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callas software GmbH
Status: Partner Member
Country: DE
Sector: All industries
Contact: Dietrich von Seggern
Joined at: Sep 06
Website: http://www.callassoftware.com/

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callas releases major update for pdfaPilot

callas software, a leading provider of automated PDF quality-assurance and archiving solutions, today released a major update for its pdfaPilot product line: pdfaPilot 8. The new version is able to convert even more file formats to PDF or PDF/A, while also offering improved cloud integration and greater flexibility in the way it automatically processes PDF files.

pdfaPilot 8 includes a “Sifter”, which identifies hidden objects so that they can be removed (Source: callas software)
pdfaPilot 8 includes a “Sifter”, which identifies hidden objects so that they can be removed (Source: callas software)

Additional conversion options
With the new release of pdfaPilot, users can now also convert all RTF-format emails, as well as other office formats such as WordPerfect, to PDF or PDF/A. pdfaPilot reliably converts PDF files based on the new PDF 2.0 standard to PDF 1.x or PDF/A. “This option is particularly helpful for those who needs to process files using products which do not yet support PDF 2.0,” explained Dietrich von Seggern, Managing Director at callas software GmbH. Another useful feature is the so-called “Sifter”, which uses mathematical algorithms to identify hidden objects so that they can be removed. “This is useful during PDF/A conversion,” said Dietrich von Seggern, “in order to deal with any problems that come with overlapping objects, or to reduce file sizes.”

New PDF editing features
pdfaPilot 8 lets users rearrange or reorganize groups of pages within a PDF file. The new release also offers a wider range of ways to view the inner technical structure of a PDF file for analytical purposes. Parts of these files can then be saved within new PDF files. In addition, users can compare individual processing profiles or those collected together in libraries, improving their overview over different profile variants and making them easier to maintain.

pdfaPilot 8 also supports the new ISO standard for processing steps. It identifies objects within a PDF file which contain additional processing information such as punch outlines which are not part of the print material itself.

Greater automation
The developers at callas software have integrated additional features into pdfaPilot 8 to give users even greater flexibility with automated PDF tasks such as editing or validation. This means that processing sequences in process plans can contain a greater range of variables. Users can also output multiple files: this can be used when there are issues converting to PDF/A, for example, to also create a PDF where all pages are rastered as images. In this type of situation, pdfaPilot can also automatically check back over previous results to use them for further processing, allowing PDFs containing images to be generated using the original file.

Finally, pdfaPilot can now also be operated using a new callas license server, allowing users to automatically start and operate processing instances within cloud environments.

About callas software
callas software finds simple ways to handle complex PDF challenges. As a technology innovator, callas software develops and markets PDF technology for publishing, print production, document exchange and document archiving. callas software helps agencies, publishing companies and printers to meet the challenges they face by providing software to preflight, correct and repurpose PDF files for print production and electronic publishing. Businesses and government agencies all over the world rely on callas software’s future-proof, fully PDF/A compliant archiving products. In addition, callas software technology is available as a programming library (SDK) for developers with a need for PDF optimization, validation and correction. Software vendors such as Adobe®, Quark®, Xerox® and many others have recognized the quality and flexibility provided by these callas tools and have incorporated them into their solutions.

callas software actively supports international standards and has been participating in DIN, ISO, CIP4, the European Color Initiative, the PDF Association. BITKOM and the Ghent Workgroup. In addition, callas software is a founding member of the PDF Association.

callas software is based in Berlin, Germany. For more information, visit the callas software website at: www.callassoftware.com.

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