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callas releases major update for pdfaPilot 3

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(Berlin) callas software, leader in PDF technology for publishing, print production and document archiving, is delighted to announce the release of pdfaPilot version 3. The new release brings full support for the new PDF/A-3 standard announced for 2012, making it possible to archive the original document (such as Word, Excel, XML…) into the PDF/A file. Integration with Microsoft SharePoint facilitates the creation of PDF/A files in larger office environments and guaranteed PDF/A conversion utilizes advanced processing methods to convert virtually any PDF file to PDF/A. For high-volume environments, pdfaPilot Server can now be installed as a Windows service and load balancing between different pdfaPilot Servers instantly enables unlimited processing power.

Archiving native documents
pdfaPilot 3 already has support for the upcoming PDF/A-3 standard, expected to be released early 2012. This new part of the PDF/A standard brings with it the possibility to store any file – even non-PDF files – into PDF/A-3 container files. This enables creating long-term archival documents that carry the native documents or dynamic data in them.
"With this option, it is possible to for example store and manage related files, such as an Excel file with formulas or complete CAD drawings, together in one batch," explains Dietrich von Seggern, Business Development Manager software at callas software. "For companies and organizations, this offers the great advantage that all the files belonging to a certain project - whether PDF/A compliant or not – are available in a central database.”

Guaranteed PDF/A conversion
When archiving documents it is extremely important that all documents can be archived. To enable this, pdfaPilot 3 has a way to guarantee conversion to PDF/A. If possible the PDF file will be optimized and brought into line with the PDF/A standard by optimizing the internal PDF structure. If that fails however, the file can be converted into an image. The secret: the text is completely preserved and remains fully searchable in your archive.

Large environments: SharePoint and distributed processing
For users of SharePoint, the new version of callas pdfaPilot allows easier creation of PDF/A files. By integrating pdfaPilot 3 in the Microsoft solution, documents of various formats, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project, Publisher, etc. can be converted directly from SharePoint to PDF/A.
Another major new feature is support for distributed processing. This enables pdfaPilot Server to be configured in such a way that it does load balancing between different systems in a very efficient and easy to maintain way.

Pricing and availability
callas pdfaPilot 3 is available immediately and comes in two versions.
• callas pdfaPilot Server 3 is on the market at 4.499 euro and offers both hot folder automation and closer integration through a CLI interface and a full SDK. It also provides multi-processor support for checking and fixing PDF/A files.
• callas pdfaPilot Desktop 3 is available for 379 euro and offers the broadest PDF/A support on the market in the easiest package. callas pdfaPilot Desktop works on single documents or – using its batch functionality – on complete folders at a time. Working as a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat or as a fast standalone application, callas pdfaPilot contains a wealth of tools to make your documents PDF/A compliant.

License holders can upgrade to the new version free of charge. A free demo version is available at

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:

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