Callas has released pdfToolbox 11 this week. The new version is all about improvements to automated workflows and making PDF files production ready. The new version introduces significant additions for the sign and display market, the label and packaging market, transactional printing and more.
Global Graphics announced that the Harlequin RIP V12.1 and higher supports PDF Processing Steps.
PDF Processing Steps is a relatively new ISO standard (ISO 19593-1:2018) for clearly defining technical information (e.g. die line, varnish) in a PDF file (usually for packaging) that is not normally printed.
Martin Bailey, CTO of Global Graphics, explains in a comprehensive blog post the additional RIP functions made possible by the PDF Processing Steps.
On the Callas blog an article has appeared, in which the managing director Dietrich von Seggern reviews the development of Callas and the PDF technology.
The text-based PDF comparison PDiff is available in the new version 3.0. The software from CSci is a modern solution for professional document comparison. The new release makes PDF comparison even more powerful thanks to an improved GUI.
PDiff shows all text differences between two PDF documents – as a comparison of the two PDFs and with markings of the deviations. So you can check intended revisions quickly and find unintended changes at first glance:
My colleagues at AgileStreams in France have been working on the question How long will it take to preflight a PDF file?
They compared three different methods of spot color checking a 600-page PDF file with Callas pdfToolbox. In addition to the traditional preflight check, the new Quickcheck was also tested in a process plan and with a CLI call. The results were documented in a short video.