callas presents new update for pdfaPilot

Akash Choudhary // January 17, 2019

PDF/A Member News

callas software, a leading provider of automated PDF quality assurance and archiving solutions, today released version 8.1 of pdfaPilot. Among other things, this update provides users with new options for ordering pages, adding filters for automatically removing XMP metadata, and an optimized tagging structure view.

pdfaPilot had already included the ability to customize the order of pages within PDF files. Now, to assist users with repetitive tasks like deleting or swapping specific pages, pdfaPilot 8.1 makes it possible to add schemata. A schema is a set of instructions for dividing up or arranging pages which is called by the user and then automatically executed by pdfaPilot. Pages can now also be rotated by any angle—not just 90o—and optionally enlarged at the same time.

New metadata processing feature
One of pdfaPilot’s strengths is its ability to handle metadata. Now users can also use predefined filters when removing XMP metadata. For example, all metadata for objects placed in a PDF publication (such as images) can be deleted except for the data required for billing for photographs. Since this kind of metadata is frequently inherited by layouts, this ensures that a company’s internal metadata will not be published. Aside from this, object metadata can sometimes reach a size of several megabytes in extreme cases.

New email conversion option
pdfaPilot is frequently used to convert emails to PDF/A. As part of this process, users can now optionally prevent external references, such as images in HTML-format emails, from being reloaded. This reduces security risks as well as file sizes.

Improved visualization of tagging structure
To give pdfaPilot users a better overview of the structure of a PDF file, callas has integrated the visualization functionality for its Adobe Acrobat plugin, pdfGoHTML. The content structure appears color-coded as a result, helping with quality control for tagged PDFs.

About callas software:
callas software finds simple ways to handle complex PDF challenges. As a technology innovator, callas software develops and markets PDF technology for publishing, print production, document exchange and document archiving. callas software helps agencies, publishing companies and printers to meet the challenges they face by providing software to preflight, correct and repurpose PDF files for print production and electronic publishing. Businesses and government agencies all over the world rely on callas software’s future-proof, fully PDF/A compliant archiving products. In addition, callas software technology is available as a programming library (SDK) for developers with a need for PDF optimization, validation and correction. Software vendors such as Adobe®, Quark®, Xerox® and many others have recognized the quality and flexibility provided by these callas tools and have incorporated them into their solutions.

callas software actively supports international standards and has been participating in DIN, ISO, CIP4, the European Color Initiative, the PDF Association. BITKOM and the Ghent Workgroup. In addition, callas software is a founding member of the PDF Association.

callas software is based in Berlin, Germany. For more information, visit the callas software website at:

Press Contact:
Four Pees
Justine Trio
T: +32 9 237 10 00


Akash Choudhary

Akash Choudhary, Product Manager at callas software GmbH considers himself as a lifelong student of PDF products and technologies. With a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (International Management), Akash has gathered experience in small and big firms in software performance testing, marketing, business development and social media and content manager. Working as …


Akash Choudhary

Akash Choudhary, Product Manager at callas software GmbH considers himself as a lifelong student of PDF products and technologies. With …

© 2019 Assosiation for Digital Document Standards e.V. | Privacy Policy | Imprint