Berlin. callas software, a market leader for automated PDF quality control and archival solutions, today released a minor update for its pdfToolbox product line. The update includes fixes for problems discovered in the field and a number of small improvements to the product in response to customer requests. In addition, callas software included a way to fix problems discovered with OpenType SVG fonts.
OpenType SVG fonts
Recently designers started using colorful OpenType SVG fonts much more frequently, but as examined by one of callas’ partners agileStreams, they can cause real production problems. The underlying cause of those problems goes back to the way the PDF specification is written, which results in multiple possible interpretations. Because of the severity of the problem, callas software wanted to quickly implement a fix. In pdfToolbox 10.2, a new Fixup merges the characters from an OpenType SVG font into the page content in an intelligent way. This fixes the problem without complicating the PDF file.
Other fixes & improvements
The update also makes the conversion of TIFF to PDF and PSD to PDF more robust: better support for 16-bit TIFF files, alpha channels, metadata, spot color channels and more makes the use of TIFF and PSD with pdfToolbox more reliable.
The compare mode between two PDF files has also been improved to add the ability to compare only within certain page boxes and to set the comparison anchor point. This enables the use of PDF file comparison even if two PDF files have different sizes.
Other improvements include new QuickCheck items for content stream length (to judge page complexity very quickly), DPart items and support for variables during batch processes in pdfToolbox Desktop.
Availability & price
callas pdfToolbox 10.2 is available as of today:
For further inquiries regarding availability, price, options or return on investment, please contact the callas software distribution partner, Four Pees at firstname.lastname@example.org. A fully functional time-limited trial version can be downloaded from the callas website.
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® 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 DIN, ISO, CIP4, the European Color Initiative, the PDF Association, BITKOM and the Ghent Workgroup. callas software is a founding member of the PDF Association and has been involved in the board of the international association from the very beginning.
callas software is based in Berlin, Germany. For more information, visit the callas member page.
Dietrich von Seggern received his degree as a printing engineer, and in 1991 started his professional career as head of desktop prepress production in a reproduction house. He became involved in research projects for digital transmission of print files, and moved to the German Newspaper Marketing Organisation (ZMG). There Dietrich was responsible for a project to enable the digital transmission of …