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callas and diron announce alliance, free PDF services

May 13, 2004

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The first byproduct of a recently formed strategic alliance between Berlin-based PDF pioneer callas software and Muenster-based specialist of online solutions for personalized print products, diron will be PDFCITY.com, a free internet service for preflighting and processing of PDF. Goal of the alliance is to combine the core expertise of both companies to offer highly integrated solutions for automated creation and processing of PDF documents. The service is currently undergoing beta testing.

Beginning July 1, interested users will be able to verify the suitability of their PDFs for offset printing, digital printing or submission as a display ad to newspapers.

Based on the same PDFengine technology that is also used by the Preflight function in Acrobat 6.0 Professional, as well as by callas software's process automation solutions, users receive detailed feedback about the quality of their PDFs and also have the option to convert them to PDF/X-3. In addition, PDFCITY.com offers the ability to place several business cards or digital photos on a PDF page to optimize use of space, and to impose multi-page brochures or handouts for easy double-sided printing. For PDFCITY.com, callas' PDFengine technology has been integrated in a Java server technology based online solution from diron. The free online service can be used with registration or completion of electronic forms.

"We have seen very often that until now way too many users have not yet recognized how simple and at the same time immediately beneficial PDF can be for them," says Olaf Druemmer, Managing Director of callas software. "Many users stick to the applications they have become familiar with over the years and leave any PDF issues to the 'experts'. PDFCITY.com tries to prove that every user -- not only those involved in professional publishing -- can benefit directly from PDF."

"By means of its straightforward implementation, PDFCITY.com showcases that ambitious and complex applications do not necessarily have to be complicated," says Thomas Roedding, President of diron. "Within a few mouse clicks, PDFCITY.com offers powerful processing options. Everyone can easily find out what's doable today with PDF -- without registration or any obligations."

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