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XChange International announce release of popular database publishing plug-ins for Adobe InDesign CS4

XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, has
announced the release of InData, InCatalog and Xtags plug-ins for
Adobe InDesign CS4. The popular database publishing products have previously
been available for InDesign CS through CS3 and as XTensions for
QuarkXPress

InData is a document building tool that brings the full layout, design,
typographic and picture publishing power of InDesign to bear on all
data-driven repetitive publishing tasks. InData works like a "mail merge on
steroids." Users write simple text statements to import and format their
text and graphics. Then, InData's menu-driven tools, in a few clicks, build
documents at hundreds of pages per hour.

InDesign's typographic controls can be used for each variable field and for
any intervening text, to get just the right look for a userĀ¹s data. InData
has a powerful English-like scripting language. Users can put any field from
their data source in any order in the text flow, force page breaks, generate
headers/footers, apply master pages as needed and more.

InData's scripting language can be used to build simple or complex rules for
including or excluding fields, pictures and static text. And there are no
limits on data: records and fields can be as many and as long as needed.
InData is perfect for product catalogues, financial and legal reports,
conference guides, abstracts, real estate guides, trader and swap magazines,
classified advertising, timetables, phone books, educational course
listings, TV guides and much more.

InCatalog is a powerful bi-directional linking tool for creating transparent
links between InDesign documents and databases. With these links in place,
users never have to enter or update their data in two places (documents and
database), but can simply update one or the other from the most current
version. InCatalog is used to update prices, graphics, or product
information and even to change versions or swap languages automatically.
With InCatalog, users can be assured that their documents will always
reflect their latest database contents.

Once links are established with the easy-to-use linking tool, changes can be
made either in the document or the database, and the changes pushed in the
other direction with no extra work. (No intermediate steps such as report
creation and extraction are required.) InCatalog's intuitive linking palette
can be used to establish links between any database element and any document
text element, from a single character to a phrase to a paragraph to a whole
story, or any picture element. With pre-linked image and text modules in
libraries, users can drag a module, fill in a key value in one link, and
watch InCatalog fill in the whole module interactively.

The power of InCatalog means users never have to worry again about whether
they've managed to correct all the price changes or product descriptions
before a big catalogue release. Users can define any number of price styles
per publishing project using full tagged text for arbitrary formatting, and
apply styles per-link. InCatalog's links are invisible in a printed layout
(but visible while users are working). Linked elements can be moved between
InDesign documents freely without loss of linkage.

Users can enable tagged text support for any given link, to capture the full
InDesign Tags document formatting of any data element. InCatalog can be used
to update pictures, automatically resizing them to fit their destination
frame in various ways, or to be left sized as-is. And users can direct
InCatalog to their picture folders, using aliases/shortcuts in their project
control folder. A "fuzzy lookup" can be optionally enabled that auto-finds
picture files with specific filename prefixes or file types/suffixes.

Users can script all of InCatalog's updating operations under Mac OS or
Windows for powerful workflow automation and InCatalog can read and write
the full Unicode character set (that InDesign supports), in various
encodings including UTF-8.

Xtags is a powerful import and export text filter supporting the full Quark
XPress Tags language plus its own extended tags, for even more
document-building power. 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 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. Xtags is perfect for
picture-based data publishing, books, classified ad building, code
conversion, and much more.

InData, InCatalog and Xtags for InDesign CS4 and earlier versions, as well
as Xdata and Xcatalog for QuarkXPress are available now through XChange
International via electronic delivery worldwide.
To order, or for more information, visit www.xchangeuk.com , or call on 020 7490 4455 during business hours.
Email address is info@xchangeuk.com .