Berlin. The subject of robotic process automation (RPA) is gaining increasing attention in the software industry. An increasing number of providers from a diverse range of sectors are introducing applications that can complete tasks previously handled by humans. By adopting these applications, users expect to benefit from optimizing their processes, avoiding errors and eliminating monotonous, repetitive tasks. Dietrich von Seggern, Managing Director at callas software GmbH, explains why the PDF format forms a sound basis for RPA applications.
In order for RPA applications to work smoothly, processes must both have a standard structure and work with standardized files. This is the only way to maximize the number of files processed by a single automation. In many cases, this means that RPA can only work with data that it has itself generated. But why not use a standard here, too? There are many good reasons to use the PDF format whenever such processes need to interact with third-party data. After all, PDF is the lowest common denominator for nearly all document types processed or received in offices. Office files, emails and even images can be easily converted to PDF, giving RPA applications a standardized starting point for processing. Moreover, with the many features it has accumulated over the years, PDF is the most powerful, versatile document format in the world. However, not every PDF meets the prerequisites for automatic processing equally well. This starts not with a reliable display model for the document, but rather the actual data it contains.
Making PDFs RPA-ready:
Businesses looking to maximize process automation can and should first establish a framework for seamlessly leveraging RPA-based applications. Part of this is about building a solid foundation using maximally homogeneous, standardized data. As the highest common factor for Office files, high-quality PDFs are a good starting point for this foundation.
About callas software:
callas software finds simple ways to handle complex PDF challenges. As a technology innovator, callas software develops and markets PDF technology for publishing, print production, document exchange and document archiving. callas software helps agencies, publishing companies and printers to meet the challenges they face by providing software to preflight, correct and repurpose PDF files for print production and electronic publishing. Businesses and government agencies all over the world rely on callas software’s future-proof, fully PDF/A compliant archiving products. In addition, callas software technology is available as a programming library (SDK) for developers with a need for PDF optimization, validation and correction. Software vendors such as Adobe®, Quark®, Xerox® and many others have recognized the quality and flexibility provided by these callas tools and have incorporated them into their solutions.
callas software actively supports international standards and has been participating in ISO, CIP4, the European Color Initiative, the PDF/A Competence Center and the Ghent PDF Workgroup. In addition, callas software is a founding member of the PDF/A Competence Center and in October 2010, Olaf Drümmer became its chairman.
callas software is based in Berlin, Germany. More information: https://www.pdfa.org/member/callas-software-gmbh/
Dietrich von Seggern received his degree as a printing engineer, and in 1991 started his professional career as head of desktop prepress production in a reproduction house. He became involved in research projects for digital transmission of print files, and moved to the German Newspaper Marketing Organisation (ZMG). There Dietrich was responsible for a project to enable the digital transmission of …