XChange announce release of Xtags Plug-in for Adobe InDesign CS3

November 15, 2007 in Publishing (F)

[prMac.com] XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the release of Xtags for Adobe InDesign CS3. Xtags is an import and export text filter supporting the full XPress Tags language plus its own powerful tags for box creation, master page application, etc. Xtags for QuarkXPress and now InDesign is perfect for data-driven document layout, picture-based data publishing, books, classified ad building, code conversion, and more. Xtags has been in production use at thousands of sites world-wide since 1992, improving with each version based on user feedback. The two versions implement the Xtags language as compatibly as possible under each host application.

With Xtags, users can build any text content with full styling (the same as XPress Tags), anchor and fill picture and text boxes, build and fill unanchored boxes, size picture contents to their containing boxes, size boxes to content (text or picture) in various flexible ways, translate text and tags on input, use macros to reduce typing, apply master pages and spreads, and more. For output, Xtags will save the contents of any text story, including anchored text and picture boxes, and will also save the structure and content of any selected text, picture or group boxes.

Users can build documents dynamically, combining variable and static text and graphics, by inserting tags into the text stream prior to importation. The plug-in also lets users add tags programmatically using Applescript, Visual Basic, or any other programming language which can address their original data and produce a text file. FileMaker and Access calculation fields are also excellent tools for introducing tags into data and tags can be inserted manually in word processing documents as well if required.

Xtags gives users the ability to easily create and fill anchored text and graphics boxes in-line with the tagged text, controlling all properties of the anchored boxes, using appropriate tag parameters. And with Xtags, users can fill a text box with further tagged text of any sort, and can fill a graphics box with a picture of any importable type. Anchored boxes are fully supported on output as well.

For unanchored boxes, users can create and fill them at the text insertion point, at an absolute position, at a position relative to another box, or on the pasteboard. The plug-in provides complete control of all properties of the unanchored box, using appropriate tag parameters. These unanchored boxes can span columns and can be moved freely once imported. Unanchored boxes (including groups of boxes) are supported on output as well.

Xtags provides the capability of building a set of string translations in a file which are applied to the input text, at a lower level than XPress Tag interpretation (so that the translation target strings may contain tags). These substitutions can be as simple as character replacement, or as complex as foreign front-end coding translation.

Macros can be used to simplify the invocation of common or complex tag and text sequences and users can choose the master spread or page to be applied to the text at the point of invocation. With this facility, it is possible to build fairly complex documents with input-driven per-spread or per-page layout.

Xtags also allows users to easily transfer or save document elements in textual form (for example, store a "freeze-dried" group of boxes in a database field). All actions and options are scriptable under Mac OS using AppleScript. It can even input from and output to strings in scripts, to avoid temporary file creation. Users can choose to suppress style sheet definitions on export, output separate tags for ease of search and replace (e.g., <B><I> vs. <BI>) and select to omit default elements in any Xtags parameter list. Xtags provides the ability to use relative values in tags, for example, increase point size by 20%, omit parameters, and apply only the character settings from a style sheet to portions of a paragraph.

Xtags for Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress is available now through XChange International. To order, or for more information, users can visit XChange website, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours.

XChange are a leading supplier of 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. XChange offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site. The company are headquartered in Central London.


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