Wide Array of Plug-ins Now Shipping with Adobe Creative Suite 6 Support

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[prMac.com] Carson City, Nevada and London, UK - XChange UK and ThePowerXChange, the sources for extended technology worldwide are pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of a variety of feature-rich plug-ins for Creative Suite 6. More and more products are coming online everyday with CS6 support, giving users the ability to continue enjoying the automation and added features that Plug-ins offer - whenever they are ready to upgrade to CS6.

"We get so many users who call us to find out if there is any product available to help streamline, automate redundant tasks or formatting, and more. They are always thrilled to learn of the time and money they can save utilizing Plug-ins," offers Tami Stodghill, Press Relations Manager. "One woman who recently purchased a Plug-in that automates catalog production told us she has been able to take on far more jobs and still has extra time. Users who haven't discovered the value that a Plug-in can add to their production environment don't know what they are missing."

Some of the Plug-ins now available for Adobe Creative Suite 6 include:

IDImposer - IDImposer is an imposition Plug-in that takes an InDesign document and prepares it for printing, by creating a new InDesign document in Booklet or N-Up layout. InDesign ships with a Booklet Printing Plug-in that does some (but not all) of these things, but it is a print-time feature, and does not create an imposed InDesign document. This has the disadvantages of not allowing the user to inspect the output layout before committing it to print, and not allowing them to place job information slugs and other information on the output before final printing.

EasyCatalog and EasyCatalog Lite - EasyCatalog can dramatically speed up InDesign page make-up time and ensure documents remain error free. The source of the data can be something as simple as a file or, via an optional module, an ODBC database or XML file. Users who have invested time and money developing a database can utilize it to the fullest extent by producing their print catalogs directly from it. It's not just catalogs EasyCatalog can produce - brochures, price lists, or directories can all be effortlessly generated. EasyCatalog also offers powerful ways to get data into the document. Templates can be designed that specify how a record should appear when it is placed on the page. These templates can be stored in a library and complex pages can be constructed in seconds, containing live data, simply by dragging and dropping.

CtrlChanges is a Plug-in for Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy users that require a clear and accurate solution to a common problem - to visually be able to see what has been changed in the InDesign document since the prior version. What's new? With CtrlChanges users always have the answer. CtrlChanges tracks all text changes in a document as it is being revised and displays added or deleted text in the Layout view.

CtrlLayers is a Plug-in for InDesign users that require a smart and clever solution to expand the ability to work with layers. Art directors and graphic designers can, at an early stage of a project, share a layer from an InDesign layout to a new document and put translators to work right away, then later on bring the layer back into the original document, knowing it will fit. Just like InDesign users are used to being able to import color swatches from an InDesign document, CtrlLayers will give them the same ability to import multiple layers from other InDesign documents.

CtrlCrossTalkID makes the collaboration between InDesign and InCopy users transparent. In addition it will refine the initial InCopy workflow to better suit the needs of publishers, agencies, in-house production and other collaborative workgroups. With CtrlCrossTalkID, InDesign users can manage stories in a document by locking them to prevent the InCopy user from further modifying approved text, while still allowing them to complete additional work on the same file.

BarcodeMaker allows InDesign users to make up to 19 different types of barcodes by manipulating a single user-friendly palette. Anyone working with barcodes will appreciate the ability to fully customize each individual barcode by adding numbers, changing fonts and font size, controlling barcode height, and including or excluding checksum digits. All the major barcode types are supported, including ISBN (10 and 13 digit), EAN, and UPC. BarcodeMaker works with PatternMaker, a free Plug-in. By building on top of PatternMaker, BarcodeMaker offers a different set of parameters users can adjust for each barcode. With a simple AppleScript, JavaScript or VBScript, users can dynamically create barcodes directly on an InDesign page.

DataLinker lets users quickly and easily connect data sources to Adobe InDesign documents. Users can link CSV (Comma Separated Value or a flat text data file) and, with an add-on Plug-in, ODBC-compliant databases to a document by using a simple, user-friendly palette. DataLinker will automatically insert new information or changes made to the data source with a synchronize feature. The versatile plug-in offers powerful merge capabilities to insert data from a data source one field at a time or from multiple records simultaneously. DataLinker is a valuable time saver for anyone who needs to connect directly to external data such as price lists, product catalogs, budgets or annual reports.

With TypeFitter Pro for Adobe InDesign, fitting text has never been so quick, simple and effective. TypeFitter Pro's sophisticated type fit rules automatically find and fix problems in copy. With a single click, TypeFitter Pro can fix oversets, widows, imbalanced columns and more. The latest update includes new features in TypeFitter Pro to balance columns and to fix short columns at the end of stories. The new features will automatically detect and fix problem columns or stories. Ideal for book publishers, these features drastically reduce production time while maintaining high quality typography. The column balancing feature works by detecting gaps at the bottom of a column. If it finds any gaps, it will try to fix them by loosening or tightening the rest of the text in the column. This approach won't affect the vertical spacing of a column, so it works with documents where text has to always be aligned on a baseline grid.

All of the Plug-ins are available now through XChange UK and ThePowerXChange worldwide. To order, or for more information, users can visit the websites or call 44 (0)845 259 0255 (UK/Ireland) or 877-940-0600 (North America).

ThePowerXChange and XChange UK are leading suppliers of PDF workflow and automation tools, desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension(R) technology; Adobe InDesign(R), Acrobat(R) and Photoshop(R) Plug-ins(R) and other design and publishing utilities. Both companies offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the print, pre-press, publishing and creative industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their their web sites.


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