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Our website at www.csci.de has been completely redesigned. With the relaunch, we want to provide an optimized performance for our visitors with the fastest possible loading times and a clear design.

Particular attention is paid to the use of a responsive design that optimally adapts to the most diverse platforms and screen sizes: from mobile devices to tablets to current desktop formats.

www.csci.de Responsive Design

You will find the contents of the website completely bilingual in German and English. The language selection is done at the top right of the menu bar (de|en).

The information about our products is continuously updated and supplemented. Current products and news can be found on the start page. Product-specific news can also be found on the individual product pages. We are looking forward to your visit!

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.

PDiff 2.1 released

The new version PDiff 2.1 has been released. New features in this release of the text-based PDF comparison solution are among others:

  • NEW: Menu item Help > Manual (HTML) / Manual (PDF). German version only, English version coming soon.
  • NEW: Menu item Settings > Comparison extended by a configurable list PDF Text Attributes for the option Font Attributes must match. Dialog structured more clearly.
  • NEW (Windows version): Releases from now on include code signing, a possible SmartScreen warning should show "CSci Computer Science GmbH" as publisher
  • NEW: Menu item File > Batch processing additional output formats Annotated PDF A+B and XML
  • NEW: Improved display of page breaks in the synopsis table, hence also shorter reports for the menu item File > Save annotated PDF A+B
  • NEW: Improved layout for large numbers in the map pins
  • NEW: Improved computation and display of insertion marks:
    • Positioning improved (next to predecessor/successor) and changed display when OK checkmark is set
    • Display in the report Annotated PDF A+B matches display on screen
    • Improved display of insertions spanning multiple pages (multiple overlayed map pins)
  • NEW (Windows version): Insertion of email attachments from Outlook directly by drag-and-drop
  • Several minor bug fixes

PDiff shows you quickly and safely all text differences between two PDF documents - as a comparison of the two PDFs and with markings of the deviations. So you can check intended revisions quickly and find unintended changes at first glance.

Applications of PDiff are among others: important business documents, pharmaceutical packaging and medical leaflets, technical manuals, legal documents and contracts, financial reports, manuscripts, book texts as well as price lists and catalogs.

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

PDiff 2.0 released

The new version PDiff 2.0 has been released. New features in this major release of the text-based PDF comparison solution are among others:

  • NEW: Additional report format (side-by-side) under the menu item File > Save annotated PDF A+B. The report contains a side-by-side comparison of PDF A and PDF B with highlighted differences.

  • NEW: A thumbnail view (in the middle between PDF A und PDF B) that gives you an overview of all differences throughout the document

  • NEW: Advanced features for reviewing and hiding of accepted or irrelevant differences: Rows with OK checkmark change in the synopsis table from red to white, are no longer highlighted in red in the PDF view, and with lighter color in the thumbnail view and annotated reports [QA][Pro]
  • NEW: Functions for selection and navigation in sections
  • NEW: Comparison engine with extended functions and settings
    • Recognition of text with strikethrough as text attribute (requires Text Extraction Flag underline recognition)
    • Match capitalized text (see Settings > Comparison)
    • Slashes ("/") at line breaks are treated like hyphenations
    • New Toolbar Button Automated Guess for Replacements
    • Settings > Report > Lock Comments in Annotated PDFs (Default: on)
    • New Settings > App > PDF Colorspace: Display of PDF files can be changed to Grayscale (Default: RGB). If your PDF files already contain colored highlighted text, this option allows to avoid confusion with the colored markings of PDiff.
    • Optional comparison of text positions, new difference type "POS" (see Settings > Comparison > Text coordinates must match & Text coordinate tolerance)
    • Improvements for RTL text (e.g. Arabic) in screen display and new option Settings > Text Extraction Flags > right-to-left text
    • Autodetect function for the exclusion of page headers/footers (in the context menu Rectangular Exclusions of the PDF A/B view widgets)
    • Speedup due to optimized internal data structures
  • NEW: Menu item Extras > Check for Updates
  • NEW: Extensions for batch processing and workflow integration: XML export and CSV export, new command line arguments for output of different report formats [Pro]
  • NEW: Improved screen display on high-resolution displays (e.g. 4K monitors or retina displays)
  • Several minor bug fixes

PDiff shows you quickly and safely all text differences between two PDF documents - as a comparison of the two PDFs and with markings of the deviations. So you can check intended revisions quickly and find unintended changes at first glance.

Applications of PDiff are among others: important business documents, pharmaceutical packaging and medical leaflets, technical manuals, legal documents and contracts, financial reports, manuscripts, book texts as well as price lists and catalogs.

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

ChkBarcode 1.2 released

The new ChkBarcode version 1.2.10894 is now available. The new release of the barcode verification system includes the following new features:

  • New command line argument --qz_extra_mm for the definition of additional quiet zone requirements
  • New setting in the GUI: Preferences > Barcodes > Add to quiet zones
  • New command line argument --no-warning=<w1>,[<w2>]
  • UPC-A cleartext for EAN13 codes which are also valid UPC-A
  • Legend extended by row QZones for quiet zones
  • Grades A, B, … renamed to A4, B3, …
  • Various bug fixes

ChkBarcode checks quickly and securely all barcodes directly in your ready-to-print PDFs. The verification software ChkBarcode finds 1D and 2D barcodes for you, determines the type, reads the contents and measures the quite zone, checks the dimensions, measures the barcode elements and determines the bar width reduction (BWR). Then it depends on your requirements. With ChkBarcode, you create a QS report and use the results to control your workflow.

Applications of ChkBarcode are among others: packaging, folding boxes, blister cards, brochures and commercials.

ChkBarcode is available as a 64-bit version for Windows and Mac OS X. Both versions are based on the leading PDF technology of the Adobe® PDF Library™. Try ChkBarcode 1.2 now: free trial version at http://www.csci.de/chkbarcode/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.

Feature Preview of PDiff 2.0 released

The new version PDiff 1.7.9420 has been released. The latest release of the text-based PDF comparison includes the following new features as a preview of PDiff 2.0:

  • New Toolbar Button "Automated Guess for Replacements"
  • Speedup due to optimized internal data structures
  • Comments and OK checkmarks are preserved after recomputation of the extracted text, e.g. after replacements or definition of exclusion areas
  • Autodetect function for the exclusion of page headers/footers (in the context menu "Rectangular Exclusions" of the PDF A/B preview widgets)

PDiff shows you quickly and safely all text differences between two PDF documents - as a comparison of the two PDFs and with markings of the deviations. So you can check intended revisions quickly and find unintended changes at first glance.

Applications of PDiff Professional are among others: pharmaceutical packaging and medical leaflets, important business documents, legal documents and contracts, technical manuals, financial reports, manuscripts, book texts as well as price lists and catalogs.

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

PDiff 1.7 released

The new version PDiff 1.7 has been released. New features in this version of the text-based PDF comparison solution are among others:

  • Comparison of font styles: Configurable display of differences regarding font names, font sizes and font attributes such as bold and italics (Menu item Settings > Comparison)
  • Tool for tabular text areas: Highlighting of tabular text regions (Button in the toolbar)
  • Output of a Redline Report: Output format of the protocol can be switched between tabular text synopsis and redline labels (Menu item Settings > Report)
  • Combined text from multiple documents: If the text to compare is distributed over multiple files, it can be merged into a single document (Menu item File > Append Document A/B)
  • Text from the Clipboard: For the comparison of short text fragments, for example e-mails, text may be imported directly from the clipboard without the creation of a document (Right-Click on the PDF preview > Paste clipboard)
  • Display of text flow and control characters: In the PDF preview, the text flow and control characters, such as spaces and line endings, may be optionally displayed (Menu item View > Show text flow or Show control characters)
  • Statistics: In the status bar of the window statistics for the number of deletions, insertions and substitutions will be displayed.

PDiff shows you quickly and safely all text differences between two PDF documents - as a comparison of the two PDFs and with markings of the deviations. So you can check intended revisions quickly and find unintended changes at first glance.

Applications of PDiff Professional are among others: important business documents, pharmaceutical packaging and medical leaflets, technical manuals, legal documents and contracts, financial reports, manuscripts, book texts as well as price lists and catalogs.

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

PDiff Professional released

The new software PDiff Professional is aimed at business users who want to compare document revisions with the original text quickly and reliably.

The text-based PDF comparison with PDiff Professional works even if the layout has been heavily modified: changes in fonts, text wrapping, hyphenation, page breaks, and column layout is not a problem for PDiff Professional. Thus, you can even compare copy text with print-ready layouts.

 Some applications of PDiff Professional are among others: important business documents, technical manuals, legal documents and contracts, financial reports, manuscripts and scientific works, in which the amount of textual revisions is to be determined precisely.

 

The computer-based PDF comparison has significant advantages over a manual document comparison: PDiff Professional works flawlessly, quickly, objectively, consistently and efficiently.

 

The main features of PDiff Professional include:

  • Efficient and reliable PDF text comparison. Shows all text differences (changes, additions, deletions) between PDF files even with different layout.
  • Synoptic text display: side-by-side display of corresponding text passages with changes highlighted.
  • Synchronized display of PDFs: find corresponding words in the two documents by hovering with the mouse.
  • Automation for testing large document collections.
  • Comparison reports as PDF or XML: Changes and/or similarities are documented with position, text and page view comprehensibly and unambiguously.

PDiff Professional is available as 64-bit version for Mac OS X and Windows. Both versions are based on the proven Adobe® PDF LibraryTM. Business customers can request a free trial at http://www.csci.de/en/pdiffpro/trial.

PdfBoxEditor released

New software PdfBoxEditor allows you to edit, view, and inspect PDF boxes.

The main features of the new app include, among others: A PDF preview with highlighted boxes, guides for precise alignment with printers's marks, a tabular overview of all box settings, and copying of selected boxes to other pages. The PDF boxes can be changed through graphic interaction or keyboard input.

PdfBoxEditor for Mac is available on the Mac App Store. Learn more at http://www.csci.de/en/pdfboxeditor.

PDiff Express released

In addition to the graphics-based comparison with d'accord, we now offer a text-based comparison of PDF documents. Our new software PDiff Express allows you to compare versions of PDF files quickly and reliably in order to find textual similarities and possible changes.

The text-based comparison of document versions with PDiff Express works even if the layout has been heavily modified: changes in fonts, text wrapping, hyphenation, column and page breaks are handled by PDiff Express. Thus you can even compare copy-text with print-ready layouts.
 
PDiff Express is an ideal solution for versions of documents, technical manuals, legal text and business contracts, financial reports, manuscripts and academic papers for which the amount of textual revision is to be determined precisely.
 
We provide a free demo version of PDiff Express at http://www.csci.de/en/pdiff-express/demo.

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.

Website relaunched

CSci has expanded and restructured its website so that you can find requested information without detours. The products now have their own "product homepage", where you find all information in a central place.

 

We will keep you informed about current news on our homepage. In addition, each product has its own news page. The information can be subscribed to via RSS.

We hope you like the new website and are always grateful for feedback!