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    The VIP Event is an educational event organized by axaio software, callas software and Four Pees. It is an open event and a great opportunity for anyone who wants to acquire in-depth knowledge of and hands-on experience in callas pdfToolbox, pdfaPilot or pdfChip, axaio MadeToPrint or MadeToTag, Insoft Imp, Aleyant tFLOW or Pressero, Creative Edge iC3D, Laidback FileTrain or any of the other products distributed by Four Pees.

    The event will take place from November 12-14, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. During the first two days, there are parallel tracks with technical trainings and presentations concerning print, publishing and packaging. The third day is a tailor-made training day. You will have the unique chance to get hands-on training on any of our products. Simply let us know what you would like to get training on and we will make sure it will be on the agenda!

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    Monday - November 12, 2018
    Time Sylt 2-4 Sylt 5
    09:15 AM Welcome coffee
    09:45 AM

    Welcome & Logistics

    Welcome and practical details about the VIP Event.

    (Presenters: David van Driessche & Dietrich von Seggern)

    10:00 AM

    What's new?

    This yearly returning session introduces noteworthy changes to the presented applications and provides an overview of what is going to be discussed during the VIP Event.

    (Presenters: Olaf Drümmer, Dietrich von Seggern, Karina Zander & David van Driessche)

    11:00 AM Break
    11:15 AM

    What's new since pdfToolbox 10.0?

    Major releases bring many new features, but there are always things that don't make the cut. This session gives an overview of all features added to pdfToolbox after the release of pdfToolbox 10.0.

    (Presenters: Akash Choudhary & Marc Heusmann)

    An introduction to pdfToolbox

    Not so familiar with what pdfToolbox can actually do in your workflow? This session gives you an overview of what you can and cannot do in pdfToolbox. No details here, but the big lines to help you understand what you are dealing with. The ideal session if you are new to pdfToolbox!

    (Presenter: David van Driessche)

    12:00 PM Break
    12:15 PM

    Using DeviceLinks in pdfToolbox

    DeviceLink profiles are specialized ICC Profiles that are very useful for color conversions, TAC reductions or ink save. This session goes into the theory behind them, but also explains how and where in pdfToolbox you can use them and - most importantly - what is new in there ...

    (Presenters: Karl Koch & Dietrich von Seggern)

    Getting your hands dirty with pdfToolbox

    If you followed "An introduction to pdfToolbox", you can sit through this one as well to get your hands dirty and dive into the details of pdfToolbox. This session will be introductory level, and focus on many of the new features in pdfToolbox 9 and 10.

    (Presenter: Olaf Drümmer)

    01:00 PM Lunch
    02:00 PM

    The Great PDF Show

    Do you know how many characters there are in the PDF specification, what color socks John Warnock wore when he invented PDF or what the difference is between OCG, OCCD and OCMD? Then you might stand a chance in this fast-paced quiz!

    (Presenters: David van Driessche & Dietrich von Seggern)

    02:45 PM Break
    03:00 PM

    The License Server: License to process

    At the release of pdfToolbox 10, callas also introduced the License Server. This session goes into the details of how to use the License Server, what it can do and what it cannot do.

    (Presenters: Dietrich von Seggern, Ulrich Frotscher & Klim Kavaliou)

    New MadeToPrint workflow possibilities & features

    Learn new ways to use MadeToPrint to standardize & automate printing processes for more reliability from within InDesign, Illustrator, XPress and more. Not to forget: see what happened in MadeToPrint in the last 12 months!

    (Presenter: René Treuber)

    03:45 PM Break
    04:00 PM

    The callas software GitHub repository

    Last year, we introduced a temporary GitHub account that was used to maintain a new Place Content template. This year, the callas GitHub account goes live and it handles much more. This session gives an overview of why callas uses a public GitHub account, what you can find there and how to best use it.

    (Presenters: David van Driessche & Ulrich Frotscher)

    Create your own online storefront with Pressero

    As a web-to-print system, Pressero is easy to configure, yet much more powerful than would seem at first glance. This session shows an example Pressero implementation and explains from A to Z how to configure what typical customers today are looking for.

    (Presenter: Tom Peire)

    04:45 PM Break
    05:00 PM

    Getting multi-color right

    N-channel color spaces become more and more popular, for example in digital printing. How well does PDF support n-channel color spaces? Does CxF/X-4 help at all? What options does the color conscious PDF user have today?

    (Presenter: Olaf Drümmer)

    A short history of the world

    And more specifically, of the world of PDF and callas software. Where does the current product range come from? How did it evolve? How did PDF itself evolve? How does the GWG and standardization in general fit into that picture? What's the relevance of standards and how does that affect callas software and pdtToolbox?

    (Presenter: Dietrich von Seggern & David van Driessche)

    06:00 PM

    Evening activities

    This year, we would like to show you the Berlin Zoological Garden ... at night! We're going to take you on a Pocket Light Tour in the aquarium. Ready to experience the zoo after the gates close?

    After our 90-minute walk in the Berlin Zoological Garden, we're going to have a nice three-course meal in the Italian restaurant Nuovo Mario. Buon appetito!


    Tuesday - November 13, 2018
    Time Sylt 2-4 Sylt 5
    09:00 AM

    An introduction to JavaScript (part 1)

    Javascript is more and more used in pdfToolbox. If you have no background in Javascript or scripting, this session will give you an introduction. Expect background on the Javascript language, different programming constructs, tips & tricks and more!

    (Presenters: David van Driessche & Ulrich Frotscher)

    Tagged & accessible PDF creation with MadeToTag - New features & enhancements

    Learn about the progress MadeToTag has made over the past year to help customers meet their requirements to create accessible PDF from within InDesign even better.

    (Presenter: René Treuber)

    09:45 AM Break
    10:00 AM

    An introduction to JavaScript (part 2)

    Javascript is more and more used in pdfToolbox. If you have no background in Javascript or scripting, this session will give you an introduction. Expect background on the Javascript language, different programming constructs, tips & tricks and more!

    (Presenters: David van Driessche & Ulrich Frotscher)

    User stories: Livonia Print & Forefront projects using pdfChip

    Two well-known persons will talk about what we believe are interesting applications of PDF and PDF technology: Sergejs Bižāns from Livonia Print wants to share his experience in PDF/VT. Jan Wiebensohn from Impressed on the other hand will talk about his leading-edge pdfChip projects, which should make up for yet another interesting story.

    (Presenters: Sergejs Bižāns & Jan Wiebensohn)

    10:45 AM Break
    11:00 AM

    User story: Master profiles & their implementation

    Creating profiles is often the longest part of a pdfToolbox implementation; making profiles generate user-understandable reports the most difficult part. In this session, Peter and Dirk talk about how they solved both problems.

    (Presenters: Peter Kleinheider & Dirk Simanek)

    Generation of accessible PDF forms in InDesign for a British public agency

    This presentation will show in a practical example how MadeToTag can help you to create PDF/UA compliant forms in a more comfortable and efficient way, from a basis of InDesign forms where accessibility was never taken into consideration.

    (Presenter: Britta Grønning)

    11:45 AM Break
    12:00 PM

    pdfToolbox: an IDE for profile development

    Profiles and process plans can become quite complex and pdfToolbox has a lot of built-in functionality to help you test these and debug them when you are not quite getting what you thought you should be getting. This session gets you going with those debugging/testing tools.

    (Presenters: Dietrich von Seggern & Ulrich Frotscher)

    Catch every single mistake with Quality Control Platform

    Over the last years, Global Vision completely reorganized its product line. The new Quality Control Platform incorporates the previously independent software solutions into one platform where you can pick and choose which options you need. This session will also go into the new Color Inspection module

    (Presenter: Michiel Van den Saffele)

    01:00 PM Lunch
    02:00 PM

    Being transparant about transparency

    Opacity, blend modes, transparency groups and more! Transparency is not for the faint of heart. This session dives into the details of what transparency is, how it is defined and what you can encounter as problems with files using it.

    (Presenters: Dietrich von Seggern)

    Imp, one tool to impose them all

    Over the last years, Imp has become an important tool in our tool chest for automation of print sheet optimation. This session goes into more details about the options of Imp in various workflows.

    (Presenter: David van Driessche)

    02:45 PM Break
    03:00 PM

    Wrap up

    Want to see which of your wishes of last year made it into the product planning? Want to decide what you want us to spend time on? Then this session is your chance to do so …

    (Presenters: Olaf Drümmer, Dietrich von Seggern, Tom Peire, David van Driessche & Karina Zander)

    04:00 PM End

    During the third day, you will have the unique chance to get hands-on training on any of our products. Simply let us know what you would like to get training on and we will make sure it will be on the agenda for November 14. We start at 9:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM.

    For participants arriving on Sunday, November 11, we will arrange a nice dinner at the Vietnamese restaurant Cao Cao.


    The event will take place at the Golden Tulip in Berlin, Germany. The 4-star hotel is located in the heart of the capital city. You are close to Kurfürstendamm, KaDeWe and Zoologischer Garten — the ideal starting point to explore Berlin!

    The VIP Event will go on in the exclusive and new Convention Place: Sylt 2-4 and Sylt 5. The new conference rooms are equipped with modern and up-to-date event technology and have direct access to the hotel.

    Hotel accommodation

    If you need a hotel room, we have negotiated a special rate for the nights of 11, 12 and 13 November. The price is € 120 for a single room per night.

    The above-mentioned rates include breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

    If you prefer to arrive earlier or stay longer, the hotel can offer the same rates based upon the availability. In that case, you'll have to make the reservation yourself:

    Book your room


    You're running late! You can only buy your ticket until November 1, 2018. Don't miss out!

    • Running late ticket until November 1, 2018: € 449 per delegate (excl. 19% VAT, excl. hotel room)

    What is included?

    • Dinner on November 11, 2018
    • Access to all sessions of the seminar where you will be in direct contact with developers, product management & management
    • Coffee breaks, lunch, evening activity & dinner on November 12, 2018
    • Coffee breaks & lunch on November 13, 2018
    • Training with developers and product management on November 14, 2018
    • Coffee breaks & lunch on November 14, 2018

    If you want to take your spouse to Berlin, the fee is € 199 (excl. 19% VAT). The dinner on November 11 and the evening event and dinner on November 12 are included in this fee.


    If you have any questions, please contact us via justine.trio@fourpees.com or +32 9 237 10 00.

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