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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: 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: 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: 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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David Blatner’s new lynda.com data publishing tutorial

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 new tutorial also includes a 5-minute overview of our InData product, called “InData, a more powerful Data Merge“. The lynda.com folks have kindly made this video freely viewable.

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

This release adds support for InDesign CC and includes, among other things, a number of new functions for working with strings.

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Release: InData 2.0.4 for InDesign CS5/5.5/6

This patch release improves cross-reference handling and primary text flow support.

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Release: InData 2.0.3 for InDesign CS5/5.5/6

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.

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Release: InData 2.0.2 for InDesign CS5/5.5/6

This update of InData improves compatibility with FileMaker Pro 12.

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Release: InData 2.0.1 for InDesign CS5/5.5/6

This patch release of InData improves compatibility with Primary Text Frames and fixes an issue with wandering header/footer frames in CS6.

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Release: InData 2.0 for InDesign CS5/5.5/6

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.

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Release: Xdata 4.3.4 for QuarkXPress 8/9

This patch release of Xdata addresses an issue with snapshots generated by FileMaker Pro 12.

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InData builds annual commercial real estate directory

Mike Docker, InData developer extraordinaire, shares with us how he used InData with InDesign to build an annual commercial real estate directory.

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.

Overview

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.

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Release: Xdata 8/9.4.3.3 for QuarkXPress 8/9

This patch release of Xdata addresses an issue with quoted strings in prototypes.

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Release: InData 6/7/8.1.9.1 for InDesign CS4/5/5.5/6

This release of InData adds support for Adobe InDesign CS6, officially ends support for CS4, and improves the import experience.

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