Recent Updates

  • Updated on: Jul 06, 2016

    Applying shapes

    The "Create and apply shapes" fixup consists of two configuration sections First, one or ore shapes need to be defined under "Create shapes", next an action has to be defined under "Apply shapes" that determines how to make use of these shapes.

    This article describes the configuration of the "Apply shapes" section.

  • Updated on: Jul 06, 2016

    Embed CxF data (import)

    In order to import CxF information CxF XML files need to be present in a folder and their name has to be the spot color name that it represents.

  • Updated on: Jul 06, 2016

    Defining shapes

    Working with shapes means using the "Create and apply shapes" fixup. pdfToolbox 9 comes with a small set of predefined "Create and apply shapes" fixups, which can be found in the "Shapes, Variables, JavaScript, Place content" library. The content below will explain how to create custom "Create and apply shapes" fixups - specifically, how to configure the part that creates shapes. Applying actions to shapes will be explained in the next article.

  • Updated on: Jul 06, 2016

    Shapes: An overview

    Shapes are a new way to use existing content or page information and either derive new content or clip the existing content on a page.

    This can come in handy in number of scenarios, e.g. when:

    • adding white background to be printed behind the page content, but not in areas where nothing is printed
    • adding partial varnish on certain objects
    • creating a dieline based on page content or page geometry
    • clipping page content where for example irregularly shapes have to be imposed without wasting space on the imposed sheet as would be the case if the imposition would be based on the bounding rectangle of the label
    • create versions of complex production files that clip or overlay distracting technical content and allow an unobstructed view of the main page content, e.g the label as it will actually appear out of the printing process

    In order to enable these and many more uses, the Shapes feature are configured in two steps

    • the actual shape(s) have to be defined; at this stage "shapes" are considered to just be abstract definitions of some area(s) on a page
    • next, an action is defined that is executed using the defined shape(s); for example, a shape can be filled, outlined or used for clipping

    Both steps come with a number of parameters that determine exactly how shapes are created, or how actions are to be executed. The necessary details are discussed in the next two articles.

  • Updated on: Jul 06, 2016

    Adding grommets

    During the production of banner or other large format products, sometimes grommets must be added.
    To add marks, where these grommets shall be placed after the product is printed, this Switchboard action can be used.

  • Updated on: Jun 24, 2016

    Add ink layer

    This functionality adds an additional, colored object to the PDF. For determining where existing objects are painting, the page will be internally rendered. A new shape will be created based on this result as a vector object.

  • Updated on: Jun 24, 2016

    Add borders

    Adds whitespace around the document by enlarging the existing visible area (defined by the CropBox).
    This can be useful for producing large format products like Roll Up Banners