Save the process plan as "Create 100 pixels wide thumbnails".
  14. Click "OK".
    The process plan is saved in the predefined Profiles list.
  15. To open the attached input PDF file in pdfToolbox to apply the created process plan, go to "File > Open".
  16. Browse to the folder where the attached input PDF file is located.
  17. Select the file and click "Open".
    The input PDF file is imported in pdfToolbox.
  18. Go to "Tools > Fixups".
    The predefined fixup list is displayed.
  19. In the top right corner, in the search box, search to "Create 100 pixels wide thumbnails".
  20. Select the process plan "Create 100 pixels wide thumbnails" and click "Analyze and fix".

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PDF/X-1a Switchboard-Aktion

Die Auswahlliste zeigt viele Druckbedingungen, aber die gewünschte ist nicht aufgeführt.

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"OutputIntents"-Reiter

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Eine neue Druckbedingung anlegen

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Eine Druckbedingung einrichten

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ICC-Profil auswählen

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"Output Condition Identifier" wählen

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Einen vordefinierten "Output Condition Identifier" wählen

Für vordefinierte registrierte Namen (Output Condition Identifier) werden die übrigen Felder automatisch gefüllt. Die neue Druckbedingung ist nun fertig definiert und bereit zum Einsatz. Klicken Sie auf "Ok", um die neue Druckbedingung zu sichern und den Dialog zu schließen.

PDF/X-1a Switchboard-Aktion

Der neu erzeugte OutputIntent ist nun im Bestand der Druckbedingungen in der Auswahlliste der PDF/X-1a-Switchboard-Aktion enthalten.

PDF/X-Konvertierung im "Profil bearbeiten"-Dialog

Der neu erzeugte OutputIntent ist nun im Bestand der Druckbedingungen in der Auswahlliste des "Konvertieren zu PDF/X, PDF/A oder PDF/E"-Profilbereich enthalten.


Eine Anzeige als CMYK-Bild-PDF exportieren

Besonders Zeitungsproduktionen sind mit gelegentlichen Anzeigen vertraut, die nur zu Kopfzerbrechen führen. Alle Bereiche des Workflows kommen ins Stolpern beim Verarbeiten einer problematischen Datei. Die Datei wird entweder gar nicht verarbeitet oder erzeugt eine Ausgabe, die offensichtlich nicht korrekt ist. Es bleibt keine Zeit, um den Zulieferer der Anzeige zu kontaktieren – und definitionsgemäß können Zeitungen nicht warten.

Ebenso in Fällen, wo Grafiker eine oder mehrere Schmuckfarben verwendet haben, obwohl der Auftrag in einem CMYK-Druckvorgang ausgegeben werden soll, kann die Farbkonvertierung nach CMYK zu Problemen führen, besonders wenn vor der Konvertierung der Schmuckfarben nach CMYK Transparenzen verflacht wurden.

Als letztes Mittel kann das PDF als ein Bild-PDF exportiert werden (stellen Sie sicher, dass Sie CMYK verwenden, da andernfalls die Farbauszüge verunreinigt werden). Während Adobe Photoshop ein geeignetes Werkzeug für diesen Vorgang ist, macht pdfToolbox ihn zu einer Sache von einem Klick.

Öffnen Sie das pdfToolbox Switchboard – Klicken Sie auf "Dokument"


Um das Switchboard zu öffnen, klicken Sie auf den Menüeintrag "Switchboard" unter dem "Anzeige"-Menü oder verwenden Sie das Tastenkürzel "Ctrl-2" oder "Cmd-2". Dann klicken Sie auf das Gruppenicon "Dokument".

Wählen Sie "Bild-Export" in der "Dokument"-Gruppe


Klicken Sie auf das "Bild-Export"-Icon, um zur Bild-Export-Aktion zu gelangen.

"Bild-Export" einstellen

  1. Wählen Sie das Ausgabeformat für den Bild-Export. Neben dem Export als einzelne TIFF-, JPEG- oder PNG-Dateien bietet pdfToolbox  nun auch Bild-PDF, in denen jede Seite ein Bild der Darstellung der Originalseite ist. 
  2. Der empfohlene Farbraum für das Erzeugen eines druckfertigen PDF ist CMYK. Dies gewährleistet, dass die Farbauszüge des Original-PDF erhalten bleiben und beispielsweise schwarzer Text weiterhin nur auf dem schwarzen Farbauszug abgebildet wird.
  3. Für die meisten Zwecke ist eine Bildauflösung von 300ppi ein guter Kompromiss zwischen Detailreichtum und Dateigröße. Die Bilder im exportierten PDF werden mit verlustfreier ZIP-Kompression komprimiert, um JPEG-Artefakte zu vermeiden und die Schärfe von Vektorobjekten zu erhalten.
  4. Lassen Sie "Überdrucken simulieren" immer angewählt, da sonst das exportierte PDF unter Umständen nicht genauso dargestellt wird, wie das Quell-PDF beim Druck ausgegeben werden würde.
  5. Klicken Sie auf "Ausführen", um den Bild-Export zu starten.

Export als Bild-PDF abgeschlossen


Nachdem der Export abgeschlossen ist, überprüfen Sie bitte die Größe des exportierten PDF – da es als neue Datei auf der Festplatte gespeichert wurde, öffnen Sie es zur Darstellung bitte von diesem Ort.

Ergebnis: PDF als CMYK-Bild-PDF exportiert – die Farbauszüge bleiben erhalten!

  1. Links zeigt die pdfToolbox "Sichtprüfung" die CMY-Farbauszüge, ohne Darstellung des Schwarz-Auszugs. Offensichtlich werden in dieser Anzeige keine schwarzen Text- oder Vektorobjekte dargestellt – was ein gutes Zeichen ist!
  2. Rechts zeigt die "Sichtprüfung" nur den schwarzen Farbauszug – der gesamte schwarze Text wird hier deutlich dargestellt.

    Bei Export eines PDF als Bild-PDF stellt pdfToolbox sicher, dass die CMYK-Farbauszüge erhalten bleiben und garantiert scharfe Text- und Vektorobjekte in der Druckausgabe.

Wichtig: Überprüfen Sie die ausreichende Export-Auflösung der scharfen Text- und Vektorobjekte


Abhängig von der beim Bild-PDF-Export gewählten Auflösung bleibt Text ausreichend klar um gut lesbar zu sein. Betrachten Sie den kleinsten Text auf der Seite durch die "Lupen"-Funktion der pdfToolbox, um zu entscheiden, ob die gewählte Auflösung für Ihre Druckproduktion ausreichend ist. Als Faustregel gilt: Für Zeitungsdruck sind 200ppi ausreichend, wenn kein kleiner Text vorhanden ist, ansonsten sollte 300ppi gewählt werden. Für den Bogenoffsetdruck sollten 300ppi bzw. 450ppi gewählt werden.


PDF als PostScript Level 2 EPS exportieren

Besonders in einigen Zeitungsbetrieben müssen Dateien zumindest in Teilen des Workflows immer noch als EPS PostScript Level 2 Dateien verarbeitet werden. pdfToolbox bietet einen sehr einfachen Weg, PDF-Dateien mit einem Klick nach EPS zu konvertieren.

Öffnen Sie das pdfToolbox Switchboard und klicken Sie auf das "Dokument"-Gruppenicon


Öffnen Sie das nach EPS zu exportierende PDF in callas pdfToolbox 4.5. Öffnen Sie das pdfToolbox Switchboard und klicken Sie auf das "Dokument"-Gruppenicon.

Wählen Sie "EPS-Export" in der "Dokument"-Gruppe


Wählen Sie die "EPS-Export"-Aktion in der "Dokument"-Gruppe des pdfToolbox Switchboard.

Wählen Sie die Parameter für den Export als PostScript Level 2 EPS


Im "EPS-Export" können die folgenden Parameter bestimmt werden:

  1.  "PostScript Language Level": verwenden Sie "Language Level 2" für die maximale Kompatibilität mit älteren PostScript-Systemen.
  2. "Überdrucken simulieren" sollte nur für die direkte Ausgabe auf Farblaserdruckern oder Tintenstrahldruckern gewählt werden.
  3. "Marken hinzufügen" wird meistens ausgelassen. 
  4. "Seitenbereich – Erste Seite / Letzte Seite": Diese Einstellung ist für mehrseitige PDF aktiv. Es ist möglich, EPS-Dateien nur für einige Seiten im PDF zu erzeugen. 
  5.  "Ausführen" ermöglicht die Wahl eines Verzeichnisses, in dem die EPS-Dateien gespeichert werden sollen.

Verzeichnis für die exportierten EPS-Dateien wählen


Wählen Sie einen Ordner, in dem die exportierten EPS-Dateien abgelegt werden sollen.

Export nach EPS abgeschlossen


Sobald der EPS-Export abgeschlossen ist, befinden sich die exportierten EPS-Dateien in dem zuvor gewählten Export-Ordner.


Broschüre mittig teilen

If you receive a PDF that has left and right page of a brochure on just a single PDF page you would want to cut it in the middle in order to prepare it for imposition.

Die erste Seite einer PDF-Broschüre ist eine Einzelseite, ...

... die zweite Seite ist eine Doppelseite ...

... und die dritte Seite ist wieder eine Einzelseite.

Um dieses PDF auszuschiessen, muss es in Einzelseiten zerlegt werden, aber wie? pdfToolbox -> Anordnen.

Halbieren

Ausführen

Die erste Seite ist unverändert eine Einzelseite, ...

... die zweite Seite ist ebenfalls eine Einzelseite geworden ...

... und die dritte Seite auch.

Die vierte Seite bleibt unverändert.

Nun kann das PDF ausgeschossen werden. Dazu wieder auf Anordnen gehen.

Broschüre auswählen.

Bogengröße auf A3 und Querformat wählen. Ausführen.

Erste und letzte Seite sind für die Broschüre miteneinander kombiniert.

Ebenso der Innenteil.


Organizing pages using pfdToolbox

Open a document

Open a document (or multiple documents) where the pages need to be re-arranged (or merged).

Open Switchboard

In the Tools-menu, open Switchboard.

Pages

Go to the Pages-section.

Organize pages

Select the "Organize pages" and click "Execute" to open the work-window.

Viewing your document

This is how your document will be presented. The pages are laid out in their current order. You can show them as Thumbnails, page numbers or both.

Multiple documents-view

Multiple opened documents will all show up on their own line, making it easy to select the correct page from the correct document.

Drag & drop into new position

Select and drag to the new document to alter the page-positions.

Generate your new document

Once all the pages have been re-arranged in either your existing document or in a new-one, you click on Apply to generate the document again.

Merging multiple documents together or correcting pages

When merging multiple documents together or changing pages by provided correction-pages, the software will give you a clear overview of which page came from which document, by underlining it with the same color as the filename is underlined with. So, you can either keep the existing name of the original document, and only change the correction-pages in it, or you can create a new document which will combine the files from the original and the corrected pages.

Additional window containing new document

You will see that a second tab appeared when you dragged the pages into a new document. When you re-positioned the pages within the same document, they will show the new order immediately.

Saving your (new) document

The only thing left now is to save your document.


pdfToolbox Visualizer – Sichten Sie Ihr PDF und finden Sie mögliche Probleme

Bei der Verwendung von Prüfprofilen und der Untersuchung von PDF-Dateien auf Probleme stellt sich oft die Frage, ob ein durch die Prüfung gefundenes potentielles Problem wirklich zu Schwierigkeiten führen würde. Zusätzlich gibt es oft Aspekte in einer PDF-Datei, die nur durch das menschliche Auge bewertet werden können.

Die Sichtprüfung der pdfToolbox bietet die nötigen Werkzeuge, um schnell und einfach zu überprüfen und bewerten, ob ein mögliches Problem tatsächlich ein Problem ist, das auch korrigiert werden muss.

Diese Lektion führt Sie durch die Hauptfunktionen der pdfToolbox Sichtprüfung. Die frei verfügbare "Visual"-Seite der Altona Test Suite 1.0 (zum Herunterladen bei www.eci.org, Bereich "Downloads") wird als Beispieldatei verwendet.

Öffnen Sie die PDF-Datei "Altona Test Suite - Visual page" in der pdfToolbox

Gehen Sie zum Sichtprüfungs-Modus über das Hauptmenü oder durch Verwendung des Tastaturkürzels "Umschalttaste-cmd-i"

Farbauftrag untersuchen

Die Sichtprüfung startet standardmäßig in der "Farbauftrag"-Ansicht.

  1. Abhängig vom gewählten Schwellwert (hier ist es der Wert "300%") hebt die Sichtprüfung Bereich der Seite hervor, in denen der Farbauftrag über dem Schwellwert liegt.
  2. Eine "Temperatur-Skala" beginnend beim Schwellwert und bis 50% aufsteigend gibt Aufschluss über den Grad mit dem der Farbauftrag in einem bestimmten Seitenbereich über dem Schwellwert liegt. Als Spezialfall wird ein Farbauftrag von 400% oder darüber immer in Pink hervorgehoben.
  3. In einigen Bereichen der Seite liegt der Farbauftrag über dem Schwellwert, aber in einer Weise, die kaum zu Problemen im Druck führen wird.
  4. Sobald der Schwellwert um mehr als ein paar Prozent überschritten ist, und das in einem zusammenhängenden Bereich von mehreren Quadratzentimetern, ist es möglich, dass der Druckprozess deutlich leidet. In solch einem Fall kann es hilfreich sein, die Farbauftrags-reduzierende Farbkonvertierung basierend auf einem passenden DeviceLink-Profil in pdfToolbox anzuwenden.
  5. "Pinke" Hervorhebungen im Seitenbereich deuten normalerweise auf ein ernstes Problem hin- 400% Farbauftrag ist mehr, als die meisten Druckprozesse verarbeiten können. Oft ist solch ein hoher Farbauftrag das Ergebnis von unsachgemäßer Verwendung von "Registerfarbe", welche normalerweise nur für Druckmarken außerhalb von Endformat- und Beschnittrahmen verwendet wird, wie beispielsweise Beschnitt- und Passmarken.

Farbauftrag - dargestellt als geografische Karte

In einigen Fällen ist es interessant herauszufinden, wieviel Farbe allgemein in den verschiedenen Bereichen der Seite verwendet wird, unabhängig davon, ob der Farbauftrag dabei einen bestimmten Schwellwert übersteigt oder darunter bleibt.

  1. Wechseln Sie von der "Hervorhebung"-Ansicht zur "Topographischen" Ansicht im "Ansicht"-Auswahlmenü.
    Die "Topographische" Farbauftragsansicht zeigt den Farbauftrag ähnlich einer Landkarte mit Höhendarstellung des Gebietes.
  2. Blau bezeichnet eine "Höhe" von 0% und geht dann in Grün bis zu 100% über, wechselt zu Gelb ab 150% und dann zu Braun für große Höhen von 250% und darüber. Für Farbauftrag von 400% und mehr gibt es wiederum eine besondere Farbe für die Hervorhebung - in diesem Fall ist es Schwarz.

Normale Ansicht

  1. In jedem Modus der Sichtprüfung gibt es immer eine "Normale" Ansicht - hier wird der gesamte ungefilterte Seiteninhalt dargestellt.
    Da per Tastatur schnell zwischen den einzelnen Ansichten eines Modus (sowie zwischen den einzelnen Modi) umgeschaltet werden kann, ist es möglich, zwischen einer diagnostischen Ansicht wie z.B. zur Hervorhebung des Farbauftrags und der normalen Ansicht hin- und herzuschalten - dadurch kann in der normalen Ansicht leicht ermittelt werden, welche Art von Seitenobjekten zu einem Problem führen können.
  2. Die normale Ansicht zeigt auch die Flächendeckung der einzelnen Farbkanäle sowie die Summe aller Kanäle. Dies ist ein sehr verlässlicher Richtungsanzeiger um den Farbverbrauch für jeden Kanal abzuschätzen - ein wichtiges Thema in Druckprozessen, wo die Druckfarben (im Gegensatz zum Schwarz) relativ teuer sind.

Hinweis: Einige andere Varianten der Flächendeckung befinden sich in der "Prozessfarbauszüge"- und "Schmuckfarbauszüge"-Ansicht.

Prozessfarbauszüge untersuchen

  1. Der Wechsel zur "Prozessfarbauszüge"-Ansicht öffnet eine Ansicht der Nicht-Schwarz Prozessfarbauszüge Cyan, Magenta und Gelb.
    In dieser Ansicht sollten normalerweise keine Objekte auftauchen, die eigentlich nur zum schwarzen Farbauszug gehören, wie beispielsweise schwarzer Text oder Graustufenbilder. Wenn sie in dieser "CMY-Kanäle"-Ansicht zu sehen sind ist das in der Regel ein starker Hinweis darauf, dass ungewollte Farbseparationen oder Neu-Separationen am schwarzen Seiteninhalt durchgeführt wurden. In vielen Fällen können solche Probleme durch die Switchboard-Aktion "4C-Schwarz korrigieren" behoben werden.
  2. Die Anzeige der Flächendeckungswerte in dieser Ansicht gibt ebenfalls Aufschluss über die kombinierte Flächendeckung von nur Cyan, Magenta und Gelb (CMY).

Ansicht des Schwarz-Farbauszugs

  1. Die "Nur Schwarz-Kanal" oder auch Schwarz-Farbauszugs-Ansicht zeigt nur schwarz gefärbte Objekte auf der Seite.

Üblicherweise würde schwarzer Text sowie Graustufen-Bilder in dieser Ansicht klar angezeigt. Ein Wechsel zwischen dieser und der "CMY"-Ansicht wird schnell zeigen, ob einige "schwarze" Seitenobjekte auf dem falschen Farbauszug gelandet sind.

Prozessfarbauszüge - ohne Schmuckfarben dargestellt

Diese Ansicht lässt Sie schnell überprüfen, ob versehentlich irgendwelche Schmuckfarben in Prozessfarben konvertiert wurden.

Vollständige Farbansicht

Die vollständige Farbansicht ist an mehreren Stellen verfügbar - so dass in jedem Ansichtsmodus schnell zwischen diagnostischer und 'normaler' Ansicht gewechselt werden kann.

Schmuckfarbauszugs-Modus

Die erste Ansicht des Schmuckfarbauszüge-Modus zeigt nur die Schmuckfarbobjekte auf der aktuellen Seite.

Schmuckfarben zusammen mit Schwarzauszug betrachten

Besonders sinnvoll zur Untersuchung von Duplexbildern oder anderen Objekten, die ein oder mehrere Schmuckfarben zusammen mit dem Schwarz-Farbauszug verwenden.

CMYK ohne Schmuckfarben betrachten

Wechseln Sie schnell zwischen dieser und der Schmuckfarb-Ansicht zum Ermitteln, welche Objekte Prozess- und welche Objekte Schmuckfarben verwenden.

Wechsel zwischen Ansichten in jedem diagnostischen Ansichts-Modus

Beim Arbeiten mit der Sichtprüfung gibt es zwei Wege, zwischen den Ansichten in einem diagnostischen Ansichtsmodus hin- und herzuschalten:
- Verwenden Sie das "Ansicht"-Menü oben links im Sichtprüfungsfenster
- Verwenden Sie die Tastatur: die rechte Pfeiltaste bewegt die Auswahl in der Liste der Ansichten wie im Menü gezeigt vorwärts, während die linke Pfeiltaste die Auswahl zurück bewegt. Um zum nächsten Ansichtsmodus zu wechseln, verwenden Sie "cmd+rechter Pfeil", um zurückzugehen, verwenden Sie "cmd+linker Pfeil".

Vollständige Farbansicht

Die vollständige Farbansicht ist an mehreren Stellen verfügbar - so dass in jedem Ansichtsmodus schnell zwischen diagnostischer und 'normaler' Ansicht gewechselt werden kann.

Individuelle Farbauszüge betrachten: Cyan

Im Ansichtsmodus "Individuelle Farbauszüge" kann jeder für die aktuelle Seite vorhandene Farbauszug einzeln betrachtet werden; hierbei wird jede "Platte" in Graustufen dargestellt (die tatsächliche Farbdarstellung jedes Auszugs wird oben rechts gezeigt, wo die Gesamt-Flächendeckungswerte dargestellt werden).

Individuelle Farbauszüge betrachten: Magenta

Genau wie im letzten Schritt - Anzeige des Magenta-Farbauszugs.

Individuelle Farbauszüge betrachten: Schmuckfarbe Orange

Genau wie im letzten Schritt - Anzeige des Farbauszugs der Schmuckfarbe Orange.

Bildauflösungen hinsichtlich eines Schwellwerts betrachten

Finden Sie schnell heraus, wo auf der Seite Bilder unte einer erwarteten minimalen Auflösung liegen und wie weit darunter die Auflösungen tatsächlich sind.

Strichbildauflösungen hinsichtlich eines Schwellwerts betrachten

In der gleichen Art wie für Farb- und Graustufenbilder kann die Auflösung von Strichbildern kontrolliert werden. In dem gezeigten Beispiel werden keine Probleme gefunden, und eine Meldung im Fenster zeigt genau das an.

'Kleine Objekte' betrachten - kleine Textobjekte

Kleine Objekte neigen dazu, entweder nicht ordentlich gedruckt zu werden oder schwer les- bzw. sichtbar zu sein. Hier werden kleine Textobjekte auf der Seite hervorgehoben, Schwellwerte werden im "Verwendung"-Menü ausgewählt.

'Kleine Objekte' betrachten - nah herangeholt mit der Lupen-Funktion

Selbstverständlich ist es schwer auf dem Bildschirm kleine Objekte in der Ganzseiten-Anzeige des Dokuments zu sehen. Um ein ausgewähltes kleines Objekt auf einer Seite in der pdfToolbox Standalone-Version näher zu betrachten, verwenden Sie die Lupen-Funktion (siehe Menü Fenster -> Lupe).

'Kleine Objekte' betrachten - in der Lupenfunktion zwischen voller und diagnostischer Ansicht wechseln

Da die Farbe zur Hervorhebung das eigentliche kleine Objekte abdeckt, wechseln Sie einfach zur normalen Ansicht durch Verwendung der rechten Pfeiltaste und zurück mit der linken Pfeiltaste.

'Kleine Objekte' betrachten - dünne Linien

Die "Hervorhebung (Linien)"-Ansicht hebt Linien hervor, die dünner als ein im "Verwendungs"-Feld gewählter Schwellwert sind. Bitte beachten Sie, dass sich die Schwellwerte für jede Einstellung für einfarbige Linien mit 100% Farbauftrag und mehrfarbige Linien sowie Linien mit Zwischenfarbwerten unterscheiden.

'Kleine Objekte' betrachten - nah herangeholt mit der Lupen-Funktion

Um ein ausgewähltes kleines Objekt auf einer Seite in der pdfToolbox Standalone-Version näher zu betrachten, verwenden Sie die Lupen-Funktion (siehe Menü Fenster -> Lupe).

'Kleine Objekte' betrachten - in der Lupenfunktion zwischen voller und diagnostischer Ansicht wechseln

Da die Farbe zur Hervorhebung das eigentliche kleine Objekte abdeckt, wechseln Sie einfach zur normalen Ansicht durch Verwendung der rechten Pfeiltaste und zurück mit der linken Pfeiltaste.

Die "Sicherheitszone" überprüfen - Seitenobjekte "am Rand"

Die "Seitenrand"-Ansicht im "Sicherheitszone"-Modus hebt einfach den Bereich 5mm innen vom Endformat hervor. Durch eine nicht ganz perfekte mechanische Verarbeitung kann die tatsächliche Position des "Randes" etwas variieren. Objekte, die nah am Rande liegen, können dadurch direkt auf dem Rand landen, was für das menschliche Auge sehr unglücklich aussehen kann. In dieser Ansicht können Sie sicherstellen, dass keine wichtigen Seitenobjekte - besonders Text - im der Sicherheitszone liegt.

Heranzoomen mit dem Lupen-Werkzeug - sogar im "Sicherheitszone"-Modus

Im Beispieldokument liegt eine Text-Teststelle sehr nah am Seitenrand. Wenn der Beschnitt der Seite um 1mm oder ähnlich daneben liegt, wird der Text auf dem Seitenrand beginnen, nicht nur nah dran liegen. Um dies in einer besseren Vergrößerung zu sehen, verwenden Sie das Lupen-Werkzeug (im Dokumentenfenster ziehen Sie einfach die Maus über die gewünschte Fläche während Sie die Umschalttaste drücken - das Lupenfenster öffnet sich und zeigt diese Fläche vergrößert).

Die "Sicherheitszone" überprüfen - Seitenobjekte schneiden am Rand ab

Jegliche Objekte, die auf dem Seitenrand enden, sollten tatsächlich für mindestens 1-2 mm über den Rand hinausragen, um einer nicht perfekten mechanischen Verarbeitung entgegenzuwirken. Die "Beschnittbereich"-Ansicht hebt den Bereich um den Seitenrand hervor: 3 mm innerhalb sowie 3 mm außerhalb. Als Faustregel gilt: Jedes Seitenobjekt nah am oder auf dem Seitenrand sollte mindestens genauso weit reichen, wie der hervorgehobene Bereich in dieser Ansicht.

Einen Sichtprüfungs-Bericht erzeugen

Im oberen rechten Bereich der Sichtprüfung gibt es einen Knopf "Bericht...", mit dem ein Bericht mit allen relevanten Sichtprüfungs-Ansichten im PDF-Format erzeugt wird. Für jede Seite des überprüften PDF-Dokuments wird eine Berichtseite im Bericht erzeugt.

Fortschrittsbalken während der Bericht-Erzeugung

Da die Erzeugung des Sichtprüfungs-Bericht ein bisschen dauern kann (für das Beispieldokument "Altona Visual" benötigt es 10-15 Sekunden auf einem üblichen Rechner), zeigt ein Fortschrittsbalken im unteren Bereich des Fenster dem Benutzer den aktuellen Fortschritt an.

Beispiel eines Sichtprüfungs-Berichtes

Eine Sichtprüfungs-Berichtseite enthält alle relevanten Ansichten, die im interaktiven Modus zur Verfügung stehen. Da ein Sichtprüfungs-Bericht ein normales PDF-Dokument ist, kann es mit jedem PDF-Anzeigeprogramm betrachtet werden, einschließlich des kostenlosen Adobe Reader.

Vergrößerte Ansicht einer Sichtprüfungs-Berichtseite

Hier sehen Sie eine vergrößerte Ansicht des oberen Bereichs einer Sichtprüfungs-Berichtseite.


Druckfertiges PDF aus Office-Datei erzeugen

Diese Lektion zeigt einen bequemen Weg, ein OpenOffice-Dokument in ein druckfertiges PDF, das konform zum PDF/X-Standard ist und über den nötigen Beschnitt verfügt, konvertiert.

Starten Sie callas pdfToolbox

Die pdfToolbox Bedienoberfläche ermöglicht es, PDF-Dateien per Ziehen und Ablegen zu öffnen; ebenfalls geht dies mit OpenOffice-Dokumenten. OpenOffice-Unterstützung erfordert, dass OpenOffice auf dem System installiert ist. Das Gleiche gilt für die Microsoft Office-Unterstützung auf Windows-Systemen.

Konvertieren Sie das OpenOffice-Dokument zu PDF

Ziehen Sie ein OpenOffice-Dokument auf die Bedienfläche der callas pdfToolbox 4. OpenOffice muss auf dem System installiert sein, damit diese Funktion genutzt werden kann.

Öffnen Sie die Sichtprüfung zur Betrachtung der Prozessfarbauszüge

In diesem Beispiel verwenden wir die Sichtprüfung, um zu zeigen, dass das komplette Dokument noch in RGB-Farben vorliegt und zu einem ungewollten Druckergebnis führen würde.

Kontrollieren Sie die Prozessfarbauszüge

Navigieren Sie durch die Seiten, um zu überprüfen, dass sich schwarze Objekte nur auf dem Schwarz-Farbauszug befinden.

Kontrollieren Sie die Prozessfarbauszüge – CMY

Da der Inhalt des PDF noch RGB ist, erscheint der schwarze Text ebenso auf den CMY-Farbauszügen.

Kontrollieren Sie die Prozessfarbauszüge – Nur Schwarz-Kanal

Der Text erscheint nicht auf dem Schwarz-Farbauszug, da er in RGB vorliegt und eine entsprechende Konvertierung nach CMYK durchgeführt werden muss, um dies zu korrigieren.

Öffnen Sie das pdfToolbox Switchboard, wenn es nicht bereits offen ist

Klicken Sie auf "Farben".

Navigieren Sie zu den Farbkonvertierungs-Werkzeugen

Klicken Sie auf "Office-PDF nach CMYK".

Office Farbkonvertierung – Druckbedingung auswählen

Wählen Sie die gewünschte Druckbedingung aus. Diese Wahl beeinflusst das verwendete ICC-Zielprofil, das ebenfalls als OutputIntent (Ausgabebedingung) angehangen wird.

Führen Sie die "Office-PDF nach CMYK"-Konvertierung durch

Drücken Sie den "Ausführen"-Knopf.

Nach der Farbkonvertierung

Dieser Schritt zeigt eine erfolgreiche Konvertierung an.

Kontrollieren Sie das Ergebnis der Farbkonvertierung

Öffnen Sie die Sichtprüfung der Prozessfarbauszüge.

Kontrollieren Sie die Prozessfarbauszüge – Nur Schwarz-Kanal

Der Text liegt dank der Konvertierung nach CMYK nun auf dem Schwarz-Farbauszug.

Visuelle Überprüfung von nah am Rand liegenden Objekten

Im nächsten Schritt überprüfen wir, ob wichtige Objekte zu nah am Seitenrand liegen und ob die PDF-Datei über ausreichend Beschnitt verfügt. Um dies zu tun, wählen Sie die Ansicht "Sicherheitszone".

Überprüfen Sie auf zu nah am Rand liegende Objekte

Bei der Endverarbeitung können Objekte nahe des beschnittenen Endformates abgetrennt werden, wenn die Seite auf die Endgröße beschnitten wird. Diese Ansicht hebt den Bereich 5 mm innerhalb des beschnittenen Endformates hervor. Hier sollten sich keine wichtigen Objekte befinden. Ein wichtiges Objekt könnte beispielsweise eine Seitenzahl sein.

Im nächsten Schritt prüfen wir auf ausreichenden Beschnitt

Wählen Sie die "Beschnittbereich"-Ansicht.

"Beschnittbereich"-Ansicht

Diese Ansicht zeigt das beschnittene Endformat als rote Linie. Objekte, die bis ans Endformat heran gedruckt werden sollen, müssen das Endformat um ungefähr 3 mm überragen.
Dieses Beispiel zeigt, dass alle Objekte genau am beschnittenen Format enden.

Öffnen Sie die Lupenfunktion durch Drücken von Shift-L und Aufziehen eines Rahmens um den interessanten Bereich

Mit der Lupenfunktion können Sie alles ganz genau betrachten. Dieses Werkzeug können Sie über das Menü "Fenster" oder das Tastenkürzel "cmd+L" öffnen.

Um Beschnitt hinzuzufügen, begeben Sie sich zur Gruppe "Seiten" im Switchboard

Klicken Sie auf "Beschnitt erzeugen".

"Beschnitt erzeugen"-Werkzeug

Diese Funktion erzeugt den angegebenen Beschnitt durch leichtes Skalieren der PDF-Datei. Geben Sie die erforderlichen Werte (1) ein und klicken Sie auf "Ausführen" (2).

Nach dem "Beschnitt erzeugen"

Öffnen Sie "Sicherheitszone", um das Ergebnis zu kontrollieren

Ergebnis der Beschnitt-Erzeugung

Die Objekte sind nun etwas größer als das beschnittene Endformat und werden nicht zu Problemen führen.

Als letzten Schritt fügen wir Beschnittmarken zum PDF hinzu

Gehen Sie dafür zur "Prepress"-Gruppe im Switchboard. Wählen Sie die "Marken hinzufügen"-Funktion.

"Marken hinzufügen"-Werkzeug

Nachdem Sie den gewünschten Versatz (1) für die Marken eingetragen haben, klicken Sie auf "Ausführen" (2).

Überprüfen Sie die erzeugten Marken wiederum mit der Sichtprüfung

Marken werden auf Basis der TrimBox (Endformat-Rahmen) und BleedBox (Beschnitt-Rahmen) der PDF-Datei erzeugt.


Seiten in einer PDF-Datei beschneiden und dynamische Variablen nutzen

pdfToolbox bietet eine sehr flexible Korrektur, um den Maskenrahmen (CropBox) sowie andere geometrische Aspekte von Seiten in einer PDF-Datei anzupassen. Diese Lektion erklärt die Benutzung der Korrektur und wie man eine Korrektur mit dynamischen Variablen erzeugen kann, so dass die gleiche vordefinierte Korrektur bei jeder Ausführung mit unterschiedlichen Zuschnitt-Werten verwendet werden kann.

Öffnen Sie den "Korrekturen"-Dialog – wählen Sie "Korrekturen" im Werkzeug-Menü oder verwenden Sie das Tastaturkürzel Cmd-58

Der "Korrekturen"-Dialog öffnet sich, mit dem Sie die Korrekturen verwalten können.

"Korrekturen"-Dialog

Der "Korrekturen"-Dialog enthält eine Liste aller vorhandenen Korrekturen. Aufgrund der Vielzahl von vordefinierten Korrekturen ist die "Suchen"-Funktion oben rechts sehr sinnvoll zur Lokalisierung einer bestimmten Korrektur, oder wenn Sie Korrekturen für eine bestimmte Art der Modifizierung suchen.

"Optionen"-Menü

Wählen Sie im "Optionen"-Menü – dem Knopf mit dem Zahnrad – den Menüeintrag "Neue pdfToolbox Korrektur erstellen...".

Erstellen oder ändern Sie eine Korrektur

Der pdfToolbox Dialog "Eine neue Korrektur erstellen" ermöglicht das Erzeugen neuer Korrekturen.

Lokalisieren Sie die Korrektur zum Anpassen der Seitengeometrie

Da die Liste der verfügbaren Korrekturen sehr lang ist, geben Sie "geo" in das Suchfeld ein, um nur solche Korrekturen anzuzeigen, die sich mit den Seitengeometrie-Rahmen in einer PDF-Datei befassen.

Konfigurieren Sie die "Seitengeometrie-Rahmen setzen"-Korrektur

Wählen Sie den Eintrag "Seitengeometrie-Rahmen setzen" – die verfügbaren Einstellungen, wie z.B. die Auswahl des anzupassenden Seitengeometrie-Rahmens und die dafür zu verwendenden Parameter, werden angezeigt. Die orangefarbenen Symbole rechts neben den Texteingabefeldern dienen einem sehr wichtigen Zweck – durch ihre Verwendung kann ein Feld mit einem Platzhalter versehen werden, der zur Laufzeit einen Dialog aufruft, so dass der Benutzer bei jeder Verwendung der Korrektur andere Werte eingeben kann, ohne die grundsätzliche Konfiguration ändern zu müssen.

Dynamische Variablen für Feldern in einer Korrektur definieren

Durch das Klicken auf ein orangenes "Dynamische Variable"-Symbol öffnet sich ein Dialog, der Ihnen die Möglichkeit gibt, einen internen Namen für die Variable einzugeben (wir empfehlen die Verwendung von ausschließlich Großbuchstaben, ohne Leer- oder Sonderzeichen im Variablennamen), sowie einen Bezeichner oder Beschreibung zur Anzeige während der Ausführung der Korrektur und den Standard-Wert, welcher zur Vorbelegung des Feldes verwendet werden soll.

Beispielwerte für den Einstellungsdialog für dynamische Variablen

Für das erste Feld der Korrektur wird der Variablenname "LINKS" gewählt. Der Text "Linker Einzug:" informiert den Benutzer später über den Zweck des einzugebenden Wertes und der Standard-Wert wird auf null gesetzt.

Korrektur mit "Dynamischen Variable"-Feldern

Die vier Felder für Links, Rechts, Oben und Unten wurden mit dynamischen Variablen gefüllt.

Neue Korrektur wird nun in der "Seiten"-Gruppe angezeigt

Sobald die Konfiguration der Korrektur abgeschlossen ist, wird die Korrektur durch einen Klick auf "OK" im "Korrektur erstellen"-Dialog gespeichert und in der Liste der Korrekturen im Korrektur-Dialog angezeigt.

Bestimmen Sie bei der Ausführung der Korrektur die Werte für die dynamischen Variablen

Wenn ein Benutzer auf "Korrigieren" klickt, während die neue Korrektur ausgewählt ist, öffnet sich ein Dialog, in dem die Werte für die vier dynamischen Variablen bestimmt werden können. Im Beispiel wird nur das "Unterer Einzug:"-Feld von 0 auf -50 geändert (da wir als Einheit für diese Korrektur Millimeter bestimmt haben, führt dies zu einer Änderung der Beschneidung um 50 mm).

Wichtig: Um die Seitengröße zu verkleinern, geben Sie negative Werte ein. Positive Werte würden zu einer Vergrößerung der Seite führen.

Speichern Sie das PDF mit neuer Beschneidung ab

Bei der Ausführung einer Korrektur wie dieser Beschneidungs-Korrektur fragt pdfToolbox den Benutzer, wo die geänderte Datei abgespeichert werden soll.

Beschnittene Seite

Da die Korrektur die Seitengröße um 50 mm am unteren Ende verkleinert hat, ist die Seite nun entsprechend beschnitten.

Erfolgreiche Ausführung der Seiten-Beschneidungs-Korrektur

In der Ergebnis-Ansicht informiert pdfToolbox den Benutzer über die erfolgreiche Ausführung der Korrektur.


Flexible Verarbeitung mit dynamischen Variablen

Manchmal ist es nötig, auf verschiedene Werte bei jeder Ausführung einer Prüfung oder Korrektur zu prüfen. Da pdfToolbox dynamische Prüfungen und Korrekturen durch den Gebrauch von dynamischen Variablen anbietet, ist es nicht nötig, verschiedene Prüfungen und Korrekturen zu erzeugen, sobald sich die Zielwerte ändern. Stattdessen können die Zielwerte bei jeder Ausführung einer Prüfung, Korrektur oder eines Profils eingegeben werden.

Dieses Tutorial zeigt die Verwendung von dynamischen Variablen für das Erstellen einer Prüfung. Zusätzlich kann dieser Mechanismus genauso für Korrekturen und Profile angewendet werden. Profile können mehrere Prüfungen oder Korrekturen enthalten, die solche dynamischen Variablen verwenden. Da Variablen durch ihren internen Namen identifiziert werden, können sie innerhalb einer einzelnen Prüfung oder Korrektur wiederverwendet werden. Für jeden übergebenen Variablennamen fragt pdfToolbox nur einmal pro Ausführung nach dem zu verwendenden Wert.

Öffnen Sie den pdfToolbox "Prüfungen"-Dialog

Wählen Sie den Eintrag "Prüfungen" im "Werkzeuge"-Menü, um den "Prüfungen"-Dialog zu öffnen.

Öffnen Sie den "Neue pdfToolbox-Prüfung erstellen..."-Dialog

Oben rechts im pdfToolbox "Prüfungen"-Dialog befindet sich der Optionsknopf – klicken Sie darauf und wählen Sie "Neue pdfToolbox-Prüfung erstellen...".

Neue Prüfung erstellen

  1. Sobald der "Neue Prüfung"-Dialog offen ist, geben Sie einen selbsterklärenden Namen für die zu erstellende Prüfung ein.
  2. Da wir eine dynamische Prüfung für die minimal benötigte Bildauflösung erzeugen wollen, geben Sie "auflösung" in das Suchfeld oben rechts ein, damit wir einfacher die benötigte Prüfeigenschaft in der Liste aller möglichen Eigenschaften finden (ist Ihnen bewusst, dass pdfToolbox mehr als 1000 verschiedene Prüfeigenschaften anbietet?).
  3. Für das Ziel dieses Tutorials wählen wir "Bildauflösung" und klicken auf den kleinen gelben "Hinzufügen"-Knopf.
  4.  Nachdem Sie auf "Hinzufügen" geklickt haben, füllt sich der Dialog automatisch mit den benötigten Parametern.

Neue Prüfung erstellen

  1. Nun sind wir bereit, denn Schwellwert im "Nummer:"-Feld einzugeben. Da wir aber den tatsächlichen Schwellwert erst bei der Ausführung angeben wollen, geben wir hier nicht einfach einen nummerischen Wert ein. Klicken Sie stattdessen auf den "Orange mit schwarzem Strich"-Knopf rechts neben dem "Nummer:"-Feld.

Der Konfigurationsdialog für "dynamische Variablen"

Sehen Sie in der Beschreibung des nächsten Schritts, wie der "Variablen"-Dialog auszufüllen ist.

Inhalte des "Variablen"-Dialogs

Geben Sie die folgenden Werte im "Variablen"-Dialog ein:

  1.  Einen Namen für die Variable; Leerzeichen sind nicht erlaubt innerhalb des Namens, und obwohl es möglich ist, Groß- und Kleinbuchstaben sowie Nummern einzugeben, empfehlen wir, immer kurze Großbuchstaben-Namen zu vergeben, möglichst mit Unterstrichen, um die Lesbarkeit zu erhöhen; wir verwenden in unserem Beispiel "MIN_IMAGE_RES".
  2. Der Text, der während der Ausführung dargestellt wird, wenn der Benutzer zur Eingabe des tatsächlichen Wertes aufgefordert wird. Der Text sollte knapp sein und den Zweck des einzugebenden Wertes beschreiben. Für dieses Beispiel verwenden wir "Enter min. resolution".
  3. Schließlich muss ein vorgeschlagener Wert eingegeben werden. Dieser sollte in der Regel als Standardwert Sinn machen. In diesem Beispiel verwenden wir "300".
  4. Nachdem Sie die drei Felder ausgefüllt haben, bestätigen Sie die Eingabe mit Klick auf "OK" und Schließen des Dialogs.

Platzhalter für "dynamische Variablen"

Beim Schließen des "Variablen"-Dialogs wird die Variablendefinition als Platzhalter in das "Nummer:"-Feld eingetragen.

Derselbe Platzhalter-Ausdruck kann an mehreren Stellen verwendet werden – beispielsweise im Namensfeld. Auch in Fällen, wo eine Variable mehr als einmal in einer Prüfung (oder Korrektur oder Profil) verwendet wird, muss der Benutzer sie nur einmal bei der Ausführung eingeben.

Durch das Einsetzen der gleichen dynamischen Variable im Namen der Prüfung ermittelt den Wert für den Platzhalter-Ausdruck bei der Anzeige des Namen (entweder den Standardwert für die Anzeige in der Liste der Prüfungen oder bei der Anzeige im Ergebnis nach Ausführung der Prüfung – in diesem Fall wird der vom Benutzer eingegebene Wert angezeigt).

Kopieren und Einfügen der dynamischen Variablen

Um die Variable in einem anderen Feld wieder zu verwenden, wählen Sie sie aus, kopieren sie und fügen Sie sie am Ende des Namensfeldes ein – in unserem Beispiel wird "Image res is below" dann als "Image res is below 300" angezeigt (oder, wenn Sie nach dem Platzhalter-Ausdruck noch "ppi" eingeben als "Image res is below 300 ppi").

Sobald das erledigt ist, klicken Sie auf "OK" und schließen Sie den Dialog, um die neue Prüfung zu speichern.

Neue "dynamische Prüfung" in der Liste der Prüfungen

  1.  Nach dem Erzeugen der neuen "dynamischen Prüfung" wird diese im pdfToolbox "Prüfungen"-Dialog angezeigt.
  2. Die drei Punkte über dem Prüfungs-Icon deuten darauf hin, dass es sich hierbei um eine dynamische Prüfung handelt, und nicht um eine statische, bei der alle Werte vorgegeben sind.
  3. Klicken Sie auf "Prüfen" um die neu erstellte dynamische Prüfung anzuwenden.

Die "dynamische Prüfung" ausführen...

Sobald Sie auf den "Prüfen"-Knopf geklickt haben wird die Prüfung gestartet und fragt den Benutzer zuerst nach dem Wert für die dynamische Variable.

  1. Der Anzeigetext "Enter min. resolution" stammt aus der Konfiguration der dynamischen Variable. 
  2. Der vorgegebene Wert "300" im Dialog ist der in der dynamischen Variable eingestellte Standardwert. Der Benutzer kann diesen auf den für diese Ausführung der Prüfung gewünschten Wert ändern (bei der nächsten Ausführung der Prüfung wird der Wert wieder auf den Standardwert zurückgesetzt).

Geben Sie den Wert "150" ein

Ausführen der dynamischen Prüfung mit dem Wert "150"

Nach einer Bildauflösung unter 150 ppi zu prüfen liefert im Beispiel-PDF 749 Bilder

Wie Sie sehen, ist es ganz einfach, die Prüfung je nach Bedarf anzupassen.

Eine dynamische Prüfung mit mehr als einer dynamischen Variable erzeugen

Die Verwendung von dynamischen Variablen ist nicht auf eine einzige Variable je Prüfung (oder Korrektur oder Profil) begrenzt. Im Wesentlichen können Variablen praktisch für jedes Texteingabefeld verwendet werden, welches sich in den Dialogen zur Konfiguration von Prüfungen, Korrekturen und Profilen befindet.

Eine neue Prüfung mit Ober- und Untergrenze der Bildauflösung anlegen

Wir wollen in der Lage sein, mit der Prüfung Bilder zu finden, deren Auflösung in einem bestimmten Bereich liegt. Als Konsequenz benötigt unsere Prüfung zwei Eigenschaften – eine für die untere und eine für die obere Grenze.

  1. Klicken Sie einfach zweimal auf den "Hinzufügen"-Knopf für die "Bildauflösung"-Prüfeigenschaft.

Zweiteilige Prüfung

Bereiten Sie die zwei Teile der Prüfung vor, so dass einer nach Werten "größer als" dem Schwellwert (1) und einer nach Werten "kleiner als" dem Schwellwert (2) sucht. Dann klicken Sie auf den Knopf für die "dynamische Variable" neben den beiden "Nummer:"-Feldern (3  und  4).

Konfiguration der dynamischen Variablen für die niedrigste akzeptable Auflösung

Konfiguration der dynamischen Variablen für die höchste akzeptable Auflösung

Verwenden Sie beide Platzhalter-Ausdrücke für den Namen der dynamischen Prüfung

Durch Kopieren und Einfügen des entsprechenden Platzhalter-Ausdruckes können Sie den Namen "Image res is between ... and ..." in etwas Intuitiveres wie "Image res is between 72 and 300" wandeln, wobei die Zahlen 72 und 300 hier von der Konfiguration der dynamischen Variablen genommen werden und bei Anzeige des Ergebnisses eventuell durch andere Zahlen ersetzt werden, falls der Benutzer andere Werte für den Minimal- und Maximalwert eingegeben hat.

Klicken Sie einfach auf "Fortfahren"

Unter bestimmten Umständen kann es passieren, dass ein Warndialog angezeigt wird, der auf widersprüchliche Werte hinweist. Klicken Sie in diesem Fall einfach auf "Fortfahren".

Neue Prüfung im "Prüfungen"-Bereich gelistet

Sobald die Erzeugung der neuen Prüfung abgeschlossen ist, taucht sie im "Prüfungen"-Dialog auf (1). Klicken Sie auf "Prüfen" um die neue Prüfung auf das aktuelle PDF-Dokument anzuwenden (2).

Geben Sie Werte für die Ober- und Untergrenze für die dynamische Bildauflösungs-Prüfung ein

Im Beispiel werden Bilder mit einer Auflösung zwischen 70 ppi und 150 ppi ermittelt.

Ergebnisse der Ausführung der dynamischen Prüfung mit Ober- und Untergrenze

Die dynamische Prüfung findet Bilder zwischen 70 ppi und 150 ppi, ignoriert jedoch Bilder unter 70 ppi und über 150 ppi.


PDF als Bild-PDF als Inhalts-Softproof exportieren

PDF-Dateien müssen öfters sowohl in Hinblick des Gesamterscheinungsbildes als auch des korrekten Inhalts überprüft werden. PDF-Inhalt kann in vielen verschiedenen PDF-Programmen unterschiedlich aussehen. Das Exportieren eines PDF als Bild-PDF, in dem jede Seite einfach ein BIld ist, garantiert korrekte und konsistente Ausgabe des PDF in jedem PDF-Darstellungsprogramm – in exakt der gleichen Weise, wie das PDF auf einem modernen Drucksystem ausgegeben werden würde.

Öffnen Sie das pdfToolbox Switchboard – Klicken Sie auf "Dokument"


Um das Switchboard zu öffnen, klicken Sie auf den Menüeintrag "Switchboard" unter dem "Anzeige"-Menü oder verwenden Sie das Tastenkürzel "Ctrl-2" oder "Cmd-2". Dann klicken Sie auf das Gruppenicon "Dokument".

Wählen Sie "Bild-Export" in der "Dokument"-Gruppe


Klicken Sie auf das "Bild-Export"-Icon um zur Bild-Export-Aktion zu gelangen.

"Bild-Export" einrichten

  1. Wählen Sie das Ausgabeformat für den Bild-Export. Neben dem Export als einzelne TIFF-, JPEG- oder PNG-Dateien bietet pdfToolbox  nun auch die Option, vom Quell-PDF in ein Ziel-PDF mit der gleichen Anzahl Seiten wie im ursprünglichen PDF zu exportieren. 
  2. Der empfohlene Farbraum für das Erzeugen eines Softproof-PDF ist RGB. Dies gewährleistet die korrekte Darstellung auch in PDF-Programmen, die CMYK nicht richtig unterstützen.
  3. Für die meisten Zwecke ist eine Bildauflösung von 150ppi ein guter Kompromiss zwischen Detailreichtum und Dateigröße. Die Bilder im exportierten PDF werden mit verlustfreier ZIP-Kompression komprimiert. Falls eine kleine Dateigröße wichtig ist, kann das PDF anschließend mit JPEG neu-komprimiert werden – ein JPEG-Kompressionslevel von "maximaler Qualität" verringert die Dateigröße oftmals um über 50% ohne dabei zu große Qualitätsverluste mit sich zu bringen.
  4. Lassen Sie "Überdrucken simulieren" immer angewählt, da sonst das exportierte PDF unter Umständen nicht genauso dargestellt wird, wie das Quell-PDF beim Druck ausgegeben werden würde.
  5. Klicken Sie auf "Ausführen", um den Bild-Export zu starten.

Bild-Export in einer neuen PDF-Datei speichern


Nachdem Sie auf den "Ausführen"-Knopf geklickt haben, wählen Sie den Ort und Namen für das exportierte PDF. Stellen Sie sicher, dass Sie nicht das Quell-PDF überschreiben.

PDF als Bild-PDF exportieren


Abhängig von der Seitenanzahl im Quelldokument kann der Export ein bisschen dauern. Normalerweise sollte pro Seite eine Sekunde Verarbeitungszeit veranschlagt werden.

Export als Bild-PDF abgeschlossen

Nachdem der Export abgeschlossen ist, überprüfen Sie bitte die Größe des exportierten PDF. Wenn die Größe mehr ist, als Sie annehmbar finden, verwenden Sie die "Kompression ändern"-Aktion in der "Bilder"-Gruppe des Switchboard und verwenden Sie JPEG-Kompression. Wählen Sie zwischen maximaler Qualität für den geringsten Qualitätsverlust oder hoher Qualität, falls die Dateigröße von hoher Relevanz ist. Niedrigere Qualitätsstufen werden zu sichtbaren Artefakten führen.

Beispiele für unterschiedliche Darstellungen von PDF – Einschränkungen in der Mac OS X Vorschau

Als Beispiel wird hier die Darstellung des verwendeten PDF in der Mac OS X Vorschau gezeigt:

  1. Originale PDF-Datei: Das Schwarzweiß-Foto wird falsch (invertiert/negativ) dargestellt und unterscheidet sich klar von der korrekten Ausgabe, wie sie tatsächlich im Druck wäre.
  2. Exportiertes Bild-PDF: Aufgrund der Tatsache, dass sämtliche Seiteninhalte nun als RGB-Bild vorliegen, wird mehr oder weniger jedes PDF-Programm in der Lage sein, die Seite korrekt darzustellen.

PDF-Inhalte zusammenführen

Fügen Sie pdfToolbox einen Briefkopf-Entwurf hinzu, so dass jeder Brief dann mit diesem Briefkopf kombiniert und als PDF-Datei gesendet werden kann.

Öffnen Sie "Letter.odt"

"Letter.odt" wird in eine PDF-Datei konvertiert

Gehen Sie im Switchboard zu "Dokument"

Wählen Sie "Briefkopf"

Die Briefkopf-Optionen werden angezeigt

Vom Programm werden zwei Briefköpfe angeboten

Klicken Sie auf "Ordner zeigen", um Ihren Briefkopf zum Programm hinzuzufügen

Der Ordner mit den zwei Briefkopf-PDFs wird geöffnet

Öffnen Sie den Ordner, wo der Beispiel-Briefkopf gespeichert ist

Kopieren Sie den Beispiel-Briefkopf ("callas_letter_head.pdf") in den Ordner mit den pdfToolbox-Briefköpfen

Verlassen Sie den "Briefkopf"-Aktionsdialog und gehen Sie eine Ebene zurück

Gehen Sie wieder zur "Briefkopf"-Aktion zurück

Der hinzugefügte Briefkopf steht nun im Programm zur Verfügung

Wählen Sie den neuen Briefkopf und führen Sie die Aktion aus

Der Briefkopf wird dem Brieftext hinzugefügt und kann nun als PDF-Datei versendet werden


Zur druckfertigen Broschüre aufbereiten

Diese Einheit erklärt, wie ein PDF, das eine Broschüre enthält, in ein druckfertiges PDF gewandelt werden kann, um es auf einer digitalen oder konventionellen Druckmaschine auszugeben. Verschiedene Aspekte der Prüfung und Optimierung werden in diesem Zusammenhang beleuchtet.

callas pdfToolbox starten

Beispieldatei "Adobe History.pdf" öffnen

Erste Seite des Beispieldokuments ist nun offen

Die zweite Seite besteht aus Doppelseiten (Montageflächen)

Die dritte Seite besteht ebenfalls aus Doppelseiten (Montageflächen)

Öffnen Sie das Switchboard

Klicken Sie auf den "Anordnen"-Knopf um in die Aktionsgruppe "Anordnen" zu gelangen

Klicken Sie auf "Halbieren"

Führen Sie "Halbieren" aus

Überprüfen Sie die Seiten in der Beispieldatei

Die zweite und folgende Seiten wurden in Einzelseiten gewandelt

Überprüfen Sie die Qualität der Farbauszüge

Sichtprüfungs-Modus – Diverse Ansichten von Prozessfarbauszügen

"Prozessfarbauszüge hervorheben" öffnet sich und zeigt nur Cyan-, Magenta- und Gelbkanal

Der komplette schwarze Text scheint ebenfalls auf den CMY-Farbauszügen zu erscheinen. Das ist nicht ideal und führt zu diversen Problemen:

  • Text wird im Druckergebnis unscharf wirken
  • Besonders auf Digitaldruckmaschinen ist farbige Tinte teurer als die schwarze Druckfarbe

Für optimale Druckergebnisse sollte schwarzer Text auch nur auf dem Schwarzauszug erscheinen.

Untersuchen Sie den Schwarzauszug

Untersuchen Sie alle vier Prozessfarbauszüge ohne die Anzeige von Schmuckfarben

Die Seite mit allen Prozess- und Schmuckfarben anzeigen

Passen Sie schwarzen Text an, so dass er nur auf dem Schwarzauszug erscheint – Gehen Sie zum Switchboard

Gehen Sie zur Gruppe "Farben" und dann klicken SIe auf "4c-Schwarz korrigieren"

Führen Sie die "4c-Schwarz korrigieren"-Aktion aus

Das vierfarbige Schwarz zu korrigieren, kann ein bisschen dauern...

Kehren Sie zum Sichtprüfungs-Modus für die Prozessfarbauszüge zurück

Die CMY-Farbauszüge anzeigen


The black text is now gone from the Cyan, Magenta and Yellow separations.

Untersuchen Sie den Schwarz-Farbauszug


All the text is now only showing on the Black separation, increasing the quality of the output for text as well as reducing the cost for color ink on digital printing devices.

Wechseln Sie von "Prozessfarbauszüge" zu "Schmuckfarbauszüge"

Untersuchen Sie mit der Ansicht "Schmuckfarb-Kanäle", welche Schmuckfarben vorhanden sind


Seemingly only one spot color, the Adobe Red, is used here.

Untersuchen Sie das Zusammenspiel von Schmuckfarben und Schwarz, indem Sie zur "Schmuckfarb- + Schwarz-Kanäle" wechseln

Nicht-Schmuckfarb-Farbauszüge überprüfen

Manchmal enthalten PDF-Dateien eine bestimmte Farbe sowohl als Schmuck- als auch Prozessfarbe. Beim Verarbeiten oder Drucken solcher PDF-Dateien können solche Farben, die identisch sein sollten, leicht voneinander abweichen.

Reguläre Seitenansicht mit allen Farbauszügen

Ändern Sie das Erscheinungsbild einer Schmuckfarbe – Gehen Sie zum Switchboard

Gehen Sie zur Gruppe "Farben" und klicken Sie auf die Aktion "Schmuck-Farben"

Die "Schmuck-Farben"-Aktion zeigt eine Schmuckfarbe und ermöglicht diverse Änderungen

Ändern Sie die CMYK-Werte, so dass sie ein dunkles Lila (30/100/0/50) repräsentieren und klicken Sie auf "Ausführen"

Alle "Adobe Red"-Objekte wurden mit dunklem Lila eingefärbt

Untersuchen Sie kritische Bereiche am Seitenrand – Wählen Sie "Sicherheitszone"

Untersuchen Sie das beschnittene Endformat auf Objekte, die zu dicht am Rand liegen

Wechseln Sie von der "Seitenrand"- zur "Beschnittbereich"-Anzeige

Überprüfen SIe den Beschnitt – Objekte, die am Beschnittrand enden, sollten besser in den Beschnitt hinausragen

Passen Sie den Beschnittbereich an – Gehen Sie zum Switchboard

Gehen Sie zur Gruppe "Seiten" und klicken Sie auf "Beschnitt erzeugen"

Wählen Sie die Werte für den zu erzeugenden Beschnitt und die maximale anamorphotische Skalierung

Im Bogenoffsetdruck wird es in den meisten Fällen ausreichend sein, 1.5 mm Beschnitt hinzuzufügen. Einige Online-Druckportale begrenzen die Beschnittgröße sogar auf solch einen kleinen Wert, um die Bogennutzung zu optimieren. Zu Demonstrationszwecken wählen wir 3 mm, damit der Effekt deutlicher zu sehen ist.

In Fällen, wo Objekte bereits dicht am Beschnittbereich liegen, empfiehlt es sich, eher kleinere Beschnittwerte zu wählen.

Klicken Sie auf "Ausführen" und warten Sie einige Sekunden, während pdfToolbox den Beschnitt anpasst

Kehren Sie zur Sichtprüfung für den Beschnittbereich zurück

Wählen Sie "Beschnittbereich" – stellen Sie sicher, dass der Beschnitt nun ausreichend ist

Gehen Sie zur ersten Dokumentseite zurück

Klicken Sie im Switchboard auf das "Anordnen"-Gruppensymbol

Wählen Sie in der "Anordnen"-Gruppe "Broschüre"

Aktivieren Sie die Erzeugung von Schnittmarken, wählen Sie "Minimale Größe" für eine automatische Bogengröße und lassen Sie den Versatz auf 0

Innerhalb von Sekunden wird das PDF zu einer Broschüre ausgeschossen

Überprüfen Sie das Ergebnis – Seiten sind nun für den Broschürendruck angeordnet und Schnittmarken wurden hinzugefügt

Überprüfen Sie mit der Lupenfunktion erneut, dass der Beschnitt ausreichend ist


Farben konvertieren in Switch

Dieses Tutorial zeigt die Konfiguration eines einfachen Farbkonvertierungs-Flows mit callas pdfToolbox CLI und Enfocus Switch.

Öffnen Sie Switch und lokalisieren Sie die pdfToolbox Funktionsmodule

Die callas pdfToolbox Funktionalität befindet sich im Bereich "Elements" – geben Sie einfach "callas" im Suchfeld ein, und die verfügbaren Funktionsmodule für callas pdfToolbox werden angezeigt.

Einen neuen Flow erzeugen

Selbstbeschreibenden Namen eingeben

Die Fläche zum Gestalten eines neuen Flows erscheint

Ziehen Sie "callas pdfToolbox ConvertColors" auf die Fläche und konfigurieren Sie das Modul

  1.  Beginnen Sie mit dem Gestalten des neuen Flows, indem Sie den "callas pdfToolbox ConvertColor"-Listeneintrag auf die Fläche ziehen.
  2. Stellen Sie die Parameter für das ConvertColor-Modul ein, indem Sie auf jeden Eintrag im "Properties"-Konfigurationsbereich klicken. 
  3. Wählen Sie den "Select from Library"-Menüeintrag.

Geben Sie das Ziel für den Farbkonvertierungs-Flow an

In diesem Beispiel wählen wir "CommercialPrintingCoated.cfg", um für hochqualitativen Bogenoffsetdruck zu konvertieren.

Bestimmen Sie den Ursprung der zu verarbeitenden PDF-Dateien

  1. Für die besten Ergebnisse wählen Sie die passende Einstellung hinsichtlich der Quelle, aus der die zu verarbeitenden PDF-Dateien stammen.
  2. Wählen Sie wiederum den "Select from Library" -Menüeintrag.

Wählen Sie "Source Color Config"

Wählen Sie eine zum Ursprung der zu verarbeitenden PDF-Dateien passende Einstellung. Wenn nicht genau bekannt ist, welche Art von PDF-Dateien verarbeitet werden soll, wird "AutomaticBestGuess.cfg" die bestmöglichen Ergebnisse durch die Anwendung der am besten geeigneten Einstellungen für jede Datei liefern.

Schmuckfarben erhalten oder nach 4C wandeln?

  1. Zuletzt bestimmen Sie, ob Schmuckfarben erhalten oder eher in Prozessfarben konvertiert werden sollen.
  2. Wählen Sie erneut die "Select from Library"-Option.

Alle Schmuckfarben in Prozessfarben konvertieren

In diesem Beispiel wählen wir die Option, alle Schmuckfarben in Prozessfarben zu wandeln.

Order für eingehende PDFs einrichten

Ziehen Sie das Ordner-Icon aus der "Basics"-Liste im "Elements"-Bereich auf die Arbeitsfläche, links vom pdfToolbox ConvertColors-Icon.

Verbinden Sie den Ordner für eingehende PDFs mit dem pdfToolbox ConvertColors-Icon, indem Sie erst auf das Ordner-Icon und dann auf das pdfToolbox ConvertColors-Icon klicken.

Hinzufügen eines Ordners für die verarbeiteten PDFs

  1. Ziehen Sie genauso wie schon beim Ordner für die eingehenden PDFs einen weiteren Ordner rechts neben das pdfToolbox ConvertColors-Icon auf die Arbeitsfläche und stellen Sie die Verbindung her, indem Sie erst auf das pdfToolbox ConvertColors-Icon und dann nochmals auf das Icon für den zweiten Ordner klicken.

    Gratulation – Sie haben die Konfiguration des einfachen Farbkonvertierungs-Flows abgeschlossen, der alle eingehenden PDFs so konvertiert, dass sie mit der bestmöglichen Farbtreue auf einer Bogenoffset-Druckmaschine ausgegeben werden können.
     
  2. Durch das Klicken auf den "Aktivieren"-Knopf oben rechts wird der neue Flow aktiviert und ist nun bereit, die Verarbeitung und Farbkonvertierung von PDFs durchzuführen.

Neuer Flow aktiviert – Farbkonvertierungs-Flow wartet auf eingehende PDFs

PDFs auf den Ordner für eingehende PDFs ziehen

callas pdfToolbox kurz vor der Verarbeitung und Farbkonvertierung von PDFs

Neben jedem Ordner-Icon weist eine kleine Zahl darauf hin, wie viele Dateien auf die Verarbeitung warten (1) oder wie viele Dateien bereits verarbeitet wurden (2).

callas pdfToolbox bei der Verarbeitung und Farbkonvertierung von PDFs

callas pdfToolbox hat die Farbkonvertierung der PDFs abgeschlossen

Sobald callas pdfToolbox die Verarbeitung der PDFs abgeschlossen hat, werden diese im zweiten Ordner abgelegt (1), bereit um von dort an die Maschine gesendet zu werden. Die einzelnen Dateien werden im "Files"-Bereich gelistet (2) und können von dort beispielsweise auf das lokale System oder auf pdfToolbox Desktop oder Acrobat Professional gezogen werden.


pdfToolbox – Eine Anzeige mit gesättigtem Schwarz und hohem TAC für den Druck auf gestrichenem Papier mit 300% Gesamtfarbauftrag aufbereiten

callas pdfToolbox 4.5 bietet einen sehr einfachen Weg, Text in gesättigtem Schwarz (meistens ursprünglich schwarzer Text, der unbeabsichtigt nach 4c konvertiert wurde) und Bereiche mit einem für die gewünschte Druckumgebung zu hohen Farbauftrag aufzuspüren.

Öffnen Sie das Beispiel "210x285_ClassicCar.pdf" über den "Öffnen"-Dialog oder das Tastenkürzel Cmd-O

Alternativ können Sie auch ein PDF-Dokument auf das callas pdfToolbox 4-Programmsymbol oder die callas pdfToolbox4-Programmfläche ziehen.

Passen Sie die Fenstergröße Ihren Bedürfnissen an

Die unterste Zeile bietet Informationen über die Ausmaße des PDF und in diesem Fall den von der Datei angegebenen PDF-Standard sowie den eingebetteten OutputIntent.

Um den Farbauftrag zu visualisieren, öffnen Sie die Sichtprüfung – wählen Sie "Farbauftrag hervorheben" im Anzeige-Menü

Die Sichtprüfung kann ebenfalls über Cmd-Umschalt-I geöffnet werden.

Das Werkzeug zur Visualierung des Farbauftrags öffnet mit einem Standardwert von 300% Gesamtfarbauftrag (TAC)

Geben Sie den gewünschten Gesamtfarbauftrags-Wert entsprechend der geplanten Druckausgabebedingung ein (1). Ein TAC von 300% ist ein guter Kompromiss, wenn als Einziges bekannt ist, dass die Anzeige auf gestrichenem Papier gedruckt werden soll.
Abhängig vom dargestellten Ergebnis muss entschieden werden, ob der problematische Bereich tatsächlich korrigiert werden muss. In diesem Beispiel ist ein großer Teil des Bildes (2) im Bereich von 300-320% TAC (3), was in diesem Fall korrigiert werden müsste. 
Schließen Sie das Fenster durch Klick auf den "Schließen"-Knopf.

Öffnen Sie das Switchboard, falls es nicht bereits offen ist, durch das Tastenkürzel Cmd-2 oder den Eintrag "Switchboard" im Werkzeuge-Menü

Das Switchboard gewährt Zugang zu diversen pdfToolbox 4-Funktionen, in logischer Gruppierung.

Klicken Sie auf "Farben"

Dies zeigt die verfügbaren Farbkonvertierungs-Werkzeuge.
Die DeviceLink-Konvertierung wird benötigt, um eine Farbumwandlung des kompletten PDF für eine andere oder angepasste Druckbedingung vorzunehmen.

Wählen Sie "DeviceLink"

Um den Gesamtfarbauftrag des PDF auf 300% zu beschränken, wählen Sie "Bogenoffset, Gesamtfarbreduzierung auf 300% (ISO)" – Bestandteil des optionalen DeviceLink Add-Ons (1).
Um das PDF zu konvertieren, klicken Sie auf "Ausführen" (2).

DeviceLink-Konvertierung abgeschlossen

Die DeviceLink-Konvertierung war erfolgreich.

Überprüfen Sie das Ergebnis der Farbauftragsreduzierung

Keine relevanten Bereiche liegen über dem eingegebenen TAC.
Die rosafarbenen Elemente (1) sind in Registerfarbe angelegt und resultieren daher in 400% TAC (2) – diese Objekte sind jedoch nicht von Belang, da sie außerhalb des beschnittenen Endformates liegen.

Um die Farbauszüge zu untersuchen, wechseln Sie zur "Prozessfarbauszüge"-Ansicht

Es ist ebenfalls möglich, zwischen den einzelnen Modi durch Drücken von Cmd+linke Pfeiltaste oder Cmd+rechte Pfeiltaste hin- und herzuschalten.

Darstellung der kombinierten CMY-Auszüge

In Schwarz angelegte Objekte sollten auf der Ansicht der nur CMY-Auszüge (1) nicht sichtbar sein. Der Mercedes Stern (2) ist dennoch zu sehen. Um den Stern näher zu betrachten, verwenden Sie die Lupenfunktion.

Einen Seitenausschnitt vergrößern

Um das Lupenfenster zu öffnen, halten Sie die Umschalttaste gedrückt und ziehen Sie ein Rechteck über dem gewünschten Bereich auf.

Wichtige Einzelheiten mit der Lupe betrachten

Wechseln Sie zur "Nur Schwarz-Kanal"-Ansicht

Um schnell zwischen Ansichten zu wechseln können Sie auch die rechte und linke Pfeiltaste verwenden.

Den Schwarz-Auszug betrachten

Wechseln Sie zur Gruppe "Farben" im Switchboard

Dies zeigt die verfügbaren Farbkonvertierungs-Werkzeuge.
"4c-Schwarz korrigieren" wird benötigt, um eine Farbzuweisung von Text- und Vektorobjekten von gesättigtem Schwarz in reines Schwarz vorzunehmen.

"4c-Schwarz korrigieren" ausführen

Konvertierung von gesättigtem Schwarz abgeschlossen

CMY-Auszüge auf Objekte, die nur Schwarz verwenden sollen, mittels Sichtprüfung kontrollieren

Um die Lupenfunktion zu öffnen, halten Sie die Umschalttaste gedrückt, während Sie einen Rahmen über dem zu vergrößernden Objekt aufziehen.
Auf den CMY-Auszügen befinden sich keine rein-schwarzen Elemente mehr.

Gegenprüfung des schwarzen Farbauszuges

Wechseln Sie zurück zur "Nur Schwarz-Kanal"-Ansicht.

Der nächste Schritt erfordert das Entfernen der Registermarken und das Beschneiden der Anzeige auf den sichtbaren Bereich

Beim Platzieren von Anzeigen in einem Layout ist es oft nötig, Registermarken zu entfernen und das PDF auf den sichtbaren Bereich zu beschneiden. Dies kann in 2 Schritten erledigt werden.

Gehen Sie zur "Anordnen"-Gruppe im Switchboard

Die Anordnen-Werkzeuge ermöglichen es, PDF-Seiten auf unterschiedlichste Art zu kombinieren, umzusortieren und zu trennen.
Drücken Sie den "Teilen"-Knopf.

Objekte in Registerfarbe heraustrennen

Die Teilen-Aktion ermöglicht das Herauslösen von Objekten. Die betreffenden Objekte werden durch eine Prüfung definiert. callas pdfToolbox 4 wird mit einer Liste für diverse Objektarten ausgeliefert.

Wählen Sie "Registerfarbe v4.5" aus der Auswahlliste

Für unser Beispiel benötigen wir eine Prüfung, die in Registerfarbe angelegte Objekte findet.

Klicken Sie auf "Ausführen"

Diese Korrektur erzeugt ein Duplikat des geöffneten PDF. Daher müssen Sie einen Speicherort für das neu erzeugte Dokument angeben.

Ergebnis der Teilen-Aktion

Diese Aktion führt zu 2 PDFs. Eins mit den herausgelösten Objekten und ein PDF mit den restlichen Objekten.

Ergebnis der Anzeige ohne Registermarken

Klicken Sie den "Haus"-Knopf im Switchboard-Fenster

Der "Haus"-Knopf bringt den Benutzer zur Hauptansicht des Switchboard zurück.

Klicken Sie den "Seiten"-Knopf

Die "Seiten"-Gruppe bietet Werkzeuge, die die Größe oder Position einer Seite ändern können.

Klicken Sie auf "Beschneiden"

"Beschneiden" beschneidet das PDF auf die sichtbaren Objekte.
Klicken Sie auf "Ausführen".

Erfolgreiche Ausführung der "Beschneiden"-Aktion

Ergebnis der auf sichtbare Objekte beschnittenen Anzeige

Durch Drücken von Cmd-S speichern Sie die veränderte Datei auf der Festplatte.


pdfToolbox - Prepare handouts for a presentation

Convert a presentation file into PDF and generate a handout file from it. In a second step, convert this handout PDF into black and white in order to save ink or toner on the printing device.

Open "PDFA Presentation.odp"

A PDF file is created from the presentation

8 pages are created from the presentation file as indicated in the lower left corner. You may use the page up and page down cursor keys in order to scroll through the PDF file.

Open pdfToolbox Switchboard and select "Present"

Select Handout

The Handout options windows opens

You can select the desired page layout

3 up with space for notes is a good choice.

Click Execute

The Handout PDF is generated

One slide on the first page as selected

Three page with notes on the other pages

Create a black and white version from this layout

Go back to the main Switchboard window and select "Colors".

Select "Convert to B/W"

Click on "Execute"

The PDF is being processed

The black and white first page

And the second page


Fonts einbetten

 Fonts aus einem dynamisch anpassbaren Suchpfad einbetten.

Um eine Korrektur zu erstellen zunächst in Werkzeuge "Korrekturen" auswählen

Das Korrekturenfenster wird geöffnet

Eine neue Korrektur erstellen über das Optionsmenü rechts oben

Der Korrektur einen Namen geben und auf das orangene Icon neben dem Eingabefeld für den Suchpfad klicken

Das Eingabefenster für Variablen erscheint. Variablenname, Text und Voreinsetellung eingeben

Nach dem Bestätigen mit OK ist das Feld ausgefüllt, Bestätigen mit OK

Nun kann die Korrektur verwendet werden

Beim Ausführen erscheint nun eine Abfrage in der der Suchpfad eingegeben werden kann


Refine colors for converted Office files

A spreadsheet "Eventplan" has three tables on two sheets, some images and a diagram with saturated colors. This spreadsheet document is converted by pdfToolbox to PDF and the colors are perfectly prepared for the printing process: Saturated RGB colors are converted into saturated CMYK colors and RGB-Black is converted into Black.

Start pdfToolbox and open "Eventplan.ods" from the file system

The spreadsheet is converted into a PDF file with two pages

The first page contains some images, a table and a diagram.

Go to second page

The second page contains one table that controls the diagram on the first page.

Go to third page

The size of the pages is adjusted by pdfToolbox depending on the settings of the respective page in OpenOffice.

In order to analyze the result, open the Profiles window from the pdfToolbox menu

You see all profiles that are available

Select a profile that lets you analyze the PDF

The profile "List page objects, grouped by type of object" is useful to create an overview of all objects in a PDF file. Select this profile by entering "group" into the search field.

Analyze the PDF file by clicking the "Analyze" button

All page objects are listed

All page objects are listed in three groups.

Open the "Vector objects (filled)" group in order to analyze the diagram

Open the "Vector objects (filled)" entry.

Use the Snap view and analyze the colors in the diagram on the first page

Open the Snap view by clicking the button "Show in Snap". Select the first entry from the list: "Page 1 RGB (1.0/0.0/0.0) overprint off". The red patch from the diagram appears in the Snap view. The RGB values for the red entry are 1 in the red channel and 0 in the green and blue channels. It would be good if this patch would be converted to 100 Magenta and 100 Yellow in order to be as saturated as possible in the CMYK color space. All other CMYK channels should be 0.

Select the yellow patch from the diagram

Select the second entry from the list: "Page 1 RGB (1.0/1.0/0.0) overprint off". The yellow patch from the diagram appears in the Snap view. The RGB values for the yellow entry are 1 in the red and green channel and 0 in the blue channel. It would be good if this patch would be converted to 100 Yellow in order to be as saturated as possible in the CMYK color space. All other CMYK channels should be 0.

Select the gray patch from the diagram

Select the fifth entry from the list: "Page 1 RGB (0.49/0.49/0.49) overprint off". The gray patch from the diagram appears in the Snap view. The RGB values for the yellow entry are 0.49 in the three RGB channels. It would be good if this patch would be converted to a gray CMYK patch without using the CMY channels.

Open the pdfToolbox Switchboard in order to convert the PDF file to CMYK

Select "Colors".

Use the special color conversion method for Office files

Select "Office PDF to CMYK".

A pop up with a list of available printing destinations appears

Select a printing destination

Select any of the printing destinations, e.g. "Commercial Printing on Coated Paper (ISO)" and start the conversion by clicking on "Execute".

Conversion is done

Go back to the Profiles window

Go back to the Profiles window and use the same profile "List page objects, grouped by type of object" as before in order to analyze the result.

Objects in the result file are listed

Open the "Vector objects (filled)" entry

Select the red patch from the diagram

Open the Snap view by clicking the button "Show in Snap". Select the first entry from the list: "Page 1 CMYK (0.0/1.0/1.0/0.0) overprint off". The red patch from the diagram appears in the Snap view. The red patch has been converted to 100 Magenta and 100 Yellow as requested and appears as a saturated as possible red in the CMYK color space. All other CMYK channels are 0.

Select the yellow patch from the diagram

Select the second entry from the list: "Page 1 CMYK (0.0/0.0/1.0/0.0) overprint off". The yellow patch from the diagram appears in the Snap view. The yellow patch has been converted to 100 Yellow as requested and appears as a saturated as possible yellow in the CMYK color space. All other CMYK channels are 0.

Select the gray patch from the diagram

Select the fifth entry from the list: "Page 1 Black (0.0) overprint on". The gray patch from the diagram appears in the Snap view. The gray patch has accordingly been converted. Note that in addition, the sixth patch that is black has been set to overprint, because in the printing color space this is required in order to let a black object overprint other objects. If a black object is not set to overprint, there may be white lines around it when being printed.


Keyboard shortcuts for pdfToolbox

For some functionality callas pdfToolbox offers the possibility to use keyboard shortcuts. callas pdfToolbox

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Do you have a complete price list in Euro / USD?

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Keyboard shortcuts for pdfToolbox

For some functionality callas pdfToolbox offers the possibility to use keyboard shortcuts.

callas pdfToolbox

Function Shortcut
Mac Windows
callas pdfToolbox Preferences Cmd+,
Hide callas pdfToolbox Cmd+H
Hide Others Alt+Cmd+H
Quit callas pdfToolbox Cmd+Q

File

Function Shortcut
Mac Windows
Open Cmd+O Ctrl+O
Save Cmd+S Ctrl+S
Save As Shift+Cmd+S Ctrl+Shift+S
Revert Cmd+R Ctrl+R
Close Cmd+W Ctrl+W
Exit Cmd+Q Alt+F4

Edit

Function Shortcut
Mac Windows
Cut Cmd+X Ctrl+X
Copy Cmd+C Ctrl+C
Paste Cmd+V Ctrl+V
Select All Cmd+A Ctrl+A

View

Function Shortcut
Mac Windows
First Page ↖︎ Home
Previous Page PageUp
Next Page PageDown
Last Page ↘︎ End
Visualize ink coverage Shift+Cmd+I Ctrl+Shift+I
Output preview Shift+Cmd+O Ctrl+Shift+O
Compare documents Shift+Cmd+C Ctrl+Shift+C

Tools

Function Shortcut
Mac Windows
Switchboard Cmd+2 Ctrl+2
Profiles Cmd+3 Ctrl+3
Checks Cmd+4 Ctrl+4
Fixups Cmd+5 Ctrl+5
Organize pages Shift+Cmd+M Ctrl+Shift+M
Explore Metadata Cmd+6 Ctrl+6
Explore Layers Cmd+7 Ctrl+7
Explore PDF Cmd+8 Ctrl+8
Explore Fonts Cmd+9 Ctrl+9
Server Cmd+0 Ctrl+0
Server Checkpoint Files Shift+Cmd+0 Ctrl+Shift+0
View in default PDF application Cmd+D Ctrl+D

Window

Function Shortcut
Mac Windows
Loupe Cmd+L Ctrl+L
Show next document ^⇥ Ctrl+TAB
Show previous document ^Shift⇥ Ctrl+Shift+TAB

Help

Function Shortcut
Mac Windows
callas pdfToolbox Help F1 F1


Allgemeine Lizenz- und Supportbedingungen

Die Allgemeinen Lizenz- und Supportbedingungen, gültig ab dem 27. April 2015, finden Sie hier.

Die Allgemeinen Lizenz- und Supportbedingungen sind auch als PDF-Dokument verfügbar und können hier heruntergeladen werden: Allgemeine Lizenz- und Supportbedingungen (April 2015).


Do you have a complete price list in Euro / USD?

Yes, the latest price list is available via distributor Four Pees. To access the Reseller Guide, go to https://www.fourpees.com. Once you have registered as reseller, and your account has been approved, you will be granted access to the reseller guide containing full pricing information for all products in Euro and USD. With any questions regarding exact pricing for specific customers, bundles etc... please contact orders@fourpees.com.

General questions on callas software products

Question: What is the target user group of the callas software pdfToolbox products?

Answer: pdfToolbox Desktop is targeted towards people who want to manually inspect or correct PDF files. It can be used either as a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat or as a standalone application (without requiring any Adobe software to be installed). pdfToolbox Server is oriented towards environments where fully unattended inspection and fixing is required. It can be configured with hot folders (also called watched folders) or can be integrated more closely into a solution using the available command-line interface.


Question: I am using pdfToolbox Desktop or Server 6.0 or older. Can I get the latest version?

Answer: Yes you can. Whether this will be with or without cost depends mainly on whether you have an active maintenance agreement for your software. Please contact your reseller or send an email to orders@callassoftware.com to inquire about more details.


Question: Do I need Adobe Acrobat Standard or Professional to process PDF files with the callas software tools?

Answer: No. You can use pdfToolbox Desktop as a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat is you choose to do so, but it can also be used as a completely independent application. The automated solutions (pdfToolbox Server / CLI) are always completely independent.


Question: Are the demo versions identical to the full versions?

Answer: Yes, the demo versions are fully-functional. However, they have a restricted lifetime. You can test our software for 15 days without restriction or obligation.


Question: Where can I buy your products?

Answer: callassoftware has an extensive list of partners that can provide local support and help with training / installation when required. You can find the full list of partners here. Alternatively the interactive products can be bought from the callas web shop here.


Question: Who do I contact if I have general questions on a product?

Answer: Your first point of contact should always be the local reseller; they are able to provide you with local support in your own language. Alternatively, send an email to us directly and we will be happy to help. Use info@callassoftware.com for general questions and support@callassoftware.com for technical inquiries.


Question: I’m experiencing problems when installing or uninstalling software. Where can I get help?

Answer: Your first point of contact should always be the local reseller; they are able to provide you with local support in your own language. Alternatively, send an email to us directly and we will be happy to help. Use info@callassoftware.com for general questions and support@callassoftware.com for technical inquiries.


Question: How can I update my callas software product?

Answer: It’s really easy to update a callas software product – you simply install the new version on top of the old version. As always it's safest to make sure you have a backup before you install new software on a production machine; specifically of the preferences folder where all of your custom profiles are stored.


Question: How do I find out when the new version of my software is available?

Answer: Customers who have a software maintenance agreement (SMA) automatically receive a notification informing them of all version changes for callas software. They can also access detailed information on the changes made in the special SMA area of the callas software web site. Alternatively check our download page; this always lists the latests versions of all products.


Question: I urgently need a particular additional function for a callas software product. What can I do?

Answer: At callas software, we are constantly striving to improve our products. Past experience has shown us that it pays to collaborate with customers on solutions and enhancements to the CLI versions. These functions can be tested on site in real production environments and then integrated into the standard version later on. If you have questions or suggestions, please send an e-mail to technology@callassoftware.com.


Question: Where can I exchange information with other users?

Answer: callas software has a forum where interested users can exchange information about their experiences and specific usage conditions and discuss the integration of callas software into their existing workflows. Click here to visit the forum.

You might also like to visit the Swiss-based site www.hilfdirselbst.ch (German only). It contains prepress forums on the professional use of software for prepress processes, color management, and further processing. Many valuable posts about using our tools in your daily work can be found here.


Question: Is it possible to exchange profiles between different program versions?

Answer: Generally exported profiles are interchangeable within the same program generation (eg pdfToolbox 7.x). Of course, new corrections or checks that have been added in a minor update version (eg pdfToolbox 7.x), are not usable in older versions (eg pdfToolbox 6.x ). As new major versions can include fundamental changes in the profile structure, the profiles have an internal versioning. Therefore, older versions can not import the profiles of newer versions. Since these profile versions can be of interest to integrators and developers, please find the list with versions below:

pdfToolbox version Profile version Acrobat version
4.0 6.0 9.0
4.4 8.0 -
4.5 9.0 10.0
5.0 10.0 -
5.5 11.0 11.0
6.0 12.0 -
7.0 13.0 -

Fragen zu pdfToolbox: Meldung "Ungültiger Compact Font"

Frage: Was bedeutet die Fehlermeldung “Beschädigter Font: Ungültiger Compact Font”, die nach dem Erzeugen eines Prüfreports in Acrobat erscheint?

Antwort: Manche 3rd-Party-Plugins wie z.B. PitStop Professional sind inkompatibel mit der Methode zur Erstellung des Prüfreports. Aktuell kann der Fehler nur dadurch umgangen werden, dass dieses 3rd-Party-Plugin deaktiviert wird. 


Fragen zur Archivierung von PDF-Druckdateien mit PDF/A und PDF/X

Frage: In welchem ISO-Format sollte man Druckdaten am besten archivieren?

Antwort: Da PDF/A sich sehr viel ausdrücklicher und ausgeprägter um eine langfristige Reproduzierbarkeit bzw. Weiter- und Wiederverwendung von PDF kümmert, sollte man die Druckdaten, die als PDF/X an die Druckerei geschickt werden, am besten zugleich auch als PDF/A erstellen, so dass eine Archivierung unmittelbar ohne weitere Verarbeitungsschritte möglich ist. 

Frage: Ich habe bereits drucktaugliche PDF/X-Dateien. Gibt es Probleme bei der Umwandlung nach PDF/A?

Antwort: Nein, die Umwandlung ist meist problemlos möglich - im Grunde sollte sich jede PDF/X-1a oder PDF/X-3-Datei unmittelbar zugleich auch als PDF/A-1b abspeichern lassen. 

Frage: Worin liegen die Unterschiede zwischen PDF/A und PDF/X?

Antwort: Die beiden Standards PDF/X und PDF/A wurden von der ISO so erarbeitet, dass sie weitestgehend miteinander verträglich sind - also so, dass eine PDF-Datei gleichzeitig PDF/A und PDF/X konform sein kann. 

Die wichtigsten Unterschiede zwischen PDF/A und PDF/X im Überblick

Die ISO-Standards PDF/A (ISO 19005) und PDF/X (ISO 15930) wurden zwar für unterschiedliche Zielsetzungen entwickelt, stimmen im Hinblick auf einen großen Teil der Anforderungen aber exakt überein. Die folgenden Abschnitte arbeiten die wichtigsten Unterschiede zwischen PDF/A und PDF/X heraus.

Grundlegende Unterschiede zwischen PDF/A und PDF/X für den Druck

PDF/A verlangt folgende drucktechnische Aspekte nicht - verbietet sie aber auch nicht - die in PDF/X erforderlich sind oder zumindest tendenziell häufiger vorkommen.
So sind z.B. folgende Aspekte, die der PDF/X-Standard vorschreibt, in PDF/A optional:

  • Angaben zur Seitengeometrie, insbesondere zur TrimBox (Angabe des beschnittenen Endformats der Seiten)
  • Trapped-Einstellung (Angabe, ob das PDF bereits überfüllt wurde)

Verbotene Inhalte in PDF/X, aber erlaubt in PDF/A

PDF/X-1a und PDF/X-3 verbieten einige Konstrukte, die in PDF/A sehr wohl erlaubt sind:

  • Kommentare und Formularfelder im zu druckenden Bereich der Seiten
  • JBIG2 (Kompressionsverfahren für Bitmap-Bilddaten)

Unterschiedliche Anforderungen bei Metadaten

PDF/A hat weitergehende Anforderungen an Metadaten als PDF/X-1a und PDF/X-3:

  • sind bestimmte Metadaten in der “Document Information” enthalten, müssen sie in den XMP-Metadaten in äquivalenter Weise ebenfalls enthalten sein

Unterschiede bei der Behandlung von Schrift

  • PDF/X erfordert ein generelles Einbetten von Schrift, auch für unsichtbaren Text
  • PDF/A erfordert nicht das Einbetten von Schrift, die ausschließlich für unsichtbaren Text verwendet wird.

Unsichtbarer Text wird häufig bei gescannten Seiten eingesetzt, um das gescannte Seitenbild mit unsichtbarem Text aus einem OCR-Texterkennungslauf zu überlagern.

Unterschiede beim OutputIntent

Wichtig: Es gibt getrennte OutputIntents für PDF/X und PDF/A!

Ein OutputIntent gibt an, für welche Ausgabebedingung eine PDF-Datei gedacht ist bzw. erstellt wurde. Beispiele: ein bestimmter Druckprozess wie Bogenoffset auf gestrichenem Papier, eine bestimmte Art von digitalem Drucker, oder aber auch der “Bildschirm” als Ausgabemedium.

  • PDF/X verlangt in jedem Fall das Vorhandensein eines OutputIntent
  • bei PDF/X muss sich ein OutputIntent auf Ausgabebedingungen für Druck beziehen. Ein OutputIntent für “Bildschirm” - z.b. via sRGB - ist hier nicht zugelassen
  • bei PDF/A hingegen ist ein OutputIntent optional; er wird nur dann erforderlich, wenn im PDF/A-Dokument geräteabhängige Prozessfarbräume verwendet werden, also z.B. DeviceCMYK oder DeviceRGB - dann dient der OutputIntent der farblichen Charakterisierung dieser gerateabhängigen Farbangaben
  • PDF/A verlangt, dass bei Vorhandensein von zwei (oder mehr) OutputIntents die darin enthaltenen Zielprofile identisch sein müssen

Mögliche Probleme bei der Konvertierung von PDF/X nach PDF/A

Wenn eine PDF/X-Datei für Archivierungszwecke nach PDF/A wandeln möchte, ohne dabei die PDF/X-Eigenschaft zu verlieren, wird das insbesondere dann schwierig, wenn ...

  • ein OutputIntent ohne Zielprofil verwendet wird (was ansonsten zulässig ist für PDF/X-1a, oder auch PDF/X-3 sofern keine geräteunabhängigen Prozessfarben enthalten sind).
  • wenn Kommentare oder Formularfelder enthalten sind (bei PDF/X nur außerhalb von TrimBox bzw. BleedBox zulässig), die den Anforderungen von PDF/A nicht genügen.

In den allermeisten Fällen sollte es beim Einsatz geeigneter Werkzeuge – wie z.B. pdfaPilot oder Preflight in Acrobat Professional 8 – problemlos möglich sein, ein PDF/X zugleich auch als PDF/A abzuspeichern.

Mögliche Probleme bei der Konvertierung von PDF/A nach PDF/X

Wenn man schon eine PDF/A-Datei hat und ein PDF/X daraus machen möchte, ohne dabei die PDF/A-Eigenschaft zu verlieren, wird das insbesondere dann schwierig, wenn

  • ein OutputIntent für “Bildschirm” enthalten ist
  • wenn Kommentare oder Formularfelder enthalten sind
  • bei gescannten Seiten mit per OCR eingefügtem unsichtbaren Text, sofern die Schriften hierfür nicht eingebettet sind

Insbesondere bei nicht von vorneherein für den Auflagendruck erstellten PDF/A-Dokumenten kann das Abspeichern als PDF/X problematisch sein. 

Frage: Kann eine PDF/A-Datei denn auch gleichzeitig PDF/X-konform sein und umgekehrt?

Antwort: Ja, sowohl PDF/X als auch PDF/A sind von der ISO absichtlich so konstruiert worden, dass ein PDF-Dokument mit beiden Standards auf einmal konform sein kann. So werden drucktechnische Aspekte - also beispielsweise Informationen zu Überfüllungen - zwar vom PDF/A-Standard nicht ausdrücklich verlangt, aber eben auch nicht verboten. PDF/A verbietet aber auch nicht, PDFs so zu erstellen, dass sie in der grafischen Industrie als produktionstauglich angesehen werden können.Im Detail gibt es zwar Divergenzen zwischen PDF/A und PDF/X, die sich aus der zeitlichen Abfolge in der Entwicklung der Standards ergeben hat. In der Praxis werden diese kleinen Unterschiede jedoch selten zum Problem und in der Regel sollte eine Konvertierung recht gut funktionieren. 

Frage: Wie erzeugt man eine gleichermaßen PDF/A- & PDF/X-konforme Datei?

Antwort: Mit der von callas software entwickelten Preflight-Funktion, wie sie in Acrobat 8 Professional von Adobe mitgeliefert wird, lässt sich in einem einzigen Schritt aus einem PDF ein gleichzeitig PDF/X- und PDF/A-konformes Dokument erstellen - einfach ein Preflight-Profil einrichten, bei dem im Bereich “Konvertierung nach PDF/X bzw. PDF/A” beide Standards aktiviert sind. Man kann das ganze mit Acrobat Professional 8 ausprobieren - die dort enthaltene Preflight-Funktionen bietet diverse Möglichkeiten, z.B. ein PDF/A nach PDF/X zu speichern; oder ein PDF in einem Durchgang als PDF/A und als PDF/X abzuspeichern. Mit den in Preflight vorhandenen Korrekturmöglichkeiten kann man auch bei einigen Problemchen mit einer entsprechenden Korrektur nachhelfen.
Adobe Acrobat Professional 7 bietet dagegen nur ansatzweise PDF/A-Unterstützung, da der PDF/A-Standard während der Entwicklung von Acrobat 7 noch nicht ganz fertig war.
Sind automatisierbare Lösungen gewünscht, helfen der pdfInspektor CLI und der pdfaPilot CLI von callas software weiter: Beide Kommandozeilen-Module basieren auf exakt dem gleichen Quellcode wie die Preflight-Funktion in Acrobat, laufen aber bedienungsfrei im Serverbetrieb, wahlweise auf Windows, Mac OS X, Linux oder Sun Solaris. Sie können auch mühelos in Helios- oder Switch-Umgebungen integriert werden.


Konvertierung nach PDF

pdfToolbox und pdfaPilot bieten die Möglichkeit, verschiedene Dateiformate nach PDF zu konvertieren. Klicken Sie auf das Produkt, das Sie für Konvertierungen verwenden möchten:


Release notes callas pdfToolbox 7

pdfToolbox 7.6.314 

Release date: 2015-03-19 

  • Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox Desktop 7 license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7

Features

  • Enhanced Profiles
    • All “Convert to PDF/A…”-Profiles
      • New Fixup “Remove glyphs with invalid encoding definition” [CA1023466; CA1023522]
  • New Checks
    • Has private Illustrator information [FP23244; FP26833]
    • Radial smooth shade without radius
    • Several new properties related to embedded files (especially for PDF/A-3)
  • Enhanced Checks
    • Possibility to use negation of regular expressions in those checks added, where values can be defined
  • New Fixups
    • Replace glyphs without Unicode to SPACE characters
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • New function to switch between normal and table view in certain Fixups [FP27603]
    • Set relationship entry for embedded files: “Apply to” added for more flexibility
    • Remove XMP metadata: Option to remove XMP metadata from structure elements added
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Added support for OpenOffice using 64Bit JavaVM
  • CLI
    • UncompressImg: Extended scope, works now also for images-based Checks used in Fixups [FP27168]
    • Improve reporting of additionally created files from ProcessPlans
  • Reports
    • XML-Reports: Page label is listed in page information
  • General
    • Deactivation of licenses using Desktop and CLI
    • Introduced a validity period for activation with generated license file
    • License files used in CLI-only environments needs to be activated before deployment
    • Improved reporting if a Fixup is not successful for all objects (especially on CLI Fix and FixFailure will become reported now)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP3n)

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Verify compliance with PDF/X-4p: Problem solved, where the trailing space for RGB was not properly regarded [CA1023556]
  • Fixups
    • Fix glyph width information: Fixed issue, where positioning of glyphs changed in certain cases [FP25990; FP26244; FP27795; CA1023570]
    • Fix glyph width information: Problem solved, where glyphs are distorted in some cases [FP24435]
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Problem solved, where text was not properly formatted after processing [FP24371]
      • Problem solved, where text vanished in certain cases [FP25667; FP27233; FP27270; FP27639]
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were displaced [FP26089]
    • Make XMP metadata compliant: Problem solved, where multiple creator entries were not respected
    • Make XMP metadata compliant with PDF/X-4: Fixed issue, where unusual DocInfo entry was not properly removed [FP27145]
    • Convert SMask to image mask: Problem solved, where processing resulted in an unexpected result [CA1023528]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink profiles: Problem solved, where colorspaces in DefaultRGB or DefaultCMYK were not properly handle in some cases [CA1023656]
    • Remove objects outside of page area: Fixed issue, where certain cases of text placement was not properly respected [FP27658]
    • Make font names unique: Problem solved, where processing resulted in an improper behavior during postprocessing [FP20693; CA1022294]
    • Set MIME type entry for embedded files: Fixed issue, where entry was not properly set in certain cases
    • Set page label: Adjusted handling to enable modification of complete page ranges [FP27217]
    • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved, where font was not embedded due to missing Subtype-entry [FP27498]
    • Convert TrueType to CFF: Problem solved, where conversion was not successful in certain cases [FP26772]
    • Problem solved, where Smooth Shades were not properly handled in some cases [CA1022421]
    • Problem solved, where invalid UTF-8 font names were not corrected [CA1023559]
  • Checks
    • Number of effectively non-empty plates: Fixed issue, where selected units for aperture was not properly respected [CA1023646]
    • Effective Ink coverage:
      • Fixed issue, where result was not properly determined if aperture was identical to sample size [CA1023392]
      • Optimized handling to avoid unnecessary internal rendering [CA1023410]
      • If custom area is defined, it will be corrected to stay inside of CropBox if original dimension exceeds this box [CA1023392]
    • Fixed issue, where certain PDF structures resulted in false hits [FP27559; FP27939]
    • Fixed issue, where some kinds of Smooth Shades were mistakenly flagged as invalid [CA1023332]
  • Actions
    • ReDistill: Fixed issue, where processing special PDFs files causes an error [FP27494; FP27635]
    • Impose: Problem solved, where umlaut characters used in PlaceText resulted in an unexpected font [CA1023435]
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where the print area of XSLX-Excel-documents were not properly respected [FP27328]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where Unicode file names of TIFF files resulted in an unexpected behavior [CA1023605]
    • Save as image: Fixed issue, where overprint was not respected in some cases [CA1023059; FP27495]
  • Process Plans
    • Problem solved, where reports created by sequence steps did not contained annotations [FP27963]
    • Problem solved, where removing of steps resulted in an improper behavior in certain cases [FP27757]
  • Desktop
    • Reports: Problem solved, where custom PDF reports were not properly created in certain cases [FP27718; FP27979]
    • Variables dialog: Problem solved, where quotation marks became replaced by operating system (MacOS only) [FP27547]
    • Compare: Problem solved, where custom settings could not be used for reports [FP26947]
  • Server
    • Checkpoint: Problem solved, where preview did not work for PDF with Japaneses characters in filename [FP26938]
    • Reports: Fixed issue, where overview reports were not properly created [FP27966]
    • Fixed issue, where not convertible non-PDF files were moved into “Processed”- instead of “Error”-folder [FP26835]
  • General
    • Fixed problem, where special characters in name of Output Intent avoided a proper profile export [FP28111]
    • Desktop: Fixed issue, where text was not properly displayed (MacOS Retina only)
  • CLI
    • Improved handling of hotfolders when user “nobody” is used (Linux only)
    • Problem solved, where no template based PDF reports were created if ProcessPlans has been used [FP27087]

pdfToolbox 7.5.307 

Release date: 2014-12-18 

  • Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox Desktop 7 license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Remove objects outside of MediaBox: Problem solved, where objects inside were affected [FP26958; FP26979; FP27329; FP27413; FP27458; CA1023533]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved, where conversion was not applied properly in certain cases [CA1023520]
  • CLI
    • Problem solved, where unnecessary entries in system log occurred (MacOS 10.10 only) [CA1022935; CA1023414]
  • General
    • Update signature of installer to comply with latest security settings (MacOS only) [FP27341]

pdfToolbox 7.5.304 

Release date: 2014-10-01 

  • Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox Desktop 7 license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7

Fixes

  • Distributed Processing
    • Problem solved, where an unavailable dispatcher resulted in an unstable behavior in certain cases [FP26627]

pdfToolbox 7.5.303 

Release date: 2014-09-26 

  • Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox Desktop 7 license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7

Features

  • New Fixups
    • Remove bookmarks: Removes all bookmarks in a PDF [FP26479]
    • Set page labels (and their styles): Set page labels based on defined checks [FP25697]
    • Remove page label: Removes all page labels in a PDF [FP25697]
  • New Checks
    • Effective ink coverage in custom area, can be used in order to check whether a certain area on the printed sheet is empty [CA1023021]
    • Several new properties to find page labels and their styles [FP25697]
    • Page is last page: Determines if a page is the last in a PDF [CA1023021]
    • Page has objects using transparency [CA1022314]
  • Enhanced Profiles
    • All PDF/A-1 and PDF/X-1 and -3 based Profiles, Profiles for Online Publishing and Digital Printing:
      • Flatten Transparency: Internal optimization has become deprecated and has been removed from the user interface
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • All “Flatten transparency” Fixups:
      • Internal optimization has been deprecated and has been removed from the user interface
  • Enhanced Checks
    • Effective ink coverage: Improved calculation of trigger values. Area coverage will only be reported as trigger value if “Evaluate all pixels” is activated [FP]
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Additional file formats supported for MS Word (.dot; .dotx; .dotm; .txt; .xml), MS Excel (.xslm; .xlt; .xltx; .xltm) and MS Powerpoint (.ppa; .ppam)
    • ToPDF: Font substitutions, which took place in MS Word can be reported on CLI and in SDK [CA1022584; CA1023233]
    • ToPDF: Support for multipage-TIFF added [CA1022701]
    • Impose: Improved positioning of text [FP25672; FP25112]
  • CLI
    • Timeout parameter to abort processing after a defined time frame works now also for office conversion processes [FP26251; FP26513; FP22133]
    • Program folder contains a new init-script that shows how to start a pdfToolbox server at system start (Linux only) [FP26507]
  • Distributed Processing
    • Improved reporting for errors on CLI [FP]
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP3c)
  • All components on MacOS are x64 now

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Verify compliance with PDF/VT-1: Adjusted analysis of DPart structure [CA1023271]
  • Fixups
    • Set document language to language in tagging structure: Problem solved, where Figure Tag description was removed [CA1023202]
    • Convert color using DeviceLink profile: Problem solved, where conversion was not applied properly [CA1022684]
    • Subset fonts: Fixed issue, where glyphs were removed in some cases [FP26505]
    • Adjust DotGain: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in improper result [FP20297; FP22585; FP23230; FP23606; CA1023240]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where annotations were removed during processing [FP24614; CA1022661]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where characters were not properly handled in certain cases [FP25828]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyphs vanished in some cases [FP25783]
    • Font to outline: Fixed issue, where internal structure was not properly created [FP24394]
    • Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers: Fixed issue, where invisible layers were not properly removed [FP22502; CA1023254]
    • Remove layer: Problem solved, where content remained in the document [FP20692; FP20710; FP21689]
    • Fix font encoding: Fixed issue, where text was improperly positioned in some cases [FP26069]
    • Remove objects outside page area: Problem solved, where objects remained outside the defined page area [FP24602; CA1022829]
    • Set transparency blend mode: Fixed issue, where the “apply to” filter within the Fixup settings was not properly respected [FP21385; FP19895]
  • Checks
    • Glyph width is inconsistent: Problem solved, where widths were not properly calculated in some cases [FP26600]
    • MD5 checksum of ICC profiles: Corrected naming of reported results
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where certain PNG images were rotated
    • Split Layers: Fixes issue, where created files were not properly output on command line when using “singlepages” option (CLI only) [CA1023264]
    • Create PostScript: Problem solved, where objects were moved in some cases [FP26175]
    • Create PostScript: Problem solved, where text became converted to images [FP25888; FP25672]
    • Save as image: Problem solved, where the Output Intent was not properly respected [CA1023108]
    • Extract text: Fixed issue, where extracting text caused an error with some files [CA1023097]
  • Reports
    • Visualizer report: Fixed issues, where report was not properly scaled for PDFs with large dimensions [FP23315]
    • Font inventory report: Fixed issue, where glyphs and unicode values were not listed [FP24267; FP24680]
  • Desktop
    • Various improvements for usability and stability
    • Fixed problem, where creating a Check out of editing a Fixup resulted in an improper behavior [CA1023222]
  • Server
    • Problem solved, where Japanese language was not properly handled [FP25603]
  • General
    • Improved handling for font files without extension (Unix only) [CA1023053]
    • Problem solved, where optimization of the ContentStream resulted in vanished objects in certain cases [FP26051]
    • Problem solved, where processing using Solaris 10 resulted in unstable behavior [CA1023097]

pdfToolbox 7.4.292 

Release date: 2014-06-25 

  • Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox Desktop 7 license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7

Features

  • Fixups
    • Remap characters from Unicode Private Use Area: Map Unicode from PUA to another valid Unicode [FP21906]
    • Remove all tagging information: Removes all tagging structure [CA1022859]
  • Checks
    • Number of effectively non-empty plates: Checks for number of plates based on an offscreen rendered PDF per page [FP24249]
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Font to outline: “Apply to” added to control, which fonts are outlined [FP24277; FP24750]
  • Enhanced Checks
    • Effective ink coverage: Optional possibility added to render whole page to determine the complete amount of ink coverage [FP25022]
  • Desktop
    • Visualizer: Added option to set simulation profile and improved handling if an OutputIntent exists [FP24842]
    • Profile editor: Several predefined filters in search field for checks and fixups
  • CLI
    • Timeout parameter to abort processing after a defined time frame
    • Server, Dispatcher or Satellite can be used as service on Windows [CA1018775; CA1019172]
    • New function –splitmergepdf to create a result PDF from split pages in one run [FP23621]
    • New function –listfonts to list all available fonts for “Set TextFont” in Imposition
  • Distributed processing
    • Optional failover for Dispatcher in Client-mode
    • Possibility for typification for Satellites
    • Timeout parameter to abort processing after a defined time frame for distributed processes [FP24945]
    • Local processing (as a fall-back) can be disabled
    • Optimization for connecting process between Dispatcher and Satellite

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Make Pantone spot color names consistent: Problem solved, where multi-digit numbers were not handled properly [FP25433]
    • Fix glyph width information: Problem solved, where text was not properly handled for certain PDF created by PhotoShop [FP24435; FP25487]
    • Rotate pages: Problem solved, where page rotation factor was not handled correctly for links in some cases [CA1022891]
    • Set transparency properties for stroke: Problem solved, where processing resulted in an error [FP25416]
    • Font-related corrections: Problem solved, where false entries in PostScript font resulted in an improper behavior [CA1022964]
    • Font-related corrections: Problem solved, where glyphs seemed to be corrupt when viewed in Acrobat 8 [FP25207]
    • Font-related corrections: Fixed issue, where glyph widths did not match after processing [CA1023004]
    • Downsample/recompress color/grayscale images: Problem solved, where downsampling was not applied properly [CA1022771]
    • Downsample/recompress grayscale images: Problem solved, where recompressing JBIG2 images did not take place if used in masks [FP25017]
    • Remove JavaScript not associated with actions: Problem solved, where JavaScript in NamesTree was not properly removed [FP24590]
    • Remove actions: Problem solved, where JavaScript in NamesTree was not properly removed [FP24590]
    • Convert TrueType to CFF: Problem solved, where fixup did not work like expected
    • Remove additional encoding entries in cmap of symbolic TrueType fonts: Problem solved, where resulting PDF could not be processed by some RIPs [FP24817]
    • Remove layer: Problem solved, where some content on layer was not properly removed caused by “OC” entries in images and FormXObjects [FP24742]
    • Remove or adjust annotations: Problem solved, where annotation was moved outside page area instead of being flattened into page content [FP23345]
    • Remove or adjust annotations: Fixed issue, where annotations were not properly rotated [CA1022661]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where characters defined as .notdef glyph were not properly handled in certain cases [FP18277; FP18547; FP18347]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where not embedded fonts were not converted [FP24777]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where some glyphs were not completely filled in after processing in some cases [FP22538]
    • Font to outline: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in improper result [FP25402]
    • Subset fonts: Optimized handling for width entries of unused glyphs [CA1022860]
    • Remove invisible image data: Problem solved, where processing of inline images resulted in an error [CA1022876]
    • Remove invisible image data: Problem solved, where images with no size were not properly handled [FP24852]
    • Unsharp masking of images: Fixed issue, where processing did not succeed as expected [CA1022930]
    • Make font names unique: Problem solved, where errors occurred during postprocessing in certain cases [FP20693; CA1022294]
    • Substitute characters using .notdef glyph with space characters: Fixed issue, where text was moved during processing [FP24117]
    • Create bookmarks from headings: Problem solved, where existing bookmarks were removed [CA1022846]
    • Convert page into image: Problem solved, where improper nested geometry boxes resulted in unexpected dimension of created image[CA1022872]
  • Checks
    • Document contains actions: Fixed issue, where JavaScript in NamesTree was not properly detected [FP24590]
    • Document contains JavaScript: Fixed issue, where JavaScript in NamesTree was not properly detected [FP24590]
    • Symbolic TrueType font has Encoding dictionary: Problem solved, where unusual encoding entry was not detected properly [FP23523]
    • MD5 checksum of ICC profiles: Adjusted names and comments to better explain how the checksum is computed
    • Character references .notdef glyph: Problem solved, where .notdef glyphs were not recognized in certain cases [FP24810]
    • Effective ink coverage: Fixed issue, where trigger value for amount of ink was wrong [FP25022]
    • Effective ink coverage: Adjusted usage of simulation profile for page blending to match expected results [FP23214]
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Support for latest Pages (Version 5.2) for Mac [FP25116]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where rotation info in TIFF images was not respected in certain cases [CA1022942]
    • ToPDF: TXT files will be handled by MS Office if no OpenOffice is installed (Windows + MacOS) [CA1022881]
    • Impose: Improved reporting if needed fonts are not available on the system
    • Impose: Problem solved, where text in positioned pages was moved in certain cases [FP25112]
    • Save As Image: Harmonized used simulation profiles for PNG to those used for other image formats ('sRGB IEC61966-2.1', 'Dot Gain 15%' or 'ISO Coated v2 (ECI)')
  • Reports
    • Template-based PDF-Reports: Corrected use of time zone of local computer time
  • Desktop
    • Some Problems solved, where user interface did not work as expected [FP23091, FP23115]
    • Switchboard: Letterhead: Improved handling for multi-page documents [FP25090]
    • Switchboard: Flatten transparency: Adjusted settings to those used by profiles
  • Acrobat PlugIn
    • Problem solved, where batch processing resulted in an improper behavior in Acrobat 9 [FP24960]
  • General
    • Desktop: Optimized handling of unused conditions
    • Desktop: Improved indexing of check and fixup names during import of profiles
    • Process Plans: Optimization for PostCheck when standard conversion is used
    • Checks: Optimized analysis to reduce needed amount of memory [CA1022630; FP20799]
    • Fixups: Problem solved, where optimization of content stream did not handle unnecessary clipping paths correctly [FP24997]
    • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where saving as image resulted in error if pagerange was used [FP24980]
    • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where merging PDF was not successful if an output filename was defined [FP24800]

pdfToolbox 7.3.280 

Release date: 2014-03-24 

  • Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox Desktop 7 license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7

Features

  • Switchboard
    • New function to outline page geometry boxes
  • Server/CLI
    • Possibility to use cachefolder for distributed processing added
    • New function to empty fontcache and profilecache when cachefolder-mechanism is used (CLI only)
  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency: New Option to define kind of image compression used [FP23306]
  • New and enhanced Profiles
    • Verify compliance with PDF/VT-2
    • All PDF/A-1 and PDF/X-1 and -3 based Profiles, Profiles for Online Publishing and Digital Printing:
      • Flatten transparency: Internal optimization deactivated
      • Flatten transparency: Color images created by the flattener are not always using JPEG
    • All GWG2012-Profiles:
      • Minor adjustments for “black object”-checks to match requirements of the latest specification errata document
    • All “Convert to PDF/A-2-…”- and “Convert to PDF/A-3…”-Profiles
      • New fixup “Insert missing F and UF entries for embedded files”
  • New and enhanced Process Plans
    • Check for non-CMYK color, create a report, convert to CMYK (ISO Coated v2) and flatten transparency
  • New and enhanced Fixups
    • All “Flatten transparency” fixups:
      • Internal optimization deactivated
      • Color images created by the flattener are not always using JPEG
    • Convert to grayscale: Adjusted settings to preserve objects from conversion, which are using only black already [FP23065]
    • Set layer name: New fixup to set layer name based on a check
    • All “Downsample bitmap|color|grayscale images” fixups:
      • Recompression will not take place if images are not downsampled
  • New and enhanced Checks
    • New Properties to find transparent objects on xobject- or page-level
    • New Property to find if a JBIG2 compression is marked as lossy or lossless
  • CLI
    • Action Overlay: New option to parameter “placebelow” added to define which document is used for number of pages in resulting document [FP24201]

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Convert to PDF/X-4: Problem solved, where multiple metadata namespaces were not properly handled in certain cases [FP24371]
  • Fixups
    • Problem solved, where glyph problems occurred during PDF/X-4 conversion [CA1022608]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyph widths were not properly respected in certain cases [FP24485]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyphs were distorted in some cases [FP24011; FP24207; FP24318]
    • Add missing SPACE glyph: Problem solved, where processing resulted in improper result [FP24479; FP24528]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved, where objects seemed to be changed in position after processing [FP23659]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where processing on files with removed Output Intent resulted in improper behaviour [FP23556, FP24316]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where resulting images were not created in requested resolution when Raster/Vector balance is set to “0” [CA1022603]
    • Remove Output Intent: Problem solved, where removing resulted in an error in certain cases [FP24284]
    • Generate bleed from page content: Problem solved, where created bleed was not properly scaled and positioned [FP22575; FP23525]
    • Unsharp masking of images: Problem solved, where images smaller than defined threshold resulted in improper behaviour [FP24549]
    • Convert SoftMask to ImageMask: Problem solved, where images were not visible after processing
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where EPS files were not converted to PDF (Linux x64 only) {FP24287]
    • ToPDF: Extended support for LibreOffice on more Linux distributions
  • Reports
    • Template-based PDF-Reports: Problem solved, where reports were not created using Linux [FP23117]
    • Compare reports: Problem solved, where images were not scaled correctly (Desktop only) [FP24235]
  • CLI
    • Implode profiles: Problem solved, where OutputIntent was not properly added again from exploded profiles [FP23674]
    • Enumerate profiles: Support for variables used in ProcessPlans added [CA1022677]
  • General
    • Problem solved, where PowerPoint files could not be converted when using MS Office 2013
    • Improved usage of system resources on x64-based installations [FP23489]
    • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where umlauts in filename resulted in improper behaviour in some cases (Linux only) [FP24372]
    • Problem solved, where a special combination of custom fixups resulted in instable processing [FP24262]
    • Fixes issue, where time zones with different offset than a full hour were not properly handled in the XMP metadata
    • Standard14 fonts: Adjusted recognition, so that an existing FontDescriptor is tolerated
    • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP2k)

pdfToolbox 7.2.262 

Release date: 2014-01-30 

  • Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox Desktop 7 license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7

Features

  • Reports
    • Customizable PDF-Reports: Support for creation of XML-Reports on the fly and adding content to the PDF-Report [FP23183]

Fixes

  • CLI
    • EnumerateProfiles: Support for Process plans added [CA1022677]

pdfToolbox 7.2.261 

Release date: 2014-01-23 

  • Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox Desktop 7 license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7

Features

  • General
    • Process Plans: Improved performance [CA1021808]
  • Fixups
    • Outline page geometry boxes: Several new options added
    • Generate bleed from page content: Option added to create images in DeviceCMYK
  • New Checks
    • Transparency group has transparent objects
    • Transparency group on page level has transparent objects
  • Reports
    • Customizable PDF-Reports: Can also be created using pdfToolbox Desktop
    • Customizable PDF-Reports: Localization added
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: PostScript to PDF conversion now also x64 when using Linux x64 [FP23753]
    • ToPDF: New optional warning if font substitution takes place in PDFs created from MS Word documents [CA1022584]
    • ToPDF: New parameter to create PDFs for MS Excel documents according to the Excel behavior [CA1022382, FP23677, FP21000]
  • CLI
    • Action Overlay: Support for more file formats
    • Process Plan: Support for variables used in impose actions [FP]

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert Colors: Problem solved, where inconsistent encoding entries in images resulted in improper result[FP23626]
    • Downsample/Recompress images: Problem solved, where downsampling was not applied for some kinds of SoftMasks [FP23527]
    • Scale pages: Problem solved, where objects defined as pattern were not handled properly in some cases [FP23617, FP23672]
    • Fix glyph width info: Problem solved, where glyphs were not properly handled [FP21681, FP22548, FP22125]
  • Checks
    • Fixed problem, where special usage of resource dicts in PDF ended up in unexpected result [FP24057]
  • CLI
    • ToPDF: Optimized conversion handling for OEM integration [CA1022639]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where file permissions form original file (read-only) were also applied to the result PDF [CA1022305]
    • General: Fixed problem, where longer processing time could result in improper behavior in OEM integration [CA1022632]
    • Cachefolder: Fixed handling of global temp directory (Linux only) [FP23117]
    • Reports: Problem solved, where Inventory reports were not created as expected [FP23676]
  • Switch configurators
    • Profiles: Improved validation of Switch flows [FP23440]
    • Actions: SplitPDF: Added missing tokens
    • Actions: MergePDF: Improved handling for folders with ”.” in name [FP23103]

pdfToolbox 7.1.258.1 

Release date: 2013-12-20 

Platform: Windows only 

  • Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox Desktop 7 license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7

Fixes

  • Fixed a problem, where application could not be started using Windows XP and Windows Server 2003

pdfToolbox 7.1.258 

Release date: 2013-12-16 

  • Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox Desktop 7 license
  • Update of pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7

Features

  • Fixups
    • ConvertColors: Updated engine for color conversion incl. support for ICC v4 profiles integrated [CA1022482]
  • Actions
    • CreateEPS: New options for color workingspaces added [FP]
  • CLI
    • New option for defining a max. used amount of memory during processing (Linux only) [FP23099]
    • ToPDF: Added parameter to set searchpath for fonts to be used during PostScript conversion [FP23128]

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Embed missing fonts: Problem fixed where fonts were not properly embedded during conversion to PDF/X-4 [FP23494]
    • PDF/A: Problem solved, where Unicode information was not properly handled in some cases [CA1022448]
    • PDF/A: Problem solved, where text information vanished in certain cases [CA1022466]
  • Fixups
    • Adjust DotGain: Problem solved, where SmoothShades were not properly handled [FP22587]
    • Flatten annotations and form fields: Problem solved, where position of signatures were not kept [CA1022502]
    • Convert page into image: Optimized handling of colorspaces to ensure correct color values in result [FP23195]
    • Subset fonts: Problem solved, where glyphs were not handled properly in certain cases [FP23228]
    • Rotate pages: Problem solved, where patterns were not rotated [CA1022457]
    • Remove additional encoding entries in cmap of symbolic TrueType: Problem solved, where text was not properly handled [FP23369]
    • Remove Differences array from TrueType fonts: Problem solved, where processing resulted in improper file in certain cases [FP23494]
  • Checks
    • Enhanced stability during analysis of partly corrupt files [FP23531]
    • Is set to overprint: Improved recognition of SmoothShades
  • Actions
    • CreateEPS: Harmonized workingspace for RGB: set to “sRGB IEC61966-2.1” also in Desktop
    • CreateEPS: Problem solved, where generated EPS was not well formed (x64 on Windows and Linux only)
    • ToPDF: Enhanced handling for outsized TIFF-images [CA1022596]
    • ToPDF: Added handling for JPEG images, where resolution is only available in Adobe Photoshop private area [FP23323]
    • ToPDF: Added support for images using progressive JPEG compression [FP21658; FP23515]
    • MergePDF: Problem solved, where processing was not successful [FP22579]
    • SaveaAsImage: Problem solved, where resulting image was rendered in wrong size in certain cases
    • Compare: Problem solved, where generated files did not use correct naming syntax [CA1022570]
  • Reports
    • HTML-Template based reports: Problem solved, where reports were not created on Linux [FP23117]
    • XML: Problem solved, where Lab color values were not properly reported [CA1022438]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • Problem solved, where setting as variable check was removed when severity was changed [FP23133]
    • Problem solved, where references in ProcessPlans were not properly adjusted when moved
    • Problem solved, where importing a DeviceLink profile resulted in a false warning in some cases [FP23559]
    • Process Plans: Identical variables used in different sequence steps will now only cause a single dialog during runtime
  • Acrobat PlugIn
    • Problem solved, where verification for PDF/X-4 resulted in false hits [FP23652]
    • Convert page into image: Problem solved, where page was not converted [FP23034]
    • Problem solved, where embedding of fonts failed in certain cases [FP23182]
  • Server
    • Enhanced processing stability [FP23592]
    • Problem in ServerUI fixed, where processed files remained visible [FP23519]
  • CLI
    • Problem solved where creation of PDF/A files failed during fallback processing [CA1022502]
  • Distributed processing
    • SOAP: HTTP Get handler enabled for retrieving status information [CA1022535]
    • SOAP: WDSL documentation added for developers wanting to use the SOAP interface

pdfToolbox 7.0.251 

Release date: 2013-10-02 

  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Desktop 7 requires upgrade fee for owners of a pdfToolbox  Desktop 4, 5 or 6 license
  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Desktop 6
  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 requires SMA for at least one additional year. Please contact your reseller for further information.
  • Upgrade of pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 4, 5 or 6 or pdfToolbox CLI 4, 5 or 6.

Features

  • New internal engine for rendering, transparency flattening, optimization and creation of PS/EPS
  • New internal engine for font handling
  • Checkpoint for pdfToolbox 7 Server
    • Ability to interactively review and modify PDF files during Server and CLI processing
    • Also supported by a new Switch Configurator
  • New and enhanced Profiles
    • All PDF/A-1 and PDF/X-1 and -3 based Profiles:
      • Flatten transparency: “Convert text to outline” option has been deactivated by default
    • All GWG2012-Profiles:
      • Replaced existing check for ICC-profile version with 2 new profiles to enhance reporting
      • Modified check: Transparency blend color space not DeviceGray or DeviceCMYK in softmask of type Luminosity
    • Settings in Custom Fixups will override settings from automatically generated Fixups from Standard-Conversion (Wizard)
  • New and enhanced Fixups
    • Flatten Transparency (all Fixups)
      • “Preserve Overprints” works also on pages that do not contain transparency
      • “Convert text to outline” option has been deactivated by default
    • Set transparency property for page objects (filled or stroked)
    • Remove all object level XMP metadata [FP22876, FP17553]
    • Convert page into image: extended settings so that it is now e.g. possible to convert those pages that have certain problems
    • Crop images to visible area (hard remove image areas, thereby making the PDF smaller and avoid unnecessary hits for hidden objects)
    • Crop page to visible page area improved because the page area is now determined based on rendered page
    • Enlarge page by adding space to a defined edge [FP22179]
    • Outline page geometry boxes [CA1021680]
    • Remove objects based on check for objects [FP21956]
      • Remove all objects using Registration color inside TrimBox
      • Remove all objects using spot color with specified name
    • Set MIME type entry for embedded files (for PDF/A-3)
    • Add Modification Date to an embedded file's Params dictionary (for PDF/A-3)
    • Convert page into image (extended settings)
      • Convert page content into CMYK image (150 ppi, high JPEG quality)
  • New and enhanced Checks
    • Effective text x-height is below 0.9 / 1.2 mm
    • ToUnicode CMap has syntax problems
    • Line width is 0 pt [FP22452]
    • New Properties in order to determine possible PDF version entries in a PDF file
      • Acrobat Extension Level
      • Developer names in Extension dictionary
      • Developer Extension Level BaseVersion does not match Version entry in Catalog
      • Value of version in PDF header his lower than Version entry in Catalog
      • Version entry in Catalog
  • New and enhanced Reports
    • Compare: PDF separations can be compared, e.g. in order to convert only black (only text) or only CMY (ignoring black text) [FP21284]
    • Overview-Report customizable based on HTML-template (available in Server and CLI; Windows and MacOS only)
  • New an enhanced actions in CLI
    • Duplicate pages [FP22103]
  • pdfToolbox Standalone
    • Added update notification and direct download link for latest version (MacOS and Windows)

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Convert to PDF/X-1a: Improved handling of invalid fonts [CA1017018]
    • Convert to PDF/X-1a: Problem solved, where text was not properly displayed after conversion [FP21101]
    • Convert to PDF/X-4: Improved conversion to ensure proper handling of .notdef glyphs and TrueType encoding entries
    • Convert to PDF/A: Problem solved, where text could not be copied after processing [CA1022072]
  • Fixups
    • Rotate pages: Problem solved, where gradients were not properly handled in some cases [FP22350]
    • Problem solved with profiles containing ICC-Profiles (some special MacOS 10.8 and Linux environments only) [FP22444]
    • Set transparency blend color space: Problem solved, where processing was not successful in some cases (Linux 64bit only) [FP22537]
    • Remove Layers: Usage of RegEx improved [FP20269; FP20489]
    • Derive page geometry boxes from crop marks: Problem solved, where processing failed (Windows only) [FP22529]
    • Remove objects outside…: Problem solved, where special XObjects were not properly handled [CA1022224]
    • Remove signature (flatten): Problem solved, where signature was improperly positioned in some cases [CA1022143]
    • Map spot and process colors:
      • Problem solved, where objects were not properly processed
      • Problem solved, where spot color object were not handled properly after CMYK conversion [CA1022141; FP22626]
      • Clarified usage of option (German translation) [FP21956]
    • Downsample/recompress grayscale images: Problem solved, where objects vanished in certain cases [CA1022184; FP22380]
    • Set page geometry boxes: Problem solved, where documents were not handled properly [CA1021721]
    • Convert SMask to ImageMask: Problem solved, where objects vanished in certain cases [CA1022181]
    • Prepare annotations for PDF/A-1: Problem solved, where processing failed [CA1022168]
    • Make font names unique: Problem solved, where glyphs were not visible after processing [FP22126]
    • Convert TrueType fonts to CID: Improved for certain cases [FP22890]
    • Font to outline:
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were changed during conversion [CA1022012]
      • Problem solved, where processing failed due to usage of 2 different encodings in an embedded font [CA1013199]
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were malformed in some cases [FP18830; FP18722]
      • Problem solved, where special glyphs vanished in certain files [FP22366; FP22564]
    • Fix glyph width:
      • Problem solved, where result was not displayed properly in some viewers [CA1022318]
      • Problem solved, where image objects were affected [FP21863]
    • Save as PDF 1.x: Problem solved, where fonts were not handled properly(Acrobat Plug-In only) [CA1019067]
    • Remove additional encodings of CMap fonts
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were no more visible in certain cases [FP22344]
      • Fixed issue, where processing did not work as expected [FP21034]
      • Problem solved, where text was not properly handled [CA1021563]
    • Subset fonts:
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were missing after processing [FP223695]
      • Fixed issue, where processing failed on certain files [FP22064]
      • Problem solved, where appearance of glyphs changed in an unexpected way [FP21218]
    • Embed missing fonts
      • Problem solved, where font was not embedded successfully [CA1019010]
      • Problem solved, where text was not handled properly in some cases [FP20244]
      • Fixed issue, where processing resulted in invalid file [CA1021420]
    • Enhanced handling of fonts in ”.dfont” file format (MacOS only) [FP17743]
    • Set black to overprint: Problem solved, where Type3 fonts were not converted properly [FP18571]
    • Substitute characters using .notdef glyph: Problem solved, where glyphs moved in certain cases [FP21202; FP21403]
    • Repair invalid ToUnicode CMap information: Extended function to ensure valid mapping to Unicode [FP19442]
    • Newspaper Ads: Problem solved, where processing was not successful [CA1022247]
    • Flatten transparency
      • Fixed issue, where text was not handled properly [CA1022123; CA1022026; FP16862; FP22712; CA1022020; CA1021953; FP17129; FP21167; FP21696; CA1014743; CA1014932; CA1015574; CA1016800; FP5964]
      • Problems solved, where objects were not properly flattened [FP19461; FP20366; CA1019350; FP6944; FP20686; CA1018570; FP22300; FP22009; FP22103; FP18660]
      • Enhanced handling of overprinting objects [CA1018477; CA1018680; FP21842; CA1018519; FP22456; FP18210; FP17257; FP17163; FP19615; FP19777]
      • Improved usage of different ICC-profiles (Linux only)
      • Problem solved, where text could not be copied after processing (MacOS only) [FP17952]
      • Increased stability of processing [FP18330; CA1021060; FP22569; FP22009]
    • Flatten overprints: Problem solved, where overprinting objects were not properly reduced [CA1022196; FP22662]
    • Optimization: Problem solved, where processing resulted in improper PDF [FP3439]
  • Checks
    • Standard14 fonts: Adjusted recognition, so that an existing FontDescriptor is tolerated [FP22533]
    • Effective ink coverage for separated plates: Fixed issue, where values were not properly determined [FP22942]
    • ICC-Profile Version: Adjusted reporting of version (GWG profiles) [FP22321]
    • Ink coverage: Improved recognition of visible and hidden objects
    • Font analysis: Improved speed of checks [CA1022278]
    • Compatible to PDF version: Problem solved, where anaysis were not properly handled [CA1022278]
    • Number of plates: Problem solved, where some varieties of pattern were not properly regarded [FP22998]
    • Resolution of color/grayscale images: Problem solved, where UserUnits (Scalingfactor) were not taken into account in a correct way
  • Actions
    • Create PostScript: Problem solved, where conversion was not successful [CA1021411; FP19854; FP7056; FP19836; CA1021759; FP18176]
    • Create Encapsulated PostScript: Problem solved, where conversion was not successful [FP20962]
    • Create Encapsulated PostScript: Problem solved, where text was not properly handled [CA1022151
    • ReDistill: Fixed issue, where objects were not properly handled [FP18837]
    • ReDistill: Increased stability of processing [FP21787; FP16490; FP17342]
    • Imposition: Improved handling of defined text size for positioned text
    • SplitPDF: Problem solved, where processing did not work as expected [CA1022160]
    • Office conversion: Problem solved, where Excel pages with footer were not properly created [CA1020853]
    • Office conversion: Problem solved, where Excel files were not converted in special cases [CA1020625]
    • Save as image: Improved usage of black point compensation during rendering [CA1022090]
    • Save as image: Rendering of transparent PNGs adjusted to match expected appearance [CA1022103]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • Problem solved, where files could not be displayed properly [CA1021131; FP7435; FP20835; CA1022330]
    • Harmonized settings of transparency flattening in Switchboard to those of Fixups [FP21842]
    • Switchboard: Adjusted file handling during batch-processing [FP21884]
    • Problem solved, where loading profiles took unusual long time [FP22903]
  • Server/CLI
    • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where dispatcher could not be monitored (Linux only) [FP19911]
    • Activation: Problem solved, where activation failed (Linux only)
    • Visualizer: Fixed issue, where process separation was shown inverted if a spot colors existed [FP22348]
  • Reports
    • Overview-Report: Fixed issue, where creation of PDF/A-3-report resulted in unstable behaviour of application [Wat3567816]
    • XML Report: Added values for Check “Effective ink coverage for separated plates” [CA1022167]
    • XML Report: SequenceSteps from ProcessPlans and Fixups of last step are added
    • XML Report: Various information added about PDF version and Developer extensions level
  • Changed internal package version for profiles to 13
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP2b, Solaris Intel: v10.1.0Plus2a)


Release notes callas pdfToolbox 6

pdfToolbox 6.3.225 

Release date: 2013-05-17 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 Desktop license

Features

  • New properties
    • Effective ink coverage for registration color per plate [FP21919]

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Harmonized handling and recognition of values defined as RegEx [FP21956]
    • PDF/X-Wizard: Problem solved, where omitting ICC profiles did not worked properly [FP21820]
  • Fixups
    • Remove Layers: Problem solved, where Layers were only removed from first page of the PDF [FP22091]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where additional empty pages where added on certain PDFs when optimization was used [FP22019]
  • Checks
    • Improved analysis for Registration color, which has been clipped away [FP21919]
    • Problem solved, where check for font sizes reported negative values [FP21434; FP21907]
    • Effective ink coverage for separated plates: Problem solved, where given measurement units were not properly respected [CA1022006]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • Problem solved, where user preferences were assigned with insufficient access rights in some cases (MacOS only)
    • Switchboard: Problem solved, where Batch processing only handled 1 file [MacOS 10.7 only) [FP22041]
  • Server/CLI
    • Improved handling of licenses if more than 1 license (with different limitations) are on the respective system [CA1021784]
    • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where processing of folders were not properly handled [FP21868]
  • Reports
    • Added destination information for hyperlinks in annotations into XML Reports [CA1022007]
    • Added information of UserUnits (if existing) into CompactHTML Reports and Result dialog

pdfToolbox 6.3.223 

Release date: 2013-04-03 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 Desktop license

Features

  • Switchboard
    • Create Bleed: New function for creating bleed by mirroring of content added
    • Sharpen images: New function to increase contrast of images
  • Profiles
    • New profile for optimized conversion of Office documents to CMYK (based on recommendations of FOGRA/PSD)
  • Fixups
    • New Fixup to create embedded thumbnails of pages
    • New Fixup: Disambiguate APPROX values in JPEG2000 images
    • Folder used in fixups for config files can now directly opened
  • Actions
    • SplitInHalf: New parameter to make content outside of TrimBox invisble [CA1021627; FP21490; FP21736]
  • Switch
    • Added support for reports created by ProcessPlans [FP20924]
    • Added support for creation of bleed to Booklet, Step&Repeat, Fillpage, Nup [FP21258]
  • Reports
    • Extended Visualizer-reports to create separations in respective color (CLI only)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Explore Layers: Problem solved, where new default view was not properly saved [FP20126; FP20954; FP20354]
    • Improved provision for OutputIntents when displaying PDFs [CA1017453; CA1017807]
    • Problem solved, where general graphic state property could not be selected from list [FP21693]
    • Improved recognition of already existing Fixups when importing profiles [CA1017022]
    • Problem solved, where usage of variables resulted in error for certain profiles
  • Profiles
    • “List potential font problems”: Check “Text cannot be mapped to Unicode” added
    • “GWG 2012”-Profiles: Check “Alternate color space does not use DeviceCMYK” replaced with “Alternate color space does not use DeviceCMYK or DeviceGray”
    • “GWG 2012”-Profiles: Adjusted destination profiles for “Convert alternate of spot colors…”-fixups depending on printing target
    • PDF/X-4p: Problem solved, where OutputIntent was embedded although not needed
  • Fixups
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved, where import of spot colors via PDF does not work as expected [CA1021672]
    • Rotate pages: Problem solved, where some content was inadvertedly affected [FP21073]
    • Crop pages to bounding box: Problem solved, where the Fixup did not work as expected in some cases [FP21426]
    • Flatten Transparency: Problem solved, where text using Type 3 font was changed [FP16953]
    • Remove objects outside bleedbox: Problem solved, where vector shape were changed [FP20877; FP20947; FP21208]
    • Remove ICC source profiles if identical to OutputIntent profile: Problem solved, where profiles were not removed [FP7385; FP21171]
    • Knockout white vector and/or text objects: Problem solved where execution of fixup was not properly reported [CA1021912]
    • Set page scaling factor: Decimal values are now allowed [FP21365]
    • Unsharp masking of images: Problem solved for images using indexed colorspace [CA1021845]
    • Problem solved, where a false coded inline image caused an improper result [CA1021751]
  • Process Plans
    • Problem soved, where JobOptions were not respected [FP21573]
    • “Certify” is now also available for ProcessPlans
    • Minor adjustments in availability and handling of reports
  • Actions
    • Create PS: Problem solved, where creation failed in some cases [FP16693]
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where resolution was not respected when colorspace CMYK used [FP21556; FP21750]
    • Create EPS / PS: Problem in conjunction with some legacy systems solved [FP21814]
    • Office conversion: Problem solved, where table of content was not properly converted (OpenOffice only) [FP21213]
    • Impose: Added support for empty strings used in variables
    • Booklet: Problem solved, where given –voffset and –pageheight were not properly respected [CA1021883]
    • SaveAsImage: Added support for exporting pages into uncompressed multichannel TIFFs [CA1021761]
  • Server
    • Improved recognition of changes in profiles in “Edit Job”-dialogue
    • Enhanced handling of PDFs when additional parameter –certify is used
    • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where XSLT-files for reports were not forwarded to satellite
    • Problem solved, where process plans containing a single impose action with sheetconfig.pdf resulted in unexpected result
  • CLI
    • Improved handling of temporary working directories to avoid problems with simultaneous processes
    • Problem solved, where listing of variables did not work with process plans [CA1021914]
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where created dimension differed from requested one [FP21318]
    • SaveAsImg: Added new parameter for smoothing to avoid favoring of thin lines [FP21815]
    • Reports will automatically be moved to the folder defined in -f/–outputfolder, if not otherwise defined in –report
    • Problem solved with assertion during saveasimg in special cases (Linux only) [FP21446]
    • Changed reporting of standard-fixups (Convert to PDF/A, PDF/X, PDF/E): If conversion is not successful, it will show up as FixFailure
    • Problem solved, where UTF16 encoding was not properly respected (SunOS only) [FP21451]
    • ConvertColors: Improved reporting when conversion was not successful
  • Reports
    • Improved reporting of MD5-Hash-values for ICC Profiles used by objects or Output Intents
    • Improved reporting of spot color names as trigger values [FP21005]
    • Problem solved, where Layer report had unnecessary layer entry [CA1021902]
    • Added optional parameter to list ink coverage in % and sqcm in XML reports (CLI only)
  • Acrobat Plug In
    • Summary report: Problems solved, where purpose text was not wrapped [CA1020742]
  • Problem solved, where processing failed on certain PDFs [CA1021943; FP21536]
  • Sanity: Improved performance and stability for office files [FP17838]

pdfToolbox 6.2.212 

Release date: 2013-01-10 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 Desktop license

Features

  • Fixups
    • New Fixup: Add white background [FP20580]
  • Server
    • Use of accesskey is now mandatory
    • General server settings added to preferences
    • Profiles can be edited directly from job settings dialogue
  • CLI
    • Splithalf: Add new function to make content outside of defined slot invisble [CA1021627]
    • Enabled usage of Symlinks for MacOS and Unix-platforms [CA1013140]
  • General
    • MacOS: Installers are delievered in DMG format
    • Windows: callas software is a verified publisher
  • Reports
    • Ink coverage in percent and area can now be listed for all pages in XML-reports

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Problem solved, where wrong error code was given after successful processing [FP20344]
    • Convert to PDF/X-1a: Fixed issue, where conversion resulted in missing objects
    • When a “Conversion to standard” is ordered, the respective check in “Standard compliance” will be activated automatically
  • Checks
    • Problem solved, where overprint not detected for SmoothShades [FP20907]
  • Process Plans
    • Enabled handling of reports from ProcessPlans in Switch [FP20924]
  • Fixups
    • Problem solved, where registry entry of OutputIntent was not properly embedded in some cases [FP19927]
    • DeviceLink: Problem solved, where conversion resulted in unexpected result [CA1021777]
    • DeviceLink: Problem solved, where conversion results in error in shading dictionary [FP21150]
  • Actions
    • ReDistill: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in unexpected result [FP7305]
  • Acrobat Plug In
    • Problem solved, where fixup “Generate bleed” did not work as expected [FP21054]
  • Server
    • Problem solved, where different types of licenses on a system resulted in limited functionality [CA1021784]
    • Problem solved, where Office conversion did not work after update [FP20922]
  • CLI
    • Problem solved, where usage of additional parameter –uncompressimg had improper results [CA1021717]
    • Problem solved, where use of additional parameter –uncompressimg reported 4c for a black and white image [FP21005]
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where simulating overprint did not work as expected [FP20989]
    • Problem solved, where wrong reason code for encrypted PDFs was given [CA1021581]

pdfToolbox 6.2.208

Release date: 2012-11-21 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 Desktop license

Features

  • New fixups
    • Generate bleed by adding images of content at edges and corners
    • Predefined: Decalibrate ICCbased CMYK by converting them to DeviceCMYK
  • Actions
    • Fillpage adds empty slots to generate cutmarks on all edges
  • Desktop
    • Improved dialogue for dynamic variables during runtime
    • Checks and Fixups containing variables are now marked in the edit dialogue for profiles
    • Arrange: Fillpage adds empty slots to generate cutmarks on all edges
  • Acrobat Plug In
    • Support for Acrobat 11
  • Server
    • Added reports to all severities in ServerUI
  • CLI
    • EnumerateLayers: Language can now be defined by –language
    • SplitPDF: Optimized handling to increase performance of processing [CA1021368; CA1021543]
    • Step and Repeat, Fillpage, N-Up and Booklet: Bleed creation without cutmarks
  • Reports
    • Resolution of images in PDF reports can be defined by additional CLI parameter
    • PDF reports get suffix “_report” if no explicit output filename is specified
    • Results from optional “When it does not fire, report as…” are now also listed in XML-Reports [FP20836]

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Increase line width: Problem solved where processing resulted in improper changes of filled vector objects [FP20660; FP20443]
    • Convert to PDF/X-4: Fixed issue where PDF could not be converted due to failure in XMP metadata correction [CA 1020132]
    • Convert to PDF/X-4p: Fixed issue where PDF version was changed to 1.3 [FP20582]
    • Downsample/Recompress: Problem solved where Color Key Masking resulted in improper converted image [FP20136]
    • Downsample/Recompress: Problem solved where inline images where not properly handled [FP20230]
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where objects were not properly converted [CA1021622]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where some objects in DeviceN were not processed correctly [CA1021543]
    • Convert colors: Fixed issue where conversion to grayscale resulted in visual differences
  • Checks
    • Plates per page: Problem solved where registration color resulted in an increased number [CA1021666]
    • Line width: Problem solved where check reported problems although they were already fixed within the same profile [CA1020413]
  • Actions
    • Save as image: Problem solved where combination of –rect and –resolution resulted in unexpected results [FP19001]
    • Save as image: Changed default rendering intent to “Relative Colorimetric” [FP20283]
    • Save as image: Problem solved where colors differ between normal PNG and transparent PNG [FP20684]
  • Desktop
    • Added support for quotes in labels and default values of variables
    • Switchboard: Problem solved where converting to PDF/X-4 resulted in invalid XMP Metadata [FP20371]
  • Server
    • Fewer empty lines in CLI-logfiles (Problem was on Windows only)
    • Problem solved where processing took much longer in Server than using the CLI [FP20853; FP20596]
    • Problem solved where processing seems to freeze [FP19824]
  • Reports
    • Fixed issue where a corrupt PostScript function in PDF resulted in missing report after processing [CA1021562]
    • PDF Mask reports: Problem solved where Layers where listed twice [CA1021564]
    • Improved reporting of used plates [CA1021460]
  • Impose
    • Problem solved where PDF file becomes much larger after impositioning [CA1021652]

pdfToolbox 6.1.198

Release date: 2012-09-24 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 Desktop license

Fixes

  • Reports
    • Problem solved where plates were not properly determined. [CA1021460]

pdfToolbox 6.1.197

Release date: 2012-09-13 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 Desktop license

Features

  • New profiles
    • Prepress: Added 7 profiles for validation and conversion accordingly to the “Ghent Workgroup PDF Specification 2012 CMYK”
    • Analyze pages for effectively used plates (based on rendered pages)
  • New properties
    • Effective ink coverage for separated plates (based on rendered pages)
  • Checks
    • Effective ink coverage: Enhanced for average inside sample size [FP20121]
  • Desktop
    • Search field in all lists of Profiles, Fixups and Checks
    • Ability to create, duplicate or edit profiles, checks and fixups via direct links in process plans, profiles or fixups
    • New Switchboard  function in group colors: “Map a process color into a spot color”
  • Server
    • New option to delete originals after processing
  • CLI
    • Compare: Added function to create only those pages in reports that have differences
    • Split PDF: Extended parameters to define an end page [CA1020779]
    • Visualizer: Added function to render individual separations
    • Visualizer: Added function to create only those pages that have problems

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Increase line width: Problem solved where line width was not changed in some cases [CA1020817]
    • Convert colors: Enhanced handling of different encodings in policy [FP16716]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved where conversion from DeviceN black into CMYK resulted in 4c black [FP16715]
    • Scale pages: Problem solved where combination with certain fixups in one profile resulted in an error [FP18312], [FP18352]
  • Checks
    • Effective ink coverage: Problem solved where improper results were determined [CA1021152]
  • Actions
    • Redistill: Problem solved where some vector objects changed their appearance [FP16868]
    • Redistill: Problem solved where image was not properly handled [FP16942]
    • Redistill: Problem solved where smooth shades resulted in improper result [FP17215]
    • Passe partout: Problem solved where objects with certain blend mode vanished [FP18829]
    • Passe partout: Problem solved where boxes were improperly handled [CA1016305]
  • Reports
    • Improved layout of filenames in compare reports [FP16489], [CA1020687]
    • Fixed issue where plates used in document were not properly reported in XML report [CA1021516], [CA1021501]
    • Problem solved where reports for images and colors were created malformed [FP20176]
    • Problem solved where fixups are missing in the summary page of the PDF-Layer report [CA1021259]
  • Impose
    • Problem solved where defined color value of cropmark were not respected [FP17079]
  • CLI
    • Support for empty variables [FP18708]
    • Problem solved where conversion of large TIFF into PDF were not handled properly [FP18141]
  • Server
    • Problem solved where text reports were not moved into correct output destination [FP19873]
  • Acrobat Plug In
    • Problem solved where removal of document structure compression failed [FP18305]
  • Problem solved where ICC profiles were not searched in system folder
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library 9.1 integrated (v9.1.0PlusP4s)

pdfToolbox 6.0.185

Release date: 2012-07-09 

  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox 6 Desktop requires upgrade fee for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 or 5 Desktop license
  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox 5 Desktop

Features

  • Process Plans
    • Allows you to combine Profiles, Checks, Fixups and Actions into a defined sequence with variable execution of steps depending on previous results
  • Variables
    • Consolidation of used variables within a Profile or Process Plan
  • Server
    • Completely new Server User Interface
    • Processing can be distributed to other servers
    • Setting up hotfolder jobs from any pdfToolbox standalone on a remote server
    • Load balancing using pdfToolbox Server as a “Dispatcher” within an arbitrary number of “Satellites” in a network
  • New and enhanced Profiles
    • General:
      • Regular Expressions - all Fixups and Checks allowing RegEx have a new help feature
    • Added new “Convert references to notdef into valid references” as custom fixup:
      • All “Convert to PDF/A-…”-Profiles
      • All “Convert to PDF/X-…”-Profiles
      • All Profiles based on the recommendations of the Ghent PDF Workgroup
  • New and enhanced Fixups
    • Map spot and process colors: New mapping of process colorants into spot color colorants
    • Convert colors: New setting to include SoftMasks [CA1021345; FP18507]
    • Convert references to .notdef glyphs into valid references
    • Remove Layer
  • New and enhanced Checks
    • Find negative font size
    • Find multiple Unicode mappings
  • New and enhanced Actions
    • Create EPS: Added support for “Clean 7 bit EPS” [FP7178]
  • Reports
    • Overview pages of reports containing links to page with occurance [CA102340]
    • Added timezone into XML-Reports [CA1021271]
    • Added UserUnits (Scalingfactor) into XML-Reports if used [CA1021213]
  • CLI
    • Action “Save as image”: Support for pagebox “MediaBox” added
    • Action “Save as image”: Support for transparent PNG-files added
    • Report: “Overview” can be created separately
  • General
    • Improved handling of multiple usage of fonts [FP16967]
    • Improved handling of existing bookmarks [CA1016503]
  • Desktop
    • Replace fonts: Added support for fonts using build-in encoding and differences array [CA1019457]

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where some kind of DeviceN objects became invisible [CA1021165]
    • Convert colors: Improved handling of special combinations of transparency modes [FP17849]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where objects may disappear in special constellation [FP17172]
    • Convert colors: Improved results when previous processing steps altered the PDF file [FP18560]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where some CalRGB objects where not properly handled [CA1020468]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where results were improperly handled in special fixup combinations [CA1021320]
    • Convert colors: Improved handling of PDFs using incomplete Form XObjects [CA1021336]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink: Problem solved where special filter settings for Process and DeviceN were not respected [CA1014206]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink: Problem solved where processing may result in improper result [FP17652]
    • Convert registration color to black: Problem solved where not all occurances where converted with a single run [FP17427]
    • Crop to visible: Improved recognition of objects [CA1018617]
    • Derive page geometry boxes from crop marks: Improved recognition of CropMarks [FP16985; CA1021385]
    • Derive page geometry boxes from crop marks: Improved handling of existing CropBox [FP7009]
    • Derive page geometry boxes from crop marks: Problem solved where fixup failed on certain PDFs [FP18290; FP18313]
    • Downsample/recompress images: Problem solved where image masks were not downsampled in some cases [CA1020747]
    • Downsample/recompress images: Problem solved where processing special PDF files causes an error [CA1019830]
    • Downsample/recompress bitmaps: Problem solved where image became inverted [FP17301]
    • Fix potential font problems: Problem solved where glyphs were missing in certain PDFs [CA1020735]
    • Embed missing fonts: Improved font-encoding for embedding Type1 fonts as a Base14 Font [CA1021049]
    • Flatten transparency: Improved handling of multiply used SmoothShase patterns [FP16668; FP17790]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved in handling of DeviceN channels with value “None” [FP19417]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved where processing with special settings resulted in an error [FP18417]
    • Map spot and process colors: Improved handling of setting “Use source color” [FP18287]
    • Remove additional encoding entries in cmap of symbolic TrueType fonts: Improved usage and better handling of special combinations [CA1021293]
    • Remove objects out of trimbox: Improved recognition of painting parts of objects [FP17987]
  • Checks
    • Page orientation with tolerance: Problem solved where setting was not properly respected [FP7344]
    • Problem solved where ink coverage was not correctly determined in special cases [CA1020818]
    • Improved handling of memory when analyzing files [CA1021226]
    • Improved handling for content streams to avoid unneccessary changes in document in certain cases [FP19103]
    • Problem solved where font error was not properly detected [CA1014901]
  • Actions
    • Enumerate Layers: Problem solved where spot colors were not handled correctly [CA1021173]
    • To PDF: Added handling of TIFF-images using sample value = 5 per pixel [CA1021037]
    • To PDF: Problem solved where wrong font was used when converting some EPS to PDF on Macintosh [FP17854]
    • To PDF: Problem solved where PostScript to PDF conversion with certain joboptions caused move of glyphs [FP17534]
  • Changed internal package version for profiles to 12
  • Discontinued installation of configurators for Enfocus Switch (Distribution will continue via CrossRoads & Enfocus PackManager)

Release notes callas pdfToolbox 5

pdfToolbox 5.5.165

Release date: 2012-03-21 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Subset fonts: Problem solved where glyphs are malformed or wrong replaced in some cases [FP16954]
    • Online publishing (optimize for size): Problem solved where processing results in error on some PDF [FP18155, FP18352]
    • Downsample/recompress grayscale images: Problem solved where inline images cannot be recompressed to JPEG [FP18285]
    • Downsample/recompress grayscale images: Problems solved, where used softmarks may result in error [FP18098]
    • Rotate pages: Problems solved where form fields were not properly rotated [CA1020931]
    • Embed Output Intent PSO Uncoated ISO12647 (ECI): Changed to ICC profile with correct hash-value [FP16951]
  • Checks
    • Max. amount of ink for image: Problem solved where values were rounded inproperly [FP6953]
  • Actions
    • Action: Save as image:
      • Improved rendering for very large TIFF-images with better performance [CA1020593]
      • Problem solved where Parameter “smoothing=all” was sometimes not respected [FP17144]
      • Problem solved where resulting PDF were inverted [FP17293, FP18378]
      • Problem solved where resulting CMYK-JPEGs became inverted
      • Changed handling of simulationprofile in accordance with the chosen colorspace [CA1021196]
    • Action: Visualizer:
      • Problem solved where OutputIntent and Colorspace were not respected [CA1021149]
      • Problem solved where thickness of lines was not properly detected [FP17999]
  • Desktop
    • Improved installation (Windows)
    • Several minor improvements of OutputPreview, Visualizer and Visualizer reports
    • Embedded OutputIntent can now always be selected in preview
  • Problem solved where file could not be saved after processing [FP16747, FP18239, CA1021106, FP18324]
  • Problem solved where processing ends with unknown error on some files [CA1019754]

pdfToolbox 5.4.160

Release date: 2012-02-21 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Downsample/compress monochrome images: Problem solved where CCITT 1-bit compression was not preserved on downsampling [CA1021130]
  • Actions
    • Action Create PostScript / Redistill: Problem solved where processing may shift page content in some cases [FP17164; FP18023]
    • Action Merge PDF: Problem solved where documents could not be merged properly [CA1016580; CA1021103]
  • Desktop
    • Problem solved with certification after running a profile
    • Problem solved in batch processing where files with special characters in name where not moved or copied (Mac only)
  • ServerUI
    • Quicker start of processing when a large amount of files are in the queue
  • Problem solved where parallel processing of office files did not work properly

pdfToolbox 5.4.158

Release date: 2012-02-02 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Problem solved where objects shift after changing the content stream [CA1021052, CA1021055, CA1021083, FP17126]
  • Actions
    • Problem solved where ICC profile was not taken from the image when saving as PDF [CA1021073]
    • Problem solved where split layers may create empty pages [FP17412, FP17786]
  • Acrobat PlugIn
    • Problem solved where transparency is not flattened with PlugIn in Acrobat 10.1.2 [CA1021069]

pdfToolbox 5.4.156

Release date: 2012-01-18 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Features

  • Polish language support for Desktop version
  • PDF/A-3 Support
  • Force Conversion for conversion to PDF/A
  • New and enhanced Profiles
    • Convert to PDF/A-1a, -1b
    • Convert to PDF/A-2a, -2b, -2u
    • Convert to PDF/A-3a, -3b, -3u
    • Verify compliance with PDF/A-3a, -3b, -3u
    • Scale pages to A4 if not larger than A3
  • New Fixups
    • Repair invalid bookmark hierachies [CA1020567]
    • Repair invalid ToUnicode-cMap information in fonts
    • Convert pages into images
    • Create invisible text copy for all text
    • Set relationship entry for embedded files
  • New Checks
    • Several checks added for all aspects of PDF/A-3

Fixes

  • Checks
    • Distance to Trimbox now also finds object which are clipped by MediaBox [CA1021008]
  • Fixups
    • Downsample/Compress Color/Grayscale Images: SoftMaskImages will also be downsampled to reduce filesize [FP17392]
    • Downsample/Compress Bitmaps: Problem solved where images may be inverted in special cases [FP17179]
    • Increase line width: Problem solved where line width increased unexpected in some PDF [CA1019299]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where text may vanish after processing [FP17248; FP17258]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where not all spot colors were converted to CMYK in some cases [FP16446]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where RGB left in document after conversion to grayscale [CA1020837]
    • Set MediaBox to origin: Improved handling of SmoothShade objects [CA1021035]
  • Impose
    • Improved handling of PDF-Version during impositioning using desktop version [FP16876]
  • Reports
    • Problem solved where color ressources were listed twice [CA1020718]
  • Standards
    • PDF/X-4 conversion: Invalid XMP Metadata on object level will be removed to ensure conversion [FP5935]
    • Increased stabillity duing verification of PDF/VT-1 files
    • Improvements for PDF/E conversion profiles [CA1020741]
  • Desktop
    • Problem solved where visualizer did not recognized image resolution properly [CA1021020]
    • Improved Ink coverage view in visualizer [CA1021000]
    • Office conversion: Problem solved where MS-Office macro-settings were not respected [FP7255]
    • Added special Japanese imposition sceme [CA1020651]
  • CLI
    • Action “Merge PDF”: Problem solved where incorrect structure root in source PDF might cause an error [FP16526]
    • Action “Merge PDF”: Improved handling of existing bookmarks from souce PDF [FP17606]
    • Action “To PDF”: Problem solved where dimension of EPS file were not properly handled [CA1020621; FP17222]
    • Action “Compare”: Problem solved where given pagerange were not respected [CA1020981]
    • Action “Compare”: Problem solved where option “images” may cause modification of original file [CA1020978]
    • Action “Compare”: Problem solved where files with differences are not marked properly in some cases [FP17353]
    • Action “Implode”: Problem solved where ID of profile was not changed [CA1020920]
    • Action “Save as image”: Improved handling of file-extensions when processing multiple files [CA1020873]

pdfToolbox 5.3.150

Release date: 2011-10-21 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Features

  • New check to find ligatures [CA1020734]
  • Japanese language support
  • Rendering images based on page geometry boxes or custom boxes
  • Extended fixups
    • Scale pages with more options
  • Split PDF: new tokens for file names [FP16756]
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library 9.1 integrated (v9.1.0PlusP4d)
  • MacOS X Lion support

Fixes

  • Checks
    • Improvement with “Ignore objects outside” in a check that is used in fixup [FP6381]
    • “Light object set to overprint” does only affect vector objects [FP6783]
  • Fixups
    • Downsample / Compress Color/Grayscale Images [FP7403, FP16455, FP16591, FP16693, FP7297]
    • Flatten transparency [FP6824, FP7080, CA1020657]
    • Fonts to outlines [FP7075]
    • Subset fonts [FP16486]
    • Scale pages
      • Executed now after downsampling of images [FP6042]
      • Problem solved where scaling down did not properly work [CA1020756]
    • Convert colors
      • Problem solved where not all spot colors were converted properly [CA1020424]
      • Problem solved where office documents were not handled properly [FP16655]
      • Problem solved where DeviceN colorants were not converted when using RegEx [CA1020716]
    • Map spot and process colors [CA1020652, FP6591]
    • Manage colors [FP16771]
    • Force blend color space [FP6343]
    • Set ICC profile for Output Intent [FP7381]
    • Set overprint and knockout [FP6510]
    • Overprint black
      • Problem solved where white text disappeared [FP7245; FP16467]
    • Flatten annotations and form fields
      • Problem solved with flattening of checkboxes [FP6903]
    • Discard hidden layer content and flatten invisible layers [FP7086]
  • Reports
    • XML: Problem solved where special characters were not handled properly [FP16654]
    • XML: If fonts cannot be embedded fonts they are reported in the fixups details [CA1020827]
  • Impose
    • Problem solved where damaged PDF with unrecognized token may be created [CA1020739]
    • Problem solved where an image as input and an additional pre-processing-profile results in no output [CA1020828]
    • Problem solved where pre-processing-profiles containing only checks (are not supported here) resulted in an error [FP7372]
  • Standards
    • Problem solved where an inactive PDF-version setting did not avoid performing automatic checks [CA1020839]
    • Problem solved where OpenType fonts are flagged within PDF 1.6 (Acrobat 7) [FP16742]
    • Problem solved in PDF/X-4 validation [FP7239, FP6583]
    • Problem solved where PDF/VT validation failed caused by multiple referenced XObjects [FP7125]
  • Desktop
    • Impose: Problem solved where imposing a booklet created missing/shifted page [FP16589]
    • Office conversion: Problem solved where PowerPoint message interrupted processing [FP7254]
  • CLI
    • Action “Create PDF”: Problem solved where processing an TIFF ended with warning [CA1020828]
    • Action “Create PDF”: Problem solved where TIFF-images did not keep their original resolution [CA1020816]
    • Action “Save as image”: Output will also get a suffix number if source PDF contains only one page [CA1020830]
    • Action “Save as image”: Problem solved where rendering intent was not respected
    • Action “Save as image”: Problem solved where colorspace could not be combined with simulation profile
  • Problem solved where plugins on Linux were not always found [CA1020484]
  • Improvements for Linux x64 [FP7197, FP16548, FP7220]
  • Improved handling of locked files [CA1020825]
  • Files handling [FP7175; FP7263]
  • Improved handling for invalid or encrypte PDF files [CA1017995, CA1019727, CA1020706]
  • Problem solved when more than one image uses one softmask [CA1019329]
  • Problem solved with handling of very small arrays within PDF [CA1020540, CA1020831]

pdfToolbox 5.0.137

Release date: 2011-07-14 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Features

  • Configurators for Enfocus Switch
    • Complete installation of Configurators for Enfocus Switch version 10

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Set XMP Metadata field: Problem solved where InfoDictionary entry were modified incorrect [CA1020605]
    • Insert CropBox: Problem solved where a rounding error may cause invalid nesting of boxes [CA1019606]
    • Problem solved where an error occured in special cases when downsampling images [FP7187]
    • Problem solved where increasing line width results in damage of content [FP7166]
  • Acrobat Plug In
    • Reports: Problem solved where generating a report of PDF/VT validation failed [FP7126]

pdfToolbox 5.0.135

Release date: 2011-06-30 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Fixes

  • Checks
    • Problem solved where some objects not handled correctly when determining distances

pdfToolbox 5.0.134

Release date: 2011-06-23 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Features

  • New checks for analyzing objects close to TrimBox and BleedBox [CA1020520, FP6254]
    • New properties
      • Smallest distance from TrimBox
      • Smallest distance from BleedBox
  • Corrections for pages improved
    • New fixups
      • Scale page content only [FP6584]
    • Fixups enhanced by an Apply to option to restrict the fixup to specified pages
      • Rotate pages [CA1020480]
      • Scale pages
      • Crop pages
      • Create bleed
  • Option added to create customizable profiles of standard analysis and conversion profiles like PDF/A and PDF/X
  • New profiles and fixups (not automatically set up in Desktop version when updating, they can be downloaded from here: http://www.callassoftware.com/downloads/callas_pdfToolbox_5v0MR2_new_profiles.zip)
    • Profiles
      • Object closer to TrimBox than specified value
      • Object closer to TrimBox than specified value (binding edges are not checked)
      • Scale pages to A4 if not larger than A3
    • Fixups
      • Rotate pages to landscape if portrait
      • Rotate pages to portrait if landscape
      • Scale page content only to specified value
  • pdfToolbox Desktop
    • Simultaneous export of several profiles [CA1013728, CA1017434]
    • User interface optimized by moving all Manage options to Options menu
  • pdfToolbox CLI
    • Improved control of number and types of reported values in XML report [CA1020392]
  • Japanese support
    • Japanese language support added
    • Japanese destinations added to Switchboard Actions Process conversion and Office PDF to CMYK

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where page object had not been converted into destination color space
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where colors were not handled properly during RGB-conversion [FP7057]
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where glyphs were not outlined properly [FP6639, FP6936, FP6781]
    • Set XMP Metadata field: Problem solved where metadata entry was not inserted [CA1020605]
    • Create TrimBox: Problem solved with rotation entry in PDF [FP6691]
    • Derive page geometry boxes from crop marks: Problems solved with some kinds of Japanese style crop marks
    • Downsample/compress color images: Problem solved where indexed color space is used in images [CA1020529]
    • Flatten annotations and form fields: Problem solved where stamps return to their original size
    • Remove Differences array from TrueType fonts for PDF/A-1: Problem solved where processing did not succeed
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved where processing may cause unexpected errors [FP5994]
  • Checks
    • Problem solved where checking for registration color outside of a specified page box did not generate a hit [FP6490, FP6480, FP6301, CA1018541]
    • Glyph in subset font missing: Problem solved where check triggered an improper hit
  • Desktop
    • Action Convert colors: Problem solved where custom destination profile could not be chosen
    • Minor improvements and fixes in Compare feature
  • pdfToolbox Server
    • Problem solved in Action “Place PDF” where processing triggered an error [FP7010]
    • Problem solved in command line where numbering of output files was not applied properly [FP6852, CA1017262]
    • Problem solved in usage of expressions for Action “Split PDF” in CLI [FP6768]
    • Improved handling when huge amount of files to be processed using Server UI [CA1014973, CA1017564, CA1020562]
  • Configurators for Enfocus Switch
    • Problem in Visualizer action of Actions configurator solved where Resolution or pixel width was not applied properly [FP6912]
    • Problem in Create PostScript action of Actions configurator solved where processing could not be started [FP6777]
    • Problem solved where configurators were not installed when executing 64 bit pdfToolbox Server installer [FP6531]
  • Fixup “Discard all embedded files” removed from PDF/A-1 conversion to improve handling of PDF Portfolios [CA1020601]
  • Action Extract ICC profiles: Problem solved where file name of ICC profile was truncated [CA1020593]
  • Action PostScript to PDF: Problem solved where particular fonts from operating system were not embedded [FP6597]
  • Action Convert to PDF: Problem solved where annotations in Word documents are visible after converting in special cases
  • Action Save as image: Problem solved where the certain resolutions caused an error [CA1018070, CA1018452]
  • Problem solved in predefined PDF/X-4 validation profile where PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 files where analysed according to with their respective standard
  • Problem solved in PDF/VT validation where PDF/X-4 related problem was not found
  • Problem solved in PDF/A conversion where glyphs of symbolic TrueType font with PDF encoding were not handled properly [FP6930, CA1020545]
  • Problem solved in PDF/A comversion where processed PDF files with JPEG2000 images may cause unstable behaviour [CA1020504]
  • Problem solved in PDF/A conversion where embedded files are removed without notice [CA1020601]
  • Problem solved in PDF/A validation where analysis stopped because of invalid XMP metadata [FP6759]
  • Problem solved where use of present Output Intent for PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 not handled properly [CA1019444]
  • Problem solved where effective ink coverage was not evaluated properly on specific files [FP6080]
  • Problem solved where more actual versions of Output Intent shall replace modified ones during update process [CA1017285]
  • Minor changes in displaying values in profiles, checks and fixups
  • Implemented changes of PDF/X-5g and PDF/X-5pg caused by changes in Technical Corrigendum
  • Creation of logfiles for failed conversions using Action Re-Distill and Post Script To PDF [FP6597, FP6748]
  • Schema of XML report updated [CA1020564]

pdfToolbox 5.0.132

Release date: 2011-05-06 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where image defined in CalRGB was not converted properly
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where glyphs were not outlined properly
    • Fix glyph width information: Problem solved where width information could not be fixed
    • Remove printer marks and Remove objects outside page area: Problem solved where text was shifted
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Problem solved where shape of glyph was modified
      • Problem solved where processing ended with error message
    • Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers: Problem solved where page objects on invisible layer became visible
  • Compare
    • Problem solved where highlighting was not updated properly when switching between documents
    • Problem solved where file names of destination file in the compare report was not correct
    • Problem solved where pages in the compare report were stretched when page sizes differed
    • Problem solved where page was marked as difference in the compare report although “No difference highlighting” was chosen
    • Problem solved where Loupe view was different to page view in pdfToolbox Standalone
    • Default check “Compare converted document with original” adapted to higher resolution to get a more detailed analysis
  • Desktop
    • Problem solved where error message about missing ICC profile appeared
    • Problem solved where Output Intents were written in kfpx profile during export although they were not necessary
    • Problem solved where lines did not wrap in the profile summary and inventory report
    • Problem solved where prior version of ISO Coated v2 (ECI) was installed
    • Problem solved in batch processing where files with same name but different suffix were overwritten
  • Problem solved where missing page boxes were not properly inserted
  • Problem solved where DPart was not properly analysed when validating for PDF/VT
  • Problem solved in the installation programs under Windows where start menu entries were removed when uninstalling
  • Problem solved where trigger values for color related checks did not show all color spaces

pdfToolbox 5.0.130

Release date: 2011-04-13 

  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox 5 Desktop requires upgrade fee for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 Desktop license

Features

  • Visual comparison of PDF documents
  • Preflight Certificate for safer document delivery
  • Redistilling of PDF documents
  • Font and document structure optimization
  • Support of PDF based ISO Standards:
    • PDF/VT
    • PDF/A-2
    • PDF/X-4:2010
  • File format conversions extended:
    • Conversion to PDF from
      • Images (TIFF, JPEG, PNG)
      • PostScript
      • MS Office 2011 Mac
      • MS Publisher (32-bit and 64-bit)
      • MS Visio (32-bit and 64-bit)
      • MS Project (32-bit and 64-bit)
      • iWork 09 Pages
      • OpenOffice.org 3.3
    • Conversion from PDF to
      • PostScript
  • Improvements to the Desktop version
    • Batch function added to several Switchboard actions
    • Output Preview
    • New action to Create TrimBox
    • New actions to extract text and content
    • New actions to embed files in PDF documents
    • Smoothing parameter added to action Image export
    • Sidebar added for embedded files and bookmarks
    • Optimized activation process
    • “Open recent…” option in File menu
    • Control via keyboard extended, e.g. for scrolling pages
    • Revert option to undo changes and get back to original file
  • New fixups
    • Derive page geometry boxes from crop marks
    • Adjust colors for PDF based ISO standards
    • Remove unnecessary transparency groups
    • Remove CIDSet
    • Remove CharSet
    • Make document XMP Metadata compliant with PDF/A-2
    • Remove all xmpMM:Manifest metadata entries
    • Recompress images with JPEG 2000 as JPEG
  • Extended fixups
    • Flatten transparency extended to resave images as ZIP when choosing Optimization setting Best quality
    • Convert colors extended to specify decalibration before color converting via user inferface
    • Color mapping fixups extended to specify tint value and keep alternate color definition if already present in the PDF
    • Convert fonts to outlines extended to process fonts that are not embedded
    • Remove non-compliant XMP Metadata extended to support PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/X-4
  • New properties
    • Detect visual differences
    • Layer metadata
    • Several new properties for PDF/VT and PDF/A-2
    • Page description errors of PDF files are reported with detailed error messages
  • Several new predefined Profiles, Checks and Fixup (can be filtered with “v5.0” in search field of Desktop version)
  • Conversion to PDF/A extended to compress all uncompressed objects using lossless ZIP compression
  • Support for metadata of layers
  • pdfToolbox Server application
    • Smoothing parameter added to image export
  • XML report exteneded to list annotations
  • Support of 64-bit of Server, CLI and SDK for Windows, Linux, Solaris Sparc and AIX
  • Performance improvement in CLI through caching of kfpx profiles and reducing command line output
  • Memory handling improved
  • CLI options added:
    • to Overlay to change order of PDF documents
    • to enumerate kfpx profiles
    • for emptying font cache
    • to Save as image and Create EPS to specify number of digits when indexing output files
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library 9.1 integrated
  • Configurators for Enfocus Switch adapted to latest features

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors
      • Problem solved where conversion ended with error message because of an invalid color space of a JPEG 2000 image
      • Problem solved where alternate color space did not get decalibrated
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink profile
      • Problem solved where error message occured during the conversion
      • Problem solved where processing ended with out of memory
    • Map colors
      • Problem solved where combination of mapping parameters did not created expected result
    • Embed missing fonts
      • Problem solved where font embedding or substitution failed
      • Problem solved under Linux where font folders where not properly scanned
    • Convert fonts to outlines
      • Problem solved where character was not rendered properly
      • Problem solved where spot color object remained in the PDF after color conversion
    • Subset fonts
      • Problem solved where fonts could not be subsetted
    • Fix glyph width information
      • Problem solved where width information could not be fixed
    • Convert True Type fonts to CID fonts
      • Problem solved where characters were not rendered properly
    • Flatten layers
      • Problem solved where page object was slightly shifted
    • Remove page objects which are completely outside of page area
      • Problem solved where error message was displayed in Acrobat 8 when opening processed document
    • Set author entry
      • Problem solved where author entry was not set
    • Set title
      • Problem solved where title entry was not set
    • Set Trapped key
      • Problem solved where Trapped Key entry was not set
    • Remove non-compliant XMP Metadata
      • Problem solved where non-compliant XMP Metadata could not be removed
    • Downsample/recompress images
      • Problem solved where images where not handled properly
      • Problem solved where white bar was visible when image with Indexed color space was resaved with CCITT filter
    • Increase line width
      • Problem solved where lines where not set to specified value
  • Checks
    • Effective ink coverage
      • Problem solved where property generated unexpected hit
      • Problem solved where page boxes were not properly regarded
    • Page is empty
      • Problem solved where hit was generated although a page object was present
    • Problem solved where check “Transparency used (filled object with ca value smaller than 1.0)” did not hit for images containing transparency
    • Problem solved where property “List of color spaces” did not return all color spaces
  • Standards
    • Problem solved where colors where not completely prepared for PDF/X-4 when converting via Switchboard action PDF/X-4
    • Problem solved where layers were not properly prepared for PDF/X-4
    • Problem solved where page object was slightly shifted during PDF/X-1a conversion
    • Form and Annotation handling improved when converting to PDF/A
  • Conversion to PDF
    • Problem solved where conversion stopped because of a Word dialog
    • Problem solved where bookmarks from Word documents were not handed over to the PDF completely
  • Switchboard Actions
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved where transparency blend color space was not set prior transparency flattening
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where ISO Uncoated profile was used instead of PSO Uncoated ISO12647 (ECI)
  • Desktop
    • Problem solved where user preferences became invalid when variables where used
    • Problem solved where error message appeared when viewing spot color objects in Visualizer
    • Problem solved where save dialog could not be closed via cancel
    • Problem solved where details of page objects where not displayed when results dialog was opened from the Switchboard after processing an action
    • Problem solved in Profile Summary when options “Fire if any condition is met”, “Current file” and “Embedded file” where not listed
    • Optimizations in the user interface
  • CLI
    • Save as image
      • Problem solved where black bar appeared in image because of page rotation parameter in the PDF
      • Problem solved where processing did not proceed because of an invalid page in the middle of a PDF
      • Problem solved where spot color PDF was not properly converted into multichannel TIFF
      • Problem solved where image of secured file could not be created although this was allowed
    • Create EPS
      • Problem solved
    • Extract text
      • Problem solved where text secured file could not be extracted although this was allowed
    • Impose
      • Problem solved where leading zeros where stripped during token evaluation
      • Problem solved where PDF files where saved in PDF version 1.6
      • Problem solved where color values of crop marks where not properly set
      • Problem solved where parameter CropMarkWidth was not correct in pre-installed imposition config files
  • Reports
    • Problem solved where PDF/X entry was in report although PDF/X conversion failed
    • XSLT: Problem solved where file suffix was missing when a folder was specified using the report path parameter
    • Compact HTML: Problem solved where color labeling was not correct
  • Configurators for Enfocus Switch
    • Several minor fixes

Release notes callas pdfToolbox 4

pdftoolbox 4.5.100

Release date: 2011-02-01 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 4 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 Desktop license

Features

  • Performance improvement on Mac and Windows when embedding fonts with custom font folder and large numbers of fonts

Fixes

  • Switchboard Actions
    • Split in half: Problem solved where pages were not split properly

pdfToolbox 4.5.098

Release date: 2010-12-10 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 4 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 Desktop license

Features

  • Support of Acrobat X Pro

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Map spot colors:
      • Problem solved where process color page objects defined as Separation or DeviceN where separated to CMYK
      • Problem solved where page object defined as multi-channel DeviceN was not mapped
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink profiles: Problem solved where processing ended with error message
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where processing time was increased
    • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved under Unix where Adobe font list file was created in current working directory
    • Adjust or remove annotations: Problem solved where page was rotated
  • Checks
    • Problem solved where processing ended with error message when analyzing a specific PDF file
  • pdfToolbox Desktop
    • Activation: Problem solved where activation of an older pdfToolbox version was not accepted
    • Problem solved where error message occurred when executing color conversion fixup using ICC profile that was not installed in the operating system
    • Action Create EPS:
      • Problem solved where file size of created EPS files were very large
      • Problem solved where document with a created EPS file could not be printed from within InDesign
      • Problem solved where CID Type 2 fonts where not properly encoded when outputting PostScript Level 2
    • Impositioning Actions: Problem solved where negative values in token expression were not parsed correctly

pdfToolbox 4.5.093

Release date: 2010-11-03 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 4 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 Desktop license

Features

  • Performance improved
    • When applying fixups, especially when converting fonts to outlines or when processing complex PDF files
    • When converting colors to black and white
    • When applying fixups or actions modifying pages (rotate, flip, scale, move content, enlarge page)
  • Memory handling improved
  • Fixup Embed missing fonts extended to specify custom font folder at runtime using variables
  • Fixup Adjust layers for PDF/X-4 adapted to meet the requirements of PDF/X-4:2010
  • Page description errors of PDF files are reported with detailed error messages
  • Conversion of Office documents improved: PDF files created from Excel sheets are cropped to visible page objects

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors:
      • Problem solved where page objects had an unexpected color shift
      • Problem solved where DeviceN objects had color shift when converting to RGB
      • Problem solved where file size was increased when converting to RGB
      • Problem solved where Acrobat Preflight reported syntax problem after color conversion
    • Map colors: Problem solved where page objects with Indexed color space were not mapped
    • Convert registration color to black: Problem solved where vector objects (e.g. smooth shades) were not converted
    • Embed missing fonts:
      • Problem solved where wrong font style was embedded
      • Problem solved where fonts were not embedded or substituted
    • Convert fonts to outlines:
      • Problem solved where position of glyph changed
      • Problem solved where glyph was modified
      • Problem solved where error message appeared in Acrobat when opening converted PDF file
    • Subset fonts:
      • Problem solved where glyph was modified
      • Problem solved where glyph width mismatched after subsetting fonts
    • Fix glyph width information: Problem solved where glyph was modified
    • Convert TrueType to CID font: Problem solved where glyph was modified
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved where text was clipped
    • Increase line width: Problem solved where line width was not increased properly
    • Downsample/Compress images: Problem solved where page object was shifted because of rounding issue with very small numbers
    • Remove objects outside page area:
      • Problem solved where page object was removed that was partly inside page area
      • Problem solved where processing ended with error message
    • Set XMP Metadata fields: Problem solved where XMP entry was not set
    • Set custom property: Problem solved where custom property was not set when fixup was combined with other fixups
    • Flip pages, Crop all pages, Stamp, Adjust or remove annotations/forms: Problem solved where page rotation factor was not properly regarded
    • Rotate pages, Create bleed: Problem solved where page object was clipped after rotating pages
    • Rotate pages: Problem solved where pattern object was not rotated
    • Set layer visibility: Fixup not executed when layer name contains brackets
    • Put objects on layers: Problem solved where processing stopped with error message because of Type 3 font
    • Profile: Optimize for online publishing: Problem solved where file size was increased
    • Convert to PDF/A: Problem solved where conversion to PDF/A failed because of missing key in font resource
  • Checks
    • Effective ink coverage: Problem solved where trigger value was not output properly
  • Switchboard
    • Optimize for print: Problem solved where bleed and marks were created although they were present in the PDF file (creation of bleed and marks removed from action)
    • Scale page format only, Scale page content only, Move content, Flip content, Crop to visible, Enlarge: Problem solved where page rotation factor was not properly regarded
    • Enumerate layers
      • Problem solved where layers with the same name were created
      • Problem solved where layer was created that contained no page objects
    • Arrange actions
      • Problem solved where edited pagesizes.txt containing UTF-8 BOM could no longer be used
      • Problem solved where PDF version number was set to 1.6 although not necessary
    • Slice: Problem solved where processing stopped with error message because of Type 3 font
    • Reports Images: Problem solved where small images were not listed
    • Visualizer: Problem solved where values for total area coverage were not exact
    • Image export: Problem solved where black bar appeared at the edge of images when page was very narrow or wide
  • pdfToolbox Desktop
    • Office conversion: Problem solved where images were downsampled
    • Minor improvements in the user interface
  • pdfToolbox Standalone
    • Problem solved where error message appeared when trying to overwrite an open file during save
    • Menu entries grayed out at the time when they are not functional
  • Reports
    • XML: Problem solved where time zone of creation and modification date was not regarded properly
    • PDF mask: Problem solved where description text of the mask was not positioned