QuickFixes versus Fixups
QuickFix is a new type of PDF manipulation feature. Whereas Fixups are based on a powerful PDF analysis and modification engine with extensive customization capabilities, the QuickFix architecture is based on a comparatively lean analysis engine combined with highly specialized modification modules. The main implications are
- QuickFix is much faster than comparable Fixups
- QuickFixes are less customizable than Fixups
- QuickFixes exist only for certain PDF modification functions, there are many types of modifications that can only be achieved through Fixups
- in some cases both a QuickFix and a Fixup are available for more or less the same functionality; one would choose QuickFix if speed of the essence, and a Fixup, if customizability is more important.
QuickFixes exists for the following functional areas:
- Spot color
- Page geometry
- Scale/rotate/flip pages
- Create/duplicate/reorder/delete pages
- Layers (including Processing Steps metadata)
- Output intents
- PDF/VT DPart
Where to find and use QuickFixes
QuickFixes can be used either as a step in Process Plan or on their own (they are listed in the Fixup view). As QuickFixes are based on a completely different architecture than Fixups, they cannot be included in a Profile. In addition, QuickFix can be executed directly on the command line, using JSON files.
QuickFixes as Process Plan steps
Standalone QuickFixes (in Fixups list)
JSON file based QuickFix mode for pdfToolbox CLI
On the command line, it is possible to execute a QuickFix directly, using a JSON file based QuickFix configuration. For details see the article Using QuickFix on the command line.
./pdfToolbox my_quickfix_config.json my_pdf_file.pdf