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d'accord 3.1 released

The new version d'accord 3.1 has been released. New features in this version of the graphical PDF comparison solution are among others:

  • NEW: Improved handling of settings stored in profile files
    • Profiles can be loaded directly by the menu item File > Profiles > Load/Save
    • On loading a profile, the settings can be saved as default settings for new projects
    • Alternatively, profiles can be loaded by double-clicking a profile file (new suffix *.daccord-settings). Profiles loaded with a double-click are automatically saved as default settings for new projects.
  • NEW: Settings dialog has a tool menu (gear button) with functions Load default, Save as default, and Load factory settings.
  • NEW: Menu item Help > Manual (HTML) / Manual (PDF). German version only, English version coming soon.
  • NEW: Versioning scheme simplified, e.g. 3.1.0, 3.1.1, 3.1.2 etc.
  • NEW: Dialog About contains additional program information. The shown program location is useful when the program was started by double-clicking a profile or project icon.
  • Fix: Short report highlights non-matching PDF A or PDF B, resp.
  • Fix: Sorting of the toolwindow Differences by column Category
  • Fix for batch processing: Saving of reports and project as far as possible for error conditions with negative return codes

d'accord shows you quickly and safely all differences in graphics and text - as a contrast of the two PDFs and with highlighted deviations. This allows you to quickly verify post-process editing and to detect unintentional changes.

Applications of d'accord include packaging, folding cartons, blister cards, brochures and commercials.

d'accord is available as 64-bit version for Mac OS X and Windows. Both versions are based on the proven Adobe® PDF Library™. Business customers can request a free trial at http://www.csci.de/daccord/trial.

d'accord 3.0 released

The new version d'accord 3.0 has been released. New features in this version of the graphical PDF comparison solution are among others:

  • Completely redesigned GUI with the aim of a simpler, more intuitive and effective operation
  • Input files appear in file trees, structured by file names and associated pages
  • Interactions with the file tree at various hierarchical levels (files/pages) with the context menu or by left clicking on the arrow icon
  • Zoom window with a three-part synchronous display of PDF A/PDF B/diffs following mouse motion in the main window and with highlighting of the zoom area in the overall view
  • Fast flashing between PDF A/PDF B to highlight deviations via the Alt key
  • New toolbar: zoom button (incl. "Resize to window"), toggle between PDF A/PDF B, filter to display deviations (accepted, unrated, rejected) and settings
  • Deviation pixels are circled for precise grouping with polygons instead previously with circles/rectangles
  • New toolwindow: tabular listing of all deviations for step-by-step reviewing, commenting and ordering
  • New toolwindow displays details of the imposition analysis as crosstabulation of items between PDF A/PDF B
  • New toolwindow with a histogram of the difference pixels for more precise determination of the setting Tproof
  • Import dialog for PDFs extended with PDF boxes including sizes (in mm) and an option for the function "Crop to largest segment"
  • New label scheme for items: A1.x, B1.x etc. to denote the input file A1, B1, … and the page number x
  • New project format with better compatibility between Mac OS and Windows, loading the old project format is still possible
  • New, additional report format: 1- or 2-sided short report with PDF annotations at locations with deviations

d'accord shows you quickly and safely all differences in graphics and text - as a contrast of the two PDFs and with highlighted deviations. This allows you to quickly verify post-process editing and to detect unintentional changes.

Applications of d'accord include packaging, folding cartons, blister cards, brochures and commercials.

d'accord is available as 64-bit version for Mac OS X and Windows. Both versions are based on the proven Adobe® PDF Library™. Business customers can request a free trial at http://www.csci.de/daccord/trial.

Compatibility with OS X Mavericks

Recently the new operating system OS X Mavericks has been released. To support our customers to always benefit from the latest up-to-date technology, we offer for all our products an update that provides compatibility with OS X Mavericks (10.9). Our business customers will receive the update for the product lines PDiff and d'accord as part of the maintenance contract for free in our download area. For questions, please contact . For our private customers who purchased software from the Mac App Store, the updates will soon appear automatically in the update function of the App Store. For technical reasons, we can only offer these updates within the app stores, a direct download from our website is not possible.

New Add-On: PDF Color Replace

A new add-on to d'accord Pro allows to replace colors in PDF files.

You'll probably know this problem: Some customers PDFs contain specially defined process colors which you have to replace with certain spot colors in the ready-to-print PDF. For example, 100% Cyan as a placeholder for a specific PANTONE® color.

With the new add-on for PDF color replacements, you can easily and reliably compare the customer artwork in such cases to the printable PDF. d'accord matches the colors of both PDF and displays only the differences that really matter to you.

Try out d'accord with the new add-on: free trial under http://www.csci.de/daccord/trial.

 

d'accord for Mac OS X 10.4

We offer a version of d'accord for the older operating system Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). Please give us a short note with your order of the d'accord trial version if you need a binary which runs on Mac OS X 10.4.

For best performance through 64-bit and multiprocessing, we recommend to run d'accord on the most recent operating system Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or its predecessor Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). You can find a performance comparison here.

Press reports about d'accord 64-bit

Several reports have appeared on the 64-bit version of d'accord in the specialized press, including PrintWeek, PDF-Aktuell, Druck&Medien and Druckspiegel. For a current list of all press reports, see http://www.csci.de/daccord/inthepress.

The 64-bit era has begun

With release of Apple's new 64-bit OS "Snow Leopard", we completely convert our software products to 64 bit as one of the first manufacturers.

The CPU-intensive applications for prepress benefit from higher performance and additional storage. d‘accord, the software solution for PDF comparison from CSci, will therefore be immediately delivered as a 64-bit version. We offer a free upgrade to all users of 32-bit d‘accord in September (please contact ).

The 64-bit version of d‘accord runs on Mac OS X "Snow Leopard" and its predecessor "Leopard". The software is available in English and German.

Press reports about d'accord

The Druckspiegel reported under the title "Relaxation program for the prepress department" about d'accord. A short (translated) excerpt from the report:

D'accord is a postflight tool to verify the change intensive work in the prepress department. d‘accord can aid in the early detection of potential production faults, saving time and cost. Above all, the dependability of this new tool contributes to a more relaxed working environment during the hectic prepress process.

Druck&Medien reports under the title "PDF comparison" about d'accord.

For the fulltext of both articles, see http://www.csci.de/daccord/inthepress. On this page we will also keep you informed about future press releases.