PDFX-ready Online Tools released

PDFX-ready has annonced the immediate availability of the PDFX-ready Online Tools. This is a new innovative service for the members of PDFX-ready and also (in a limited version) 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.

New download of PDFX-ready Connector required

Unfortunately there is a little problem with the current PDFX-ready Connector used for uploading PDF files to the PDFX-ready Online Tools. It seams the time limited license of Enfocus Connect Send also has an influence on the Connectors created with that software. Our license expired on 31.3. Of course we already have a new license and have used it to re-create the Connectors.

In order to use them the Connectors must be downloaded again.

Simply klick the download link in the e-mail which you have received after the registration again. The password required to un-zip the PREMIUM versions remains also the same.

If you don’t have access to this mail any more, you can register again in order to automatically receive the download mail once more.

In case of questions or problems with the PDFX-ready Online Tools please send an email to support@online-tools.ch.

Please apologize for the inconvenience.

Maximum file size doubled for all PDFX-ready Connectors!

In our user survey many users are complaining about the small file sizes. We have reacted and are doubling the maximum file sizes for all PDFX-ready Connectors:

  •   10 MB instead of     5 MB for FREEWARE
  •   40 MB instead of   20 MB for PREMIUM Bronze (individual members)
  • 100 MB instead of   50 MB for PREMIUM Silver (corporate members)
  • 400 MB instead of 200 MB for PREMIUM Gold (PDFX-ready partners)

In order to benefit from the new file sizes a new PDFX-ready Connector is required.

The FREEWARE version of Connector V2.0 can be downloaded here. A new registration is required.

Members of PDFX-ready will receive an e-mail with the download information (including password) for their PREMIUM version from the PDFX-ready office once the payment of their membership fee for 2017 is received. (The invoices were distributed in the firstt week of February.)

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.

Better results with Color Preflight

We have reduced the list of standard profiles in Color Preflight to 25 ICC profiles. Now there is only one ICC profile for each category of printing conditions. The results are more significant now. In addition the processing speed is increased.

ProfileTagger checks which of these 25 preselected standard ICC profiles fits most probably the color space of the each image. This is not necessarily the profile which was orignally used but indicates the direction.