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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

If you are interested in pdfToolbox SDK, let us know and we'll make you a quote.

System requirements

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

Benefits

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 (payable option) 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

9.4.447 24 January 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

  • Based on pdfToolbox 9.4.447 (new features and fixes)
  • PTB_SaveAsPDF7: extended logfile parameter for HTML to PDF

Fixes

  • Problems solved where implicit email conversion failed [CA1026835]
  • Problems solved where conversion failed when profile with HTML template runs twice
  • Problems solved where conversion failed when the current working directory contains unicode characters (ThreadSafe) [CA1026828]
  • Problems solved where temporary items not created or cleaned up correctly [caused by 9.4.443]

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.”

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 rocksolid 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 fullyfledged 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 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.

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.”

Support

Webinar - Converting colors & ink saving in pdfToolbox

We delve into the support vaults and talk about interesting questions and problems, and their solutions of course. In this webinar, we'll focus on color converting and ink saving in...

Webinar - Libraries & variables in pdfToolbox

We delve into the support vaults and talk about interesting questions and problems, and their solutions of course. In this webinar, we'll focus on libraries and variables in...

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - New features 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 - New features 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 - Converting colors & ink saving in pdfToolbox

We delve into the support vaults and talk about interesting questions and problems, and their solutions of course. 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.



Webinar - Libraries & variables in pdfToolbox

We delve into the support vaults and talk about interesting questions and problems, and their solutions of course. 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?



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

Playlist



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.

Playlist



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.

Playlist



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.

Playlist



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.

Playlist



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

Playlist



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).

Playlist



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.
Watch the webinar recording:



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 - New features 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 - New features 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 FTP. 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. Use FTP software to connect to the following FTP server
    • Server: ftp.fourpees.com  
    • User name: supportftp
    • Password: support  
  3. Upload your file(s) to the root folder (the location you arrive in when you log-on to the above server).

This FTP server is configured in such a way that you will be able to upload files to it, but you will not be able to delete files from it. We will remove files from the folder as soon as we see they are there.


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:


Installing on Mac OS

Question: During installation, I got a warning that the developer cannot be confirmed?

Answer: callas software is a registered developer at Apple for MacOS. Due to some quite strict security settings starting with MacOS 10.7 only software downloaded from the Mac App Store can be installed directly. Just change the system settings in “Security and Privacy” to “Mac App Store and identified developers” before installing a callas software product. You can set it back to “Mac App Store” after the installation of course.


General License and Support Conditions

The General License and Support Conditions valid from April 27th, 2015 onward, are provided via this link. The General License...

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

General questions on callas software products

Question: What is the target user group of the callas software pdfToolbox products? Answer: pdfToolbox Desktop is targeted towards people who want to...

Questions on pdfToolbox: Warning "Invalid Compact Font"

Question: What does the error message “Corrupt Font. Invalid Compact Font” that arises in Acrobat after creating a preflight or inventory report...

Questions on archiving PDF print files with PDF/A and PDF/X

Question: In which ISO format is print data best archived? Answer: As PDF/A is rather emphatic and distinctive about assuring long-term...

Requirements for conversions to PDF

pdfToolbox and pdfaPilot offer the possibility to convert several file formats to PDF. Click on the product you would like to use for conversions:

Release notes callas pdfToolbox 7

pdfToolbox 7.6.314  Release date: 2015-03-19  Update of pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox Desktop 7...

Release notes callas pdfToolbox 6

pdfToolbox 6.3.225  Release date: 2013-05-17  Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of...

Release notes callas pdfToolbox 5

pdfToolbox 5.5.165 Release date: 2012-03-21  Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop...

Release notes callas pdfToolbox 4

pdftoolbox 4.5.100 Release date: 2011-02-01  Update of pdfToolbox 4 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 Desktop...

General License and Support Conditions

The General License and Support Conditions valid from April 27th, 2015 onward, are provided via this link.

The General License and Support Conditions are also available as a PDF document – please click here to download: General License and Support Conditions (April 2015).


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

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

General questions on callas software products

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Question: Where can I buy your products?

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


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

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


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

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


Question: How can I update my callas software product?

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


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

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


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

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


Question: Where can I exchange information with other users?

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

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


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

Answer: Generally exported profiles are interchangeable within the same program generation (eg pdfToolbox 7.x). Of course, new corrections or checks that have been added in a minor update version (eg pdfToolbox 7.x), are not usable in older versions (eg pdfToolbox 6.x ). As new major versions can include fundamental changes in the profile structure, the profiles have an internal versioning. Therefore, older versions can not import the profiles of newer versions. Since these profile versions can be of interest to integrators and developers, please find the list with versions below:

pdfToolbox version Profile version Acrobat version
4.0 6.0 9.0
4.4 8.0 -
4.5 9.0 10.0
5.0 10.0 -
5.5 11.0 11.0
6.0   12.0 -
7.0 13.0 -

Questions on pdfToolbox: Warning "Invalid Compact Font"

Question: What does the error message “Corrupt Font. Invalid Compact Font” that arises in Acrobat after creating a preflight or inventory report mean?

Answer: Some 3rd party plug-ins like PitStop Professional are incompatible with the method to create the preflight or inventory report. Currently this error message can only be avoided by deactivating the 3rd party plug-in.


Questions on archiving PDF print files with PDF/A and PDF/X

Question: In which ISO format is print data best archived?

Answer: As PDF/A is rather emphatic and distinctive about assuring long-term reproducibility or reutilization of PDFs, the print data that is sent to the printers as PDF/X must best be created as PDF/A too, so that archiving is possible immediately without additional processing.


Question: I already have printable PDF/X files. Will I face problems when converting to PDF/A?

Answer: No, conversion takes place mostly without problem – basically, every PDF/X-1a or PDF/X-3 file must also be saved simultaneously as PDF/A-1b.


Question: What are the differences between PDF/A and PDF/X?

Answer: The two standards PDF/X and PDF/A were developed by ISO to be largely compatible with each other – i.e. a PDF file can be simultaneously compliant with PDF/A and PDF/X.

Overview of the most important differences between PDF/A and PDF/X

The ISO standards PDF/A (ISO 19005) and PDF/X (ISO 15930) were developed for different purposes. However, many of the requirements of the two standards are exactly the same. The sections below explain the main differences between PDF/A and PDF/X.

Basic differences between PDF/A and PDF/X for printing

PDF/A does not require – but does not forbid – the following technical print-related aspects that are required by PDF/X or are at least more common in PDF/X.

These aspects are required by the PDF/X standard but optional in PDF/A:

  • Page geometry specifications, in particular for TrimBox (specification of the trimmed end format of pages)
  • Trapped setting (specification on whether or not the PDF has already been trapped)

Content that is forbidden in PDF/X but permitted in PDF/A

PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 forbid certain elements that are allowed in PDF/A:

  • Comments and form fields in page areas that are to be printed
  • JBIG2 (compression procedure for bitmap image data)

Different metadata requirements

PDF/A has more advanced requirements for metadata than PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3:

  • If certain metadata is contained in the document information, that metadata must also be contained in the XMP metadata in its equivalent form.

Differences in font handling

  • PDF/X requires the general embedding of fonts, even for invisible text.
  • PDF/A does not require fonts that are used only for invisible text to be embedded.

Invisible text is often used for scanned pages to give a scanned page image text that can be used for OCR text recognition.

Output intent differences

Important: There are separate output intents for PDF/X and PDF/A!

An output intent specifies the output purpose for a PDF file. Examples: A specific printing process such as sheet-fed offset on coated paper, printing on a specific type of digital printer, or output on the screen.

  • PDF/X always requires an output intent.
  • For PDF/X, the output intent must refer to the intended printing method. An output intent for the screen – for example, via sRGB, is not allowed.
  • However, for PDF/A, the output intent is optional – it is only required if device-dependent process color spaces (for example, DeviceCMYK or DeviceRGB) are used in the PDF/A document. If this is the case, the output intent serves to describe the color characterization of the device-dependent color specification
  • With PDF/A, if there are two (or more) output intents, their target profiles must be identical.

Possible problems when converting PDF/X to PDF/A

If a PDF/X file needs to be converted to PDF/A for archiving purposes without losing its PDF/X properties, this can be made particularly difficult if:

  • An output intent without a target profile is used (this is normally permitted for PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 as long as there are no device-independent process colors)
  • The file contains comments or form fields (only permitted in PDF/X outside TrimBox/BleedBox) that do not meet the requirements of PDF/A

In most cases, the use of suitable tools such as pdfaPilot or Preflight in Acrobat Professional 8 should make it possible to save a PDF/X file as a PDF/A file without problems occurring.

Possible problems when converting PDF/A to PDF/X

If a PDF/X file needs to be generated from a PDF/A file without the PDF/A properties being lost, this can be made particularly difficult if:

  • The file contains a screen output intent
  • The file contains comments or form fields
  • Scanned pages contain invisible OCR text and the fonts for that text are not embedded

In particular, problems can occur when attempting to store PDF/A documents that were not initially created for production printing as PDF/X files.


Question: Can a PDF/A file be simultaneously compliant with PDF/X and vice-versa?

Answer: Yes, both PDF/X and PDF/A have been intentionally developed by ISO in such a way that a PDF document can conform to both standards at the same time. Thus, although typographical aspects – e.g. information on trappings – are not explicitly demanded by the PDF/A standard, they are not forbidden either. PDF/A also doesn’t forbid creation of PDFs so that they will be considered as production-compatible in the graphics industry. In detail, divergences between PDF/A and PDF/X have indeed resulted from the development chronology of standards. In practice, these minor differences seldom pose a problem and conversions ought to be smooth.


Question: How do you generate a simultaneous PDF/A & PDF/X compliant file?

Answer: With the Preflight functions developed by callas software, like in Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional, a simultaneous PDF/X and PDF/A compliant document can be created from a PDF in a single step – simply set up a Preflight profile where both standards can be activated in the “Convert to PDF/X or PDF/A” menu. You can try out the whole thing using Acrobat Professional 8 – the Preflight functions available there offer various options, e.g. save a PDF/A as PDF/X; or save a PDF as PDF/A and as PDF/X in one go. With the correction options available in Preflight you can also sort out some problems through appropriate correction.

On the contrary, Adobe Acrobat Professional 7 offers PDF/A support only to some extent, as the PDF/A standard was not yet fully ready during the development of Acrobat 7. If automatable solutions are demanded, the pdfInspektor CLI and pdfaPilot CLI from callas software can help: Both command-line modules are based exactly on the same source code as the Preflight function in Acrobat, however run unmanned in Server mode, alternately on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux or Sun. They can be integrated in Helios or Switch environments without any problem.


Requirements for conversions to PDF

pdfToolbox and pdfaPilot offer the possibility to convert several file formats to PDF. Click on the product you would like to use for conversions:


Release notes callas pdfToolbox 7

pdfToolbox 7.6.314 

Release date: 2015-03-19 

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

pdfToolbox 7.5.307 

Release date: 2014-12-18 

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

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Remove objects outside of MediaBox: Problem solved, where objects inside were affected [FP26958; FP26979; FP27329; FP27413; FP27458; CA1023533]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved, where conversion was not applied properly in certain cases [CA1023520]
  • CLI
    • Problem solved, where unnecessary entries in system log occurred (MacOS 10.10 only) [CA1022935; CA1023414]
  • General
    • Update signature of installer to comply with latest security settings (MacOS only) [FP27341]

pdfToolbox 7.5.304 

Release date: 2014-10-01 

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

Fixes

  • Distributed Processing
    • Problem solved, where an unavailable dispatcher resulted in an unstable behavior in certain cases [FP26627]

pdfToolbox 7.5.303 

Release date: 2014-09-26 

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

Features

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

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Verify compliance with PDF/VT-1: Adjusted analysis of DPart structure [CA1023271]
  • Fixups
    • Set document language to language in tagging structure: Problem solved, where Figure Tag description was removed [CA1023202]
    • Convert color using DeviceLink profile: Problem solved, where conversion was not applied properly [CA1022684]
    • Subset fonts: Fixed issue, where glyphs were removed in some cases [FP26505]
    • Adjust DotGain: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in improper result [FP20297; FP22585; FP23230; FP23606; CA1023240]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where annotations were removed during processing [FP24614; CA1022661]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where characters were not properly handled in certain cases [FP25828]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyphs vanished in some cases [FP25783]
    • Font to outline: Fixed issue, where internal structure was not properly created [FP24394]
    • Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers: Fixed issue, where invisible layers were not properly removed [FP22502; CA1023254]
    • Remove layer: Problem solved, where content remained in the document [FP20692; FP20710; FP21689]
    • Fix font encoding: Fixed issue, where text was improperly positioned in some cases [FP26069]
    • Remove objects outside page area: Problem solved, where objects remained outside the defined page area [FP24602; CA1022829]
    • Set transparency blend mode: Fixed issue, where the “apply to” filter within the Fixup settings was not properly respected [FP21385; FP19895]
  • Checks
    • Glyph width is inconsistent: Problem solved, where widths were not properly calculated in some cases [FP26600]
    • MD5 checksum of ICC profiles: Corrected naming of reported results
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where certain PNG images were rotated
    • Split Layers: Fixes issue, where created files were not properly output on command line when using “singlepages” option (CLI only) [CA1023264]
    • Create PostScript: Problem solved, where objects were moved in some cases [FP26175]
    • Create PostScript: Problem solved, where text became converted to images [FP25888; FP25672]
    • Save as image: Problem solved, where the Output Intent was not properly respected [CA1023108]
    • Extract text: Fixed issue, where extracting text caused an error with some files [CA1023097]
  • Reports
    • Visualizer report: Fixed issues, where report was not properly scaled for PDFs with large dimensions [FP23315]
    • Font inventory report: Fixed issue, where glyphs and unicode values were not listed [FP24267; FP24680]
  • Desktop
    • Various improvements for usability and stability
    • Fixed problem, where creating a Check out of editing a Fixup resulted in an improper behavior [CA1023222]
  • Server
    • Problem solved, where Japanese language was not properly handled [FP25603]
  • General
    • Improved handling for font files without extension (Unix only) [CA1023053]
    • Problem solved, where optimization of the ContentStream resulted in vanished objects in certain cases [FP26051]
    • Problem solved, where processing using Solaris 10 resulted in unstable behavior [CA1023097]

pdfToolbox 7.4.292 

Release date: 2014-06-25 

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

Features

  • Fixups
    • Remap characters from Unicode Private Use Area: Map Unicode from PUA to another valid Unicode [FP21906]
    • Remove all tagging information: Removes all tagging structure [CA1022859]
  • Checks
    • Number of effectively non-empty plates: Checks for number of plates based on an offscreen rendered PDF per page [FP24249]
  • Enhanced Fixups
    • Font to outline: “Apply to” added to control, which fonts are outlined [FP24277; FP24750]
  • Enhanced Checks
    • Effective ink coverage: Optional possibility added to render whole page to determine the complete amount of ink coverage [FP25022]
  • Desktop
    • Visualizer: Added option to set simulation profile and improved handling if an OutputIntent exists [FP24842]
    • Profile editor: Several predefined filters in search field for checks and fixups
  • CLI
    • Timeout parameter to abort processing after a defined time frame
    • Server, Dispatcher or Satellite can be used as service on Windows [CA1018775; CA1019172]
    • New function –splitmergepdf to create a result PDF from split pages in one run [FP23621]
    • New function –listfonts to list all available fonts for “Set TextFont” in Imposition
  • Distributed processing
    • Optional failover for Dispatcher in Client-mode
    • Possibility for typification for Satellites
    • Timeout parameter to abort processing after a defined time frame for distributed processes [FP24945]
    • Local processing (as a fall-back) can be disabled
    • Optimization for connecting process between Dispatcher and Satellite

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Make Pantone spot color names consistent: Problem solved, where multi-digit numbers were not handled properly [FP25433]
    • Fix glyph width information: Problem solved, where text was not properly handled for certain PDF created by PhotoShop [FP24435; FP25487]
    • Rotate pages: Problem solved, where page rotation factor was not handled correctly for links in some cases [CA1022891]
    • Set transparency properties for stroke: Problem solved, where processing resulted in an error [FP25416]
    • Font-related corrections: Problem solved, where false entries in PostScript font resulted in an improper behavior [CA1022964]
    • Font-related corrections: Problem solved, where glyphs seemed to be corrupt when viewed in Acrobat 8 [FP25207]
    • Font-related corrections: Fixed issue, where glyph widths did not match after processing [CA1023004]
    • Downsample/recompress color/grayscale images: Problem solved, where downsampling was not applied properly [CA1022771]
    • Downsample/recompress grayscale images: Problem solved, where recompressing JBIG2 images did not take place if used in masks [FP25017]
    • Remove JavaScript not associated with actions: Problem solved, where JavaScript in NamesTree was not properly removed [FP24590]
    • Remove actions: Problem solved, where JavaScript in NamesTree was not properly removed [FP24590]
    • Convert TrueType to CFF: Problem solved, where fixup did not work like expected
    • Remove additional encoding entries in cmap of symbolic TrueType fonts: Problem solved, where resulting PDF could not be processed by some RIPs [FP24817]
    • Remove layer: Problem solved, where some content on layer was not properly removed caused by “OC” entries in images and FormXObjects [FP24742]
    • Remove or adjust annotations: Problem solved, where annotation was moved outside page area instead of being flattened into page content [FP23345]
    • Remove or adjust annotations: Fixed issue, where annotations were not properly rotated [CA1022661]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where characters defined as .notdef glyph were not properly handled in certain cases [FP18277; FP18547; FP18347]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where not embedded fonts were not converted [FP24777]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where some glyphs were not completely filled in after processing in some cases [FP22538]
    • Font to outline: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in improper result [FP25402]
    • Subset fonts: Optimized handling for width entries of unused glyphs [CA1022860]
    • Remove invisible image data: Problem solved, where processing of inline images resulted in an error [CA1022876]
    • Remove invisible image data: Problem solved, where images with no size were not properly handled [FP24852]
    • Unsharp masking of images: Fixed issue, where processing did not succeed as expected [CA1022930]
    • Make font names unique: Problem solved, where errors occurred during postprocessing in certain cases [FP20693; CA1022294]
    • Substitute characters using .notdef glyph with space characters: Fixed issue, where text was moved during processing [FP24117]
    • Create bookmarks from headings: Problem solved, where existing bookmarks were removed [CA1022846]
    • Convert page into image: Problem solved, where improper nested geometry boxes resulted in unexpected dimension of created image[CA1022872]
  • Checks
    • Document contains actions: Fixed issue, where JavaScript in NamesTree was not properly detected [FP24590]
    • Document contains JavaScript: Fixed issue, where JavaScript in NamesTree was not properly detected [FP24590]
    • Symbolic TrueType font has Encoding dictionary: Problem solved, where unusual encoding entry was not detected properly [FP23523]
    • MD5 checksum of ICC profiles: Adjusted names and comments to better explain how the checksum is computed
    • Character references .notdef glyph: Problem solved, where .notdef glyphs were not recognized in certain cases [FP24810]
    • Effective ink coverage: Fixed issue, where trigger value for amount of ink was wrong [FP25022]
    • Effective ink coverage: Adjusted usage of simulation profile for page blending to match expected results [FP23214]
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Support for latest Pages (Version 5.2) for Mac [FP25116]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where rotation info in TIFF images was not respected in certain cases [CA1022942]
    • ToPDF: TXT files will be handled by MS Office if no OpenOffice is installed (Windows + MacOS) [CA1022881]
    • Impose: Improved reporting if needed fonts are not available on the system
    • Impose: Problem solved, where text in positioned pages was moved in certain cases [FP25112]
    • Save As Image: Harmonized used simulation profiles for PNG to those used for other image formats ('sRGB IEC61966-2.1', 'Dot Gain 15%' or 'ISO Coated v2 (ECI)')
  • Reports
    • Template-based PDF-Reports: Corrected use of time zone of local computer time
  • Desktop
    • Some Problems solved, where user interface did not work as expected [FP23091, FP23115]
    • Switchboard: Letterhead: Improved handling for multi-page documents [FP25090]
    • Switchboard: Flatten transparency: Adjusted settings to those used by profiles
  • Acrobat PlugIn
    • Problem solved, where batch processing resulted in an improper behavior in Acrobat 9 [FP24960]
  • General
    • Desktop: Optimized handling of unused conditions
    • Desktop: Improved indexing of check and fixup names during import of profiles
    • Process Plans: Optimization for PostCheck when standard conversion is used
    • Checks: Optimized analysis to reduce needed amount of memory [CA1022630; FP20799]
    • Fixups: Problem solved, where optimization of content stream did not handle unnecessary clipping paths correctly [FP24997]
    • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where saving as image resulted in error if pagerange was used [FP24980]
    • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where merging PDF was not successful if an output filename was defined [FP24800]

pdfToolbox 7.3.280 

Release date: 2014-03-24 

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

Features

  • Switchboard
    • New function to outline page geometry boxes
  • Server/CLI
    • Possibility to use cachefolder for distributed processing added
    • New function to empty fontcache and profilecache when cachefolder-mechanism is used (CLI only)
  • Fixups
    • Flatten transparency: New Option to define kind of image compression used [FP23306]
  • New and enhanced Profiles
    • Verify compliance with PDF/VT-2
    • All PDF/A-1 and PDF/X-1 and -3 based Profiles, Profiles for Online Publishing and Digital Printing:
      • Flatten transparency: Internal optimization deactivated
      • Flatten transparency: Color images created by the flattener are not always using JPEG
    • All GWG2012-Profiles:
      • Minor adjustments for “black object”-checks to match requirements of the latest specification errata document
    • All “Convert to PDF/A-2-…”- and “Convert to PDF/A-3…”-Profiles
      • New fixup “Insert missing F and UF entries for embedded files”
  • New and enhanced Process Plans
    • Check for non-CMYK color, create a report, convert to CMYK (ISO Coated v2) and flatten transparency
  • New and enhanced Fixups
    • All “Flatten transparency” fixups:
      • Internal optimization deactivated
      • Color images created by the flattener are not always using JPEG
    • Convert to grayscale: Adjusted settings to preserve objects from conversion, which are using only black already [FP23065]
    • Set layer name: New fixup to set layer name based on a check
    • All “Downsample bitmap|color|grayscale images” fixups:
      • Recompression will not take place if images are not downsampled
  • New and enhanced Checks
    • New Properties to find transparent objects on xobject- or page-level
    • New Property to find if a JBIG2 compression is marked as lossy or lossless
  • CLI
    • Action Overlay: New option to parameter “placebelow” added to define which document is used for number of pages in resulting document [FP24201]

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Convert to PDF/X-4: Problem solved, where multiple metadata namespaces were not properly handled in certain cases [FP24371]
  • Fixups
    • Problem solved, where glyph problems occurred during PDF/X-4 conversion [CA1022608]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyph widths were not properly respected in certain cases [FP24485]
    • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyphs were distorted in some cases [FP24011; FP24207; FP24318]
    • Add missing SPACE glyph: Problem solved, where processing resulted in improper result [FP24479; FP24528]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved, where objects seemed to be changed in position after processing [FP23659]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where processing on files with removed Output Intent resulted in improper behaviour [FP23556, FP24316]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where resulting images were not created in requested resolution when Raster/Vector balance is set to “0” [CA1022603]
    • Remove Output Intent: Problem solved, where removing resulted in an error in certain cases [FP24284]
    • Generate bleed from page content: Problem solved, where created bleed was not properly scaled and positioned [FP22575; FP23525]
    • Unsharp masking of images: Problem solved, where images smaller than defined threshold resulted in improper behaviour [FP24549]
    • Convert SoftMask to ImageMask: Problem solved, where images were not visible after processing
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where EPS files were not converted to PDF (Linux x64 only) {FP24287]
    • ToPDF: Extended support for LibreOffice on more Linux distributions
  • Reports
    • Template-based PDF-Reports: Problem solved, where reports were not created using Linux [FP23117]
    • Compare reports: Problem solved, where images were not scaled correctly (Desktop only) [FP24235]
  • CLI
    • Implode profiles: Problem solved, where OutputIntent was not properly added again from exploded profiles [FP23674]
    • Enumerate profiles: Support for variables used in ProcessPlans added [CA1022677]
  • General
    • Problem solved, where PowerPoint files could not be converted when using MS Office 2013
    • Improved usage of system resources on x64-based installations [FP23489]
    • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where umlauts in filename resulted in improper behaviour in some cases (Linux only) [FP24372]
    • Problem solved, where a special combination of custom fixups resulted in instable processing [FP24262]
    • Fixes issue, where time zones with different offset than a full hour were not properly handled in the XMP metadata
    • Standard14 fonts: Adjusted recognition, so that an existing FontDescriptor is tolerated
    • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP2k)

pdfToolbox 7.2.262 

Release date: 2014-01-30 

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

Features

  • Reports
    • Customizable PDF-Reports: Support for creation of XML-Reports on the fly and adding content to the PDF-Report [FP23183]

Fixes

  • CLI
    • EnumerateProfiles: Support for Process plans added [CA1022677]

pdfToolbox 7.2.261 

Release date: 2014-01-23 

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

Features

  • General
    • Process Plans: Improved performance [CA1021808]
  • Fixups
    • Outline page geometry boxes: Several new options added
    • Generate bleed from page content: Option added to create images in DeviceCMYK
  • New Checks
    • Transparency group has transparent objects
    • Transparency group on page level has transparent objects
  • Reports
    • Customizable PDF-Reports: Can also be created using pdfToolbox Desktop
    • Customizable PDF-Reports: Localization added
  • Actions
    • ToPDF: PostScript to PDF conversion now also x64 when using Linux x64 [FP23753]
    • ToPDF: New optional warning if font substitution takes place in PDFs created from MS Word documents [CA1022584]
    • ToPDF: New parameter to create PDFs for MS Excel documents according to the Excel behavior [CA1022382, FP23677, FP21000]
  • CLI
    • Action Overlay: Support for more file formats
    • Process Plan: Support for variables used in impose actions [FP]

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert Colors: Problem solved, where inconsistent encoding entries in images resulted in improper result[FP23626]
    • Downsample/Recompress images: Problem solved, where downsampling was not applied for some kinds of SoftMasks [FP23527]
    • Scale pages: Problem solved, where objects defined as pattern were not handled properly in some cases [FP23617, FP23672]
    • Fix glyph width info: Problem solved, where glyphs were not properly handled [FP21681, FP22548, FP22125]
  • Checks
    • Fixed problem, where special usage of resource dicts in PDF ended up in unexpected result [FP24057]
  • CLI
    • ToPDF: Optimized conversion handling for OEM integration [CA1022639]
    • ToPDF: Problem solved, where file permissions form original file (read-only) were also applied to the result PDF [CA1022305]
    • General: Fixed problem, where longer processing time could result in improper behavior in OEM integration [CA1022632]
    • Cachefolder: Fixed handling of global temp directory (Linux only) [FP23117]
    • Reports: Problem solved, where Inventory reports were not created as expected [FP23676]
  • Switch configurators
    • Profiles: Improved validation of Switch flows [FP23440]
    • Actions: SplitPDF: Added missing tokens
    • Actions: MergePDF: Improved handling for folders with ”.” in name [FP23103]

pdfToolbox 7.1.258.1 

Release date: 2013-12-20 

Platform: Windows only 

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

Fixes

  • Fixed a problem, where application could not be started using Windows XP and Windows Server 2003

pdfToolbox 7.1.258 

Release date: 2013-12-16 

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

Features

  • Fixups
    • ConvertColors: Updated engine for color conversion incl. support for ICC v4 profiles integrated [CA1022482]
  • Actions
    • CreateEPS: New options for color workingspaces added [FP]
  • CLI
    • New option for defining a max. used amount of memory during processing (Linux only) [FP23099]
    • ToPDF: Added parameter to set searchpath for fonts to be used during PostScript conversion [FP23128]

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Embed missing fonts: Problem fixed where fonts were not properly embedded during conversion to PDF/X-4 [FP23494]
    • PDF/A: Problem solved, where Unicode information was not properly handled in some cases [CA1022448]
    • PDF/A: Problem solved, where text information vanished in certain cases [CA1022466]
  • Fixups
    • Adjust DotGain: Problem solved, where SmoothShades were not properly handled [FP22587]
    • Flatten annotations and form fields: Problem solved, where position of signatures were not kept [CA1022502]
    • Convert page into image: Optimized handling of colorspaces to ensure correct color values in result [FP23195]
    • Subset fonts: Problem solved, where glyphs were not handled properly in certain cases [FP23228]
    • Rotate pages: Problem solved, where patterns were not rotated [CA1022457]
    • Remove additional encoding entries in cmap of symbolic TrueType: Problem solved, where text was not properly handled [FP23369]
    • Remove Differences array from TrueType fonts: Problem solved, where processing resulted in improper file in certain cases [FP23494]
  • Checks
    • Enhanced stability during analysis of partly corrupt files [FP23531]
    • Is set to overprint: Improved recognition of SmoothShades
  • Actions
    • CreateEPS: Harmonized workingspace for RGB: set to “sRGB IEC61966-2.1” also in Desktop
    • CreateEPS: Problem solved, where generated EPS was not well formed (x64 on Windows and Linux only)
    • ToPDF: Enhanced handling for outsized TIFF-images [CA1022596]
    • ToPDF: Added handling for JPEG images, where resolution is only available in Adobe Photoshop private area [FP23323]
    • ToPDF: Added support for images using progressive JPEG compression [FP21658; FP23515]
    • MergePDF: Problem solved, where processing was not successful [FP22579]
    • SaveaAsImage: Problem solved, where resulting image was rendered in wrong size in certain cases
    • Compare: Problem solved, where generated files did not use correct naming syntax [CA1022570]
  • Reports
    • HTML-Template based reports: Problem solved, where reports were not created on Linux [FP23117]
    • XML: Problem solved, where Lab color values were not properly reported [CA1022438]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • Problem solved, where setting as variable check was removed when severity was changed [FP23133]
    • Problem solved, where references in ProcessPlans were not properly adjusted when moved
    • Problem solved, where importing a DeviceLink profile resulted in a false warning in some cases [FP23559]
    • Process Plans: Identical variables used in different sequence steps will now only cause a single dialog during runtime
  • Acrobat PlugIn
    • Problem solved, where verification for PDF/X-4 resulted in false hits [FP23652]
    • Convert page into image: Problem solved, where page was not converted [FP23034]
    • Problem solved, where embedding of fonts failed in certain cases [FP23182]
  • Server
    • Enhanced processing stability [FP23592]
    • Problem in ServerUI fixed, where processed files remained visible [FP23519]
  • CLI
    • Problem solved where creation of PDF/A files failed during fallback processing [CA1022502]
  • Distributed processing
    • SOAP: HTTP Get handler enabled for retrieving status information [CA1022535]
    • SOAP: WDSL documentation added for developers wanting to use the SOAP interface

pdfToolbox 7.0.251 

Release date: 2013-10-02 

  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Desktop 7 requires upgrade fee for owners of a pdfToolbox  Desktop 4, 5 or 6 license
  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Desktop 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Desktop 6
  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 requires SMA for at least one additional year. Please contact your reseller for further information.
  • Upgrade of pdfToolbox Server 7 or pdfToolbox CLI 7 free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox Server 4, 5 or 6 or pdfToolbox CLI 4, 5 or 6.

Features

  • New internal engine for rendering, transparency flattening, optimization and creation of PS/EPS
  • New internal engine for font handling
  • Checkpoint for pdfToolbox 7 Server
    • Ability to interactively review and modify PDF files during Server and CLI processing
    • Also supported by a new Switch Configurator
  • New and enhanced Profiles
    • All PDF/A-1 and PDF/X-1 and -3 based Profiles:
      • Flatten transparency: “Convert text to outline” option has been deactivated by default
    • All GWG2012-Profiles:
      • Replaced existing check for ICC-profile version with 2 new profiles to enhance reporting
      • Modified check: Transparency blend color space not DeviceGray or DeviceCMYK in softmask of type Luminosity
    • Settings in Custom Fixups will override settings from automatically generated Fixups from Standard-Conversion (Wizard)
  • New and enhanced Fixups
    • Flatten Transparency (all Fixups)
      • “Preserve Overprints” works also on pages that do not contain transparency
      • “Convert text to outline” option has been deactivated by default
    • Set transparency property for page objects (filled or stroked)
    • Remove all object level XMP metadata [FP22876, FP17553]
    • Convert page into image: extended settings so that it is now e.g. possible to convert those pages that have certain problems
    • Crop images to visible area (hard remove image areas, thereby making the PDF smaller and avoid unnecessary hits for hidden objects)
    • Crop page to visible page area improved because the page area is now determined based on rendered page
    • Enlarge page by adding space to a defined edge [FP22179]
    • Outline page geometry boxes [CA1021680]
    • Remove objects based on check for objects [FP21956]
      • Remove all objects using Registration color inside TrimBox
      • Remove all objects using spot color with specified name
    • Set MIME type entry for embedded files (for PDF/A-3)
    • Add Modification Date to an embedded file's Params dictionary (for PDF/A-3)
    • Convert page into image (extended settings)
      • Convert page content into CMYK image (150 ppi, high JPEG quality)
  • New and enhanced Checks
    • Effective text x-height is below 0.9 / 1.2 mm
    • ToUnicode CMap has syntax problems
    • Line width is 0 pt [FP22452]
    • New Properties in order to determine possible PDF version entries in a PDF file
      • Acrobat Extension Level
      • Developer names in Extension dictionary
      • Developer Extension Level BaseVersion does not match Version entry in Catalog
      • Value of version in PDF header his lower than Version entry in Catalog
      • Version entry in Catalog
  • New and enhanced Reports
    • Compare: PDF separations can be compared, e.g. in order to convert only black (only text) or only CMY (ignoring black text) [FP21284]
    • Overview-Report customizable based on HTML-template (available in Server and CLI; Windows and MacOS only)
  • New an enhanced actions in CLI
    • Duplicate pages [FP22103]
  • pdfToolbox Standalone
    • Added update notification and direct download link for latest version (MacOS and Windows)

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Convert to PDF/X-1a: Improved handling of invalid fonts [CA1017018]
    • Convert to PDF/X-1a: Problem solved, where text was not properly displayed after conversion [FP21101]
    • Convert to PDF/X-4: Improved conversion to ensure proper handling of .notdef glyphs and TrueType encoding entries
    • Convert to PDF/A: Problem solved, where text could not be copied after processing [CA1022072]
  • Fixups
    • Rotate pages: Problem solved, where gradients were not properly handled in some cases [FP22350]
    • Problem solved with profiles containing ICC-Profiles (some special MacOS 10.8 and Linux environments only) [FP22444]
    • Set transparency blend color space: Problem solved, where processing was not successful in some cases (Linux 64bit only) [FP22537]
    • Remove Layers: Usage of RegEx improved [FP20269; FP20489]
    • Derive page geometry boxes from crop marks: Problem solved, where processing failed (Windows only) [FP22529]
    • Remove objects outside…: Problem solved, where special XObjects were not properly handled [CA1022224]
    • Remove signature (flatten): Problem solved, where signature was improperly positioned in some cases [CA1022143]
    • Map spot and process colors:
      • Problem solved, where objects were not properly processed
      • Problem solved, where spot color object were not handled properly after CMYK conversion [CA1022141; FP22626]
      • Clarified usage of option (German translation) [FP21956]
    • Downsample/recompress grayscale images: Problem solved, where objects vanished in certain cases [CA1022184; FP22380]
    • Set page geometry boxes: Problem solved, where documents were not handled properly [CA1021721]
    • Convert SMask to ImageMask: Problem solved, where objects vanished in certain cases [CA1022181]
    • Prepare annotations for PDF/A-1: Problem solved, where processing failed [CA1022168]
    • Make font names unique: Problem solved, where glyphs were not visible after processing [FP22126]
    • Convert TrueType fonts to CID: Improved for certain cases [FP22890]
    • Font to outline:
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were changed during conversion [CA1022012]
      • Problem solved, where processing failed due to usage of 2 different encodings in an embedded font [CA1013199]
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were malformed in some cases [FP18830; FP18722]
      • Problem solved, where special glyphs vanished in certain files [FP22366; FP22564]
    • Fix glyph width:
      • Problem solved, where result was not displayed properly in some viewers [CA1022318]
      • Problem solved, where image objects were affected [FP21863]
    • Save as PDF 1.x: Problem solved, where fonts were not handled properly(Acrobat Plug-In only) [CA1019067]
    • Remove additional encodings of CMap fonts
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were no more visible in certain cases [FP22344]
      • Fixed issue, where processing did not work as expected [FP21034]
      • Problem solved, where text was not properly handled [CA1021563]
    • Subset fonts:
      • Problem solved, where glyphs were missing after processing [FP223695]
      • Fixed issue, where processing failed on certain files [FP22064]
      • Problem solved, where appearance of glyphs changed in an unexpected way [FP21218]
    • Embed missing fonts
      • Problem solved, where font was not embedded successfully [CA1019010]
      • Problem solved, where text was not handled properly in some cases [FP20244]
      • Fixed issue, where processing resulted in invalid file [CA1021420]
    • Enhanced handling of fonts in ”.dfont” file format (MacOS only) [FP17743]
    • Set black to overprint: Problem solved, where Type3 fonts were not converted properly [FP18571]
    • Substitute characters using .notdef glyph: Problem solved, where glyphs moved in certain cases [FP21202; FP21403]
    • Repair invalid ToUnicode CMap information: Extended function to ensure valid mapping to Unicode [FP19442]
    • Newspaper Ads: Problem solved, where processing was not successful [CA1022247]
    • Flatten transparency
      • Fixed issue, where text was not handled properly [CA1022123; CA1022026; FP16862; FP22712; CA1022020; CA1021953; FP17129; FP21167; FP21696; CA1014743; CA1014932; CA1015574; CA1016800; FP5964]
      • Problems solved, where objects were not properly flattened [FP19461; FP20366; CA1019350; FP6944; FP20686; CA1018570; FP22300; FP22009; FP22103; FP18660]
      • Enhanced handling of overprinting objects [CA1018477; CA1018680; FP21842; CA1018519; FP22456; FP18210; FP17257; FP17163; FP19615; FP19777]
      • Improved usage of different ICC-profiles (Linux only)
      • Problem solved, where text could not be copied after processing (MacOS only) [FP17952]
      • Increased stability of processing [FP18330; CA1021060; FP22569; FP22009]
    • Flatten overprints: Problem solved, where overprinting objects were not properly reduced [CA1022196; FP22662]
    • Optimization: Problem solved, where processing resulted in improper PDF [FP3439]
  • Checks
    • Standard14 fonts: Adjusted recognition, so that an existing FontDescriptor is tolerated [FP22533]
    • Effective ink coverage for separated plates: Fixed issue, where values were not properly determined [FP22942]
    • ICC-Profile Version: Adjusted reporting of version (GWG profiles) [FP22321]
    • Ink coverage: Improved recognition of visible and hidden objects
    • Font analysis: Improved speed of checks [CA1022278]
    • Compatible to PDF version: Problem solved, where anaysis were not properly handled [CA1022278]
    • Number of plates: Problem solved, where some varieties of pattern were not properly regarded [FP22998]
    • Resolution of color/grayscale images: Problem solved, where UserUnits (Scalingfactor) were not taken into account in a correct way
  • Actions
    • Create PostScript: Problem solved, where conversion was not successful [CA1021411; FP19854; FP7056; FP19836; CA1021759; FP18176]
    • Create Encapsulated PostScript: Problem solved, where conversion was not successful [FP20962]
    • Create Encapsulated PostScript: Problem solved, where text was not properly handled [CA1022151
    • ReDistill: Fixed issue, where objects were not properly handled [FP18837]
    • ReDistill: Increased stability of processing [FP21787; FP16490; FP17342]
    • Imposition: Improved handling of defined text size for positioned text
    • SplitPDF: Problem solved, where processing did not work as expected [CA1022160]
    • Office conversion: Problem solved, where Excel pages with footer were not properly created [CA1020853]
    • Office conversion: Problem solved, where Excel files were not converted in special cases [CA1020625]
    • Save as image: Improved usage of black point compensation during rendering [CA1022090]
    • Save as image: Rendering of transparent PNGs adjusted to match expected appearance [CA1022103]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • Problem solved, where files could not be displayed properly [CA1021131; FP7435; FP20835; CA1022330]
    • Harmonized settings of transparency flattening in Switchboard to those of Fixups [FP21842]
    • Switchboard: Adjusted file handling during batch-processing [FP21884]
    • Problem solved, where loading profiles took unusual long time [FP22903]
  • Server/CLI
    • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where dispatcher could not be monitored (Linux only) [FP19911]
    • Activation: Problem solved, where activation failed (Linux only)
    • Visualizer: Fixed issue, where process separation was shown inverted if a spot colors existed [FP22348]
  • Reports
    • Overview-Report: Fixed issue, where creation of PDF/A-3-report resulted in unstable behaviour of application [Wat3567816]
    • XML Report: Added values for Check “Effective ink coverage for separated plates” [CA1022167]
    • XML Report: SequenceSteps from ProcessPlans and Fixups of last step are added
    • XML Report: Various information added about PDF version and Developer extensions level
  • Changed internal package version for profiles to 13
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP2b, Solaris Intel: v10.1.0Plus2a)


Release notes callas pdfToolbox 6

pdfToolbox 6.3.225 

Release date: 2013-05-17 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 Desktop license

Features

  • New properties
    • Effective ink coverage for registration color per plate [FP21919]

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Harmonized handling and recognition of values defined as RegEx [FP21956]
    • PDF/X-Wizard: Problem solved, where omitting ICC profiles did not worked properly [FP21820]
  • Fixups
    • Remove Layers: Problem solved, where Layers were only removed from first page of the PDF [FP22091]
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where additional empty pages where added on certain PDFs when optimization was used [FP22019]
  • Checks
    • Improved analysis for Registration color, which has been clipped away [FP21919]
    • Problem solved, where check for font sizes reported negative values [FP21434; FP21907]
    • Effective ink coverage for separated plates: Problem solved, where given measurement units were not properly respected [CA1022006]
  • Desktop/PlugIn
    • Problem solved, where user preferences were assigned with insufficient access rights in some cases (MacOS only)
    • Switchboard: Problem solved, where Batch processing only handled 1 file [MacOS 10.7 only) [FP22041]
  • Server/CLI
    • Improved handling of licenses if more than 1 license (with different limitations) are on the respective system [CA1021784]
    • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where processing of folders were not properly handled [FP21868]
  • Reports
    • Added destination information for hyperlinks in annotations into XML Reports [CA1022007]
    • Added information of UserUnits (if existing) into CompactHTML Reports and Result dialog

pdfToolbox 6.3.223 

Release date: 2013-04-03 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 Desktop license

Features

  • Switchboard
    • Create Bleed: New function for creating bleed by mirroring of content added
    • Sharpen images: New function to increase contrast of images
  • Profiles
    • New profile for optimized conversion of Office documents to CMYK (based on recommendations of FOGRA/PSD)
  • Fixups
    • New Fixup to create embedded thumbnails of pages
    • New Fixup: Disambiguate APPROX values in JPEG2000 images
    • Folder used in fixups for config files can now directly opened
  • Actions
    • SplitInHalf: New parameter to make content outside of TrimBox invisble [CA1021627; FP21490; FP21736]
  • Switch
    • Added support for reports created by ProcessPlans [FP20924]
    • Added support for creation of bleed to Booklet, Step&Repeat, Fillpage, Nup [FP21258]
  • Reports
    • Extended Visualizer-reports to create separations in respective color (CLI only)

Fixes

  • Desktop
    • Explore Layers: Problem solved, where new default view was not properly saved [FP20126; FP20954; FP20354]
    • Improved provision for OutputIntents when displaying PDFs [CA1017453; CA1017807]
    • Problem solved, where general graphic state property could not be selected from list [FP21693]
    • Improved recognition of already existing Fixups when importing profiles [CA1017022]
    • Problem solved, where usage of variables resulted in error for certain profiles
  • Profiles
    • “List potential font problems”: Check “Text cannot be mapped to Unicode” added
    • “GWG 2012”-Profiles: Check “Alternate color space does not use DeviceCMYK” replaced with “Alternate color space does not use DeviceCMYK or DeviceGray”
    • “GWG 2012”-Profiles: Adjusted destination profiles for “Convert alternate of spot colors…”-fixups depending on printing target
    • PDF/X-4p: Problem solved, where OutputIntent was embedded although not needed
  • Fixups
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved, where import of spot colors via PDF does not work as expected [CA1021672]
    • Rotate pages: Problem solved, where some content was inadvertedly affected [FP21073]
    • Crop pages to bounding box: Problem solved, where the Fixup did not work as expected in some cases [FP21426]
    • Flatten Transparency: Problem solved, where text using Type 3 font was changed [FP16953]
    • Remove objects outside bleedbox: Problem solved, where vector shape were changed [FP20877; FP20947; FP21208]
    • Remove ICC source profiles if identical to OutputIntent profile: Problem solved, where profiles were not removed [FP7385; FP21171]
    • Knockout white vector and/or text objects: Problem solved where execution of fixup was not properly reported [CA1021912]
    • Set page scaling factor: Decimal values are now allowed [FP21365]
    • Unsharp masking of images: Problem solved for images using indexed colorspace [CA1021845]
    • Problem solved, where a false coded inline image caused an improper result [CA1021751]
  • Process Plans
    • Problem soved, where JobOptions were not respected [FP21573]
    • “Certify” is now also available for ProcessPlans
    • Minor adjustments in availability and handling of reports
  • Actions
    • Create PS: Problem solved, where creation failed in some cases [FP16693]
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where resolution was not respected when colorspace CMYK used [FP21556; FP21750]
    • Create EPS / PS: Problem in conjunction with some legacy systems solved [FP21814]
    • Office conversion: Problem solved, where table of content was not properly converted (OpenOffice only) [FP21213]
    • Impose: Added support for empty strings used in variables
    • Booklet: Problem solved, where given –voffset and –pageheight were not properly respected [CA1021883]
    • SaveAsImage: Added support for exporting pages into uncompressed multichannel TIFFs [CA1021761]
  • Server
    • Improved recognition of changes in profiles in “Edit Job”-dialogue
    • Enhanced handling of PDFs when additional parameter –certify is used
    • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where XSLT-files for reports were not forwarded to satellite
    • Problem solved, where process plans containing a single impose action with sheetconfig.pdf resulted in unexpected result
  • CLI
    • Improved handling of temporary working directories to avoid problems with simultaneous processes
    • Problem solved, where listing of variables did not work with process plans [CA1021914]
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where created dimension differed from requested one [FP21318]
    • SaveAsImg: Added new parameter for smoothing to avoid favoring of thin lines [FP21815]
    • Reports will automatically be moved to the folder defined in -f/–outputfolder, if not otherwise defined in –report
    • Problem solved with assertion during saveasimg in special cases (Linux only) [FP21446]
    • Changed reporting of standard-fixups (Convert to PDF/A, PDF/X, PDF/E): If conversion is not successful, it will show up as FixFailure
    • Problem solved, where UTF16 encoding was not properly respected (SunOS only) [FP21451]
    • ConvertColors: Improved reporting when conversion was not successful
  • Reports
    • Improved reporting of MD5-Hash-values for ICC Profiles used by objects or Output Intents
    • Improved reporting of spot color names as trigger values [FP21005]
    • Problem solved, where Layer report had unnecessary layer entry [CA1021902]
    • Added optional parameter to list ink coverage in % and sqcm in XML reports (CLI only)
  • Acrobat Plug In
    • Summary report: Problems solved, where purpose text was not wrapped [CA1020742]
  • Problem solved, where processing failed on certain PDFs [CA1021943; FP21536]
  • Sanity: Improved performance and stability for office files [FP17838]

pdfToolbox 6.2.212 

Release date: 2013-01-10 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 Desktop license

Features

  • Fixups
    • New Fixup: Add white background [FP20580]
  • Server
    • Use of accesskey is now mandatory
    • General server settings added to preferences
    • Profiles can be edited directly from job settings dialogue
  • CLI
    • Splithalf: Add new function to make content outside of defined slot invisble [CA1021627]
    • Enabled usage of Symlinks for MacOS and Unix-platforms [CA1013140]
  • General
    • MacOS: Installers are delievered in DMG format
    • Windows: callas software is a verified publisher
  • Reports
    • Ink coverage in percent and area can now be listed for all pages in XML-reports

Fixes

  • Profiles
    • Problem solved, where wrong error code was given after successful processing [FP20344]
    • Convert to PDF/X-1a: Fixed issue, where conversion resulted in missing objects
    • When a “Conversion to standard” is ordered, the respective check in “Standard compliance” will be activated automatically
  • Checks
    • Problem solved, where overprint not detected for SmoothShades [FP20907]
  • Process Plans
    • Enabled handling of reports from ProcessPlans in Switch [FP20924]
  • Fixups
    • Problem solved, where registry entry of OutputIntent was not properly embedded in some cases [FP19927]
    • DeviceLink: Problem solved, where conversion resulted in unexpected result [CA1021777]
    • DeviceLink: Problem solved, where conversion results in error in shading dictionary [FP21150]
  • Actions
    • ReDistill: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in unexpected result [FP7305]
  • Acrobat Plug In
    • Problem solved, where fixup “Generate bleed” did not work as expected [FP21054]
  • Server
    • Problem solved, where different types of licenses on a system resulted in limited functionality [CA1021784]
    • Problem solved, where Office conversion did not work after update [FP20922]
  • CLI
    • Problem solved, where usage of additional parameter –uncompressimg had improper results [CA1021717]
    • Problem solved, where use of additional parameter –uncompressimg reported 4c for a black and white image [FP21005]
    • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where simulating overprint did not work as expected [FP20989]
    • Problem solved, where wrong reason code for encrypted PDFs was given [CA1021581]

pdfToolbox 6.2.208

Release date: 2012-11-21 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 Desktop license

Features

  • New fixups
    • Generate bleed by adding images of content at edges and corners
    • Predefined: Decalibrate ICCbased CMYK by converting them to DeviceCMYK
  • Actions
    • Fillpage adds empty slots to generate cutmarks on all edges
  • Desktop
    • Improved dialogue for dynamic variables during runtime
    • Checks and Fixups containing variables are now marked in the edit dialogue for profiles
    • Arrange: Fillpage adds empty slots to generate cutmarks on all edges
  • Acrobat Plug In
    • Support for Acrobat 11
  • Server
    • Added reports to all severities in ServerUI
  • CLI
    • EnumerateLayers: Language can now be defined by –language
    • SplitPDF: Optimized handling to increase performance of processing [CA1021368; CA1021543]
    • Step and Repeat, Fillpage, N-Up and Booklet: Bleed creation without cutmarks
  • Reports
    • Resolution of images in PDF reports can be defined by additional CLI parameter
    • PDF reports get suffix “_report” if no explicit output filename is specified
    • Results from optional “When it does not fire, report as…” are now also listed in XML-Reports [FP20836]

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Increase line width: Problem solved where processing resulted in improper changes of filled vector objects [FP20660; FP20443]
    • Convert to PDF/X-4: Fixed issue where PDF could not be converted due to failure in XMP metadata correction [CA 1020132]
    • Convert to PDF/X-4p: Fixed issue where PDF version was changed to 1.3 [FP20582]
    • Downsample/Recompress: Problem solved where Color Key Masking resulted in improper converted image [FP20136]
    • Downsample/Recompress: Problem solved where inline images where not properly handled [FP20230]
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where objects were not properly converted [CA1021622]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where some objects in DeviceN were not processed correctly [CA1021543]
    • Convert colors: Fixed issue where conversion to grayscale resulted in visual differences
  • Checks
    • Plates per page: Problem solved where registration color resulted in an increased number [CA1021666]
    • Line width: Problem solved where check reported problems although they were already fixed within the same profile [CA1020413]
  • Actions
    • Save as image: Problem solved where combination of –rect and –resolution resulted in unexpected results [FP19001]
    • Save as image: Changed default rendering intent to “Relative Colorimetric” [FP20283]
    • Save as image: Problem solved where colors differ between normal PNG and transparent PNG [FP20684]
  • Desktop
    • Added support for quotes in labels and default values of variables
    • Switchboard: Problem solved where converting to PDF/X-4 resulted in invalid XMP Metadata [FP20371]
  • Server
    • Fewer empty lines in CLI-logfiles (Problem was on Windows only)
    • Problem solved where processing took much longer in Server than using the CLI [FP20853; FP20596]
    • Problem solved where processing seems to freeze [FP19824]
  • Reports
    • Fixed issue where a corrupt PostScript function in PDF resulted in missing report after processing [CA1021562]
    • PDF Mask reports: Problem solved where Layers where listed twice [CA1021564]
    • Improved reporting of used plates [CA1021460]
  • Impose
    • Problem solved where PDF file becomes much larger after impositioning [CA1021652]

pdfToolbox 6.1.198

Release date: 2012-09-24 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 Desktop license

Fixes

  • Reports
    • Problem solved where plates were not properly determined. [CA1021460]

pdfToolbox 6.1.197

Release date: 2012-09-13 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 6 Desktop license

Features

  • New profiles
    • Prepress: Added 7 profiles for validation and conversion accordingly to the “Ghent Workgroup PDF Specification 2012 CMYK”
    • Analyze pages for effectively used plates (based on rendered pages)
  • New properties
    • Effective ink coverage for separated plates (based on rendered pages)
  • Checks
    • Effective ink coverage: Enhanced for average inside sample size [FP20121]
  • Desktop
    • Search field in all lists of Profiles, Fixups and Checks
    • Ability to create, duplicate or edit profiles, checks and fixups via direct links in process plans, profiles or fixups
    • New Switchboard  function in group colors: “Map a process color into a spot color”
  • Server
    • New option to delete originals after processing
  • CLI
    • Compare: Added function to create only those pages in reports that have differences
    • Split PDF: Extended parameters to define an end page [CA1020779]
    • Visualizer: Added function to render individual separations
    • Visualizer: Added function to create only those pages that have problems

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Increase line width: Problem solved where line width was not changed in some cases [CA1020817]
    • Convert colors: Enhanced handling of different encodings in policy [FP16716]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved where conversion from DeviceN black into CMYK resulted in 4c black [FP16715]
    • Scale pages: Problem solved where combination with certain fixups in one profile resulted in an error [FP18312], [FP18352]
  • Checks
    • Effective ink coverage: Problem solved where improper results were determined [CA1021152]
  • Actions
    • Redistill: Problem solved where some vector objects changed their appearance [FP16868]
    • Redistill: Problem solved where image was not properly handled [FP16942]
    • Redistill: Problem solved where smooth shades resulted in improper result [FP17215]
    • Passe partout: Problem solved where objects with certain blend mode vanished [FP18829]
    • Passe partout: Problem solved where boxes were improperly handled [CA1016305]
  • Reports
    • Improved layout of filenames in compare reports [FP16489], [CA1020687]
    • Fixed issue where plates used in document were not properly reported in XML report [CA1021516], [CA1021501]
    • Problem solved where reports for images and colors were created malformed [FP20176]
    • Problem solved where fixups are missing in the summary page of the PDF-Layer report [CA1021259]
  • Impose
    • Problem solved where defined color value of cropmark were not respected [FP17079]
  • CLI
    • Support for empty variables [FP18708]
    • Problem solved where conversion of large TIFF into PDF were not handled properly [FP18141]
  • Server
    • Problem solved where text reports were not moved into correct output destination [FP19873]
  • Acrobat Plug In
    • Problem solved where removal of document structure compression failed [FP18305]
  • Problem solved where ICC profiles were not searched in system folder
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library 9.1 integrated (v9.1.0PlusP4s)

pdfToolbox 6.0.185

Release date: 2012-07-09 

  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox 6 Desktop requires upgrade fee for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 or 5 Desktop license
  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox 6 Desktop free of charge for owners of a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) for pdfToolbox 5 Desktop

Features

  • Process Plans
    • Allows you to combine Profiles, Checks, Fixups and Actions into a defined sequence with variable execution of steps depending on previous results
  • Variables
    • Consolidation of used variables within a Profile or Process Plan
  • Server
    • Completely new Server User Interface
    • Processing can be distributed to other servers
    • Setting up hotfolder jobs from any pdfToolbox standalone on a remote server
    • Load balancing using pdfToolbox Server as a “Dispatcher” within an arbitrary number of “Satellites” in a network
  • New and enhanced Profiles
    • General:
      • Regular Expressions - all Fixups and Checks allowing RegEx have a new help feature
    • Added new “Convert references to notdef into valid references” as custom fixup:
      • All “Convert to PDF/A-…”-Profiles
      • All “Convert to PDF/X-…”-Profiles
      • All Profiles based on the recommendations of the Ghent PDF Workgroup
  • New and enhanced Fixups
    • Map spot and process colors: New mapping of process colorants into spot color colorants
    • Convert colors: New setting to include SoftMasks [CA1021345; FP18507]
    • Convert references to .notdef glyphs into valid references
    • Remove Layer
  • New and enhanced Checks
    • Find negative font size
    • Find multiple Unicode mappings
  • New and enhanced Actions
    • Create EPS: Added support for “Clean 7 bit EPS” [FP7178]
  • Reports
    • Overview pages of reports containing links to page with occurance [CA102340]
    • Added timezone into XML-Reports [CA1021271]
    • Added UserUnits (Scalingfactor) into XML-Reports if used [CA1021213]
  • CLI
    • Action “Save as image”: Support for pagebox “MediaBox” added
    • Action “Save as image”: Support for transparent PNG-files added
    • Report: “Overview” can be created separately
  • General
    • Improved handling of multiple usage of fonts [FP16967]
    • Improved handling of existing bookmarks [CA1016503]
  • Desktop
    • Replace fonts: Added support for fonts using build-in encoding and differences array [CA1019457]

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where some kind of DeviceN objects became invisible [CA1021165]
    • Convert colors: Improved handling of special combinations of transparency modes [FP17849]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where objects may disappear in special constellation [FP17172]
    • Convert colors: Improved results when previous processing steps altered the PDF file [FP18560]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where some CalRGB objects where not properly handled [CA1020468]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where results were improperly handled in special fixup combinations [CA1021320]
    • Convert colors: Improved handling of PDFs using incomplete Form XObjects [CA1021336]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink: Problem solved where special filter settings for Process and DeviceN were not respected [CA1014206]
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink: Problem solved where processing may result in improper result [FP17652]
    • Convert registration color to black: Problem solved where not all occurances where converted with a single run [FP17427]
    • Crop to visible: Improved recognition of objects [CA1018617]
    • Derive page geometry boxes from crop marks: Improved recognition of CropMarks [FP16985; CA1021385]
    • Derive page geometry boxes from crop marks: Improved handling of existing CropBox [FP7009]
    • Derive page geometry boxes from crop marks: Problem solved where fixup failed on certain PDFs [FP18290; FP18313]
    • Downsample/recompress images: Problem solved where image masks were not downsampled in some cases [CA1020747]
    • Downsample/recompress images: Problem solved where processing special PDF files causes an error [CA1019830]
    • Downsample/recompress bitmaps: Problem solved where image became inverted [FP17301]
    • Fix potential font problems: Problem solved where glyphs were missing in certain PDFs [CA1020735]
    • Embed missing fonts: Improved font-encoding for embedding Type1 fonts as a Base14 Font [CA1021049]
    • Flatten transparency: Improved handling of multiply used SmoothShase patterns [FP16668; FP17790]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved in handling of DeviceN channels with value “None” [FP19417]
    • Map spot and process colors: Problem solved where processing with special settings resulted in an error [FP18417]
    • Map spot and process colors: Improved handling of setting “Use source color” [FP18287]
    • Remove additional encoding entries in cmap of symbolic TrueType fonts: Improved usage and better handling of special combinations [CA1021293]
    • Remove objects out of trimbox: Improved recognition of painting parts of objects [FP17987]
  • Checks
    • Page orientation with tolerance: Problem solved where setting was not properly respected [FP7344]
    • Problem solved where ink coverage was not correctly determined in special cases [CA1020818]
    • Improved handling of memory when analyzing files [CA1021226]
    • Improved handling for content streams to avoid unneccessary changes in document in certain cases [FP19103]
    • Problem solved where font error was not properly detected [CA1014901]
  • Actions
    • Enumerate Layers: Problem solved where spot colors were not handled correctly [CA1021173]
    • To PDF: Added handling of TIFF-images using sample value = 5 per pixel [CA1021037]
    • To PDF: Problem solved where wrong font was used when converting some EPS to PDF on Macintosh [FP17854]
    • To PDF: Problem solved where PostScript to PDF conversion with certain joboptions caused move of glyphs [FP17534]
  • Changed internal package version for profiles to 12
  • Discontinued installation of configurators for Enfocus Switch (Distribution will continue via CrossRoads & Enfocus PackManager)

Release notes callas pdfToolbox 5

pdfToolbox 5.5.165

Release date: 2012-03-21 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Subset fonts: Problem solved where glyphs are malformed or wrong replaced in some cases [FP16954]
    • Online publishing (optimize for size): Problem solved where processing results in error on some PDF [FP18155, FP18352]
    • Downsample/recompress grayscale images: Problem solved where inline images cannot be recompressed to JPEG [FP18285]
    • Downsample/recompress grayscale images: Problems solved, where used softmarks may result in error [FP18098]
    • Rotate pages: Problems solved where form fields were not properly rotated [CA1020931]
    • Embed Output Intent PSO Uncoated ISO12647 (ECI): Changed to ICC profile with correct hash-value [FP16951]
  • Checks
    • Max. amount of ink for image: Problem solved where values were rounded inproperly [FP6953]
  • Actions
    • Action: Save as image:
      • Improved rendering for very large TIFF-images with better performance [CA1020593]
      • Problem solved where Parameter “smoothing=all” was sometimes not respected [FP17144]
      • Problem solved where resulting PDF were inverted [FP17293, FP18378]
      • Problem solved where resulting CMYK-JPEGs became inverted
      • Changed handling of simulationprofile in accordance with the chosen colorspace [CA1021196]
    • Action: Visualizer:
      • Problem solved where OutputIntent and Colorspace were not respected [CA1021149]
      • Problem solved where thickness of lines was not properly detected [FP17999]
  • Desktop
    • Improved installation (Windows)
    • Several minor improvements of OutputPreview, Visualizer and Visualizer reports
    • Embedded OutputIntent can now always be selected in preview
  • Problem solved where file could not be saved after processing [FP16747, FP18239, CA1021106, FP18324]
  • Problem solved where processing ends with unknown error on some files [CA1019754]

pdfToolbox 5.4.160

Release date: 2012-02-21 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Downsample/compress monochrome images: Problem solved where CCITT 1-bit compression was not preserved on downsampling [CA1021130]
  • Actions
    • Action Create PostScript / Redistill: Problem solved where processing may shift page content in some cases [FP17164; FP18023]
    • Action Merge PDF: Problem solved where documents could not be merged properly [CA1016580; CA1021103]
  • Desktop
    • Problem solved with certification after running a profile
    • Problem solved in batch processing where files with special characters in name where not moved or copied (Mac only)
  • ServerUI
    • Quicker start of processing when a large amount of files are in the queue
  • Problem solved where parallel processing of office files did not work properly

pdfToolbox 5.4.158

Release date: 2012-02-02 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Problem solved where objects shift after changing the content stream [CA1021052, CA1021055, CA1021083, FP17126]
  • Actions
    • Problem solved where ICC profile was not taken from the image when saving as PDF [CA1021073]
    • Problem solved where split layers may create empty pages [FP17412, FP17786]
  • Acrobat PlugIn
    • Problem solved where transparency is not flattened with PlugIn in Acrobat 10.1.2 [CA1021069]

pdfToolbox 5.4.156

Release date: 2012-01-18 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Features

  • Polish language support for Desktop version
  • PDF/A-3 Support
  • Force Conversion for conversion to PDF/A
  • New and enhanced Profiles
    • Convert to PDF/A-1a, -1b
    • Convert to PDF/A-2a, -2b, -2u
    • Convert to PDF/A-3a, -3b, -3u
    • Verify compliance with PDF/A-3a, -3b, -3u
    • Scale pages to A4 if not larger than A3
  • New Fixups
    • Repair invalid bookmark hierachies [CA1020567]
    • Repair invalid ToUnicode-cMap information in fonts
    • Convert pages into images
    • Create invisible text copy for all text
    • Set relationship entry for embedded files
  • New Checks
    • Several checks added for all aspects of PDF/A-3

Fixes

  • Checks
    • Distance to Trimbox now also finds object which are clipped by MediaBox [CA1021008]
  • Fixups
    • Downsample/Compress Color/Grayscale Images: SoftMaskImages will also be downsampled to reduce filesize [FP17392]
    • Downsample/Compress Bitmaps: Problem solved where images may be inverted in special cases [FP17179]
    • Increase line width: Problem solved where line width increased unexpected in some PDF [CA1019299]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where text may vanish after processing [FP17248; FP17258]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where not all spot colors were converted to CMYK in some cases [FP16446]
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where RGB left in document after conversion to grayscale [CA1020837]
    • Set MediaBox to origin: Improved handling of SmoothShade objects [CA1021035]
  • Impose
    • Improved handling of PDF-Version during impositioning using desktop version [FP16876]
  • Reports
    • Problem solved where color ressources were listed twice [CA1020718]
  • Standards
    • PDF/X-4 conversion: Invalid XMP Metadata on object level will be removed to ensure conversion [FP5935]
    • Increased stabillity duing verification of PDF/VT-1 files
    • Improvements for PDF/E conversion profiles [CA1020741]
  • Desktop
    • Problem solved where visualizer did not recognized image resolution properly [CA1021020]
    • Improved Ink coverage view in visualizer [CA1021000]
    • Office conversion: Problem solved where MS-Office macro-settings were not respected [FP7255]
    • Added special Japanese imposition sceme [CA1020651]
  • CLI
    • Action “Merge PDF”: Problem solved where incorrect structure root in source PDF might cause an error [FP16526]
    • Action “Merge PDF”: Improved handling of existing bookmarks from souce PDF [FP17606]
    • Action “To PDF”: Problem solved where dimension of EPS file were not properly handled [CA1020621; FP17222]
    • Action “Compare”: Problem solved where given pagerange were not respected [CA1020981]
    • Action “Compare”: Problem solved where option “images” may cause modification of original file [CA1020978]
    • Action “Compare”: Problem solved where files with differences are not marked properly in some cases [FP17353]
    • Action “Implode”: Problem solved where ID of profile was not changed [CA1020920]
    • Action “Save as image”: Improved handling of file-extensions when processing multiple files [CA1020873]

pdfToolbox 5.3.150

Release date: 2011-10-21 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Features

  • New check to find ligatures [CA1020734]
  • Japanese language support
  • Rendering images based on page geometry boxes or custom boxes
  • Extended fixups
    • Scale pages with more options
  • Split PDF: new tokens for file names [FP16756]
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library 9.1 integrated (v9.1.0PlusP4d)
  • MacOS X Lion support

Fixes

  • Checks
    • Improvement with “Ignore objects outside” in a check that is used in fixup [FP6381]
    • “Light object set to overprint” does only affect vector objects [FP6783]
  • Fixups
    • Downsample / Compress Color/Grayscale Images [FP7403, FP16455, FP16591, FP16693, FP7297]
    • Flatten transparency [FP6824, FP7080, CA1020657]
    • Fonts to outlines [FP7075]
    • Subset fonts [FP16486]
    • Scale pages
      • Executed now after downsampling of images [FP6042]
      • Problem solved where scaling down did not properly work [CA1020756]
    • Convert colors
      • Problem solved where not all spot colors were converted properly [CA1020424]
      • Problem solved where office documents were not handled properly [FP16655]
      • Problem solved where DeviceN colorants were not converted when using RegEx [CA1020716]
    • Map spot and process colors [CA1020652, FP6591]
    • Manage colors [FP16771]
    • Force blend color space [FP6343]
    • Set ICC profile for Output Intent [FP7381]
    • Set overprint and knockout [FP6510]
    • Overprint black
      • Problem solved where white text disappeared [FP7245; FP16467]
    • Flatten annotations and form fields
      • Problem solved with flattening of checkboxes [FP6903]
    • Discard hidden layer content and flatten invisible layers [FP7086]
  • Reports
    • XML: Problem solved where special characters were not handled properly [FP16654]
    • XML: If fonts cannot be embedded fonts they are reported in the fixups details [CA1020827]
  • Impose
    • Problem solved where damaged PDF with unrecognized token may be created [CA1020739]
    • Problem solved where an image as input and an additional pre-processing-profile results in no output [CA1020828]
    • Problem solved where pre-processing-profiles containing only checks (are not supported here) resulted in an error [FP7372]
  • Standards
    • Problem solved where an inactive PDF-version setting did not avoid performing automatic checks [CA1020839]
    • Problem solved where OpenType fonts are flagged within PDF 1.6 (Acrobat 7) [FP16742]
    • Problem solved in PDF/X-4 validation [FP7239, FP6583]
    • Problem solved where PDF/VT validation failed caused by multiple referenced XObjects [FP7125]
  • Desktop
    • Impose: Problem solved where imposing a booklet created missing/shifted page [FP16589]
    • Office conversion: Problem solved where PowerPoint message interrupted processing [FP7254]
  • CLI
    • Action “Create PDF”: Problem solved where processing an TIFF ended with warning [CA1020828]
    • Action “Create PDF”: Problem solved where TIFF-images did not keep their original resolution [CA1020816]
    • Action “Save as image”: Output will also get a suffix number if source PDF contains only one page [CA1020830]
    • Action “Save as image”: Problem solved where rendering intent was not respected
    • Action “Save as image”: Problem solved where colorspace could not be combined with simulation profile
  • Problem solved where plugins on Linux were not always found [CA1020484]
  • Improvements for Linux x64 [FP7197, FP16548, FP7220]
  • Improved handling of locked files [CA1020825]
  • Files handling [FP7175; FP7263]
  • Improved handling for invalid or encrypte PDF files [CA1017995, CA1019727, CA1020706]
  • Problem solved when more than one image uses one softmask [CA1019329]
  • Problem solved with handling of very small arrays within PDF [CA1020540, CA1020831]

pdfToolbox 5.0.137

Release date: 2011-07-14 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Features

  • Configurators for Enfocus Switch
    • Complete installation of Configurators for Enfocus Switch version 10

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Set XMP Metadata field: Problem solved where InfoDictionary entry were modified incorrect [CA1020605]
    • Insert CropBox: Problem solved where a rounding error may cause invalid nesting of boxes [CA1019606]
    • Problem solved where an error occured in special cases when downsampling images [FP7187]
    • Problem solved where increasing line width results in damage of content [FP7166]
  • Acrobat Plug In
    • Reports: Problem solved where generating a report of PDF/VT validation failed [FP7126]

pdfToolbox 5.0.135

Release date: 2011-06-30 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Fixes

  • Checks
    • Problem solved where some objects not handled correctly when determining distances

pdfToolbox 5.0.134

Release date: 2011-06-23 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Features

  • New checks for analyzing objects close to TrimBox and BleedBox [CA1020520, FP6254]
    • New properties
      • Smallest distance from TrimBox
      • Smallest distance from BleedBox
  • Corrections for pages improved
    • New fixups
      • Scale page content only [FP6584]
    • Fixups enhanced by an Apply to option to restrict the fixup to specified pages
      • Rotate pages [CA1020480]
      • Scale pages
      • Crop pages
      • Create bleed
  • Option added to create customizable profiles of standard analysis and conversion profiles like PDF/A and PDF/X
  • New profiles and fixups (not automatically set up in Desktop version when updating, they can be downloaded from here: http://www.callassoftware.com/downloads/callas_pdfToolbox_5v0MR2_new_profiles.zip)
    • Profiles
      • Object closer to TrimBox than specified value
      • Object closer to TrimBox than specified value (binding edges are not checked)
      • Scale pages to A4 if not larger than A3
    • Fixups
      • Rotate pages to landscape if portrait
      • Rotate pages to portrait if landscape
      • Scale page content only to specified value
  • pdfToolbox Desktop
    • Simultaneous export of several profiles [CA1013728, CA1017434]
    • User interface optimized by moving all Manage options to Options menu
  • pdfToolbox CLI
    • Improved control of number and types of reported values in XML report [CA1020392]
  • Japanese support
    • Japanese language support added
    • Japanese destinations added to Switchboard Actions Process conversion and Office PDF to CMYK

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where page object had not been converted into destination color space
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where colors were not handled properly during RGB-conversion [FP7057]
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where glyphs were not outlined properly [FP6639, FP6936, FP6781]
    • Set XMP Metadata field: Problem solved where metadata entry was not inserted [CA1020605]
    • Create TrimBox: Problem solved with rotation entry in PDF [FP6691]
    • Derive page geometry boxes from crop marks: Problems solved with some kinds of Japanese style crop marks
    • Downsample/compress color images: Problem solved where indexed color space is used in images [CA1020529]
    • Flatten annotations and form fields: Problem solved where stamps return to their original size
    • Remove Differences array from TrueType fonts for PDF/A-1: Problem solved where processing did not succeed
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved where processing may cause unexpected errors [FP5994]
  • Checks
    • Problem solved where checking for registration color outside of a specified page box did not generate a hit [FP6490, FP6480, FP6301, CA1018541]
    • Glyph in subset font missing: Problem solved where check triggered an improper hit
  • Desktop
    • Action Convert colors: Problem solved where custom destination profile could not be chosen
    • Minor improvements and fixes in Compare feature
  • pdfToolbox Server
    • Problem solved in Action “Place PDF” where processing triggered an error [FP7010]
    • Problem solved in command line where numbering of output files was not applied properly [FP6852, CA1017262]
    • Problem solved in usage of expressions for Action “Split PDF” in CLI [FP6768]
    • Improved handling when huge amount of files to be processed using Server UI [CA1014973, CA1017564, CA1020562]
  • Configurators for Enfocus Switch
    • Problem in Visualizer action of Actions configurator solved where Resolution or pixel width was not applied properly [FP6912]
    • Problem in Create PostScript action of Actions configurator solved where processing could not be started [FP6777]
    • Problem solved where configurators were not installed when executing 64 bit pdfToolbox Server installer [FP6531]
  • Fixup “Discard all embedded files” removed from PDF/A-1 conversion to improve handling of PDF Portfolios [CA1020601]
  • Action Extract ICC profiles: Problem solved where file name of ICC profile was truncated [CA1020593]
  • Action PostScript to PDF: Problem solved where particular fonts from operating system were not embedded [FP6597]
  • Action Convert to PDF: Problem solved where annotations in Word documents are visible after converting in special cases
  • Action Save as image: Problem solved where the certain resolutions caused an error [CA1018070, CA1018452]
  • Problem solved in predefined PDF/X-4 validation profile where PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 files where analysed according to with their respective standard
  • Problem solved in PDF/VT validation where PDF/X-4 related problem was not found
  • Problem solved in PDF/A conversion where glyphs of symbolic TrueType font with PDF encoding were not handled properly [FP6930, CA1020545]
  • Problem solved in PDF/A comversion where processed PDF files with JPEG2000 images may cause unstable behaviour [CA1020504]
  • Problem solved in PDF/A conversion where embedded files are removed without notice [CA1020601]
  • Problem solved in PDF/A validation where analysis stopped because of invalid XMP metadata [FP6759]
  • Problem solved where use of present Output Intent for PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 not handled properly [CA1019444]
  • Problem solved where effective ink coverage was not evaluated properly on specific files [FP6080]
  • Problem solved where more actual versions of Output Intent shall replace modified ones during update process [CA1017285]
  • Minor changes in displaying values in profiles, checks and fixups
  • Implemented changes of PDF/X-5g and PDF/X-5pg caused by changes in Technical Corrigendum
  • Creation of logfiles for failed conversions using Action Re-Distill and Post Script To PDF [FP6597, FP6748]
  • Schema of XML report updated [CA1020564]

pdfToolbox 5.0.132

Release date: 2011-05-06 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 5 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 5 Desktop license

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where image defined in CalRGB was not converted properly
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where glyphs were not outlined properly
    • Fix glyph width information: Problem solved where width information could not be fixed
    • Remove printer marks and Remove objects outside page area: Problem solved where text was shifted
    • Flatten transparency:
      • Problem solved where shape of glyph was modified
      • Problem solved where processing ended with error message
    • Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers: Problem solved where page objects on invisible layer became visible
  • Compare
    • Problem solved where highlighting was not updated properly when switching between documents
    • Problem solved where file names of destination file in the compare report was not correct
    • Problem solved where pages in the compare report were stretched when page sizes differed
    • Problem solved where page was marked as difference in the compare report although “No difference highlighting” was chosen
    • Problem solved where Loupe view was different to page view in pdfToolbox Standalone
    • Default check “Compare converted document with original” adapted to higher resolution to get a more detailed analysis
  • Desktop
    • Problem solved where error message about missing ICC profile appeared
    • Problem solved where Output Intents were written in kfpx profile during export although they were not necessary
    • Problem solved where lines did not wrap in the profile summary and inventory report
    • Problem solved where prior version of ISO Coated v2 (ECI) was installed
    • Problem solved in batch processing where files with same name but different suffix were overwritten
  • Problem solved where missing page boxes were not properly inserted
  • Problem solved where DPart was not properly analysed when validating for PDF/VT
  • Problem solved in the installation programs under Windows where start menu entries were removed when uninstalling
  • Problem solved where trigger values for color related checks did not show all color spaces

pdfToolbox 5.0.130

Release date: 2011-04-13 

  • Upgrade to pdfToolbox 5 Desktop requires upgrade fee for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 Desktop license

Features

  • Visual comparison of PDF documents
  • Preflight Certificate for safer document delivery
  • Redistilling of PDF documents
  • Font and document structure optimization
  • Support of PDF based ISO Standards:
    • PDF/VT
    • PDF/A-2
    • PDF/X-4:2010
  • File format conversions extended:
    • Conversion to PDF from
      • Images (TIFF, JPEG, PNG)
      • PostScript
      • MS Office 2011 Mac
      • MS Publisher (32-bit and 64-bit)
      • MS Visio (32-bit and 64-bit)
      • MS Project (32-bit and 64-bit)
      • iWork 09 Pages
      • OpenOffice.org 3.3
    • Conversion from PDF to
      • PostScript
  • Improvements to the Desktop version
    • Batch function added to several Switchboard actions
    • Output Preview
    • New action to Create TrimBox
    • New actions to extract text and content
    • New actions to embed files in PDF documents
    • Smoothing parameter added to action Image export
    • Sidebar added for embedded files and bookmarks
    • Optimized activation process
    • “Open recent…” option in File menu
    • Control via keyboard extended, e.g. for scrolling pages
    • Revert option to undo changes and get back to original file
  • New fixups
    • Derive page geometry boxes from crop marks
    • Adjust colors for PDF based ISO standards
    • Remove unnecessary transparency groups
    • Remove CIDSet
    • Remove CharSet
    • Make document XMP Metadata compliant with PDF/A-2
    • Remove all xmpMM:Manifest metadata entries
    • Recompress images with JPEG 2000 as JPEG
  • Extended fixups
    • Flatten transparency extended to resave images as ZIP when choosing Optimization setting Best quality
    • Convert colors extended to specify decalibration before color converting via user inferface
    • Color mapping fixups extended to specify tint value and keep alternate color definition if already present in the PDF
    • Convert fonts to outlines extended to process fonts that are not embedded
    • Remove non-compliant XMP Metadata extended to support PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 and PDF/X-4
  • New properties
    • Detect visual differences
    • Layer metadata
    • Several new properties for PDF/VT and PDF/A-2
    • Page description errors of PDF files are reported with detailed error messages
  • Several new predefined Profiles, Checks and Fixup (can be filtered with “v5.0” in search field of Desktop version)
  • Conversion to PDF/A extended to compress all uncompressed objects using lossless ZIP compression
  • Support for metadata of layers
  • pdfToolbox Server application
    • Smoothing parameter added to image export
  • XML report exteneded to list annotations
  • Support of 64-bit of Server, CLI and SDK for Windows, Linux, Solaris Sparc and AIX
  • Performance improvement in CLI through caching of kfpx profiles and reducing command line output
  • Memory handling improved
  • CLI options added:
    • to Overlay to change order of PDF documents
    • to enumerate kfpx profiles
    • for emptying font cache
    • to Save as image and Create EPS to specify number of digits when indexing output files
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library 9.1 integrated
  • Configurators for Enfocus Switch adapted to latest features

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors
      • Problem solved where conversion ended with error message because of an invalid color space of a JPEG 2000 image
      • Problem solved where alternate color space did not get decalibrated
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink profile
      • Problem solved where error message occured during the conversion
      • Problem solved where processing ended with out of memory
    • Map colors
      • Problem solved where combination of mapping parameters did not created expected result
    • Embed missing fonts
      • Problem solved where font embedding or substitution failed
      • Problem solved under Linux where font folders where not properly scanned
    • Convert fonts to outlines
      • Problem solved where character was not rendered properly
      • Problem solved where spot color object remained in the PDF after color conversion
    • Subset fonts
      • Problem solved where fonts could not be subsetted
    • Fix glyph width information
      • Problem solved where width information could not be fixed
    • Convert True Type fonts to CID fonts
      • Problem solved where characters were not rendered properly
    • Flatten layers
      • Problem solved where page object was slightly shifted
    • Remove page objects which are completely outside of page area
      • Problem solved where error message was displayed in Acrobat 8 when opening processed document
    • Set author entry
      • Problem solved where author entry was not set
    • Set title
      • Problem solved where title entry was not set
    • Set Trapped key
      • Problem solved where Trapped Key entry was not set
    • Remove non-compliant XMP Metadata
      • Problem solved where non-compliant XMP Metadata could not be removed
    • Downsample/recompress images
      • Problem solved where images where not handled properly
      • Problem solved where white bar was visible when image with Indexed color space was resaved with CCITT filter
    • Increase line width
      • Problem solved where lines where not set to specified value
  • Checks
    • Effective ink coverage
      • Problem solved where property generated unexpected hit
      • Problem solved where page boxes were not properly regarded
    • Page is empty
      • Problem solved where hit was generated although a page object was present
    • Problem solved where check “Transparency used (filled object with ca value smaller than 1.0)” did not hit for images containing transparency
    • Problem solved where property “List of color spaces” did not return all color spaces
  • Standards
    • Problem solved where colors where not completely prepared for PDF/X-4 when converting via Switchboard action PDF/X-4
    • Problem solved where layers were not properly prepared for PDF/X-4
    • Problem solved where page object was slightly shifted during PDF/X-1a conversion
    • Form and Annotation handling improved when converting to PDF/A
  • Conversion to PDF
    • Problem solved where conversion stopped because of a Word dialog
    • Problem solved where bookmarks from Word documents were not handed over to the PDF completely
  • Switchboard Actions
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved where transparency blend color space was not set prior transparency flattening
    • Convert colors: Problem solved where ISO Uncoated profile was used instead of PSO Uncoated ISO12647 (ECI)
  • Desktop
    • Problem solved where user preferences became invalid when variables where used
    • Problem solved where error message appeared when viewing spot color objects in Visualizer
    • Problem solved where save dialog could not be closed via cancel
    • Problem solved where details of page objects where not displayed when results dialog was opened from the Switchboard after processing an action
    • Problem solved in Profile Summary when options “Fire if any condition is met”, “Current file” and “Embedded file” where not listed
    • Optimizations in the user interface
  • CLI
    • Save as image
      • Problem solved where black bar appeared in image because of page rotation parameter in the PDF
      • Problem solved where processing did not proceed because of an invalid page in the middle of a PDF
      • Problem solved where spot color PDF was not properly converted into multichannel TIFF
      • Problem solved where image of secured file could not be created although this was allowed
    • Create EPS
      • Problem solved
    • Extract text
      • Problem solved where text secured file could not be extracted although this was allowed
    • Impose
      • Problem solved where leading zeros where stripped during token evaluation
      • Problem solved where PDF files where saved in PDF version 1.6
      • Problem solved where color values of crop marks where not properly set
      • Problem solved where parameter CropMarkWidth was not correct in pre-installed imposition config files
  • Reports
    • Problem solved where PDF/X entry was in report although PDF/X conversion failed
    • XSLT: Problem solved where file suffix was missing when a folder was specified using the report path parameter
    • Compact HTML: Problem solved where color labeling was not correct
  • Configurators for Enfocus Switch
    • Several minor fixes

Release notes callas pdfToolbox 4

pdftoolbox 4.5.100

Release date: 2011-02-01 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 4 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 Desktop license

Features

  • Performance improvement on Mac and Windows when embedding fonts with custom font folder and large numbers of fonts

Fixes

  • Switchboard Actions
    • Split in half: Problem solved where pages were not split properly

pdfToolbox 4.5.098

Release date: 2010-12-10 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 4 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 Desktop license

Features

  • Support of Acrobat X Pro

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Map spot colors:
      • Problem solved where process color page objects defined as Separation or DeviceN where separated to CMYK
      • Problem solved where page object defined as multi-channel DeviceN was not mapped
    • Convert colors using DeviceLink profiles: Problem solved where processing ended with error message
    • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where processing time was increased
    • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved under Unix where Adobe font list file was created in current working directory
    • Adjust or remove annotations: Problem solved where page was rotated
  • Checks
    • Problem solved where processing ended with error message when analyzing a specific PDF file
  • pdfToolbox Desktop
    • Activation: Problem solved where activation of an older pdfToolbox version was not accepted
    • Problem solved where error message occurred when executing color conversion fixup using ICC profile that was not installed in the operating system
    • Action Create EPS:
      • Problem solved where file size of created EPS files were very large
      • Problem solved where document with a created EPS file could not be printed from within InDesign
      • Problem solved where CID Type 2 fonts where not properly encoded when outputting PostScript Level 2
    • Impositioning Actions: Problem solved where negative values in token expression were not parsed correctly

pdfToolbox 4.5.093

Release date: 2010-11-03 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 4 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 Desktop license

Features

  • Performance improved
    • When applying fixups, especially when converting fonts to outlines or when processing complex PDF files
    • When converting colors to black and white
    • When applying fixups or actions modifying pages (rotate, flip, scale, move content, enlarge page)
  • Memory handling improved
  • Fixup Embed missing fonts extended to specify custom font folder at runtime using variables
  • Fixup Adjust layers for PDF/X-4 adapted to meet the requirements of PDF/X-4:2010
  • Page description errors of PDF files are reported with detailed error messages
  • Conversion of Office documents improved: PDF files created from Excel sheets are cropped to visible page objects

Fixes

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors:
      • Problem solved where page objects had an unexpected color shift
      • Problem solved where DeviceN objects had color shift when converting to RGB
      • Problem solved where file size was increased when converting to RGB
      • Problem solved where Acrobat Preflight reported syntax problem after color conversion
    • Map colors: Problem solved where page objects with Indexed color space were not mapped
    • Convert registration color to black: Problem solved where vector objects (e.g. smooth shades) were not converted
    • Embed missing fonts:
      • Problem solved where wrong font style was embedded
      • Problem solved where fonts were not embedded or substituted
    • Convert fonts to outlines:
      • Problem solved where position of glyph changed
      • Problem solved where glyph was modified
      • Problem solved where error message appeared in Acrobat when opening converted PDF file
    • Subset fonts:
      • Problem solved where glyph was modified
      • Problem solved where glyph width mismatched after subsetting fonts
    • Fix glyph width information: Problem solved where glyph was modified
    • Convert TrueType to CID font: Problem solved where glyph was modified
    • Flatten transparency: Problem solved where text was clipped
    • Increase line width: Problem solved where line width was not increased properly
    • Downsample/Compress images: Problem solved where page object was shifted because of rounding issue with very small numbers
    • Remove objects outside page area:
      • Problem solved where page object was removed that was partly inside page area
      • Problem solved where processing ended with error message
    • Set XMP Metadata fields: Problem solved where XMP entry was not set
    • Set custom property: Problem solved where custom property was not set when fixup was combined with other fixups
    • Flip pages, Crop all pages, Stamp, Adjust or remove annotations/forms: Problem solved where page rotation factor was not properly regarded
    • Rotate pages, Create bleed: Problem solved where page object was clipped after rotating pages
    • Rotate pages: Problem solved where pattern object was not rotated
    • Set layer visibility: Fixup not executed when layer name contains brackets
    • Put objects on layers: Problem solved where processing stopped with error message because of Type 3 font
    • Profile: Optimize for online publishing: Problem solved where file size was increased
    • Convert to PDF/A: Problem solved where conversion to PDF/A failed because of missing key in font resource
  • Checks
    • Effective ink coverage: Problem solved where trigger value was not output properly
  • Switchboard
    • Optimize for print: Problem solved where bleed and marks were created although they were present in the PDF file (creation of bleed and marks removed from action)
    • Scale page format only, Scale page content only, Move content, Flip content, Crop to visible, Enlarge: Problem solved where page rotation factor was not properly regarded
    • Enumerate layers
      • Problem solved where layers with the same name were created
      • Problem solved where layer was created that contained no page objects
    • Arrange actions
      • Problem solved where edited pagesizes.txt containing UTF-8 BOM could no longer be used
      • Problem solved where PDF version number was set to 1.6 although not necessary
    • Slice: Problem solved where processing stopped with error message because of Type 3 font
    • Reports Images: Problem solved where small images were not listed
    • Visualizer: Problem solved where values for total area coverage were not exact
    • Image export: Problem solved where black bar appeared at the edge of images when page was very narrow or wide
  • pdfToolbox Desktop
    • Office conversion: Problem solved where images were downsampled
    • Minor improvements in the user interface
  • pdfToolbox Standalone
    • Problem solved where error message appeared when trying to overwrite an open file during save
    • Menu entries grayed out at the time when they are not functional
  • Reports
    • XML: Problem solved where time zone of creation and modification date was not regarded properly
    • PDF mask: Problem solved where description text of the mask was not positioned properly
    • PDF layer: Problem solved where layer was created for a check that did not hit
    • Problem solved where Font Descriptor Flag ForceBold was not evaluated properly

pdfToolbox 4.5.090

Release date: 2010-08-23 

  • Update of pdfToolbox 4 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 Desktop license

Features

  • Transparency flattening is now also supported on Mac and Linux
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library 9.1 integrated
  • New optimization of internal PDF structure during saving now creates smaller file sizes, especially with complex PDF files

Fixes

  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Flatten transparency: Several problems solved with Adobe PDF Library 9.1 where page objects were not handled properly
      • Crop all pages: Problem solved where page was not cropped properly
    • Checks
      • Effective ink coverage: Problem solved where ink coverage was not evaluated properly
      • Page is empty: Problem solved where check fired although page had objects
  • Visualizer
    • Problem solved where an area of a page was highlighted by mistake
    • Problem solved where color bar of legend was not correct when a high threshold was chosen

pdfToolbox 4.5.086

Release date: 2010-07-14 

  • Update free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 Desktop license

Features

  • Performance improvement especially when processing complex PDF files
    • Higher processing speed
    • Less memory consumption
    • Faster creation of font cache
  • Visualizer: Visualizes print-relevant characteristics of PDF documents (not available in Plug-In under Acrobat 8)
  • Organize pages: Easily move pages in PDF documents
  • Office document support
    • Documents of all file formats supported by Microsoft Office 2010 or 2007 (Windows only) and OpenOffice.org 3.2 (Macintosh, Windows and Linux) can directly be converted to PDF
    • Supported in pdfToolbox Desktop 4, pdfToolbox Server 4, pdfToolbox CLI 4 (Linux only) and pdfToolbox SDK 4 (Macintosh, Windows and Linux)
    • Keep visual and semantic reproducibility by direct export from the office application
    • Common issues of PDF files created from Office applications are repaired
    • Office documents that can not be exported from Microsoft Office can be processed via OpenOffice.org
  • Support for page scaling factors (user units) to handle sheet sizes larger than 200 by 200 inches
  • Latest PDFX-ready profiles pre-installed (Version 1.3)
  • PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-4p conversion extended to preserve page objects in RGB by tagging with ICC profile
  • PDF/A-1 conversion and validation adapted to the modified PDF/A-1 requirements as defined in the ISO Technical Corrigendum 2 for the standard
  • Fontsubstitution activated for Arial and Helvetica when converting to PDF/A
  • Image export extended
    • Image format TIFF (LZW) supported
    • JPEG quality maximum and minimum added
    • Color space of image can be set to RGB, CMYK (TIFF only) and Gray
    • RGB images are tagged with ICC profile sRGB
  • pdfToolbox Desktop
    • Switchboard
      • New action: Visualizer: Allows for visualizing print-relevant characteristics of PDF documents (not available in Plug-In under Acrobat 8)
      • New action: Organize pages: Allows for organizing pages of one or several PDF documents
      • New action: Create bleed: Bleed is created by a slight upscaling of the pages
      • New action: Add marks: Creates crop and bleed marks according to the page geometry boxes
      • New action: Office to PDF: Create print-ready PDF files from office documents
      • New action: Image export: Create JPEG, PNG or TIFF images of PDF documents
      • New action: EPS export: Create single page EPS files of PDF documents
      • Action Embed fonts extended to optionally substitute fonts if the required font is not available
      • Action Overlay extended by overlays “Draft” and “Confidential”
      • Transparency blend color space is always set with the proper color space after processing of the actions Process conversion, Office PDF to CMYK, Spot to process, Convert to RGB and DeviceLink conversion
    • Power Tools
      • Fixups
        • New fixup: Remove unnecessary transparency groups
          • Functionality also executed when fixup Flatten transparency, Switchboard actions Process conversion, Office PDF to CMYK, Spot to process, Convert to RGB and DeviceLink conversion and Server/CLI action Convert colors are executed
        • New fixup: Add marks
        • New fixup: Create bleed
        • New fixup: Set page geometry boxes (page box dimensions)
        • New fixup: Set page scaling factor
        • Convert colors extended
          • to allow tagging of page objects with ICC profiles
          • to set transparency blend color space
        • Map colors extended
          • Improved support of smooth shades
        • Map spot colors extended
          • Improved support of smooth shades
          • Option added to specify destination color space and values
        • Embed missing fonts extended
          • Settings for font substitution improved to substitute more fonts (updater need to remove fontsubstitution.cfg in user prefs in advance)
        • Rotate pages extended to apply page rotation factors
        • Initial view extended to support magnification 100%
        • Relevant fixups extended by option to factor in page scaling factors (user units)
      • Checks
        • New check: Effective ink coverage
        • Relevant checks extended by option to factor in page scaling factors (user units)
      • Profiles, checks and fixups can be deleted via options menu
      • Several new predefined Profiles, Checks and Fixup (can be filtered with “v4.5” in search field)
    • pdfToolbox Standalone:
      • Control via keyboard extended, e.g. for scrolling pages
      • Revert option to undo changes and get back to original file
      • Status whether Switchboard is open or not is remembered until the next start of pdfToolbox
    • Installation software for Windows improved to better support user rights and have smaller installation package

Fixes

  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Convert colors:
        • Problem solved where processing ended with error message
        • Problem solved where page objects were converted when source and destination ICC profile were identical
        • Problem solved where black text was in all process channels when fixup was executed together with fixup Flatten transparency
        • Problem solved when converting to RGB where color shift in smooth shade occurred
        • Problem solved where processing of an already converted PDF file took longer than necessary
        • Problem solved were created PDF file could not be processed on specific RIP
      • Convert colors using DeviceLink profiles:
        • Problem solved were page object was not converted
        • Problem solved were created PDF file could not be processed on specific RIP
      • Convert Registration color to black: Problem solved where error message occurred
      • Flatten transparency: Problem solved where smooth shade was modified
      • Set transparency blend color space: Problem solved where blend color space in soft mask was not handled properly
      • Embed missing fonts:
        • Problem solved where font could not be embedded
        • Problem solved where font could not be fully embedded
      • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where glyph was modified
      • Convert TrueType fonts to CID fonts: Problem solved where processing stopped with error message
      • Subset fonts:
        • Problem solved where error message occurred
        • Problem solved where subsetting failed
      • Add missing SPACE glyph: Problem solved where glyph width was modified
      • Make font name unique: Problem solved where fixup failed
      • Set overprint and knockout: Problem solved where custom check for image masks could not be selected
      • Set ICC profile for Output Intent: Problem solved where error message occurred when ICC profile was used that was not in system folder for ICC profiles
      • Remove objects outside page area: Problem solved where page objects where removed that where partly inside page area
      • Scale pages: Problem solved where link annotations were not scaled
      • Auto-correct nesting of page geometry boxes: Problem solved where correction failed
      • Initial view: Problem solved where “Open to page” was not set
      • Set layer visibility dependent on a zoom level: Problem solved where layer name mistakenly was interpreted as regular expression
    • Checks
      • Number of colorants which are non-zero: Problem solved where number of colorants were not evaluated correctly
      • Page size, Size of TrimBox etc.: Problem solved when comma was used in the values
      • Embedded font contains all glyphs needed in PDF: Problem solved where SPACE glyph was evaluated that was present
      • Character references .notdef glyph: Problem solved where check fired where it should not fire
  • Switchboard Actions
    • Tone value adjustment: Problem solved where tone values of RGB and device-independent colors were not modified
    • Spot colors: Problem solved where spot color could not be renamed to “None”
    • Replace font: Problem solved where font could not be replaced
    • Import as layer: Problem solved where only one layer could be inserted, no second one
    • Optimize for internet: Fixups Flatten overprinting (and transparency) and Save as PDF 1.3 (Acrobat 4) removed to create smaller file sizes
    • DeviceLink conversion:
      • PDF/X info is now removed after processing
      • Last settings are saved until next use of the action
    • Split layers: Problem solved where invalid PDF file was created
    • Impose: Problem solved where overprint status was changed after processing
    • Split in half: Problem solved where pages were not split properly
    • Workspace: Problem solved where executing of a profile with variables caused error message
  • pdfToolbox Standalone: Problem solved on Mac where progress bar did not show progress
  • Reports
    • Problem solved in layer report where no layer was created when checking for missing glyphs

pdfToolbox 4.4.070

Release date: 2010-04-01 

  • Update free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox license

Features

  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library 9

Fixes

  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Convert colors:
        • Problem solved where conversion of JBIG2 image caused error message
        • Problem solved where tone values of smooth shade defined in Separation or DeviceN where too low
        • Problem solved where image mask with pattern object remained colored after conversion to grayscale
        • Problem solved where file size increased when converting smooth shades
        • Conversion to RGB:
          • Problem solved where page objects remained CMYK when converting to RGB
          • Problem solved where smooth shade defined in process colors as Separation and DeviceN where not converted to RGB
          • Problem solved where file size increased during RGB conversion
      • Map colors: Problem solved where error message occurred
      • Flatten transparency: Problem solved where glyphs and page objects where modified
      • Flip/Rotate/Scale pages: Problem solved where pattern object was modified
      • Set media box to origin: Problem solved where smooth shade object was clipped
      • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where glyphs were modified
      • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved where creating of font cache took long time
      • Set Overprint and Knockout: Problem solved where OPM was not set for DeviceCMYK page object
  • Actions
    • Flip, Move content, Passe partout, Rotate, Scale by percent, Scale page content, Scale to format: Problem solved where pattern object was modified
  • Activation
    • Problem solved where automatic activation failed when sending activation information from certain E-Mail clients
    • Problem solved where activation info was not displayed after activating
    • Problem solved where activation could not be made for all users of a computer
    • Problem solved where activation got invalid after changing network device
  • Impositioning
    • Problem solved where listing of runlists caused problem when no user folder was present
  • pdfToolbox Desktop
    • Problem solved under Windows where language of user interface did not match to language of operating system
    • Problem solved where user preferences could not be saved on an AFP file server
  • pdfToolbox Standalone
    • Some problems in user interface and loupe solved

pdfToolbox 4.4.064

Release date: 2009-12-22 

  • Update free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox license

Features

  • Performance improvements when executing fixups, up to 600% faster
  • Processing of malformed PDF files improved by saving them completely by Adobe PDF Library prior further processing
  • Impositioning features
    • Variables used in Runlist can be defined via the ”–setvariable” parameter
    • Color definition of crop marks and placed text can be specified
  • Fixups
    • Transparency flattening
      • Transparency flattening is only performed on pages containing live transparency
  • pdfToolbox Standalone: kfpx profiles can be imported via Drag&Drop on pdfToolbox
  • pdfToolbox Desktop: Reference manual can be accessed via menu entry

Fixes

  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Transparency flattening
        • Problem solved where ICC source profiles created by the flattening did not get removed
        • Problem solved where transparency flattening was not executed when tranparent object was outside page area
  • Activation
    • Problem solved where automatic activation failed when sending activation information from certain E-Mail clients
    • Problem solved under Windows 7 where error message occured when no standard E-Mail client was set up
  • Impositioning
    • Problem solved on Mac where umlauts in placed text where not output properly
    • Problem solved where imposition configurations where not visible after updating pdfToolbox from version 4.3
  • pdfToolbox Desktop
    • Several problems of Loupe window solved

pdfToolbox 4.4.060

Release date: 2009-11-26 

  • Update free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox license

Features

  • Performance improvements on Windows, up to 350% faster
  • Widely enhanced imposition features
    • Custom definition of imposition sheet sizes in actions Booklet, N-Up, Step & Repeat and Reader Spreads
    • More control in the Impose action with an easy-to-use micro-wizard
    • Placement of cut marks and bleed improved
    • Creation of creep improved
  • Transparency flattening
    • New in Windows Desktop, Server, SDK and Linux CLI, SDK
    • Based on Adobe PDF Library 9 and additionally highly improved file optimization like improved preservation of image quality
  • Full support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Full support for Windows 7
  • Use of most recent version of Adobe PDF Library 9
  • Improved software licensing
  • New pre-installed color conversion profiles for:
    • PSO LWC Improved (ECI)
    • PSO Uncoated ISO12647 (ECI)
  • DeviceLink Add-on extended by the following profiles:
    • Convert using DeviceLink Web offset, LWC improved to Japan
    • Convert using DeviceLink Web offset, LWC improved to US (SWOP)
    • Convert using DeviceLink Web offset, US (SWOP) to LWC improved
    • Convert using DeviceLink Sheetfed offset to Web offset on improved LWC paper
    • Convert using DeviceLink Sheetfed offset, coated to uncoated paper (PSO)
    • Convert using DeviceLink Web offset (LWC improved) to Newspaper (IFRA)
    • Convert using DeviceLink Sheetfed offset, uncoated, reduce to 280% ink limit (PSO) (Server/CLI only)
    • Convert using DeviceLink Web offset, reduce to 300% ink limit (PSO) (Server/CLI only)
    • Convert using DeviceLink Web offset, reduce to 300% ink limit with GCR (PSO) (Server/CLI only)
  • Power Tools
    • Fixups
      • Embed missing fonts: Pre-installed setting “Arial and Helvetica” for font substitution extended to support styles bold, italic, bold italic, narrow, narrow bold and narrow bold italic
    • Checks
      • New Properties to check for types of smooth shading
      • New Property to check whether orientation and size is equal for all pages with settings for tolerance and page box
      • Wizard check “Page size or page orientation is different from page to page” uses a tolerance of 2 pt
  • Loupe window in pdfToolbox Standalone
  • Chinese language version extended
    • Registration for international and chinese version can be combined on one machine
  • Reports improved
    • Icons added to PDF overview page
    • PDF comments report: added name of check to content of comment
    • PDF comment and layer report: Annotations and layer masks are sorted by severity

Fixes

  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Convert colors
        • Problem solved where processing ended with error message
        • Problem solved where page object was shifted after processing
        • Problem solved where page objects were not converted when fixup “Convert RGB colors using Quick Conversion (Office-RGB)” was contained in pdfToolbox profile
        • Problem solved where inline images were not converted
      • Convert colors using DeviceLink profiles
        • Problem solved where processing ended with error message
      • Map colors: Problem solved where objects were not mapped to destination color
      • Set Overprint and Knockout: Problem solved where OPM was not set for DeviceCMYK object
      • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved where PDF could not be printed or EPS creation failed after processing
      • Convert fonts to outlines
        • Problem solved where fonts were not converted to outlines although conversion was possible
        • Problem solved where error message was displayed after processing
        • Problem solved where appearance of glyph changed after processing
      • Subset fonts:
        • Problem solved where glyphs of special characters where modified
        • Problem solved where EPS creation failed after processing
      • Fix glyph width information: Problem solved where EPS creation failed after processing
      • Add missing space glyph: Problem solved where EPS creation failed after processing
      • Convert TrueType fonts to CID fonts: Problem solved where error message was displayed after processing
      • Convert to PDF standard: names of Output Condition Identifier and Output Condition not properly written to embedded Output Intent
      • Convert to PDF/E: Problem solved under Unix where conversion ended with error message
      • Downsample/Compress images: Problem solved where appearance of JPEG 2000 image was modified
      • Increase line width: Problem solved where page object was modified that should not be modified
      • Adjust or remove annotations: Problem solved where annotations were not modified as requested
    • Checks
      • Problem solved where analysis ended with error message because of a certain type of pattern object
  • Switchboard Actions
    • Correct 4c Black: Problem solved where pixel in images were modified
    • Split layers: Problem solved where error message was displayed after processing
    • Import as layer: Problem solved in Standalone where error message occurred when open file was imported as layer in itself
    • Split in half: Problem solved where page was not properly split
  • Standalone
    • Problem solved where PDF was not rendered when page boxes are malformed

pdfToolbox 4.3.050

Release date: 2009-10-14 

  • Update free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox licence

Features

  • Performance improvements especially for:
    • Downsampling of images (up to 70% faster)
    • Color conversion (up to 50% faster)
    • Processing of kfpx profiles containing only fixups and no checks (up to 90% faster)
    • Execution of Actions in the desktop flavours (where possible the conversion is made on the open document and no Save as dialog is displayed)
  • Power Tools
    • Fixups
      • PDF/A conversion: Extension schema for xmpMM:InstanceID is embedded
      • Downsample/compress images: Supported image formats for JPEG recompression extended (Color spaces Device, ICC and Cal are supported; DeviceN, Indexed, Lab, Pattern are not supported)

Fixes

  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Convert colors
        • Problem solved where spot color objects where not converted to CMYK
        • Problem solved where page objects where not converted to RGB
        • Problem solved where page objects using Default Color Space where not decalibrated
        • Problem solved where error occured during processing
      • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved where font was not embedded although embedding was possible
      • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where error message occured with a PDF file during processing
      • Subset fonts: Problem solved where error occured with a PDF file during processing
      • Fix glyph width information: Problem solved where visual appearance changed
      • Make font name unique: Problem solved where glyph was not displayed at the right position
      • Make spot color appearance consistent: Problem solved where some page objects where not converted in a PDF file
      • Downsample/compress images:
        • Problem solved where image changed visual appearance
        • Problem solved where error occurred during processing of a bitmap image
      • Crop all pages: Problem solved where page object was clipped
      • Increase line width: Problem solved where line was increased to higher line width than specified in the fixup
      • Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers: Problem solved where page objects of hidden layer became visible after flattening
      • Set transparency blend color space: Problem solved where error occurred during processing
      • PDF/A conversion: Problem solved where error occurred during processing
    • Checks
      • Problem solved where transparent FormXObject was not found with respective check
      • Problem solved where number of plates was not properly evaluated for a PDF file
      • Problem solved where glyph width mismatch was reported although glyph width was consistent
  • Switchboard Actions
    • Booklet: Cut marks are also set for pages if they are added dynamically by pdfToolbox to fill the sheet
    • Optimize for internet: Fonts are no longer converted to outlines
  • Plug-In and Standalone
    • Problem solved where processing was not applied to currently active document
  • Plug-In
    • Problem solved under Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard where some predefined color conversion fixups using preinstalled ICC profiles could not be executed
  • Standalone
    • Problem solved where dialog for custom color conversion settings of Switchboard Action Process conversion was not handled properly

pdfToolbox 4.3.044

Release date: 2009-07-23 

  • Update free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox Desktop licence

Features

  • First release of Chinese language version of pdfToolbox 4 Desktop (separate installation package)
  • New fixups in Standalone that were only available in Plug-In version before:
    • Apply ZIP compression to uncompressed object streams
    • Discard embedded thumbnails
    • Discard private data of other applications
    • Optimize PDF for fast web view
  • Fixups Embed missing fonts and Convert fonts to outlines now list respective font name in results dialog

Fixes

  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Re-activated fixups Knockout white vector and/or text objects, Overprint black and Set Overprint Mode to 1 to be used with profiles created with pdfToolbox 4.2 and before, Note: It is not recommended to combine them with the new fixup Set Overprint and Knockout
      • Convert colors: Problem solved where OPM was not set to 0 when overprinting DeviceGray was converted to DeviceCMYK
      • Set transparency blend color space: Problem solved where transparency blend color space was not set to RGB ICC profile
      • Remove objects outside page area: Problem solved where object was removed that was lying partly inside page area
      • Convert SMask to image mask: Problem solved where error message was displayed after conversion
      • Fix glyph width info: Problem solved where glyph width was not fixed
  • Switchboard Actions
    • Fonts - Replace fonts: Problem solved where glyph width was not adapted when replacing font fully
    • Pages - Scale by percent: Problem solved where execution of action did not have any effect
  • Reports
    • Problem solved where in PDF comments report color of comments did not match their severity
  • Plug-In
    • Problem solved where error message was displayed when opening Profiles dialog
  • Standalone
    • Problem solved where encrypted PDF files, annotations and form fields were not displayed
    • Problem solved where black and white image was displayed with inverted color
    • Problem solved where page number, Standards button or icon for modified file was not displayed reliably
    • Problem solved where active document could not be changed when Profiles, Checks or Fixups dialog was open

pdftoolbox 4.3.041

Release date: 2009-06-25 

  • Update free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 4 Plug-In licence

Features

  • First release of pdfToolbox 4 Standalone version for Mac and Windows as part of pdfToolbox 4 Desktop version
  • Fixups
    • Set Rendering mode for text added
    • Convert TrueType fonts to CID fonts added (integrated in PDF/A conversion)
    • Reduce structure to predefined types added (integrated in PDF/A conversion)
    • Insert missing Type entry in StructElem objects added (integrated in PDF/A conversion)
    • Prepare encoding entry in TrueType fonts for PDF/A added (integrated in PDF/A conversion)
    • Set Overprint and Knockout added
    • Convert colors extended to set overprint and knockout of converted colors
    • Map spot colors extended to specify spot color names via regular expressions
  • Checks
    • Option added to combine properties in checks using “or”
    • Date string uses Unicode added
    • Entry in array missing or invalid added
    • Entry in dictionary missing or incorrect added
    • Reference to non-existing object added
  • Switchboard Actions
    • Layer - Split layers: to create single PDF files of each layer view or layer of a PDF
    • Arrange - Sandwich: option added to define placement
    • Fonts - Replace font: extended to also fully embed replaced fonts, e.g. for fonts used in forms
    • Present - Light table: white background added
    • Get in touch - Video tutorials: showing short demonstrations of the most interesting features
    • Improved file handling, working on current document with most actions instead of saving as a new files
  • New and adapted predefined profiles and fixups in the Power tools, their name contains v4.3, amongst others these are:
    • Prepress
      • PDFX-ready profiles added
      • Fixups of GWG profiles extended
    • PDF/X compliance
      • Convert to PDF/X-4 and create language layer views (ISO Coated v2 (ECI))
    • Convert colors
      • Convert using DeviceLink Sheetfed offset, reduce to 300% ink limit, only if above 305% (Europe)
      • Map color with specified color values (color values can be set at run time)
      • Map spot color with specified name and color values (color values can be set at run time)
      • Convert to grayscale extended to also convert registration color to gray
    • PDF fixups
      • Make OCR text visible
    • PDF analysis
      • List potential font problems extended by another 12 font releated checks
  • New Output Intents preinstalled
    • PSO LWC Improved (ECI)
    • PSO Uncoated ISO12647 (ECI)
  • Plug-In user interface slightly optimized
    • Toolbar icon for Profiles dialog
    • Plug-In menu entries extended
    • Power Tools removed from Switchboard
  • Reports: Information about fixups and layers are listed in XML report

Fixes

  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Convert colors
        • Problem solved where Acrobat error message was displayed after conversion
        • Problem solved where spot color was not converted to CMYK
        • Problem solved where file size increased when converting to sRGB and embedding destination profile as source profile
        • Problem solved where ICC based RGB object could not be decalibrated
        • Problem solved where smooth shade was not as detailed as in original
        • Problem solved where parameters to set compression method and JPEG quality of images did not have an effect
        • OPM is now set to 0 when converting DeviceGray to DeviceCMYK
      • Map colors: Problem solved where Apply to option had no effect
      • Map spot colors: Problem solved where only first defined color had been mapped if more than one was specified
      • Convert to PDF/X
        • Problem solved where page boxes could not be nested properly
        • Problem solved where object data compression could not be removed
      • Remove objects outside page area: Problem solved where object was removed that was lying partly inside page area
      • Embed missing fonts: several issues fixed where font was not embedded although embedding was possible
      • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where outline of a glyph was not placed at the right position
      • Subset fonts: Problem solved where Acrobat error message was displayed after subsetting
    • Analysis
      • Problem solved where annotation of type Redaction had not been found
      • Problem solved where contents stream of a PDF could not be analyzed
      • Problem solved where property “Belongs to a layer” did not find respective objects
      • Predefined check “Black text knocks out and is smaller than 12 pt” adapted
  • Switchboard Actions
    • Present - Passe partout: Problem solved where Acrobat 9 syntax check reported problem when analyzing converted file
    • Colors - Process conversion
      • Problem solved where error message was displayed when “Prepress (current file has PDF/X Output Intent)” had been chosen
      • Problem solved where error message was displayed when converting a specific file
    • Colors - Office PDF to CMYK: Problem solved where error message was displayed after conversion
  • Explore fonts: Problem solved where glyphs in preview where not filled

pdfToolbox 4.2.032

Release date: 2009-05-28

Features

  • Fixups
    • Convert colors: Alternate color values of Process colors defined as Separation or DeviceN, Separation All (Registration color) and Separation None are reset to default values
    • Embed missing fonts: Included Adobe font folders when system folder option is activated
    • Set Creation date entry: new fixup which allows an improved handling of invalid creation dates
    • Set Modification date entry: new fixup which allows an improved handling of invalid modification dates
  • Actions:
    • Colors - Correct 4c Black: Optimized to convert a wider range of separated black
  • Improved handling of invalid creation and modification dates during PDF/X conversion
  • DeviceLink Add-on: Profiles updated for better conversion results

Fixes

  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Convert colors:
        • Problem solved where spot color entries remained in PDF after converting spot color objects to destination
        • Process colors defined as Separation or DeviceN are treated as uncalibrated CMYK
        • Problem solved where page objects remained colored after conversion to grayscale
        • Problem solved where spot color with 0% was not converted to CMYK
        • Problem solved where number of channels in Output Intent was not set properly
        • Problem solved where error message was displayed after conversion
        • Problem solved where certain gray profiles in system folder were not listed as destination profile
      • Map colors: Problem solved where change of color was not visible in Acrobat unless PDF was reopened
      • Subset fonts: Problem solved where error message occurred after subsetting
      • Page geometry:
        • Problem solved where pages where not scaled to defined size
        • Problem solved where error message was displayed
        • Problem solved where flip and rotate fixups in one profile did not deliver expected result
      • Fix glyph width: Problem solved where glyph width was not fixed for all occurrences
      • Remove objects outside box: Problem solved where page object lying partly inside page box was removed
      • Crop pages to bounding box: Problem solved where invisible page objects were not cropped
      • Set layer default ON/OFF: Problem solved where RegEx was not applied
      • Convert NChannel to DeviceN: Problem solved where NChannel remained in PDF after processing
      • Option Omit ICC profile for standards conversion improved to omit the ICC profile in more cases
    • Analysis
      • Problem solved where performance of analysis of PostScript in PDF was low
  • Actions
    • Layers - Enumerate layers: Problem solved where error message was displayed after conversion
    • Layers - Import as layer: Problem solved where PDF was not scaled properly after import
    • Reports - Browse metadata: Problem solved where preview of image was rotated
    • Fonts - Replace font: Problem solved where not all system fonts were displayed in list of fonts
    • Save as image:
      • Problem solved where image was rotated
      • Problem solved where image resolution of PNG files was not set properly
  • Reports
    • Problem solved in XML report where details for problems were only listed for the first 30 hits
  • DeviceLink Add-on: Problem solved where total area coverage was not reduced to 260% for ISO newspaper 26v4 ink reduction profile

pdfToolbox 4.2.026

Release date: 2009-03-20

Features

  • Fixups
    • New fixup “Insert missing Type entry in StructElem objects” (necessary for PDF/A-1a)
    • Fixup “Scale pages” extended to work independent from the page orientation
    • Fixup “Discard all actions that are not compliant with PDF/A-1” extended to remove actions from form fields
  • Analysis
    • Transparency checks more detailed when using wizard checks for PDF version and transparency

Fixes

  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Convert fonts to outlines:
        • Problem solved where specific font was not converted to outlines
        • Problem solved where error message appeared after processing a specific PDF
      • Convert colors:
        • Problem solved where image with SMask having Matte value was not handled properly
        • Problem solved where conversion for objects was marked as failed when converting to RGB
        • Problem solved where conversion failed because of an invalid tag in an ICC profile
        • Problem solved where overprinting has behavior changed during the conversion with a specific PDF
        • Problem solved where image with decode array was not handled properly
        • Problem solved where DeviceN alternate of spot color was not converted to CMYK
        • Problem solved where Separation Black and DeviceN Black was separated to 4 colors after the conversion
        • Problem solved where tone values of Separation Black, DeviceN Black, DeviceGray and DeviceCMYK had slight differences after the conversion
        • Problem solved where conversion lead to crash with specific PDF
      • Layer handling: Problem solved where layer fixups could not be combined to create, make invisible and flatten layers in one profile
      • Downsample/compress images:
        • Problem solved where image with SMask having Matte value was not handled properly
        • Problem solved where Indexed CMYK image was modified after recompressing to JPEG
    • Analysis
      • Problem solved where properties “Font name in embedded font” and “Font name in PDF matches font name in embedded font” showed an error message when processing a specific PDF
  • Switchboard
    • Colors - Convert to B/W: Problem solved where page objects became darker or lighter tone values than expected
    • Layers - Browse layers: Problem solved where created layers were not PDF/X-4 compliant
    • Layers - Import as layer: Problem solved where file was rotated after importing
    • Reports - Browse metadata: Problem solved where preview of image where not displayed
  • Reports:
    • Mask report:
      • Problem solved where Warnings and Infos were displayed in color of errors (red) when viewing layer “All problems”

pdfToolbox 4.2.020

Release date: 2009-02-27

Features

  • New layer features
    • Layer browser for exploring and modifying Layer views and Layers
    • Fixup for server based handling of Layer views (Fixup Apply OCCD setup)
    • Fixup extended to have full RegEx support when creating Layer views (Fixup Configure OCCD)
  • New option for adjusting profiles dynamically at run time
  • New Actions in the Switchboard
    • Layers
      • Browse layer (also available via Acrobat menu File - Layer)
  • New Fixups
    • Font handling
      • Subset fonts
      • Make font name unique
      • Fix glyph width information
      • Fix font encoding (CIDToGIDMap)
      • Insert CMap for CID fonts
      • Add missing SPACE glyphs
      • Embed missing fonts extended to substitute fonts that are not available
    • Color handling
      • Map colors
      • Map spot colors
      • Normalize spot color appearance
      • Remove Rendering Intents
    • Page handling
      • Rotate pages
      • Flip pages
      • Set media box to origin
    • PDF/A related fixups
      • Change Launch Action into GoToR Action
      • Convert SMask to image mask
      • Remove XMP Metadata if not compliant with PDF/A
    • Further Fixups
      • Recompress images
      • Increase line width of multicolored lines
      • Apply OCCD setup (created by Layer browser)
  • New Checks
    • Checks for analyzing the embedding flags of TrueType fonts
  • New and adapted predefined profiles and fixups in the Power tools, their name contains “v4.2”, amongst others these are:
    • New GWG profiles in the Prepress group
      • Sheetfed offset (CMYK, high res.)
      • Sheetfed offset (CMYK and spot colors, high res.)
    • Dynamic profiles, checks and fixups
      • List relevant printing aspects
      • List all color and grayscale images below specified resolution
      • Downsample image resolution to specified value
      • List spot color with specified name
      • List font with specified name
      • Ink coverage is above specified value
    • Font analysis and correction
      • List potential font problems
      • Fix potential font problems
    • Color conversion
      • Fixup for conversion PDFs from Office applications: Convert to CMYK, Office conversion (ISO Coated v2 (ECI))
      • All color conversion profiles and fixups adapted
    • Spot color handling
      • Make Pantone spot color names consistent
      • Make HKS spot color names consistent
      • Make custom spot color names consistent
      • Normalize spot color names
      • Merge spot color name if appearance is identical
      • Make spot color appearance consistent
    • PDF/A conversion
      • Prepare annotations for PDF/A-1
      • Prepare forms for PDF/A-1
      • Discard all actions that are not compliant with PDF/A-1
      • These and further fixups added to convert more PDF files to PDF/A
  • Option to add Profiles, Checks and Fixups to the Workspace of the Switchboard
  • Sample files added to plug-in to easily get to know pdfToolbox
  • Improved visualization in the Metadata browser
  • File format of profiles changed to kfpx
  • New Output Intents preinstalled
    • PSO Coated NP (ECI)
    • PSO Coated 300% NP (ECI)
    • PSO Uncoated NP (ECI)
    • PSO Standard News print SNP (ECI)
    • PSO Super Calandered SC (ECI)
    • PSO Machine Finished Coating MFC (ECI)
  • Spanish and Italian language support added

Fixes

  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Convert colors
        • Problem solved where DeviceLink conversion was not applied properly on inline image
        • Problem solved where conversion of objects failed and fixup was marked as failed
        • Problem solved where Smooth Shade object was set to overprint after the conversion
        • Problem solved where images with more than one filter where not converted properly
        • Problem solved where conversion of alternate color space lead to error message
        • Problem solved where custom color conversion policy was not properly exported to profile
      • Convert NChannel to DeviceN: Problem solved where conversion was not performed
      • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved where font was not embedded although embedding was possible
      • Convert fonts to outlines
        • Fonts are now removed after conversion to outlines
        • Problem solved where letter on page was not handled properly
      • Set page geometry boxes: Problem solved where rotated flag was ignored when setting page boxes
      • Scale pages: Problem solved where page size was not displayed properly by Acrobat after conversion
      • Crop all pages to bounding box: Problem solved where parts of page objects were cropped
      • Increase lines width: Problem solved where lines were not increased
      • Apply or remove transfer curves: Problem solved where tone values where not correct after applying transfer curve
      • Downsample/compress images: Problem solved where indexed CMYK image was not downsampled
      • Recompress LZW with ZIP: Problem solved where fixup did not convert
      • Discard all alternate images: Problem solved where error message occurred after processing
    • Analysis
      • Problem solved where Font was marked as not valid although it was valid
      • Problem solved where check “Spot color is used” did not find spot colors that are defined in the PDF but not used
      • Problem solved where image resolution check combined with OPI check did not deliver hits
      • Problem solved where name of check TrapNet annotation error did not appear in plug-in results dialog
      • Problem solved where ICC profiles of transparency blend color space did not show up in Overview
  • Switchboard
    • Fonts - Subset fonts: Problem solved where error message occurred after processing
    • Present - Passe partout: Problem solved where objects (DeviceGray) where not displayed properly after conversion
  • Reports
    • Mask: Problem solved where report did not contain all page objects of the original PDF file
    • Inventory: Problem solved where reports could not be created with option Colors
    • XML: Order of entries is no longer changing
  • Problem solved where plug-in registration was not displayed when opening About dialog via Acrobat Help menu without starting the plug-in before

pdftoolbox 4.1.018

Release date: 2009-01-13

Fixes

  • Switchboard
    • Present - Passe partout problem solved where device dependent gray objects were not handled properly
  • Power tools
    • Analysis
      • Problem solved where font mistakenly was regarded as invalid font

pdfToolbox 4.1.017

Release date: 2008-12-19

Fixes

  • Switchboard
    • Colors - DeviceLink conversion: Problem solved where page objects did not comply with PDF specification after DeviceLink conversion
  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Problem solved where lines where not handled properly when increasing hairlines
      • Problem solved where error message appeared after downsampling an image
      • Problem solved where fixup “Crop all pages” caused an error when cropping an empty page
      • Problem solved where combination of fixups “Set page geometry boxes” and “Scale pages” did not create expected result

pdfToolbox 4.1.013

Release date: 2008-11-24

Fixes

  • Switchboard
    • Colors - DeviceLink conversion: DeviceLink profiles of Add-on updated: when converting pure Black defined in CMYK the dot gain had not been compensated properly
    • Layers - Remove layer: Problem solved where visibility of layers could not be changed after removing layers
    • Font - Replace fonts: Problem solved where font names on Mac were not properly listed
  • Power tools
    • Fixups
      • Problem solved where invisible layers became visible during flattening
      • Problem solved where downsampling of bitmap image did not work properly with a PDF
      • Problem solved where fixup Stamp page did not work
      • Problem solved where PDF with OPI comments could not be processed
      • Modifications of layers and OCCDs are directly visible after processing without reopening the PDF
  • Color conversion
    • RGB conversion improved: Advanced color conversion policy file RGB added
      • Problem solved where gray image in a PDF became lighter than expected after color conversion
      • Problem solved where custom DeviceLink profiles were not properly exported to kfp file for execution with CLI
  • Analysis
    • Font check of PDF/A compliancy profile updated to hit only if text is in render mode 3
      • Problem solved where font metadata was not respected properly when checking for PDF/A-1 compliancy
  • Reports
    • Layer “All problems” of PDF mask report also contains all comments
      • Problem solved where no XML report was created for a PDF
  • User Interface
    • Problem solved on Mac where Find field could not be used
  • Duplicate fixup for font embedding removed
  • Several minor improvements of the user interface

pdfToolbox 4.1.010

Release date: 2008-10-24

Features

  • Enhanced metadata support to explore and export XMP metadata information
  • Full compliancy with the latest specifications of the Ghent PDF Workgroup
  • Full support of Isartor test suite for PDF/A
  • Improved PDF mask, PDF comments and XML reports
  • New Actions in the Switchboard
    • Reports
      • Browse metadata - to explore and export XMP metadata information
    • Colors
      • Correct rich black - Restore accidentally separated Black
      • Registration Color - Converts Registration color into Black
      • Enhanced DeviceLink - Import option for custom DeviceLink profiles
  • New Fixups in the Power tools
    • Font handling
      • Embed missing fonts
      • Convert fonts to Outline
      • Fix CID set in subset fonts (required for PDF/A)
      • Fix Char set in subset fonts (required for PDF/A)
    • Spot color handling and correction
      • Make custom spot color names consistent
      • Make HKS spot color names consistent
      • Make Pantone spot color names consistent
      • Make spot color appearance consistent
      • Merge spot color name if appearance is identical
      • Normalize spot color names
    • Color conversion
      • Convert colors using DeviceLink profiles
      • Convert RGB colors to CMYK with special support for colors created in office applications
      • Convert Registration color to black
      • Adjust dot gain (tone value adjustment)
      • Enhanced fixup Convert colors
      • Enhanced fixup Convert to spot color
    • Metadata handling
      • Protect object level metadata (avoid losing metadata while transparency flattening images)
      • Remove object level metadata protection
    • Further fixups
      • Bicubic downsampling for images
      • Scale pages
      • Set initial view settings of PDF files
      • Enhanced fixup “Configure OCCD” - important for PDF/X-4 conversion
  • Latest ICC profiles and Output Intents of ECI, GRACoL and IFRA preinstalled

Fixes

  • Switchboard
    • Colors - Remove ICC profiles: Problem solved where ICC profiles could not be removed
    • Fonts - Subset fonts: Several fixes where single glyphs were not handled properly
  • Power tools
    • Problem solved where check “Smallest distance inside from TrimBox border” was not working properly
    • Issue fixed where check “Font not valid” caused mistakenly a hit
    • Several issues fixed where hairlines were not properly reported
    • Problem solved where spot colors could not be created or imported in the spot color library
    • Layer report only contains relevant pages when analysis was limited to page range

pdfToolbox 4.0.005

Release date: 2008-08-14

Features

  • French documentation added

Fixes

  • General
    • GWG single actions in group Standards and Prepress profiles in the Power tools no longer cause an error message under Acrobat 8 if ICC profile Coated FOGRA 39 is not installed on the system
    • Output Intents list is no longer empty if pdfToolbox 4 Preferences are opened before Power tools are started once
    • Long names in popup entries under Windows are no longer cropped
  • Switchboard
    • Arrange - Sandwich: Issue solved where pages were not exactly placed on top of each other
    • Arrange - Impose: Imposed pages were not placed properly with imposition sheet “US Legal, 8 business cards”
    • Arrange - Duplicate pages: Pages are no longer rotated if page had certain constellation of page rotation
    • Present - Presentation: Thermometer was not displayed if page had certain constellation of page rotation
    • Prepress - Output Intent: RGB Output Intents are now available for embedding
    • Prepress - Extract ICC profiles: Problem solved where special characters in internal ICC profile name caused empty ICC profile file under Windows
    • Fonts - Subset font, Replace font, Font to outlines: Several minor fixes
    • Colors - Spot colors: Error message no longer appears when opening a certain PDF
    • Images - Recompress: Problem solved where JPEG2000 image could not be recompressed
  • Power tools
    • XML reports are now properly created
    • Wizard check for number of pages did not deliver correct result if less or greater than was chosen
    • Embedded Output Intent is respected if respective option is activated in PDF/X conversion setup dialog
    • Demo version watermarks are no longer placed on layer reports when product is licensed
    • Switchboard icon brings Switchboard in front of Power tools dialog

pdfToolbox 4.0.004

Release date: 2008-07-14

  • First Release version of callas pdfToolbox 4 plug-in for Mac and Windows

Activation procedure for pdfToolbox SDK

Step by step instructions on how to activate pdfToolbox SDK.

Background

To use any callas product on a computer, you will need to activate it first. This is true if you have bought a license key but also if you want to test the software through a trial. This article explains how the normal activation procedure for pdfToolbox SDK works and which steps you have to go through.

Instructions

After filling in the form for the trial you will receive an email containing a download link for the SDK package, your trial license, and these activation instructions.

NOTE: The package is actually named pdfEngine

Activation

  1. Included in the library folder is a command line activation tool.

    Use the following command: ./activation_sdk --keycode <Name> <Company> <License key OR path to license file>

  2. You will see a license request with further instructions on how the request has to be sent via email to the callas activation server.

    The activation server will send an Activation PDF in return.

  3. Activate your product using the following command: ./activation_sdk --activate <Path to Activation PDF>

Deactivation

As the activation (and the resulting Activation PDF) is bound to the hardware. It is necessary to deactivate a license on one machine before an activation takes place on a different machine.
  1. In command line, use the following command: ./activation_sdk --deactivate <Path to License PDF>
You can find extra information by using the --help command in cli.

System requirements

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