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Release: InCatalog 2.17 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release removes the antiquated requirement that DD sets always match, fixes a corruption issue with InCatalog snapshot index files (.x files), and addresses various issues with tables, odbc, price styles, and the Data Linker.

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Release: Xcatalog 3.8 for QuarkXPress 9/10/2015

This release removes the antiquated requirement that DD sets always match, fixes a corruption issue with Xcatalog snapshot index files (.x files), and addresses various issues with odbc, price styles, and the UI.

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Release: Xdata 4.5.2 for QuarkXPress 9/10/2015

This release addresses issues with header/footer updating, handles new nested anchored boxes better, and improves application stability.

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Release: Xtags 3.9.5 for QuarkXPress 9/10/2015

This patch fixes a crash-on-quit problem in QuarkXPress 2015 on Mac OS X 10.11.

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Release: Xcatalog 3.7.1 for QuarkXPress 9/10/2015

This release adds an XTension for QuarkXPress 2015/Windows, fixes the annoying Shrinking Palette problem on Windows, and improves overall stability.

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Release: Xtags 2.3.4 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release fixes a few long-standing problems with No Style style applications.

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Release: InData 2.3.4 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This quick release fixes data import using AppleScript.

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Release: InCatalog 2.16.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This patch release fixes problems with odbc connectivity, the batch folder facility, and price formatting.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.9 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release improves support for embedded images, broadens our definition of “empty paragraph,” and addresses issues with updating and exporting stories.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.6.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This patch release addresses issues with updating and exporting stories.

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Release: Xcatalog 3.7 for QuarkXPress 9/10/2015

We’re thrilled (and relieved!) to announce the immediate availability of our Xcatalog XTension for both QuarkXPress 2015 and QuarkXPress 10 on Mac OS X. (We’ll have a release for QuarkXPress 2015 Windows posted soon.) This release also includes a number of fixes and improvements.

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Release: InCatalog 2.16.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release enables data file support under OS X El Capitan and addresses issues when using posix-style paths on Mac OS X.

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Release: InData 2.3.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release enables file import under OS X El Capitan and addresses issues when using posix-style paths on Mac OS X.

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Release: Xtags 2.3.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release enables tagged file import and export under OS X El Capitan and fixes a number of OpenType tag issues (the <o(...)> tag).

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Release: Xtags 3.9.4 for QuarkXPress 9/10/2015

This patch addresses issues with the OpenType tag.

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Release: Xtags 2.3.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This patch includes a fix for the @$p tag and addresses issues with using posix-style paths on Mac OS X.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.6.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This minor release includes a fix for a potential application freeze when updating, and addresses a few other issues with updating and exporting.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.8 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release adds an Update Linked Google Docs Document option to the main menu and fixes a few problems including an uncommon-but-obnoxious application freeze.

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Release: Xtags 3.9.3 for QuarkXPress 9/10/2015

This patch release addresses a problem with importing from multi-page PDF files.

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Release: InData 2.3.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This quick release addresses an issue with header/footer updating.

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Release: InCatalog 2.16 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release introduces our custom installers, adds support for FileMaker 14, and addresses problems with licensing, file extensions and encodings, and picture link generation.

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Release: InData 2.3.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This patch introduces our custom installers and addresses a problem with header/footer updating.

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Release: Xtags 2.3.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This patch introduces our custom installers and addresses problems with licensing, relative box positioning, and picture link generation.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.7 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release officially introduces our custom installers, adds import control for cell insets, and fixes minor issues with licensing and export.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.6.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This patch release officially introduces our custom installers and addresses minor issues with licensing, Word document import, and Word document export.

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Release: InCatalog 2.15 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release adds support for just-released InDesign CC 2015 and abandons Extension Manager CC in favor of, for now, a manual installation procedure (see below).

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Release: Xdata 4.5.1 for QuarkXPress 9/10/2015

This quick release fixes an application shut-down issue when using Import from File… on Mac OS X.

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Release: Xtags 3.9.2 for QuarkXPress 9/10/2015

This quick release fixes an application shut-down issue when using Import with Xtags… and Save with Xtags… on Mac OS X.

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Release: Xtags 2.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release adds support for just-released InDesign CC 2015, abandons Extension Manager CC in favor of, for now, a manual installation procedure (see below), improves file path handling, and fixes a few additional problems.

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Release: InData 2.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release adds support for just-released InDesign CC 2015, abandons Extension Manager CC in favor of, for now, a manual installation procedure (see below), improves file path handling, and fixes a few additional problems.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.6 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release adds support for just-released InDesign CC 2015 and abandons Extension Manager CC in favor of, for now, a manual installation procedure (see below).

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Release: WordsFlow 2.6 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

This release adds support for just-released InDesign CC 2015 and abandons Extension Manager CC in favor of, for now, a manual installation procedure (see below).

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Hold off on updating to CC 2015 until you read this!

Update

As of the end of today, June 23, we’ll have released new versions of all our plug-ins for CC 2015 and earlier (still going all the way back to CS5).

Release: WordsFlow 2.6 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

Release: DocsFlow 2.6 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

Release: InData 2.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

Release: Xtags 2.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2015

(InCatalog coming later today.)

Original news

Adobe released InDesign CC 2015 today. We knew the upgrade was coming, but Adobe kept everyone guessing about the exact timing, and they took us a bit by surprise.

While it’s tempting to upgrade immediately if you’re on Creative Cloud, you absolutely need to read this post first, from Steve Werner at InDesign Secrets:

Read This Before Installing InDesign CC 2015!

By default, all your previous versions of InDesign will be removed, and our plug-ins with them, so you’ll be out of business.

If you haven’t already upgraded, but would like to, see the Adobe Creative Cloud blog article

How-to: Installing Creative Cloud Updates

which details how to install CC 2015 without removing the previous versions, and our plug-ins along with them.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.5 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This dot release improves Word exports and includes a number of fixes for problems with exporting and updating.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.5.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This patch release addresses a problem with yesterday’s 2.5 release that was causing successful sign-ins to be ignored.

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Release: InCatalog 2.14.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This patch release includes a number of file handling improvements.

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Release: Xtags 3.9.1 for QuarkXPress 9/10/2015

This patch release fixes the output of Xcatalog link tags and enables the import of nested anchored boxes in QuarkXPress 10 & 2015.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.5 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release adds picture export, updates the Sign In to Google Docs process, and includes a number of other improvements and fixes.

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Release: Xtags 3.9 for QuarkXPress 9/10/2015

This release of Xtags adds support for QuarkXPress 2015 (both Windows and Mac OS X, woohoo!) and includes minor fixes.

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Release: Xdata 4.5 for QuarkXPress 9/10/2015

This release of Xdata adds support for QuarkXPress 2015 (both Windows and Mac OS X!), adds support for QuarkXPress 10 (Mac OS X), and includes a number of fixes and improvements.

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The Xtags book, “Xtags Maximized,” now freely available

We’ve negotiated the rights with Darryl Keck to make his blockbuster Xtags book freely available, Xtags Maximized. The book has over 200 pages in 9 chapters, diving both deep and wide into using Xtags for serious production work.

You can download the book from the link above, or from the sidebar on this page and the Xtags product page.

Even though it’s some years old now, and written for Xtags for QuarkXPress, the book is still fairly accurate, since the features described haven’t changed. (Xtags certainly has had new features added since then, which you can explore using the release history links found in the download sidebar elements on this page.) The book also generally applies to Xtags for InDesign, since we try to keep the two versions working as closely as humanly possible.

DocsFlow users: switch to browser login immediately

On April 20th, Google is going to shut down the old-style API (application programming interface) employed when you use a direct login in DocsFlow. (You may have gotten a scary-looking notice from Google that says “ACTION REQUIRED: Your Google Apps account is using the Documents List API, which will stop functioning on April 20th, 2015”.)

The good news is that DocsFlow has long been employing the new-style API when you login via the browser, so there should be no surprises.

You should simply start using File > DocsFlow > Sign in to Google Docs… > Sign in securely with your browser (you might need to logout first), rather than Sign in directly here:, and you should be fine.

We also strongly suggest that you upgrade to the latest DocsFlow (see the release notes), as this release fixes a critical bug with anchored, linked items in a story.

Release: WordsFlow 2.4.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release mainly addresses issues with anchored, linked items causing damage to the parent story’s WordsFlow connection.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.4.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release mainly addresses issues with anchored, linked items causing damage to the parent story’s DocsFlow connection.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.4.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This patch release includes fixes for styling problems when working with Word and Excel files.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.4 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This point release fixes a particularly painful problem that’s been damaging Excel links during updates and resulting in “Cannot update link…” errors. If you work with Excel files, we highly recommend that you update to this release as soon as possible. Beyond that, this release contains the usual blend of fixes and improvements, this time for exporting stories and for working with Excel sheets in general. Enjoy!

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QuarkXTensions porting to Mac OS QuarkXPress 10 and 2015

To paraphrase an old proverb about justice, “the wheels of Em Software development turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.”

It’s been a very long time since we’ve released any news about our XTensions for QuarkXPress 10 under Mac OS X—the Windows port was done mid-last-year—, mostly because we had no good news to share. We’re a small 4-man company, severely engineering-resource-limited (there’s really only one engineer who could do the work, Chris Roueche). The QuarkXPress 10 Mac OS XTension porting work loomed as a mountain we couldn’t really start climbing until we had cleared away some major obligations (the ports involved converting all code from Carbon to Cocoa, which is a serious change). We kept having to make tough engineering resource decisions over the past year that we judged the best for our customers overall. The end result of those decisions was a major delay affecting some of our QuarkXPress customers, and we’re sorry for that.

Chris was able to start the porting work in earnest this year, and so we’re very happy to show concrete porting progress in the release of Xtags 3.8.4 for QuarkXPress 10 under OS X.

Our current best estimate is that Xdata for QuarkXPress 10 OS X will be available by mid-March, with Xcatalog (the largest of the ports, due to its relatively large user interface) to follow a few weeks later.

The good news is that, once these ports are done, there shouldn’t be any more serious mountains to climb for future releases of QuarkXPress.

As a case in point, we’re also simultaneously producing versions of these XTensions for QuarkXPress 2015, which is due in late March, according to Quark. If you’d like to test our prerelease versions of Xtags—and perhaps Xdata if we hit our target—under the QuarkXPress 2015 beta, please contact support, and we’ll put you in touch with the Quark 2015 beta test folks (who will require you to join their beta program under NDA, so only ask if you’re serious).

Release: Xtags 3.8.4 for QuarkXPress 9/10

With this release of Xtags, we are pleased (and relieved!) to announce the addition of full support for QuarkXPress 10 on Mac OS X. Please note that with this release, our QuarkXPress 10 XTensions now require QuarkXPress 10.2 or later (both Mac OS X and Windows).

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Release: DocsFlow 2.4.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This quick release deals with a recent Google Drive change that was preventing drag’n’drop from working.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.3.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This patch release addresses problems with story updating and exporting.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.4 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

With this release we’re introducing a new, fully functional, Pro-product trial mode with a 15-day evaluation period (details below). This release also includes improvements for text updating and exporting.

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Release: InCatalog 2.14 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This minor release finds and updates links nested within a frame, fixes ODBC exports of long fields to Microsoft Excel, and lets Mac users select any file in the DD and data file dialogs.

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Release: InData 2.2.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This patch release lets Mac users select any file for import.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

The big news with this release is the introduction of our new, fully functional, Pro-product trial mode with a 15-day evaluation period (details below). This release also includes improvements for relinking, updating, and exporting.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release adds scripting support for Pro version features.

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Release: Xtags 2.2.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release includes minor improvements to product stability and scripting.

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Release: InCatalog 2.13.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release fixes a problem with international price styling.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.3.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release improves compatibility with OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and fixes problems with the Place dialog and with table updating.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.1.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release adds language support to docx exports and fixes a couple of issues with Update Linked Document.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release fixes an incompatibility with the just-released InDesign CC 2014.1 update, changes how documents are displayed in DocsFlow’s Place dialog, and includes minor fixes for document updating.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.1.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This patch release fixes an incompatibility with the just-released InDesign CC 2014.1 update.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.2.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This maintenance release adapts to recent Google service changes and addresses problems with drag’n’drop and sheets.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release improves the quality and stability of exported documents.

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WordsFlow and DocsFlow user guides now printable/pdf-able

In this Age of the Web, hard copy (physical or virtual) doesn’t matter to most people, but it really matters to some. So we’ve just made important parts of our web site printable or pdf-able for when you want to take some part of it offline with you in paper or digital form, for study, reference or just light vacation reading.

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Release: Xtags 2.2.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This patch release improves compatibility with the Electra LH font family.

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Release: InData 2.2.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This patch release fixes a problem with custom subfield delimiters.

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WordsFlow 2.0 review from InDesign Magazine

Jamie McKee wrote a perceptive and very positive review of our newly-released WordsFlow version 2.0 in InDesign Magazine, issue #65 of September 2014. His conclusion:

WordsFlow already offered InDesign users a solution to the Microsoft Word/ Excel-to-InDesign workflow problem we’ve all been wrestling with for years—updating linked files without losing formatting. WordsFlow Pro 2.0 takes the final step, offering full two-way capabilities so you can send the changes you’ve made in InDesign back to your original Word documents. If you regularly work with text files that are likely to be edited (and who doesn’t?), you need to take a look at WordsFlow Pro 2.0!

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Release: InCatalog 2.13.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This patch release improves compatibility with InDesign CC and InDesign CC 2014 on Windows.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.0 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

We’re delighted to announce the release of WordsFlow 2.0, which adds Pro-level features that, like DocsFlow Pro, complete the workflow cycle and make WordsFlow fully two-way. With the Pro version, you can now update your Word documents in place from the latest linked InDesign story contents, and you can export’n’link any InDesign story to a new Word document as well.

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Release: Xtags 2.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release adds a box fitting enhancement, improves PDF importing, and fixes an issue with inline frames and vertical justification.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.2.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This patch release addresses an issue with the recently-introduced story status indicator on the DocsFlow link icon.

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Release: WordsFlow Pro 2.0 beta 3

This release brings the beta current with the 1.3 release, adds support for CC 2014, and addresses a few beta issues.

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Release: WordsFlow 1.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release mainly adds support for back-saving to previous versions of InDesign, but also addresses a few minor issues.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release mainly adds support for back-saving to previous versions of InDesign, but also addresses a few minor issues.

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Re-release of CC/CC 2014 plugins

Due to a packaging bug on our part (we initially thought it was an Extension Manager problem), we had to re-package and re-release all the CC and CC 2014 plugins just now.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.1.2 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This quick release fixes a build problem with the CC 2014 Windows plug-in and improves update behavior in low memory conditions.

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Release: WordsFlow 1.2.4 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This quick release fixes a build problem with the CC 2014 Windows plug-in and improves update behavior in low memory conditions.

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InData builds 2100-page directory for RIBA

Phil Handley, Design and Production Manager, and Michèle Woodger, Content Editor, share with us how they built a complex directory for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

RPS2014_Flexy_CoverThe RIBA Product Selector directory is a hard-copy publication featuring construction product information and advertising material, distributed to 20,000 architects each year. The publication contains 8 different indexes with cross references, 800 pages of advertising material and a further 500 pages of educational/continuing professional development information. Until 2013 it was published as a 2500 page, two-volume hardback set, with four corresponding websites making use of the same data.

The directory has been in print since 1982, and due to this formidable 32 year history, the business workflows were complex (advertisements and indexes are handled by two distinct teams), the pre-existing, un-user-friendly DTP software was no longer suitable, and the directory contents were in need of a design refresh.

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Release: WordsFlow Pro 2.0 beta 2

This release fixes a critical and frequently-hit bug in WordsFlow Pro export. (Export would fail with a backtrace error.)

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Release: DocsFlow 2.1.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release adds compatibility with InDesign CC 2014 along with a few fixes.

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Release: WordsFlow 1.2.3 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release adds compatibility with InDesign CC 2014 along with a few fixes.

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Release: InCatalog 2.13.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release adds compatibility with InDesign CC 2014 and a few fixes.

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Release: InData 2.2.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release adds compatibility with InDesign CC 2014 and a few minor fixes.

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Release: Xtags 2.1.1 for InDesign CS5–CC2014

This release adds compatibility with InDesign CC 2014 and a few minor fixes.

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Release: WordsFlow Pro 2.0 beta 1

We’re happy and excited to share an early public release of WordsFlow Pro (now at version 2.0) for your evaluation and feedback. WordsFlow Pro, like DocsFlow Pro, completes the workflow cycle, and makes WordsFlow fully two-way. With the Pro version, you can now update your Word documents in place with the latest linked InDesign story contents, and you can export any InDesign story to a new Word document as well (which also links it automatically).

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Plugins plan for InDesign CC 2014

Adobe released the Creative Cloud Suite for 2014 this week, and we want to let you know our plans. Since Adobe changed the document format, this will unfortunately require re-releases of all our plugins.

We’re ready to go with our plugin updates, but need to package and release the plugins, and are short-handed during vacation time. But we plan to have it all done and released by the end of the first full week in July (the 11th, give or take a day or three either way).

Any existing InDesign CC license will work with these new CC 2014 plugins, so you should be able to download the updated plugins and go.

Update

We released the CC 2014 plugins on July 14th and 15th, 2014. See the individual plugins’ release notes.

See you at PePcon 2014!

We’re now just two weeks away from PePcon 2014, in Chicago this year. As ever, we recommend it highly, if there are any seats left.

If you’re planning to attend, please do visit our table, where we’ll be showing our dashing new WordsFlow Pro product (hint: two-way Microsoft Word workflow!), and offering prizes, 6-month evaluation licenses, and a special 25% show discount. Plus, we’d love to meet you in the flesh, if we haven’t already; and, if we have, it’s always great to catch up…

Release: Xtags 3.8.1 for QuarkXPress 9/10

This Xtags update fixes a problem when using Save with Xtags… on Windows. (Sorry, Xtags for QuarkXPress 10 is still Windows only at this point.)

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Release: Xcatalog 3.6 for QuarkXPress 9/10

This release of Xcatalog adds support for QuarkXPress 10 (Windows only, for the moment), discontinues support for QuarkXPress 8, and includes a number of improvements.

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Release: Xdata 4.4 for QuarkXPress 9/10

This release of Xdata adds support for QuarkXPress 10 (Windows only, for the moment), discontinues support for QuarkXPress 8, and includes a number of improvements.

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Release: Xtags 3.8 for QuarkXPress 9/10

This release of Xtags adds support for QuarkXPress 10 (Windows only, for the moment), discontinues support for QuarkXPress 8, and includes minor fixes.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.1 for InDesign CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC

This dot-release improves ODF support, adds support for exporting InDesign’s various story breaks, and improves overall stability.

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QuarkXPress 10 XTensions update

Over the past few months, we’ve heard from a number of you wondering when our Xdata, Xcatalog, and Xtags XTensions would be ready for QuarkXPress 10. While we’ve responded individually, we’ve been remiss in not publicizing our development status. We’d like to correct this now by sharing with everyone both our current status and our plans.

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Release: InCatalog 2.12.3 for InDesign CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC

This patch release addresses a couple of problems found when working with tags using indirect keys.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.0.11 for InDesign CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC

This DocsFlow patch corrects a plug-in packaging problem.

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Release: Xtags 2.0.3 for InDesign CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC

This patch release includes a fix for a problem that could cause InDesign to shut down in some OS X 10.6 and 10.7 configurations.

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Release: InCatalog 2.12.2 for InDesign CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC

This patch release includes a fix for a problem that could cause InDesign to shut down in some OS X 10.6 and 10.7 configurations.

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Release: InData 2.1.1 for InDesign CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC

This patch release includes a fix for a problem that could cause InDesign to shut down in some OS X 10.6 and 10.7 configurations.

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Release: Xtags 2.0.2 for InDesign CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC

This patch release fixes a problem with frame creation on master pages.

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Release: DocsFlow 2.0.10 for InDesign CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC

This DocsFlow quick release fixes an issue with links to placed GDrive documents and also story export.

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