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    callas pdfToolbox Server 11

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    • callas pdfToolbox Server 11

        pdfToolbox Server gives all aspects of working with PDFs a massive boost with a greatly extended feature set for a diversity of user's needs. It offers powerful, dynamic and easy to integrate PDF processing, from quick visual inspection and fixing to fully unattended processing of thousands of files. Using reliable Adobe technology, pdfToolbox provides checking and fixing of even very complex problems, color management, impositioning, conversion to and from PDF, and more. pdfToolbox technology is used by small companies, large publishers and print providers as well as OEMs that integrate the technology in their own solution.


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        • Full support for all ISO PDF standards: PDF/X, PDF/A, PDF/VT and PDF/E
        • Full support for specifications from industry associations such as the Ghent Workgroup and PDF/X-Ready
        • Create an unlimited amount of jobs (watched folders)
        • Use jobs to perform preflight (using a profile or process plan) or perform automated PDF actions
        • Setup pdfToolbox Server with a dispatcher or satellite license for load-balancing across several machines
        • Integrate into Enfocus Switch and laidback solutions FileTrain
        • Reporting of problems through different types of predefined PDF reports
        • Integrated fixes allows quickest handling of PDF documents
        • Many instant fixes for common PDF problems
        • Fix broken documents by re-distilling (generating PostScript and distilling back into PDF) or by rasterizing each page
        • Decide on the fly whether checks or fixes need to be run for a specific document
        • Add printer marks based on the trim and bleed-box
        • Convert PDF documents using ICC profiles; wizard takes the guessing out of the job
        • Modify individual spot colors in a PDF document


          One-Stop-Shop for PDF Docs
          • Support for all PDF standards, both from international standard organizations and from national user associations
          • Covers quality control, result reporting, PDF fixing and many other PDF manipulations (generating PDF from office files, conversion from and to PostScript and EPS, imposition and much more)
          • Create an unlimited amount of jobs (watched folders)
          • Configure jobs from any machine on the network
          • Track server processing across the network using pdfToolbox Desktop
          • Handle problem files in pdfToolbox Desktop using checkpoints, seamlessly integrating error handling for problems files in an automated workflows with pdfToolbox Server
          • Run pdfToolbox Server on physical hardware or in many virtual environments
          • Provide instant load-balancing with pdfToolbox Dispatcher and Satellite
          • Works together with Enfocus Switch or Laidback FileTrain for further automation needs
          Quality and Reliability
          • Uses the same PDF preflight engine as Adobe Acrobat
          • Builds on the Adobe PDF Library for PDF file processing, transparency flattening, PostScript / EPS support and more
          Reduce PDF-related Costs
          • Detect errors early with industry standard quality control, fully supporting PDF standards and specifications and used by major companies such as Adobe and Quark
          • Fix common PDF problems automatically to improve turn-around and increase the relationship with clients
          • Use electronic signatures to protect PDF documents and track errors throughout the workflow
          • Repurpose PDF documents when workflow needs or customer needs change

            Fully Automated Processing

            pdfToolbox Server allows processing PDF documents in a fully automated mode. Any number of processing jobs can be configured. Each job is configured with an input folder that is monitored constantly by pdfToolbox Server; as soon as new files appear they are picked up and processed according to the configuration of the job. If errors are detected, the processed files are dropped into an error output folder, if everything is successful, they move to a success output folder.

            pdfToolbox Server is even capable of integrating the manual and automatic parts of a workflow; need to have someone check on error files to decide whether they are really a production problem or to fix them? No problem, pdfToolbox Server can automatically hold problem files in a checkpoint. pdfToolbox Desktop operators then get a list of problem files and can check them out to their workstation to inspect or correct. After inspection the file (or a modified version) can be sent to the success or error folder and continue in the workflow.

            Do you have more tasks to automate around quality control or fixing PDF documents? pdfToolbox Server seamlessly integrates into automation solutions such as Enfocus Switch and Laidback FileTrain; get and send files to FTP servers, send notification emails, connect to databases, work with XML files and much, much more suddenly becomes possible.

            Report and Correct

            Each job in pdfToolbox Server can be configured using a preflight profile; these profiles allow fully automated quality control but can just as easily also fix common PDF problems. Through its standard profiles, pdfToolbox Server supports a wide range of preflight standards.

            • All ISO PDF standards: PDF/X, PDF/A, PDF/E and PDF/VT
            • All Ghent Workgroup market-segment specific specifications

            Growing With Your Workflow

            Because pdfToolbox Server is fully multi-processor aware, it can handle many different tasks in parallel; up to 8 files can be processed simultaneously with the standard product license. The unlimited version of pdfToolbox Server is even only limited by the power of the computer server it is installed on. When you get to the point where you want to distribute workload across multiple systems, pdfToolbox Server is ready for that as well. pdfToolbox Server can easily be upgraded to a pdfToolbox Dispatcher license; preserving all job configuration that was done already. This dispatcher now works together with one or more pdfToolbox Satellites; running on the same or different machines in the network, they allow workload distribution and return their results to the dispatcher.

            Load Distribution Diagram

            Dynamic Preflighting

            For years, pdfToolbox Server has had the ability to include variables in preflight profiles. This allows preflight checking and conversion to dynamically change based on the processed PDF file or its associated metadata, which is of great value in more complex preflight workflows. Now pdfToolbox also includes process plans, which brings conditional processing to preflight workflows.

            The pdfToolbox preflight profile’s support for variables allows to dynamically change the properties of preflight checks and fixes in a profile. In workflows where only some parameters change often (for example when checking sizes of incoming advertisements), this can be used to dramatically reduce complexity. The same technology also allows switching specific checks or fixes on or off while processing files.

            Process plans define a number of steps a PDF file should be processed through. Each step can be a preflight profile, a single preflight check or a fix or an action (such as saving images, creating a booklet…). Process plans allow for generating preflight reports based on the result of each step. It is also possible to jump between different steps based on the results of a previous step.


            Whether a single pdfToolbox Server is used, or pdfToolbox Dispatcher shares the load across different systems, setting up and monitoring processing can be a complex task. pdfToolbox simplifies this by allowing remote configuration and remote monitoring of any pdfToolbox installation.

            All pdfToolbox Server management tools have been built into pdfToolbox Desktop. From the desktop application it is possible to start a local server or connect to one or more remote servers. This enables you to test preflight profiles or process plans locally and configure a remote server with them once you’re completely satisfied with what they do.

            Plus More...

            It can be used to impose PDF documents, automatically convert Office documents to PDF, generate thumbnails or preview images and more…

            • Optimize PDFs for mobile or web use: compress, crop invisible parts of images, convert to RGB...
            • Generate PostScript and EPS from PDF or create production-accurate thumbnails or preview images in TIFF, JPEG and PNG format
            • Use the full-featured imposition engine to create booklets, do a step-and-repeat or perform more complex imposition tasks
            • Split PDF files into separate documents or merge files together, secure PDF files with passwords or re-distill them to fix problems

            callas DeviceLink Add-on

            The callas DeviceLink Add-on is a comprehensive set of specially prepared DeviceLink profiles to perform color transformations of complete PDF files. This way the colors of a PDF file prepared for a different printing condition can be transformed to meet the needs of the actual printing condition.

              pdfToolbox Desktop vs. pdfToolbox Server

              Feature pdfToolbox Desktop pdfToolbox Server
              Support for ISO and GWG standards
              Using your own checks, fixes and preflight profiles
              Using process plans with embedded logic
              Using variable checks and fixes
              Building and testing preflight profiles
              Visually inspecting PDF files using the Visualizer tools
              Visually comparing two versions of a PDF file
              Adding barcodes using the embedded barcode library
              Add die-cut lines, varnish, under-color white …
              Hard cropping images
              Converting colors using ICC profiles or DeviceLink profiles
              Using multi-channel profiles (including PDF/X-5n support)
              Converting Office documents, images and PostScript files to PDF
              Re-distilling PDF files
              Interactively running a preflight profile on a PDF file
              Running a preflight profile or action on a folder of files (batch)
              Setting up watched folders to process PDF files unattended
              Integrating automatic processing using the command-line interface
              Load-balancing across multiple computers*
              Configuring watched folders locally and across the network
              Monitoring watched folders locally and across the network
              Running imposition setups (booklets, step-and-repeat ...)
              Resize PDF files (page format and/or page content)
              Flattening unwanted transparency
              Integration with Switch

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