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Solutions for Prepress, Print Production, Publishing, and Document Exchange

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Solutions for dynamic creation of high quality PDFs from HTML
(including PDF/A or PDF/X).

Key Features - Details

    Focus on conversion speed and high-quality PDF
    callas pdfChip focuses on small file sizes and high performance during PDF creation.
    During conversion a lot of optimization happens while writing out the resulting
    PDF document to ensure the most robust, reliable and high-quality PDF possible.

    callas pdfChip is based on the well-known Qt WebKit engine which ensures
    support for a very wide range of HTML, CSS and JavaScript features.

    Standard HTML and CSS are limited with regards to color spaces,
    prepress related features like overprint, or advanced pagination.

    callas pdfChip extends the syntax of HTML5, CSS3 tags and JavaScript functions
    to provide support for often needed professional publishing, print,
    document exchange and archival features.

    Some of the extensions to HTML5 and CSS3 with callas pdfChip are:
    • Advanced color space support (CMYK, Lab, ICC-based color spaces, spot colors)
    • Lossless import of CMYK JPEG images, PDF pages and SVG
    • Placement of PDF files
      (HTML templates can reference PDF content to be placed without rasterization)
    • Generation of an unlimited amount of dynamically modified PDF pages
      (via JavaScript) e.g. for transactional printing of invoices
    • Advanced pagination functionality including multiple-pass PDF generation
    • Generation of XMP metadata in the resulting PDF file
    • Generation of standards-compliant PDF/X or PDF/A files
    • Integrated support for barcode generation

    Support for advanced pagination
    callas pdfChip provides custom JavaScript functions and objects
    for full control of the PDF output process.
    This includes extensive support of variable data type scenarios
    where a basic HTML template is modified at runtime using JavaScript,
    and pages are output for as many instances as necessary
    (for example based on data dynamically retrieved from a database).

    callas pdfChip can also output long documents (such as for example books).
    It includes a multi-pass option for advanced pagination, supporting page numbers,
    running headers and context dependent backgrounds or overlays.

    Barcodes and other advanced content
    HTML already provides numerous possibilities to describe content and apply styling;
    callas pdfChip takes this one level higher and also supports advanced scenarios.

    SVG is fully supported, both inline in HTML files or as a referenced SVG image;
    conversion from SVG to PDF is carried out without any loss of quality.

    MathML is also fully supported, introducing high quality PDF representation
    of formulas of any complexity; this is especially important for text book
    or scientific publishing.

    And last but not least callas pdfChip incorporates full-featured barcode functionality.
    Barcodes can be inserted through easy-to-define custom objects;
    callas pdfChip supports over 100 types of barcodes used throughout the world.

    Command-line processing for easy integration
    callas pdfChip is a command-line application.
    Because it is easy to install (basically just extraction of the installation archive)
    and has a clear and easy-to-learn command line interface, it’s ideally suited for
    use on a web server to provide dynamic PDF creation (web-to-print).
    But it can just as easily be integrated in a custom application or be driven by
    automated solutions such as Laidback Solutions FileTrain or Enfocus Switch.

    Wide applicability across different markets
    With its extensive feature set and high-quality PDF output,
    callas pdfChip is ideally suited as the back-end PDF creation
    solution for many different applications, amongst others:
    • Imposition and content aggregation workflows
    • Composition workflows where templates and user contents have to be combined on the fly
      and where printable PDF documents have to be delivered
    • On-the-fly preparation of magazine, newspaper and book content or sales literature
    • Dynamic generation of one-off content such as tickets, stubs, order data, invoices …
      (for example in web-to-print environments)
    • Variable data printing where templates have to be filled with data coming from a data source
      (such as a database or CRM system)
    • Transactional printing workflows where transactional data needs to be
      combined with visually rich designs

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