PDFX-ready Online Tools

The PDFX-ready Online Tools is a new innovative service for members of PDFX-ready and is also (in a limited version) available for free for non-members.

The PDFX-ready Online Tools allow performing interesting analyses and conversions on a server in the cloud with the help of a free PDFX-ready Connector. PDF Preflight checks the PDFs with the well-known preflight profiles of PDFX-ready and a comprehensive report is created. Color Preflight can determine the original color spaces of CMYK images in a PDF. The ISO<–>PSO Converter converts PDF files from FOGRA39 (ISO Coated V2) to FOGRA51 (PSO Coated V3) and vice versa. The results are sent via e-mail with a download link.

For uploading the PDF files and for filling in the job tickets a PDFX-ready Connector is required. The application is available in a FREEWARE version for everybody and PREMIUM versions for members of PDFX-ready. The PDFX-ready Connectors have been created with Enfocus Connect Send.

The PDFX-ready Online Tools are installed on a cloud server of Impressed. Enfocus Switch is managing the processing of the uploaded PDF files. According to the entries of the job ticket the files are distributed to the Callas pdfToolbox Server for PDF Preflight and the ISO<–>PSO conversion or to the ColorLogic DocBees ProfileTagger for performing the Color Preflight. For transfering the results the internet service TeamBeam Pro is used.

The PDFX-ready Online Tools are generously supported by Callas Software, ColorLogic, Enfocus Software, Impressed, Calibrate, PDF-AKTUELL.

One year PDFX-ready Online Tools

In the morning of Octobre 26th, 2016 we have launched the PDFX-ready Online Tools. Right at the beginning we offered three tools:

There is a FREEWARE and PREMIUM versions for members of PDFX-ready.

The experience we made in the past year is pretty good. The Enfocus Switch server with the applications Callas pdfToolbox and ColorLogic ProfileTagger is running very stable. But of course there were a few problems.

Weiterlesen / Read more…One year PDFX-ready Online Tools

eciCMYK is already integrated Color Preflight

The recently released ICC profile eciCMYK (FOGRA53) of the new CMYK exchange color space is already integrated in Color Preflight of the PDFX-ready Online Tools.

This means that the color space of the CMYK images in a PDF document is also checked against the profile eciCMYK.icc.

Preflight profiles updated to V1.5 / V2.5

The profiles used in PDF Preflight are update to the latest version of the PDFX-ready Preflight profiles.

The latest versions feature the following changes:

  • V2.5 (for PDF/X-4):
    • Removed check for single-color hairlines (< 0.125 pt) since these lines are no longer problematic in modern CTP and Digital workflows.
    • Check of multi-color objects (text < 8 pt; lines < 0.25 pt) also for Digital Printing.
    • More details in explanation for spot color check.
    • Compatibility with PDF/X-4 created by QuarkXPress 2016/2017.
  • V1.5 (for PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3):
    • New checks for recognition of black texts and vektors which most probably were re-separated (was alredy in V2.4).
    • More details in explanation for spot color check.
    • Removal of check “Annotation of this type not allowed (GWG)” (alignment with V2.x).

Notification for new blog posts

BlogtrottrIn the right side bar we have added a feature to register an email address with Blogtrottr in order to receive a notification email when a new blog post has been published on online-tools.ch

After submission of your email address you must subscribe to the first feed (https://online-tools.ch/en/feed/) on the Blogtrottr page. The second feed is only for the comments.

You will then receive a confirmation mail by Blogtrottr which you must confirm in order to activate the service.

At the end of each notification mail there is a link to stop this service.

Good rating by users of PDFX-ready Online Tools

We have created a continous survey about the PDFX-ready Online Tools in order to get feedback from our users. Completing the survey only takes a few minutes.

So far the users gave a good rating for the new service:

More than 60 Percent would recommend the PDFX-ready Online Tools to their  customers and colleagues:

A frequent complaint is the small maximum file size.

That’s why have doubled the maximum file sizes for all PDFX-ready Connectors in February 2017.

Printers recommend Online Tools to their customers

An increasing number of printers recommend the use of the PDFX-ready Online Tools to their customers and their suppliers (e.g. ad agencies).

If the creator of a PDF for print production checks his files with the help of the PDFX-ready Online Tools before sending the files to the print shop both parties benefit. The creator knows that he has done his job correctly. The printer receives better data and can avoid to ask for corrected files in case of problems. This saves time (and money) for both…

Animated banners for promoting the PDFX-ready Online Tools

Our designer has created some animated banners in four different sizes for promoting the PDFX-ready Online Tools:

Each of them is available with a single animation and with a loop.

These GIF banners can be placed on a web page together with a link to www.online-tools.ch/en/. This will help to promote this new service of PDFX-ready.

The eight banners can be downloaded as a ZIP archive.

Thanks for the support!

PDFX-ready Online Tools Presentation

Stephan Jaeggi gave an english presentation about the PDFX-ready Online Tools at the meeting of the Ghent Workgroup (GWG) in Barcelona and at the Callas and FourPees VIP event in Berlin:


In order to view the integrated movie on slide 4 you must download the PDF and read it locally on your computer.