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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 SDK offers a comprehensive interface and sample code for thorough integration of pdfToolbox technology into your own solution. It gives in-depth access for analysis and manipulation of the PDF and embedded formats such as fonts, metadata, color profiles, image compression and more. With C/C++ as its primary programming language it also offers APIs for other development and deployment environments - such as .NET or JAVA.

Close integration

pdfToolbox SDK is a software development kit that allows for integration of the pdfToolbox functionality in the closest possible way inside your own application. Because pdfToolbox SDK doesn’t rely on command-line or hot folder integration, it provides seamless development integration with the highest level of control for the parent application.

Supported environments

pdfToolbox SDK provides a native C library that provides easy integration in C code or – through included header files – in C++ projects. Additional wrappers cater for .NET or Java environments. pdfToolbox SDK is available for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris and IBM AIX making it an extremely flexible way to integrate the pdfToolbox functionality.

Jumpstarting your development

pdfToolbox SDK comes with developer documentation but also with a number of extensive samples to show off the broad feature set of the SDK and to get you started in your development project. These samples are of course not production code, but they provide a jump-start for your developers that will facilitate quick integration of the SDK.

Great ROI with proven quality and reliability

Building on pdfToolbox SDK gives you immediate access to all of the quality control and PDF manipulation possibilities of pdfToolbox, embedded in your application. callas software keeps close tabs on existing and emerging PDF standards and makes sure your applications remain up-to-date. This allows customers to concentrate on their own strengths while using a reliably, easily customizable library to take care of their PDF requirements.

The speed, quality and reliability of the pdfToolbox engine are undisputed; more than 60 OEM customers use the SDK worldwide; amongst those many well-known names such as Adobe, Foxit, Mitsubishi, Quark, Xerox. The list is a testament to the quality of pdfToolbox SDK and to the professional way in which callas software supports its customers.

Quality control and PDF manipulation

Of course pdfToolbox SDK 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 SDK can also be used to perform a long list of other tasks on PDF files:

  • 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

pdfToolbox SDK versus pdfToolbox CLI

Because callas provides two integration solutions for the pdfToolbox engine - pdfToolbox CLI and pdfToolbox SDK – the question comes up which of the two would be the ideal for your workflow. In general the differences between the two solutions are minimal and in the end much will depend on your integration resources and your familiarity with command-line or library integration. Some of the important differences are:

  • pdfToolbox SDK provides a complete set of callback functions to let you control PDF processing as it takes place. This provides a closer integration than possible with pdfToolbox CLI which relies on return codes and information through stdout and XML reports.
  • Both solutions fully support parallel processing: pdfToolbox CLI through parallel processes (organized by the operating system) and pdfToolbox SDK through parallel threads (through the use of a special extension package bundled with every library).
  • Variables to customize quality control and PDF fixing are supported by pdfToolbox CLI and pdfToolbox SDK alike. Additionally pdfToolbox SDK has possibilities to manipulate preflight profiles (allowing to duplicate, merge or modify preflight profiles in code).
  • If your application already integrates with the Adobe PDF Library, pdfToolbox SDK offers the additional benefit of allowing you to open PDF documents with the Adobe PDF Library and then manipulating them with pdfToolbox SDK. This sort of cooperation is not possible with pdfToolbox CLI.

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. For more information click here.

Pricing

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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

Closest possible integration in your environment

  • Real SDK (software development kit) – integration using libraries
  • Control processing as it takes place through a complete set of callback functions
  • Parallel processing through multi-threaded library
  • Duplicate, merge and modify preflight profiles in code
  • Combine usage of Adobe PDF Library and pdfToolbox SDK
  • Native C library
  • Support for C++ environments through headers, .NET and Java through custom wrappers
  • Available on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris and IBM AIX

Quick development

  • Easy-to-use SDK with full documentation
  • Extensive samples to showcase broad pdfToolbox SDK feature set

Great ROI with proven quality and reliability

  • Immediate access to all quality control and PDF manipulation possibilities in pdfToolbox, embedded in your application
  • Don’t worry about supporting evolving and emerging PDF standards; pdfToolbox provides regular updates
  • Built on the Adobe PDF Library and Adobe technology to provide conversion from and to PostScript / EPS, transparency flattening and more
  • Used by a multitude of OEM customers such as Adobe, Foxit, Mitsubishi, Quark, Xerox

Key features

Close integration

  • C library for easy integration in C project or C++ headers (through custom headers)
  • Easy support for .Net and Java projects through custom wrappers
  • Full set of callback functions to take close control of processing
  • Parallel processing through multi-threaded library
  • Perform preflight by running any pdfToolbox profile or process plan
  • Generate an unlimited amount of preflight reports from a single preflight
  • Duplicate, merge and modify preflight profiles in code
  • Combine usage of Adobe PDF Library and pdfToolbox SDK
  • Available on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris and IBM AIX

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

11.1.544 3 July 2020

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

11.1.542.1 24 June 2020

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Fixes

  • Problem solved where output PDF file was not released after processing [CA1029392, CA1029424]
  • Problem solved where flags for PTB_SaveAsPDF were not considered [CA1029391]
  • Improved error handling when fixup process failed [CA1029390]

11.1.542 2 June 2020

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

11.0.527 22 January 2020

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

11.0.525 13 December 2019

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Fixes

  • Problem solved where the HTML based PDF report (PTB_eCChip) failed (ThreadSafe) [CA1028901]
  • Problem solved where variable evaluation was broken (callback was no longer called) [CA1028933]

11.0.524 28 November 2019

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 11.0.523 and pdfaPilot 9.0.320 (new features and fixes)
  • Important: We changed the default to the thread safety variant - if you need the single threaded variant or use the IPL or PDDoc interfaces, you will find the library inside var/legacy

Fixes

  • Improved callback structure in the .NET wrapper (no static and allowed lambda syntax) [CA1028478, CA1028471]
  • Improved PRC API (C/C++) for standard settings (embedded files and PDF/E) [CA1028536]
  • Problem solved where junction of directory failed under Windows (ThreadSafe) [CA1028553]

10.2.509 15 July 2019

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

Fixes

  • Problem solved where file size calculation for files over 2GB are wrong [CA1028429]
  • Problem solved where repairing PDF tagging structure crashed [CA1028438]
  • Added flag to force LibreOffice/OpenOffice in the email conversion [CA1028430]

10.2.505 21 May 2019

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Fixes

  • Problem solved, where the flags parameter from PTB_Preflight / PTB_ConvertPDFA was not considered (eg. PTB_epfNoOptimization) [CA1028302]

10.2.504 8 May 2019

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

Fixes

  • Improved error handling if invalid Fixup configuration is used [CA1028211]
  • Improved Variable evaluation - type safety [CA1028049]
  • Updated language dictionaries: cz, da, fi, ko, nl, no, pl, pt, sv, zh_CN, zh_TW [CA1028207]

10.1.492 6 February 2019

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Fixes

  • Problem solved where PTB_ConvertSysToUTF8 and PTB_ConvertUTF8ToSys incorrectly convert strings containing special characters (such as umlauts) [CA1027992]
  • Improved stability (ThreadSafe extension) [CA1027990]

10.1.490 21 January 2019

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

Fixes

  • Problem solved where conversion failed when file path contains unicode characters [CA1027889]

10.1.487 14 December 2018

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

Fixes

  • Based on pdfToolbox 10.1.484 + pdfToolbox 10.1.482
  • Improved PTB_PRCEngineImportAcroRepos and PTB_PRCEngineImportAcroReposFromUser2 [CA1027175]
  • Improved performance on Variable evaluation [FP51750]
  • Problem solved where PDF reports displayed wrong characters (special characters such as umlauts) [FP51757, CA1027738]
  • Problem solved where dirty PDF files were not saved before corrections were applied when identical to the input file [CA1027752]

10.0.471 31 August 2018

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features + Fixes

Fixes

  • Problems solved where the URL was not compared in PTB_OIAdd [CA1027023]
  • Problems solved where same Variables listed multiple times

10.0.469 6 July 2018

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features + Fixes

    • Based on pdfToolbox 10.0.469 (new Features and Fixes)

10.0.466 31 May 2018

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features + Fixes

    • Based on pdfToolbox 10.0.463 and pdfaPilot 8.0.290 (new Features and Fixes)
    • Based on pdfToolbox 10.0.465 (new Features and Fixes)

9.4.445 22 November 2017

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.4.445 and pdfaPilot 7.2.276 (new features and fixes)

Fixes

  • Problems solved where interprocess shared memory file was not removed properly (ThreadSafe) [CA1026700]
  • Problems solved where PTB_OIAdd crashed and created unnecessary files [CA1026715, CA1026732]

9.4.443 7 November 2017

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.4.442 (new features and fixes)

Fixes

  • Problem solved where export of profiles with HTML template resources failed [CA1026582]
  • Problem solved where JavaScript variables were not evaluated correctly by using process plans [CA1026584]
  • Problem solved where ICC profile was missing when exporting OutputIntent [CA1026578]
  • Problem solved where the creation of the temporary working directory failed [CA1026578]
  • Problem solved where PTB_PRCEConditionLogic for a Rule was always AND [CA1026660]
  • Problem solved where syntax problems were not reported (hit callback) [CA1023718]

9.3.434 24 August 2017

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.3.432, pdfToolbox 9.3.434 and pdfapilot 7.1.271 (new features and fixes)
  • Added PTB_PRCEngineMetaProfilesEnumSequenceSteps into the C-API [CA1026301]
  • Added addPath into the Java-API [CA1026414]

Fixes

  • Improved stability and performance (ThreadSafe extension) [CA1026447]
  • Problem solved where the SDK does not work on Chinese operating systems [CA1026411 CA1026039]
  • Problem solved where input file will be overwritten by using process plans [CA1026268]

9.2.425 30 May 2017

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.2.425 (new features and fixes)

Fixes

  • Improved stability and performance (ThreadSafe extension)

9.2.424 13 April 2017

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.2.424 and pdfaPilot 7.0.268 (new features and fixes)

Fixes

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.2.424 and pdfaPilot 7.0.268 (new features and fixes)

9.2.423 10 April 2017

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.2.423 and pdfaPilot 7.0.267 (new features and fixes)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.4PlusP2a) for Windows, MacOS and Linux

Fixes

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.2.423 and pdfaPilot 7.0.267 (new features and fixes)
  • Improved stability and performance (ThreadSafe extension)

9.1.413 3 January 2017

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.1.413 (new features and fixes)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.1PlusP1e) for Windows, MacOS and Linux

Fixes

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.1.413 (new features and fixes)
  • Fixed memory leak in ThreadSafe extension where objects cannot be released in a case of an error
  • Problem solved where the Java wrapper does not work on Mac 10.11 with activated System Integrity Protection [CA1025662]

9.1.411 15 November 2016

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.1.410 and pdfToolbox 9.1.411 (new features and fixes)
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v15.0.1PlusP1e) for Windows, MacOS and Linux

Fixes

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.1.410 and pdfToolbox 9.1.411 (new features and fixes)

9.0.399 24 August 2016

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.0.392 and pdfToolbox 9.0.397 (new features and fixes)
  • Added ability to extend/skip Normalizer default directories (PostScript to PDF) [CA1025150]

Fixes

  • Improved stability (ThreadSafe extension) [CA1024919; CA1025126; CA1025130]
  • Problem solved where fixups are no printed correctly on language change [CA1025119]

8.3.375 2 May 2016

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 8.3.375 (new features and fixes)

Fixes

  • Problem solved where the Java wrapper does not work on Mac 10.11 with activated System Integrity Protection [CA1024834]

8.3.373 29 March 2016

Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  •  Based on pdfToolbox 8.3.371 (new features and fixes)
  • Added ability to set maximum pages after this limit only pages with problems/hits will be stored
  • Added ability to hide checks with severity for the report creation

Fixes

  •  Improved performance [CA1024560,CA1024430]
  • Improved memory usage for the Java wrapper [CA1024430]

Adobe PDF Library

  •  Updated to version 10.1.0PlusP4q for all supported operating systems

8.2.362 15 January 2016

  • Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Fixes

  • Problem solved where the email conversion failed if no template (default) is specified

8.2.361 16 December 2015

  • Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 8.2.361 (new features and fixes)

Fixes

  • Improved Acrobat DC support (Acrobat DC Continuous and Classic are now supported) [CA1024424]
  • Problem solved where PTB_LibSetPath returns PTB_eerrUnknown if called before PTB_LibInit [CA1024414]
  • Problem solved where a process plan caused an abort in PTB_PreflightRelease [CA1024355]
  • Problem solved in PTB_SplitPDF where input file has no extension (.pdf will be forced now) [CA1024359]
  • Problem solved in the ThreadSafe extension to handle unicode strings [CA1024375]
  • Problem solved in IPL_GetErrorStringFromErrorCode where empty string are returned [CA1024367]
  • Problem solved where copying profile data with meta data caused a crash

Adobe PDF Library

  • Updated to version 10.1.0PlusP4n for all supported operating systems

8.1.356 9 November 2015

  • Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Fixes

  • Problem solved where input file will be overwritten by using process plans [CA1024339]
  •  Problem solved where the result after increase line width was not expected [CA1024209]
  • Problem solved where increase line width with custom check was not functional [FP29816]

8.1.355 29 October 2015

  • Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Fixes

  • Improved PDF/UA-1 validation
  • Improved structured HTML export for tagged PDF
  • Improved error code for the PDF reports where the input file was encrypted [CA1024272]
  • Problem solved where a relative path for the reports fails [CA1024185, CA1024206]
  • Problem solved where multichannel TIFF files cannot be opened [CA1024316]
  • Problem solved where collection with HTML template fails [CA1024017]

8.1.354 19 October 2015

  • Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 8.1.354 and pdfapilot 6.0.245 (new features and fixes)
  • Added ability to convert non-PDF attachements to PDF for the email conversion [CA1022965]
  • Added .NET 2 wrapper for backward compatibilty on Windows [CA1024233]

Fixes

  • Problem solved where the result of email conversion was not expected [CA1024244, CA1024204, CA1024203, CA1023987, CA1024009]
  • Problem solved in PTB_PRCEngineImportAcroReposFromUser2 with Acrobat DC [CA1024173]

Adobe PDF Library

  • Updated to version 10.1.0PlusP4j for all supported operating systems

8.0.338 10 August 2015

  • Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Fixes

  • Problem solved where email conversion was broken (no header fields and xmp metadata) [CA1024026]
  • Problem solved where office conversion fails with special locale [CA1024052]

8.0.334 7 August 2015

  • Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 8.0.332 and pdfToolbox 8.0.333 (new features and fixes)
  • Moved to VS2013 and .NET 4 on Windows

Fixes

  • Improved possibility to obtain information during ZUGFeRD failures that prevent the conversion (e.g. XML schema errors) [CA1023968]
  • Problem solved where password protected archives coud not be processed [CA1023988]

7.6.319 27 May 2015

  • Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Fixes

  • Problem solved where OutputIntent handling and API was broken [CA1019444]
  • Problem solved where SoftMask without Resource Dict was not properly handled [CA1023878]

7.6.318 6 May 2015

  • Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features

  • Based on pdfToolbox 7.6.317 (new features and fixes)

Fixes

  • Problem solved where string values could not be converted corretly in the thread-safe SDK [CA1023815]
  • Problem solved where property 'PDFVT::NumberOfTimesXObjReferenced' lead to crash [CA1023748]
  • Problem solved in PTB_SaveEmailAsPDF where 'noconvert' generated reduntant entries for overview and bookmarks [CA1023836]

7.6.315 19 March 2015

  • Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features + Fixes

  • Based on pdfToolbox 7.6.314 and pdfapilot 5.5.230 (new features and fixes)

Adobe PDF Library

  • Updated to version 10.1.0PlusP3n for all supported operating systems

7.5.303 10 October 2014

  • Update of pdfEngine SDK is free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfEngine SDK, pdfToolbox SDK or pdfaPilot SDK

Features +  Fixes

  • Based on pdfToolbox 7.5.303 and pdfaPilot 5.2.221 (new features and fixes)

Adobe PDF Library

  • Version 10.1.0PlusP3c for all supported operating systems

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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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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Converting PDF's to an ISO standard

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

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

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Profile creation in pdfToolbox

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

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Better organization in pdfToolbox using libraries

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

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Webinar - Make your PDF files print ready with pdfToolbox!

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

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Webinar - Creating a dieline in a PDF document using pdfToolbox

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

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

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

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

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

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A short history of the world - PDF & callas software

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

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

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Getting multi-color right

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

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

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Webinar - Preflight standards in callas pdfToolbox

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

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

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

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

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

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Webinar - Creating an imposition template for printing stacks

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

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Webinar - Reformatting table throws in pdfToolbox

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

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Webinar - Sifter in pdfToolbox

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

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Webinar - Test mode in pdfToolbox

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

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

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Webinar - Finding empty space in pdfToolbox

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

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

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Webinar - Fonts in pdfToolbox

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

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

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Webinar - Upsampling images in pdfToolbox

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

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

Learn more about upsampling images in our Online Documentation!

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Webinar - Batch processing in pdfToolbox

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

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

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Webinar - Remove objects outside of a page box

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

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

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Webinar - Reporting for duty

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

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

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

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Webinar - The imposition engine in pdfToolbox

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 - 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.


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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.

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