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Release: DocsFlow 3.14.2 for InDesign 2022-2024

This patch mainly makes Place Google Docs Documents more usable.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.12.2 for InDesign 2022-2024

This patch addresses problems with link updating.

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Release: InCatalog 2.31.3 for InDesign 2022-2024

This patch addresses a problem with missing pictures that could make InDesign 2024 shut down.

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Release: InData 3.0.1 for InDesign 2022-2024

This patch addresses a problem with missing pictures that could make InDesign 2024 shut down.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.12.1 for InDesign 2022-2024

This release improves style mapping and addresses a few issues.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.14.1 for InDesign 2022-2024

This patch improves character style mapping.

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Release: InCatalog 2.31.2 for InDesign 2022-2024

This patch fixes home directory file references.

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Release: Xtags 2.16.2 for InDesign 2022-2024

This patch fixes home directory file references.

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Release: InData 3.0 for InDesign 2022-2024

We’re excited to introduce InData 3.0 and its plethora of new, Pro-level features including support for anchored text, groups and, wait for it … tables!

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Release: Xtags 2.16.1 for InDesign 2022-2024

This patch fixes a problem with picture downloading.

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Release: InData 2.20.1 for InDesign 2022-2024

This patch fixes a problem with picture downloading.

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Release: InCatalog 2.31.1 for InDesign 2022-2024

This patch fixes a link marker drawing issue.

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Release: InCatalog 2.31 for InDesign 2022-2024

This release adds data link multi-selection and fixes the missing picture indicator.

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Release: InCatalog 2.30.2 for InDesign 2022-2024

This patch fixes link marker drawing issues.

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Release: InCatalog 2.30.1 for InDesign 2022-2024

This quick release mainly fixes a stability issue with the 2.30 release.

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Release: Xtags 2.16 for InDesign 2022-2024

This release adds support for InDesign 2024 as well as text threading.

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Release: InCatalog 2.30 for InDesign 2022-2024

This release mainly adds support for InDesign 2024.

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Release: InData 2.20 for InDesign 2022-2024

This release adds support for InDesign 2024.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.12 for InDesign 2022-2024

This release mainly adds support for InDesign 2024.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.14 for InDesign 2022-2024

This release adds support for InDesign 2024.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.13.2 for InDesign 2021-2023

This patch release fixes a rare issue with link updates.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.13.1 for InDesign 2021-2023

This patch release fixes problems with auto-PDF, link updates, and the export dialog.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.11.2 for InDesign 2021-2023

This patch release addresses problems encountered in the field.

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Release: InCatalog 2.29.3 for InDesign 2021-2023

This release fixes Clear All Links and addresses an ODBC connection problem.

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Release: Xtags 2.15 for InDesign 2021-2023

This release adds support for various QuarkXPress 8 tags.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.11.1 for InDesign 2021-2023

This quick release fixes a rare problem with relinking Excel spreadsheets.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.13 for InDesign 2021-2023

This release introduces automatic PDF exports, adds scripting support, and fixes slow PDF exports.

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Welcome, NENPA 2023 attendees!

And welcome, NENPA attendees’ print production folk! This is for you.

The Em Software “news flow” duo of plugins for Adobe InDesign—WordsFlow and DocsFlow—enable direct links from stories in layout to the original articles, whether in Word or Google Docs, respectively.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.11 for InDesign 2021-2023

This release provides control over normal placement, introduces automatic PDF exports, and addresses a few recent issues.

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Release: InData 2.19.2 for InDesign 2021-2023

This patch fixes a problem with picture downloading.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.12.1 for InDesign 2021-2023

This patch mainly fixes a mislabeled menu item in the Links panel’s DocsFlow menu.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.10 for InDesign 2021-2023

This release adds advanced merge options to the Import Options dialog and fixes a number of problems.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.12 for InDesign 2021-2023

This release mainly adds advanced merge options to the Import Options dialog.

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Release: Xtags 2.14.2 for InDesign 2021-2023

This patch addresses various licensing issues.

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Release: InData 2.19.1 for InDesign 2021-2023

This patch addresses various licensing issues.

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Release: InCatalog 2.29.2 for InDesign 2021-2023

This patch addresses some licensing issues.

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Release: Xtags 2.14.1 for InDesign 2021-2023

This patch fixes compatibility with Adobe’s InDesign 2023 18.1 Windows release.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.9.1 for InDesign 2021-2023

This patch fixes compatibility with Adobe’s InDesign 2023 18.1 Windows release.

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Release: InCatalog 2.29.1 for InDesign 2021-2023

This patch fixes compatibility with Adobe’s InDesign 2023 18.1 Windows release.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.11.1 for InDesign 2021-2023

This update fixes problems with link status updating and Google Drive drag and drop.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.9 for InDesign 2021-2023

This release improves Word imports and fixes problems with Unicode and ODT export.

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InDesign 2023 plugins released

All of Em’s plugins are now released for InDesign 2023. We released WordsFlow and DocsFlow a week ago (a day after the 2023 release itself), and released InCatalog, InData and Xtags for InDesign today.

We do appreciate your patience with us on these releases. Normally we’re ready with all of them on the day of InDesign release (we’ve even been a bit early in recent years), but these releases include wrapping up some multi-month complex engineering efforts that took us right up to, and just over the wire.

You can download these latest releases, as ever, from each product’s main page, sidebar Downloads for InDesign. Individual release notes are coming right up.

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Release: InCatalog 2.29 for InDesign 2021-2023

This release primarily adds support for InDesign 2023.

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Release: InData 2.19 for InDesign 2021-2023

This release mainly adds support for InDesign 2023.

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Release: Xtags 2.14 for InDesign 2021-2023

This release mainly adds support for InDesign 2023.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.11 for InDesign 2021-2023

This release mainly adds support for InDesign 2023.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.8 for InDesign 2021-2023

This release mainly adds support for InDesign 2023.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.7.1 for InDesign 2020-2022

This patch mainly addresses a problem with export creating damaged links.

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Upcoming major licensing changes

Subscriptions finally come to Em Software

Be sure to read the section Auto-upgrades to subscriptions at the end for a very important note about using pre-2023 licenses with the new MAX 2022 (InDesign 2023) release plugins. Understanding what it says may save you time and expense.

With the upcoming plugins for InDesign 2023 that Adobe will release (as usual) at MAX 2022 (October 18th) — and for newly-released plugins under InDesign 2021 and 2022 (we only officially support the latest and 2 years back) — we are making a major change in how we license all our products. This will affect everyone going forward, so we’re giving you a heads-up a month ahead of the big change, and we will be attempting to contact every user via email, pointing to this message.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.10 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release adds hyperlink style mapping and improves emoji support

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Release: WordsFlow 3.7 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release adds hyperlink style mapping and emoticon support, and fixes issues with document corruption, image quality, text wrap, and more.

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Release: InData 2.18.1 for InDesign 2020-2022

This patch fixes hyperlinks for email addresses and fileexists for URLs.

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Release: InCatalog 2.28.1 for InDesign 2020-2022

This patch fixes a crash when updating with ODBC.

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Release: InCatalog 2.28 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release adds high resolution previews for auto-downloaded pictures, “smart” picture updating, a progress bar, and more.

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Release: InData 2.18 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release adds high resolution previews for auto-downloaded pictures and support for QR codes.

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Release: Xtags 2.13 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release adds high resolution previews for auto-downloaded pictures.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.6 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release improves the quality of Word imports and exports, and enhances product reliability.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.9.1 for InDesign 2020-2022

This patch improves performance and fixes a few problems.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.5.1 for InDesign 2020-2022

This patch addresses performance problems when working with large files.

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Release: Xtags 2.12.2 for InDesign 2020-2022

This patch fixes a style toggling problem with some fonts.

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New course: InDesign—Remote Workflows with InCopy, Word, and GoogleDocs

We’re very happy to announce that our long-time friend, collaborator and world-class designer/trainer Anne-Marie Concepción of Seneca Design has released a course InDesign: Remote Workflows with InCopy, Word, and GoogleDocs on LinkedIn Learning, which includes two chapters respectively on getting started with WordsFlow and DocsFlow.

You know a collaborative workflow can benefit your editing and design teams, but how do you set it up inexpensively and effectively? In this course, instructor Anne-Marie Concepción walks you through a number of free solutions that allow mixed-platform designers, writers, and editors to work concurrently on a single publication, whether they’re on-site or remote. She shows best practices for local network servers, as well as for shared, local folders from Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive/SharePoint, and Creative Cloud files. You’ll learn ways users can concurrently edit a file in Photoshop, Illustrator, Word 365, Google Docs, InDesign, and more. She presents detailed steps to set up and use an InDesign and InCopy workflow, so editors can open InDesign layouts in InCopy and write to fit. Anne-Marie also covers in-depth solutions that allow publishing teams to link Microsoft Word [WordsFlow] and Google Docs [DocsFlow] to live InDesign layouts, allowing for concurrent design and editorial development.

The good news is that, even if you don’t have a LinkedIn Learning (originally lynda.com) account, the link above gives you a free 30-day trial, which should be more than adequate to take advantage of this course.

Note that you can skip directly to the WordsFlow and DocsFlow chapters to learn more about how to use them, though you’d be wise to view the earlier chapters for a cornucopia of collaborative workflow knowledge.

Release: DocsFlow 3.9 for InDesign 2020-2022

This update improves Google Docs compatibility and adds a Deactivate License button.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.5 for InDesign 2020-2022

This update improves compatibility with Word files and adds a Deactivate License button.

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Release: InData 2.17 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release improves scripting support and fixes problems when applying parent pages.

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Release: InCatalog 2.27.1 for InDesign 2020-2022

This patch fixes issues with path extraction and HFS-style paths.

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Release: InData 2.16.1 for InDesign 2020-2022

This patch fixes a problem when working with HFS-style paths.

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Release: Xtags 2.12.1 for InDesign 2020-2022

This patch fixes a problem when working with HFS-style paths.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.4.1 for InDesign 2020-2022

This patch fixes a rare problem with link updating.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.8 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release allows Microsoft Word documents to be placed and linked directly from Google Drive.

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Release: InCatalog 2.27 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release adds support for InDesign 2022 and discontinues support for some older versions.

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Release: Xtags 2.12 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release adds support for InDesign 2022 and fixes a couple of issues.

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Release: InData 2.16 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release adds support for InDesign 2022 and discontinues support for some older versions.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.7 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release adds support for InDesign 2022 and discontinues support for some older versions.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.4 for InDesign 2020-2022

This release adds support for InDesign 2022, for importing endnotes as static text, and for WPS Office.

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Release: InData 2.15 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release adds user-specified snapshot file types and fixes problems with finding files.

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Release: Xtags 2.11.2 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This patch fixes a cross-references crash and problems with finding files.

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LA InDesign User Group: Data Merge with InDesign

The LA InDesign User Group’s October 21st meeting will feature Em’s own Joe Mathia presenting Data Merge with InDesign, as an online event.

From the overview:

You’re probably familiar with the word processing mail merge function that allows you to send personalized letters to a number of people. In this presentation, Joe Mathia will explain how to use InDesign’s somewhat similar Data Merge function, a capability built into InDesign straight out of the box. Learn how to create personalized letters, envelopes, mailing labels, even catalogs with images.

But as powerful as the InDesign Data Merge function is, it has limitations. Joe will describe those limitations, and show how InData and InCatalog, two plugins from Em Software, expand the boundaries, taking InDesign automation to new levels. For instance, InData’s English-like scripting language, allows you to build conditional rules, including or excluding fields based on the presence or content of other fields, including one or more graphics per entry based on picture availability, etc.

Follow up

The recording is here on Vimeo: Data Merge with InDesign.

Free InData online seminar with Laurie Ruhlin

Laurie Ruhlin will be presenting a no-cost InData online webinar on James Wamser’s Words of Wisdom series. From the overview:

Laurie will be showing how she took data and images from a Walsworth customer’s database and flowed it into an InDesign layout using Em Software’s InData, an InDesign plugin. She started by redesigning the catalog, then worked to get the data and images ready to flow. She created the InData Prototype, which allowed her to flow and format hundreds of catalog items from an Excel Spreadsheet and images located on a shared server into her InDesign document in minutes.

Laurie’s presentations are always excellent, so we can’t recommend this more highly.

(Now that the webinar is finished, use this link to view the recording.)

Release: WordsFlow 3.3 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release adds highlight mapping and improves product stability.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.6.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This patch includes fixes for page breaks and improves product stability.

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Release: InCatalog 2.26.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release supports alternative currency formats and fixes problems with URLs and Apple silicon machines.

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Release: Xtags 2.11.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This patch fixes problems with URLs and Apple silicon machines.

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Release: InData 2.14.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This patch fixes problems with URLs, Apple silicon machines, and master page applications.

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Release: InCatalog 2.26 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release adds URL-based picture imports and supports Apple silicon.

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Release: InData 2.14 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release adds URL-based picture imports and supports Apple silicon.

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Release: Xtags 2.11 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release adds support for Apple silicon and allows imports with URLs.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.6 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release mainly adds native support for Apple silicon.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.2 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release adds support for Apple silicon and includes general product improvements.

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See you at Creative Pro Week next week?

If you haven’t already signed up, we can heartily endorse the annual Creative Pro Week, which we’ve been attending as exhibitors for many years. This past year was virtual, and next week’s is the same, but we’re hoping to be back in person next near.

We can’t recommend this conference enough — you’ll always learn something, and have fun to boot with the talented and engaging speakers. (Caveat: many are friends of ours, so we’re biased. 😉 )

We’ll be “there” in our virtual booth — click on our sponsor link once you’re logged in to the site.

Release: Xcatalog 3.16 for QuarkXPress 2020 (end-of-life)

This release removes support for QuarkXPress 2018 & 2019 and concludes development for QuarkXPress.

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Release: Xtags 3.17 for QuarkXPress 2020 (end-of-life)

This release removes support for QuarkXPress 2018 & 2019 and concludes development for QuarkXPress.

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Release: Xdata 4.12 for QuarkXPress 2020 (end-of-life)

This release removes support for QuarkXPress 2018 & 2019 and concludes development for QuarkXPress.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.5 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release introduces a footnote/endnote option and improves Google Docs imports and exports.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release adds a footnote/endnote import option and fixes a number of reported issues.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.4 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release improves download quality and addresses usability issues.

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Release: Xdata 4.11.1 for QuarkXPress 2018/2019/2020

This patch simply adds recognition of .dat files as valid data snapshots.

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Release: InCatalog 2.25 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release enhances text-selection link editing.

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Release: Xcatalog 3.15.2 for QuarkXPress 2018/2019/2020

This patch fixes a problem with updating data in a snapshot file.

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Release: InData 2.13 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release makes it easier to work with InData’s header/footer references.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.0.2 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This quick release improves WordsFlow’s built-in Word filter and addresses reported issues.

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