callas introduces pdfToolbox 9

Focus on large format printing, labels and packaging

The new version of callas pdfToolbox 9 enhances the power of variables and integrates completely new technologies for the large format printing, labels and packaging markets

callas software has introduced a major update for its pdfToolbox product line – pdfToolbox 9. The new version enhances the power of variables and integrates completely new technologies for the large format printing, label and packaging markets. In addition it has support for CxF color data in PDF and integrates usability improvements for zooming and wireframe viewing.

“pdfToolbox has earned its credit in the most demanding preflight and correction phases of workflows,” explains Dietrich von Seggern, managing director of callas software. “However, in the last few yearsit is more and more used as a job preparation tool, a full prepress in-a-box. With pdfToolbox 9 it now extends its functionality towards the different finishing operationsthat are necessary to prepare a PDF before it heads off to the RIP. Many of the new features enhance the possibilities of pdfToolbox for the large format printing, label and packaging marketsfor example.”

CxF-based workflows 

While PDF files contain enough information about spot colors to show a good screen preview, more complex operations such as correct color proofing or accurately converting spot colors to CMYK are more challenging. By storing CxF (color exchange format, ISO 17972-4) data in the PDF file, much better results can be obtained. pdfToolbox 9 implements a better zooming function and allows to show files in wireframe mode. Filtering out different object types is built in; this allows you to hide images and see if there are any objects behind them for example.

Large format finishing features 

pdfToolbox Desktop 9 nowfeatures a dedicated large format printsection exactly for this. White space and bleed can be added to the PDF file, additional finishing layerssuch as opaquewhite or varnish inks can be added acrossthe whole file or only in certain areas, grommet marks can be distributed around the trim box and for very large jobs, tiling (the creation of a number of smaller, printable, pieces) issupported as well. With pdfToolbox Server all these tasks can be automated.

PDF files that match the right output standard are not always ready for production. They might be missing an undercover white, a varnish or a die-line. Often these elements need to be manually added by a prepress operator. In pdfToolbox 9, the new shapes feature allows one to detect vector or bitmap elements and turn them into separate ‘shapes.’

In pdfToolbox 9 any function in a Process Plan can now be controlled and made dynamic using variables. But it doesn’t stop just there. Now pdfToolbox also allows for building even more powerful workflows by integrating Javascript support into variables. And because variables can refer to other variables used in a profile, more intelligent profiles can be built. In large format printing for example, customers can build a profile that has the viewing distance of a job as input and then calculates all necessary limits for text sizes and resolution minima automatically.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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