pdfToolbox Changelog

New in version 7.5.304

October 10th, 2014
  • Update of pdfToolbox 7 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 7 Desktop license
  • FiXES:
  • Distributed Processing
  • Problem solved, where an unavailable dispatcher resulted in an unstable behavior in certain cases [FP26627]

New in version 7.5.303 (October 10th, 2014)

  • Update of pdfToolbox 7 Desktop free of charge for owners of a pdfToolbox 7 Desktop license
  • FEATURES:
  • New Fixups:
  • Remove bookmarks: Removes all bookmarks in a PDF [FP26479]
  • Set page labels (and their styles): Set page labels based on defined checks [FP25697]
  • Remove page label: Removes all page labels in a PDF [FP25697]
  • New Checks:
  • Effective ink coverage in custom area, can be used in order to check whether a certain area on the printed sheet is empty [CA1023021]
  • Several new properties to find page labels and their styles [FP25697]
  • Page is last page: Determines if a page is the last in a PDF [CA1023021]
  • Page has objects using transparency [CA1022314]
  • Enhanced Profiles:
  • All PDF/A-1 and PDF/X-1 and -3 based Profiles, Profiles for Online Publishing and Digital Printing:
  • Flatten Transparency: Internal optimization has become deprecated and has been removed from the user interface
  • Enhanced Fixups:
  • All “Flatten transparency” Fixups:
  • Internal optimization has been deprecated and has been removed from the user interface
  • Enhanced Checks
  • Effective ink coverage: Improved calculation of trigger values. Area coverage will only be reported as trigger value if “Evaluate all pixels” is activated [FP]
  • Actions:
  • ToPDF: Additional file formats supported for MS Word (.dot; .dotx; .dotm; .txt; .xml), MS Excel (.xslm; .xlt; .xltx; .xltm) and MS Powerpoint (.ppa; .ppam)
  • ToPDF: Font substitutions, which took place in MS Word can be reported on CLI and in SDK [CA1022584; CA1023233]
  • ToPDF: Support for multipage-TIFF added [CA1022701]
  • Impose: Improved positioning of text [FP25672; FP25112]
  • CLI:
  • Timeout parameter to abort processing after a defined time frame works now also for office conversion processes [FP26251; FP26513; FP22133]
  • Program folder contains a new init-script that shows how to start a pdfToolbox server at system start (Linux only) [FP26507]
  • Distributed Processing:
  • Improved reporting for errors on CLI [FP]
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP3c)
  • All components on MacOS are x64 now
  • FIXES:
  • Profiles:
  • Verify compliance with PDF/VT-1: Adjusted analysis of DPart structure [CA1023271]
  • Fixups:
  • Set document language to language in tagging structure: Problem solved, where Figure Tag description was removed [CA1023202]
  • Convert color using DeviceLink profile: Problem solved, where conversion was not applied properly [CA1022684]
  • Subset fonts: Fixed issue, where glyphs were removed in some cases [FP26505]
  • Adjust DotGain: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in improper result [FP20297; FP22585; FP23230; FP23606; CA1023240]
  • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where annotations were removed during processing [FP24614; CA1022661]
  • Font to outline: Problem solved, where characters were not properly handled in certain cases [FP25828]
  • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyphs vanished in some cases [FP25783]
  • Font to outline: Fixed issue, where internal structure was not properly created [FP24394]
  • Discard hidden layer content and flatten visible layers: Fixed issue, where invisible layers were not properly removed [FP22502; CA1023254]
  • Remove layer: Problem solved, where content remained in the document [FP20692; FP20710; FP21689]
  • Fix font encoding: Fixed issue, where text was improperly positioned in some cases [FP26069]
  • Remove objects outside page area: Problem solved, where objects remained outside the defined page area [FP24602; CA1022829]
  • Set transparency blend mode: Fixed issue, where the “apply to” filter within the Fixup settings was not properly respected [FP21385; FP19895]
  • Checks:
  • Glyph width is inconsistent: Problem solved, where widths were not properly calculated in some cases [FP26600]
  • MD5 checksum of ICC profiles: Corrected naming of reported results
  • Actions:
  • ToPDF: Problem solved, where certain PNG images were rotated
  • Split Layers: Fixes issue, where created files were not properly output on command line when using “singlepages” option (CLI only) [CA1023264]
  • Create PostScript: Problem solved, where objects were moved in some cases [FP26175]
  • Create PostScript: Problem solved, where text became converted to images [FP25888; FP25672]
  • Save as image: Problem solved, where the Output Intent was not properly respected [CA1023108]
  • Extract text: Fixed issue, where extracting text caused an error with some files [CA1023097]
  • Reports:
  • Visualizer report: Fixed issues, where report was not properly scaled for PDFs with large dimensions [FP23315]
  • Font inventory report: Fixed issue, where glyphs and unicode values were not listed [FP24267; FP24680]
  • Desktop:
  • Various improvements for usability and stability
  • Fixed problem, where creating a Check out of editing a Fixup resulted in an improper behavior [CA1023222]
  • Server:
  • Problem solved, where Japanese language was not properly handled [FP25603]
  • General:
  • Improved handling for font files without extension (Unix only) [CA1023053]
  • Problem solved, where optimization of the ContentStream resulted in vanished objects in certain cases [FP26051]
  • Problem solved, where processing using Solaris 10 resulted in unstable behavior [CA1023097]

New in version 7.4.292 (June 26th, 2014)

  • FEATURES:
  • Fixups:
  • Remap characters from Unicode Private Use Area: Map Unicode from PUA to another valid Unicode [FP21906]
  • Remove all tagging information: Removes all tagging structure [CA1022859]
  • Checks:
  • Number of effectively non-empty plates: Checks for number of plates based on an offscreen rendered PDF per page [FP24249]
  • Enhanced Fixups:
  • Font to outline: “Apply to” added to control, which fonts are outlined [FP24277; FP24750]
  • Enhanced Checks:
  • Effective ink coverage: Optional possibility added to render whole page to determine the complete amount of ink coverage [FP25022]
  • Desktop:
  • Visualizer: Added option to set simulation profile and improved handling if an OutputIntent exists [FP24842]
  • Profile editor: Several predefined filters in search field for checks and fixups
  • CLI:
  • Timeout parameter to abort processing after a defined time frame
  • Server, Dispatcher or Satellite can be used as service on Windows [CA1018775; CA1019172]
  • New function –splitmergepdf to create a result PDF from split pages in one run [FP23621]
  • New function –listfonts to list all available fonts for “Set TextFont” in Imposition
  • Distributed processing:
  • Optional failover for Dispatcher in Client-mode
  • Possibility for typification for Satellites
  • Timeout parameter to abort processing after a defined time frame for distributed processes [FP24945]
  • Local processing (as a fall-back) can be disabled
  • Optimization for connecting process between Dispatcher and Satellite
  • FIXES:
  • Fixups:
  • Make Pantone spot color names consistent: Problem solved, where multi-digit numbers were not handled properly [FP25433]
  • Fix glyph width information: Problem solved, where text was not properly handled for certain PDF created by PhotoShop [FP24435; FP25487]
  • Rotate pages: Problem solved, where page rotation factor was not handled correctly for links in some cases [CA1022891]
  • Set transparency properties for stroke: Problem solved, where processing resulted in an error [FP25416]
  • Font-related corrections: Problem solved, where false entries in PostScript font resulted in an improper behavior [CA1022964]
  • Font-related corrections: Problem solved, where glyphs seemed to be corrupt when viewed in Acrobat 8 [FP25207]
  • Font-related corrections: Fixed issue, where glyph widths did not match after processing [CA1023004]
  • Downsample/recompress color/grayscale images: Problem solved, where downsampling was not applied properly [CA1022771]
  • Downsample/recompress grayscale images: Problem solved, where recompressing JBIG2 images did not take place if used in masks [FP25017]
  • Remove JavaScript not associated with actions: Problem solved, where JavaScript in NamesTree was not properly removed [FP24456]
  • Remove actions: Problem solved, where JavaScript in NamesTree was not properly removed [FP24456]
  • Convert TrueType to CFF: Problem solved, where fixup did not work like expected
  • Remove additional encoding entries in cmap of symbolic TrueType fonts: Problem solved, where resulting PDF could not be processed by some RIPs [FP24817]
  • Remove layer: Problem solved, where some content on layer was not properly removed caused by “OC” entries in images and FormXObjects [FP24742]
  • Remove or adjust annotations: Problem solved, where annotation was moved outside page area instead of being flattened into page content [FP23345]
  • Remove or adjust annotations: Fixed issue, where annotations were not properly rotated [CA1022661]
  • Font to outline: Problem solved, where characters defined as .notdef glyph were not properly handled in certain cases [FP18277; 18547; FP18347]
  • Font to outline: Problem solved, where not embedded fonts were not converted [FP24777]
  • Font to outline: Problem solved, where some glyphs were not completely filled in after processing in some cases [FP22538]
  • Font to outline: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in improper result [FP25402]
  • Subset fonts: Optimized handling for width entries of unused glyphs [CA1022860]
  • Remove invisible image data: Problem solved, where processing of inline images resulted in an error [CA1022876]
  • Remove invisible image data: Problem solved, where images with no size were not properly handled [FP24852]
  • Unsharp masking of images: Fixed issue, where processing did not succeed as expected [CA1022930]
  • Make font names unique: Problem solved, where errors occurred during postprocessing in certain cases [FP20693; CA1022294]
  • Substitute characters using .notdef glyph with space characters: Fixed issue, where text was moved during processing [FP24117]
  • Create bookmarks from headings: Problem solved, where existing bookmarks were removed [CA1022846]
  • Convert page into image: Problem solved, where improper nested geometry boxes resulted in unexpected dimension of created image[CA1022872]
  • Checks:
  • Document contains actions: Fixed issue, where JavaScript in NamesTree was not properly detected [FP24456]
  • Document contains JavaScript: Fixed issue, where JavaScript in NamesTree was not properly detected [FP24456]
  • Symbolic TrueType font has Encoding dictionary: Problem solved, where unusual encoding entry was not detected properly [FP23523]
  • MD5 checksum of ICC profiles: Adjusted names and comments to better explain how the checksum is computed
  • Character references .notdef glyph: Problem solved, where .notdef glyphs were not recognized in certain cases [FP24810]
  • Effective ink coverage: Fixed issue, where trigger value for amount of ink was wrong [FP25022]
  • Effective ink coverage: Adjusted usage of simulation profile for page blending to match expected results [FP23214]
  • Actions:
  • ToPDF: Support for latest Pages (Version 5.2) for Mac [FP25116]
  • ToPDF: Problem solved, where rotation info in TIFF images was not respected in certain cases [CA1022942]
  • ToPDF: TXT files will be handled by MS Office if no OpenOffice is installed (Windows + MacOS) [CA1022881]
  • Impose: Improved reporting if needed fonts are not available on the system
  • Impose: Problem solved, where text in positioned pages was moved in certain cases [FP25112]
  • Save As Image: Harmonized used simulation profiles for PNG to those used for other image formats ('sRGB IEC61966-2.1', 'Dot Gain 15%' or 'ISO Coated v2 (ECI)')
  • Reports:
  • Template-based PDF-Reports: Corrected use of time zone of local computer time
  • Desktop:
  • Some Problems solved, where user interface did not work as expected [FP23091, FP23115]
  • Switchboard: Letterhead: Improved handling for multi-page documents [FP25090]
  • Switchboard: Flatten transparency: Adjusted settings to those used by profiles
  • Acrobat PlugIn:
  • Problem solved, where batch processing resulted in an improper behavior in Acrobat 9 [FP24960]
  • General:
  • Desktop: Optimized handling of unused conditions
  • Desktop: Improved indexing of check and fixup names during import of profiles
  • ProcessPlans: Optimization for PostCheck when standard conversion is used
  • Checks: Optimized analysis to reduce needed amount of memory [CA1022630; FP20799]
  • Fixups: Problem solved, where optimization of content stream did not handle unnecessary clipping paths correctly [FP24997]
  • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where saving as image resulted in error if pagerange was used [FP24980]
  • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where merging PDF was not successful if an output filename was defined [FP24800]

New in version 7.3.280 (March 25th, 2014)

  • HIGHLIGHTS:
  • New internal engine for rendering, transparency flattening, optimization and creation of PS/EPS - watch the feature video here
  • New internal engine for font handling
  • Checkpoint for pdfToolbox 7 Server - watch the feature video here
  • Remove objects - watch the feature video here
  • Cropping - watch the feature video here
  • New and enhanced Profiles
  • New metadata handling - watch the feature video here
  • New and enhanced Fixups
  • New and enhanced Checks - watch the feature video here
  • New and enhanced Reports watch the feature video here
  • New and enhanced actions in CLI
  • FEATURES:
  • Switchboard:
  • Added function to outline page geometry boxes
  • Server/CLI:
  • Added possibility to use cachefolder for distributed processing
  • Added function to empty fontcache and profilecache when cachefolder-mechanism is used (CLI only)
  • Fixups:
  • Flatten transparency: Added option to define kind of image compression used [FP23306]
  • New and enhanced Profiles:
  • Verify compliance with PDF/VT-2
  • All PDF/A-1 and PDF/X-1 and -3 based Profiles, Profiles for Online Publising and Digital Printing:
  • Flatten transparency: Internal optimization deactivated
  • Flatten transparency: Color images created by the flattener are not always using JPEG
  • All GWG2012-Profiles:
  • Minor adjustments for “black object”-checks to match requirements of the latest specification errata document
  • All “Convert to PDF/A-2-…”- and “Convert to PDF/A-3…”-Profiles:
  • Added new fixup “Insert missing F and UF entries for embedded files”
  • New and enhanced ProcessPlans:
  • Check for non-CMYK color, create a report, convert to CMYK (ISO Coated v2) and flatten transparency
  • New and enhanced Fixups:
  • All “Flatten transparency” fixups:
  • Internal optimization deactivated
  • Color images created by the flattener are not always using JPEG
  • Convert to grayscale: Adjusted settings to preserve objects from conversion, which are using only black already [FP23065]
  • Set layer name: Added fixup to set layer name based on a check
  • All “Downsample bitmap|color|grayscale images” fixups:
  • Recompression will not take place if images are not downsampled
  • New and enhanced Checks:
  • New Properties to find transparent objects on xobject- or page-level
  • New Property to find if a JBIG2 compression is marked as lossy or lossless
  • CLI:
  • Action Overlay: Added option to parameter “placebelow” to define which document is used for number of pages in resulting document [FP24201]
  • FIXES:
  • Profiles:
  • Convert to PDF/X-4: Problem solved, where multiple metadats namespaces were not properly handled in certain cases [FP24371]
  • Fixups:
  • Problem solved, where glyph problems occured during PDF/X-4 conversion [CA1022608]
  • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyph widhts were not properly respected in certain cases [FP24485]
  • Font to outline: Problem solved, where glyphs were distorted in some cases [FP24011; FP24207; FP24318]
  • Add missing SPACE glyph: Problem solved, where processing resulted in improper result [FP24479; FP24528]
  • Convert colors: Problem solved, where objects seemed to be changed in position afer processing [FP23659]
  • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where processing on files with removed Output Intent resulted in improper behaviour [FP23556, FP24316]
  • Flatten transparency: Problem solved, where resulting images were not created in requested resolution when Raster/Vector balance is set to “0” [CA1022603]
  • Remove Output Intent: Problem solved, where removing resulted in an error in certain cases [FP24284]
  • Generate bleed from page content: Problem solved, where created bleed was not properly scaled and positioned [FP22575; FP23525]
  • Unsharp masking of images: Problem solved, where images smaller than defined threshold resulted in improper behaviour [FP24549]
  • Convert SoftMask to ImageMask: Problem solved, where images were not visible after processing
  • Actions:
  • ToPDF: Problem solved, where EPS files were not converted to PDF (Linux x64 only) {FP24287]
  • ToPDF: Added possibility to use LibreOffice on more Linux distributions
  • Reports:
  • Template-based PDF-Reports: Problem solved, where reports were not created using Linux [FP23117]
  • Compare reports: Problem solved, where images were not scaled correct (Desktop only) [FP24235]
  • CLI:
  • Implode profiles: Problem solved, where OutputIntent was not properly added again from exploded profiles [FP23674]
  • Enumerate profiles: Added support for variables used in ProcessPlans [CA1022677]
  • General:
  • Problem solved, where PowerPoint files could not be converted when using MS Office 2013
  • Improved usage of system ressources on x64-based installations [FP23489]
  • Distributed processing: Problem solved, where umlauts in filename resulted in improper behaviour in some cases (Linux only) [FP24372]
  • Problem solved, where a special combination of custom fixups resulted in instable processing [FP24262]
  • Fixes issue, where time zones with different offset than a full hour were not properly handled in the XMP metadata
  • Standard14 fonts: Adjusted recognition, so that an existing FontDescriptor is tolerated
  • Most recent version of Adobe PDF Library integrated (v10.1.0PlusP2k)

New in version 6.2.212 (January 11th, 2013)

  • Features:
  • Fixups:
  • New Fixup: Add white background [FP20580]
  • Server:
  • Use of accesskey is now mandatory
  • General server settings added to preferences
  • Profiles can be edited directly from job settings dialogue
  • CLI:
  • Splithalf: Add new function to make content outside of defined slot invisble [CA1021627]
  • Enabled usage of Symlinks for MacOS and Unix-platforms [CA1013140]
  • General:
  • MacOS: Installers are delievered in DMG format
  • Windows: callas software is a verified publisher
  • Reports:
  • Ink coverage in percent and area can now be listed for all pages in XML-reports
  • Fixes:
  • Profiles:
  • Problem solved, where wrong error code was given after successful processing [FP20344]
  • Convert to PDF/X-1a: Fixed issue, where conversion resulted in missing objects [3f8h/Heilbronner Ztg.]
  • Checks:
  • Problem solved, where overprint not detected for SmoothShades [FP20907]
  • Processplans:
  • Enabled handling of reports from ProcessPlans in Switch [FP20924] CaBT0008171
  • Fixups:
  • Problem solved, where registry entry of OutputIntent was not properly embedded in some cases [FP19927]
  • DeviceLink: Problem solved, where conversion resulted in unexpected result [CA1021777]
  • DeviceLink: Problem solved, where conversion results in error in shading dictionary [FP21150]
  • Actions:
  • ReDistill: Fixed issue, where processing resulted in unexpected result [FP7305]
  • Acrobat Plug In:
  • Problem solved, where fixup “Generate bleed” did not work as expected [FP21054]
  • Server:
  • Problem solved, where different types of licenses on a system resulted in limited functionality [CA1021784]
  • Problem solved, where Office conversion did not work after update [FP20922]
  • CLI:
  • Problem solved, where usage of additional parameter –uncompressimg had improper results [CA1021717]
  • Problem solved, where use of additional parameter –uncompressimg reported 4c for a black and white image [FP21005]
  • SaveAsImage: Problem solved, where simulating overprint did not work as expected [FP20989]
  • Problem solved, where wrong reason code for encrypted PDFs was given [CA1021581]

New in version 4.5.098 (December 15th, 2010)

  • Features
  • Support of Acrobat X Pro
  • Fixes
  • Fixups
  • Map spot colors:
  • Problem solved where process color page objects defined as Separation or DeviceN where separated to CMYK
  • Problem solved where page object defined as multi-channel DeviceN was not mapped
  • Convert colors using DeviceLink profiles: Problem solved where processing ended with error message
  • Convert fonts to outlines: Problem solved where processing time was increased
  • Embed missing fonts: Problem solved under Unix where Adobe font list file was created in current working directory
  • Adjust or remove annotations: Problem solved where page was rotated
  • Checks
  • Problem solved where processing ended with error message when analyzing a specific PDF file
  • pdfToolbox Desktop
  • Activation: Problem solved where activation of an older pdfToolbox version was not accepted
  • Problem solved where error message occurred when executing color conversion fixup using ICC profile that was not installed in the operating system
  • Action Create EPS:
  • Problem solved where file size of created EPS files were very large
  • Problem solved where document with a created EPS file could not be printed from within InDesign
  • Problem solved where CID Type 2 fonts where not properly encoded when outputting PostScript Level 2
  • Impositioning Actions: Problem solved where negative values in token expression were not parsed correctly

New in version 4.5.086 (August 2nd, 2010)

  • Performance improvement especially when processing complex PDF files
  • Higher processing speed
  • Less memory consumption
  • Faster creation of font cache
  • Visualizer: Visualizes print-relevant characteristics of PDF documents (not available in Plug-In under Acrobat 8)
  • Organize pages: Easily move pages in PDF documents
  • Office document support
  • Documents of all file formats supported by Microsoft Office 2010 or 2007 (Windows only) and OpenOffice.org 3.2 (Macintosh, Windows and Linux) can directly be converted to PDF
  • Supported in pdfToolbox Desktop 4, pdfToolbox Server 4, pdfToolbox CLI 4 (Linux only) and pdfToolbox SDK 4 (Macintosh, Windows and Linux)
  • Keep visual and semantic reproducibility by direct export from the office application
  • Common issues of PDF files created from Office applications are repaired
  • Office documents that can not be exported from Microsoft Office can be processed via OpenOffice.org
  • Support for page scaling factors (user units) to handle sheet sizes larger than 200 by 200 inches
  • Latest PDFX-ready profiles pre-installed (Version 1.3)
  • PDF/X-4 and PDF/X-4p conversion extended to preserve page objects in RGB by tagging with ICC profile
  • PDF/A-1 conversion and validation adapted to the modified PDF/A-1 requirements as defined in the ISO Technical Corrigendum 2 for the standard
  • Fontsubstitution activated for Arial and Helvetica when converting to PDF/A
  • Image export extended
  • Image format TIFF (LZW) supported
  • JPEG quality maximum and minimum added
  • Color space of image can be set to RGB, CMYK (TIFF only) and Gray
  • RGB images are tagged with ICC profile sRGB

New in version 4.3.044 (October 12th, 2009)

  • Features
  • First release of chinese language version of pdfToolbox 4 Desktop (separate installation package)
  • New fixups in Standalone that were only available in Plug-In version before:
  • Apply ZIP compression to uncompressed object streams
  • Discard embedded thumbnails
  • Discard private data of other applications
  • Optimize PDF for fast web view
  • Fixups Embed missing fonts and Convert fonts to outlines now list respective font name in results dialog
  • Fixes
  • Power tools
  • Fixups
  • Re-activated fixups Knockout white vector and/or text objects, Overprint black und Set Overprint Mode to 1 to be used with profiles created with pdfToolbox 4.2 and before, Note: It is not recommended to combine them with the new fixup Set Overprint and Knockout
  • Convert colors: Problem solved where OPM was not set to 0 when overprinting DeviceGray was converted to DeviceCMYK
  • Set transparency blend color space: Problem solved where transparency blend color space was not set to RGB ICC profile
  • Remove objects outside page area: Problem solved where object was removed that was lying partly inside page area
  • Convert SMask to image mask: Problem solved where error message was displayed after conversion
  • Fix glyph width info: Problem solved where glyph width was not fixed
  • Switchboard Actions
  • Fonts - Replace fonts: Problem solved where glyph width was not adapted when replacing font fully
  • Pages - Scale by percent: Problem solved where execution of action did not have any effect
  • Reports
  • Problem solved where in PDF comments report color of comments did not match their severity
  • Plug-In
  • Problem solved where error message was displayed when opening Profiles dialog
  • Standalone
  • Problem solved where encrypted PDF files, annotations and form fields were not displayed
  • Problem solved where black and white image was displayed with inverted color
  • Problem solved where page number, Standards button or icon for modified file was not displayed reliably
  • Problem solved where active document could not be changed when Profiles, Checks or Fixups dialog was open