“pdfToolbox started out many years ago as a preflight tool to verify whether PDF files were suitable for their task,” remarks Dietrich von Seggern, Managing Director at callas software: “meanwhile it is used for making PDFs production ready, to create alternate versions where needed for production, proofing or communication with clients, and in many cases even to generate more administrative documents. pdfToolbox version 14 not only adds new functionality to address new market segments, but also makes the existing technology more accessible for novice and advanced users alike.”
callas has long known that processing speed is critical in some environments. Previous versions of pdfToolbox saw the addition of technologies such as Quick Check and Quick Fix, where a highly optimized engine handles PDF files much faster than any traditional preflight engine can for certain tasks. In pdfToolbox 14, features were added to handle personalized documents – typically documents with a lot of similar content on each page and a very high number of pages – much faster as well.
Creation of personalized documents from PDF templates in combination with structured data is another feature of the new version. This allows the insertion of textual content, bar codes or QR codes into template documents. More generically, pdfToolbox version 14 also contains a generic text search and replace fix up which is of course also useful outside of the VDP space (previous versions of pdfToolbox were limited to text search).
The preflight engine in pdfToolbox can generate reports in many different formats: PDF, XML, HTML, JSON… For communication internally or with clients, the PDF reports are ideally suited, especially because they can be completely personalized with HTML-based templates. Creating these templates, especially for more complex report layouts, isn’t easy though; pdfToolbox 14 includes updates to the report generation engine that make this task more straightforward for non-experts. This opens up the power of customized PDF reports for more workflows.
For Process Plans, pdfToolbox 14 has better exit codes for immediate interpretation of processing results, allows saving Process Plans that are missing connections (often useful during the creation and testing phase), makes it easier to enable / disable Quick Check and Quick Fix steps, and more.
Profiles and Process Plans can be quite complex; as a result, they contain a lot of intellectual property. pdfToolbox 14 lets you protect such profiles or Process Plans. You can add copyright information such as a title and description, a URL where more information can be found and a major and minor version. And then pdfToolbox allows enabling these profiles for a limited amount of time after installation, and / or allows restricting their use to certain pdfToolbox installations.
This gives partners a way to make libraries with protected profiles and Process Plans and charge for them; essentially selling them as a service to clients.
Together with pdfToolbox version 14, callas is also releasing a SaaS version of the License Server solution. License Server is an alternative licensing way for pdfToolbox where the software is not activated on a specific machine but gets its permission to run from a central License Server.
Where before this License Server had to be installed locally (which requires some technical know-how, especially when running a cluster of License Servers for redundancy), callas now offers the callas License Server in the Cloud service. This is a fully redundant cluster of License Servers maintained by callas, that can immediately be used (after purchase of the necessary process or credit cartridges).
Of course, these are not the only new features in pdfToolbox 14. Among the smaller new features are:
callas pdfToolbox 14 is available today from the callas software web site.
Customers without an active maintenance agreement or with further inquiries regarding availability, price, options or return on investment, please contact the callas software distribution partner, Four Pees at email@example.com. Download a fully functional time-limited trial version from www.callassoftware.com.
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Akash Choudhary, Product Manager at callas software GmbH considers himself as a lifelong student of PDF products and technologies. With a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (International Management), Akash has gathered experience in small and big firms in software performance testing, marketing, business development and content manager. Working as a point of …