updated 08:05 pm EST, Wed December 22, 2010
ALS for Magazines and Adforce also updated
Publishing industry trade developer MEI has announced that their family of ad layout programs, including Page Director, ALS for Magazines and AdForce have all now been updated to v5.6.1 for compatibility with the latest versions of Adobe's InDesign CS5 and Quark's Xpress 8.5, while retaining compatibility back to InDesign CS4 and QuarkXpress 8. The company has also updated its supporting plug-ins accordingly.
Page Director and its siblings speed the process of "ad dummying" for publication design, taking information from placed ad orders and allocating space in the overall publication while also creating a framework to be filled in with specific copy and art later. Supporting plug-ins like FiFi and Fido restore file-path information after final artwork has been imported, reducing and updating lost-file links, while Split & Folio preserves ad information even as the master publication is split up to deal out as single pages or page ranges.
Specialized versions of Page Director, such as ALS for Magazines and AdForce (a lighter version aimed at smaller publications) gain the same new compatibility features. Upgrades are free for most customers enrolled in the company's tech-support program.