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pdfToolbox offers powerful, dynamic and easy to integrate PDF processing, from quick visual inspection and fixing to fully unattended processing of thousands of files. Using rock-solid Adobe technology pdfToolbox provides checking and fixing of even very complex problems, color management, impositioning, conversion to and from PDF and more. pdfToolbox technology is used by small companies, large publishers and print providers as well as OEMs that integrate the technology in their own solution.

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callas pdfToolbox CLI offers fast and easy integration of pdfToolbox technology on a wide range of platforms through a command line interface. If you are looking for a productive way of adding PDF print preparation or repurposing to your web portal, internal production automation or document management system, callas pdfToolbox CLI features a vast range of well documented commands for preflight, fixing, document conversion, imposition and more.

Command-line processing

pdfToolbox CLI is a true command-line application available on Windows (32 and 64-bit), Linux (32 and 64-bit), Mac OS X, IBM AIX and Sun Solaris. Because it is totally self-sufficient (installation is as easy as unzipping the installation archive) and has been optimized for speed and reliability, it is the ideal PDF quality control and manipulation engine for web portals, internal product automation or document management system.

This command-line version of pdfToolbox is actually also the engine underneath pdfToolbox Server, so if you have pdfToolbox Server running you also have access to all power of pdfToolbox CLI.

Quality control and PDF manipulation

Of course pdfToolbox CLI is capable of running any pdfToolbox Desktop preflight profile on PDF files. During that process it provides a number of configurable options and allows generating any number of preflight reports. This makes it possible to perform a preflight and get for example a PDF report with annotations, a customizable PDF report generated from an HTML template and an XML report containing information that can be processed by a further automated process.

But next to preflight profiles, pdfToolbox CLI also has a long list of dedicated PDF actions that perform specific tasks on PDF files, including:

  • Various simple and more complex imposition tasks
  • Splitting and merging PDF files, duplicating pages
  • Creating PostScript and EPS files
  • Converting from office documents, images and PostScript/EPS to PDF
  • Saving images for each page in a PDF
  • Extracting content (text) and images from a PDF
  • Comparing two PDF files
  • Securing a PDF file with a password

For each of these tasks, pdfToolbox CLI has a dedicated command-line action that comes with a range of customizable options.

Versatility in usage

Even though pdfToolbox CLI is a command-line application, it can be used in an extremely flexible way. First of all the command-line application can be started multiple times in parallel (8 times for a standard license, an unlimited times for the unlimited version of the product) in order to perform quality control or fixing using preflight profiles or to run any of the myriad of PDF manipulation actions built-in to the application.

But pdfToolbox CLI can also be launched as a hot folder processing server, straight from the command-line. Or it can be launched using a dispatcher or satellite license to partake in load balancing across systems. In these modes it can be configured and controlled by a pdfToolbox Desktop running anywhere else in the network.

High-availability environments and load-balancing

Working with pdfToolbox CLI in environments where automation needs are complex or where high-availability of resources is crucial provides a number of benefits over the regular pdfToolbox Server product.

pdfToolbox CLI can be started as a “typed” satellite. These allow a categorization of satellites connected to a dispatcher so that files can be processed on the best-qualified satellite. The command-line version can also be used to monitor a running pdfToolbox Server or Dispatcher (in order to ensure that everything runs smoothly).

In critical environments, pdfToolbox CLI can be used to automatically address two different pdfToolbox Dispatchers so that results can be guaranteed even if one of the dispatchers would experience difficulties.

pdfToolbox for OEM customers

pdfToolbox is used by many OEM customers worldwide; they integrate pdfToolbox technology into their own workflows to accept PDFs that are being uploaded in a web application, to aggregate or impose, to soft proof print material, to let users view and modify PDF files and much more.

System requirements

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

Benefits

Easy integration for all of your PDF needs

  • Supports 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 and EPS, imposition and much more)
  • Command-line interface makes it easy to integrate pdfToolbox CLI with limited amount of development resources required
  • Full documentation and in-application help for quick integration
  • Runs on any common operating system (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX)

Configure your automation exactly as you need it

  • Command-line application can be used to execute preflight profiles or process plans, but also executes a multitude of PDF actions (saving image, converting to and from PDF, splitting and merging PDF documents, extracting content and much more)
  • Standard license supports 8 parallel processes; unlimited license supports the full power of your hardware or virtual platform
  • pdfToolbox CLI can be used as a regular command-line application or can be launched as a server or dispatcher
  • The command-line application can be used to monitor a server running anywhere on the network
  • The command-line application can be used in client mode to pass commands to a server or dispatcher running on a different machine
  • Works together with Enfocus Switch or Laidback FileTrain for further automation needs

Enjoy highest quality and reliability

  • 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

  • Perform preflight by running any pdfToolbox profile or process plan
  • Generate an unlimited amount of preflight reports from a single preflight
  • With special command-line commands, run a PDF action on PDF files
  • 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
  • Alternatively launch pdfToolbox CLI as server, dispatcher or satellite to create a standalone server or a component in a load-balancing workflow
  • Integrate into Enfocus Switch and Laidback Solutions FileTrain

More than preflight – PDF actions

  • Convert office documents, images and PostScript / EPS files into good PDF documents with simple drag-and-drop
  • Save images for each page of a PDF documents (can be used to generate preview images or high resolution TIFF files for production)
  • Generate PostScript or EPS files from PDF documents
  • Perform simple impositioning tasks (creating a booklet, doing a step-and-repeat…) or create complete impositioning templates
  • Prepare professional looking handouts and presentations for on-screen and printed delivery
  • Scale, move, extend, rotate and flip pages and content
  • Change page size to what is visible on the page
  • Add printer marks based on the trim and bleed-box
  • Detect printer marks in PDF documents and fix the trim and bleed-box accordingly
  • Flatten transparency to support older workflows / devices
  • Work with PDF documents containing layers (option content)
  • Embed and/or subset fonts, outline fonts if necessary
  • Change image compression
  • Sharpen images in your PDF documents

The best and most complete PDF quality control on the planet

  • Full support for all ISO PDF standards: PDF/X, PDF/A, PDF/VT and PDF/E
  • Full support for specifications from industry associations such as the Ghent Workgroup and PDF/X-Ready
  • 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
  • Fix broken documents by re-distilling (generating PostScript and distilling back into PDF) or by rasterizing each page

Customize quality control and fixing

  • Insert variables into checks or fixes
  • Modify values for variables in each job
  • Decide on the fly whether checks or fixes need to be run for a specific document

Professional color management without the hassle

  • Convert PDF documents using ICC profiles; wizard takes the guessing out of the job
  • Use your DeviceLink profiles for color conversion, TAC reduction or ink saving
  • Use DeviceLink pack for smooth CMYK to CMYK conversion
  • Convert all spot colors to CMYK
  • Modify individual spot colors in a PDF document (change names, modify alternate color space and values, remap to another spot color or process color or convert to CMYK)
  • Quickly convert PDF documents to RGB or gray (with dot-gain compensation)

Release notes

11.0.527 20 January 2020

  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox 11 Desktop for owners of a pdfToolbox 11 Desktop license
  • A free of charge update of pdfToolbox Server, pdfToolbox CLI or pdfToolbox SDK for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA)

Features

  • Desktop
    • 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
    • JavaScript Variables: New, built-in editor for improved visualisation and usability
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Adjust dot gain, Convert colors, Convert colors using DeviceLink: Checks from Group "Object Metadata" are now available in the "Apply to:" filter [FP54242]
    • Put objects on layer: Checks from the Group "Context aware object detection" are now available in the "Apply to:" filter [FP56397]
  • 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 [FP19024]
    • Generate bleed at page edges: Issue fixed, where method "Mirror page objects" could not be properly executed when "Except spot colors" filter was used [CA1028963]
    • Scale pages: Problem solved, where the page scaling was done based on the MediaBox instead of the TrimBox [FP34799; FP56726; FP56796; FP56810; CA1028951]
    • Generate bleed at page edges: Problem solved, where page geometry boxes were not properly adjusted if basis for bleed generation was set to BleedBox [CA1028887]
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved, where text (used as a clipping path) appeared as a gray box after processing in special cases [CA1027161; FP53392; FP54904]
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved, where certain text parts with missing UniCode representation were shifted [CA1028884]
    • General font handling: Issue fixed, where certain encoding issues resulted in missing glyphs or .notdef glyphs after processing [CA1027731; CA1028398]
    • General font handling: Enhanced repair for certain syntax problems in embedded CFF fonts [CA1028835]
    • 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 [FP51777; FP55098]
  • Checks
    • Derive geometry boxes from crop marks: Complete review and improved implementation of crop mark detection [FP35137; FP21571; FP22185; FP22688; FP24054; FP25803; FP26986; FP46356; FP48391; FP52184; FP53488; FP54566; FP54626; FP27691; FP27743; FP32730; FP37895; FP41479; FP49280; FP50890; FP52355; FP26071; FP35137; FP24494; FP29377; FP50549; FP22185; FP22743; FP37895; FP35137; FP55784; CA1028067; CA1028055]
    • 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 [FP56627; FP56641]
  • Actions
    • Extract Dieline: Issue fixed, where a Variable for the used Check was not accepted [CA1028960]
  • Desktop
    • Process Plan UI: Problem solved, where editing of details resulted in an empty window on non-English systems in some cases [FP56621]
    • Process Plan UI: Problem solved, where an error message occurred when saving in some cases [CA1028915; FP57372]
    • Ask-at-runtime for Variables: Problem solved, where Variables specified using "app.requires" in a JavaScript Variable did not result in a PopUp [FP56208; FP56232; FP56975]
    • Issue fixed, where certain special glyphs caused an incomplete activation request and therefore a failing activation
    • Switchboard: Problem solved, where the new Process Plan step "Rename PDF" could not be used with Batch processing [FP56550]
  • CLI
    • Problem solved, where using a path to an ICC-Profile as a Variable was not properly handled [FP56923]
    • ZUGFeRD: Issue fixed, where XML schema was not found if references using UNC paths [FP56979]
  • Reports
    • QuickCheck: Issue fixed, where an improperly defined image resolution was listed as "inf", which caused a JSON syntax issue (will be listed as "null" object now) [FP57203]
    • PDF: Problem solved, where file size of generated reports increased due to fully embedded Asian fonts [FP57421; CA1028050]
    • XML: Problem solved, where names of Process plan sequence steps were not translated, although included in a CustomDict [FP56639]
    • XML: Issue fixed, where certain spot color names using special characters (like "_") were not properly listed as a resource in some cases [CA1028876]
    • XML: Issue fixed, where reports generated by Process Plan steps did not contain the "<pages>" and "<resources>" parts [FP52624]
  • General
    • Issue fixed, where an unlimited License was nonetheless limited to 8 parallel processes in some cases [CA1028882]
    • Issue fixed, where a moved pdfToolbox installation resulted in an unstable behavior in certain cases [CA1028922]
    • Problem solved, where certain usages of spot colors resulted in a significant longer processing time than in previous versions [CA1028895]

11.0.523 6 November 2019

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

Features

  • Desktop
    • 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 [FP49471]
      • Create PDF copy: All input fields can now be used with Variables [FP49112]
      • New option to skip a Process plan step (can also be set via a Variable) [FP49158]
      • 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 [CA1028659]
      • 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
    • Convert RGB to CMYK (PSO Coated v3) with specified R=G=B tolerance
    • Convert spot to CMYK and replace overprint with transparency where needed
    • Find barcode value in a specified area and print the value on the page
    • Check and fix bleed: Analyses bleed and safety zones to determine required bleed and add bleed if needed
    • Convert pages with very complex page descriptions into CMYK images
    • Overprint issues related to spot color if converted to CMYK
  • Enhanced Profiles
    • All Profiles with "Convert colors"-Fixups have been updated to use "Advanced settings" instead of Policy files
  • New Fixups
    • Create bleed for irregular shapes: Generates bleed for arbitrary contours based on e.g. a dieline vector object [CA1028144, CA1026338]
    • Spotify: Create spot color version from an input PDF using a customizable number of spot colors, optionally based on a custom spot color library
    • Place circle/ellipse
    • Place line
    • Place rectangle
    • Map colors using script variables: New variant of the existing "Map colors"-Fixup, where the settings can be defined using JSON expressions
    • Map spot and process colors using script variables: New variant of the existing "Map spot and process colors"-Fixup, where the settings can be defined using JSON expressions
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Create bleed at page edges:
      • Several new parameters, e.g. a Filter for objects to be taken into account for bleed creation and to except certain spot colors [CA1026524, FP54063]
      • Extended possibilities to create bleed with different widths for each edge [CA1026463, CA1027547, CA1027514, FP44596]
      • New parameters to define overprint and whether the generated bleed should be placed behind existing page content
      • Page box used as basis for bleed generation can be selected [FP32942]
      • Offset (to page geometry box) for basis of bleed generation can be defined [CA1028143, FP50268]
    • Convert colors:
      • New area "Advanced settings", which replaces the deprecated Policy files
      • All settings from the "Advanced settings" dialog can be controlled using Variables
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink:
      • New Parameters for compression method and quality for processed images [FP27577, FP39515, FP41009, FP52929]
      • Global policy files for DeviceLink are deprecated (if present, overwrite the Fixup settings for backwards compatibility)
    • 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
    • Generate 5mm bleed at dieline (Processing Steps)
    • Generate 3mm bleed at TrimBox, excluding specified spot color
    • Spotify: Creates a spot-color only version of the PDF's page content
    • 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
  • Enhanced Properties
    • All Sifter-based properties: Extended possible combinations with other types of Properties and further enhanced analysis [FP49241]
  • New and enhanced predefined Checks
    • Is colored Type 3 font
    • Type 3 font has all required resources
    • Is dieline (Processing Steps)
    • Find specified text: Searches for the specified text on all pages
    • Object uses RGB color definitions
    • Find barcode in specified area
    • Barwidth reduction is above 10%
    • R=G=B with a specified tolerance
    • Size is not equal for all pages
  • New in Switchboard
    • Prepress - Spotify: Create spot color version from an input PDF using a customizable number of spot colors, optionally based on a custom spot color library
    • Spotify inspector: Interactive tool to determine the best settings for processing a file into a spot color version
    • Arrange - Split at mark: Splits the PDF into parts based on pages identified by a Check
    • Document - Extract dieline: Extracts a dieline as SVG, DXF or CF2 file from a PDF based on a Check
    • Reports - Read barcode: Detect value and other technical details of a barcode in a specified area of a page
  • Actions
    • Spotify: Create spot color version from an input PDF using a customizable number of spot colors, optionally based on a custom spot color library
    • SplitAtMark: Splits the PDF into parts based on pages identified by a Check
    • ExtractDieline: Extracts a dieline as SVG, DXF or CF2 file from a PDF based on a Check
    • ToPDF: Support for conversion of TIFF files with CuttingPaths [FP54684]
    • ToPDF: Support for conversion of TIFF files with Transparency [FP54348, FP55777]
    • ToPDF: Support for PSB files ("Photoshop Big") [CA1028643]
    • ToPDF: Support for .vtx und .vxd files (MS Visio) with MS Office and Open/Libreoffice [CA1028797]
    • QuickCheck: Extended sample configuration file with more comments and examples
  • Reports
    • Custom HTML-based reports: All kinds of visualizer images can be requested via the manifest.xml [FP44896, FP51472]
    • XML reports: Added references for Annotations to reported hits [CA1028541]
  • CLI
    • New parameter for Profile execution: --visiblelayers which will run Checks for visible layers only
    • ToPDF: Several new --topdf_parameter for handling of Office in MS Office:
      • NoMemoryOptimization: Disables the internal memory optimization [CA1028735]
      • DoNotHideOffice: The respective MS Office will show up and not work hidden in the background [CA1028588]
      • UpdateChangedFields: Requests a content update from MS Office to update fields (e.g. page numbers in the table of content) [CA1028703]
  • 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

  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency
      • Problem solved where recursion of Form XObjects in the content stream resulted into infinite processing [CA1028081]
      • Problem solved where flattening resulted in displaced Asian glyphs in certain cases [FP55230]
      • Issue fixed where bullet glyphs were removed in some cases [FP55510]
      • Issue fixed where bullet glyphs were converted to "F" glyphs in specific font situation [FP53756]
      • Issue fixed where square bullets became .notdef glyphs after flattening [FP54933]
      • Issue fixed where some kind of ligatures were converted to .notdef glyphs [CA1028410]
      • Issue fixed where quotation marks became .notdef glyphs after flattening [FP54005]
      • Issue fixed where glyph (defined as .notdef) was no more embedded after flattening and resulted in a warning in some PDF viewers [FP51831, FP52450]
      • Problem solved where background images using Indexed color spaces with Separation Black were not properly handled [FP43490]
      • Problem solved where flattening resulted in a completely rasterized page although only small areas were affected by transparency [FP54839]
      • Problem solved where processing caused a distortion of text [CA1028677, CA1028679]
      • Issue fixed where flattened PDF triggered a font error warning in certain PDF viewers (MacOS only) [FP54967]
      • Issue fixed where flattening with high resolution resulted in damaged fonts in certain cases (MacOS only) [CA1027815]
      • Problem solved where processing wasn't successful with specific PDF [FP54550]
      • Problem solved where resulting PDF had different glyph widths in PDF and embedded font [FP39612, FP41268, FP46431]
    • Remove printer marks: Problem solved where page content was removed under certain circumstances [FP54608, FP55162]
    • Add unique ID to Note elements in tagging structure: Issue solved, where Endnotes mapped to Notes via RoleMap were not properly handled [CA1028667]
    • Convert to PDF/A-2: Issue fixed where invalid XMP was created during PDF/A conversion in some cases [CA1028397]
    • Convert to PDF/A-2: Issue fixed where the conversion failed due to a missing Subtype entry [FP52794]
    • Create and apply shapes: Problem solved where overprinting for spot colors was not properly respected [CA1028459]
    • Create and apply shapes: Clarified the naming for some settings [FP53395]
    • Remove pages: Issue solved where remaining page label were not properly corrected after removal of a page [CA1028252, FP47709]
    • Generate bleed at page edges: Problem solved where invisible layers were also used for bleed generation [CA1028628]
    • Make font names unique: Problem solved where glyphs were not properly handled in certain cases [FP53519]
    • Set MediaBox to origin: Problem solved where MediaBox was not properly set when Fixup was executed together with e.g. "Add marks" or "Create bleed at page edges" [FP33737, FP33738; FP45010]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink: Issue fixed where changing the image compression to ZIP resulted in improper PDFs in certain cases [CA1024644; FP39515]
    • Convert font to outlines: Problem solved where certain variants of text used as clipping paths were not properly handled [CA1028621]
    • Remove invisible image data: Problem solved where images were slightly displaced after processing in certain cases [FP24845, FP29858, FP34569]
    • Scale pages: Enhanced handling for dimensions which exceed the 200 inch limit (Page scaling factor will be adjusted accordingly) [FP27707, CA1028762]
    • Scale pages: Issue fixed where objects were missing in resulting file (Linux only) [FP55792]
    • Set transparency properties for fill: Issue fixed where certain layer constructions used with Form XObjects were not properly respected [FP55706]
  • Checks
    • Image compression ratio (percent): Corrected compression ratio in trigger value
    • Sifter: Problem solved where page rotation was not taken into account in certain cases [CA1028468]
    • Verify compliance with PDF/A-2b: Issue fixed where validation failed caused by a unnecessary hit for "Signature has no ByteRange entry" [CA1028726]
    • Shape definition: Issue fixed where selected unit was not properly handled in certain cases [FP55403]
    • General analysis: Issue fixed where an incomplete InfoDict of a PDF resulted in an unknown error [CA1028306]
    • All Annotation and FormField properties: Problem solved where the usage of "Fire if any condition is met" with only one configured Property resulted in an error [FP54027]
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Issue fixed where office files using special characters (like % or #) in their filename resulted in errors with LibreOffice (Windows only) [CA1028556]
    • ToPDF: Adjusted the predefined Default.joboptions file (used for PostScript conversion) to create PDF 1.6 instead of older versions [CA1028463]
    • ToPDF: Fixed issue, where certain kind of transparent PNG were not properly converted [CA1028394]
    • CreatePS: Problem solved where PostScript export of specific PDF resulted in an unstable behavior [CA1028500]
    • OptimizePDF: Issue fixed where multiple identically named fonts were resulting in rectangles for some glyphs after merging the fonts [CA1028302]
  • Desktop
    • Problem solved where using a License Server based activation could not be used in the Acrobat Plug-In [FP55867]
    • 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 [FP53499]
    • Improved window handling, especially for tiled views
    • Issue fixed where certain kind of user interaction resulted in unnecessary internal warning logs in MacOS console [FP28132]
    • Library manager: "Custom template reports" and "Ask at runtime dialog templates" added as resources
    • Switchboard: Process plans with Batch processing: Issue fixed where certain actions were not properly handled [FP55034]
  • 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
    • --uncompressimg: Problem solved where parameter was not taken into account for the Properties "Object uses ... with a percentage of" [CA1016082, CA1023953, FP21005, FP54373]
  • Reports
    • PDF reports: Issue fixed where some kind of diacritical marks in e.g. Check names avoided the successful creation of the report [FP52467]
  • General
    • Office conversion: A 64-bit installation of pdfToolbox requires a 64-bit version of OpenOffice/LibreOffice (similar for 32-bit)
    • DeviceLink Profiles: Issue fixed where export and import resulted in the loss of localization
    • MacOS installer for CLI: Format changed to .pkg

10.2.508 27 June 2019

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

Fixes

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

10.2.504 7 May 2019

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

Fixes

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

10.2.503 16 April 2019

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

10.1.490 9 January 2019

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

10.1.484 22 November 2018

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

Fixes

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

10.1.482 9 November 2018

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

System requirements

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

10.0.471 31 August 2018

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

10.0.469 4 July 2018

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

Fixes

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

9.4.447 24 January 2018

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

9.4.445 21 November 2017

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

9.4.442 2 November 2017

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

9.3.434 23 August 2017

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

Fixes

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

9.3.432 9 August 2017

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

9.2.425 26 May 2017

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

9.2.424 13 April 2017

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

Fixes

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

9.2.423 10 April 2017

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

10.0.465 31 May 2018

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

10.0.463 3 May 2018

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

9.1.413 3 January 2017

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

Fixes

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

9.1.411 15 November 2016

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

Fixes

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

9.1.410 3 November 2016

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

9.0.398 23 August 2016

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

Fixes

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

9.0.397 9 August 2016

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

Fixes

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

9.0.395 26 July 2016

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

Fixes

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

9.0.392 14 July 2016

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

8.3.377 4 May 2016

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

Fixes

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

8.3.375 28 April 2016

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

8.3.371 22 March 2016

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

8.2.361 15 December 2015

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

8.1.354 16 October 2015

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

8.0.333

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

Fixes

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

8.0.332

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

System requirements

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

7.6.317

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

Features

  • Acrobat PlugIn
    • Support for Acrobat DC

Fixes

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

7.6.314

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

7.5.304

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

Features

  • New Fixups
    • Remove bookmarks: Removes all bookmarks in a PDF [FP26479]
    • Set page labels (and their styles): Set page labels based on defined checks [FP25697]
    • Remove page label: Removes all page labels in a PDF [FP25697]
  • New Checks
    • Effective ink coverage in custom area, can be used in order to check whether a certain area on the printed sheet is empty [CA1023021]
    • Page is last page: Determines if a page is the last in a PDF [CA1023021]
    • Several new properties to find page labels and their styles [FP25697]
    • Page has objects using transparency [CA1022314]
  • Enhanced Profiles
    • All PDF/A-1 and PDF/X-1 and -3 based Profiles, Profiles for Online Publishing and Digital Printing:
      • Flatten Transparency: Internal optimization has become deprecated and has been removed from the user interface
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • All "Flatten transparency" Fixups:
      • Internal optimization has been deprecated and has been removed from the user interface
  • Enhanced Checks
    • Effective ink coverage: Improved calculation of trigger values. Area coverage will only be reported as trigger value if "Evaluate all pixels" is activated [FP]
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Additional file formats supported for MS Word (.dot; .dotx; .dotm; .txt; .xml), MS Excel (.xslm; .xlt; .xltx; .xltm) and MS Powerpoint (.ppa; .ppam)
    • ToPDF: Font substitutions, which took place in MS Word can be reported on CLI and in SDK [CA1022584; CA1023233]
    • ToPDF: Support for multipage-TIFF added [CA1022701]
    • Impose: Improved positioning of text [FP25672; FP25112]
  • CLI
    • Timeout parameter to abort processing after a defined time frame works now also for office conversion processes [FP26251; FP26513; FP22133]
    • Program folder contains a new init-script that shows how to start a pdfToolbox server at system start (Linux only) [FP26507]
  • Distributed Processing
    • Improved reporting for errors on CLI [FP]
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP3c)
  • All components on MacOS are x64 now

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Verify compliance with PDF/VT-1: Adjusted analysis of DPart structure [CA1023271]
  • Fixups
    • Set document language to language in tagging structure: Problem solved, where Figure Tag description was removed [CA1023202]
    • Convert color using DeviceLink profile: Problem solved, where conversion was not applied properly [CA1022684]
    • Subset fonts: Fixed issue, where glyphs were removed in some cases [FP26505]
    • Adjust DotGain: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in improper result [FP20297; FP22585; FP23230; FP23606]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where annotations were removed during processing [FP24614; CA1022661]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where characters were not properly handled in certain cases [FP25828]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyphs vanished in some cases [FP25783]
    • Font to outline: Fixed issue, where internal structure was not properly created [FP24394]
    • Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers: Fixed issue, where invisible layers were not properly removed [FP22502; CA1023254]
    • Remove layer: Problem solved, where content remained in the document [FP20692; FP20710; FP21689]
    • Fix font encoding: Fixed issue, where text was improperly positioned in some cases [FP26069]
    • Remove objects outside page area: Problem solved, where objects remained outside the defined page area [FP24602; CA1022829]
    • Set transparency blend mode: Fixed issue, where the "apply to" filter within the Fixup settings was not properly respected [FP21385; FP19895]
  • Checks
    • Glyph width is inconsistent: Problem solved, where widths were not properly calculated in some cases [FP26600]
    • MD5 checksum of ICC profiles: Corrected naming of reported results
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where certain PNG images were rotated
    • Split Layers: Fixes issue, where created files were not properly output on command line when using "singlepages" option (CLI only) [CA1023264]
    • Create PostScript: Problem solved, where objects were moved in some cases [FP26175]
    • Create PostScript: Problem solved, where text became converted to images [FP25888; FP25672]
    • Save as image: Problem solved, where the Output Intent was not properly respected [CA1023108]
    • Extract text: Fixed issue, where extracting text caused an error with some files [CA1023097]
  • Reports
    • Visualizer report: Fixed issues, where report was not properly scaled for PDFs with large dimensions [FP23315]
    • Font inventory report: Fixed issue, where glyphs and unicode values were not listed [FP24267; FP24680]
  • Desktop
    • Various improvements for usability and stability
    • Fixed problem, where creating a Check out of editing a Fixup resulted in an improper behavior [CA1023222]
  • Server
    • Problem solved, where Japanese language was not properly handled [FP25603]
    • Problem solved, where in some circumstances (if no valid dispatcher license or no dispatcher found) for some kind of processing (mainly actions, which create additional files like --saveasimg) the pdfToolbox deletes everything in the working directory [FP26627]
  • General
    • Improved handling for font files without extension (Unix only) [CA1023053]
    • Problem solved, where optimization of the ContentStream resulted in vanished objects in certain cases [FP26051]
    • Problem solved, where processing using Solaris 10 resulted in unstable behavior [CA1023097]

Testimonials

Pim Print automates workflow with callas pdfToolbox Server

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

The callas pdfToolbox Server, isn’t that the workflow package that is especially suitable for larger companies? “Could be,” says Ronald van der Meer of Pim Print in Roelofarendsveen, “but we control our production with this software and we are very happy with it.”

Pim Print’s current premises, a former bulbshed, are bursting at the seams. Expansion on a recently purchased building plot nearby is in the pipeline. The company’s founder, Pim van der Meer, started his company in 1982. Ronald van der Meer - no relation - joined the company in 1997, and he became its co-owner in 2012. “The biggest change was without a doubt the digitization of our production and the arrival of a number of SRA3 volume printers and two wide format inkjet plotters. We took our most important decision four years ago by putting our money on web-based selling”, says Ronald.

Pim Print employs seven people. Some of them work on optimizing the company’s five webshops so that the company and, more importantly, its products are easier to find. Others are working on further streamlining of the workflow.

Hundreds of jobs

“Of course, our webshops are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We process hundreds of jobs each day, with all their associated administrative tasks. This is only possible with strict automation.” Ronald, a veteran in the printing trade, was trained at the Graphic Lyceum Rotterdam. “The graphic trade cannot do without IT. Fortunately, I am fascinated by these possibilities. When we found that web-based sales were increasing, we started searching for software that could relieve the prepress by automating the checking procedures. That is when we discovered callas pdfToolbox Server. Wifac, our local reseller, supplies us with the consumables and they understand automation, workflow and printers. If we have really in-depth questions, we can always count on Wifac for advice and support. This is essential when you run a 24/7 company. callas builds highly flexible tools, allowing for a wide deployment of the package. Of course, we had to enter our products and profiles in the database ourselves. This was a tough job, and we worked hard on it from early November to late December. Since January of this year, our production runs entirely on callas pdfToolbox. Because of this, we have minimized our margin of error. If you place a job order today, you will receive it the following day. Guaranteed.”

Peaceful production

How does it work? A customer places an order via the web. When he sends us the confirmation, the customer attaches the job in the form of a document. “callas pdfToolbox Server provides the preflight, and our Content Management System generates and sends an invoice to the customer by return. The customer settles the invoice immediately, for example via iDeal. No humans are involved in this process. The callas software checks - and, if necessary, corrects - the job on bleed, inserts cutting marks, provides smoothing, calculates the correct color space and places a barcode, so that after printing, the job cutting or print finishing can take place without manual adjustments.” This reduces the workload and brings peace into the organization.

callas pdfToolbox Server is based on the Adobe PDF Library and includes advanced color management functions and on-board imposition. It takes the workflow to the next level with the use of hotfolders. Processing thousands of files is done without supervision or with minimal visual inspection by an operator. A command line version and a full SDK for developers are available.

Toolbox

“In order to have a fully functioning automated workflow you need to invest in knowledge and time. You are on the right track when you can let the software perform all kinds of repetitive tasks. Many printers are still burdening themselves with the idea that the press or printer should be the centre of the production. But not in our case. Automated production has the most pivotal role to play. This is what creates peace.”

Pim Print had a terrific first month and also February 2014 is looking fabulous. “Customers who want to have printing done, always search on the web for the cheapest option first and then choose the easiest solution.” Customers will find that there is more than just flyers. Posters, banners, magazines, stickers - there are many possibilities.

“A real runner is our man-size print. We pondered over how we could offer this product for a reasonable price, including postage. This applies to all products. You don’t start thinking about how to make something when you have already sold it. It all should be strictly arranged in advance. That way you can offer an attractive price with fast delivery times, and still earn from it.“

Ronald van der Meer is not finished yet. “The goal is to take on more projects with the existing team. The focus lies on further tightening of the workflow and even better findability of our sites. Moreover, we are going to work with affiliate networks, third-party websites that promote our work, for which they get paid. It seems simple, but this too should be carefully arranged. In addition, we will delve deeper into the possibilities of callas pdfToolbox Server. I think there are a lot more tools in that box that we can take advantage of.”

callas pdfToolbox: digital gatekeeper for Penthion Media Technologies

Jan-Peter Tjepkema
Jan-Peter Tjepkema, Owner and Managing Director

With the rising amount of new publication channels on the market, publishers not only need to publish content but also manage it. This has lead to a significant growth in the demand for content management solutions over the past years. Additionally publishers are more frequently looking for self-service environments to reduce the in-house cost of supporting their clients. This explains the success of the solution Penthion brought to the market, a self-service solution for the entire publishing process that provides complete and integrated automation using callas pdfToolbox Server for certifying their PDFs.

In June 2012, Penthion started evaluating callas pdfToolbox; the main reason was their involvement in a pilot project for a big customer who had a strong preference for the callas software solution. Based on their evaluation of the technology and their experience with the callas organization itself, they decided to not only use pdfToolbox for this one project but forge a closer business relationship with callas software. “We decided to replace our own PDF checker with callas pdfToolbox as this is a more economical solution for us. It also provides us with new features, improved efficiency, updates and better technical support” explains Mr. Tjepkema, Owner and Managing Director of Penthion Media Technologies. The first integrated solution went into production at the beginning of 2013.

Spend time on Sales – not on material handling

callas pdfToolbox Server was integrated into Penthion’s online Ad|Portal delivery platform. The Ad|Portal upload module is their digital gatekeeper for publishers. Using the Ad|Portal advertisers can upload PDF files, which will be checked and - if possible - fixed instantly and converted into certified PDF files using the integrated callas technology. callas pdfToolbox Server does it all in the background: automated high quality preflighting and reliable automatic correction of PDF files. It speeds up job turn around times and significantly reduces error rates. Jan-Peter Tjepkema continues: “Uploading ads has never been more simple than with using the Ad|Portal. It also supports the workflow of the publisher and sends automatically generated emails to advertisers. It manages deadlines and will act according to these. With the integrated pdfToolbox Server, the Ad|Portal supports the upload of print and/or online material. And of course we can handle ready-made material or material ready for setting.”

The use of the Ad|Portal gives the publisher more time to spend on sales instead of tedious material handling. The pro-active approach of the Ad|Portal always means that both publisher and advertiser are in control.

“Our main challenge remains convincing publishers that there is a market out there and that there is still plenty of money to be spent and earned”, concludes Jan-Peter Tjepkema. “We are constantly striving for building sustainable solutions with our customers and our biggest opportunity is providing a pay-per-use business model. In this model we earn money when the publisher earns money without any major initial investment. It's in fact a turnkey solution.”

About pdfToolbox Server

callas pdfToolbox Server automates and standardizes the process of file delivery and reception. For print, publishing, advertising, packaging and design companies, it offers the most comprehensive solution for automated high quality preflighting and reliable automatic correction of PDF files through the use of hot folders. Fully multi-processor aware, callas pdfToolbox Server easily scales with their customer’s needs and built on the Adobe PDF Library it provides rock-solid processing. A command-line version and full developer SDK are available when it’s necessary to provide closer integration. From the developers of Adobe® Acrobat®’s Preflight technology, pdfToolbox Server offers comprehensive, yet easy to use:

  •     PDF preflighting and automatic correction
  •     Automatic conversion of Microsoft Office files as well as OpenOffice documents into print-ready PDFs
  •     Impositioning from simple booklets to fully-fledged brochures and books
  •     Automatic transparency flattening (Windows, OS X and Linux)
  •     Extensive web-development kit for easy integration

The optional DeviceLink set provides easy repurposing of files for different printing conditions.

About Penthion

Since more than 15 years Penthion Media Technologies operates as an A-Z supplier of automation solutions for both magazine and newspaper publishers. They offer a complete and integrated automation solution for the entire publishing process. Penthion works daily on optimizing and professionalizing automation processes. They do this by listening carefully to the needs of their customers and by closely following the developments in the market. Their solutions are user-friendly, scalable, time and cost saving. Penthion is the exclusive supplier of all products from the Finnish company Oy Anygraaf in the Netherlands and in Belgium. Penthion is privately owned and located in Assen, The Netherlands. For more information, visit the website: www.penthion.nl.

About callas software

callas software finds simple ways to handle complex PDF challenges. As a technology innovator, callas software develops and markets PDF technology for publishing, print production, document exchange and document archiving. callas software helps agencies, publishing companies and printers to meet the challenges they face by providing software to preflight, correct and repurpose PDF files for print production and electronic publishing. Businesses and government agencies all over the world rely on callas software’s future-proof, fully PDF/A compliant archiving products. In addition, callas software technology is available as a programming library (SDK) for developers with a need for PDF optimization, validation and correction. Software vendors such as Adobe®, Quark®, Xerox®, Hewlett Packard® and many others have recognized the quality and flexibility provided by these callas tools and have incorporated them into their solutions. callas software actively supports international standards and has been participating in ISO, CIP4, the European Color Initiative (ECI), Ghent PDF Workgroup, FOGRA, AIIM and BITKOM. In addition, callas software is a founding member of the PDF Association and in October 2010, Olaf Drümmer became its chairman. callas software is based in Berlin, Germany. For more information, visit the callas software website at: http://www.callassoftware.com.

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

Fred Soar
Fred Soar, Managing Director

Focus on customers

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

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

Remove costs of quoting, preflighting and job creation

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

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

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

Streamline preflight processes online and in-house

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

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

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

Offer standard and personalized products

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

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

Look into the future

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

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

pdfToolbox brings Formula 1 power to our web-based solutions

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

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

Costly problems belong to the past

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

Unanimously elected as the winner

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

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

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

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Webinar - Reformatting table throws in pdfToolbox

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Webinar - Sifter in pdfToolbox

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

Webinar - Test mode in pdfToolbox

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

Webinar - Finding empty space in pdfToolbox

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

Webinar - Fonts in pdfToolbox

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

Webinar - Basic CLI operation in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about the basic CLI operation in pdfToolbox. pdfToolbox CLI (or Command-Line Interface) version allows easy integration of pdfToolbox technology...

Webinar - Upsampling images in pdfToolbox

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

Webinar - Batch processing in pdfToolbox

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

Webinar - Remove objects outside of a page box

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

Webinar - Reporting for duty

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

Webinar - The imposition engine in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about the imposition engine in pdfToolbox. pdfToolbox contains a complete imposition engine. It's not as powerful as for example Imp from InSoft,...

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

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

Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 10?

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

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

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

Webinar - Converting colors & ink saving in pdfToolbox

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

Webinar - Variables & libraries in pdfToolbox

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

Webinar - Getting started with Place Content (part 1)

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

Webinar - Showcasing hidden features in pdfToolbox 9.4

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

Webinar - Activating & deactivating pdfToolbox Desktop, Server and CLI

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

Webinar - Downloading older versions of pdfToolbox

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

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

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

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

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

Webinar - Editing custom page sizes in pdfToolbox

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

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

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

Webinar - Processing steps: the new ISO standard for packaging

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

Webinar - Getting started with Place Content (part 2)

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

Webinar - Tips & tricks for JavaScript in variables

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

Webinar - Dynamic imposition from theory to practice

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

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

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

Webinar - Building a pdfToolbox Place Content template from scratch

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

Webinar - An introduction to pdfToolbox 9.1

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

Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 9?

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

Webinar - Evolutions in preflight standards

15 years ago, the first preflight standard for PDF was invented. Since that ‘invention’ of the PDF/X-1a standard, things have involved quite a bit and today it can be...

Webinar - Preflight, the basics

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

Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 8.1?

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

Webinar - Adding content in pdfToolbox 8

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

Webinar - PDF preflight standards

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

Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 6?

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

Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 11?

In this webinar, we will show you around in pdfToolbox 11. The new version is all about improvements to automated workflows and making PDF files production ready.

02:55 - pdfToolbox Desktop side-bar
03:40 - Dpart metadata
05:50 - Place content additions
07:25 - Ask-at-runtime
09:37 - Find text (and split file)
11:56 - Better bleed handling
14:09 - Bleed for irregular Jobs
15:36 - Inspect bar codes
17:32 - Sidecar files and job tickets
21:26 - More powerful color Fixups
25:01 - Custom preflight repots
26:54 - Extract dielines
28:06 - Using REST calls from JavaScript
30:19 - Spotify
34:53 - Process plan improvements

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Webinar - The first steps in pdfToolbox

Are you already familiar with pdfToolbox? This powerful PDF preflight and correction application is very easy to use and performs well if it comes to workflow tasks. In pdfToolbox Desktop, you can fix PDF problems manually during preflight, whereas in pdfToolbox Server you can do this fully automated!

In this webinar, we will show you how you can check in pdfToolbox whether or not your PDF files are ready to be printed.

01:07 - Using pdfToolbox Desktop
01:43 - Showing and hiding the PDF Page Boxes in the pdfToolbox viewer
02:06 - Using the Switchboard Actions in pdfToolbox 11
04:25 - Converting colors in the pdfToolbox Switchboard
05:53 - Using Arrange actions to duplicate pages and execute simple impositions
08:30 - Imposing a book using the pdfToolbox Impose action and an existing imposition scheme
10:13 - pdfToolbox Switchboard actions for Large Format
12:26 - PDF/X standard compliance from the Switchboard
13:43 - pdfToolbox Checks
15:46 - Creating your own pdfToolbox Checks
20:13 - Combining different pdfToolbox Check Properties to create more detailed Checks
21:19 - Creating an "OR" Check that will hit on any of its properties
21:43 - pdfToolbox Fixups
22:50 - Using "Apply to" to determine the objects a Fixup affects using a Check
24:43 - pfToolbox Profiles
25:08 - Editing an existing Profile to use for yourself
26:55 - Creating a preflight report
27:55 - Checks, Fixups and Profiles summary
28:40 - pdfToolbox Process Plans
32:35 - pdfToolbox Visualizers
35:27 - Differences between pdfToolbox versions
36:55 - Bleed for irregular shapes in pdfToolbox 11
39:50 - Export dielines as DXF, CF2 or SVG

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Self driving PDF - The Future of Workflow Automation

The total dimensions of printed paper is shrinking, whereas the number of pages and files that are printed is increasing. This was only economically viable, because at the same time workflow automation was on the rise. PDF software has to support highly flexible automation rules to navigate and adjust files not only according to the job settings but also as required by the specifics of the file. Is prepress finally on its way from handcraft to industry? In this keynote, Dietrich plans to give a (vendor neutral) overview about recent software developments for PDF automation. Furthermore, he will provide a personal view on what may be the next challenges for us as a PDF vendor and for the industry as a whole.

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The sense and nonsense of standardization in print

The Ghent Workgroup has been active in the 'standardization for print' arena since 2002, so for more than 17 years. But why was the group started? Where did it originate and with what purpose? And more importantly, does the effort spent on standardization - both by the GWG workgroup and local user associations - pay off? In this session, you’ll learn more about these topics and you’ll hear where the Ghent Workgroup stands today and what we believe are the biggest challenges we’re still facing ...

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A new PDF preflight report template

The PDF preflight report in pdfToolbox can be completely customized, but in practice that is rarely done, because it is fairly difficult. With pdfToolbox 11 comes a new preflight report template that is capable of much more than the old template, and is much easier to customize!

00:54 - Problems with Preflight reports in and until pdfToolbox 10
01:48 - Solution
04:57 - Where to find the new templates
06:31 - Manifest.xml and its extension in pdfToolbox 11
11:10 - Demo

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The new bleed (create and detect) technology in pdfToolbox 11

Detecting and adding bleed has never been easy. We have done a lot to improve this. Join this session to learn what is new in this field in pdfToolbox 11!

01:25 - New Process Plan ‘Check and Fix bleed’
05:58 - Demo of ‘Check and Fix bleed’
09:50 - Changes in existing Fixups
19:00 - Generate bleed for irregular shapes
21:24 - Fixup 'Generate bleed for irregular shapes’
22:10 - Demo of the Fixup 'Generate bleed for irregular shapes’ with different use cases

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NextGenUI: Process Plans in pdfToolbox 11

Process Plans started out as a simple way to run a few fixups in a predefined order. Meanwhile, they are used to build the most complex workflows imaginable. Editing them was … not without limitations. Until now!

01:11 - What’s new in Process plan UI in pdfToolbox 11?
04:44 - Pieces of the new Process plan UI (Canvas, objects, editors ...)
11:39 - New feature ‘Disable Process Plan step' in the NextGenUI
15:57 - New feature ‘Rename PDF' in the NextGenUI
19:00 - Variables in Process plan steps in the NextGenUI
22:07 - Tips & tricks
22:55 - NextGenUI Demo

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Spotify

Sometimes, a design has to consist of a distinct number of spot colors. In this session, we present new technology in pdfToolbox 11 to handle PDF files for such workflows.

01:20 - What is Spotify?
02:47 - Why would you use Spotify?
03:34 - Spotify usage in pdfToolbox 11
04:11 - Demo of Spotify action via Switchboard
08:45 - Spotify Inspector
20:04 - Spotify via Fixups
25:48 - Spotify via command line

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callas DPartner

A new standard combines the use of DPart information with a print intent vocabulary, so parts of PDF files can be labeled with origin or intent information. The possibilities for print automation are huge, and callas software provides a new, free product to help you understand what DPart information is contained in a PDF.

04:32 - Types of Metadata a PDF has
06:12 - Comparison of DPart metadata (DPM) with XMP Metadata
07:54 - How does DPart work with an example from PDF/VT application notes
12:54 - DPart as of today
14:32 - Print Product Metada combines DPart with XJDF
15:30 - Print Product Metada Overview 25:48 - Spotify via command line
21:05 - DPartner in pdfToolbox
26:24 - DPart in QuickCheck
31:24 - 'Use DPart metadata in a Process Plan via QuickCheck' in callas documentation
32:38 - New ISO standards for automated prepress workflows

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Colors in pdfToolbox 11

Color conversions remain an essential part of many workflows. This session at the VIP Event in Riga presents new possibilities to handling color conversions with or without variables and how to solve related overprint problems.

01:55 - RGB to Gray conversion
04:08 - Demo: RGB to Gray conversion in a Process Plan
08:10 - New control for ‘Convert colors’ Fixup
14:00 - ‘Advanced settings’ with legacy Profiles (with older versions)
14:45 - Two new ‘Map colors’ variant Fixups
18:18 - Demo: New ‘Map colors’ Fixups
20:52 - Demo 1: Overprint issues with 'Convert all spot colors to CMYK’
23:55 - Demo 2: Overprint issues with 'Convert all spot colors to CMYK’
25:30 - Overprint rules for CMYK
29:50 - Problem statement
31:00 - Solution
31:58 - New Predefined Profiles in pdfToolbox 11

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UI & Test mode improvements in pdfToolbox 11

pdfToolbox 11 is packed with 'smaller' new features, such as UI and Test mode improvements. Remember that smaller doesn’t necessarily mean unimportant!

00:45 - New sidebar
01:06 - Hidden feature - View hidden
03:50 - New object inspector
04:45 - License Server integration via Desktop products
05:42 - Debug a Profile using Log Profile execution
07:06 - Create a new Library (Empty or with resources)
08:04 - New additions in Test mode

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

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

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The callas software GitHub repository

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

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

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

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How to use pdfToolbox CLI

pdfToolbox can be integrated into a webstore or automation system with great ease through the use of pdfToolbox CLI: the command-line version of the product. How do you get going with that and where can you find help?

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Converting PDF's to an ISO standard

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

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

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Profile creation in pdfToolbox

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

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Better organization in pdfToolbox using libraries

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

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Webinar - Make your PDF files print ready with pdfToolbox!

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

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Webinar - Creating a dieline in a PDF document using pdfToolbox

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

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

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

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

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

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A short history of the world - PDF & callas software

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

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

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Getting multi-color right

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

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

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Webinar - Preflight standards in callas pdfToolbox

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

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

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

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

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

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Webinar - Creating an imposition template for printing stacks

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

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Webinar - Reformatting table throws in pdfToolbox

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

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Webinar - Sifter in pdfToolbox

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

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Webinar - Test mode in pdfToolbox

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

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

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Webinar - Finding empty space in pdfToolbox

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

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

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Webinar - Fonts in pdfToolbox

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

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

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Webinar - Basic CLI operation in pdfToolbox

In this webinar, we will talk about the basic CLI operation in pdfToolbox. pdfToolbox CLI (or Command-Line Interface) version allows easy integration of pdfToolbox technology in other applications. This is the preferred integration method of many customers building web-to-print or web-delivery portals.

Get an overview of the CLI, find out where to find the details using the CLI itself or using the documentation and more!

02:36 - How to use pdfToolbox CLI (Command Line Interface)
04:50 - Command syntax for pdfToolbox CLI usage
05:42 - Where to get profiles to use with pdfToolbox CLI
07:04 - Executing a profile in pdfToolbox CLI
12:36 - Getting help (online pdfToolbox manual and "--help")
16:34 - Taking precise control of pdfToolbox CLI using parameters
19:27 - Explaining some useful parameters
21:53 - "--report" parameter in pdfToolbox CLI
25:56 - Using profiles with variables in pdfToolbox CLI
31:07 - Getting around long commands using Response Files containing parameters
35:00 - pdfToolbox CLI commands (actions that can typically not be done in a profile)
40:50 - Error checking in pdfToolbox CLI commands
46:18 - Summary and questions from the webinar audience

More information about callas pdfToolbox CLI

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Webinar - Upsampling images in pdfToolbox

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

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

Learn more about upsampling images in our Online Documentation!

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Webinar - Batch processing in pdfToolbox

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

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

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Webinar - Remove objects outside of a page box

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

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

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Webinar - Reporting for duty

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

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

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

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Webinar - The imposition engine in pdfToolbox

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

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

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

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

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



Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 10?

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

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

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

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Webinar - Converting colors & ink saving in pdfToolbox

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

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Webinar - Variables & libraries in pdfToolbox

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

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Webinar - Getting started with Place Content (part 1)

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

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

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

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Webinar - Showcasing hidden features in pdfToolbox 9.4

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

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

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

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

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Webinar - Activating & deactivating pdfToolbox Desktop, Server and CLI

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

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Webinar - Downloading older versions of pdfToolbox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Webinar - Editing custom page sizes in pdfToolbox

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

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

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

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

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

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Webinar - Processing steps: the new ISO standard for packaging

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

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

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

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Webinar - Getting started with Place Content (part 2)

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

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

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

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Webinar - Tips & tricks for JavaScript in variables

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

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

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

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Webinar - Dynamic imposition from theory to practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Webinar - Building a pdfToolbox Place Content template from scratch

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

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

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



Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 9?

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

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



Webinar - Evolutions in preflight standards

15 years ago, the first preflight standard for PDF was invented. Since that ‘invention’ of the PDF/X-1a standard, things have involved quite a bit and today it can be challenging to find out which standard to use best. During this webinar you’ll get an overview of the existing standards, what the differences are and what their strengths are and which one to use best.

Go back in time with David van Driessche!



Webinar - Preflight, the basics

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


Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 8.1?

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



Webinar - Adding content in pdfToolbox 8

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

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

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


Webinar - PDF preflight standards

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

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


Webinar - What's new in pdfToolbox 6?

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


How to upload large files to support?

Background

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

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

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

Instructions

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

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


How to locate my callas preferences?

Background

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

Instructions

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

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

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

Note when using Mac OS X

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

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

Paths to the pdfToolbox user folder

The following paths are the folders for callas pdfToolbox Server 8:

Windows

CLI:

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

Desktop:

  • %APPDATA%\callas software\callas pdfToolbox 8

Macintosh

CLI:

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

Desktop:

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

Unix:

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

For pdfToolbox Desktop, other versions of pdfToolbox Server or pdfaPilot Desktop or Server the name of the last folder is different.


How to integrate callas pdfToolbox with Enfocus Switch?

The Enfocus Switch product line allows automating a series of “best of breed” applications in a visual and very user-friendly way. Of course the pdfaPilot and pdfToolbox products integrate into Switch. This integration happens through “configurators” and in order to automate the callas products, you have to obtain the most recent pdfaPilot and pdfToolbox configurators from within Switch. Here are detailed instructions on how to go about that:

When opening Enfocus Switch:   

Go to “Help” => Manage configurators…:    

Open “Web” and search for callas:    


Select the configurators you want and install them (there will be different versions of the configurators; select the ones for the callas application(s) you are using:   


Finally restart Switch:  

Following these steps gives you the most recent version of the configurators of pdfaPilot or pdfToolbox - you can opt to install all of them or only those configurators you are interested in. As there are no downsides to installing the configurators, we advise you to install all of them so that you can experiment with the functionality and see what you need exactly.
Optimize callas pdfToolbox Distributed Processing in Enfocus Switch

Using the optional extension “Distributed processing” of callas pdfToolbox, jobs can be processed on other machines (Satellites). The distribution of jobs is handled by the Dispatcher. This allows to distribute the load to selected machines.
For an optimal distribution of jobs within Enfocus Switch it has become figured out, that some additional settings should be done. The “Number of slots” in the pdfToolbox Configurator is important.
First “Allow advanced performance tuning” in the properties Flow should be set to “Yes”:


Additionally the “Number of slots” in the pdfToolbox Configurator should be set to “0”. This setting gives the Dispatcher the exklusive control of the distribution ob jobs in the network and the distribution normally done by Enfocus Switch will not take place:


Old installers callas pdfToolbox

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

callas pdfToolbox 9

callas pdfToolbox Desktop

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callas pdfToolbox Server (incl. CLI)

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callas pdfToolbox 8

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callas pdfToolbox Server (incl. CLI)

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callas pdfToolbox CLI only

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Sun Solaris SPARC

Sun Solaris Intel

callas pdfToolbox 7

callas pdfToolbox Desktop

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callas pdfToolbox Server (incl. CLI)

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callas pdfToolbox CLI only

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Sun Solaris SPARC

Sun Solaris Intel

callas pdfToolbox 6-3

callas pdfToolbox Desktop

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callas pdfToolbox Server (incl. CLI)

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Product activation does not work on Windows

Symptoms

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

Cause

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

 Solution

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


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

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

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

System requirements

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