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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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callas in numbers

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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.

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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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Here comes the 12!

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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.

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OctoberPDFest online

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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.

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Publish smart – The Internet Standards Series

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Most publishers today do not stick to a single format or communication channel. You can choose between the World Wide Web (HTML, CSS, JavaScript …), apps (mostly PDF or proprietary page based formats) or paper (PDF). Publishing houses selling their content are usually using a variety of formats to reach as many (paying) customers as possible. Other 'publishers' who are not earning money with this might want to avoid the necessary efforts. In this article, we want to talk about an example where the internet community came up with a smart solution for digital publications, namely their standards.

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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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Regulate counterfeits with label printing

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Product piracy is something that strikes fear into the heart of many brand owners. How can printers of packaging and labels help their customers to fight counterfeits? Well, Amazon has invented the ‘Transparency’ service to fight off counterfeiting, which has in turn opened new doors of realm for packaging and labelling industry. Let’s understand how Transparency works and learn what it could mean for the packaging and labelling industry in our new blog post!

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