Callas updates pdfToolbox

Callas has released pdfToolbox 8, the latest version of its all-round PDF utility, which introduces an all-new Object Inspector tool for examination of PDF documents. Users can click on a document to see which objects are used in that location, and examine various properties, such as fonts, colours and transparency of those objects, in order to pick apart a troublesome PDF document.

It also has complete support for multi-channel colour spaces, so that RGB or CMYK content can easily be converted into hexachrome, CMYK + Red or any other multi-channel scenario, using an appropriate ICC Profile. In addition, it supports the creation of PDF/X-5n files, an ISO standard that is designed to support such colour spaces in prepress data exchange.

It comes with a full barcode library that can add over a hundred different types of barcodes to PDF documents, including 1D and 2D barcodes as well as QR codes.

Callas has addressed a recurring request for adding page numbers with a new “Add dynamic text” fixup. This allows either static text or dynamic text to be added to PDF documents using a number of different fonts, colors and placement options.

Callas has also integrated its pdfChip software, which converts HTML to high-quality PDF. This can be used where the content to be added to a PDF document is more complex than a barcode or dynamic text. With some knowledge of HTML, CSS and optionally JavaScript it is possible to decorate PDF files in any way necessary in your workflow.

It’s available for both MacOS and Windows 32-bit platforms as a desktop version for €499, with upgrades from €199, and as a Server, CLI and SDK version starting at €3,999. A fully functional time-limited trial version can be downloaded from



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