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What can Robotic Process Automation (RPA) learn from prepress?

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The IT industry has embarked on a new topic: Robotic Process Automation (RPA). It covers the automation of processes by eliminating manual activities to a large extent, so software solutions can take over. With today's processor speed and increasingly sophisticated algorithms in software applications, IT can now carry out increasingly complex requirements faster and, for recurring tasks, more reliable than any human being. The RPA model originated in industrial production. Robots carry out the work in the manufacturing industry, and humans are only there to control and monitor the processes. In order to function smoothly, the processes and also the materials to be processed must be standardized as much as possible, which usually is the case in manufacturing processes, but not necessarily in office processes … As RPA will most likely be pushed by the current crisis, we would like to have a look at RPA from a PDF point of view!

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Mobile Magazines

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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 want to have a look at what is needed to turn a print-ready PDF into lightweight performant PDF pages.

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Automating complex workflows with pdfToolbox 11!

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From complex document detection to Spotify or new bleed correction features for irregular shapes, pdfToolbox 11 brings many new capabilities for workflow automation – and makes creation of complex automation Profiles a lot nicer via a brand-new Process Plan editor.

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How quick is pdfToolbox's QuickCheck functionality?

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It had been discussed several times that while it might be impossible to dramatically increase the speed of pdfToolbox processing, it might be possible to increase the speed of individual aspects - especially such aspects that may be of specific interest to customers. So, what is it that you can ‘quickly check’, what's the background of QuickCheck and how can this feature shape automation?

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How callas and Prepress changed each other

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One can see a lot clearer in the rearview mirror. Having been in Prepress for 30 years and 17 at callas, here I will have a quick look to the rear - and to the front...

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SVG font issues in prepress production - and what that has to do with recent ISO meetings

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We recently heard about many prepress production problems related to SVG fonts used in the layouts. In this blogpost, you'll read what causes these issues, how you can resolve them and what it has to do with our recent ISO meetings in Toronto.

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Powerful coexistence of AFP and PDF

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Today, PDF is the universal format for the exchange of digital documents, but since many years it is also the standard for the transmission and processing of print documents in all industries and printing processes. Printed customer communication, however, is an exception. This is where the faction that adheres to AFP, a technology for the print data stream, persists. With the ISO 22550 standard 'Document management - AFP interchange for PDF' about to be published, both formats could be combined.

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Advanced mathematics for better (context aware) preflight

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Since the existence of PDF preflight, it was always available in all products based on an object by object analysis. Today, preflight has become a major building block of modern prepress workflows, however, the object by object approach has some limitations. Read to find out more about what context aware object detection technology is and how it helps in achieving better preflight results.

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