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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 Collaborative Workflows for Editors and Designers

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 Collaborative Workflows for Editors and Designers 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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Release: DocsFlow 3.3.2 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This patch release improves the Import Options dialog and adds endnotes support.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.0.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release fixes a crash and addresses Update Linked Document issues.

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Release: WordsFlow 3.0 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

We’re thrilled to announce the official release of WordsFlow 3.0, which primarily introduces our new Microsoft Word import filter with advanced import options.

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Release: Xcatalog 3.15.1 for QuarkXPress 2018/2019/2020

This patch fixes online connections with FileMaker Pro versions 7 through 11.

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Release: InCatalog 2.24.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This patch mainly fixes online connections with FileMaker Pro versions 7 through 11.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.19.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This patch simply tweaks how Above Line frames are exported.

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Adobe blog: InDesign editorial + production magic with WordsFlow

Laurie Ruhlin (a crackerjack Chicago-based trainer / consultant / designer, and a long-time friend of Em Software) has written a fantastic overview of WordsFlow for Adobe’s blog:

InDesign editorial + production magic with WordsFlow

Her summary:

So there you have it. WordsFlow and DocsFlow (for Google Docs) allows my client to retain content control throughout the production process. They can use the program they feel comfortable in to make edits, and best of all, I “allow” them to do much of the tedious editing. I simply update or relink the Word file using WordsFlow, and instantly, those client changes are incorporated into my InDesign document. WordsFlow has greatly simplified my workflow and allowed me to keep my designer hat on, the one I love to wear!

(Find full information at http://emsoftware.com/wordsflow, where you can download and install the free, 15-day, full-featured trial plugin.)

Release: DocsFlow 3.3.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This patch fixes a problem with table borders and improves stability.

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Release: InCatalog 2.24 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release adds support for InDesign 2021 and discontinues support for some older versions.

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Release: Xtags 2.10 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release adds support for InDesign 2021 and discontinues support for some older versions.

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Release: InData 2.12 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release adds support for InDesign 2021 and discontinues support for some older versions.

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Release: InData 2.11 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This release improves scriptability and adds a more direct way to use InDesign tagged text.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.3 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release adds support for InDesign 2021 and discontinues support for some older versions.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.2.2 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This patch release shows all Shared drives and improves stability.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.19 for InDesign CS6, CC2019-2021

This release adds support for InDesign 2021 and discontinues support for some older versions.

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Preview: WordsFlow 3.0 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

We’re excited to announce the availability of WordsFlow 3.0 Preview, which introduces a new, custom-built Microsoft Word import filter with advanced import options. To take it for a spin, download an installer from the Previews for InDesign section of WordsFlow’s side-bar, drive it around for a bit, then let us know what you think!

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Release: WordsFlow 2.18 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This release improves tracked-changes handling, InDesign’s Missing Fonts dialog, and product stability.

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Release: Xtags 2.9.2 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This patch fixes a problem with the &it tag.

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WordsFlow and DocsFlow make top ten Most Valuable Plugins

Issue 137 of InDesign Magazine published a rundown of the ten most valuable plugins for InDesign, compiled from a survey of their board of experts. WordsFlow is #4 and DocsFlow is #8.

On WordsFlow:

Em Software’s WordsFlow is a no-brainer; I use it and couldn’t live without it. I used to send a PDF to my client, have her mark it up with PDF commenting, then spend a couple of hours deciphering her notes, scratch outs, word changes, and other tiny issues. Now, I send my client the exported Word file, and she makes all the minor changes. When she sends it back to me, I relink it with WordsFlow. The two hours that I would have worked on the minor changes is done in about a minute. —Laurie Ruhlin

On DocsFlow:

I think DocsFlow is a miracle plug-in. I’ve used it for many client projects for years because it’s rock solid and it turns me into a rock star in my client’s eyes. “What? We can still have all our users editing all these Google Docs remotely and we’ll have no problems updating the publication with our changes? What a relief! Thank you!” —Anne-Marie Concepción

You can read the article online at InDesign MVPs: Most Valuable Plug-ins.

To help with reading the whole issue (and future issues), InDesign Secrets is also offering a $10 discount code for membership: MVP.

New Docs 2 Design plugin for Adobe XD

We’re proud as punch to announce our third and latest plugin for Adobe XD, Docs 2 Design.

This plugin provides a stellar solution to the problem of content collaboration between XD users and their stakeholders.

With Docs 2 Design (D2D for short), as an XD user, you can extract one or more artboards’ text contents with a click, packaged in various forms we call a “snapshot” (typically a spreadsheet). Each artboard’s image is captured on a sheet in the snapshot, with each text item indexed and labeled in the image for easy reference while adding or editing the text items’ content on the artboard’s sheet.

You can then share or send around the snapshot file for editing using your co-workers’ normal tools (such as Excel or any text editor), and with another click, update all text items from the edited snapshot.

D2D offers artboard “variants”—e.g., languages in a translation/localization project, or suggestions from different team members or groups. You can fluidly switch among variants to check designs with differing content.

D2D is ideal for sending out artboard content for translation or localization, for fleshing out “lorem ipsum”-ed designs with real content, for getting text content suggestions from various team members or outside stakeholders, or for generally managing a set of variant texts entirely within XD.

Your content is your own—no websites required nor involved—and D2D makes it easy to figure out what happened at each update or variant switch with its “X-rays.”

D2D comes in two forms, a free version that’s fully functional but with some limits on the number of artboards and variants, and a paid (licensed) version with no limits.

For more information, see the D2D product page, and for full operating instructions, see the user guide.

Release: WordsFlow 2.17 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This release gives exported Word files the same page formatting as the InDesign document, and improves product stability.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.2.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This quick release addresses problems with placing, exporting, and updating.

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A romp through WordsFlow and DocsFlow with Terry White on Adobe Live

Joe Mathia (with Chris Ryland kibitzing) had a great time showing our WordsFlow and DocsFlow products on Adobe Live yesterday, hosted by Terry White. Terry’s the best, and the audience was alive with excellent questions.

You can watch a replay here.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.2 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This release adds Google Drive shortcuts, improves the Import Options dialog, and addresses product stability issues.

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Release: Xcatalog 3.15 for QuarkXPress 2018/2019/2020

This release of Xcatalog adds support for QuarkXPress 2020 and discontinues support for QuarkXPress 2017.

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Release: Xdata 4.11 for QuarkXPress 2018/2019/2020

This release of Xdata adds support for QuarkXPress 2020 and discontinues support for QuarkXPress 2017.

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Release: Xtags 3.16 for QuarkXPress 2018/2019/2020

This release of Xtags adds support for QuarkXPress 2020 and discontinues support for QuarkXPress 2017.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.1.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This quick release mainly improves 3.1’s new Google Docs Import Options dialog.

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Free webinar “Successful Remote Workflows for Publishing Teams”

One of our very favorite InDesign gurus, “Her Geekness” Anne-Marie Concepcion, will be presenting three very timely free webinars on remote workflows for publishing teams, May 12, 13, and 14th. The final presentation on the 14th will be covering our WordsFlow and DocsFlow products.

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Release: WordsFlow 2.16.2 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This patch addresses a compatibility issue with Typefi Designer.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This release introduces an enhanced Import Options dialog and improves product stability.

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Release: Xdata 4.10.1 for QuarkXPress 2017/2018/2019

This patch addresses a problem with quoted put statements.

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Extreme Ad Makeover with InData

Consultant extraordinaire Gil Poulsen has written another incredible tutorial/case study detailing how he’s building real estate ads for newspapers in his area using Em’s InData product.

It’s in three parts:

Extreme Ad Makeover with InDesign/InData (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)

Read all three parts for an in-depth tutorial, with helpful pointers at the end.

Release: WordsFlow 2.16.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This patch improves stability and fixes issues with exporting to Word files.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.0.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This patch improves stability and addresses issues with importing and updating.

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Release: Xtags 2.9.1 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This patch corrects problems with saving or copying tags for anchored text frames.

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Release: DocsFlow 3.0 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

We are excited to announce the release of DocsFlow 3.0, which offers a totally new & improved Place from Google Docs… experience and an updated Export to Google Docs dialog. Sites who have been previewing this new version say they can’t drag it away from their users. We hope you love it too!

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Release: InCatalog 2.23 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This release adds support for InDesign 2020 and discontinues support for some older versions.

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Release: InData 2.10 for InDesign CS6, CC2018-2020

This release adds support for InDesign 2020 and discontinues support for some older versions.

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