callas software releases new product: pdfChip

callas pdfChip (Conversion of HTML into PDF) is a CLI application which converts HTML using CSS and JavaScript into high quality standards-compliant PDF documents (PDF/X, PDF/A).

Callas has enhanced the standard HMTL language with missing features like definition of spot colors, ICCbased colors, page geometry boxes, output intent as well as barcodes. In addition there a special operators for pagination.

With these additional features it becomes possible to create high qualtity printing files using HTML. By using the ability to import PDF pages even imposition is possible.

pdfChip is a command line application without user interface. The product is mainly dedicated to developers and advanced users with good knowledge of HTML, CSS and PDF who want to create many high quality PDF documents in an automated way (e.g. by a Web2Print application).

Quark improves PDF output with technology from callas software

QuarkXPress 2015 will (finally) feature a PDF/X-4 export.

This is realized by the integration of the callas pdfToolbox. The callas technology is used for conversion and verification of the PDF file which is created after PostScript export and conversion to PDF by the integrated PDF Creator from Global Graphics.

However I am asking myself what took Quark so long to find this solution. We already described this solution in the 2011 edition of the PDFX-ready Guideline.

Enfocus PitStop 13 announced

Enfocus has announced PitStop 13 Pro and Server. The new version has a remodeled user interface for defining preflight profiles. Each check can now be restricted (e.g. only inside TrimBox, only on first and last page). In addition preflight messages can be adopted by the user. PitStop 13 has now also a subscription license. The new version is planned to be released in April 2015.

Enfocus Font Fix

Enfocus has released PitStop Font Fix, a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat, which checks PDFs for missing or corrupt fonts and can embed them on demand via the Monotype Baseline Platform (for a fee). This plug-in is available for free if the user posts a message about it on a social media account.

Enfocus releases Switch Update 3

Enfocus has announced the release of the latest version of their automation solution Enfocus Switch 12 Update 3. This version adds a new feature for the documentation of workflows and enhanced communication possibilites allowing the the inclusion of all participants in the distribution of informations about a particular workflow, work more efficient and distribute files more easily. In addition Apple MacOSX 10.10 (Yosimite) is now supported.