Following the ISO's adoption of the second part of the PDF/A-2 standard just a few days ago, Callas Software has announced the release of a new version of its flagship product, Callas pdfaPilot. This version fully supports all features of PDF/A-2 with respect to validation and conversion of documents. This makes Callas ‘pdfaPilot’ one of the first tools to support the new standard. Additionally Callas pdfaPilot is now fully 64-bit enabled and can directly convert more file formats to PDF/A. Support for splitting and merging PDF files in the server version and batch processing of PDF files in the desktop version round up the major features in this new release.
Container PDFs make it easier
to archive digital folders and e-mails
With the implementation of the new PDF/A-2 standard, Callas pdfaPilot can now combine multiple files into a 'container PDF'. Typical applications for this process include digital folders, which are made up of numerous individual documents grouped together in a collection and e-mail archiving. E-mail attachments, such as original Word files converted to PDF/A files in the archive, can be stored separately from the e-mail text, but still grouped together in a PDF/A collection.
Converting native documents as the quickest route to PDF/A
The list of supported file formats that can directly be opened and converted into compliant PDF/A files is even longer with the new version of Callas pdfaPilot: now files from MS Visio, MS Project and MS Publisher can also be converted to PDF/A. The software was already capably of converting other MS Office and OpenOffice documents (such as doc files from Word and PowerPoint files).
Additional capabilities for Callas pdfaPilot Server
Callas pdfaPilot Server, including the command-line (CLI) module and Callas pdfaPilot SDK, can now combine individual PDF files into a multi-page PDF or a PDF with several viewing levels. Conversely, a multi-page PDF can be split into separate single-page PDFs.
To re-purpose text, for example to build a search index, Callas pdfaPilot Server now also supports full text extracting from processed PDF files.
Batch processing for smaller amounts of files
The new version of the standalone Callas pdfaPilot and the Callas pdfaPilot plug-in now also supports the ability to process multiple files in batch, enabling quick conversion of smaller amounts of files right on the desktop.
Prices and availability
Callas pdfaPilot 2.3 is available now for 379 euro and Callas pdfaPilot Server 2.3 is on the market at 4.499 euro. Licence holders can upgrade to the new version free-of-charge. A free demo version is available at www.callassoftware.com.
‘We are so pleased that, after much concerted effort, the contents of the new PDF/A-2 part of the standard have at last been defined. This gives the industry the ability to work with a newer PDF basis with some interesting features for archiving,’ explained Olaf Drümmer, CEO of Callas Software. ‘In every detail, our Callas pdfaPilot already meets the new requirements and offers many additional functions to fully exploit the new possibilities.’
For more information, visit the Callas Software Website at: www.callassoftware.com.
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