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SoftCare Announces K4 Publishing System 5.1

Support for regional editions and multi-language files (October 05, 2004)

Leading InDesign and InCopy solution provider SoftCare today announced K4 Publishing System version 5.1, due for release in late December. The new version will include improved support for regional editions and multi-language publications, as well as object rules and virtual layouts for seamless integration with asset management, ad layout and page planning solutions. At IfraExpo, October 11th to 14th in Amsterdam, SoftCare will present a preview of version 5.1 at stand number 0325.

Every frame in an InDesign document can now contain not just one element per frame, but multiple variants of text, images, ads or multimedia objects, dramatically increasing the flexibility of K4 and its adaptability to different types of publications. One text frame can, for example, contain an English, German and French variant. For regional newspaper editions, K4 can manage different ads in the same image frame, associated with or independent of different text variants for selected articles. All variants share the same layout geometry, making it easy to manage multi-lingual or multi-version publications and to keep file sizes small.

"Today, ad agencies must maintain up to twenty layout files for the same brochure in order to handle different language versions. Or they keep all language versions on different layers of the same file, leading to bloated file size", explains Andreas Schrader, managing director at SoftCare. "With K4 version 5.1, we will provide a mechanism that allows them to bring down file size and save tremendous amounts of time. Changes to the position or size of a frame need to be executed only once, instead of once on every layer or on several files. This will be very important to agencies in a competitive environment as well as for newspapers and magazines that publish regional editions."

Other major new features will include object rules, allowing third-party systems to specify the exact location on the page for each object via XML when sending pictures, ads or multimedia objects to an InDesign page. In addition, virtual layouts can be created in K4, based on layout information provided by ad layout or page planning solutions. When connected to such a system, designers do not have to manually build InDesign documents and place ads - everything is handled automatically by K4. A full integration with page planning solution JournalDesigner will be presented at IfraExpo by dataplan at stand 0913.

Aside from showing K4, SoftCare invites all IfraExpo visitors to a one-hour panel discussion focusing on the benefits of editorial workflows based on Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy on the IfraExpo NewsFloor, stand 0980. On Tuesday at 4 pm, developers and integrators will share their first-hand experience with the Adobe products and will answer questions from the audience.

About SoftCare
SoftCare was founded in 1990 and is a leading developer of workflow solutions for the publishing industry. SoftCare's flagship product is the award-winning K4 Publishing System for professional publishing workflows based on Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy. Other solutions by SoftCare include PublicationExport for extracting structured data from QuarkXPress or QPS documents, and Link&Layout.

General information about SoftCare is available at:


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