updated 12:55 am EST, Tue December 2, 2008
Teacup CS4 plugins
Teacup Software has released several of its plug-ins for Adobe InDesign CS4, including TypeFitter, BarcodeMaker, DataLinker and PatternMaker. TypeFitter is an automated copy-fitting tool, working to find and fix copy problems while highlighting and tracking any changes it makes for later viewing and user-modification. BarcodeMaker allows users to make 27 different types of barcodes, and can also integrate with DataLinker for automatic generation of barcodes as part of dynamic database content. The updated plug-ins are also claimed to offer a number of bug fixes and stability enhancements.
DataLinker is a database publishing utility that enables users to configure templates, with a palette to insert sample data. The templates can then be used to merge data from a source, and update the InDesign document as data changes.
The PatternMaker plug-in can be used in conjunction with the PatternPack add-on to create or modify backgrounds, borders and textures. Each pattern offers a range of parameters that designers can adjust for customized projects.
Prices for each Teacup InDesign plug-in range from $100 to $300, with discounts of 40-percent for users of previous versions.