Sometimes funny concepts are the best way to explain what otherwise could be very dry (but important!) topics. And as everybody understands the concept of social distancing after the last year, it is ideal to talk about proximity testing. Wait! What? Proximity testing… Sometimes you want to make sure that certain objects are not too close together. Perhaps because they have to be cut apart after printing and there needs to be enough spacing to do that without damaging the printed content. Or, to stick to our funny concept, to make sure all penguins are at least 1.5 meter or 6 feet apart at all times.
It is not just the major versions of pdfToolbox that see major improvements, we release value to further increase productivity and efficiency all along our minor versions too. This blog collects an overview of such major features and improvements from pdfToolbox 12 onwards and up until now.
Most of you, especially here in Europe would know about Beuth Verlag as one of Germany’s largest suppliers of specialist information and knowledge and a pioneer in the use of top-quality, long-lasting products and services. In 2019, the publisher adopted callas software’s solutions pdfaPilot and pdfToolbox to automatically process, convert and validate PDF/A and PDF/X files. So how did callas really help Beuth significantly reduce its manual workload?
I believe DPart is one of the most important new features in PDF 2.0. DPart is page based metadata in a PDF file, stored in a hierarchy to group pages into “document parts”. From a prepress point of view, it can be the most important feature – together with page based output intents. In combination, they are powerful tools for automation, for page based automation. Page based automation allows for bringing even more intelligence into workflows, for performance improvements and possible integration of print and post print steps into automated workflows.
What an unusual year 2020, wasn’t it? A lot of things changed at callas too. A quick look at the numbers from the past year.
Barcodes as machine-readable symbols have been around for years now. They are the smartest way from print to the digital world, but – other than for “normal” print content – not the human eye but a barcode scanner is the one who should be able to read it. That also means that humans are - without tools - not suited to assess a printed barcode’s quality, yet they have to manage their creation in prepress and print. pdfToolbox 12 introduces new technology to determine barcode parameters in PDF files (prepress) and a recent Fogra research project took a close look at quality of barcodes in print. Read Andi Kraushaar’s summary about the Fogra project “Improving the printability and legibility of 1D and 2D codes in inkjet printing” and a few words on brand new pdfToolbox 12’s features for barcodes.
It’s day 3 of the VIP Event 2020 and we are very excited to step into the forthcoming era of pdfToolbox 12. While I hope that all our blog readers have subscribed to the event, I am writing a summary on what has happened till now and what awaits. Also, the registration link below.
A month with the experts on topics like accessibility, security and digital signatures, new PDF standards, conversion, workflows together with the basics of PDF Association and ISO standards. Its like PDFpedia right in front of your screen. This blog explains some of the topics in detail that are of much interest to callas and its stakeholders, including the 2 webinars presented by our Managing Director, Dietrich von Seggern.