Callas software, a market leader for automated PDF quality control and archival solutions, has released an update for its pdfToolbox product line. The update includes fixes for problems discovered in the field as well as a number of small improvements to the product in response to customer requests. In addition, callas software included a way to fix problems discovered with OpenType SVG fonts.
OpenType SVG fonts and other improvements. Recently, designers started using OpenType SVG fonts much more frequently, but as examined by one of callas’ partners, agileStreams, they can cause production problems. The underlying cause of those problems goes back to the way the PDF specification is written, which results in multiple possible interpretations. Callas quickly implemented a fix. In pdfToolbox 10.2, a new Fixup merges the characters from an OpenType SVG font into the page content in an intelligent way. This fixes the problem without complicating the PDF file. The update also makes the conversion of TIFF to PDF and PSD to PDF more robust, to better support 16-bit TIFF files, alpha channels, metadata, spot-colour channels and more, and makes the use of TIFF and PSD with pdfToolbox much more reliable. As well, the compare mode between two PDF files has also been improved to add the ability to compare only within certain page boxes, and to set the comparison anchor point. This enables the use of PDF file comparison even if two PDF files have different sizes. Other improvements include new QuickCheck items for content stream length (to judge page complexity very quickly), DPart items, and support for variables during batch processes in pdfToolbox.