Callas develops HTML-based PDF program

Callas has developed a new PDF program called pdfChip, which uses HTML as its input format. It extends the use of HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create true colour, high performance and printable PDF documents.

Other applications typically use XSL-FO (Extensible Stylesheet Language – Formatting Objects) but because pdfChip uses HTML there’s no need for specialist or technical know-how.

An increasing amount of content is now stored in web-based content management systems. But pdfChip compensates for limitations of the HTML format and can define page breaks and page numbers, and make use of the printing colour space.

It can also 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. It also makes it possible to use a database connection or PDF metadata for personalized document creation and printing.

Dietrich von Seggern, Business Development Manager at callas software, says: “pdfChip is recommended when businesses need both flexible and automated PDF creation. Example cases include content-rich transactional printing, book and catalog creation, web-to-print applications or imposition.”


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