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Nordic (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway)
Baltic Region (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)
of leading PDF technology from callas software GmbH.

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PDF Workflow Technology

Your PDF problems solved
callas software finds simple ways to handle complex PDF challenges

Solutions for Prepress, Print Production, Publishing, and Document Exchange

callas software plug-ins for Adobe Acrobat
enhance native capabilities and features of Adobe Acrobat.

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callas pdfChip
Solutions for dynamic creation of
high quality PDFs in high-volumes from HTML
(including PDF/A and PDF/X)
for print, publishing and e-archiving

Dynamic conversion of HTML content
for distribution through any channel.

Built on standard technologies that are widely known such as
Qt WebKit, HTML, CSS and JavaScript and with extended support for
CMYK, spot color, XMP metadata, PDF standards, SVG, MathML,
advanced pagination, barcodes and more.

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callas pdfChip is capable of generating
single and multi-page PDF documents;
thus, it is ideally suited for high-volume dynamic PDF generation.

callas pdfChip fully supports the ISO Standard PDF 2.0!

    An increasing number of projects where callas pdfChip is used,
    also use Enfocus Switch for workflow automation purposes.

    The new pdfChip app for Enfocus Switch is an ideal way to
    integrate PDF creation using callas pdfChip into Switch flows.


    • callas pdfChip 2.1.061

    • Switch Version Required: 2021 Fall or higher

    • For Windows and Mac

    The callas pdfChip application is available for free on

    callas pdfChip vs classic command 'Print' in a browser?

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    "callas pdfChip lets you take an HTML file and
    turn it into a high quality PDF file.
    The difference to do the classic commands
    'Print' in a browser and 'Save as PDF file',
    is that callas pdfChip provides an extreme degree of
    control of what is happening, especially from a prepress view,
    when creating high-quality PDFs from HTML.
    You can use spot colors, you can address transparency,
    and you can set picture geometrical boxes, ...
    so it is not quite the same!"

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Datasheets/Brochures/Guides/User Manuals

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Price information

    callas pdfChip can be obtained via license acquisition or renting.

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Reference Cases/Customer Use Cases

For more details, please contact NewFormat.

  • 2020: callas pdfChip streamlines the production process for, Germany

    • The label printing website (also known as
      recently launched a Transparency label generator.
      Customers can use Transparency to design their own secure labels,
      protecting their products against counterfeiting.

      The entire process is fully automated
      - from receipt of order to approval and production.

      The site has achieved this thanks to pdfChip from callas software
      as well as a page description system developed by calibrate GmbH,
      which saves the label design provided by the customer as a
      JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) file and hands it over to pdfChip.

  • 2015: CS Labels, Willenhall/Wolverhampton, UK

    • Feeding two Xeikon Cheetah (30 metres per minute presses)

      Other supporting technologies:

      • callas pdfToolbox,

      • Laidback Solution FileTrain,

      • ColorLogic ZePrA Colour Management Server,

      • ColorLogic ReProfiler Digital Colour Engine.


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callas pdfChip
a modern PDF generator creating
high-quality PDF from HTML templates

    callas pdfChip is a command-line conversion tool that takes
    an HTML file, optionally augmented using CSS3 and JavaScript,
    and performs a high-quality conversion to PDF that is ready for
    print or archival (PDF/X or PDF/A).

    pdfChip is ideally suited for high-volume dynamic HTML to PDF
    generation of single and multi-page PDF documents of anything
    that is normally shown on a web site itself, but at times needs
    to be available in a printable form as well.

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    With an increasing amount of content stored in web-based
    content management systems (CMS), callas pdfChip will prove
    to be particularly valuable to businesses needing to provide
    up-to-date information to customers through their own
    preferred channels.

    callas pdfChip is recommended when businesses need
    flexible and automated high-volume PDF creation.

    Example cases include content-rich transactional printing,
    book and catalog creation, and web-to-print applications
    or imposition.

    callas pdfChip allows businesses to dynamically format
    content for distribution through any channel they require.

    Applying the same individualization techniques
    for both digital and print!

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    callas pdfChip is based on easy-to-use,
    common and established web technology

    callas pdfChip is built on standard technologies such as
    Qt WebKit, HTML, CSS and JavaScript that are widely known
    and that require no dedicated development resources.

    The HTML templates used by callas pdfChip are very similar
    to what would be needed for use on websites.

    A good understanding of up-to-date web technology is
    sufficient to get started with pdfChip.

    Anyone with experience building up-to-date website solutions
    will have enough background in HTML, CSS and JavaScript
    to get going with the product very quickly.

    There is no need to learn custom XML or XSL-FO based languages;
    anything that works in HTML is immediately usable in callas pdfChip.
    That sets callas pdfChip apart from solutions that have their
    own custom XML or XSL-FO based template languages.

    The fact that callas pdfChip is a command-line tool as opposed
    to a development library means that its functionality can easily
    be integrated into all kinds of different custom environments
    without needing dedicated development resources.

    More details on:

    callas pdfChip can also be driven by automated solutions
    such as Laidback Solutions FileTrain or Enfocus Switch.

    Wide applicability across different markets

    With its extensive feature set and high-quality PDF output,
    callas pdfChip is ideally suited as the back-end high-volume PDF
    creation solution for many different applications, amongst others:

    • Imposition and content aggregation workflows

    • Creating downloadable web content

    • Composition workflows where templates and user contents
      have to be combined on the fly and where printable
      PDF documents have to be delivered

    • On-the-fly preparation and publishing of
      magazine and newspaper content

    • On-the-fly preparation and publishing of
      sales literature and user manuals

    • On-demand book printing

    • Dynamic generation of one-off content such as
      real estate property information, tickets, stubs,
      order data, invoices, receipts,…
      (for example in web-to-print environments)

    • Variable data printing where templates have to be
      filled with data coming from a data source
      (such as a database or CRM system)

    • Transactional printing workflows where transactional data
      needs to be combined with visually rich designs

    When to Use and Not to Use callas pdfChip

    Use Case
    - Create an HTML template for ZUGFeRD-based invoices

    This article explains a rather complex project that shows how a
    HTML template for invoicing can be created in Adobe InDesign,
    exported into a callas pdfChip template using the export filter
    and then turned into ZUGFeRD-invoices.

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    As always when it is about creating various instances
    from a template there is need for a data source that
    has the variable data.

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Picture: Typical invoice workflow

    This example uses XML files in the ZUGFeRD format.
    (ZUGFeRD is a German standard for electronic invoices
    and a ZUGFeRD invoice consists of a PDF/A-3 container
    into which an XML invoice is embedded)

    This example reads data from such ZUGFeRD invoices,
    puts it into the corresponding objects in the template and
    creates a single PDF file for each invoice.

    Finally the XML is embedded into the PDF and
    the file is saved according to the PDF/A-3 standard.
    So a full ZUGFeRD invoice is created.

    For all details, see:

    callas pdfChip Architecture

    callas pdfChip is a powerful PDF creation technology
    which uses HTML as its input format.
    It extends the use of HTML, CSS and JavaScript to
    create high-quality, true-color, high-performance and
    printable PDF documents.

    callas pdfChip compensates for limitations of the HTML format
    and provides features to define page breaks and page numbers,
    to use the printing color space, and much more.

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    Key Features

    • Command-line (CLI) application
      • HTML(+) in, PDF out

    • Full support for HTML5
      • Including CSS3, JavaScript, SVG, etc...

    • Built on Qt WebKit as HTML rendering
      • Support for all standard
        HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript features

      • Ability to use JavaScript libraries such as
        JQuery or MathJax to speed up development

      • Support for HTML editors to develop
        HTML input for callas pdfChip

      • Highly optimized PDF generation to overcome
        inefficiencies of typical HTML output

      • Support for professional TrueType and OpenType fonts

    • Professional PDF generation
    • Uses custom extensions to HTML / CSS / JavaScript
      where needed to get first-class PDF for print and publishing

      • Proper definition of
        media, crop, trim and bleed box

      • Generation of CMYK, Lab and Gray color spaces

      • Generation of ICC-based color spaces

      • Generation of spot colors (named colors)

      • Inclusion of dynamic XMP metadata

      • Inclusion of necessary PDF/X or PDF/A standard tags

      • Control over PDF specific properties
        (overprint, line styles…)

    • Uses XSL-FO
    • (Extensible Stylesheet Language – Formatting Objects)

      • Unlike other applications using XSL-FO callas pdfChip,
        through its use of the widespread HTML,
        requires no specialist or technical know-how.
        This approach is particularly advantageous for
        both printing and online publishing applications.

    • Custom pagination support
      • JavaScript support to modify the HTML DOM and
        output custom PDF pages at will

      • Support for multiple PDF generation passes to add
        any number of static or dynamic underlays and
        overlays to the final PDF document

      • Support for any page numbering pattern and
        running headers and footers

    • Integrated bar code support
      • Integrated barcode generation functionality,
        with support for over one hundred different
        types of common and specialist bar codes

      • Bar code addition through addition of easy to
        define custom HTML object

      • Full control over barcode appearance through
        HTML parameters and CSS styling

    • Dynamic handling of multiple native PDF files
      • callas pdfChip can be used to dynamically
        combine multiple native PDF files on one or
        more pages, instead of inserting them as
        images in the print data stream.

    • Support for personalized data
      • A database connection or targeted use of
        PDF metadata can also be used for
        personalized document creation and printing.

    Key Features - Details


      High-speed and high-quality PDF generation
      • Powerful PDF creation from HTML

      • High-quality, true-color, high-performance and
        printable PDF documents

      • Not only for print but also for online publishing

      • Highly-optimized engine based on Qt WebKit

      • Compensates for limitations of the HTML format

      • Smallest output PDF size possible

      • Provides features to define
        page breaks and page numbers,
        to use the printing color space, and more

      • Supports multi-processor environments for
        parallel generation of multiple PDF files

      • Generation of standards-compliant PDF files
        in PDF/X and PDF/A workflows

      • Dynamically combine multiple native PDF files
        on one or more pages

      • Dynamic inclusion of all necessary XMP metadata

      • Targeted use of PDF metadata

      • Possibility to use the exact same HTML and CSS code
        on the web and for PDF generation
        (through use of callas pdfChip specific custom
        HTML, CSS and JavaScript where necessary)

      Low entry level
      • Based on widely understood technologies such as
        HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript

      • A good understanding of up-to-date web technology
        is sufficient to get started with pdfChip; no need to
        learn custom XML or XSL-FO based template syntax

      • Command-line integration for fast and seamless
        implementation of the technology in your projects

      • Easy installation through unzipping of installation archive;
        no dependencies on special software or hardware

      • Comprehensive user documentation and tutorial included,
        quick learning curve guaranteed

      Wide feature support
      • Full support for SVG, either inline in HTML or
        through referencing separate SVG files.
        SVG is converted losslessly into PDF code
        without rasterisation

      • Support for MathML

      • Built-in extensive support for barcode generation
        through custom HTML objects with support for
        CSS based styling

      • Personalized export for print via JavaScript

callas pdfChip
comes in several flavours for specific needs
and workflow automation requirements

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Max. number of simultaneous
conversions (number of
parallel processes):
1 4 8 Unlimited
Max. number of pages
per hour:
1000 5000 25000 Unlimited
Set of barcodes: EAN, UPC,
Code 39 & 128,
All All All
Max. number of pages
per PDF document:
25 250 1500 Unlimited
Support for advanced
No Yes Yes Yes

    System Requirements

    callas pdfChip is a command-line tool.

    • Mac:
      • Earliest supported version: macOS 10.13 (Intel)

      • Starting with macOS 11.0,
        also running on Apple Silicon Rosetta 2

      • Newest tested version: macOS 12.61.1

    • Windows:
      • Earliest supported version: Windows 10

      • Newest tested version: Windows 11

    • Windows Server:
      • Earliest supported version: Windows Server 2012 R2

      • Newest tested version: Windows Server 2022

    • Linux:
    • The minimum required Linux OS versions are shown below
      (Linux OS versions with a higher number are
      always supported as well):

      • Debian 8 (and derivates like Ubuntu 16.x )

      • RedHat RHEL7
        (and derivates like CentOS7 or CentOS Stream)

      • SuSE SLES11
        (and derivates like OpenSuSE11 or
        OpenSuSE LEAP 42 or OpenSuSE TumbleWeed)

      • Note: Other Linux distributions are also supported
        if the version of the glibc is at least v2.12

    • Recommended are at least 2 GB of free storage

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