Quark improves PDF output with technology from callas software

Nicole Gauger // February 18, 2015

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pdfToolbox certifies PDF/X-4 files for the new version of QuarkXPress

Berlin. QuarkXPress 2015, expected to be released at the end of March, will allow better, faster, cutting-edge PDF output with the help of callas software. This is because this professional-grade software for layout and graphic design now supports document output in PDF/X-4 format, verified by callas software’s pdfToolbox. This means that PDF/X-4 files exported from QuarkXPress 2015 will be certified with the same technology used in Adobe Acrobat.

“This is exactly the kind of solution we were looking for: something to check and certify that the files we produce meet ISO standard 15930-7”, said Matthias Günther, Global Director of the Desktop Business Unit at Quark Software Inc. This is where the company’s years of collaboration with callas software paid off. “QuarkXPress has long been able to export PDF files, including options to export using the PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 standards. We already use callas software’s technology to do so”, explained Matthias Günther. Because of the company’s trust in callas software, and callas’ expertise in the field of PDF technology, it quickly became clear that the Berlin-based company was the right partner for adding PDF/X-4 export functionality.

callas offers pdfToolbox as a software development kit (SDK) which Quark integrated into its software, allowing it to run in the background. When the user chooses to export a file in PDF/X format, QuarkXPress allows them to select from PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 and PDF/X-4. If they choose PDF/X-4, pdfToolbox then checks to ensure the new PDF/X-4 file really does meet the ISO standard. If it fails the test, perhaps because of specific elements within the file, the user will receive a notification to this effect. Otherwise, the result is a valid PDF/X-4 file, with all the advantages for further processing which the format brings.

In addition to all the properties of PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4 offers features such as unflattened transparency, media-independent colors, and layering. This means it is no longer necessary to reduce transparent sections as early on in the process as the point of PDF creation. Instead, they can be processed in the printing house itself once the final printing color space is known. Media-independent colors are preserved. “This makes QuarkXPress perfect for integrated media-independent workflows”, explained Matthias Günther. Users benefit from fast PDF export, smaller files, and higher quality when printing.

About Quark Software Inc.

Quark’s software enables organizations of all sizes to meet customer demand for engaging, relevant communications when, where and how they want them. Our solutions combine the power of XML with flexible layout and design to automate the delivery of customer communications to print, Web, and interactive experiences on the latest digital devices. Financial services firms, manufacturers and governments around the world rely on Quark solutions to elevate customer communications to new levels, reduce time to market and lower costs. Further Information: www.quark.com

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 recognised 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 ISO, CIP4, the European Color Initiative, the PDF/A Competence Center and the Ghent PDF Workgroup. In addition, callas software is a founding member of the PDF/A Competence Center and in October 2010, Olaf Drümmer became its chairman. callas software is based in Berlin, Germany. For more information, visit the callas software website at: http://www.callassoftware.com.

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Nicole Gauger

Nicole Gauger is the managing partner of good news!, a communications agency based in Stockelsdorf near Lübeck, Germany. Communications and IT are in her blood. A graduate (BA) in information systems, she works with providers in fields such as document, content and knowledge management, as well as more besides. good news! has supported the PDF Association with press and public-relations …


Nicole Gauger

Nicole Gauger is the managing partner of good news!, a communications agency based in Stockelsdorf near Lübeck, Germany. Communications and …

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