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  • PDFToolbox Alternatives

    Hello folks,
    Somebody has a alternative to Callas PDF Toolbox?
    Esko: Automation Engine, Artpro, Color Engine, Equinox, Packedge, Plato, Studio 3D, Visualizer.

  • #2
    Hello ,

    The main alternative would be Enfocus PitStop Pro. It's a plug in for Adobe Acrobat.

    Beyond that, it really depends on what features you are wanting.

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    • #3
      Acrobat Pro has some of the Preflight, Check & Fixup features pdfToolbox offers; good to know, that under the hood it's pdfToolbox.

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      • #4
        @bbertolani. what are you actually looking for?

        In terms of profiles, checks, and fixups, the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC has most everything in pdfToolbox 9.x (less any Javascript support) since Acrobat' Preflight is in fact a major subset of pdfToolbox. Future updates will inherit features of pdfToolbox 10.x.

        So either you are looking for something that is independent of Acrobat, you don't have a recent version of Acrobat, or there is some particular feature of pdfToolbox (beyond the vast majority of preflight support) that you are looking for. Which is it?

        - Dov

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        • #5
          Hello,

          Is there some specific reason you're looking to replace pdfToolbox? Problems you can't get around or features you feel are missing?

          If you want to be independent of Acrobat, pdfToolbox has a standalone version as well besides the Acrobat plugin.

          - Michiel

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          • #6
            For $150, Enfocus offers Connect YOU... with Pitstop built in (no Acrobat required), you can create custom drag and drop apps that can perform checks and corrections to PDFs including functions like add bleed, adjust margins, resize pages, etc... easy enough to use a CSR can use it to check incoming files for show stoppers, or a prepress person can use it for common corrections. Best deal out there in MYHO.... but of course, I'm bias... I'm the PM for Connect at Enfocus... but it is a great deal and a killer tool for designers and printers.

            All the best.

            Michael Reiher
            Product Manager Enfocus

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            • #7
              Thank you for all replies.
              I will look for all the suggestions.
              My propose is something flexible like pdftoolbox but with support for command line (terminal).
              Thanks.
              Esko: Automation Engine, Artpro, Color Engine, Equinox, Packedge, Plato, Studio 3D, Visualizer.

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              • #8
                Hi again,

                Next to the standalone version I mentioned earlier, pdfToolbox Server is actually CLI based. You can run the entire program from the command line on Windows, Mac and Linux.
                You can have a look at the online manual here: http://help.callassoftware.com/m/pdftoolbox/c/192208

                Edit: There happens to be a free webinar about the pdfToolbox CLI tomorrow at 4PM CEST. I would invite anyone interested to register here: https://www.fourpees.com/en/events/2...aults-season-2

                Kind regards,

                - Michiel
                Last edited by Michiel Van den Saffele; 07-30-2018, 03:04 AM. Reason: Adding webinar information.

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                • #9
                  You can of course use PitStop Server. Driven by Hotfolders and available also as a Cli.
                  https://www.enfocus.com/en/products/pitstop-server

                  Available as a perpetual license (one time payment) or subscription.
                  The Cli documentation and samples are in the applications folder after installation.

                  Free 30-day downloadable trial available as well.
                  Any questions or for a local reseller, feel free to pm or mail me. andrewb@enfocus.com
                  Senior Product Manager
                  Enfocus

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by WiseGuy View Post
                    For $150, Enfocus offers Connect YOU... with Pitstop built in (no Acrobat required), you can create custom drag and drop apps that can perform checks and corrections to PDFs including functions like add bleed, adjust margins, resize pages, etc... easy enough to use a CSR can use it to check incoming files for show stoppers, or a prepress person can use it for common corrections. Best deal out there in MYHO.... but of course, I'm bias... I'm the PM for Connect at Enfocus... but it is a great deal and a killer tool for designers and printers.

                    All the best.

                    Michael Reiher
                    Product Manager Enfocus
                    Too bad each connector can't simply monitor a hot folder. Having multiple droplets is confusing . It is a good value at the price though.

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                    • #11
                      Hello guys, Michiel Van den Saffele in my currently company we use pdftoolbox CLI, its fantastic! My point is low price alternative because sometimes I have side projects in others company that dont have to much money available. Anyway I will watch the webinars. Thank you.
                      abc I dont have to much experience with Pitstop Server but I will consider in the future projects. Thank you!
                      Esko: Automation Engine, Artpro, Color Engine, Equinox, Packedge, Plato, Studio 3D, Visualizer.

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