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pdfaPilot is the solution for conversion of PDF or native documents and emails into robust, searchable PDF or PDF/A files for long-term archiving. It uses the same rock-solid PDF/A technology as used in Adobe Acrobat and is available for desktop use, through watched folders or ready for integration into existing systems through a command line interface or software development kit.

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Fully unattended processing

pdfaPilot Server allows for setting up as many watched folders as needed by your workflow; all files dropped in such a watched folder are picked up and processed in a fully unattended way according to your specifications. Each watched folder can be configured independently and can convert office documents, emails and their attachments, fix common problems in PDF documents or perform guaranteed PDF/A generation.

Depending on the result of processing callas pdfaPilot drops processed files into specific output folders so that the rest of the workflow can be automated as well. If necessary, customized reports can be created to communicate problem files internally or return information directly to clients. Because the reporting is done using easy-to-customize templates, you can even adapt reports to use your own organizational layouts. And of course reporting templates can be customized to show only the level of complexity that is really needed.

Guaranteed PDF/A conversion

In many automated workflows it is crucial that the maximum percentage of documents can be converted to PDF/A unattended; even if the incoming files contain problems or potential problems. To satisfy this demand pdfaPilot Server can be configured with guaranteed PDF/A conversion that uses a number of fallback strategies if problems in incoming files are detected.

Scalability

The regular license of pdfaPilot Server is already capable of processing 8 files in parallel; if that is not enough there is an unlimited license that is only limited by the strength of the hardware (or virtual server) it is running on.

When you need more power than can be provided by a single computer or when you want to build critical workflows where failover is important, pdfaPilot Server is ready for that as well. Your pdfaPilot Server license can be upgraded to a pdfaPilot Dispatcher license, preserving all watched folder configuration in the process. Once that is done, pdfaPilot Satellites on different computers can begin to cooperate with your dispatcher. This provides easy load balancing and failover across multiple computers.

Always in control

Regardless of whether a single pdfaPilot Server is used or whether pdfaPilot Dispatcher shares the load across different systems, setting up and monitoring processing remains easy. pdfaPilot simplifies this by allowing remote configuration and remote monitoring across the network.

All pdfaPilot Server management tools have been built into pdfaPilot Desktop. From the desktop application it is possible to start a local server or connect to one or more remote servers. This enables you to test locally and then configure a remote server one you’re satisfied everything works as it should.

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System requirements

  • Mac (Intel): macOS, version 10.7 or newer, 64-bit-compliant
  • Windows:
    • Windows 7 or newer
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 or newer
  • Linux: The minimum required Linux OS versions are shown below (Linux OS versions with a higher number are always supported as well):
    • Debian 7 (and derivates like Ubuntu 12.x )
    • RedHat RHEL6 (and derivates like CentOS6)
    • SuSE SLES11 (and derivates like OpenSuSE11)
    • Note: other Linux distributions are also supported if the version of the glibc is at least v2.10
  • Solaris (Sparc and Intel): Solaris 10 (v5.10) or newer
  • AIX (PPC): AIX 5.3 (oslevel 5300-07) or newer
Recommended are at least 2 GB of free storage.

Benefits

Handle all of your PDF needs in a single application

  • Support for all PDF standards, both from international standard organizations and from national user associations
  • Covers quality control, result reporting, PDF fixing and many other PDF manipulations (generating PDF from office files, conversion from and to PostScript or EPS, and much more)
  • pdfaPilot Server runs on any recent Mac OS X or Windows platform

Configure your automation exactly as you need it

  • Create an unlimited amount of jobs (watched folders)
  • Configure jobs from any machine on the network
  • Track server processing across the network using pdfaPilot Desktop
  • Handle problem files in pdfaPilot Desktop using checkpoints, seamlessly integrating error handling for problems files in an automated workflows with pdfaPilot Server
  • Run pdfaPilot Server on physical hardware or in many virtual environments
  • Provide instant load-balancing with pdfaPilot Dispatcher and Satellite
  • Works together with Enfocus Switch or Laidback FileTrain for further automation needs

Enjoy highest quality and reliability

  • Passed all relevant industry tests for solutions supporting PDF/A (such as the Isartor test)
  • Uses the same PDF preflight engine as Adobe Acrobat
  • Builds on the Adobe PDF Library for PDF file processing, transparency flattening, PostScript / EPS support and more

Key features

Complete automation

  • Create an unlimited amount of jobs (watched folders)
  • Configure jobs using pdfaPilot Desktop from any machine on the network
  • Use jobs to perform preflight (using a profile or process plan) or perform automated PDF actions
  • Modify job processing with additional command-line parameters, straight from the job configuration interface (without scripting or development needed)
  • Process 8 documents in parallel using the regular license or scale up to the full power of your hardware or virtual environment with an unlimited license
  • Setup pdfaPilot Server with a dispatcher or satellite license for load-balancing across several machines
  • Distributed processing; allows easy load-balancing between multiple pdfaPilot Server instances in high-volume workflows.
  • Monitor server processing from any machine on the network using pdfaPilot Desktop
  • Setup jobs with checkpoints allowing pdfaPilot Desktop to see and fix problem files
  • Integrate into Enfocus Switch and laidback solutions FileTrain

The best and most complete PDF quality control on the planet

  • Checks PDFs for compliance to the PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3 standard (ISO 19005-1, 19005-2 and 19005-3)
  • Converts PDF files to PDF/A-1 and implements all necessary corrections
  • Converts emails into PDF/A
  • Converts PDF files to EPUB and HTML
  • Supports all PDF/A conformance levels (from PDF/A-1b to PDF/A-3u)
  • Improves PDFs to facilitate the creation of PDF/UA files
  • Reporting of problems through different types of predefined PDF reports
  • Customizable PDF reports based on HTML templates for maximum adjustment to your brand and users (including easy adaptation of colors, layout, icons and logos and textual content)
  • Integrated fixes allows quickest handling of PDF documents
  • Secured fixing by using PDF comparison technology; easily identify when a fix causes visual differences
  • Build process plans: customizable lists of fixes that can be executed on PDF documents conditionally
  • Guaranteed conversion to PDF/A by re-distilling (generating PostScript and distilling back into PDF) or by rasterizing each page with problems
  • Creating, checking or processing ZUGFeRD invoices

Get the most out of metadata

  • Support for all relevant industry metadata standards including Dublin Core, IPTC, PRISM, GWG AdTicket/AdsML, PLUS, EXIF and Camera Raw
  • Facilitates metadata based researching in Yahoo, Wikipedia, Amazon, Google and AskMetaFilter
  • Supports GPS data for use with Google Maps, OpenStreetMap and Google Earth
  • XML export of all document and object level metadata for tracking image use and licenses
  • Define extension schemas for your custom metadata fields as required by PDF/A-1... standard with the new Metadata Extension Editor
  • Automatically embeds your company specific metadata schemas for reliable preservation of metadata inside your PDF/A files

Release notes

9.1.326 3 July 2020

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

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Subset fonts: Problem solved, where glyph became invisible in some special cases for Type 1 Simple fonts
    • Conversion to PDF/A: General font handling: Fonts will be converted to CFF in most cases for non-symbolic TrueType fonts to avoid several issues in post processing
    • Conversion to PDF/A: Issue fixed, where annotations were not properly handled in certain cases
  • Checks
    • Problem solved, where combined "Include other Check" Properties with "Fire if any condition is met" didn't work properly, e.g. when used in a Fixup
    • Problem solved, where a combination of 2 "Include other Check" Properties did not find the intersection of both Checks
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Improved handling for multiple, parallel executed LibreOffice conversions
  • Desktop
    • Process plan: Issue fixed, where "Rename PDF" if used as last step lost its transition to the "End"
    • Profile import: Issue fixed, where a hash error was displayed, although not necessary
  • CLI
    • ToPDF: Issue fixed, where a --topdf_parameter had to be written in upper case
    • Profile processing: Improved error handling for certain processing issues (CLI and SDK only)
  • Reports
    • XML: Problem solved, where XML version 1 and text reports were not created
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Converter integrated (PostScript to PDF conversion; v1.1PlusP3c)

9.1.325 19 May 2020

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

Features

  • General
    • Process Plans: Support for HTML-based template reports in Process Plan steps
    • Support for ZUGFeRD 2.1
  • Desktop
    • Standalone: New zoom functionality, page navigation and unit selector for page dimensions in footer
    • Variables: JavaScript-Editor with enhanced functionalities like highlighting of errors for exceptions during script evaluation
  • Distributed Processing
    • Support for files sizes larger than 4 GB
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.4PlusP7d)
  • Internal HTML converter updated to callas pdfChip (v2.2.066)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Converter integrated (PostScript to PDF conversion; v1.1PlusP3a)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Visualization of tagging structure as HTML: Issue fixed, where URLs starting with "https://" were extended with "http://"
    • Reviewed and revised handling of window tiling, page zooming and the compare mode
    • Process Plans: Problem solved, where new user interface for creating and editing Process Plans did not work properly in Acrobat Plug-In using MacOS
  • PDF Standards
    • All PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3 conversions: Added Fixups "Convert spot color names to UTF-8" and "Convert font names to UTF-8" to ensure conversion
    • All PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-5 conversions: Added Fixups "Convert spot color names to UTF-8" and "Convert font names to UTF-8" to ensure conversion
    • All PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-5 conversions: Added Fixup "Fix glyph width information"
    • All PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-5 conversions: Issue fixed, where a mismatch of the Creation date caused by invalid entries in DocInfo and XMP was not repaired
    • All PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-5 validations: Adjusted recognition of JPEG 2000 images using more than 1 color space
  • Fixups
    • Flatten annotations and form fields: Completely reviewed and revised integration to solve several issues
    • Prepare annotations for PDF/A-2: Issue fixed, where annotations with no defined size got a size entry [CA1029035; CA1028573]
    • Place content: Problem solved, where certain special characters in the kfpx or template file name resulted into an error (Linux only)
    • Place content: Issue fixed, where positioned PDFs were losing contained link annotations
    • Discard hidden layer and flatten visible layers: Issue fixed, where processing resulted in missing resource in certain cases
    • Create content entry for link annotations: Issue fixed, where TOC bookmarks were not regarded for creation
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Problem fixed, where certain glyphs became corrupted and an error warning occurred in PDF viewers
      • Problem fixed, where outlined text became malformed if file was imposed afterwards
    • Remove invisible image data: Problem solved, where images were not handled properly in certain cases
    • Remove XMP Metadata compliant with PDF/X-4: Issue fixed, where removal was not successful in some cases
    • Font processing: Issue fixed, where font embedding failed on a system with non-latin characters
    • Font processing: Problem solved, where conversion resulted into an invalid 2-Byte value entry in bfrange in certain cases
    • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved, where processing resulted into shifted glyphs in special cases
    • Embed missing fonts: Issue fixed, where processing resulted in shrunken capital glyphs with specific font
    • Convert colors: Issue fixed, where advanced settings were not shown, if Profile was exported from Preflight
    • Convert spot color names to UTF-8: Reviewed and improved handling of non-compliant spot color names with umlauts
    • Convert font names to UTF-8: Problem solved, where invalid UTF-8 names were not repaired in certain cases [FP52034]
  • Actions
    • ToPDF:
      • Images:
        • Support for TIFF using 16Bit with Big Endian
        • Problem solved, where certain PSD files resulted into an invalid PDF
      • Office:
        • New --topdf_parameter "NoBitmapMissingFonts" for MS Office, which do not rasterize fonts if embedding is not possible (fonts will be substituted by another font then)
        • New --topdf_parameter "CSV_IMPORT" for LibreOffice to define field separator, text delimiter and character set (as ASCII values) for CVS file import
        • Problem solved, where office conversion wasn't successful on Windows 2008 Server R2 SP1 64bit
        • Issue fixed, where conversion in MS Excel failed due to missing external pivot sources
        • Issue fixed, where an Excel file could not be converted when --topdf_useexcelpagelayout was used (caused by empty pages)
        • Problem solved, where office conversion failed due to a missing .dll file
        • Issue fixed, where a Unicode encoded string indicating an error from Office was not properly displayed in the STDOUT (e.g. on a Japanese system)
      • PostScript:
        • Problem solved, where processing was not successful randomly when converting PostScript to PDF (Windows only)
        • Problem solved, where Chinese, Japanese and Korean fonts were not properly handled in certain cases (might affect conversion of PostScript files which extract internal resources during processing)
  • Reports
    • Mask reports: Fixed issue, where the "hide" option had no effect on created bookmarks for the respective severity
    • XML report: Problem fixed, where report creation with ink coverage was not successful on PDFs with non UTF-8 compliant spot color names
  • General
    • Problem solved, where some kind of processing could result in unnecessarily extensive memory usage
    • Problem solved, where order of Properties in a Check could cause different results if "Fire if any condition is met" is active
    • Issue fixed, where file structure optimization resulted into an error with certain files
    • Issue fixed, where resources dictionary was not fixed when --nooptimization was used
    • Problem solved, where internal optimization of the file structure resulted in an unstable behavior
    • Issue fixed, where logging file was not properly filed in certain cases (e.g. with "Convert pages with very complex page descriptions into CMYK images")
    • Problem solved, where certain structures of signed PDFs could not be properly validated [CA1028730]
    • Problem solved, where images using a specific "JPEG2000 Codestream Format" could not be analyzed

9.0.321 21 January 2020

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

Features

  • Desktop
    • Process Plans: New objects can now be inserted into transitions between existing steps
    • Process Plans: Newly added steps have all transition types activated by default
    • New, built-in editor for improved visualization and usability
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Put objects on layer: Checks from the Group "Context aware object detection" are now available in the "Apply to:" filter
  • New Properties
    • Font is not valid (specific problems): New Property to find certain errors in fonts; can be used with the trigger values of "Font is not valid (strict)" for find a single problem

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Remove page objects completely outside page area: Problem solved, where some kind of pattern was removed within page area in certain cases
    • Scale pages: Problem solved, where the page scaling was done based on the MediaBox instead of the TrimBox
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved, where text (used as a clipping path) appeared as a gray box after processing in special cases
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved, where certain text parts with missing UniCode representation were shifted
    • General font handling: Issue fixed, where certain encoding issues resulted in missing glyphs or .notdef glyphs after processing
    • General font handling: Enhanced repair for certain syntax problems in embedded CFF fonts
    • Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers: Problem solved, where some text objects were vanishing caused by old, invalid layer information in the PDF
  • Checks
    • Sifter-based Properties: Optimized analyzing for defined custom areas on pages with a rotate entry
    • Number of hits in this check: Issue fixed, where an "Number equal to = 0" was not properly handled
  • Desktop
    • Process Plan UI: Problem solved, where editing of details resulted in an empty window on non-English systems in some cases
    • Process Plan UI: Problem solved, where an error message occurred when saving in some cases
    • Issue fixed, where certain special glyphs caused an incomplete activation request and therefore a failing activation
  • Actions
    • Collection: Problem solved, where layout of overview page was mingled [CA1029000]
  • CLI
    • ZUGFeRD: Issue fixed, where XML schema was not found if references using UNC paths
  • Reports
    • PDF: Problem solved, where file size of generated reports increased due to fully embedded Asian fonts
    • XML: Issue fixed, where reports generated by Process Plan steps did not contain the "<pages>" and "<resources>" parts

9.0.320 5 December 2019

  • An upgrade to pdfaPilot Server 9, pdfaPilot CLI 9 or pdfaPilot SDK 11 from earlier versions of these products requires a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA). Please contact your reseller for further information.

Features

  • Desktop
    • Support for ZUGFeRD 2.0 and FACTUR-X [CA1028219]
  • Desktop
    • New in Switchboard
      • Arrange - Split at mark: Splits the PDF into parts based on pages identified by a Check
      • Explore - Read barcode: Detect value and other technical details of a barcode in a specified area of a page
    • Process Plans: Completely new user interface for creating and editing Process Plans
    • Variables: New, HTML-template-based Ask-at-runtime dialog, which can also be adjusted to individual requirements
    • New toolbar offers direct access to various functionalities
    • DPart viewer allows in-depth analysis of the DPart metadata structure of respective PDF files
    • Shortcut for direct Profile export (Mac: CMD+E / Windows: CTRL+E)
    • Saved Actions are now listed in the list of Fixups
  • Profile, Checks and Fixups
    • New option to set a Profile to invisible in list of existing Profiles (incl. respective filter to show such "invisible" Profiles)
    • New option to set a Check to invisible in list of existing Checks (incl. respective filter to show such "invisible" Checks); they will only be listed in the Custom Checks section of Profiles, within the "Apply to" filter of single Fixups and in Process plan steps of type "Check"
    • New option to set a Fixup to invisible in list of existing Fixups (incl. respective filter to show such "invisible" Fixups); they will only be listed in the Custom Fixups section of Profiles and within Process plan steps of type "Fixup"
  • General
    • Process plans
      • Add new step type "Rename PDF" to define the output filename
      • Create PDF copy: All input fields can now be used with Variables
      • New option to skip a Process plan step (can also be set via a Variable)
      • Profile sequence step: "Do not apply Fixups" can now also be controlled using a Variable
    • Variables
      • New function "app.setTimeout(seconds)" to define the timeout for JavaScript evaluation
      • Geometry information are now available in to app.doc.result.checks[i].hits
    • Server
      • JobTickets: Allow to define an individual processing configuration for each file
      • Sidecar files: New functionality to define Variables per incoming file and to retrieve information from previous processing steps
  • New Profiles and Process Plans
    • Find barcode value in a specified area and print the value on the page
    • Convert pages with very complex page descriptions into CMYK images
  • Enhanced Profiles
    • All Profiles with "Convert colors"-Fixups have been updated to use "Advanced settings" instead of Policy files
  • New Fixups
    • Place circle/ellipse
    • Place line
    • Place rectangle
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Convert colors:
      • New area "Advanced settings", which replaces the deprecated Policy files
      • All settings from the "Advanced settings" dialog can be controlled using Variables
    • Set Overprint and Knockout: New option to leave OPM unchanged
    • Set Overprint Mode to 1:Is deprecated, use "Set overprint and knockout" Fixup instead
  • New and enhanced predefined Fixups
    • Convert colored Type 3 fonts to outlines
    • Place black circle at specified position
    • Place red rectangle at specified position
    • Place blue line at specified position
  • New Properties
    • Text on page: Finds text on pages or within page areas; can be combined with Action "Split at mark"
    • Several new barcode/matrix code related Properties:
      • Barcode is in area
      • Barcode value
      • Barwidth reduction (%|mm|pt)
      • Height of barcode / matrix code (mm|pt)
      • Width of barcode / matrix code (mm|pt)
      • Module width of barcode / matrix code (mm|pt)
      • Symbology (type of barcode / matrix code)
    • "Log Profile execution" will save the created rendered areas as images into the temporary log folder for review
    • Stream object is uncompressed
    • Font is not valid (specific problems)
  • Enhanced Properties
    • All Sifter-based properties: Extended possible combinations with other types of Properties and further enhanced analysis
  • New and enhanced predefined Checks
    • Is colored Type 3 font
    • Type 3 font has all required resources
    • Find specified text: Searches for the specified text on all pages
    • Find barcode in specified area
    • Size is not equal for all pages
  • Actions
    • SplitAtMark: Splits the PDF into parts based on pages identified by a Check
    • ToPDF: Support for conversion of TIFF files with CuttingPaths
    • ToPDF: Support for conversion of TIFF files with Transparency
    • ToPDF: Support for PSB files ("Photoshop Big")
    • ToPDF: Support for .vtx und .vxd files (MS Visio) with MS Office and Open/LibreOffice
    • QuickCheck: Extended sample configuration file with more comments and examples
  • Reports
    • XML reports: Added references for Annotations to reported hits
  • CLI
    • ToPDF: Several new --topdf_parameter for handling of Office in MS Office:
      • NoMemoryOptimization: Disables the internal memory optimization
      • DoNotHideOffice: The respective MS Office will show up and not work hidden in the background
      • UpdateChangedFields: Requests a content update from MS Office to update fields (e.g. page numbers in the table of content)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.4PlusP6d)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Converter integrated (PostScript to PDF conversion; v1.1PlusP2h)
  • Internal HTML converter updated to callas pdfChip (v2.1.062)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Object inspector and Visualizer: Issue fixed, where displayed content was not updated after the execution of Fixups
    • New dialog with additional information if PostScript or Office conversion to PDF fails
    • Switchboard: Move objects: Issue fixes, where Text and Vector were not moved properly
  • 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
    • PDF/A validation: Adjusted detection for signature fields where their ByteRange does not span the entire document
    • PDF/A-2 conversion: Problem solved, where pattern name object was invalidated during processing [FP52034]
  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Problem solved where recursion of Form XObjects in the content stream resulted into infinite processing
      • Problem solved where flattening resulted in displaced Asian glyphs in certain cases
      • Issue fixed where bullet glyphs were removed in some cases
      • Issue fixed where bullet glyphs were converted to "F" glyphs in specific font situation
      • Issue fixed where square bullets became .notdef glyphs after flattening
      • Issue fixed where some kind of ligatures were converted to .notdef glyphs
      • Issue fixed where quotation marks became .notdef glyphs after flattening
      • Issue fixed where glyph (defined as .notdef) was no more embedded after flattening and resulted in a warning in some PDF viewers
      • Problem solved where background images using Indexed color spaces with Separation Black were not properly handled
      • Problem solved where flattening resulted in a completely rasterized page although only small areas were affected by transparency
      • Problem solved where processing caused a distortion of text
      • Issue fixed where flattened PDF triggered a font error warning in certain PDF viewers (MacOS only)
      • Issue fixed where flattening with high resolution resulted in damaged fonts in certain cases (MacOS only)
      • Problem solved where processing wasn't successful with specific PDF
      • Problem solved where resulting PDF had different glyph widths in PDF and embedded font
    • Add unique ID to Note elements in tagging structure: Issue solved, where Endnotes mapped to Notes via RoleMap were not properly handled
    • Convert to PDF/A-2: Issue fixed where invalid XMP was created during PDF/A conversion in some cases
    • Convert to PDF/A-2: Issue fixed where the conversion failed due to a missing Subtype entry
    • Remove pages: Issue solved where remaining page label were not properly corrected after removal of a page
    • Make font names unique: Problem solved where glyphs were not properly handled in certain cases
    • Adjust annotations and form fields: Issue fixed, where a missing subtype on an Annotation was not properly set in special cases [FP52794]
    • Fix glyph width info: Problem solved, where space glyph was converted to a .notdef glyph after processing in some cases [CA1028398]*SDK
    • Subset fonts: Issue fixed, where subsetting resulted in an empty space for some foreign characters in special cases [CA1027731]*SDK
    • Put objects on layer: Issue fixed, where Sifter-based Checks could not be used as an "Apply to" filter [FP56397]*TB
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved, where outlining resulted in a gray area in some rare cases [CA1027161; FP53392; FP54904]
    • General font handling: Problem solved, where invalid operands in fonts could not be repaired [CA1028835]
  • Checks
    • Verify compliance with PDF/A-2b: Issue fixed where validation failed caused by a unnecessary hit for "Signature has no ByteRange entry"
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Issue fixed where office files using special characters (like % or #) in their filename resulted in errors with LibreOffice (Windows only)
    • ToPDF: Adjusted the predefined Default.joboptions file (used for PostScript conversion) to create PDF 1.6 instead of older versions
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where certain kind of transparent PNG were not properly converted
    • ToPDF: Optimized handling for timeout setting and improved error reporting [CA1028782]
    • OptimizePDF: Issue fixed where multiple identically named fonts were resulting in rectangles for some glyphs after merging the fonts
    • Email-to-PDF:
      • Issue fixed, where an image moved to the right [CA1028532]
      • Problem solved, where an unnecessary extra page was added, when 'add attachments as additional pages' was set [CA1028698]
      • Problem solved, where the size of text became very small under certain circumstances [CA1028197]
      • Problem solved, where conversion failed with specific EML [CA1028323]
      • Fixed issue, where a lot of unnecessary empty space were created in some cases [CA1028646]
  • Desktop
    • Problem solved where using a License Server based activation could not be used in the Acrobat Plugin
    • Object inspector: Alternate values for spot colors added
    • Object inspector: Issued fixed where a filter for objects was not properly respected on multi-page documents
    • Improved window handling, especially for tiled views
    • Library manager: "Custom template reports" and "Ask at runtime dialog templates" added as resources
    • Activation via License Server: New optional method to define automatic search for License Server by placing a specific JSON file e.g. into the user preferences
  • Reports
    • XML: Issue fixed, where certain spot color names where not properly listed in the "hits" area of the report [CA1028876]
  • Server
    • Improved information when Server, Dispatcher or Satellite is started without a valid license
  • CLI
    • Timeout: Issue fixed where some additional seconds were added to the given time limit in certain cases
    • PDF/A mode: --incremental: New option to save the resulting file incremental [CA1028781]
  • General
    • Office conversion: A 64-bit installation of pdfToolbox requires a 64-bit version of OpenOffice/LibreOffice (similar for 32-bit)
    • MacOS installer for CLI: Format changed to .pkg

8.2.312 7 May 2019

  • A free of charge update of pdfaPilot 8 Desktop for owners of a pdfaPilot 8 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfaPilot Server, pdfaPilot CLI or pdfaPilot SDK for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • General
    • Support for ZUGFeRD 2.0 and FACTUR-X [CA1028219]
  • Desktop
    • Compare PDF: Origin of page positioning can be defined
    • Standalone now shows an indicator in the footer areas if PDF is encrypted
    • Switchboard: Batch processing for Process Plans if linked into Workspace
  • 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
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Extended scope to Type 3 fonts
    • Flatten transparency: New option to set a timeout, after which the whole page gets rasterized
    • Flatten transparency: Some conflicting settings will be handled in a more intelligent way (e.g. "JPEG" compression and "lossless" quality)
    • Remove actions: New option "With invalid destination"
    • Convert page into image: New option to take layer visibility into account and to preserve invisible layers
    • 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
    • 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
    • QuickCheck: Support for DPart metadata
    • XML Report: Added color space for image masks
  • CLI
    • Compare: Origin of page positioning can be defined
    • OpenPassword: New parameter to define an "open" password for encrypted PDFs: "--openpassword=..."
  • 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)
  • Internal HTML converter updated to the latest version of callas pdfChip (v2.1.059)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Object inspector and Visualizer: Issue fixed, where displayed content was not updated after the execution of Fixups
    • New dialog with additional information if PostScript or Office conversion to PDF fails
    • Switchboard: Move objects: Issue fixes, where Text and Vector were not moved properly
  • 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
    • PDF/A validation: Adjusted detection for signature fields where their ByteRange does not span the entire document
    • PDF/A-2 conversion: Problem solved, where pattern name object was invalidated during processing [FP52034]
  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Issue fixed, where certain, already embedded fonts became unembedded after flattening
      • Problem solved, where flattening resulted in visible text, which was invisible before
      • Problem solved, where processing resulted in a missing image
      • Issue fixed, where bookmarks lost their not destination after processing
      • Problem solved, where certain glyphs got damaged after processing
      • Issue fixed, where visible glyph defined as .notdef was removed
      • Issue fixed, where transparent objects remained in PDF under certain circumstances
    • Substitute characters using .notdef glyph with space characters: Problem solved where certain Type 3 font became bullets after processing
    • 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
    • Convert colors: Enhanced handling for Type 3 fonts to avoid visual changes
    • General: Automatic repair for Type 3 fonts which are using very unusual resource dictionaries introduced by certain DTP software
    • General: Length of Code Ranges in ToUnicode CMap Streams is now adjusted to 255 to match specification
    • General: Problem solved, where text got displaced, caused by positioning of vectors within text objects which is not allowed
  • Checks
    • Problem solved, where initial analysis on specific PDFs resulted in an unstable behavior or long processing time
    • Font is embedded: Problem solved, where a certain PDF with empty FontBBox values resulted in an unstable behavior
  • Actions
    • Email-to-PDF: Problem solved, where Bookmarks were missing in resulting PDF when attachments were added as pages [CA1028046]
    • Email-to-PDF: Issue fixed, where resulting PDF contained a invalid Subtype entry for the embedded file in certain cases [CA1027931]
    • ToPDF:
      • Office: Support for file formats .wmf, .emf, .pcx, .bmp and .pgm to be converted using LibreOffice [CA1027903]
      • PostScript:
        • Problem solved, where conversion of PostScript (which extracted internal resources during processing) could not be properly processed
        • Problem solved, where glyph positioning changed while converting certain PostScript files
        • Issue fixed, where objects below a certain scaling factor were dropped in certain PostScript files
        • Issue fixed, where PostScript could not be converted if a specific font was installed on the system
      • TIFF:
        • Issue fixed, where rather large TIFF files (3 GB or more) could not be converted to PDF
        • Problem solved, where conversion of certain TIFF files resulted in an un-proportionally scaled result
        • Issue fixed, where TIFF with AlphaChannels (spot color) were not properly converted
        • Issue fixed, where 16bit TIFF images were not properly converted
        • Issue fixed, where existing image XMP metadata was not preserved
        • Problem solved, where RGB TIFF with alpha channels could not be converted
        • Issue fixed, where certain types of shadows resulted in striped output
        • Problem solved, where certain TIFF resulted in a very different visual result
        • Problem solved, where specific, ICC-tagged TIFF resulted in shifted colorants
        • Issue fixed, where transparency in TIFF was not properly regarded
        • Problem solved, where CMYK TIFF with additional spot channels could not be converted
        • Problem solved, where some JPEG compressed TIFF images resulted in un-proportionally scaled result
      • 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
      • PSD
        • Issue fixed, where PSD images with an obsolete entry for spot colors could not be converted
        • Problem solved, where PSD images marked as CMYK, but also included spot color data, were converted to CMYK only
        • 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
  • 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
  • Server
    • Issue fixed, where original PDF was moved to "Success" folder instead of "Processed" when Profile error code was "0" (= no Hit, no Fixups executed)
    • Disabled report generation for non-Profile-based processing [FP52796]
  • CLI
    • Profile execution: Identical Checks (e.g. contained as Custom Check and via Standard validation) will not be merged anymore but reported separately
    • Server/Dispatcher on CLI: Issue fixed, where wrong layout glyphs were shown in the command shell on first startup (Windows only)
    • 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
    • Adjusted error codes in cases where report creation failed due to encrypted input PDFs
  • General
    • Problem solved, where certain PDFs could not be rendered properly anymore
    • 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
    • Activation: Improved handling for all non-ascii glyphs

8.1.303 9 January 2019

  • A free of charge update of pdfaPilot 8 Desktop for owners of a pdfaPilot 8 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfaPilot Server, pdfaPilot CLI or pdfaPilot SDK for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Desktop
    • New Switchboard Action in Arrange group: "Split or reorder", to split certain pages or page ranges into several or single PDF
    • 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)
    • 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
    • Profile editing: "Report PDF syntax issues" option is no more active in newly generated Profiles
    • Improved visualization of non-supported custom Checks from Acrobat Preflight 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"
  • New and enhanced predefined Fixups
    • Make font name unique for all fonts with same name
  • New and enhanced predefined Checks
    • Origin of MediaBox is not 0/0
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Remove XMP Metadata: Extended with possibility to define namespace and properties to be kept or to removed
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Enabled page-based Checks for "Apply to" selection
    • Discard private data from other applications: Has been extended to remove private information also in the PieceInfo
    • Rotate page content: Rotates the page content by a given degree and optionally enlarge the page accordingly
    • Insert pages: Page geometry boxes are also inserted for new empty pages
    • Place text / Place barcode: Improved fallback for fonts if the default fonts (Arial/Helvetica, Times, Courier) can not be found on the respective system
  • Actions
    • ToPDF:
      • New option "--topdf_noremotecontent" to disable loading of external resources from HTML (and eMail) [CA1025127]
      • 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
      • Added support for page scaling factor (UserUnit) in resulting PDF, if input image exceeds the maximum dimension of a PDF page
    • Email to PDF: Bookmarks will now work for embedded files
  • Server
    • The "Server.log" logfiles in the shared preferences folder are now created on a daily basis and are named accordingly
  • 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)
    • 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
  • 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 (v2.0.056)
  • Updated MailConverter component
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.4PlusP4e)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Converter integrated (PostScript to PDF conversion; v1.1PlusP1m)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Batch processing: Problem solved, where resulting files were not stored according to their severity in the correct output folder
    • 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
  • 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
  • PDF Standards:
    • PDF/A conversion: Annotations with "NoView" flag will be removed
    • PDF/A conversion: Improved handling for PDF 2.0 files
    • PDF/A-2u conversion: Problem solved, where errors regarding Unicode values occurred after processing
    • PDF/A-2 + PDF/A-3 conversion: Improved handling to set the overprint mode (OPM) for ICCbased CMYK object also if DefaultCMYK is introduced during processing
    • PDF/A validation: Adjusted recognition to detect invalid XMP metadata with more than one occurrence of "pdf:Producer"
  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Issue fixed, where rendering or flattening resulted in cropped image in certain cases
      • Issue fixed, where processing resulted in shifted glyphs and other objects in certain cases
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were changed and wrong glyph widths were created in some cases
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where processing resulted in missing glyphs if specific TrueType font was converted to CFF beforehand
    • Place content: Improved handling of existing Layer of placed PDF documents
    • Remove objects outside page area: Reviewed functionality to ensure proper handling of objects
    • Downsample/compress color/grayscale images: Issue fixed, where processing results in visual differences due to improper handling of Matte entry
    • Create bookmarks from headings: Issue fixed, where tag tree was not properly recognized
    • Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers: Problem solved, where text color changed during processing in certain PDF
    • Convert colors: Existing Matte entries are now calculated into the image data to prevent color shifts in the resulting PDF
    • Adjust or remove annotations:
      • Problem solved, where annotations became rotated in rare cases
      • Problem solved, where white background rectangles for "Square" annotations appeared in certain cases
      • Fixed issue, where annotations became scrambled due to page rotation
    • Embed missing fonts:
      • Issue fixed, where glyph widths for Latin glyphs in Asian fonts were not respected properly for CID fonts
      • Possibility to map defined glyph names of a font to an Adobe glyph names using the FontSubstitution config file
      • Issue fixed, where certain fonts with Unicode characters in their font name were not properly determined (Unix only)
    • Convert TrueType font to CFF: Issue fixed, where umlauts were changed to rectangles
    • Convert TrueType font to CFF: Added support for simple TrueType fonts using rendering mode 3
    • Merge adjacent headings if heading level is the same: Problem solved, where certain nesting of table fields was not properly handled
    • Font handling: Fixed issue, where certain .notdef glyph encodings in the Differences array were not removed
    • Content stream analysis: Problem solved, where invalid command resulted in loss of content after processing under certain circumstances
  • Actions
    • To PDF:
      • Issue fixed, where conversion of certain JPG (created by some mobile devices) resulted in a blank pages
      • Issue fixed, where conversion of TIFF containing a special kind of thumbnail preview of the content resulted in a 2-page PDF
      • Problem solved, where certain corrupt PDFs resulted in an unstable behavior
      • Implemented improved handling for certain TIFF variants (e.g. some JPEG compressions) to ensure proper conversion to PDF
      • Office files will be opened as read-only to allow conversion of files protected against editing (Microsoft Word on Windows only)
      • Problem solved, where the Exif information regarding the image orientation was not respected properly
    • Email to PDF:
      • Reviewed placement and formatting of email content, e.g. to avoid unnecessary scaling [CA1027583; CA1027166; CA1027577; CA1024898]
      • Added conversion of attached GIF files to PDF [CA1022965; FP27244]
      • Problem solved, where an embedded RTF file referencing a non-existing inline image attachment resulted in an unstable behavior [CA1026798]
      • Issue fixed, where attachments ending with a dot or space character could not be processed [CA1027432]
  • Reports
    • QuickCheck: Problem solved, where some font infos were not correctly listed in the resulting JSON report
    • XML reports: Problem solved, where reports were not created with certain PDFs (MacOS only)
  • Server/CLI
    • Problem solved, where a defined cachefolder was not properly respected
    • Problem solved, where files could not be stored on a SMB shared volume after processing (Windows only)
    • Problem solved, where long file paths were not properly handled as destination for output file (Windows only)
  • Distributed Processing
    • Increased default value for waiting time for free satellites by the Dispatcher to 10 seconds
    • 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
    • Problem solved, where naming of output files was not respected in certain cases
  • General
    • Improved setting of the transparency blend color spaces when converting to PDF/X and PDF/A when an CMYK Output Intent already exists
    • Problem solved, where rendering of certain PDFs with transparency took abnormally long
    • 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

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

8.0.290 6 June 2018

  • Upgrade to pdfaPilot Server 8, pdfaPilot CLI 8 or pdfaPilot SDK 10 from earlier versions of these products requires a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA). Please contact your reseller for further information.

Features

  • Standalone
    • New Switchboard Action in Document group: "Remove invisible objects", which removes objects with are completely covered, clipped or outside of the page area
    • 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
      • 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)
    • 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
    • Convert to PDF/A-2b (any fallback conversions use the original file)
    • Verify compliance with Processing Steps (ISO 19593-1) for packaging and label
    • Uses PDF 2.0 Features
    • Quick Check example
    • Bring 100% black text to front
  • Enhanced Profiles and Process Plans
    • 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
  • 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
    • Repair invalid or empty FontBBox values
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • 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
    • Fix glyph width information: Extended scope to fix also font widths of Type 3 fonts
  • New and enhanced predefined Fixups
    • 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)
  • New Properties
    • Various new Properties in the new Group "Context aware object detection" (Sifter), e.g.
      • Context aware object detection (Sifter)
      • Object below other object
      • Object covered by other object
      • ...
    • Various new Properties to determine different details of path objects
    • Number of hits in this check in document
    • Various new properties to determine values of text and character spacing:
      • Character spacing of text
      • Word spacing of text
      • Text leading
      • Text rise
    • Unicode of ligature (via ToUnicode CMap) does not match PDF encoding
    • Various new properties for Processing Steps
    • Embedded font file uses invalid or empty BBox values
  • New and enhanced predefined Checks
    • 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 pdfaPilot 7 can now be imported at first startup of the Server component for pdfaPilot 8
  • 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
    • New option to create JSON log files for Profile execution during runtime (--trace)
  • 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)

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Fixed issue, where generic check "Font is not embedded" was not properly executed
    • PDF/A validation: Problem solved, where analysis took very long, caused by very high number of form fields [CA1027150]
    • PDF/A conversion: Optimized handling of TrueType fonts, which are now preferably converted to CID instead of CFF if necessary
  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Fixed issue, where softmask objects were removed in certain cases
      • Problem solved, where vector objects vanished in some cases
      • Problem solved, where image objects vanished in certain cases
      • Problem solved, where resulting PDF was visually changed
      • Fixed issue, where objects were slightly shifted after processing
      • Problem solved, where processing resulted in an unstable behavior
      • Problem solved, where link destinations were not properly maintained
      • Fixed issue, where glyphs from a Helvetica font were not properly handled in a specific case (MacOS only)
    • Font to outline:
      • Fixed issue, where diacritical marks were shifted after processing
      • Problem solved, where text was not properly handled in some cases
      • Fixed issue, where some text operators ("BT") remained in content stream after font to outline
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were displaced if executed together with "Fix glyph width" and "Embed fonts"
      • Issue fixed, where a certain combination of invisible and clipping text objects was not properly handled
    • Fix glyph width: Issue fixed, where fonts were displaced when Fixup was executed together with "Embed missing fonts"
    • Embed missing fonts: Issue fixed, where font style was not properly regarded in certain cases
    • Make font names unique: Problem solved, where already unique fonts were processed as well
    • Make font names unique: Issue fixed, where fonts used in SoftMask were not properly handled in certain cases
    • Problem solved, where .notdef glyphs were not properly handled
    • Fixed issue, where PDF/A-2b conversion using a Profile resulted in width information problems
    • Fixed issue, where glyphs were replaced with .notdef glyphs in certain cases
  • Checks
    • Image is not valid: Fixed issue, where a corrupt image was not properly detected
    • Number of hits in this check: Fixed issue, where "0" as value was not properly handled
  • Actions
    • To PDF:
      • Problem solved, where text from PostScript files was not properly rendered after conversion
      • Problem solved, where PostScript could not be processed in certain cases
      • Added handling for "Unsupported formula" warning in Microsoft Excel files
    • Create PostScript:
      • Fixed issue, where created PostScript was not valid
      • Problem solved, where objects were missing in resulting PostScript file
      • Problem solved, where created PostScript resulted in shifted glyphs on certain output devices
      • Fixed issue, where visual appearance of some objects was changed after processing
    • ReDistill
      • Fixed issue, where images were not properly handled in certain cases
      • Problem solved, where spot color images were not properly converted
    • Optimize PDF
      • Problem solved, where data after the end-of-file marker in the file structure were not properly handled in certain cases
      • Fixed issue, where some invalid references in the file structure were not repaired and resulted in an error
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where some shadings were not properly rendered in high resolutions
  • Reports
    • XML Report: Added trigger values for generic syntax Checks
    • XML reports and Result dialog: Graphic state details for Smooth shades added
  • Desktop
    • Variables: Order of Variables in ask-at-runtime is now derived from the KEY value (in alpha-numerical order)
    • Deactivation of a Server license will now also remove the Desktop activation (if Desktop was activated via the Server license)
    • Default values for number of displayed hits result dialog increased
    • PDF/A in one click: Option "Re-convert via PostScript" deactivated
    • PDF/A in one click: Default resolution for fallback conversion to images increased to 150 ppi
    • Problem solved, where the profile summary report did not contain Custom Fixups [FP47869]
  • CLI
    • Improved reporting, when the limit of parallel processes allowed by license is exceeded so that processes have to wait
  • General
    • Process Plans: Fixed issue, where processing could not be executed successfully in certain cases
    • Fixed issue, where processing a password-protected file resulted in a wrong error code
    • 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
    • Optimized generation and analysis of ToUnicodes CMaps to improve performance
    • Problem solved, where certain rare function operators in the content stream resulted in unstable behavior
    • Issue fixed, where some rare font structures resulted in an unstable behavior
    • Problem solved, where some new PDF structures (introduced with PDF 2.0) were not properly handled
    • Problem solved, where a rare usage of PostScript code in a font resulted in an unstable behavior

7.2.277 24 January 2018

  • A free of charge update of pdfaPilot 7 Desktop for the owners of a pdfaPilot 7 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfaPilot Server, pdfaPilot CLI or pdfaPilot 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

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert to PDF/A-1: Problem solved, where recompression of JPEG2000 to JPEG resulted in a color shift in some cases
    • Place content: Fixed issue, where using a Variable to define the template path was not properly working
  • Actions
    • EmailToPDF: Fixed several formatting issues when converting RTF content [CA10226599]
    • EmailToPDF: Problem solved, where a unusual charset-encoding entry was not properly interpreted [CA1026656]
    • EmailToPDF: Fixed issue, where certain Unicode characters were not properly handled [CA1026881]
  • Desktop
    • Explore Metadata: Fixed issue, where preview images were not properly displayed (MacOS only)
  • Plug-in
    • Compare: Support for the latest Acrobat DC version
  • CLI
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where conversion of non-PDF formats failed for certain licensing types
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where HTML files with a "#" character in their name could not be processed
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where empty Excel sheets resulted in an error in certain cases
  • General
    • Fixed issue, where Profile property "Font is not embedded" was not properly regarded
    • Problem solved, where editing Profiles was not possible in certain cases
    • Fixed issue, where special characters in Variables were not properly handled

7.2.276 27 November 2017

  • A free of charge update of pdfaPilot 7 Desktop for the owners of a pdfaPilot 7 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfaPilot Server, pdfaPilot CLI or pdfaPilot SDK for the 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)
    • 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
    • Uses ICCbased RGB
    • Page uses measurement properties (Viewport)
    • Several new and extended Properties for PDF 2.0:
      • Has halftone origin entry (HTO)3
      • 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: --syntaxchecks
    • ToPDF for PostScript: Font substitution is now reported on CLI StdOut and in SDK
  • Distributed Processing
    • Enhanced display of status and details when components are started using CLI
  • General
    • Support for PDF 2.0
    • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.4PlusP2p)

Fixes

  • PDF Standards
    • PPDF/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
    • 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
    • PDF/X-5n conversion: Fixed issue, where multichannel Output Intent from Custom Fixup was not respected in color conversion for PDF/X
  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency: Fixed issue, where rotation of graphic was not properly respected
    • Flatten transparency: Fixed issue, where processing was not successful with certain PDF
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where bookmarks became invalidated
    • Put objects on layer: Problem solved, where objects were no more properly assigned to a layer
    • Convert TrueType to CFF: Fixed issue, where resulting file could not be properly displayed in viewers
    • Convert TrueType to CFF: Problem solved, where glyphs exceeding the allowed size were nor properly handled
    • Repair invalid ToUnicode CMap information in fonts: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in missing glyph after processing in some cases
    • Make font name unique: Problem solved, where hyphen or softhyphen were not properly displayed in certain viewers
    • 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
    • Uncompress XMP Metadata objects: Problem solved, where processing resulted in an unexpected result if "Remove XMP Metadata" were contained in same Profile
  • Checks
    • Set PDF Version: Automatic check for PDF version was executed, although Fixup was disabled using a Variable
  • Actions
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where page scaling factor (UserUnit) was not take into account for created image
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where umlauts or unicode characters in filename of jobsetting or logfile were not properly handled
    • ToPDF: Added dialog handling for invalid references in Excel files to default dialog handling
    • Optimization: Problem solved, where processing resulted in shifted glyphs
    • EnumerateProfile: Fixed issue, where invalid path in Variable resulted in an error
  • Desktop
    • Switchboard - Document - PostScript to PDF: Fixed issue, where selected joboptions settings were not properly respected
    • Edit Profiles dialog: Fixed issue, where button for Profile export became grayed out after export (MacOS only)
  • CLI
    • Fixed issue, where resulting file could not be stored on a mounted device with high nesting depth of folders
  • Reports
    • Layer reports: Problem solved, where hits were no more assigned to respective layer
    • XML: Fixed issue, where specified number of "hitsperdoc" and "hitsperpage" were not properly respected
  • General
    • Problem solved, where processing of specific file resulted in an error
    • Updated signing of pdfaPilot installer for MacOS

7.1.271 23 August 2017

  • Update of pdfaPilot 7 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfaPilot 7 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfaPilot Server, pdfaPilot CLI or pdfaPilot SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Checks and Properties
    • Aspect ratio of CropBox|BleedBox|TrimBox|ArtBox: Determines the aspect ratio the respective dimensions
    • Font is not valid/Font is not valid (strict): Extended scope to find glyphs with corrupt data
  • 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
    • Organize pages: Multiple pages can now be selected by using the "Shift"-key
  • CLI
    • --setvariable: Support for values as JSON added, e.g. for values exported from Desktop
  • 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
    • 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
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where text was moved, when certain filter settings were used
    • Font to outline: Fixed issue, where selective outlining of certain fonts resulted in missing glyphs of other fonts
    • Set transparency blend color space: Fixed issue, where an ICC profile from the system was used although there was one attached to the Profile
    • Convert TrueType to CFF: Problem solved, where glyphs were missing after conversion in certain cases
    • General font handling:
      • Fixed issue, where glyphs were not properly handled in some cases
      • 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
      • Problem solved, where a specific encoding with a wrong encoding table entry resulted in invisible glyphs [CA1026193]
  • PDF Standards
    • PDF/A-2 validation: Some minor adjustments regarding validity of Extension Schema according to VeraPDF test suite
    • 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
    • EmailToPDF: Fixed issue, where conversion to PDF/A-1 resulted in an syntax error for values out of range [CA1026241]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where conversion for Excel files were not successful in certain cases [CA1026237]
  • Desktop
    • Activation: Fixed issue, where request could not be sent to the activation server (MacOS only)
    • 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
    • ToPDF: Location for log files created during conversion of PostScript files changed to user preferences
    • Log Profile execution: Intermediate results for "Place content" (HTML-Template, calsDocInfo.js and PDF) are saved as well
    • 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
  • Plug-In
    • Fixed issue, where processing was not successful for some functions with the latest Acrobat DC update
    • Fixed issue, where the Plug-In was not installed into Acrobat Pro 2017
  • CLI
    • ToPDF for PostScript files: Fixed issue, where sub-folders of additional search paths for fonts were not taken into account
    • 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 packageFixed conversion for resources of Type3 fonts for an issue that invalidated glyph lookup

7.0.268 13 April 2017

  • Update of pdfaPilot 7 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfaPilot 7 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfaPilot Server, pdfaPilot CLI or pdfaPilot 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
  • General
    • Fixed conversion for resources of Type3 fonts for an issue that invalidated glyph lookup

7.0.267 3 April 2017

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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)
    • New, PDF-based activation process
  • Desktop
    • Wireframe mode in Object inspector
    • Zoom functionality
    • All Profiles have been arranged into Libraries
    • User interface: Improved recognition and notification when changing Fixups and Checks which are referenced in Profiles or ProcessPlans
    • Debugging functionality to store intermediate results and processing details for Profiles and ProcessPlans
    • 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
    • Cross-Library-Search
    • Explore Fonts with more information
    • Use external Text-Editor for JavaScript-Variables
    • Standalone application on Windows is now also available as 64-Bit
    • Improved Handling Keyboard Shortcuts in Ask-as-runtime and Variables Editor
    • Switchboard: Dynamic button to corresponding help article

  • 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 [CA1025903]
    • PDF/A-1 conversion: Improved "Prepare annotations" to avoid removal of file attachment annotations [CA1025638]
    • PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3 conversion: New Fixup: Set Supplement entry in CIDSystemInfo of CIDFont to corresponding entry in CMap [CA1022919; CA1024170]
    • 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) [CA1025436]
  • Fixups
    • Insert empty page
    • Move objects
    • Place content on page: Support for SVG as input format
    • 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
    • Convert page content into image: "Maximum" and "High" now use Chroma Subsampling to enhance quality
    • Create shapes
    • Set page geometry boxes based on rendered page
    • Place text/page number: optional white background
    • Outline page geometry boxes: selective outline of edges
    • Rotate pages: 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
    • Place date (YYYY-MM-DD)
    • Set page zoom for bookmarks [CA1024986]
  • 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 page before a hit is generated
    • Number of components in ICC profile dictionaries N entry does not match ICC profile
    • Rotation of text
    • Is in custom area
    • 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
  • Actions
    • eMail-to-PDF: Support for ics/iCal files added [CA1024119]
    • eMail-to-PDF: Support for content in (signed) winmail.dat attachments in MSG files [CA1025062]
    • ToPDF: Support for LibreOffice v5.x (Linux + MacOS)
  • CLI
    • New parameter "--novariables" to suppress output of Variables on CLI (stdout)
    • Variables for Profiles or Process Plans are only listed when actually used
  • Reports
    • XML: Details of OutputIntent are listed
    • XML: Variables in rules are listed
    • Updated translation repository of additional languages for Profiles, Checks and Fixups
  • General
    • Updated engine for conversion of content for all "Place ..."-Fixups
    • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.4PlusP2a)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • 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
      • Fixed issue, where locked Profiles could not be imported into another system in certain cases
    • Explore PDF: Problem solved, where searching for non-existing content resulted in an error
  • Standalone
    •         Object inspector: Improved visualization of ClippingBoxes and BoundingBoxes
    • Problem solved, where analysis of certain PDF files resulted in an unstable behavior
    • Explore Metadata: Enhanced flexibility for handling multiple entries of same property
    • Explore Layers: Enhanced display of optional content groups
  • PDF Standards
    • PDF/A-1 conversion: Problem solved, where processing was not successful due to invalid font [CA1024235]
    • PDF/A-1 conversion: Fixed issue, where annotations became visually changed during conversion  [CA1025538]
    • PDF/A-2 conversion: Fixed problem, where the Subtype of embedded files were changed, although not necessary [CA1025050]
    • PDF/A-2 conversion: Solved issue, where the ModDate of EF entry was set 2 hours early than actual time [CA1025050]
    • PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3 conversion: Automatic repair of bitmap filter shortcuts like "CFF" to "CCITTFaxDecode" [CA1024237]
    • PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/A-3 conversion: Updated font substitution to cover more naming varieties of "Arial" fonts
    • PDF/A validation: Optimized recognition for invalid ICC profiles to avoid additional hits for wrong a ICC profile version [CA1024639]General
  • Checks
    • Problem solved, where unusual formatted Type 1 fonts resulted in an unnecessary error
    • Table evenly structured: Optimized recognition for tables using certain combinations of rowspan and colspan
    • Adjusted recognition of certain font issues to avoid unnecessary warnings [CA1025701]
  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Fixed issue, where text was not properly handled in certain cases
      • Fixed issue, where images were not properly handled
      • Fixed issue, where objects became distorted
      • Fixed issue, where smooth shades were repositioned
      • Fixed issue, where text vanished in certain cases
      • Problem solved, where quality setting for image compression was not properly respected
      • Fixed issue, where the ICC source profile of objects was not taken into account
    • Repair invalid bookmark hierarchies: Fixed issue, where bookmarks became removed due to improper formatting
    • Uncompress XMP metadata objects: Fixed issue, where uncompressed XMP metadata remained
    • Embed missing fonts: Support for PostScript Type 0 CID-keyed fonts
    • Fix glyph width information:
      • Fixed issue, where glyph width problems were not solved [CA1025678]
      • Problem solved, where resulting PDF triggered a warning in various PDF viewers
      • Problem solved, when used in conjunction with “Font to Outline”
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where additional dots appeared after processing in certain cases
    • Flatten annotations into page contents: Problem solved, where some PDF viewers showed an error after opening the processed PDF
    • Create invisible copy for all text: Problem solved, where result file showed an error when opened in Acrobat in certain cases
    • Fix glyph width information: Fixed issue, where glyphs were not properly placed after conversion
    • Substitute characters using .notdef glyph with space characters: Fixed issue, where glyphs became repositioned
    • Repair invalid bookmark hierarchies: Problem solved, where working bookmarks became removed [CA1023352; CA1023146]
    • Repair invalid bookmark hierarchies: Fixed issue, where structure was not properly handled in certain cases [CA1025543]
    • 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 during first attempt [CA1025678]
    • 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 [CA1025621]
    • Set page label: Fixed issue, where the Fixup UI only allowed numbers for input
    • Place text: Problem solved, where small text was not properly handled [FP35471]
    • All predefined, template-based "Place content"-Fixups: Solved problem, 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
    • ReDistill: Problem solved, where a redistill resulted in an error in certain cases
    • eMail-to-PDF: Problem solved, where eMails with attachments could not be processed successful in certain cases [CA1025875]
    • eMail-to-PDF: Problem solved, where not well-formed eMail content was not properly converted [CA1024343; CA1024829]
    • Export to HTML: Fixed issue, where PDF could not be properly exported [FP22142]
    • ToPDF:
      • Fixed issue, where conversion of HTML to PDF failed, if certain fonts were installed
      • Problem solved, where conversion of Office files failed with Office 2016 on MacOS
      • Fixed issue, where converting office files using Libre/OpenOffice was not successful in certain cases (Problem on MacOS only)
      • Fixed issue, where a time limited activation prevented the conversion of Office files
      • Dialog handling for "Deactivate Macros" in Word 2016 (Windows only)
      • Problem solved, where special characters in office file names prevented conversion (MacOS only)
      • Added support for CJK for PostScript to PDF conversion
      • Problem solved, where an indexed PNG or certain JPEG resulted in white page
  • CLI
    • Reporting of Variables: Improved error message when Variables in Fixups are pointing to non-existing external resources
    • ExtractText: Fixed issue, where not all characters were extracted
    • Improved handling for PDF with corrupt document structure (will result on CLI in Error 1013 with exit code 107)
  • General
    • Wrong "N" entries (number of colorants) in ICC profiles will be corrected automatically
    • Problem solved, where analysis could not be successfully executed due to fatal errors in the content stream
    • Process plans: Improved reporting of additionally created files in result tree and logs
    • Process plans: Error code for Fixup failures is now "8"
    • Problem solved, where a very unusual font structure resulted in an unstable behavior
    • Improved recognition and handling of modified resources (like HTML templates) in Fixups
    • Problem solved, where processing resulted in an error due to an invalid color space
    • Improved recognition of illegal content streams and parameters [CA1025010]
    • Problem solved, where wrong header in font was not properly handed [CA1025599]
    • Fixed issue, where linearization of a PDF was not terminated properly
    • Problem solved, where content was displayed clipped in certain cases
    • Fixed issue, where ICC-Profiles in JPG2000 images were not handled properly in certain cases
    • 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
  • Distributed Processing
    • Problem solved, where Satellite or Dispatcher could not be started
    • Improved logging of the Satellite
    • Problem solved, where the specified cachefolder of a Satellite was not used for saving Profiles
  • Reports
    • XML: Fixed issue, where DictKeys were listed
    • XML: Problem solved, where IDs of Fixups got merged when used multiple times in a Process Plan 

6.3.260 6 December 2016

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

Features

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

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors: Fixed issue, where bitmaps using JBIG2 compression were not properly converted in certain cases
    • Remove all object level XMP Metadata: Problem solved, where certain files had missing resources after processing
  • Distributed Processing
    •         Problem solved, where a defined output file name was not properly respected
    • Problem solved, where distributed files could not be opened on a Satellite (Windows only)
    • Fixed issue, where additional files created by a ProcessPlan were not transferred back to the Client
    • Reports: HTML-Template from Client will now be used on Satellite, even when identically named Template exists on Satellite
  • General
    • Conversions based on HTML-Templates: Problem solved, where  processing was not successful due to missing runtime (Windows only)

6.2.256 5 April 2016

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  • Update of pdfaPilot Server, pdfaPilot CLI or pdfaPilot SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfaPilot Server or pdfaPilot 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
    • Make spot color appearance consistent: Added scope to separation colors "All", "None" and CMYK colorants
  •  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]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • PlugIn: Improved stability for parallel usage of Acrobat Preflight and pdfaPilot PlugIn
    • Update notification: Possibility to deactivate notifications added (Standalone only)
    • Update notification: Manual check for updates added to "Help" menu (Standalone only)
  • 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
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP4q)
  • Updated signatures of audit trail for preflight certificationNew Profiles

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Merge adjacent headings if heading level is the same: Fixed issue, where headings were not merged in all cases [CA1024489]
    • 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]
    • Problem solved, where conversion of inline bitmaps resulted in an improper behavior [CA1024600]
    •    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]
    • 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]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • Activation: Problem solved, where some special characters in customer name or company resulted in a failed activation (MacOS only)
    • 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]
  • Reports
    • XML: Optimized reporting of processing duration within report
    • XML: Problem solved, where non existent bookmarks resulted in an invalid XML structure [FP30962]
  • 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]
    • Improved handling of resources for document-only Fixups to increase processing speed [CA1024430]
    • Improved merging of Custom Fixups and identical Fixups  within conversions to PDF-based ISO-Standards [CA1024476]

6.1.250 4 January 2016

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

Features

  • New Profiles
    • Added 14 new Profiles for validation and conversion accordingly to the "Ghent PDF Workgroup Specification: GWG2015"
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Downsample/Recompress images: New setting to retain current compression during processing [CA1024311]
    • Remove objects: Support for multiple settings [CA1024031]
  • New Checks and Properties
    • Page is rotated
    • Several new checks to match the new requirements of the GWG 2015 specification
  • 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
  • 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]
    • Downsample/Recompress bitmaps: Fixed issue, where bitmaps were not properly handled in certain cases [CA1024452]
    • 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]
    • Fixed issue, where an embedding flag for TrueType fonts was not properly respected [CA1024427]
    • Problem solved, where incorrect forms in a PDF resulted in an error [CA1024402]
    • Fixed issue, where a missing entry for seconds in creation data were not properly reconciled between XMP metadata and DocInfo [CA1024371]
    • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved, where missing Unicode information resulted in a changed visual appearance for CID fonts in some cases [FP30086]
    • Fixed issue, where an inproper length entry in embedded fonts resulted in a warning [CA1024231]
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where invalid ICC-profiles in images resulted in improper displayed PDF [FP28526, FP29935]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • 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]

6.0.245 20 October 2015

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

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Conversion to PDF/A-2: Problem solved, where errors for "CIDset in subset font is incomplete" remained after conversion in certain cases [CA1024245]
    • Conversion to PDF/A: Fixed issue, where invalid /FirstChar + /LastChar entries were not properly handled [CA1024185]
    • 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]
  • ProcessPlans
    • Problem solved, where processing resulted in an error
  • Actions
    • PDF/A ForceConversion: Fixed issue, where re-conversion using PostScript resulted in an unexpected behavior [FP26716]
    • eMail-to-PDF: Fixed issue, where VCF attachments were not properly extracted if embedded as some kind of nested MSG [CA1023089]
    • eMail-to-PDF: Problem solved, where referenced HTML content was displayed too small [CA1024244]
    • eMail-to-PDF: Problem solved, where images from HTML content were handled as separate attachments [CA1024150]

6.0.242 16 September 2015

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Features

  • Support for PDF/UA-1 validation
  • Eyedropper functionality for in-depth analysis of objects in PDF documents (Standalone only)
  • Support for HTML-based templates for overview pages of collections [CA1024017]
  • ZUGFeRD: Possibility to add GiroCode to PDF document during creation of ZUGFeRD file (data based on Invoice.xml file)
  • Retina and Windows HighDPI support
  • Improvements for memory usage when processing big files or files with high amounts of objects
  • Added scope optional to execute Fixups for current file, embedded files or both [CA1022809]
  • Several new Fixups for placing pagenumbers, barcodes, text of content based on HTML on existing PDF documents
  • Optimized usability of RegEx in supporting Fixups
     
  • New Profiles
    • Verify compliance with PDF/UA-1 (syntax checks only)
    • 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
    • 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]
    • Place content:
      •  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
    • Remove all tagging information
  • New Checks and Properties
    • Negative line dash phase value [FP29385; FP29765]
    • 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/UA-1 verification
    • Several new properties related to PDF/X-5n verification
  • Enhanced Profiles
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
  • Enhanced Switchboard-Actions
    • Optimized conversion to PDF/A and PDF/X
  • 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
    • Enhanced listing of relationship entry for embedded files in results dialog
  • 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

  • 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]
    • 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 post-processing [CA1023888]
    • General optimization of file structure: Problem solved, where an improper defined clipping path was not properly handled [FP27392]
  • Checks
    • Validation for PDF/A: Improved recognition of certain syntax issues [CA1023622]
    • Problem solved, where setting for page scaling factors was not persistent
    • 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
    • eMail-to-PDF: Fixed handling of umlauts in header fields [CA1023987]
    • eMail-to-PDF: Problem solved, where password protected archives as eMail attachments resulted in unexpected behavior [CA1023988]
    • eMail-to-PDF: Improved handling for eMail files with huge number of attachments [CA1023912]
    • CreatePS: Problem solved, where PostScript files could not be created due to negative dash phase values insie the PDF [FP29385; FP29765]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • Fixed issue, where repeating editing of Fixups within a ProcessPlan resulted in an unstable behavior (MacOS only) [FP29318]
    • New chapter "Backreference" to RegEx help added
  • 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)
    • Problem solved, where post-processing optimization resulted in an improper behavior [FP26918; FP26212; FP28098; CA1023961; FP29643; FP29613]

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 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

5.5.232

  • Update of pdfaPilot 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfaPilot 5 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfaPilot Server, pdfaPilot CLI or pdfaPilot SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

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]

5.5.230

  • Update of pdfaPilot 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfaPilot 5 Desktop license
  • Update of pdfaPilot Server, pdfaPilot CLI or pdfaPilot SDK free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

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
    • e-mail to PDF:
      • Support for additional archive formats for e-mail attachments (z7, tz, rar) [CA1022881]
      • Optimized naming for converted attachments keeps now their original file extension in attachment names and bookmarks
      • Support for HTML and HTM as e-mail attachments [CA1023701]
      • Improved handling for multi-level nested msg and eml files [CA1023102]
    • ToPDF: Added support for OpenOffice using 64Bit JavaVM
  • Reports
    • XML-Reports: Page label is listed in page information
  • General
    • Incorporate new ZUGFeRD schema (as defined in a corrigendum, published October 17, 2014)
    • 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

  • Checks
    • 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]
  • Fixups
    • Make XMP metadata compliant: Problem solved, where multiple creator entries were not respected
    • Convert SMask to image mask: Problem solved, where processing resulted in an unexpected result [CA1023528]
    • Fixed issue, where an incomplete CIDset prevented a successful conversion to PDF/A [FP25347]
    • Problem solved, where conversion to PDF/A resulted in an unexpected behavior [CA1023509]
    • Problem solved, where conversion to PDF/A of certain PDFs resulted in an improper result [CA1023626]
    • Problem solved, where images were not properly converted during conversion to PDF/A in special cases [CA1023306]
    • 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 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
    • Fixed issue, where some PDF viewers were showing ab unnecessary warning when opening processed files in some cases [FP25347]
    • 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]
  • Actions
    • ReDistill: Fixed issue, where processing special PDFs files causes an error [FP27494; FP27635]
    • 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]
    • e-mail to PDF:
      • Problem solved, where nested msg or eml files were not properly handled [CA1022881; CA1023102; CA1023717]
      • Problem solved, where protected PDFs as e-mail attachment were not properly handled [CA1023442]
  • 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]
  • 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]

Testimonials

Empowered by callas to keep documents available now and forever …

Fabrizio Toninelli, Administrator PA DIGITALE
Fabrizio Toninelli, Administrator PA DIGITALE

PA Digitale SpA is a leading software solutions provider on the Italian Public Administration market. It specifically targets the document and data management sector.

PA Digitale offers an integrated management information system, called URBI Smart that covers all functional areas of management and provides to Directors/Executives a support tool for real time management. Thanks to the availability of static and dynamic data reports it also offers a complete framework for integration with other data sources that is always up to date.

URBI Smart is completely web based, available in the Cloud, accessible from any PC and mobile device, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The PA Digitale software solutions also offer advanced electronic document management, from creation and classification to archiving and digital preservation. These functionalities are available in an integrated Web Portal for a more efficient Public Administration, “closer” to citizens.

With its new WebTec solution, PA Digitale is now not only entering the private market, but also introducing one of the first digital preservation solutions formally approved by the Italian government. callas pdfaPilot enabled PA Digitale to make a big leap forward in terms of management and digital preservation of electronic documents.

“Without a digital preservation service there is no dematerialization of paper workflows. Digital preservation is a key factor for the sustainability of the dematerialization process, to ensure that information and documents are stored in a way that guarantees integrity, authenticity, accessibility and readability.”
May 2014, Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale - www.agid.gov.it

Electronic documents or cultural heritage?

An electronic document, like any document processed by a Public Administration (PA), must be classified, sorted and sent to an archive. Moreover, any Public Administration document is considered a cultural heritage and, for this reason, must be preserved according to government laws.

Public Administrations as well as private companies are obliged to manage the digital preservation of documents in various areas, where law requirements are in effect or imminent. Such documents are for example: electronic invoices, daily PA register protocols, administrative records, contracts, and any kind of document including a digital signature. They are all electronic documents and for this reason subject to digital preservation.

Within the private sector especially for financial accounting documents requirements exist enforcing digital preservation by Italian law. Digital preservation has to deal with the protection of legal validity, authenticity, integrity, reliability, availability and immutability of electronic documents.

Always valid, future-proof PDF/A documents

PA Digitale’s preservation software solution is developed with the latest innovative technology, including callas pdfaPilot libraries for PDF/A document management. callas pdfaPilot allowed PA Digitale to design a software able to convert any document (generated from any management software on the market) to always-valid future-proof PDF/A documents, ready for the digital preservation process.

“The particular methodologies and technologies used to design and realize our systems also allow us to perform maintenance activities, software updates, etc… without any service interruptions. These features, combined with the web based access mode optimized for mobile devices, allow us to ensure access to the system in any place at any time.”
Explains Fabrizio Toninelli, Administrator at PA Digitale.

This was achieved by replacing the analog model with the digital one and by changing the management processes with the digital preservation objective in mind. Thanks to the callas software solution PA Digitale drives its customers in the right direction.

Mercedes-Benz Schweiz AG in the driving seat with pdfaPilot from callas software

Fabrizio Tuena
Fabrizio Tuena, IT - Business Consultancy & Service Management at Mercedes-Benz Schweiz AG

Mercedes-Benz Schweiz AG wanted to achieve greater transparency, uniformity, security, and compliance in its document storage. With its decision to use consistent electronic long-term archiving in PDF/A, the company is very much following the current trend. Mercedes-Benz Schweiz AG was looking for a flexible, powerful, and stable solution. Today, pdfaPilot from callas software, provider of powerful PDF technologies for publishing, print production, and document archiving, is used for the fully automatic conversion to PDF/A of the 30,000 or so order-related documents that arise each year. Mercedes-Benz Schweiz AG will therefore be able to give up its physical archive and benefit from the advantages of long-term, uniform, digital storage.

Mercedes-Benz Schweiz AG is a subsidiary of Stuttgart-based Daimler AG. As a sales and marketing company with around 400 employees, the company is involved with the registered brands for passenger cars Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz and ‘smart’ and the Mercedes-Benz and FUSO brands for commercial vehicles. For the many documents produced during order processing for vehicle fleet business with suppliers and dealers the company used a document management system in conjunction with its system for order processing, but this did not include an archiving function that enabled documents to be stored electronically in compliance with legal regulations. Instead, the scanned documents were saved in image format and the original documents archived on paper. This resulted in duplicate data retention and a large amount of space required for the physical archive.

In October 2011, when Mercedes-Benz Schweiz AG decided to replace the order processing software, one requirement was that the documents should only be archived electronically. It was clear that the company should use PDF/A, the most suitable format for long-term archiving, in order to meet legal requirements. The search began for a suitable product to put this into practice. “We wanted to offer users the most flexible solution possible. We also needed the conversion to PDF/A happen in the background within the application. We were therefore looking for a stable solution to convert image formats and MS Office documents to PDF/A,” explains Fabrizio Tuena, IT - Business Consultancy & Service Management at Mercedes-Benz Schweiz AG.

The analysis of the market resulted in comprehensive tests on three products that made the shortlist – one of which was pdfaPilot from callas. “We were particularly looking for reliable, compliant conversion to PDF/A format and good performance,” says Fabrizio Tuena. “And of the three tools we tested, pdfaPilot turned out to be the most reliable.” The company chose the pdfaPilot Software Development Kit, the programming library that can be integrated easily and flexibly. During subsequent implementation, various questions relating to installation in a multithreading environment were quickly clarified. Tuena states: “The collaboration with callas was competent and very fast, from sales consulting and implementation right through to support for the ongoing project.”

PDF/A conversion fully automatic and flexible

Document-intensive processes are common at Mercedes-Benz Schweiz AG: The company uses them to commission its suppliers to alter vehicles to meet customer requirements – e.g. including interior fittings for commercial purposes or labeling them accordingly. Dealers then take on final tasks such as handover including registration of the vehicle with the authorities. All order-related documents such as the contract, orders for bodies, delivery documents etc. are scanned and uploaded to the new order processing software. There, pdfaPilot converts all documents to PDF/A, thus making them ready for long-term archiving.

The documents are then given a digital signature to meet the legal requirements regarding proof of immutability. Finally, the documents are archived in a document management system from OpenText.

Summary

The project has been concluded in February 2013, and Mercedes-Benz Schweiz AG is very satisfied with the results. “Because conversion is fully automatic, no manual intervention is required. In addition, pdfaPilot is a flexible solution that permits a wide variety of scan formats,” concludes Fabrizio Tuena.
Entry-level PDF/A support, standalone, inside Acrobat or fully automated as Server version

For businesses and government agencies, archives and libraries, that store and long-term maintain documents, callas pdfaPilot is the professional desktop tool to validate and/or create PDF/A-files. It turns all kinds of PDFs into ISO 19005-1 conform PDF/A documents:

  • PDFs created in Office applications
  • interactive forms
  • invoices
  • construction drawings
  • technical documentation
  • presentations
  • newspapers
  • books

With pdfaPilot it is a snap to check whether your documents comply with the PDF/A standard. And if they don’t, callas pdfaPilot contains a wealth of tools to bring them in line. Working as a plug-in inside Adobe Acrobat or as a fast standalone application, callas pdfaPilot offers the broadest PDF/A support on the market in the easiest package. callas pdfaPilot works on single documents or – using its batch functionality – on complete folders at a time.

To process higher volumes of files or to free up operators by hands-off automation, callas pdfaPilot Server provides just that. The hot folder interface lets you setup different watched folders that automatically pick up files and process them. The engine inside callas pdfaPilot is fully multiprocessor aware so it takes advantage of all of the speed available in your server. Additionally callas pdfaPilot Server has load distribution capabilities to enhance performance by using multiple servers. Both the Desktop and Server version run on Mac and Windows. A command-line interface and a full developer SDK are available when closer integration or more fine-grained control is of the essence. With their additional availability on many Unix flavors, the CLI and SDK allow painless integration in a wide range of operating environments. Other supported platforms are Sun Solaris and IBM AIX.

Rosendahls: front-runner for PDF/A compliancy in Denmark

Jens Bjerre Kirkegaard
Jens Bjerre Kirkegaard, Document Accessibility Specialist

The Rosendahls group is a company with a rich tradition and roots going back to 1902. Located in Copenhagen, Odense and Esbjerg, it has offered a comprehensive range of services in the areas of communication, publishing, warehousing and distribution for more than a century. Rosendahls is on top of new developments and continues to be a technology front-runner to support its customers. As many of those customers traditionally come from public administration organizations, Denmark’s embracing of the ISO PDF/A standard had a direct impact on Rosendahls.

PDF/A, the ISO standard for PDF files to be stored in long-term archives, has been steadily increasing in importance, especially for use by governments and public administrations. In April 2011, the Danish Ministry for Economics, Innovation, and Education decided to require accessible PDF/A documents as the compulsory format for all public sector documents. As a full-service provider, it was important for Rosendahls to be able to convert existing documents to PDF/A and check compliancy with the ISO standard when needed.

Well prepared with callas pdfaPilot

The standardisation by the Danish government on PDF/A didn’t take Rosendahls by surprise. While HTML was still the required format for agencies, Rosendahls already saw the European trend towards PDF/A. It started looking for a solution to support this upcoming standard early; the corresponding market research culminated in a visit to the 4th international PDF/A conference in Rome in the fall of 2010. The conference provided a wealth of information and access to experts from the different technology vendors with PDF/A technology.

“This is when we decided to use pdfaPilot by callas software”, Jens Bjerre Kirkegaard, Document Accessibility Specialist at Rosendahls, recalls. “Our requirements for creating valid PDF/A files were best met by pdfaPilot, which also offered convincing reliability and an easy-to-use intuitive operation”. Rosendahls faced additional challenges because it had to be able to provide accessible PDF/A files, which requires support for the technically ‘more challenging’ parts of the PDF/A standard known as PDF/A-1a, but pdfaPilot easily meets those challenges. “On top of that,” continues Jens Bjerre, “callas pdfaPilot offers a range of additional features such as splitting PDF documents or creating hand-outs for example and those come in very handy in our daily use”.

callas pdfaPilot is ideal for the demanding workflow at Rosendahls because it supports direct conversion to PDF/A from a wide range of formats such as Microsoft Office, Open Office, Postscript and a variety of image files. It is built using the same technology licensed by Adobe for Adobe Acrobat and provides seamless scaling for large-volume environments. The fact that so much of the work can be automated gives Rosendahls additional time for the manual steps required for accessible conversion.

Accessibility equals workflow-heavy

For the media services provider who often receives individual documents from many different sources – which creates very different requirements opposed to high volumes that always have the same structure – the ability to automatically convert to and validate PDF/A is particularly important. “We convert either to PDF/A-1a or PDF/A-2a“, Kirkegaard explains, “We usually have to process Word, InDesign, or PDF documents, and callas pdfaPilot automatically resolves many stumbling blocks for us. E.g. it checks for and removes unnecessary metadata, marks or corrects incorrect color spaces or embeds fonts retroactively”.

The fact that the pdfaPilot can ‘repair’ problematic documents or – if this is impossible – recreates them completely from scratch, saves Rosendahls a lot of time and work. But there is still a lot to do for the accessibility specialist Jens Bjerre Kirkegaard: “Provisioning of accessible documents is a demanding and often finicky task which requires a lot of know-how and a few manual steps”, he explains. It is impossible to setup a completely automated workflow, especially when receiving diverse and often-problematic native document formats. But here as well pdfaPilot comes to the rescue by providing manual editing of metadata, colors, images and many other PDF properties.

Meeting challenges in a changing environment – support included

For challenges surrounding PDF/A and accessible documents Jens Kirkegaard benefits from the fast and competent support of the callas distribution partner Actino Software. “Media service providers such as Rosendahls are often confronted with the fact that customers want their heterogeneous documents provided as PDF/A files but they have no idea how complex the required work really is”, Actino director Michael Karbe explains.

Since the installation of the first version, Actino has been supporting their customer Rosendahls reliably and has worked closely with callas software to resolve any questions or problems that arose during the project. callas software integrated all improvements into further development of pdfaPilot. “The continued development of the PDF/A standard also requires adjustments to the PDF/A toolsets”, Dietrich von Seggern, Business Development Manager at callas software explains. “We are highly dedicated to this area and thanks to constant updates to pdfaPilot, we can ensure comprehensive implementation of all requirements and therefore provide optimal conformity.“

Today: Accessible PDF/A documents with pdaPilot 3.0 and axaio MadeToTag

Rosendahls recently migrated to the latest version of pdfaPilot: version 3.0. This version allows embedding documents inside a PDF/A file and implements support for the PDF/A-3 standard. This allows Rosendahls to embed all documents belonging to a certain project or file inside their accessible PDF/A documents. And whenever they want to take advantage of PDF/A-3, the solution is ready for them.

Accessibility and creating accessible PDF files is a topic that really drives callas software and its sister company axaio software. The InDesign plug-in MadeToTag was created by axaio software to simplify and speed-up preparation of Adobe InDesign documents before they are converted into accessible PDF/A files.

Jens Kirkegaard explains its importance: “Accessible PDF files require a clear structure and this is accomplished by adding tags to the PDF. These tags provide additional information about the structure and order of text, provide alternative text to clarify what embedded graphics represent and can discriminate between real content and design elements. These tags are essential for good accessible documents.”

Using axaio MadeToTag, which is now in public beta, it becomes much easier to quickly and reliably add those tags to InDesign documents. Once the document is then converted to PDF, it becomes a high-quality accessible PDF/A document.

“The effort involved in converting agency documents to barrier free PDF/A documents depends on the complexity of the layout. Sometimes one simply reaches the limits of the cost-benefit ratio. For my work, it is a considerable relief to know that a lot of the steps which previously had to be completed by hand are now done by callas pdfaPilot”, Kirkegaard explains.

The PDF/A trend is really taking off in Denmark, so Rosendahls is expecting a major increase in its future order volume. Thanks to callas pdfaPilot and the service from Actino Software, they are already well prepared and equipped for it.

Infocamere, Italy: Deeds in PDF/A for the Companies

Michele Piva, Head of Marketing for the document area of the Italian Chambers of Commerce IT department

When legislation and practice converge, complying with the regulations is simpler. That’s been the case with the deeds that firms deposit with the Chambers of Commerce Companies’ Register - computer documents that from this year on have to be produced in PDF/A format. Infocamere carries out systematic compliance checks on them using procedures from callas software’s pdfaPilot application, which has been entrusted with the prompt validation of the files sent to the Register.

Michele Piva, Head of Marketing for the document area of the Italian Chambers of Commerce IT department: “We’re dealing with a standard that was already widely in use before the Ministerial Decree (of 10 December 2008 sanctioning its use) came into effect, exactly because it derives from the PDF which firms had been widely using for some time”.

Leading edge standard

Of the possible candidates for the long term archiving of electronic documents the PDF/A won out over XPS (XML Paper Specification), TIFF G4 and JPEG. “The PDF/A – Piva adds – was set as the standard ahead of the legislation. Infocamere has invested in it both for the necessity of making available documents that must keep their legal integrity and value over time — considering that the elimination of paper is a must in public administration — and because it considers that, as it is a reinforcement of the PDF, the shift over to it could be taken for granted”.

And the statistics are indeed showing this: whereas from the beginning of March to the middle of April already 47% of the deeds presented to the Companies’ Register were compliant with the new measures, the documents deposited in the following month and a half achieved a format validation of over 58%.

“Looking in particular at company constitution deeds, the most frequent type received in total by the Chambers of Commerce among the over 580,000 analyzed in the period under consideration (excluding the documents classified as ‘other deeds’) turns out to have been in PDF/A compatible format. And for a good 89 of the 105 Chambers the percentage of valid ones is over 80%. This is the proof that the adoption of the PDF/A is being generally and rapidly confirmed over the whole of Italy”.

According to the ISO 19005-1 standard, PDF/A offers a mechanism “for representing electronic documents in a manner that preserves their visual appearance over time, independent of the tools and systems used for the creation, memorization and rendering of the files”.

In other words, the PDF/A files are self-contained and, since they incorporate the information (content, colour, image, text and so on) necessary to display the document, they do not require any additional data for its correct visualization. However, exactly on account of this property, the format must exclude determined functions allowed in normal PDF files such as transparency and multimedia content, and cannot include macro-instructions or rely on links to external resources.
The validation check

“In order to facilitate the file production operations — continues Piva — we have also chosen the blandest compliance to the standard – which corresponds to the sub-category PDF/A-1b, for which no explicit logical structure is needed. Despite this we have noted that there are some recurring errors: on the one hand, the poor indexing­ and aggregation of the deeds attached to the form; on the other, the widespread habit of creating a copy of the document which then doesn’t have the original’s representation (and its metadata) and so loses its validity”.

As well as all this, the possibility of visualizing a document “in PDF/A form” is not in itself synonymous with standard compliance: “It happens — even with Adobe Reader 9, which provides this indication — a source of a widespread error. Thus the only way to ensure adherence to the standard is the validation control”.

To check this it is necessary to use products such as Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro or pdfaPilot from callas software. The alternative is the free service, accessible from the tools section of the WebTelemaco site, which employs the same pdfaPilot tool used by the Companies’ Register office and which enables the validation of any document whatsoever supplying the result online, complete with details of any non-conformities encountered.
Negative outcome — rejected form

“For our validation procedures — explains Piva — we have used the server version of pdfaPilot, which the application we’ve developed makes appropriate calls to, determining the correspondence to the PDF/A-1b specifics. A good number of the people we work with, from service professionals to notaries and accountants, get a great deal of benefit from the tool on WebTelemaco. And, once we’ve received the files, we regularly repeat the checks. If the outcome is negative, the form is rejected”.

“The management application was created over the space of three months from the approval of the Ministerial Decree and required an investment of ­­­­around 30,000 Euro. An expense which has already been repaid by making available a standard that guarantees long term document validity and integrity: a guarantee of uniformity to a defined standard and, therefore, also of quality. Among the further benefits, apart from the return on image, is the improvement of cash flow, since compliance to the standard ensures that homogeneousness which is a key element for its subsequent conservation and concession ­— on payment — to distributors and information agencies who use it for commercial purposes”.

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On the download page you can download the current version of the software for different platforms. If you still need to access older versions, use the direct links on this page to do so. For even older versions of the software, contact us directly.

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callas pdfaPilot Desktop

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callas pdfaPilot Server (incl. CLI)

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