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In some situations the export options for PDF/X-3 and PDF/X-4 in InDesign CC2019 (and also older versions) are no longer active (gray) and the color profiles for output cannot be changed anymore.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

Enfocus Connect 2018
with better integration into Switch

Enfocus released a major upgrade to its personal automation product line, Enfocus Connect 2018. With this release, designers, and print service providers get a collection of powerful, and customizable, PDF tools to help with the creation, preflight, and delivery of quality PDFs for print.

Enfocus Connect 2018 focuses on providing a cost effective toolset to help anyone involved in creating, quoting or producing PDFs for print. Connect 2018 offers a collection of pre-set personal workflow applications that can perform a variety tasks such as adding bleeds, checking image resolution (quality), scaling documents, and more. In addition, Connect 2018 has an all-new backbone which includes compatibility with Enfocus Pitstop Pro 2018, and 64 bit compatibility for the new MacOSX, and a new web engine improving web form compatibility for HTML job tickets.

Submitting to Switch automation just got a lot easier with Connect 2018. Now, Connect applications allow users to select which Switch flow to send to when a file is submitted. This eliminates the need for a different application for each workflow:


Axaio Illustrator plug-ins
support PDF Processing Steps

Axaio has also added support for PDF Processing Steps to their Illustrator plug-ins MadeForLayers and MadeToPrint. Already last year the InDesign plug-ins have been enhanced with PDF Processing Steps features.

PDF Processing Steps were defined by the Ghent Workgroup and will soon be releases as ISO standard 15993. PDF Processing Steps allow standardized identification of non-printing objects in packaging files (e.g. dieline, braille, varnish, folding) and help automating production.


A quantum leap in Preflight!

The latest updates of the most important preflight tools (Enfocus PitStop and Callas pdfToolbox) feature new technologies which allow to substantially leverage the quality of preflight checks. We had to wait long time for such possibilities!

Until now preflight tools could only check for properties of single isolated PDF objects. The classical example is black text which is not overprinting. A corresponding check has also issued an error message if the black text was not placed on top of a color background but over the paper white. In this case it’s irrelevant if the text is overprinting or not! This created a lot of unjustified error message (false positives) which was irritating for the user. This has often led to ignore serious error messages. This is a big problem with the preflight profiles of the Ghent Workgroup and PDFX-ready since they feature many overprint checks.

In the past preflight also checked invisible objects which were masked or covered by other objects.

A restriction of the objects to check was only possible with the page geometry boxes (e.g. BleedBox, TrimBox). A restriction of the preflight to an arbitrary contour (e.g. cutline) was not possible.

Read more…A quantum leap in Preflight!