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Your PDF problems solved
callas software finds simple ways to handle complex PDF challenges

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

callas software plug-ins for Adobe Acrobat
enhance native capabilities and features of Adobe Acrobat.

Our solutions are based on
tested, reliable, and highly accessible software solutions.

NewFormat is Appointed Reseller and Solution Partner in
Nordic (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway)
Baltic Region (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)
of leading PDF technology from callas software GmbH.

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callas pdfChip
Solutions for dynamic creation of high quality PDFs in high-volumes from HTML
(including PDF/A and PDF/X)
for print, publishing and e-archiving

Dynamic conversion of HTML content for distribution through any channel.

Built on standard technologies that are widely known such as
Qt WebKit, HTML, CSS and JavaScript and with support for
SVG, MathML, advanced pagination, bar codes, CMYK, spot colors and more.

    callas pdfChip vs classic command 'Print' in a browser?

    "callas pdfChip lets go take an HTML file and turn it into a high quality PDF file.
    The difference to do the classic commands 'Print' in a browser and 'Save as PDF file',
    is that callas pdfChip provides an extreme degree of control of what is happening,
    especially from a prepress view, when creating high quality PDFs from HTML.
    You can use spot colors, you address transparency, and you can set picture geometrical boxes,... it is not quite the same!"

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Reference Cases/Customer Use Cases

  • 2015: CS Labels, Willenhall/Wolverhampton, UK
    Feeding two Xeikon Cheetah (30 metres per minute presses)
    Other supporting technologies:
    callas pdfToolbox,
    Laidback Solution FileTrain,
    ColorLogic ZePrA Colour Management Server,
    ColorLogic ReProfiler Digital Colour Engine.

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callas pdfChip
a modern PDF generator creating high-quality PDF from HTML templates

    callas pdfChip is a command-line conversion tool that takes an HTML file
    – optionally augmented using CSS3 and JavaScript – and performs a high-quality
    conversion to PDF that is ready for print or archival (PDF/X or PDF/A).

    pdfChip is ideally suited for high-volume dynamic HTML to PDF generation of single and
    multi-page PDF documents of anything that is normally shown on the web site itself,
    but at times needs to be available in a printable form as well.

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    With an increasing amount of content stored in web-based content management systems (CMS),
    callas pdfChip will prove to be particularly valuable to businesses needing to provide up-to-date
    information to customers through their own preferred channels.

    callas pdfChip is recommended when businesses need flexible and automated high-volume PDF creation.

    Example cases include content-rich transactional printing, book and catalog creation,
    and web-to-print applications or imposition.

    callas pdfChip allows businesses to dynamically format content
    for distribution through any channel they require.

    callas pdfChip is based on easy-to-use, common and established web technology
    callas pdfChip is built on standard technologies such as Qt WebKit, HTML, CSS and JavaScript
    that are widely known and that require no dedicated development resources.

    The HTML templates used by callas pdfChip are very similar to what would be needed for use on websites.
    A good understanding of up-to-date web technology is sufficient to get started with pdfChip.
    Anyone with experience building up-to-date website solutions will have enough background in
    HTML, CSS and JavaScript to get going with the product very quickly.
    There is no need to learn custom XML or XSL-FO based languages;
    anything that works in HTML is immediately usable in callas pdfChip.
    That sets callas pdfChip apart from solutions that have their own custom
    XML or XSL-FO based template languages.

    The fact that callas pdfChip is a command-line tool as opposed to a development library means
    that its functionality can easily be integrated into all kinds of different custom environments
    without needing dedicated development resources.
    callas pdfChip can also 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 high-volume PDF creation solution for many different applications, amongst others:
    • Imposition and content aggregation workflows
    • Creating downloadable web content
    • 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 and publishing of magazine and newspaper content
    • On-the-fly preparation and publishing of sales literature and user manuals
    • On-demand book printing
    • Dynamic generation of one-off content such as real estate property information, tickets,
      stubs, order data, invoices, receipts,… (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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    callas pdfChip Architecture
    callas pdfChip is a powerful PDF creation technology which uses HTML as its input format.
    It extends the use of HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create high-quality, true-color,
    high-performance and printable PDF documents.

    callas pdfChip compensates for limitations of the HTML format and
    provides features to define page breaks and page numbers,
    to use the printing color space, and much more.

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    News in callas pdfChip v2.0
    • Extended PDF feature support
      • Support for the ISO Standard PDF 2.0;
        including the possibility to add correct version information and
        specific support for the new black point compensation entry.

      • Better support for setting PDF blend modes.

      • Support for Photoshop (PSD) or TIFF images in a generated PDF document,
        next to the already supported image formats (such as GIF, JPG, PNG and more).

      • Support for referenced PDF documents which are included
        without quality loss in the generated output PDF.

    • Easier & safer integration
      • Web server environments:
        Support for an additional command-line parameter to
        allow or disallow access to remote content.

      • To increase processing speed on Windows:
        a 64-bit version is now available.

      • On all platforms, referenced image and PDF data
        is now handled in an optimized way to avoid
        high-memory consumption during PDF creation.

      • The latest version of the TEC-IT barcode library has been
        integrated for more complete barcode support.

    News in callas pdfChip v1.4
    • Page scaling factor (UserUnits)
    • Used if result PDF exceeds the maximum dimensions of PDF (200x200 inch).
      UserUnits can be defined in HTML/CSS.

    • Optional content + Processing steps
    • Support for defining Layers (optional content) for content objects
      incl. Layer groups and information for Processing steps in CSS.

    • New option: --zoom-factor
    • The precision of placements can now be increased using
      the --zoom-factor parameter for applications that need
      very high calculation accuracy when positioning objects.

    News in callas pdfChip v1.2
    callas pdfChip v1.2 update focuses on ease-of-use:

    • Debug Plug-In for Chrome
    • One of the challenges in developing pdfChip templates,
      is figuring out the right HTML to get the effect in PDF that you want.
      This is especially difficult, because an HTML template using JavaScript
      will not open correctly in a standard browser such as Chrome.
      With pdfChip 1.2 comes a Chrome plug-in that emulates
      the pdfChip specific JavaScript objects and functions.
      This makes it possible to use the Chrome JavaScript debugger for your templates.

    • Extended support for barcodes
    • pdfChip contains a built-in barcode library that supports
      over 100 (119 to be precise) barcode types.
      Many of these barcodes have special features and
      parameters that could not be used in pdfChip.
      From pdfChip 1.2 on, these specific parameters can also be used
      in your templates, making the barcode functionality even more powerful.
      At the same time, it is now possible to use much more coloring schemes
      for barcodes, opening up a wide array of more creative barcode uses.

    • InDesign template generator
    • pdfChip templates can be created with any good text editor
      or with a tool specifically targeted towards web design.
      For those people who feel more comfortable with design tools, such as Adobe InDesign,
      callas released the pdfChip template generation export filter for
      Adobe InDesign with the pdfChip 1.2 release.
      This export filter converts an InDesign document into a correct pdfChip template,
      correctly taking over the positions of all elements on the page,
      the color and styles of page elements and more.
      This allows to dramatically reduce the time required to build a correct pdfChip template.

    • Additional features
    • Creating a template that correctly loads fonts and images can be difficult,
      because of the asynchronous way pdfChip (and the WebKit engine within)
      handle those page resources.
      In pdfChip 1.2, there is a new, elegant way, to handle this problem.
      pdfChip is capable of outputting more than one PDF document.
      When generating business cards for example,
      each business card could be saved in a single PDF file.
      It is now also possible to cross link between those files.
      This means that each generated PDF file can contain links
      to one or more of the other generated PDF files.
      Most of the time, pdfChip templates will be a mix of HTML, CSS and JavaScript,
      and where necessary enhanced with things, such as MathML or SVG.
      Sometimes, more simple needs could be handled by a single SVG file however.
      pdfChip 1.2 allows specifying a single SVG file which will be
      converted into a PDF seamlessly.

    News in callas pdfChip v1.1
    callas pdfChip v1.1 update adds a number of features especially useful
    when creating long, dynamic documents:

    • Making integration easier
    • Using pdfChip to convert an HTML template to a good PDF file is straightforward and easy.
      pdfChip v1.1 focuses on making integration of the tool in a larger project
      just as easy by adding a number of features:

      • Control the maximum number of pages in the generated PDF file.
      • Makes it e.g. possible to create single page PDF files in just one go instead of
        one PDF file with many pages. Since the destination PDF can now be defined in
        the JavaScript code it is possible to start a new PDF whenever needed.

      • Enhanced error reporting, specifically for JavaScript and when placing bar codes.
      • During development it can be critical to understand what errors occur and
        how to adjust the HTML template. Error reporting is now improved in order
        to make it easier to develop complex PDF publishing applications.

      • Passing command-line variables straight to the HTML template.
      • Allows for passing command-line variables straight to the HTML template,
        where JavaScript can pick it up and use it to shape the resulting PDF file.
        The ability to pass this kind of small information to an HTML template adds
        even more flexibility to PDF publishing; compared to what was already
        possible with the highly dynamic HTML/JavaScript architecture.

    • Long, dynamic PDF documents
    • Long documents, that need to include lists of references such as a list of figures,
      list of tables or simply a table of contents, were a challenge in pdfChip v1.0.

      In pdfChip v1.1 the new concept of a “list collector” is implemented:
      • List collector.
      • This new feature allows content to be marked using simple CSS and stores
        information about this content in a JSON (JavaScript data) file.
        This information can then be used to automatically create a table of content
        with page numbers for the generated PDF document for example.

    • Advanced templates
      • Device-N color space.
      • Device-N color space is an advanced PDF color space that is essential for
        content where a number of different spot colors or a combination of CMYK
        and spot colors is used for page objects like images or vector graphics.

      • Improved placing of PDF files.
      • Placing of PDF files has been improved.
        pdfChip provides information about PDF files that are placed in
        the HTML template, e.g. about their trimbox or bleedbox.
        This information can then be used in JavaScript to modify the placement.

    Key Features
    • Command-line (CLI) application
      • HTML(+) in, PDF out

    • Full support for HTML5
      • Including CSS3, JavaScript, SVG, etc...

    • Built on Qt WebKit as HTML rendering
      • Support for all standard HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript features
      • Ability to use JavaScript libraries such as JQuery or MathJax to speed up development
      • Support for HTML editors to develop HTML input for callas pdfChip
      • Highly optimized PDF generation to overcome inefficiencies of typical HTML output
      • Support for professional TrueType and OpenType fonts

    • Professional PDF generation
      Uses custom extensions to HTML / CSS / JavaScript
      where needed to get first-class PDF for print and publishing
      • Proper definition of media, crop, trim and bleed box
      • Generation of CMYK, Lab and Gray color spaces
      • Generation of ICC-based color spaces
      • Generation of spot colors (named colors)
      • Inclusion of dynamic XMP metadata
      • Inclusion of necessary PDF/X or PDF/A standard tags
      • Control over PDF specific properties (overprint, line styles…)

    • Uses XSL-FO (Extensible Stylesheet Language – Formatting Objects)
      • Unlike other applications using XSL-FO callas pdfChip,
        through its use of the widespread HTML,
        requires no specialist or technical know-how.
        This approach is particularly advantageous for
        both printing and online publishing applications.

    • Custom pagination support
      • JavaScript support to modify the HTML DOM and output custom PDF pages at will
      • Support for multiple PDF generation passes to add any number of
        static or dynamic underlays and overlays to the final PDF document
      • Support for any page numbering pattern and running headers and footers

    • Integrated bar code support
      • Integrated barcode generation functionality,
        with support for over one hundred different types of common and specialist bar codes
      • Bar code addition through addition of easy to define custom HTML object
      • Full control over barcode appearance through HTML parameters and CSS styling

    • Dynamic handling of multiple native PDF files
      • callas pdfChip can be used to dynamically combine multiple native PDF files on one
        or more pages, instead of inserting them as images in the print data stream.

    • Support for personalized data
      • A database connection or targeted use of PDF metadata can also
        be used for personalized document creation and printing.

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      High-speed and high-quality PDF generation
      • Powerful PDF creation from HTML
      • High-quality, true-color, high-performance and printable PDF documents
      • Not only for print but also for online publishing
      • Highly-optimized engine based on Qt WebKit
      • Compensates for limitations of the HTML format
      • Smallest output PDF size possible
      • Provides features to define page breaks and page numbers,
        to use the printing color space, and more
      • Supports multi-processor environments for parallel generation of multiple PDF files
      • Generation of standards-compliant PDF files in PDF/X and PDF/A workflows
      • Dynamically combine multiple native PDF files on one or more pages
      • Dynamic inclusion of all necessary XMP metadata
      • Targeted use of PDF metadata
      • Possibility to use the exact same HTML and CSS code on the web and for PDF generation
        (through use of callas pdfChip specific custom HTML, CSS and JavaScript where necessary)

      Low entry level
      • Based on widely understood technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript
      • A good understanding of up-to-date web technology is sufficient to get started with pdfChip;
        no need to learn custom XML or XSL-FO based template syntax
      • Command-line integration for fast and seamless
        implementation of the technology in your projects
      • Easy installation through unzipping of installation archive;
        no dependencies on special software or hardware
      • Comprehensive user documentation and tutorial included,
        quick learning curve guaranteed

      Wide feature support
      • Full support for SVG, either inline in HTML or through referencing separate SVG files.
        SVG is converted losslessly into PDF code without rasterisation
      • Support for MathML
      • Built-in extensive support for barcode generation through custom HTML objects
        with support for CSS based styling
      • Personalized export for print via JavaScript

callas pdfChip comes in several flavours for specific needs
and workflow automation requirements

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Max. number of simultaneous
conversions (number of
parallel processes):
1 4 8 Unlimited
Max. number of pages
per hour:
1000 5000 25000 Unlimited
Set of barcodes: EAN, UPC,
Code 39 & 128,
All All All
Max. number of pages
per PDF document:
25 250 1500 Unlimited
Support for advanced
No Yes Yes Yes

    System Requirements

    callas pdfChip is a command-line tool.

    • Mac: macOS (Intel), version 10.7 or newer, 64-bit-compliant.

    • Windows:
      • Windows 7 or newer
      • Windows Server 2008 R2 or newer

    • Linux: The minimum required Linux OS versions are shown below
      (Linux OS versions with a higher number are always supported as well):
      • Debian 7 (and derivates like Ubuntu 12.x )
      • RedHat RHEL6 (and derivates like CentOS6)
      • SuSE SLES11 (and derivates like OpenSuSE11)
      • Note: Other Linux distributions are also supported if the version of the glibc is at least v2.10

    • Recommended are at least 2 GB of free storage

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