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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.

Product information

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. callas pdfToolbox Server will speed up job turn around times, and significantly reduce error rates.

Fully automated processing

pdfToolbox Server allows processing PDF documents in a fully automated mode. Any number of processing jobs can be configured. Each job is configured with an input folder that is monitored constantly by pdfToolbox Server; as soon as new files appear they are picked up and processed according to the configuration of the job. If errors are detected, the processed files are dropped into an error output folder, if everything is successful, they move to a success output folder.

pdfToolbox Server is even capable of integrating the manual and automatic parts of a workflow; need to have someone check on error files to decide whether they are really a production problem or to fix them? No problem, pdfToolbox Server can automatically hold problem files in a checkpoint. pdfToolbox Desktop operators then get a list of problem files and can check them out to their workstation to inspect or correct. After inspection the file (or a modified version) can be sent to the success or error folder and continue in the workflow.

Do you have more tasks to automate around quality control or fixing PDF documents? pdfToolbox Server seamlessly integrates into automation solutions such as Enfocus Switch and Laidback FileTrain; get and send files to FTP servers, send notification emails, connect to databases, work with XML files and much, much more suddenly becomes possible.

Fixing problems … or simply reporting them

Each job in pdfToolbox Server can be configured using a preflight profile; these profiles allow fully automated quality control but can just as easily also fix common PDF problems. Through its standard profiles, pdfToolbox Server supports a wide range of preflight standards:

  • All ISO PDF standards: PDF/X, PDF/A, PDF/E and PDF/VT
  • All Ghent Workgroup market-segment specific specifications

Of course you can extend or customize any built-in profile to develop exactly the quality control rules you need in your workflow as well.

Growing with your workflow

Because pdfToolbox Server is fully multi-processor aware, it can handle many different tasks in parallel; up to 8 files can be processed simultaneously with the standard product license. The unlimited version of pdfToolbox Server is even only limited by the power of the computer server it is installed on.
When you get to the point where you want to distribute workload across multiple systems, pdfToolbox Server is ready for that as well. pdfToolbox Server can easily be upgraded to a pdfToolbox Dispatcher license; preserving all job configuration that was done already. This dispatcher now works together with one or more pdfToolbox Satellites; running on the same or different machines in the network, they allow workload distribution and return their results to the dispatcher.

Dynamic preflighting, flexibility to the max

For years, pdfToolbox Server has had the ability to include variables in preflight profiles. This allows preflight checking and conversion to dynamically change based on the processed PDF file or its associated metadata, which is of great value in more complex preflight workflows. Now pdfToolbox also includes process plans, which brings conditional processing to preflight workflows.

The pdfToolbox preflight profile’s support for variables allows to dynamically change the properties of preflight checks and fixes in a profile. In workflows where only some parameters change often (for example when checking sizes of incoming advertisements), this can be used to dramatically reduce complexity. The same technology also allows switching specific checks or fixes on or off while processing files.

Process plans define a number of steps a PDF file should be processed through. Each step can be a preflight profile, a single preflight check or a fix or an action (such as saving images, creating a booklet…). Process plans allow for generating preflight reports based on the result of each step. It is also possible to jump between different steps based on the results of a previous step.

Comfortably in control

Whether a single pdfToolbox Server is used, or pdfToolbox Dispatcher shares the load across different systems, setting up and monitoring processing can be a complex task. pdfToolbox simplifies this by allowing remote configuration and remote monitoring of any pdfToolbox installation.

All pdfToolbox Server management tools have been built into pdfToolbox Desktop. From the desktop application it is possible to start a local server or connect to one or more remote servers. This enables you to test preflight profiles or process plans locally and configure a remote server with them once you’re completely satisfied with what they do.

More than PDF

Many workflows need more than simple PDF preflight and correction; pdfToolbox Server is uniquely suited to go all the way.

It can be used to impose PDF documents, automatically convert Office documents to PDF, generate thumbnails or preview images and more…

  • Optimize PDFs for mobile or web use: compress, crop invisible parts of images, convert to RGB...
  • Generate PostScript and EPS from PDF or create production-accurate thumbnails or preview images in TIFF, JPEG and PNG format
  • Use the full-featured imposition engine to create booklets, do a step-and-repeat or perform more complex imposition tasks
  • Split PDF files into separate documents or merge files together, secure PDF files with passwords or re-distill them to fix problems

callas DeviceLink Add-on Server (payable option)

The callas DeviceLink Add-on Server enables you to perform conversions via the supplied DeviceLink profiles.

  • Includes a series of most used DeviceLink profiles for repurposing in professional printing
  • Includes DeviceLink profiles for optimization of total ink coverage for standard printing conditions

More information can be found here.

System requirements

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

Recommended are at least 2 GB of free storage.

Benefits

Handle all of your PDF needs in a single application

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

Configure your automation exactly as you need it

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

Enjoy highest quality and reliability

  • Uses the same PDF preflight engine as Adobe Acrobat
  • Builds on the Adobe PDF Library for PDF file processing, transparency flattening, PostScript / EPS support and more

Key features

Complete automation

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

The best and most complete PDF quality control on the planet

  • 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

More than fixes – 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

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

9.3.434 23 August 2017

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

Fixes

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

9.3.432 9 August 2017

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

9.2.425 26 May 2017

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

9.2.424 13 April 2017

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

Fixes

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

9.2.423 10 April 2017

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

9.1.413 3 January 2017

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

Fixes

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

9.1.411 15 November 2016

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

Fixes

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

9.1.410 3 November 2016

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

9.0.398 23 August 2016

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

Fixes

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

9.0.397 9 August 2016

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

Fixes

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

9.0.395 26 July 2016

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

Fixes

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

9.0.392 14 July 2016

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

8.3.377 4 May 2016

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

Fixes

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

8.3.375 28 April 2016

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

8.3.371 22 March 2016

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

8.2.361 15 December 2015

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

8.1.354 16 October 2015

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

8.0.333

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

Fixes

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

8.0.332

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

System requirements

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

7.6.317

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

Features

  • Acrobat PlugIn
    • Support for Acrobat DC

Fixes

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

7.6.314

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

Features

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

Fixes

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

Testimonials

CS Labels Xpert intervention by Digital Printer magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Whitmar Publications
www.digitalprintermag.co.uk

Pim Print 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.”

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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 - pdfToolbox custom reports

A while ago pdfToolbox introduced custom PDF reports for pdfToolbox. These use pdfChip technology and automatically convert an HTML template to a PDF preflight...

Webinar - pdfToolbox 8 introduction

callas software has released a major update for its pdfToolbox product line: pdfToolbox 8. The focus for this update is usability and versatility. pdfToolbox once was a mere...

Webinar - pdfToolbox Server: High volume & critical workflows

This webinar looks at those situations where there are a high volume of files needing to be processed by pdfToolbox. The webinar will feature a mix of commercial and technical information to...

Webinar - Content integrity throughout a workflow

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

Webinar - Using variable profiles with pdfToolbox Desktop/Server and FileTrain: a complete use case

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

Webinar - Messing with color: colorful applications

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

Webinar - Automation - pdfToolbox-FileTrain-tFLOW Production

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

Webinar - pdfToolbox Server: Advanced set up

David van Driessche held an English webinar focusing on how to use pdfToolbox Server in more advanced ways - knowing how pdfToolbox Server works with hot folders is a...

Webinar - PDF Preflight standards

On May 14 David van Driessche, CTO of callas distributor  Four Pees  held an English webinar to introduce the different PDF related standards and how they are implemented and can be...

Webinar - pdfToolbox sequence 4: Template reports

If you missed the last webinar of our webinar sequence on February 26, you can watch it here. It's about advanced reporting - template reports: Different types of reporting in...

Webinar - pdfToolbox sequence 3: The imposition engine

If you missed the third webinar of our webinar sequence on February 19, you can watch it here. It's about the imposition engine: Overal capabilities in pdfToolbox Desktop and...

Webinar - Integration of pdfToolbox using the CLI

This webinar is about the integration of pdfToolbox in web portals and other environments using the CLI (command-line interface). It...

Webinar - pdfToolbox sequence 1: Hot folder automation

If you missed the first of our webinar sequence on February 5, you can watch it here. It's about hot folder automation with pdfToolbox: Configure pdfToolbox Server (locally...

Webinar - pdfToolbox 7.2 update

In this webinar from February 6, David van Driessche, CTO at Four Pees, explains the new functionalities of callas pdfToolbox 7.2 featuring: Additional features for the fixup...

Webinar - Preflighting: who cares?

We do! David van Driessche held an English webinar to introduce you to preflighting and the major functionalities and benefits of callas...

Webinar - pdfToolbox 7 new features

David van Driessche, CTO at Four Pees held an English webinar on October 9, 2013 introducing the major new features of pdfToolbox 7.

Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: Checkpoint

In any automated workflow, problem files and the fact that they must be investigated and or fixed manually, proves to be a difficult step to implement. While pdfToolbox can often correct as...

Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: New preflight report

For your clients, the preflight report listing errors and warnings is often the only contact they have with your production workflow; that makes such reports essential in conveying the proper...

Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: Transparency flattening

Transparency flattening is still unavoidable in many of today’s production workflows; while pdfToolbox has always provided top-notch transparency flattening, pdfToolbox 7 uses updated Adobe...

Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: Metadata

Removing all metadata from PDF documents – the new fix up even allows removing object level metadata, which can bloat PDF files considerably.

Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: Remove objects

Removing arbitrary page elements. This for example allows easily removing a die line or all elements using a particular spot color.

Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: Cropping

Hard cropping of images. The non-visible parts of images are removed to make the overall file smaller (and avoid problems with content that is not visible but could be retrieved using PDF editing...

Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: X-height

Specifically for packaging workflows, a new preflight check can accurately check the x-height of text. This is especially important in light of the new EU regulation for text size on packaging...

Webinar - pdfToolbox: Introduction to automation

David van Driessche, CTO at Four Pees held an English webinar on February 7, 2013 on callas pdfToolbox Server functionalities. Have a look at the recording here.

Webinar - pdfToolbox 6 new features

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

Webinar - pdfToolbox 5

callas software held a pre-release webinar where some of the new features of pdfToolbox 5 were shown, which you can view below.

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 - pdfToolbox custom reports

A while ago pdfToolbox introduced custom PDF reports for pdfToolbox. These use pdfChip technology and automatically convert an HTML template to a PDF preflight report. This webinar provides an introduction to creating your own custom reports and presents two freely available report templates that can make it easier for you to create your own report templates: 

  • 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.

David van Driessche, CTO of Four Pees, gave this English webinar on July 1. 

You can find the recording, presentation and templates below:



Webinar - pdfToolbox 8 introduction

callas software has released a major update for its pdfToolbox product line: pdfToolbox 8. The focus for this update is usability and versatility. pdfToolbox once was a mere preflight tool, but today it’s an all-round multi-purpose tool to deal with PDF and that’s something our customers greatly appreciate. In this webinar we'll explain the new features of pdfToolbox 8. You can watch the recording here:


Webinar - pdfToolbox Server: High volume & critical workflows

This webinar looks at those situations where there are a high volume of files needing to be processed by pdfToolbox. The webinar will feature a mix of commercial and technical information to list all available options today:

  • Limited and unlimited licenses
  • Coldspare and development licenses
  • Dispatcher and satellites: an update about what changed in pdfToolbox 7.4

And much more…



Webinar - Content integrity throughout a workflow

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

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


Webinar - Using variable profiles with pdfToolbox Desktop/Server and FileTrain: a complete use case

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


Webinar - Messing with color: colorful applications

This webinar covers several color related topics:

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


Webinar - Automation - pdfToolbox-FileTrain-tFLOW Production

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


Webinar - pdfToolbox Server: Advanced set up

David van Driessche held an English webinar focusing on how to use pdfToolbox Server in more advanced ways - knowing how pdfToolbox Server works with hot folders is a prerequisite. It might be a good idea to watch these former webinars about hot folder automation and integration using the CLI (see below).

Amongst other topics, this webinar will show you how to:

  • Generate preflight reports in other languages
  • Generate multiple preflight reports
  • Use pdfToolbox Server to generate images, PostScript or EPS files etc…
  • Work with variables to use the same profile in different hot folder setups but vary how it processes PDF files.


Webinar - PDF Preflight standards

On May 14 David van Driessche, CTO of callas distributor  Four Pees  held an English webinar to introduce 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 - pdfToolbox sequence 4: Template reports

If you missed the last webinar of our webinar sequence on February 26, you can watch it here. It's about advanced reporting - template reports:

  • Different types of reporting in pdfToolbox
  • The new template report in pdfToolbox version 7
  • Overall structure and mechanism of a template
  • Modifying a template report


Webinar - pdfToolbox sequence 3: The imposition engine

If you missed the third webinar of our webinar sequence on February 19, you can watch it here. It's about the imposition engine:

  • Overal capabilities in pdfToolbox Desktop and Server/CLI
  • Creating a custom imposition scheme
  • The imposition debugger inside of pdfToolbox Desktop


Webinar - Integration of pdfToolbox using the CLI

This webinar is about the integration of pdfToolbox in web portals and other environments using the CLI (command-line interface).

It treats:

  • Differences between pdfToolbox Server and CLI
  • Supported environments
  • Running pdfToolbox as a (hot folder processing) server with the CLI
  • Running profiles using the CLI
  • CLI actions


Webinar - pdfToolbox sequence 1: Hot folder automation

If you missed the first of our webinar sequence on February 5, you can watch it here. It's about hot folder automation with pdfToolbox:

  • Configure pdfToolbox Server (locally and over the network)
  • Setting up hot folders that allow manual resolution of problem files over the network
  • Setting up load-balancing for high-volume environments


Webinar - pdfToolbox 7.2 update

In this webinar from February 6, David van Driessche, CTO at Four Pees, explains the new functionalities of callas pdfToolbox 7.2 featuring:

  • Additional features for the fixup “Outline page boxes”
  • Enhancements for the template report


Webinar - Preflighting: who cares?

We do! David van Driessche held an English webinar to introduce you to preflighting and the major functionalities and benefits of callas pdfToolbox.

You can watch the webinar recording here.



Webinar - pdfToolbox 7 new features

David van Driessche, CTO at Four Pees held an English webinar on October 9, 2013 introducing the major new features of pdfToolbox 7.


Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: Checkpoint

In any automated workflow, problem files and the fact that they must be investigated and or fixed manually, proves to be a difficult step to implement. While pdfToolbox can often correct as much the vast majority of the incoming PDF files, unavoidably some PDF files need manual intervention. With pdfToolbox 7, this manual intervention step is built right into the Server and Desktop applications.

Problem files can be kept in a “waiting room” within pdfToolbox Server instead of moving them immediately to the error folder. Operators using pdfToolbox Desktop see that list of problem files right inside their pdfToolbox interface; they can open those files on their desktop machine, inspect or modify them using the pdfToolbox tools and decide to reject them, overrule potential erros or approve a corrected version. pdfToolbox Server keeps track of who checked the PDF file out to avoid multiple operators losing time by looking at the same file, and moves the files to the success or error output folder based on the operator’s decision.



Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: New preflight report

For your clients, the preflight report listing errors and warnings is often the only contact they have with your production workflow; that makes such reports essential in conveying the proper information. pdfToolbox 7 comes with a new preflight report layout that is much more visually attractive, provides the information in a more clear and concise way and is fully customizable so that you can add your company logo or brand colors when needed.


Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: Transparency flattening

Transparency flattening is still unavoidable in many of today’s production workflows; while pdfToolbox has always provided top-notch transparency flattening, pdfToolbox 7 uses updated Adobe libraries that give smoother results and better overall performance. The same engine can also flatten overprint throughout a PDF file; avoiding overprint problems on RIPs that have issues in that regard.


Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: Remove objects

Removing arbitrary page elements. This for example allows easily removing a die line or all elements using a particular spot color.


Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: Cropping

Hard cropping of images. The non-visible parts of images are removed to make the overall file smaller (and avoid problems with content that is not visible but could be retrieved using PDF editing software). Images can be cropped to their mask and additionally to one of the page boxes.


Video tutorial - pdfToolbox 7 feature: X-height

Specifically for packaging workflows, a new preflight check can accurately check the x-height of text. This is especially important in light of the new EU regulation for text size on packaging material that requires this particular check (as the regulation is expressed using x-height rather than point size). For regular production workflows pdfToolbox 7 also supports the GWG 2012 specifications for ads and commercial print.


Webinar - pdfToolbox: Introduction to automation

David van Driessche, CTO at Four Pees held an English webinar on February 7, 2013 on callas pdfToolbox Server functionalities. Have a look at the recording here.


Webinar - pdfToolbox 6 new features

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


Webinar - pdfToolbox 5

callas software held a pre-release webinar where some of the new features of pdfToolbox 5 were shown, which you can view below.


Missing Profiles after upgrading from pdfToolbox Server/CLI 8 to 9

Symptoms

Some customers (especially when using Enfocus Switch) may miss some Profiles in the "/cli/var/Profiles" folder structure of the callas pdfToolbox Server/CLI 9 installation folder after upgrading from version 8.

Cause

callas removed some older stuff to harmonize this repository with the one in the desktop version.

Solution

  • Copy the missing Profiles from the callas pdfToolbox Server/CLI 8 installation folder to the callas pdfToolbox Server/CLI 9 installation folder (cli/var/Profiles).
    OR
  • Download the merged pdfToolbox Profile set and replace it with the existing Profile set in the installation folder of callas pdfToolbox Server/CLI 9 (cli/var/Profiles).

I cannot activate my callas product as I don't have an Internet connection

Symptoms

I have to install callas software on a system that doesn't have an Internet connection. The activation procedure requires an Internet connection to do the activation? How can I work around that?

Cause

When going through the procedure, an error message appears because the callas activation server cannot be contacted.

Solution

  1. In order to make this work, you can do off-line activation. Follow to normal activation procedure until the point where you have entered your details and see a "Details" button on the window.


     
  2. Click on this "Details" button. This brings up a window to show which information will be sent to callas software.
  3. Click on the "Send via E-Mail" button to reveal the full email text that needs to be sent to callas software.  


     
  4. Copy and paste this text into a text document and take it to a system where you have email access. Create a new email with the subject, content and "To" address as described and send it off to callas software.
  5. Once you receive the response email with the attached "License.txt" file, take this file back to the system without Internet access and use it to go through the rest of the procedure.

Product activation does not work on Windows

Symptoms

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

Cause

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

 Solution

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


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

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

Symptoms

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

Cause

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

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

Solution

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background Process Plans allow you to run profiles, checks and fixups, but you can also create your own actions to be executed as part of the processing. How are these actions...

Use own DeviceLink-Profiles

For callas pdfToolbox there are two DeviceLink-Addon packages with numerous, specially generates profiles available as a separate purchadeable license to perform color conversion between...

Adjust custom PDF-Reports based on HTML templates

In the below manual you can find samples to adjust custom PDF-Reports based on HTML templates.

Add new printing condition (Output Intent) for PDF/X export

This lesson explains how to set up custom Output Intents which can be used e.g. for PDF/X conversion. PDF/X-1a Switchboard action

Export an Ad as CMYK image PDF

Especially newspaper producer are familiar with the occasional display that is causing nothing but headache. All parts of the workflow get a hiccup when processing a problematic file. The file...

Export PDF to PostScript Level 2 EPS

Especially in some newspaper workflows, files still have to be processed as EPS PostScript Level 2 files at least in parts of the workflow. pdfToolbox offers a very easy way to convert PDF...

Split brochure pages in half

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

Organizing pages using pfdToolbox

Open a document Open a document (or multiple...

pdfToolbox Visualizer - Visually inspect your PDF and identify potential problems

When using a preflight profile and checking PDF files for issues, there is often the question whether a possible problem flagged by the preflight check is really an issue. In addition, there...

Create print ready PDF from Office file

This lesson shows a convenient way to convert an OpenOffice document into a print ready PDF that is in conformance with a PDF/X standard and has bleed where needed. Start callas...

Cropping pages and making use of dynamic variables

pdfToolbox offers a very flexible fixup to adjust the crop box, as well as other geometry aspects, of pages in a PDF file. This lesson explains how to use the fixup, and how to create a fixup...

Flexible processing with dynamic variables

Sometimes it is necessary to check against different values each time a check or fixup is carried out. As pdfToolbox offers dynamic checks and fixups – through the use of dynamic variables –...

Export PDF as image PDF as content softproof

PDFs often have to be reviewed both for overall appearance as well as for correct content. PDF content may look different in different PDF programs. Exporting a PDF to an image PDF where each...

Merging PDF contents

Add a letter head draft to pdfToolbox, so that any letter may then be combined with the letter head in order to being sent as PDF file. Open Letter.odt

Make a brochure ready to print

This unit explains how to turn a PDF file containing a brochure into a print ready PDF that can be output on a digital printing machine or printing press. Several aspects of inspection and...

Convert colors in Enfocus Switch

This tutorial explains how to set up a simple color conversion flow with callas pdfToolbox CLI  and Enfocus Switch. Launch Switch and locate callas pdfToolbox functional...

Prepare Ad with rich black and high TAC for print

callas pdfToolbox 4.5 offers a very easy way to visualize rich black text (mostly original black text that was converted to 4C unintentionally) and areas with ink coverage too high for the...

pdfToolbox - Prepare handouts for a presentation

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

Embed missing fonts using a searchpath

Work with variable font search paths. Open the Fixups Window Create a new...

Refine colors for converted Office files

A spreadsheet "Eventplan" has three tables on two sheets, some images and a diagram with saturated colors. This spreadsheet document is converted by pdfToolbox to PDF and the colors are...

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

Background

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

Applications

Instructions

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


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


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

Adjust custom PDF-Reports based on HTML templates

In the below manual you can find samples to adjust custom PDF-Reports based on HTML templates.


Add new printing condition (Output Intent) for PDF/X export

This lesson explains how to set up custom Output Intents which can be used e.g. for PDF/X conversion.

PDF/X-1a Switchboard action

The drop down list shows lot of printing conditions, but the needed one is not listed.

Setting up a profile for PDF/X conversion

The drop down list in the "Edit Profile" displays the same list as the Switchboard action - again the needed printing condition is not listed.

Open "Preferences..." dialog

The "Preferences" dialog can be opened via the main menu in the Standalone version or the pdfToolbox Plug-In menu in Acrobat.

"Output Intents" pane

In "pdfToolbox Preferences" window go to the "Output Intents" pane which shows all available Output Intents.

Create a new Output Intent

Click on the "New" button (icon with plus sign in the lower left of the window) to create a new Output Intent.

Setting up an Output Intent

Fill in the name of the Output Intent (here we use "PSR LWC plus v2 (ECI)"), and click on "Choose..." to locate the needed ICC destination profile.

Select ICC profile

Locate and select the ICC profile on the computer and click "Open" to import it into the newly created Output Intent.

Select Output Condition Identifier

Select the appropriate value for the "Output Condition Identifier" field (if not sure what to select, use "Custom").

Selecting a predefined Output Condition Identifier

For predefined "Output Condition Identifier" values, the remaining entries will be filled automatically. The new Output Intent is now completely defined and ready to be used. Click OK to save the new Output Intent and close the dialog.

PDF/X-1a Switchboard action

The newly created Output Intent is now included in the list of printing conditions in the drop down list of the "PDF/X-1a" Switchboard action.

PDF/X conversion in the "Edit Profile" dialog

The newly created Output Intent is now included in the list of printing conditions in the "Convert to PDF/X, PDF/A or PDF/E" profile section.


Export an Ad as CMYK image PDF

Especially newspaper producer are familiar with the occasional display that is causing nothing but headache. All parts of the workflow get a hiccup when processing a problematic file. The file is either not processed at all or its output apparently is not correct. No time is left to get in touch with the supplier of the ad – and by definition, newspapers cannot wait.

Also in cases where designers used one or even many spot colors although the job is actually for a CMYK press run, color conversion to CMYK can cause problems, especially when transparency was flattened before converting the spot colors to CMYK.

As a last resort, the PDF can be converted to an image PDF (make sure to use CMYK as otherwise your separations will be spoiled). While Adobe Photoshop is a decent tool to achieve this, pdfToolbox makes it a matter of a click.

Open pdfToolbox Switchboard – Click on "Document"


To open the Switchboard, click on the menu item "Switchboard" under the "View" menu or use the keyboard short cut "Ctrl-2" or "Cmd-2". Then click on the "Document" group icon.

Choose "Image export" in the "Document" group


Click on the "Image export" icon to go to the image export action.

Set up "Image export"

  1. Select the output format for the image export. Besides exporting to invidual TIFF, JPEG or PNG files, pdfToolbox  now also supports export to image PDFs, where each page is an image of the appearance of the original page. 
  2.  The recommended color space for producing a print production ready PDF is CMYK. This ensures that the separations in the original PDF are maintained, and that for example black text still is rendered on the black plate only.
  3.  For most purposes, an image resolution of 300 ppi is a good compromise between amount of detail and file size. The images in the exported PDF will be compressed using lossless ZIP to avoid JPEG artifacts, and to keep vector objects crisp.
  4. Always leave "Simulate overprinting" checked as otherwise the exported PDF may not look exactly the same as it would when output on print from the source PDF.
  5. Click on execute to initiate the image export.

PDF to image PDF export completed


After completing the export, please double check the size of the exported PDF – as it has been saved to disk as a new file, please open it from there to display it.

Result: PDF exported to CMYK image PDF – separations are maintained!

  1. On the left side, pdfToolbox "Visualizer" shows the CMY separations, not showing the black plate. Obviously none of the black text or vector objects show up in this view – which is a good sign!
  2.  On the right side, "Visualizer" shows the black plate only – all the black text is clearly showing up here.

When exporting a PDF to an image PDF, pdfToolbox ensures that the CMYK separations are maintained, and guarantees crisp text and vector objects in the print output.

Important: Ensure sufficient resolution through export for crisp text and vector objects


Depending on the resolution chosen during image PDF export, text will remain sufficiently clear to be readable well enough. Look at the smallest text on the page using the "Loupe" in pdfToolbox to decide whether the resolution chosen is sufficient for your print production. As a rule of thumb: for newspapers 200 ppi is sufficient if no small text is present, otherwise 300 ppi should be chosen. For sheet fed offset 300 ppi resp. 450 ppi should be chosen.


Export PDF to PostScript Level 2 EPS

Especially in some newspaper workflows, files still have to be processed as EPS PostScript Level 2 files at least in parts of the workflow. pdfToolbox offers a very easy way to convert PDF files to EPS with the click of a button.

Open pdfToolbox Switchboard and click on "Document" group icon

Open the PDF to be exported to EPS in callas pdfToolbox 4.5. Open the pdfToolbox Switchboard and click on the "Document" group icon.

Choose "EPS export" in "Document" group

In the "Document" group of the pdfToolbox Switchboard, choose the "Export EPS" action.

Set parameters for export to PostScript Level 2 EPS

In "EPS export", the following parameters can be set:

  1. "PostScript Language Level": use Language Level 2 for maximum compatibility with older PostScript systems.
  2.  "Simulate overprinting" should only be checked for sending output directly to color laser printers or inkjet printers.
  3. "Add marks" are left off in most cases. 
  4. "Page range – Start page / End page": this parameter is enabled for multiple page PDFs. It is possible to create EPS files for only some of the pages in the PDF. 
  5. "Execute" allows to define a folder where the exported EPS files shall be saved.

Choose folder for exported EPS files

Choose a folder where the exported EPS files should be saved.

Export to EPS complete

Once the export to EPS is complete, the exported EPS files can be found in the previously chosen export folder.


Split brochure pages in half

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

First page of a brochure

Second page, note that it are actually two pages

Third page is a again a single page

Now you may want to impose this PDF, but how would you do so? pdfToolbox

Select "Arrange" and "Split in half"

Execute the action

First page remains the same

Second page is only the left hand part

And third page is the right hand part

Last page remains the same

Now you have got single pages from a mixture of single pages and double pages. You are ready for imposition.

Go back to "Arrange" and select "Booklet"

Set Sheet size to A3 and select landscape orientation

Now you can simply create a nicely imposed brochure. Sheet 1.

Sheet 2.


Organizing pages using pfdToolbox

Open a document

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

Open Switchboard

In the Tools-menu, open Switchboard.

Pages

Go to the Pages-section.

Organize pages

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

Viewing your document

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

Multiple documents-view

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

Drag & drop into new position

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

Generate your new document

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

Merging multiple documents together or correcting pages

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

Additional window containing new document

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

Saving your (new) document

The only thing left now is to save your document.


pdfToolbox Visualizer - Visually inspect your PDF and identify potential problems

When using a preflight profile and checking PDF files for issues, there is often the question whether a possible problem flagged by the preflight check is really an issue. In addition, there are often aspects of a PDF file that cannot only be judged by the human eye.

pdfToolbox Visualizer provides the necessary toolset to inspect and judge very quickly and easily whether a potential problem is really a problem that needs to be addressed.

This lesson offers a tour through the main features of the pdfToolbox Visualizer. The freely available "Visual" page from the Altona Test Suite 1.0 (download from www.eci.org, section "Downloads") is used as a sample file.

Open the PDF file "Altona Test Suite - Visual page" in pdfToolbox

Enter the "Visualizer" mode from the main menu, or by using the keyboard short cut "Shift-Command-i"

Inspect ink coverage

Visualizer by default launches into the "Ink coverage" view.

  1. Depending on the threshold value entered (here it is the value of "300%"), Visualizer will highlight areas of the page where the ink coverage is above the threshold value.
  2. A 'temperature scale' beginning at the threshold value and 50% upwards indicates the degree to which the ink coverage at a certain page area exceeds the threshold value. As a special case, an ink coverage of 400% (or beyond) is always highlighted in pink.
  3. In some areas of the page the ink coverage goes beyond the threshold value but only in a way that will hardly cause problems on a printing press.
  4. Once the threshold though is exceeded by more than a few percent, and in a more or less contiguous area of several square centimeters, it is possible that the printing process is affected adversely. In such a case, it can be useful to apply the ink optimizing color conversion in pdfToolbox, based on a suitable DeviceLink profile.
  5. "Pink" highlighting inside the page area usually points to a serious problem - 400% ink coverage is more than most printing processes can handle. Typically such high ink coverage is the result of an inappropriate use of "Registration" color, which is normally only used for page marks outside of the trim and bleed box, for example for crop and registration marks.

The regular view

  1. Within each Visualizer mode there is always a "Regular" view - showing the full unfiltered view of the page.
    As the keyboard can be used to switch quickly between the views within a mode (as well as between modes), it is possible to toggle between a diagnostic view, for example the ink coverage highlighting, and the regular view - this makes it easy to clearly see the page content and find out what kind of objects might be causing an issue.
  2. The regular view also shows the area coverage for each colorant as well as a total for the area coverage of all colorants. This is a very reliable indicator to estimate the use of each of the colorants - an important topic in printing processes where color inks (as opposed to the black ink) are relatively expensive.

Note: Some other variations of the area coverage values can be found in the "Process separations" view and the "Spot color separations" view.

Inspect the process separations

  1. Switching to the "Process separations" view will open a view of the non-black process separations Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.
    In this view, normally no objects should show up that usually belong to the black plate only, like black text or grayscale images. If they do show up in this "CMY channels" view, this is normally a strong indicator that unwanted separations or re-separations have been applied to black only page content. In many cases such issue can be resolved by applying the Switchboard action "Correct 4c Black".
  2. The display of area coverage values in this view also indicates the combined area coverage of just Cyan, Magenta and Yellow (CMY).

View of Black plate

  1. This "K channel only" or black plate view shows only the black colorant on the page.

Typically all black text as well as grayscale images would clearly show up in this view. Toggling back between this view and the CMY view will quickly reveal whether any 'black' page objects ended up in the wrong separations.

Process separations - displayed without spot colorants

This view lets you quickly determine whether inadvertently any spot colors were converted to process.

Full color view

The full color view is available in various places - so that in all viewing modes you can quickly toggle between a diagnostic view and the 'normal' view.

Spot color separations mode

The first view of the Spot color separations view displays a view of just the spot color objects on the current page.

View spot colors together with Black plate

Especially useful for evaluating duotone images or other objects using one or more spot colors together with the Black plate.

View CMYK without spot colors

Quickly toggle between this mode and the spot color view to find out which color objects use process colors and which objects use spot colors.

Toggle between views within each diagnostic viewing mode

While in Visualizer mode, there are two ways to toggle between views within a diagnostic viewing mode:

  • use the "View" menu in the upper left of the Visualizer window.
  • use the keyboard: the "right arrow" key moves forward within the list of views as shown in the menu, while the "left arrow" key moves backward. In order to proceed to the next viewing mode, use "Cmd-right arrow", to go back to the previous viewing mode, use "Cmd left arrow".

Full color view

The full color view is available in various places - so that in all viewing modes you can quickly toggle between a diagnostic view and the 'normal' view.

View individual separations: Cyan

In the "Individual separations" viewing mode, each of the separations present in the current page can be viewed individually, showing each "plate" in grayscale (the appearance of each separation is shown in the upper right, where the total area coverage values are displayed).

View individual separations: Magenta

Same as previous step - showing the Magenta separation.

View individual separations: spot color Orange

Same as previous step - showing the spot color Orange separation.

Viewing image resolutions against a threshold value

In the same way as for images, it is possible to check the resolution of bitmaps. In the example shown here no problems are found, and a message in the document window indicates just that.

Viewing 'small objects' - small text objects

Small objects have a tendency to either not print properly, or to be difficult to see or read. Here, small text objects are highlighted on the page, threshold values are chosen through the "Usage" menu.

Viewing 'small objects' - close up through Loupe feature

Obviously, on screen it is difficult to properly see small objects in the full window document view. To close up on a specific small object on the page in the pdfToolbox standalone version, use the Loupe feature (see menu Window -> Loupe).

Viewing 'small objects' - in the Loupe, toggle between full view and diagnostic view

As the highlight color will cover up the actual small object, just toggle to the full view using the keyboard short cut "right arrow" key, and then go back using the "left arrow" key.

Viewing 'small objects' - thin lines

The "Highlight (lines)" view highlights lines that are less wide than specified by the threshold values in the "Usage" field. Please note that the threshold values for each setting differ between monochrome lines at 100% tint versus multi-color lines or lines using an intermediate tint value.

Viewing 'small objects' - close up through Loupe feature

To close up on a specific small object on the page in the pdfToolbox standalone version, use the Loupe feature (see menu Window -> Loupe).

Viewing 'small objects' - in the Loupe, toggle between full view and diagnostic view

As the highlight color will cover up the actual small object, just toggle to the full view using the keyboard short cut "right arrow" key, and then go back using the "left arrow" key.

Checking the "Safety zone" - Page objects "on the edge"

The "Page border" view in the "Safety zone" mode simply highlights an area from the trim size of the page 5mm inward. Due to less than perfect mechanical processing the actual location of the 'border' may vary a little bit. Objects close to the page border may actually end up on the border which can look very displeasing to the human eye. In this view, make sure that no important page object - especially text - is in the safety zone.

Zoom in using the Loupe tool - even in the "Safety zone" mode

I the sample document, a text test patch reaches very close to the page border. If the trimming of the page is off by 1 mm or so, the text will begin to be on the page border, not just close to it. In order to look at this at a more convenient zoom mode, use the Loupe tool (in the document window, just drag the mouse over the area of interest while holding down the Shift key - the Loupe will open and show that area enlarged).

Checking the "Safety zone" - Page objects "bleeding off the edge"

Any objects 'ending' on the page border should actually extend beyond the page border for at least 1mm or 2mm to allow for less than perfect mechanical processing. The "Bleed area" view highlights the area 'around' the page border: 3mm to the inside plus 3mm to the outside. The rule of thumb is: any page object on or very close to the page border should actually go as far as the highlighted region in this view goes.

Create a Visualizer report

In the upper right of the Visualizer view there is a button "Report..." which will create a report with all relevant Visualizer views in PDF format. For each page in the visualized PDF document, a report page will be created in the report document.

Progress bar during report creation

As the creation of the Visualizer report may take a little while (for the sample document "Altona Visua" it takes 10 to 15 seconds on a typical machine), a progress bar at the bottom of the window informs the user about the progress.

Sample of the Visualizer report

A Visualizer report page contains all the relevant views also available in interactive mode. As a Visualizer report is a regular PDF document, it can be viewed with every up to date PDF viewer, including the free Adobe Reader.

Enlarged view of a Visualizer report page

Here an enlarged view of the top part of a Visualizer report page is shown.


Create print ready PDF from Office file

This lesson shows a convenient way to convert an OpenOffice document into a print ready PDF that is in conformance with a PDF/X standard and has bleed where needed.

Start callas pdfToolbox

pdfToolbox canvas allows to drag and drop PDF files to open them, but also OpenOffice documents. OpenOffice support requires OpenOffice to be installed on this system. The same is true for Microsoft Office Support on the Windows platform.

Convert the OpenOffice document into PDF

Drag-and-drop the OpenOffice document onto the canvas of callas pdfToolbox 4. OpenOffice has to be installed on the system in order for this feature to work.

Open tool to visualize process separations

In this example, we use the Visualizer tool to show that the whole document is still in RGB and would result in an undesired final print.

Control the process separations

Navigate through the pages to check if black objects are on the black plate only.

Control the process separations – CMY

As the content of the PDF is still RGB, black text also appears on CMY plates.

Control the process separations – K only

Text is in K, but not solid black due to RGB to CMYK conversion.

Open pdfToolbox  Switchboard, if not already open

Click the "Color" button.

Navigate to the Color Conversion tools

Click the "Office PDF to CMYK" button.

Office color conversion – select printing condition

Select the desired printing condition. This selection controls the used destination ICC profile that is also attached as an Output Intent.

Perform the "Office PDF to CMYK" conversion

Press the "Execute" button.

Color conversion finished

This step shows a successful conversion.

Control the result of the color conversion

Open the process separations visualization tool.

Control the process separations – K only

Text is in K, but not solid black due to RGB to CMYK conversion.

Visual inspection of objects close to the edges

In the next step, we check if relevant objects are too close to the page edge and if the PDF contains enough bleed. To do this, select the mode "Safety zone".

Check for objects close to the page border

Due to finishing, elements close to the trimmed format might be trimmed (cut off) when the page is cut to the final size. This view highlights the area 5mm inside this trimmed area. No objects of relevance should be there. A relevant object could be a page number.

In the next step, we check for enough bleed

Select the "Bleed area" view.

Bleed area view

This view shows the trimmed area shown as a red line. Elements that shall be printed up to the trim have to extend the trimmed area by about 3 mm.
This example shows that all objects end at the trim.

Open the Loupe window by holding the Shift-Key and drawing a frame around the area of interest

The Loupe tool lets you take a close look. The tool can also be found in the Windows menu or by pressing CMD-L.

To add bleed, navigate to the Pages group in the Switchboard

Click "Create bleed" button.

Create bleed tool

This tool creates the entered bleed by scaling the PDF a little bit. Enter the required values (1) and press the Execute button (2).

Create bleed finished

Open tool "Visualize safety zone" to control the result

Result of bleed creation

The objects are now a little bit larger than the trimmed area and will not cause any issue.

As a last step, we add trim marks to the PDF

For this, navigate to the Prepress group in the Switchboard. Press the "Add marks" tool.

Add marks tool

After entering the desired marks offset (1), press the "Execute" button (2).

View the result of the created marks using the Visualizer tool again

Marks are created based on the trim- and bleed box of the PDF.


Cropping pages and making use of dynamic variables

pdfToolbox offers a very flexible fixup to adjust the crop box, as well as other geometry aspects, of pages in a PDF file. This lesson explains how to use the fixup, and how to create a fixup with dynamic variables, so that the same pre-configured fixup can be used for different cropping values each time.

Open the Fixup dialog - choose Fixups in Tools menu or use Cmd-5 shortcut

The Fixup dialog will open where you can manage Fixups.

Fixup dialog

The Fixup dialog contains a list of all existing fixups. Due to the large number of pre-configured fixups the "Find" feature in the upper right is very useful when locating a specific fixup, or when searching for the fixups available for a certain type of modification.

"Show more options" menu

In the "Show more options" menu - the button with the cogwheel icon - choose the "Create New pdfToolbox Fixup..." menu item.

Create or edit a fixup

The pdfToolbox Create Fixup dialog lets you create new fixups.

Locate fixup for adjusting page geometry

As the number of available fixup features is quite long, enter "box" in the search field to display only those fixups that deal with the page geometry boxes in a PDF.

Configure the "Set page geometry boxes" fixup

Select the entry called "Set page geometry boxes" - the available properties, like which geometry aspect to adjust, and by how much - will appear. The orange colored icons to the right of the text editing fields serve a very important purpose - by using them a field can be filled with a place holder, that will trigger a dialog at run time, so that a user can enter different values each time the fixup is used, without having to change its configuration.

Defining dynamic variables for fields in a fixup

When clicking on an orange 'dynamic variable' icon, a dialog will appear that lets you fill in the internal name of the variable (we recommend to use upper case only, without spaces or special characters in the variable name), the label or explanation shown later on when the fixup is executed, and a default value, which is used to pre-populate the field later on.

Sample values for the dynamic variable definition dialog

For the first field in the fixup, the variable name "LEFT" is chosen, the text "Left inset:" will inform the user later on what kind of value is established here, and the default value is set to 0 (zero).

Fixup with dynamic variable fields

The four fields for left, right, top and bottom have been filled with dynamic variables.

New fixup now showing in the "Pages" group

Once the configuration of the fixup is completed, clicking OK in the fixup configuration dialog will save the new fixup, and it will show up in the list of fixups in the "Fixups" dialog.

Specify dynamic variables upon execution of the fixup

When a user clicks on "Fix" with the new fixup selected, a dialog will appear asking for values for the four dynamic variables. In the example, only the "Bottom inset:" field is changed from zero to -50 (as we have defined millimeters as the unit for this fixup, this implies that the cropping is changed by 50mm).

Important: In order to make the page size smaller, enter negative values. Entering positive values will make the page sizer larger.

Save PDF with new cropping to disk

When carrying out a fixup like this page cropping fixup, pdfToolbox will ask the user where to save the modified PDF file.

Cropped page

As the fixup reduced the page size by 50mm at the bottom, the page is now cropped accordingly.

Successful execution of the page cropping fixup

In the "Results" view, pdfToolbox informs the user that the fixup has been executed successfully.


Flexible processing with dynamic variables

Sometimes it is necessary to check against different values each time a check or fixup is carried out. As pdfToolbox offers dynamic checks and fixups – through the use of dynamic variables – there is no need to create separate checks and fixups each time the target values change. Instead the target value or values can be entered each time the check, fixup or profile is executed.

This tutorial explains the use of dynamic variables for setting up a check. In addition, the same dynamic variable mechanism can be used for fixups and profiles. Profiles may contain several checks or fixups making use of dynamic variables. As variables are identified by their internal name, they can be re-used across a single check or fixup. For any given variable name, pdfToolbox will only ask once per execution for the value to be used.

Open the pdfToolbox "Checks" panel

Select the menu entry "Checks" under the "Tools" menu to open the "Checks" panel.

Open "Create New pdfToolbox Check..." dialog

In the upper right of the pdfToolbox "Checks" panel is the "Tools" button – click on it and then select "Create New pdfToolbox 4 Check..."

Create new check

  1. Once the "New Check" dialog has opened, enter a self-explanatory name for the check to be created.
  2. As we intend to create a dynamic check for minimal required image resolution, enter "resolution" in the search field in the upper right, so we can more easily find the right property in the list of properties (did you know that pdfToolbox comes with over 1000 different properties to check for?)
  3.  For the purpose of this tutorial, we will choose "Image resolution" by clicking on the small yellow "Add..." button.
  4. After having clicked on "Add...", the dialog will be populated with the necessary parameters.

Create new check

  1. Finally we are about to enter the threshold value in the "Number" field. Nevertheless, as we want to be able to specify the actual threshold value at runtime – when executing the check – we will not simply enter a numerical value here. Instead, click on the "orange with a black stroke" button to the right of the "Number:" value field.

The "dynamic variable" setup dialog

See next step for instructions about how to fill out the "Variables" dialog.

Contents of the "Variables" dialog

In the "Variables" dialog, enter the following values:

  1.  A name for the variable; no spaces are allowed inside the name, and while it is possible to use lower and upper case as well as numbers, it is recommended to always use short uppercase names, preferably with underscores to make the variable name more easily readable; we use "IMAGE_RES" for our example.
  2. The text to be displayed at runtime, when the user is asked to enter the actual value. The text should be short and explain the purpose of the value to be entered. For this example, "Enter min. resolution" is used.
  3. Finally, a proposed value must be entered. This will typically be a value that makes sense as a default value. In this example, a value of "300" is entered.
  4. After filling out the three fields, confirm the entries by clicking "OK" and closing the dialog.

Placeholder for "dynamic variable"

Upon closing the "Variable" dialog, the variable definition will be inserted in the "Number:" field as a placeholder token.

The same placeholder token can be used in more than one place – for example in the name field. Even in cases where a variable occurs more than once in a check (or fixup or profile), the user has to enter it only once when executing it.

By putting the same dynamic variable inside the name for the check will retrieve the value from the placeholder token for displaying the name (either the default value for display in the list of checks, or in the results information after running a check – in that case it will be the value entered by the user).

Copy and paste the dynamic variable

In order to reuse the variable in a different field, just select and copy it and paste it at the end of the name field – in this example "Image res is below" will then be displayed as "Image res is below 300" (or if you add " ppi" after the placeholder token, it will say "Image res below 300 ppi").

Once done, click "OK" and close the dialog, saving the new check.

New "dynamic check" in list of checks

  1. After having created the new "dynamic check", it will be listed in the pdfToolbox "Checks" panel.
  2. The three dots above the check icon for the entry are an indicator that this check is a dynamic check, rather than a static check with all values predefined.
  3. Click "Analyze" to apply the newly created dynamic check.

Running the "dynamic check"...

Once having clicked on the "Analyze" button, the check will be initiated, first asking the user to enter a value for the dynamic variable.

  1. The display string "Enter min. resolution" is taken from the setup for the dynamic variable. 
  2. The initial value "300" in the dialog is the default value configured for the dynamic variable. The user can change it to the value to be used for this execution of the check (when executing the check the next time, the initial value will revert to the default value).

Entering a value of "150"

Executing the dynamic check with a value of "150"

Checking for an image resolution below 150 ppi identifies 749 images in sample PDF

As can be seen, it is very easy to adjust the check each time as needed.

Creating a dynamic check with more than one dynamic variable

The use of dynamic variables is not limited to just one variable in a check (or fixup or profile). In essence, variables can be used for virtually any text edit field in dialogs that let you configure checks, fixups or profiles.

Create new check with lower and upper limit for image resolution

We intend to be able to have a check that finds images whose resolution is within a certain range. As a consequence, we need two parts for the check, one for the lower bound, the other one for the upper bound.

  1. Just click twice on the "Add..." button for the "Image resolution" property.

Two part check

Prepare the two parts of the check such that one is set to search for values "greater than" the threshold value (1), and the other one for values "less than" (2). Then click on the "dynamic variable button" next to the two "Number:" fields (3  and  4).

Configure the dynamic variable for the smallest acceptable resolution

Configure the dynamic variable for the highest acceptable resolution

Use two placeholder tokens for name of dynamic check

By copying and pasting the respective placeholder tokens, you can change the string "Image res is between ... and ..." into a more intuitive "Image res is between 72 and 300", where the numbers 72 and 300 are taken from the dynamic variable setup, and where different numbers may be displayed in the results after running the check, if the user entered different minimum and maximum values.

Simply click "Continue" ...

Under certain circumstances, it may happen that a warning is shown, claiming that two properties contradict each other. Just click "Continue" to proceed.

New check listed in "Checks" panel

Once the creation of the new check is completed, it will show up in the "Checks" panel (1). Click on "Analyze" to run the new check on the current PDF document (2).

Enter lower and upper bounds for dynamic image resolution check

In the example, images will be detected which have a resolution between 70 ppi and 150 ppi.

Results from executing the dynamic check with lower and upper bounds

The dynamic check will find images between 70 ppi and 150 ppi but ignore images below 70 ppi or above 150 ppi.


Export PDF as image PDF as content softproof

PDFs often have to be reviewed both for overall appearance as well as for correct content. PDF content may look different in different PDF programs. Exporting a PDF to an image PDF where each page is simply an image will guarantee correct and consistent rendering of the PDF in any PDF viewing program – in exactly the same way the PDF will be printed on a modern output system.

Open pdfToolbox Switchboard – Click on "Document"


To open the Switchboard, click on the menu item "Switchboard" under the "View" menu or use the keyboard short cut "Ctrl-2" or "Cmd-2". Then click on the "Document" group icon.

Choose "Image export" in the "Document" group


Click on the "Image export" icon to go to the image export action.

Set up "Image export"

  1.  Select the output format for the image export. Besides exporting to individual TIFF, JPEG or PNG files, pdfToolbox 4.5 now also supports export of the source PDF into the destination PDF with the same number of pages as contained in the source PDF. 
  2. The recommended color space for producing a content softproof PDF is RGB. This ensures correct display even in PDF programs that do not support CMYK well.
  3. For most purposes, an image resolution of 150ppi is a good compromise between amount of detail and file size. The images in the exported PDF will be compressed using lossless ZIP compression. If smaller file size is important, the PDF can afterwards be recompressed using JPEG - a JPEG compression level of "maximum quality" often decreases the file size by over 50% without sacrificing too much quality.
  4. Always leave "Simulate overprinting" checked as otherwise the exported PDF may not look exactly the same as it would when output on print from the source PDF.
  5. Click on execute to initiate the image export.

Save image export to a new PDF file


After having clicked on the "Execute" button, choose the location and name for the exported PDF. Make sure not to overwrite your source PDF.

Exporting PDF to image PDF


Depending on the number of pages in the source document, the export may take a while. Typically it should take about 1 second per page.

PDF to image PDF export completed


After completing the export, please double check the size of the exported PDF. If the file size is more than you find acceptable, use the "Recompress" action in the "Images" group of the Switchboard, and apply JPEG compression. Choose between maximum quality for least lossy compression, or high quality if small file sizes are very important. Lower quality values will begin to introduce visible artifacts.

Example of differences in PDF display – Limitations in Mac OS X Preview


As an example, the rendering of the sample PDF in Mac OS X Preview is shown here:

  1. Original PDF file: The grayscale photo is rendered incorrectly (inverted/negative) and clearly differs from the correct rendering as it actually would be printed.
  2. Exported image PDF: Because all page content now is an RGB image, more or less any PDF program will be able to display the page correctly.

Merging PDF contents

Add a letter head draft to pdfToolbox, so that any letter may then be combined with the letter head in order to being sent as PDF file.

Open Letter.odt

Letter.odt is converted into a PDF file

Open pdfToolbox "Document"

Select "Letter head"

Letter head options are displayed

There are two letter heads provided with the program

Click on "Show folder" in order to add your letter head to the program

The folder with the two letter head PDFs is opened

Open the folder where the demo letter head is stored

Copy the demo letter head ("callas_letter_head.pdf") into the folder with pdfToolbox letter heads

Leave the "Letter head" action field and go one level above

Enter again into the "Letter head" action

The added letter head is now available in the program

Select the new letter head and execute the action

The letter head is added to the letter text and may now be sent as PDF file


Make a brochure ready to print

This unit explains how to turn a PDF file containing a brochure into a print ready PDF that can be output on a digital printing machine or printing press. Several aspects of inspection and optimization are highlighted.

Launch callas pdfToolbox 

Open the sample file "Adobe History.pdf"

First page in sample document now open

Second page has facing pages (reader spreads)

Third page as well has facing pages (reader spreads)

Open Switchboard

Click on "Arrange" button to navigate to the "Arrange" group of actions

Click on the button "Split in half"

Execute "Split in half"

Review pages in sample PDF

Second and following pages have been turned into single pages

Second and following pages have been turned into single pages

Double check the quality of separations

Visual inspection mode – Various views of process separations

"Visualize process separations" opens showing only the Cyan, Magenta and Yellow channels



All the black text seems to also show up on the CMY color plates. This is not ideal and causes several problems:

  • Text will look fuzzy in the printed result
  • Especially on digital presses, color ink is substantially more expensive than black ink

For optimal print results, black text should only occur on the black separation.

Inspect the black separation

Inspect all four color process separations while hiding spot colors

Showing the page image with all process and spot colorants showing

Adjust black text such that it uses only the black separation – Go to Switchboard

Go to "Colors" group and then click on "Correct 4c Black" button

Execute "Correct 4c Black" action

Correcting the four color black may take a few seconds...

Return to visual Inspection mode for process separations

Display the CMY separations


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

Inspecting the Black separation


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

Switch from "Process separations" to "Spot color separations"

Inspect which spot colors are present by viewing "Spot color channels"


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

Inspect how spot colors and black interact by switching to "Spot color + K channels"

Check non-spot color separations


Sometimes PDFs contain a special color both as a spot color and as a process color. When processing or printing such PDFs, special colors that are expected to look the same will often look slightly different.

Regular page view with all separations showing

Change the appearance of a spot color – Go to the Switchboard

Go to the "Colors" group and then click on the "Spot colors" action

"Spot colors" action shows one spot color and allows for various changes

Modify the CMYK values so they provide a deep purple (30/100/0/50), then click execute

All "Adobe Red" objects are changed to deep purple

Visualize critical areas at the page border – Choose "Visualize safety zone"

Inspect the Trim area for objects that are too close to the border

Switch from "Page border" view to "Bleed area" view

Inspect bleed – Objects ending at trim area should rather extend into bleed area

Adjust bleed area – Go to Switchboard

Go to "Pages" group and click on "Create bleed" button

Choose values for bleed to be added and maximum anamorphic scaling



In sheet fed printing, in most cases it will be sufficient to add 1.5 mm of bleed. Some online print portals even limit the amount of bleed to such a small value to optimize sheet usage. For demonstration purposes, we choose 3 mm to show the effect more clearly.

In cases where objects are already relatively close to the trim area, it is preferable to only use smaller bleed values.

Click on "Execute" and wait a few seconds while pdfToolbox is adjusting the bleed

Return to visual inspection for bleed area

Select "Bleed area" – Verify that the bleed is now sufficient

Go back to first document page

in Switchboard click on "Arrange" group icon

In "Arrange" group, select "Booklet"

Activate cut marks, select "Minimal size" for automatic sheet size, leave offsets at zero

Within seconds, the PDF is imposed into a booklet

Review the result – Pages are now arranged for booklet printing, cut marks have been added

Validate again that bleed is sufficient by using the Loupe tool


Convert colors in Enfocus Switch

This tutorial explains how to set up a simple color conversion flow with callas pdfToolbox CLI  and Enfocus Switch.

Launch Switch and locate callas pdfToolbox functional modules

The callas pdfToolbox  functionality can be found in the "Elements" section – just enter "callas" in the search field, and the available functional modules for callas pdfToolbox will be listed.

Create a new flow

Enter self descriptive name

Canvas for designing a new flow is provided

Drag "callas pdfToolbox  ConvertColors" onto canvas, configure setup

  1. Begin to design the new flow by dragging the "callas pdfToolbox ConvertColor" list entry onto the canvas.
  2. Set up the parameters for the ConvertColor module by clicking onto each of the entries in the "Properties" configuration panel. 
  3. Use the "Select from Library" menu entry.

Define the destination for the color conversion flow

In this example, we are choosing "CommercialPrintingCoated.cfg" for conversion to high quality sheetfed offset printing.

Indicate the origin of the PDF files to be processed

  1. For best results, define an appropriate setting regarding the source from which the PDFs to be processed originate.
  2. Again, choose the "Select from Library" menu entry.

Choose "Source Color Config"

Select a suitable setting defining the origin of the PDF files to be processed. If it is not known exactly what kind of PDF files will be processed, "AutomaticBestGuess.cfg" will provide the best possible results by applying the most suitable settings to each file.

Keep spot colors or convert to 4c?

  1. Finally, define whether spot color shall be maintained as spot color or shall rather be converted to process colors.
  2. Again, make use of the "Choose from Library" option.

Turn all spot into process color

In this example, we are using the option to convert all spot colors to process color.

Set up folder for incoming PDFs

Drag a folder icon from the "Basics" list in the "Elements" panel to the canvas, left to the pdfToolbox ConvertColors icon.

Connect the folder for incoming PDFs to the pdfToolbox ConvertColors icon by clicking first on the folder icon and then on the pdfToolbox ConvertColors icon.

Add folder for completely processed PDFs

  1.  In the same way as for the incoming PDFs folder, drag another folder onto the canvas to the right of the pdfToolbox ConvertColors icon and connect by first clicking on the pdfToolbox ConvertColors icon and then again on the icon for the second folder.

    Congratulations – you have completed the configuration of the simple color conversion flow, that color converts all incoming PDFs so they can be printed with best possible color fidelity on a sheet fed offset press.
     
  2. By clicking on the "Activate" button in the upper right, the new flow is activated and ready to process and color convert PDFs.

New flow activated – color conversion flow waiting for incoming PDFs

Drag PDFs onto folder for inoming PDFs

callas pdfToolbox  about to process and color convert PDFs

Next to each folder icon, a small number indicates how many files are waiting to be processed (1) or how many files already have been completely processed (2).

callas pdfToolbox  processing and color converting PDFs

callas pdfToolbox  completed color conversion of PDFs

Once callas pdfToolbox has completed processing the PDFs, they will be stored in the second folder (1), ready to be retrieved from there and sent to the press. The individual files are listed in the "Files" panel (2) and for example can be dragged to the local disk or into pdfToolbox Desktop or Acrobat Pro.


Prepare Ad with rich black and high TAC for print

callas pdfToolbox 4.5 offers a very easy way to visualize rich black text (mostly original black text that was converted to 4C unintentionally) and areas with ink coverage too high for the desired printing condition.

Open our example Ad "210x285_ClassicCar.pdf" using the open dialog or by pressing Cmd-O

Alternatively, you can also drag-and-drop the PDF document onto the callas pdfToolbox 4 application icon or the callas pdfToolbox 4 canvas.

Adjust the window size to your needs

The bottom line gives information about the PDF's dimension and, in this case, the claimed PDF-Standard and the embedded Output Intent.

To visualize the ink coverage, open the Vizualizer tool – choose "Visualize ink coverage" in the View menu

The Visualizer can also be opened by pressing Cmd-Shift-I.

The Vizualize ink coverage tool opens with a default value of 300% total ink coverage (TAC)

Enter the desired TAC corresponding to the planned printing condition (1). A TAC of 300% is a good compromise if the only known fact is that the Ad will be printed on coated paper.
Depending on the visual result, it is to decide if the problematic area in question has to be fixed. In this example, there is a large part of the image in the area (2) of 300 to 320% TAC (3) which has to be corrected for this example.
Close this window by pressing the Done button.

Open the Switchboard, if not yet open, by pressing Cmd-2 or by choosing Switchboard in the Tools menu

The Switchboard gives you access to various pdfToolbox 4 functions, logically grouped.

Press the Colors button

Shows the available color conversion tools.
DeviceLink conversion is needed to perform a color transformation of the complete PDF to a different or adapted printing condition.

Choose DeviceLink conversion

To limit the total ink coverage of the PDF to 300%, choose "Sheetfed offset, reduce to 300% ink limit (Europe)" – part of the optional DeviceLink Add-on (1).
To convert the PDF, press the Execute (2) button.

Executed DeviceLink Conversion

Successful DeviceLink conversion.

Visualize the result of the reduction of the total ink coverage

No relevant areas are above the entered TAC.
The pink elements (1) are colored in registration color thus resulting in 400% TAC (2) – these elements are irrelevant as they are outside the trimmed area.

To visualize the process separations, change to the process separations view

It is also possible to toggle between views by pressing Cmd-left or Cmd-right.

Visualize the combined CMY plates

Elements defined in black only shall not be visible using the CMY only view (1). However, the Mercedes Star (2) is. To better view the Star, use the Loupe tool.

Zoom into a page area

To open the Loupe window, hold down the Shift-Key and drag a rectangle around the area of interest.

View objects of interest in the Loupe window

Switch to the K channel only view

Switching between views can also be achieved by using the right and left key for fast navigation.

Visualize the black plate

Navigate to the Colors group in the Switchboard

Shows the available color conversion tools.
"Correct 4c Black" is needed to perform a color mapping for text or vector elements defined in rich Black to Black only.

Executed "Correct 4C Black" Conversion

Executed rich black correction

Check CMY channels for elements that should be Black only using the Visualizer

To open the Loupe view, hold the Shift key while drawing a frame around the object of interest.
No more black only elements on the CMY only plates.

Re-check the black separation

Change back to the K-only view.

The next step requires to remove the registration marks and to clip the Ad to the visible area

When placing Ads in a layout, it is often necessary to remove registration marks and clip the PDF to the visible area. This can be achieved in 2 steps.

Navigate to the Arrange group in the Switchboard

The Arrange tools allow to combine, rearrange and separate PDF pages in various ways.
Press the Slice button.

Slice off objects in registration color

Slice lets you "cut away" objects. The affected objects are defined by a preflight check. callas pdfToolbox 4 comes with a predefined list to check for various objects.

Select "Registration color v4.5" from the check pull-down menu

For our example, it is necessary to choose a check that finds objects defined in registration color.

Press the Execute button

This fix creates a duplicate of the opened PDF. Therefor, you have to choose a location for the newly created document.

Result of the Slice action

This action results in 2 PDFs. One file with the sliced off objects and the PDF with the remaining objects.

Result of the Ad without registration color objects

Click the Home button of the Switchboard window

The Home button brings the user back to the main view of the Switchboard.

Click the Pages button

The Pages group offers tools that can change the size or the position of a page.

Click "Crop to visible"

Crop to visible clips the PDF to the visual objects.
Press the Execute button.

Successful execution of "Crop to visible"

Result of the cropped to visible objects Ad

Pressing Cmd-S saves the altered PDF to disk.


pdfToolbox - Prepare handouts for a presentation

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

Open "PDFA Presentation.odp"

A PDF file is created from the presentation

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

Open pdfToolbox Switchboard and select "Present"

Select Handout

The Handout options windows opens

You can select the desired page layout

3 up with space for notes is a good choice.

Click Execute

The Handout PDF is generated

One slide on the first page as selected

Three page with notes on the other pages

Create a black and white version from this layout

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

Select "Convert to B/W"

Click on "Execute"

The PDF is being processed

The black and white first page

And the second page


Embed missing fonts using a searchpath

Work with variable font search paths.

Open the Fixups Window

Create a new Fixup

Give the fixup a name

Click "Additional search path - Choose" in order to create a variable.

Create the variable

Enter a useful path, e.g. to your desktop folder, so that you will be able to add a folder name.

Save the fixup

The new fixup shows up in the fixup list

If you now execute the new fixup a dialog pops up that lets you modify the search path for fonts


Refine colors for converted Office files

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

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

The spreadsheet is converted into a PDF file with two pages

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

Go to second page

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

Go to third page

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

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

You see all profiles that are available

Select a profile that lets you analyze the PDF

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

Analyze the PDF file by clicking the "Analyze" button

All page objects are listed

All page objects are listed in three groups.

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

Open the "Vector objects (filled)" entry.

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

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

Select the yellow patch from the diagram

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

Select the gray patch from the diagram

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

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

Select "Colors".

Use the special color conversion method for Office files

Select "Office PDF to CMYK".

A pop up with a list of available printing destinations appears

Select a printing destination

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

Conversion is done

Go back to the Profiles window

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

Objects in the result file are listed

Open the "Vector objects (filled)" entry

Select the red patch from the diagram

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

Select the yellow patch from the diagram

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

Select the gray patch from the diagram

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


Keyboard shortcuts for pdfToolbox

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

General License and Support Conditions

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

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DeviceLink Add-on for pdfToolbox Server

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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

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Requirements for conversions to PDF

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DeviceLink Add-on Server - Integrated DeviceLink profiles

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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...

Keyboard shortcuts for pdfToolbox

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

callas pdfToolbox

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

File

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

Edit

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

View

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

Tools

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

Window

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

Help

Function Shortcut
Mac Windows
callas pdfToolbox Help F1 F1


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

pdfChip, pdfToolbox and pdfaPilot offer the possibility to convert several file formats to PDF. In order to receive the best results, the applications in which the files have been created are used for this conversion.

Supported applications and files

Application Operating system As of product version
pdfToolbox pdfaPilot
Microsoft Word 2007 Windows 4.5 2.1
Microsoft Word 2010
(32bit and 64bit)
Windows 4.5 2.1
Microsoft Excel 2007 Windows 4.5 2.1
Microsoft Excel 2010
(32bit and 64bit)
Windows 4.5 2.1
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Windows 4.5 2.1
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
(32bit and 64bit)
Windows 5.0 2.3
Microsoft Publisher 2007 Windows 5.0 2.3
Microsoft Publisher 2010
(32bit and 64bit)
Windows 5.0 2.3
Microsoft Visio 2007 Windows 5.0 2.3
Microsoft Visio 2010
(32bit and 64bit)
Windows 5.0 2.3
Microsoft Project 2010
(32bit and 64bit)
Windows 5.0 2.3
Microsoft Word 2013
(32bit and 64bit)
Windows 7.2 5.0
Microsoft Excel 2013
(32bit and 64bit)
Windows 7.2 5.0
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
(32bit and 64bit)
Windows 7.2 5.0
Microsoft Visio 2013
(32bit and 64bit)
Windows 7.2 5.0
Microsoft Publisher 2013
(32bit and 64bit)
Windows 7.2 5.0
Microsoft Project 2013
(32bit and 64bit)
Windows 7.2 5.0
Microsoft Word 2011 Mac 5.0 2.4
Microsoft Excel 2011 Mac 5.0 2.4
Microsoft PowerPoint 2011 Mac 5.0 2.4
iWork '09 Pages Mac 5.0 2.4
OpenOffice.org 3.2 Windows, Mac and Linux 4.5 2.2
OpenOffice.org 3.3 Windows, Mac and Linux 5.0 2.3
OpenOffice.org 4.x Windows, Mac and Linux 7.0 5.0
LibreOffice 4.x Windows, Mac and Linux 7.0 5.0
LibreOffice 5.x Windows, Mac and Linux 8.2 6.2
PostScript and EPS files All Platforms 5.0 2.4
Image files All Platforms 5.0 2.4

Supported file types

Application File type
Windows Mac Linux
Microsoft Word .doc .docx .dot .dotx .dotm .rtf .txt .xml .doc .docx .txt
Microsoft Excel .xls .xlsx .xlsm .xlt .xltx .xltm .xls .xlsx
Microsoft PowerPoint .ppt .pptx .pps .ppsx .pot .potx .potm .ppa .ppam .ppt .pptx
Microsoft Visio .vsd .vdx .vdw .vss .vsx
Microsoft Project .mpp .mpt .mpd .mpw .mpx
Microsoft Publisher .pub
OpenOffice/LibreOffice Writer .odt .ott .sxw .stw .doc .rtf .sdw .vor .txt .pdb .xml .psw .docx .docm .dotx .dotm .602 .wpd .hwp
OpenOffice/LibreOffice Calc .ods .ots .sxc .stc .dif .dbf .xls .xlt .sdc .vor .slk .csv .pxl .uos .xlc .xlm .xlw .sdc .xlsb .xlsm .xlsx .xltm .xltx .wb2
OpenOffice/LibreOffice Impress .odp .otp .sxi .sti .ppt .pot .sxd .sda .sdd .vor .uop .odg .cgm .pptm .pptx .potm .potx
iWork '09 Pages .pages
PostScript and EPS files .ps .eps
Image files

.tiff .tif .jpeg .jpg .png

HTML

.html .htm

File types that require additional parameters:

Application File type
Windows Mac Linux
Email

.msg .eml
When emails are converted also any attachments are converted, compressed archives (.zip, .gz, .7z, .rar) are uncompressed.

General

  • All Office-applications should be installed with the default options, in order to guarantee that all needed components are available.
  • Install all the latest updates.
  • Start the application at least once and make sure that the setup wizards have been executed successfully.
  • pdfToolbox or pdfaPilot need to be activated. This means, a valid activation request must have been sent and the software must have been activated with the activation file received afterwards.
  • The activation needs to be performed for the user who wants to execute the file conversion.
  • On Windows systems, install the Microsoft .NET Framework Version 4 or newer - this is not automatically installed with the regular Windows Update but belongs to the optional updates.
  • Please ensure, that the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013 was properly installed by the callas installation package. Only the 32bit version of the runtime library is needed because the internal conversion tool is an 32bit application.
  • While conversions to PDF are performed, no other users on this machine should use the applications needed for this process.
  • In particular the file to be processed should not be opened in the respective application.
  • Only one instance of the application that creates PDF must be used at the same time. Therefore in pdfToolbox Server, pdfaPilot Server or in Enfocus Switch the number of instances needs to be set to 1.
  • Although some file types can be processed with several applications it is recommended to process documents with the application where they were created with.

Microsoft applications

  • Please make sure that Microsoft Office is activated. In case Microsoft Office runs as an evaluation version, a warning dialog might pop up during conversion.
  • If there is no “PDF or XPS” entry in the “Save as” menu, install the missing Add-in. You can download it on the Microsoft website.
  • Install the latest service pack for Microsoft Office.
  • When updating the Microsoft Office Suite it is recommended to deinstall previously installed version before to ensure all registry entries are removed and properly set when the new installation of Office takes place. Especially when installing Microsoft Office 2010 on a system with an existing Microsoft Office 2007 such registry entries seems to remain. See Microsoft knowledge base for details how to uninstall.

Word

  • Word documents may contain annotations from the function “Track changes”. They are output into the PDF with the setting “Screen”. When outputting with setting “Print” they are not output. In the Desktop version of pdfToolbox the setting “Print” is default so that annotations are not output. Whereas in pdfaPilot Desktop the setting “Screen” is default so that annotations are output. On the Mac the output of annotations can only be omitted when running the english language version of Word. Moreover “Enable access for assistive devices” need to be enabled in “Universal Access” of the “System preferences”.

Excel

  • If the contents exceed the “print area”, only the parts covered by this “print area” will be output whilst the other parts will not be output.
  • The page format of the output PDF is optimized in order to fit as much content as possible in a well readable way onto a page. For large sheets the content may be spread over several PDF pages.
  • To ensure conversion, the print spooler has to be active. This is the case when the Excel preview shows the content. Otherwise the spooler has to be started in the “Services” configuration of the system settings. After doing this, the “Microsoft XPS Document Writer” shows up in the print dialog of Excel.

Mac

  • A page range can not be specified, the parameter Page range (pagerange) does not have an influence.
  • Images are exported with a resolution of 72 ppi, the parameter Print (topdf_print) does not have an influence.
  • If Microsoft Office 2008 and Microsoft Office 2011 are installed the Office application that is set as default for opening Office documents in the system or the Office application that is already open is used to process Office documents.

Dialog handling

  • Under Windows dialogs appearing in the Office application during processing can be handled.
  • Therefore an empty file named MTPGuiActions.log has to be placed in the user folder here:
    <user>\AppData\Roaming\axaio software\MS Office 12\MadeToPrint\Logfiles\
  • If the Office document that opens a dialog is processed now an ID of the dialog is logged in MTPGuiActions.log
  • This ID needs to be entered in MTPGuiActions.cfg which can be found in the etc/PDFOfficeTool folder next to the executable of pdfToolbox or pdfaPilot Desktop or Server
  • Within MTPGuiActions.cfg the options of the dialog handling is described

Usage when running as a service

  • Sometimes problems may occure when running pdfaPilot/pdfToolbox as a service with Microsoft Office. Automation is not supported by Microsoft officially, but the following workaround was successful in most cases:
    • Create the following folder (with appropriate permissions) on your system:
      • Windows Server 2012 + later:
        C:\Windows\SysWOW64\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local
        \Microsoft\Windows\INetCache
      • Especially when running Office 32Bit on x64 systems, the following folders are required as well:
        • Windows x64: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\config\systemprofile\Desktop
        • Windows x86: C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\Desktop

OpenOffice.org

  • Close all open OpenOffice instances before processing with pdfToolbox or pdfaPilot.
  • Please keep in mind the known restrictions of OpenOffice.org regarding cases where umlauts from Type1 and OpenType fonts might not be output correctly. You will find more information on the current state of this issue on OpenOffice.org.

Mac

  • Please verify that OpenOffice is installed inside the default installation path (e.g. ”/Applications/OpenOffice.org” on Mac OS X systems).
    If it is not, please re-install it to this location.

Linux

  • Support for Office Conversion has been tested thoroughly on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Server) with the default installation of LibreOffice and also with an OpenOffice installation.
  • On Ubuntu the required LibreOffice packages are installed via the package manager or via the command line as shown below:
    • sudo aptitude install libreoffice
      (please substitute 'libreoffice' by 'openoffice' if you prefer OpenOffice)
  • On other linux distributions or with other OS versions it might be required to search for packages with different names. E.g install everything found with the following search terms:
    • libreoffice (or openoffice)
    • uno
    • ure
    • headless

iWork '09 Pages

  • A page range can not be specified as it is also via manual PDF export, the parameter Page range (pagerange) does not have an influence.
  • Images are exported with a resolution of 72 ppi as it is also via manual PDF export, the parameter Print (topdf_print) does not have an influence.
  • Documents of iWork '08 Pages can not be processed with pdfToolbox Server application or pdfaPilot Server application because of a changed file format (file packages of Pages version 3 and earlier).

PostScript and EPS files

  • ICC profiles referenced in a PDF settings file need to be copied into the operating system folder for ICC profiles, e.g.:
    • Windows: C:\Windows\system32\spool\drivers\color
    • Mac OS X: /Macintosh HD/Library/ColorSync/Profiles
  • A Color settings file (.csf) that is referenced in the PDF settings file is not necessary for the processing.

In case your problems cannot be solved with these instructions, please send an email with the file to be converted and detailed information on your system environment to support@callassoftware.com.


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

Old installers callas pdfToolbox

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

callas pdfToolbox 8

callas pdfToolbox Desktop

Mac OS X

Windows

callas pdfToolbox Server (incl. CLI)

Mac OS X

Windows

callas pdfToolbox CLI only

Mac OS X

Windows

Linux

IBM AIX Unix

Sun Solaris SPARC

Sun Solaris Intel

callas pdfToolbox 7

callas pdfToolbox Desktop

Mac OS X

Windows

callas pdfToolbox Server  (incl. CLI)

Mac OS X

Windows

callas pdfToolbox CLI only

Mac OS X

Windows

Linux

IBM AIX Unix

Sun Solaris SPARC

Sun Solaris Intel

callas pdfToolbox 6-3

callas pdfToolbox Desktop

Mac OS X

Windows

callas pdfToolbox Server (incl. CLI)

Mac OS X

Windows

callas pdfToolbox CLI only

Linux

IBM AIX Unix

Sun Solaris SPARC

Sun Solaris Intel


Video tutorial - Activating pdfToolbox

In this 10-minute tutorial, David van Driessche, CTO at Four Pees, shows you how to activate trial or full licenses of pdfToolbox Desktop and Server.



Activation procedure for pdfToolbox Server

Step by step instructions on how to activate callas pdfToolbox Server.

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 callas pdfToolbox Server, DeviceLink Add-on Server and pdfToolbox Server Dispatcher works and which steps you have to go through.

Instructions

Activation

  1. Launch the application. You will see the main window with a blue bar at the top.



    If you have bought a license for callas pdfToolbox Server, click on the "Activate Full License" button; you will need a valid license key. Continue to step 2.
    If you simply want to try the product, click on "Activate Trial License". Go to step 3.

    NOTE:
    If you do not see a blue bar, go to Help > Activate callas pdfToolbox

    NOTE:
    If you want to interrupt the process at any point, you can always close the following windows by clicking "Cancel". To return to it, simply relaunch the application and click on the button in the blue bar or go to "Help > Activate pdfToolbox".

  2. The Activation Window appears. Here you have to fill out your Name, Company, Email address and a valid License Code. It is important to enter a valid email because the Activation PDF will be sent to that email address.

    You can enter the License Key by dragging and dropping your License PDF onto the lighter gray area. This is generally safer than copy pasting the License Key.

    You can check what information is sent to callas by clicking the "Details" button. You can also use the "Details" button to get the activation information if you want to manually send it to the callas activation server. The information displayed contains instructions on how to do this.

  3. The Activation Window appears. Here you have to fill out your Name, Company and Email address. You can select which version of the software you want to activate a trial for. It is important to enter a valid email because the Activation PDF for your trial will be sent to that email address. You can check what information is sent to callas by clicking the "Details" button. You can also use the "Details" button to get the activation information if you want to manually send it to the callas activation server. The information displayed contains instructions on how to do this.

  4. After filling in your details, click the "Next" button. You will see the following dialog window:

    Just a few minutes after sending your request using step 2 or 3, you will receive an email from callas containing an attachment called "Activation.pdf". You can drag and drop that file onto the lighter gray area or copy paste the information from the email into the input field below. It is generally safer to drag and drop the file rather than copy-pasting the information.

    Dropping the file will result in the information being inputted into the field.

  5. Click "Next" and your callas pdfToolbox Server will be activated. You can click "Close" and start using the software.

  6. If you requested a trial and you run out of time before completing your tests, contact Four Pees Orders and they'll be happy to help.
NOTE: In the "callas pdfToolbox Activation" dialog you have an overview of the activated licenses (Help > About callas pdfToolbox).
NOTE: The activation procedure is the same for DeviceLink Add-on Server.
NOTE: The activation procedure is the same for pdfToolbox Server Dispatcher.

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. Launch the application.
  2. Go to "Help > About callas pdfToolbox".
  3. Click "Deactivate".
  4. Choose the product "callas pdfToolbox (Server)".
  5. Fill out your email address.
  6. Click "Next".
  7. Click "Yes".
After the procedure, your callas pdfToolbox Server license will be deactivated.
NOTE: The deactivation procedure is the same for DeviceLink Add-on Server (in step 3 you have to select the product "callas DeviceLink Add-on (Server)”).
NOTE: The deactivation procedure is the same for pdfToolbox Server Dispatcher (in step 3 you have to select the product "callas pdfToolbox Server (Dispatcher)").

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

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How to upload large files to support?

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

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How to locate my callas preferences?

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

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

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

How to move your pdfToolbox settings to another machine?

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

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

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

How to reset my pdfToolbox Server?

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

How to locate my jobs folder of pdfToolbox Server?

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

Paths to the pdfToolbox user folder

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How to integrate callas pdfToolbox with Enfocus Switch?

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Installing on Mac OS

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

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How to upgrade pdfToolbox Server successfully?

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

Background

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

Instructions

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

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


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


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

How to upload large files to support?

Background

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

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

When such files are over 2MB it is more reliable and quicker to send them to us through 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 create a pdfToolbox Server job that generates preflight reports?

Background

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

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

Instructions

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


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


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


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

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


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

How to locate my callas preferences?

Background

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

Instructions

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

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

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

Note when using Mac OS X

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

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

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

Background

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

Instructions

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


     
  3.  Click the right icon below this list.


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

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

How to move your pdfToolbox settings to another machine?

Background

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

Instructions

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

    Your pdfToolbox settings are stored in the following location:
     

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

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

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

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

Note when using Mac OS X

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


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

Background

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

Instructions

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


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


How to reset my pdfToolbox Server?

Background

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

Instructions

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

How to locate my jobs folder of pdfToolbox Server?

Background

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

Instructions

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

Paths to the pdfToolbox user folder

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

Windows

CLI:

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

Desktop:

  • %APPDATA%\callas software\callas pdfToolbox 8

Macintosh

CLI:

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

Desktop:

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

Unix:

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

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


How to integrate callas pdfToolbox with Enfocus Switch?

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

When opening Enfocus Switch:   

Go to “Help” => Manage configurators…:    

Open “Web” and search for callas:    


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


Finally restart Switch:  

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

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


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


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.


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

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

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

Remarks

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

How to upgrade pdfToolbox Server successfully?

Background

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

Instructions

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

NOTE: Same procedure for callas pdfaPilot Server.


System requirements