QuarkXPress 2018 with
integrated Callas pdfToolbox

Recently released QuarkXPress 2018 makes use of the Callas pdfToolbox internally. In the new XPress version pdfToolbox (with the help of the integrated Adobe PDF Library) now takes care of the conversion of the PostScript output from XPress into a PDF file. This was previously done with the built-in PDF Creator from Global Graphics.

Users of QuarkXPress 2018 can also use the pdfToolbox technology to create a single PDF file which complies with both PDF/X-4 and PDF/A-2. PDF/A is the ISO standard for long-term archiving, while PDF/X-4 is the ISO standard for exchanging printable PDF files. Users of QuarkXPress 2018 can also ‘tag’ the PDF files they create, providing internal information on the structure of the file’s content and the correct reading order. This latter feature is a prerequisite for accessible PDF files, meaning that users now only need to create and retain a single PDF file to fulfill printing, accessibility and long-term archiving requirements. This considerably simplifies PDF-based workflows! This is also shown in a video on YouTube.


PDF Accessibility Checker Version 3.0 (PAC 3)

PAC, the PDF Accessibility Checker, is a free tool provided by the swiss not for profit Organisation «Acces for All» which allows accessibility checking of PDF documents according the PDF/UA standard.

PAC 3, the new version of the checker, can be downloaded here.

Unfortunaltey there is still no Mac version available.


PDF Accessibility enhancements
in InDesign 2018

The InDesign update to version 13.0 (2018) released in October 2017 features some enhancements in the export of accessible PDFs:

  • Alternate text for graphics and InDesign objects
  • Group level tagging
  • Support for footnote
  • Anchored text frames and anchored groups tagging
  • Master pages tagging
  • Index tagging
  • List tag language
  • List tagging
  • Caption tagging
  • TOC tagging structure