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“Variable data print” marries “prepress automation” - giving birth to callas pdfDPartner

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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.

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Improved barcode readability with Fogra and callas

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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.

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RPA-based office workflows, using PDF

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The RPA (Robotic Process Automation) approach is similar to the automated process that is common in manufacturing companies, where robots are working in factories and taking over the assembly of systems, machines or vehicles. Do you think that RPA applications would be a more common sight in back offices in the coming years? Discover our view on the matter in the following blog post!

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callas Desktop products can 'explore' your PDF documents

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Imagine a scenario where you have copy-pasted some text from your PDF to another location and it comes out totally different from what you had copied. Now what? You would want to explore the text inside the PDF, wouldn’t you? Well, what are you waiting for? Let's explore!

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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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Spotify in pdfToolbox - all about spot colors

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Why would you want to convert an image that only uses spot colors to PDF, while maintaining the original appearance of the image as closely as possible? Let's figure out how Spotify can help you in your workflows in this blog post!

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The time of the year where we look back, take stock & plan ahead

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We can all agree that 2019 was a crazy year: from the anticlimax in the Game of Thrones' finale to the launch of Tesla's Cybertruck which included a broken window mishap. In all this madness, there has been plenty of upsides as well - especially in callas' world. From the improved Process Plan UI to callas License Server, we ticked off everything on our to-do list for 2019. Have a look!

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VIP Event in Riga - All about preflight, automation & pdfToolbox 11

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callas software, along with axaio software and Four Pees, wrapped up its annual VIP event this week in downtown Riga. More than 50 stakeholders attended this event that focused on the theme of pdfToolbox 11 with a subtitle 'Prepress automation for "mainstream" and niche markets'. It was a wonderful opportunity for all attendees to learn what direction callas software is trending towards. If you missed this year's event, read more to find out what happened in Riga.

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