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.
This patch release lets Mac users select any file for import.
This patch release fixes a problem with custom subfield delimiters.
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).
The 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.
This release adds compatibility with InDesign CC 2014 and a few minor fixes.
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.
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.
David Blatner has released a brand-new data merge and data publishing tutorial on lynda.com. As with anything by the InDesign Secrets crew, it’s quite well done.
This release adds support for InDesign CC and includes, among other things, a number of new functions for working with strings.
This patch release improves cross-reference handling and primary text flow support.
This update of InData addresses header/footer issues when working with facing pages, adds a new picture positioning option, and makes all flavors of snapshot files selectable again.
This update of InData improves compatibility with FileMaker Pro 12.
This patch release of InData improves compatibility with Primary Text Frames and fixes an issue with wandering header/footer frames in CS6.
We’re pleased to announce a major new release of InData, which, along with various accumulated fixes and improvements, finally adds full support for text anchors, hyperlinks and cross-references.
This patch release of Xdata addresses an issue with snapshots generated by FileMaker Pro 12.
Estates Gazette (EG) is the weekly magazine for the UK commercial property trade, and each year it produces a directory of warehousing and distribution parks across the country with space available for rent or purchase.
The data is held in an Excel spreadsheet, which is updated from information provided by property agents. This comes into the EG offices at different times and is handled by different staff members. Also, each distribution park can be represented by multiple agents, so it is not uncommon for one park to be entered into the spreadsheet several times.
As publication date approaches the agents are reminded to check and amend the data they have provided, and the updated spreadsheet becomes the source for the printed directory.
The magazine’s production team had been using cut-and-paste techniques to get the text on to the page but they approached the task with dread as each year rolled around. I persuaded them to give InData a try.
This patch release of Xdata addresses an issue with quoted strings in prototypes.
This release of InData adds support for Adobe InDesign CS6, officially ends support for CS4, and improves the import experience.
We create our rare book catalogues utilizing InData to get the data from our database into our layout program. We use FileMaker Pro v.10 and InDesign CS4 (previously we used QuarkXpress). Since our data is very strictly formatted and our catalogues consist of unique items, averaging 500-800 at a time, it would be dreadful having to do all this formatting by hand. The plug-in saves us enormous time.
(Click on the graphic above for the full pdf version.)
I have attached a pdf of the finished product of one of our catalogues created this way. All of the information for the books are taken from approximately 25 different fields for each record/book. I first began using InData for a catalogue that consisted of more than 1,000 books.
As a wholesale distributor of building products, Wimsatt Building Materials delivers roofing, siding, insulation, windows, doors, and composite lumber to builders and contractors across the state of Michigan. With 20,000+ SKUs in over 1500 categories, our Marketing Department had a formidable challenge in communicating building product information to several audiences across multiple media. Our annual printed contractor catalog, our regularly-updated internal price pages, and our online catalog were all isolated production processes that required a great deal of manual effort on the part of the design team and proofreading on the part of our Inventory Department.
We’re happy to announce the immediate availability of InData 8.1.9 beta 1 for Adobe InDesign CS6. We’re looking forward to seeing the layouts folks come up with by combining InData with CS6’s new Liquid Layout and Alternate Layout features.
This minor release adds ExtendScript access to InData’s import methods on Mac OS as well as full scripting access to InData’s prototype story and story names.
This patch release addresses issues with scripting, indent-to-here characters, the format() function and CJK systems.
This patch release of Xdata addresses problems with the format() function and adds pass-thru of the indent-to-here character.
This minor release of Xdata fixes some long-standing data format issues.
This release simply adds compatibility for Adobe’s 7.5.1 update to InDesign CS5.5.
Quark has recently featured a couple of Xdata samples on their web site.
The first, at Directories and Yearbooks: Automate the Publishing of Directory-style Documents, has the caption John Catt Educational‘s 2011 publications were created using Em Software’s Xdata XTension for QuarkXPress in conjunction with databases created by consultant Roger Fuller. (John Catt Educational is UK-based, and Roger Fuller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; Roger is a long-term Em associate, and we can recommend him highly.)
The second, at Catalogs and Circulars: Limitless Design Flexibility, has the caption Mike Docker, Deputy Production Editor at Caterer & Hotelkeeper Magazine, said these guides involved a lot of coding at first but using Em Software’s Xdata XTension for QuarkXPress paid dividends for years afterwards.
(In both cases, you have to click on the embedded picture to see the samples.)
Mike Docker of Three Trick Pony (UK) is now showcasing InData/Xdata on his web site.
These are beautiful applications of our tools, and should give you a good idea about what you can accomplish with the same set of tools.
Mike is available for consulting, and can be contacted via email from the footer of his site.
This release of Xdata adds support for QuarkXPress 9 to that for QuarkXPress 8, drops support for both QuarkXPress 6 and 7 and includes a couple of minor fixes.
This release sees the addition of sister-product Xdata’s format() function, support for the &it tag in XPress Tags-styled text and compatibility with InCatalog 6/22.214.171.124 and later.
The latest InDesign Secrets podcast—from David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion—talks at some length about both InCatalog and InData. (The lead-in to our products starts around 11:00, but the whole podcast is gold for data publishers.)
These podcasts are always great, but this one is particularly relevant to anyone interested in our products.
One nit, though: David talks about InCatalog being the big brother of InData, which isn’t quite true: it’s more like a brother who does something fairly distinct but complementary. (InData builds, InCatalog links, very roughly.)
This release adds unfettered anchored box sizing and includes a couple of minor fixes.
This release adds unfettered anchored box sizing, adds support for Arabic publishing, text anchors and hyperlinks, and includes a number of minor fixes.
This release of InData for InDesign adds support for InDesign CS5 to that for CS4, drops support for CS2/CS3, adds support for Xtags styled text without requiring the Xtags plugin, adds support for inline picture frame tags in Xtags styled text, and allows you to choose which format of styled text you’re using (Xtags or InDesign Tags) on a per-use basis.
This release of InData for InDesign adds support for missing pictures, and fixes a bug with importing from the clipboard.
(This includes all release notes back to the beginning of the CS2/CS3/CS4 series.)
These notes cover all the 6/7/8-series Xdata releases.
This release supports InDesign CS2 as well as CS, and features a small set of additions and fixes.
These notes include all releases in the Xdata 6/7 series.
This set of releases fixes a whole raft of bugs, and adds features such as full Unicode support and scripting access to header updating.
This release includes a whole slew of fixes and small features that you’d expect early in the life of a product.