Caution with new SVG fonts
in Adobe InDesign CC2019

Encouraged by a post in the german PublishingBlog about the new SVG fonts in Adobe InDesign, I have executed some tests myself with the Adobe font Trajan Color in InDesign CC 2019 and have discovered some strange things in the exported PDF/X-4 file:

  • The OpenType font is converted to a Type3 font during export.
  • Different representation in Adobe Acrobat (left) and Apple Preview (right):

Read more…Caution with new SVG fonts
in Adobe InDesign CC2019

Callas pdfToolbox 10.1
with free DeviceLink profiles

For some time now, there has been a DeviceLink add-on for the pdfToolbox that was available for a fee and contained about two dozen DeviceLink profiles.

Since PitStop 2017, Enfocus has supplied more than 40 DeviceLink profiles from X-Rite free of charge.

Callas has now catched up. Version 10.1 of pdfToolbox now includes 53 free DeviceLink profiles for color conversion between common printing standards and for ink saving. The DeviceLink add-on, which was subject to a charge, is no longer required.

Read more…Callas pdfToolbox 10.1
with free DeviceLink profiles

Alternative solutions for discontinued
PDFX-ready Online Tools

As reported recently the PDFX-ready Online Tools are discontinued per 25.10.18 12 p.m..

Here are some alternative solutions for all users missing the PDFX-ready Online Tools:

  • PDF Preflight can be performed identically with the preflight profiles from PDFX-ready for Adobe Acrobat Pro (and Callas pdfToolbox). The only difference is the preflight report which had some additional information about the PDF and a much nicer design. Responding to serveral demands PDFX-ready made available the template of the enhanced Preflight report for download for users of Callas pdfToolbox.
  • For Color Preflight there is unfortunately no alternative solution. We have used DocBees Profile Tagger from ColorLogic for this task in the Online Tools. Because of low sales ColorLogic has decided to stop development and sale of the software. In case of interest please contact ColorLogic directly.
  • The ISO<–PSO Converter was using the DeviceLink profiles from the European Color Initiative. Those can be downloaded for free from the download page of ECI. They can be used with all tools which can execute DeviceLinks (e.g. Callas pdfToolbox Desktop and Server, Enfocus PitStop Pro and Server, ColorLogic ZePrA).

Solution for PDF/X export problem
in Adobe InDesign CC 2019

In some situations the export options for PDF/X-3 and PDF/X-4 in InDesign CC2019 (and also older versions) are no longer active (gray) and the color profiles for output cannot be changed anymore. Therefore, it’s no longer possible to export PDF/X-4 files!

It seems the reason are problems with the synchronizing color settings using Adobe Bridge CC2019.

Read more…Solution for PDF/X export problem
in Adobe InDesign CC 2019

First update for Acrobat DC 2019
with important bug fix

Adobe has already released an update to version 19.008.20074 for Acrobat DC 2019 some serveral bug fixes.

In the area of print production an ugly bug was fixed which caused rounding errors for color values (percentages) in color separations in the output preview. Some of the values were more than 1 percent to low.

An old bug where values between .51 and .64 are rounded down is still present.

Users of the Output Preview should install this update immediately.