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Your professional server solution to automatically create ISO standard compliant PDF/A files for long-term archiving


NEW: Version 5 has just been released

For long-term archival and official submission of documents, PDF/A is rapidly becoming the worldwide standard. To create a successful PDF/A solution it is essential the tools rigorously follow the standard, provide quick and close integration capabilities and scale with the solution. callas pdfaPilot Server from callas software scores on all points: it passed all industry-standard compliance tests such as the Isartor suite, offers both hot folder automation support and closer integration through a CLI interface and a full SDK and provides full multi-processor support for checking and fixing PDF/A files.

Click here to watch the webinar recording introducing you to the basics of PDF/A and pdfaPilot.

The callas pdfaPilot Server is the professional solution to validate and/or create PDF/A-files for businesses and government agencies of all types, as well as archives and libraries, that store and long-term maintain documents.

It turns all kinds of PDFs, documents and emails into ISO 19005-1 conform PDF/A documents:

  • PDFs created in Office applications
  • emails
  • interactive forms
  • invoices
  • construction drawings
  • technical documentation
  • presentations
  • newspapers
  • books

callas pdfaPilot Server not only automatically saves non-compliant PDF files as valid PDF/A documents, but they can also convert Microsoft Office and OpenOffice documents directly to PDF. Its powerful hot folder-based operation allows unequalled automation, operation and integration.

What is new in pdfaPilot 5
  • email archiving
  • electronic invoicing with PDF/A
  • improved transparency flattening for PDF/A-1
  • optimized exporting to PDF/UA (PDF for universal accessibility) and EPUB, the standard ebook format.

For an overview about the main features, please read the press release. For a full overview of all features please consult the version history.

callas software and Four Pees will hold two webinars where the new features of pdfaPilot 5 will be shown. You can register here for the English version and here for the German version.

pdfaPilot Server uses the same validation technology as the Preflight function licensed to Adobe® for the Adobe® Acrobat® Pro application.

Introduction to PDF/A – Recorded at PDF/A Seminar in Oslo, April 17, 2012

Everything you should know about PDF/A – listen to 50 minutes of very informative video recording

During the PDF/A Seminar in Oslo, Norway, in April 17, 2012, David van Driessche provided an introduction to PDF/A. In just 50 minutes all the important features of the PDF/A standard, including conformance levels A, B and U as well as the three parts of the standard – PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2, and PDF/A-3 – are explained. Watch the video.

callas pdfaPilot CLI

Looking for pdfaPilot Server to be integrated in UNIX-Systems? Then we have the solution for you: callas pdfaPilot CLI.
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callas pdfaPilot SDK

Interested in a library? Then you should take a look at callas pdfaPilot SDK.
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System Requirements

callas pdaPilot Server runs with its full hot folder interface and has command-line support on Windows and Mac. A command-line only version is available on Linux, Solaris and AIX.

  • Mac: Requires Mac OS X (Intel), version 10.6 or newer
  • Windows: Requires Windows XP / Server 2003 / Vista / Server 2008 / 7 / Server 2012 / 8.
    • (Microsoft Office 2007 or newer needs to be installed for conversion of Microsoft Office documents to PDF/A. OpenOffice starting with version 3.2 can be used alternatively.)
  • Linux: Distributions with at least GCC 3.4-compatible system libraries are supported. Reference platform is Debian 6 (Squeeze).
  • 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

pdfaPilot 5 brochure in PDF

pdfaPilot 5 brochures

In this English brochure you can find more information about the new features in pdfaPilot 5. This brochure is also available in German French Dutch and Italian.

pdfaPilot Email archiving brochures

In this English brochure you can find more information about email archiving with pdfaPilot. This brochure is also available in French, German Dutch and Italian.