Improved barcode readability with Fogra and callas


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.


Here comes the 12!


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.


OctoberPDFest online


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.


Publish smart – The Internet Standards Series


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.


RPA-based office workflows, using PDF


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!


Regulate counterfeits with label printing


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!


Managing manufacturing information with PDF


In the manufacturing industry, the importance of 3D data has recently grown. In light of this, the PDF Association - along with the 3D PDF Consortium - has recently published a high-level introduction about the roles and capabilities of PDF technology in manufacturing industries. With the availability of the necessary technology for the visualization of such 3D data, this technology is used to avoid loss of information in production, scholarly publishing, in situ publishing of 3D figures and much more! Check callas’ view on the matter in this blog post!


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


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!