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Em Software updates data-publishing apps for InDesign CS5

updated 11:50 pm EST, Thu December 2, 2010

InData, InCatalog and Xtags all updated

Em Software's data-publishing applications have been updated to be compatible with Adobe InDesign CS5, the company reports, adding some new features as well as expanding compatibility to the current version of Adobe's publishing app. All three applications -- InData, InCatalog and Xtags -- now take advantage of some of the new features found in InDesign CS5, including column-straddling and multi-column paragraph properties.

Xtags, available in versions for both Quark Xpress and InDesign, takes advantage of tagging to allow styled text, boxes, graphics and other items to automatically filled in from a variety of sources. Data can even be flowed into InDesign documents using an AppleScript routine, or be imported via macros.

InData is the engine that builds InDesign layouts using imported data, allowing users to set up template documents and create styled, fitted layouts automatically. InCatalog keeps databases of information and InDesign documents in sync, meaning if descriptions, prices or pictures change on one end, it is reflected on the other end.

Xtags now no longer requires separate copies to work with InData and InCatalog, and adds full hyperlink creation via tags. It also suports drag-and-drop import, and adds above-line and custom positioning to anchored frames. InCatalog now adds link markers for page items, and newly supports complex SQL queries.

Upgrades to any of all of the lineup are free for CS4 versions purchases after September 15th, 2009. Users of older versions can upgrade Xtags or InData for $150 each, or InCatalog for $300. InData and Xtags cost $400 (each), while InCatalog sells for $800 (regular version) or $1200 (pro version with ODBC support).

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