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Nordic (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway)
Baltic Region (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)
of leading PDF solutions 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 to preflight, validate, optimize, correct and
repurpose PDF files for prepress, print production,
packaging production, digital publishing and accessible PDF

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

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callas pdfToolbox
The all-round, and most powerful, tool in the field to
preflight, validate, optimize, correct and repurpose PDF files for
prepress, print production, packaging production,
digital publishing, and accessible PDF

callas pdfToolbox fully supports the ISO Standard PDF 2.0!

    callas pdfToolbox - Who is it for?

    • Technicians and print specialists

    • Leading print & packaging consultants

    • Color management and process control experts

    • Press operators & pressroom supervisors

    • Quality assurance managers

    • Prepress supervisors and technicians

    • Brands & brand owners

    • Content & media creators

    • Anyone who manages color quality

    • Ink, paper and packaging suppliers

    • Schools and businesses that provide
      training in professional skills to:
      preflight, validate, optimize, correct and
      repurpose PDF files before print/prepress,
      print production, packaging production,
      digital publishing and accessible PDF

    Lead the way in quality and efficiency with callas pdfToolbox.
    Your clients will notice the difference!

    Here’s why callas pdfToolbox is the game-changer your business needs:

    • Quality Control:
      Ensure your PDFs are print-ready with robust preflight capabilities,
      reducing costly errors and enhancing customer satisfaction.

    • Workflow Automation:
      Streamline repetitive tasks like preflighting and color conversion,
      boosting productivity and cutting turnaround times.

    • Versatility:
      Support for a wide range of PDF standards and
      customizable profiles, to meet diverse project needs.

    • Cost-Effective:
      Minimize errors and waste,
      saving on material and labor costs.

    • Integration:
      Seamlessly integrates with industry-standard software,
      enhancing collaboration with partners and clients.

    • Compliance:
      Meets all major PDF standards,
      like ISO PDF/X and GWG specifications,
      ensuring top-quality outputs.

    • Future-Proof:
      Regular updates keep you at the cutting edge of technology.

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    callas pdfToolbox Today

    callas pdfToolbox has become the most encompassing and
    performant PDF technology for printing and related applications.

    It has grown from a PDF preflight application to check
    the printability of the file to a complete pre-print platform
    offering the printing industry everything they need,
    ranging from checks & fixups over pdf conversion and
    print preparation to rule-based, dynamic process plans
    that will modify the files ready to be printed for any
    printing process.

    callas pdfToolbox technology is a
    highly recognized and respected technology.
    It is used by small companies, large publishers and
    print providers as well as global OEM customers that
    integrate the technology in their own products;
    among them are:
    Adobe Systems Inc., Aleyant, CVISION Technologies,
    Dataline, Durst Group, Dynamicsoft,
    EFI, Foxit, HP, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Krause,
    Mitsubishi, Pixartprinting, Quark Software Inc.,
    Rochester Software Associates, Sofha, Xerox.

    When ordering callas pdfToolbox from NewFormat AB
    you will get the original, very latest version of callas pdfToolbox
    directly from the development team at callas softare GmbH.
    As production ready tools or for integration into own solutions,
    and for a much more favorable price.

    callas pdfToolbox
    - Software tools to convert documents to PDF Standards.

    callas pdfToolbox automates and standardizes
    the process of file delivery and reception.

    callas pdfToolbox provides dynamic preflight,
    correction, color management and optimization of PDF files
    for prepress, print production, packaging, digital publishing,
    advertising, design, and document management.

    In automated workflows, callas pdfToolbox has become
    indispensable to provide PDF quality control and correction,
    conversion of PostScript, image and office formats to PDF,
    impositioning, splitting and merging of PDF files and much more.

    Out-of-the-box automation with hot folders and easy integration
    through the command-line version into any production workflow,
    MIS system or web-to-print environment has made
    callas pdfToolbox the tool of choice for such environments.

    callas pdfToolbox Industry Solutions

    Reliable platform for automation and performance all industries.

    Solutions for Publishers

      Print publishing is a fast-paced and competitive business
      with tight deadlines and high customer expectations.
      PDFs can come from many different sources
      - advertisers, agencies, design departments, etc.

      How do one guarantee the highest quality print standards
      for publications under such conditions?
      With callas pdfToolbox the long chain of production
      involved in print publishing need no longer hamper
      the reliability of results.

    Solutions for Printers

      Printers are under pressure to handle more and
      more PDF files in ever shorter turnaround periods.
      And with PDFs being produced in such a variety of ways,
      output mistakes seem almost inevitable.

      callas pdfToolbox is used to avoid such output errors,
      to save time and money, and to maintain
      healthy customer relations.

      callas pdfToolbox provides interactive visual inspection and
      automatic correction and allows to quickly prepare files
      for any intended output.

      For transparency and color management issues,
      it will correct files so they output as expected through
      almost any RIP, meaning you don’t have to make expensive
      equipment replacements as PDF technology develops.

    Preflight with callas pdfToolbox
    for trouble-free production

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Typical problems in print indata / PDF files

    What callas pdfToolbox can do

    callas pdfToolbox checks and corrects documents according
    to industry standards, including ISO Standards based on
    PDF-technology, among them
    PDF/X-1, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4, PDF/X-5, PDF/X-6,
    PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2, PDF/A-3, PDF/A-4, PDF/UA-1, PDF/VT,
    and others, and market/segment unique specifications from
    The Ghent Workgroup.

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    callas pdfToolbox converts native documents created with
    Microsoft Word,PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, Visio and Project,
    Apache OpenOffice, Pages (Mac OS X only), PostScript and
    EPS, PNG, JPG and TIFF images into print-/publish-ready PDFs.

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    callas pdfToolbox is used for workflow automation,
    command-line processing, and dynamic preflighting
    to avoid production errors, identify and fix problems,
    spot differences in PDF files, imposition tasks
    (such as making booklets), step-and-repeat,
    split spreads into single pages, and much more...

    With callas pdfToolbox one can be confident
    that files are ready for even the most stringent of
    output requirements through software which is
    simplicity itself to setup and use.

    All callas software solutions share a common aim whenever PDF files
    need to be prepared on a large scale to:

    • automate and standardize output processes

    • care for quality, safety, speed and efficiency

    • provide fully PDF compliant files

    • increase productivity

    • reduce errors

    Guide to callas software solutions,
    typical use cases, hands-on exercises and tutorials on:

    • checking and correcting PDF Documents / Prelight

    • preparing documents for archival

    • dynamic workflows dynamic using variables

    callas pdfToolbox is compatible with Adobe® Acrobat® DC
    (in fact it uses the same rock-solid PDF preflighting technology),
    but in addition allows you to automate and batch process PDF files.

callas pdfToolbox
turns print-ready PDFs into
lightweight performant PDF pages for
Mobile Magazines and Periodicals

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    More and more, magazines are available on
    tablets or other mobile platforms.
    Consequently, many new apps appear where
    subscribers have access to several hundred publications,
    such as AppleNews+, Keep In Mind, Readly and many more.

    The subscriber uses the respective app to view
    the magazine pages, but in many cases
    the internal format is actually PDF.

    In this blog post, we take a look at what is needed to turn
    a print-ready PDF into lightweight performant PDF pages
    adapted for mobile publishing.

PDF validation with callas pdfToolbox

Common question: What is a PDF validator exactly validating ?

The rule of thumb is:
A PDF validator (callas pdfToolbox) checks the aspects
that are specifically governed by the PDF standard.

Use of callas pdfToolbox in practice:

Use cases: Preflight, validation, correction and conversion

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Hands-on Tutorials with callas pdfToolbox

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Datasheets/User Manuals
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callas pdfToolbox Training

callas pdfToolbox - Instructor-led Training

    callas pdfToolbox Self-Training

    This PDF-based self-pace training help users fully
    understand and utilize the power of callas pdfToolbox.

    The training material is focused on profile creation and
    includes exercises with solutions and explanations.

    Simply download the following PDF training manual,
    open it in a PDF viewer and you are good to go:

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All-in-One Solution for Student Classroom Training

Price information

    callas pdfToolbox software can be obtained via license acquisition or renting.
    License is per desktop/laptop and unlimited number of documents, or
    per server and unlimited number of users and unlimited number of documents.

    For 5pcs or more desktop licenses volume discount apply!

    Note! Attractive prices when crossgrading from Enfocus PitStop to callas pdfToolbox.

Reference Cases/Customer Use Cases
callas pdfToolbox Desktop, Server, Dispatcher, CLI and SDK

  • Global OEM Customers

  • OEMs that integrate callas pdfToolbox technology in their own products;
    among them are:
    Adobe Systems Inc., Aleyant, CVISION Technologies,
    Dataline, Durst Group, Dynamicsoft, EFI, Foxit, HP,
    Kodak, Konica Minolta, Krause, Mitsubishi, Pixartprinting,
    Quark Software Inc., Rochester Software Associates, Sofha, Xerox, ...

  • 2022: The Riksdag Administration, The Riksdagstryck Unit, Sweden

  • 2021: Durst Group, Durst Workflow

    • PrePress Digital in collaboration with callas software.
      A revolutionary all-in-one- solution, which includes all steps of
      the pre-press and production process in one single application.

  • 2019: Beuth Verlag

    • Beuth Verlag trusts callas software for quality assurance of PDF/A files.
      callas pdfToolbox and callas pdfaPilot ensure that the DIN standards
      published by Beuth Verlag comply with the ISO standards and are
      therefore suitable for long-term archiving.

      At the same time, a high degree of automation has significantly
      reduced the amount of manual work required.
      Beuth Verlag, a subsidiary of DIN, the German Institute for Standardization,
      distributes national and international standards and develops specialized
      publications for industries, scientific research, trade, the service sector,
      academic studies and crafts.

      For more details, please see:

      or contact NewFormat.

  • 2018: Dynamicsoft integrates callas pdfToolbox in Wsc Printer platform

    • Dynamicsoft, an Italian software house specialized in e-business solutions for
      the graphic arts industry, integrates callas pdfToolbox technology in Wsc Printer,
      a print MIS/ERP and web-to-print platform, for automated preflight,
      optimization and correction of PDFs submitted by customers.
      This new integration of callas pdfToolbox in Wsc Printer allows clients to save
      time and resources every day, thanks to the automation of manual tasks.

  • 2018: Quark / QuarkXPress 2018

      Quark chooses callas pdfToolbox technology for its new
      PDF engine in QuarkXPress 2018 (coming in May 16, 2018).
      QuarkXPress 2018 can, thanks to the embedded pdfToolbox technology,
      create a single PDF file which at the same time complies with

      • PDF/X-4, ISO Standard for Exchange of Printable PDF files,

      • PDF/A-2, ISO Standard for Long-term Archiving of PDF files, and

      • PDF/UA-1, ISO Standard for Universal Accessibility of PDF files
        ("Accessible PDF").

  • 2017: Spennare, Nacka, Sweden

  • 2017: Big Image Systems, Täby, Sweden

  • 2015: Forsman & Bodenfors Inhouse AB, Göteborg, Sweden

  • 2015: CS Labels, Willenhall/Wolverhampton, UK

    • Feeding two Xeikon Cheetah (30 metres per minute presses)
      Other supporting technologies:
      callas pdfChip, Laidback Solution FileTrain,
      ColorLogic ZePrA Colour Management Server,
      ColorLogic ReProfiler Digital Colour Engine.

  • 2015: Kodak integrates callas pdfToolbox software technology
    into its workflow product KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 7

    • KODAK PRINERGY Workflow provides intelligent pre-printing
      management tools for job and package printing.
      The software lets users set up and monitor PDF print data processes and workflows.
      The pdfToolbox profiles expand the software’s existing validation and correction
      features to allow improved quality control and less manual work for the user.

      The software automates associated print production processes, thereby
      increasing efficiency and reducing both manual work and financial costs.
      The new version of the software further automates all essential
      printing functions, with pdfToolbox providing a reliable PDF foundation:
      an essential component during quality control and preparation.

  • 2015: QuarkXPress 2015 to use callas pdfToolbox to certify PDF/X-4 files (English, .png)

    • QuarkXPress 2015, expected to be released at the end of March 2015,
      will allow better, faster, cutting-edge PDF output with the help of callas software.
      This is because QuarkXPress 2015 will support document output in PDF/X-4 format,
      verified by callas software’s pdfToolbox.
      This means that PDF/X-4 files exported from QuarkXPress 2015 will be
      certified with the same technology used in Adobe Acrobat

  • 2014: Pim Print, The Netherlands

    • Self-service solution and automation and preflight of prepress checking processes,
      complete and integrated automation solution for certifying PDFs;
      Builds on callas pdfToolbox Server to validate and correct incoming PDFs,
      Datasheet (English, pdf)

  • 2013: National Library of Finland,
    Centre for Preservation and Digitisation, Mikkelä, Finland

    • Grey-scale conversion of PDF files with callas pdfToolbox CLI

  • 2013: Meganews Magazines, Sweden
    • Validation and correction of PDF-based periodicals with
      callas pdfToolbox Server as part of on-demand printing

  • 2013: Penthion Media Technologies, The Netherlands

    • Self-service solution for entire publishing process,
      complete and integrated automation solution for certifying PDFs;
      Builds on callas pdfToolbox Server to validate and correct incoming PDFs,
      Datasheet (English, pdf)

  • 2013: Showpad, Belgium

    • Sales and presentation tool for tablets
      running on cloud-based online platform;
      Builds on callas pdfToolbox CLI to support PDF,
      Datasheet (English, pdf)

  • 2011: SOAR Printing, New Zealand

    • Web-to-Print Portal based on callas pdfToolbox
      for prepress and printing services;
      Automated quality control system,
      Datasheet (English, pdf)

  • 2009: F.E. Burman, London, England

    • Web-to-Print Portal based on callas pdfToolbox
      for prepress and printing services;
      Automated quality control system,
      Datasheet (English, pdf)


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callas pdfToolbox
PDF Technology Solutions for Prepress, Print Production and Publishing

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    callas pdfToolbox Desktop - PDF Production Toolkit

    callas pdfToolbox Desktop is the easiest yet most powerful
    PDF preflight and correction application on the market.

    callas pdfToolbox Desktop installs standalone
    or as a plugin inside Adobe® Acrobat®:

    • When installed as a standalone application,
      pdfToolbox Desktop completely replaces
      the inbuilt preflight capability of Adobe Acrobat;
      in such cases there is no need to also
      buy/install Adobe Acrobat.

    • When installed as a plugin into Adobe Acrobat,
      pdfToolbox Desktop vastly extends and enhances
      the basic, inbuilt preflight capability of Adobe Acrobat.

    Easy to use

    • Switchboard (user dashboard) for ready-made actions

    • Visualizer for visually inspecting PDF documents

    Yet powerful

    • Profiles for more customization

    • Variabels to make profiles dynamic

    • Process plans to introduce processing logic

    No task is too difficult for callas pdfToolbox Desktop.
    Problem files can be fixed during preflight or with a
    click of a button in the Switchboard (user dashboard).


    • flatten transparency,

    • convert fonts to outlines,

    • insert trim and bleed boxes
      to match printer marks,

    • convert office documents or even
      PostScript files directly into PDF,

    • compare versions of PDF files,

    • visualize ink coverage,…
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callas pdfToolbox
PDF Technology Solutions for Prepress, Publishing, Print Production

callas pdfToolbox comes in several flavours
for specific needs and automation requirements
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    callas pdfToolbox product family, all support the same functionality,
    and is is the easiest yet most powerful PDF preflight and correction
    application on the market:

    • callas pdfToolbox Desktop
    • For individual and interactive use on
      desktops (macOS / Windows).

      Aimed at providing preflight, correct and repurpose
      of PDF files for prepress, print production,
      digital publishing and accessible PDF.

      Gives all aspects of working with PDFs
      a massive boost with a greatly extended
      feature set for a diversity of user's needs.

      Runs as independent application or
      as plug-in for Adobe® Acrobat®.

      Fix one file at a time or, in batch mode,
      or a whole bunch of PDF documents.

      The Switchboard allows you to run any action
      on a whole folder of PDF files;
      the files are automatically moved to success or
      error folders based on the result of processing.
      Of course this is not a substitute for
      watched folders in pdfToolbox Server and CLI,
      but it can save you loads of time
      if you need to process multiple documents.

    • callas pdfToolbox Server & CLI
    • Fully customizable server solutions that
      allow for automation of workflows through
      watched folders or ready for integration into
      existing systems through a command line interface.

      • callas pdfToolbox Server
      • Used to automate callas pdfToolbox or
        when integrating callas pdfToolbox into an existing workflow.

        Hotfolder-based automation for efficient preflight/checking,
        correction and perfect color conversion and optimization of PDF files.
        Includes one license of callas pdfToolbox Desktop
        for configuration and testing purposes.

        Integrates into any web-portal or automation workflow.
        Direct integration with Enfocus FullSwitch and PowerSwitch
        by means of the provided application configurations.

      • callas pdfToolbox CLI-based
        (CLI - command line interface).
      • For automation of PDF processes;

        The fastest way for developers to leverage
        callas PDF technologies into custom solutions.
        Fast, robust integration of PDF preflighting and
        processing in any environment.
        Fully-featured PDF preflighting, correction,
        color-management and imposition functionality
        into custom workflows and solutions.

    • callas pdfToolbox SDK
    • Software Development Kit (SDK)
      is a programming library/software development kit
      for developers with a need for PDF optimization,
      validation and correction.

      Facilitates the development of any kind of application
      that must edit PDF files.

      Enables development of state-of-the-art products
      to check and correct PDF files.

      Includes one license for the callas pdfToolbox Desktop
      for configuration and testing purposes.

More on "What callas pdfToolbox can do"

    "Can Do Things"

    • Preflight

    • Embedding fonts

    • Outlining text

    • Comparing PDF files

    • Adding a stamp

    • Placing (dynamic) barcodes

    • Imposition

    • Converting RGB

    • Flattening transparency

    • Converting to image

    • Go from/to PostScript

    • Changing page size

    • Rotating pages

    • Removing spot colors

    • Fixing spot color names

    • Fixing overprinting white (or black)

    • Creating rich black

    • Comparing PDF versions

    • Rearranging pages

    • Adding printer marks

    • Cropping white space and hidden content

    • Use DeviceLink profiles

    • Convert to multi-channel PDF

    • Convert office files to PDF

    • Downsampling images

    • Removing layers

    • Splitting PDFs

    • Viewing excess ink usage

    • Adding bleed

    • Outlining page boxes

    • Adding white margins

    • Writing checks with Javascript

    • Conditional processing using Javascript

    • Adding undercolor white

    • Setting page boxes based on page content

    • Adding varnish layer

    • Adding grommets (eyelets)

    • Tiling into smaller pieces

    • .

    • .


    Process Plans
    • callas pdfToolbox comes with full support for process plans.

    • Process Plans take automation flexibility to the next level:

      • They allow defining a number of steps
        a PDF file should be processed through.

      • Each step can be a preflight profile,
        a single preflight check or fix, or an action
        (such as creating images, creating a booklet,
        exporting as PostScript file…).

      • Process plans allow generating preflight reports
        based on the result of each step, or can jump
        between different steps based on
        the processing result of a previous step.
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    • Sample use case:

      • Optimizing QR Codes for ePapers

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Print paper media vs digital ePapers media

        Digitization has revolutionized the way we consume information.
        What used to be printed on paper is most of the time
        now also available in digital form.
        Publishers have fully adapted to the digital age and
        extended their reach beyond the traditional print format.

        Most newspapers and magazines today offer
        digital versions of their publications.
        These digital replicas, known as ePapers,
        are static representations of the print editions and
        usually shared as downloadable PDF files.
        This allows readers to easily access the content
        on a device of their choice.

        QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are an
        important tool that bridges the gap between
        printed paper and the digital world:

NewFormat AB QR Code, - QR Code

QR code / web address ( )
which leads to the website for NewFormat AB, Sweden

        QR Codes have the capacity to store a wide
        range of data and, provide instant access
        to the encoded information usually
        accessed via a smartphone camera.

        Today, QR Codes are omnipresent and newspapers and
        magazines are using them to provide readers with
        quick and easy access to additional, digital content.

        This works very well in a printed publication,
        where the QR Codes can simply be scanned
        with a mobile device.
        However, in a digital ePaper they rather are
        a stumbling block in the user experience,
        as accessing QR Code content in digital formats
        like ePapers is not straight forward.

        Maybe you've experienced this before:
        You're reading an article on your smartphone and
        come across a QR Code that offers extra information
        about the topic.

        The tricky part is that you can't scan the QR Code
        directly with your smartphone camera.
        Sure, there are ways to get to the QR Code's content,
        but these methods are often not very user-friendly.
        In the worst case, you might just give up and
        miss out on valuable content.

        Ideally, you'd like to have clickable links within the ePaper,
        that give you instant access to the QR Code's content
        with a simple tap.

        But to achieve this, publishers may face a problem:
        ePapers are normally derived from the print PDF,
        where the destination URLs are already encoded
        within the QR Codes.
        You would need to extract these URLs for each
        individual QR Code to generate link annotations.

        Thus, to improve the user experience,
        it is important to optimize QR Codes for ePapers.

        callas pdfToolbox helps you simplify and automate
        PDF creation and allows you to overcome this
        QR Code challenge.

        This is how you determine QR Code values and
        place icons + link for URL:
        The solution is a callas pdfToolbox Process Plan
        that identifies all QR Codes in a document,
        decodes their URLs, and integrates a clickable icon
        on top of each QR Code< with the URL that was
        encoded in the QR Code behind, providing a
        seamless way to access digital content
        with just one tap.

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Determine QR Code values and
place icons + link for URL

        The image below illustrates the result:
        Each QR Code in a document is overlaid
        with a "click-here" icon of your choice and
        a link annotation with the destination URL of the QR code.
        When you click on the icon, the linked website will be opened.

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The result after processing according to the Process Plan:
Determination of QR code values and
placement of icons + link for URL

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    Easy, Automated Impositioning

    Impositioning is the action of placement of
    the pages on a press sheet so that the sheet
    after printing and folding carries the pages in
    the correct sequence in the finished printed product.

    • callas pdfToolbox scales, fits, moves, extends,
      rotates and flips pages and page content easily.

    • It also imposes anything from simple booklets
      to fully-fledged brochures and books,
      as well as doing N-up and step and
      repeat impositions for digital printing.
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    Adobe Compliant Transparency Flattening
    • Handling PDF documents with live transparency
      when your workflow or output devices don’t
      directly support them can be really hard.

      • callas pdfToolbox effortlessly flattens
        those transparencies while eserving
        text, images and line-art as much as
        possible and without changing
        the intent of the document.

      • And you can rely on that result as it uses
        well-proven Adobe flattening technology.

    Remote Configuration and Monitoring
    • Every callas pdfToolbox Server comes with
      a copy callas pdfToolbox Desktop.

    • callas pdfToolbox Desktop allows connecting
      to your pdfToolbox servers;
      all configuration and monitoring of
      callas pdfToolbox Servers on your network
      can be done over the network from the comfort
      of your own desktop computer.

    Straightforward integration into any
    Web2Print or MIS environment
    • Of course callas pdfToolbox Server supports hot folders.

    • It also allows integration using the command-line (CLI)
      or an extensive SDK ideal for embedding the latest
      PDF technology straight in your Web2Print or
      order administration system.

    callas pdfToolbox Multi-Server Productivity via Dispatcher
    • callas pdfToolbox doesn't even limit itself to one system.
      pdfToolbox can be run on several server systems in cooperation.

    • By using automatic load balancing,
      callas pdfToolbox allows for configuring a dispatcher
      that then distributes work across the network to
      satellites running on different systems.

    • High performance coupled with easy setup and maintenance.
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      • Allows for load balancing as well as
        for fail over configuration.

      • Processing of files according to
        "dispatcher-satellite" concept.

      • Dispatcher
        - a server that doesn’t process files itself,
        but instead receives files in its job folders and
        sends them to satellites to have them processed.

      • Satellite
        - a satellite is basically a regular server
        that will process files.

      • As many "satellites" as required can connect to
        callas pdfToolbox Dispatcher so that processing
        does not stop even if one of the satellites
        is switched off.

      • Fail over - processing does not stop even if
        one of the satellites is switched off.

      • For dynamic allocation of cloud-based
        processing capacity services,
        see callas License Server.

    Automation of workflows
    • callas pdfToolbox integrates seamlessly with
      FileTrain for automation of work flows.

PDF Processing Steps Metadata

Standardized PDF metadata for
non-print / post-print workflows

    PDF Processing Steps Metadata

    callas pdfToolbox support interactive as well as
    profile driven evaluation, modification and preflight of
    PDF Processing Steps Metadata.

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    The Processing Steps Concept.

    Processing Steps is a specification originally
    developed by The Ghent Workgroup to associate
    metadata information with non-printing and
    finishing processes (such as cutting, embossing,
    varnish, conversion, Braille, …) with a PDF document.

    PDF files in packaging workflows commonly contain
    the design to be printed and elements that are not printed,
    yet are crucial to how the printed piece is going to be
    further processed.

    A prime example is cutting and folding information which
    is needed after printing, to cut a box to final format and
    fold it into its 3D shape.

    The Ghent Workgroup identified years ago
    that a lack of standardization in the way these
    “processing steps” elements were contained in
    PDF documents, were a hindrance to the acceptance of
    PDF as the standard format in such packaging workflows.

    PDF Processing Steps Use Cases.

    Layers can now have both regular metadata and
    processing steps metadata attached to them.

    The PDF Processing Steps metadata standard is of
    is of key importance for packaging-, label- and
    large format-specific groups of processing-steps data.

    PDF Processing Steps allows packaging and product
    developers and designers to specify post-print workflow
    components with a PDF file in a language-independent,
    vendor-neutral way.

    PDF Processing Steps specifies how standardized
    post-print workflow elements (e.g. cutting, folding)
    can be stored in a PDF file in a standardized way,
    a substantial improvement over today’s
    vendor-specific arrangements.

    The standardisation is based on the ISO Standard 19593-1,
    Part 1: Processing steps for packaging and labels,
    which defines the use of PDF to associate
    processing steps and content data.

    With the help of the PDF Processing Steps standard,
    standardization of automation of processing steps
    in packaging production can be improved substantially.

    It standardizes metadata for layers to allow for
    interoperability between devices in exchanging
    data for non-print processing steps.
    In addition, it defines rules for objects in
    different layers and dependencies between layers.

    It creates the possibility to add standardised terms to
    each layer to help identify the layer in subsequent
    processing steps in the workflow.

    This type of information has usually earlier been
    defined as technical spot colors in a PDF.
    For lack of standardization, everybody has been using
    different names, which made workflow automation
    very difficult.

    Processing steps metadata is primarily interesting for
    packaging since, in addition to the printing objects,
    a good deal of additional information are defined in
    a PDF for packaging. This allows a language independent
    identification of these objects.

    This is done by grouping page objects in layers
    (technically: optional content groups, OCG),
    and adding metadata to those layers to
    identify them as processing steps.

    With ISO 19593-1, packaging production workflows
    can be significantly enhanced to include specifications for
    cutting lines, varnishing, embossing, add braille and more
    using standardized, language-independent metadata
    together with PDF’s Optional Content Groups (OCGs) feature.

    When associated with OCGs, processing steps information
    allows diverse authors, users or workflow operators to
    choose specific elements, for example, to verify cut-marks,
    check colors, or other considerations.

    Metadata can now be used for selective display of
    the elements for validation.
    A marketing person is interested in other
    elements than a prepress specialist.

    For proof output cutting lines, braille, etc. are also printed
    while for CTP (Computer To Plate) output they are
    automatically omitted.

    In addition, subsequent systems
    (e.g. impostion, embossing, braille)
    which support this standard can retrieve
    the information relevant for their
    processing step directly in the PDF data.

    Use cases include:

    • metadata identifying processing steps

    • limitations on the interaction between
      PDF graphics objects that are part of a
      processing step and other PDF graphics objects

    • limitations on PDF graphics objects in processing steps

    • Easily identifying data corresponding to
      "Structural" finishing steps, such as:

      • Bleed, cutting, creasing, drilling, embossing,
        folding, foil stamping, folding, glueing,
        perforating, punching, stapling, varnishing

    • Braille in a document

    • information panels

    • indications of physical dimensions

    • indications of intended
      positions of graphical elements

    • printed white, for example on
      transparent or metallic surfaces

    • printed varnish

    PDF Processing Steps Support in callas pdfToolbox.

    PDF Processing Steps Metadata supported in callas pdfToolbox:

    • Setting

    • Checking

    • Adjusting

    • Reporting

    Setting - In pdfToolbox,
    the processing steps metadata is filled out for each layer
    using the pdfToolbox Layer Explorer panel.

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    Checking - Properties that can be used in Checks:

    • "Processing Steps metadata present"

    • "Processing Steps metadata uses custom values"

    • "Processing Steps metadata used for more than one layer"

    • "Processing Steps"

      • Presence of specified Processing Steps,
        e.g. “Structural:Cutting”

      • Can be combined with any other checks
        (e.g. color on Barcode, text or image on Cutting …)

    Adjusting - Adjusting Processing Steps:

      Configurable Fixups:

      • "Add Processing Steps layer metadata” to layer

      • “Modify layer name for Processing Steps metadata”

      • “Put objects on Processing Steps layer”

      • Plus: Relevant layer related Fixups
        can use Processing Step metadata
        instead of layer names, e.g. “Remove layer":
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    Reporting - Processing Steps metadata is listed
    whenever layer details are reported

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    The non-print Processing Steps Metadata option,
    and its interactive evaluation,
    is also supported through the layer handling in
    axaio MadeForLayers and axaio MadeToPrint
    for Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator.

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