This week in PDF has seen an update to a preflight suite and an automated forms solution, along with the online release of a free PDF creation tool.

First up, callas software has announced the immediate availability of the brand-new callas pdfToolbox 4, a print production tool set. The new features in pdfToolbox 4 include added functionality for imposing everything from business cards and booklets to N-up imposition, improved controls for creating professionally looking PDF presentations, and easy creation of PDF versions for localized information or multiple languages, even when you don’t have the creator document or application. As callas software is the developer of the preflight feature in Acrobat 9, pdfToolbox 4 is of course 100% compatible with Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional and 3D as well as Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional and Extended. For more information on the product, check out the official callas website.

In other news, Efficient Technology announced the introduction of Quik! Forms Library ENTERPRISE 6.0, a turn-key solution for pre-filling, submitting and automating web-based forms from a library of industry forms.

President of ETI, Richard Walker, says, ‘We’re very excited to once again change the way advisors do business. This new version of Quik! introduces many improvements over the old way of filling out forms. With this web-based platform users don’t have to worry about whether their forms are up to date or how to install and manage complex software. Quik! now enables customers to set up their users with their own login, access their form groups and advisor information from any PC and populate more fields than ever on forms.’

More information about ETI and the product can be found at

Last but not least, a free PDF creator that has just been released online aims to increase both business productivity and awareness for international children’s charities. According to Ian Del Carmen, president and CEO of Fireball Planet Corporation that runs, the idea for their free online PDF tool came from his own past experience and needs.

‘When I was just starting publishing ebooks in PDF format, finding an inexpensive solution was a real challenge,’ explains del Carmen. ‘So now that my company is successful, I thought that providing a free PDF creator would be a good way to give back, since it can both increase a business’s productivity and save money.’

Providing a free online tool for creating PDF documents isn’t the only way del Carmen is giving back either. Although the online tool is free to use, users are also invited to donate to children’s charitable associations.

‘Anyone who donates any amount to one of the organizations we sponsor will receive a lifetime upgrade to the PDF creation service,’ says del Carmen. ‘This upgrade allows users to create an unlimited number of PDFs without any references to our site in the footer of their documents — an extra bonus to encourage charity.’

To find out more, check out the official website.

That’s it for this week. Watch this space!

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