EasyMerge PDF/A converter version 1.7.2 – PDFCompressor integrated

The PDFCompressor component was integrated with EasyMerge PDF/A converter version 1.7.2. This allows the generated PDF/A file to be optimized and reduced in size to produce the smallest and most compact file possible. The compression must take place after the assembly to the complete file and before the PDF/A conversion, otherwise the PDF/A conformity will be lost. With version 1.7.2, the PDF/A converter component was also brought up to date.

EasyMerge can be licensed in the following versions: EasyMerge – without PDF/A & PDFCompressor, with PDF/A-1b, 2b, 3b, ZUGFeRD or with PDFCompressor.

   

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PDFSign version 1.2.0 – Protect PDF via encryption, password and access restrictions

A signature is used to prove that a PDF has not been changed since the signature was applied. In addition, it is now possible to encrypt a PDF with PDFSign-CL, to provide it with a password and to restrict access. PDFSign-CL thus offers all functions to protect PDFs from manipulation and to enable proof of integrity.

Often you not only want to use certain PDF security settings and passwords that are always the same to protect PDF documents, but you should also use different default settings for each recipient. To do this as simply and easily as possible, the PDF security settings and passwords are now managed in their own separate profiles. A profile can be searched and selected very easily not only by name but also by a description (e.g. customer number, company, person, email, etc.) in both fields using the type-ahead substring search. Security profiles and passwords can be selected and queried interactively at runtime.

PDF protection and encryption is not allowed for PDF/A documents, therefore these functions are only active if the option “PDF/A conformity” is not checked.

Features of the PDF security profiles:

  • Manage the profiles by name and description
  • Profile search and selection via both fields – name and description – using type-ahead substring search
  • Profile – New, Copy, Edit, Delete, Import, Export, Export All
  • Checkbox selection – use preset profile or profile query at runtime
  • Checkbox selection – “Ask for password” – The preset password is displayed at runtime and can be changed.

     

Download – PDFSign CL – command line application to sign PDF >>>
Download – Readme – Help – documentation of available parameters >>>

Image Processing – Improves and optimizes scanned documents

Image Processing serves to improve and optimize the quality of scanned documents or to prepare for subsequent OCR processing in order to increase the recognition rate and readability. This also removes blank pages, black borders, perforations, lines and contaminants.

We have now developed our own components to integrate the functionality quickly and easily into our existing or new applications.

Image processing functions:

  • Several functions can be carried out in a given order one after the other.
  • Several functions can be carried out in a given order one after the other.
  • The selected functions, their parameters and processing sequence are managed via profiles.
  • Profile functions: New, Copy, Delete, Rename, Export to file, Import from file.
  • Option to process PDF scans / pages only with image information or all PDF pages.
  • Load a sample page and test the image processing commands with a preview of the source and result file.

Einzelfunktionen der Bildverarbeitung:

  • Detect and remove blank pages.
  • Rotate pages automatically
  • Align pages
  • Invert images (black to white)
  • Remove black border
  • Trim the border
  • Remove impurities
  • Remove perforations
  • Remove lines
  • Convert color / grayscale to black and white

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AutoOCR / AutoOCR light Version 2.0.15

new features AutoOCR Version 2.0.15:

  • New functions / tabs for “Image processing”, “PDF info fields”, “PDF / A” and “PDF Compressor”

  • Image Processing: The image processing functions have been significantly expanded and are available outside of the OCR engines. This allows the scans to be optimized and improved before OCR recognition in order to increase recognition accuracy and improve image quality. Image processing is also part of AutoOCR light.

 

Image processing functions:

    • Several functions can be carried out one after the other in a predetermined order.
    • The selected functions, their parameters and processing sequence are managed via profiles.
    • Profile functions: New, Copy, Delete, Rename, Export to file, Import from file.
    • Option to process PDF scans / pages only with image information or all PDF pages.
    • Load a master page and test the image processing commands with a preview of the source and result file.

Individual functions of image processing:

    • Detect and remove blank pages.
    • Automatically rotate pages
    • Align sides
    • Invert images (black to white)
    • Remove black border
    • Trim the edge
    • Remove impurities
    • Remove perforations
    • Remove lines
    • Convert color / grayscale to black and white
  • PDFCompressor integrated: This enables the PDF files generated by the OCR process to be optimized and compressed to a minimum. The input for OCR processing should always be the best possible scan with a correspondingly high quality and resolution (300dpi for black / white and 200-300dpi color). This is good for OCR recognition, but it creates large result files. In order to create the smallest possible PDF files in the end result after OCR processing, PDFCompressor processing can be added to the OCR process in order to reduce the resolution of the images to e.g. 150dpi decrease. Good OCR recognition can be achieved with the smallest possible output files. 150dpi offers sufficient readability, but would be too low for OCR recognition. The PDFCompressor is available as an option for AutoOCR.

  • PDF information fields: The PDF information fields are now also available independently of the PDF/A function in a separate tab in all AutoOCR variants.

  • Archive folder configuration: New variables for date and time are available for the archive folder configuration.

Download – AutoOCRLight – Low Cost OCR Server (ca. 410MB) >>>
Download – AutoOCR – OCR Server inkl. OmniPage OCR (ca. 640MB) >>>

PDF2DOCX – function to convert individual pages as well as pages from/to

PDF2DOCX (PDF to DOCX) could only convert all pages of a PDF file so far. Now there is also the possibility to convert only single pages, as well as page ranges “from/to”.

Pages are separated by “,” (comma), page ranges by “-” (hyphen) from/to, and the last page can be specified by the “$” (dollar) character. Example: “1,5-8,10,13-$”

Download – PDF2DOCX – MS-Excel example >>>
Download – PDF2DOCX – MS-Word example >>>
Download – PDF2DOCX – Converts PDF to DOCX, RTF, HTML, XML, TXT and XLS >>>

HTML2PDF-CL – command line application – generates a total PDF from several HTML/PDF files

HTML2PDF-CL (HTML to PDF) is a command line application to convert HTML to PDF. But also several HTML files can be converted at once and merged, sorted by name, into a total PDF file. Existing PDF files can also be used as input files, alone or mixed with HTML files. In order to be able to jump to the documents in the total PDF file, a bookmark is added to the total PDF file for each individual file.

Features HTML2PDF-CL:

  • Command line application to convert HTML to PDF.
  • Several HTML as well as PDF can be combined to a total PDF file.
  • Processes ZIP, CHTML, CHTM container files or via file and folder specification.
  • CHTML, CHTM – are ZIP files which summarize all required files (HTML, external images, PDF) in a single container file.
  • The sorting takes place via the name of the input files (HTML, PDF) or via a TXT file.
  • Control of the conversion parameters (page size, margins …) via profiles.
  • Profile management and configuration takes place via a user interface.
  • Merge / Single file processing – Yes / No.
  • Subfolder Processing – Yes / No.
  • Delete the output file – Yes / No.

   

Download – HTML2PDF-CL –  command line application >>>
Download – Readme / Help – HTML2PDF-CL >>>

PDFmdx version 3.8.1 – DataMatrix 2D barcode for Pitney Bowes Relay Inserting System

New features of PDFmdx version 3.8.1:

  • Pitney Bowes DataMatrix barcode:

With the Pitney Bowes Relay inserting system it is possible to automatically insert letters or invoices. The inserter system has a camera to recognize a DataMatrix 2D barcode applied on the page, read it out and use the barcode to control the inserter. The 2D barcode must have a certain structure. It contains a 14-digit identifier of the document, eg. the invoice number, the page number in the document, the number of pages of the document and at the end a counter that must be continuous throughout the document. With this code, the inserter can recognize when a new letter begins and also determine whether a sheet is missing or not in the correct order in the stack.

The stamp variable definition now has its own “Pitney Bowes” checkbox to create such a predefined structure and apply it to the individual pages as a DataMatrix 2D barcode.

The input as well as the output files, sorted by file name, are processed and output as sorted, eg. by the invoice number read from the invoice file. The Merge2Print command line application can then be used to create a sorted PDF total file for the printout. However, due to the requirement that the entire process must be sorted, only the executable EXE processor of PDFmdx, but not the PDFmdx service, can be used. In addition, “block processing” must be activated.

 

Download – 2D barcode specification – Pitney Bowes Relay >>>

  • Start processing via *.rd file:

Previously, PDFmdx processing (executable EXE application or Windows service) could be started either timed (Timer, Date, Daily, Weekly) or by inserting PDF files into a monitored folder. However, there are applications in which it is important that all files are present in the input folder first and only the to start sorted processing. There is now the *.rd option. If this option is activated, the processing starts only if a *.rd file eg. “Ready.rd” is copied to the monitored folder. This allows the processing to be started in a controlled manner at the desired time.

 

Info: As of PDFmdx version 3.8.0 .NET Runtime version 4.5 is required.

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Merge2Print – Merge individual PDF files into a total PDF file for printing

Merge2Print is an interactive as well as a command line application to merge several single PDF files from one input folder to one or more total PDF files in an output folder. The individual files are merged in alphabetical order by name. The name of the ouput file can be configured via variables – counter, date, time. There is an additional parameter to set the maximum number of pages an output file should contain. This makes it possible to create PDF “print files” with a given maximum page number. A total PDF file can be used to ensure that the documents/pages are output to a printer in the order they are intended.

Merge2Print features:

  • Merge single PDF files to total PDF file(s)
  • Interactive / Command line application
  • Processing via input/output folder
  • Delete source files – Yes/No
  • Max. pages for total PDF file – 0 = no max. pages
  • Counter, date, time as variables for the output file

 

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pdfFM version 1.1.0 – Combine documents with the same name into an overall PDF(/A)

pdfFM – Folder Merge – can be run interactively or as a command line application. During processing, the 3 configured inbox folders are searched for files with the same name. Documents with the same name are merged in the order of the specified folder into a new complete PDF and stored in the destination folder.

An additional parameter can also be used as the page threshold for a second output folder. All documents with fewer pages than the set threshold will be placed in the first and all other files with more pages in the second output folder. A “Pair check – yes/no” option determines whether files with the same name are required in all input folders or not. If the “Pair check” option is active and a file in one of the folders is missing, the files will not be processed and moved to the error folder. A log file logs the processing. In addition to merging into a single PDF, the output file can also be converted to an ISO PDF/A-1b, 2b or 3b file.

 

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