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WoodWing Ships Smart Catalog 2 for InDesignUtility supports dynamically linked database content
Smart Catalog 2 supports linking images, text frames and arbitrary text ranges to a database or data file, allowing for one-click publishing using dynamic data. Fields can be updated one by one or throughout an entire document with a single click. The software can also help with the actual layout of a catalog, including image positioning and scale, tables and price formats.
The software includes four modules: ODBC for linking to any ODBC-compliant database; XML for creating dynamic documents using data from XML files; Robot for creating controls and links via scripting; and Layout, which uses the Smart Layout plugin for creating product block templates.
Smart Catalog is available now for about $1,150 (999 Euro) for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. Additional modules and a "Pro" version of the software will be available later in the year. For more information, visit http://www.woodwing.com.
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