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XChange International Announce Release of DataLinker

Plug-in for Adobe InDesign CS3 (May 14, 2008)
DMN Newswire--2008-5-14--XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of DataLinker for Adobe InDesign CS3. The plug-in lets users quickly and easily connect external data sources to Adobe InDesign documents. Users can link CSV (Comma Separated Value or a flat text data file) and with an add-on plug-in, ODBC-compliant databases to a document by using a simple, user-friendly palette. DataLinker will automatically insert new information or changes made to the data source with a synchronise feature.

The versatile plug-in offers powerful merge capabilities to insert data from a data source one field at a time or from multiple records simultaneously. DataLinker integrates closely with the TableStyles/CellStyles and BarcodeMaker plug-ins, offering extra productivity gains for users working with tables or barcodes. DataLinker is a valuable time saver for anyone who needs to connect directly to dynamic and changing external data such as price lists, product catalogues, budgets or annual reports.

New features in the CS3 version:
- Regular expression/GREP find and change on incoming data as it is placed in the document. This allows for much more flexible data formatting
- Unlimited field length when using the ODBC plug-in. Previously, DataLinker could only handle the first 1000 characters in an ODBC data source.
- Prefix and suffix areas in alphanumeric fields can now handle all Adobe InDesign special characters, such as ^n for a carriage return, and ^t for a tab.
- Use XML rule scripts to modify data after it is merged into the document, using the full power of the Adobe InDesign scripting API.

Ideal for anyone working in catalogue publishing or with price lists, DataLinker allows an unlimited number of data sources to be added to a single InDesign document for flexible data management. One palette controls all of the plug-in s capabilities and with just a few clicks, data is connected. Users often have raw data in their database that they want to format by adding or changing characters when it flows into a document. Currencies are a classic example. A database might have the number 34 stored in the database, but when it's placed into the document it should read £34.00. With the addition of regular expression/GREP find and change capabilities, DataLinker has added very robust support for virtually any kind of formatting scenarios. Utilising the same engine as InDesign's native GREP Find/Change feature, DataLinker now offers the full robustness of regular expressions for formatting database data.

DataLinker takes advantage of InDesign's XML Rule functionality to allow users to write simple scripts to modify their layout depending on the content of the data that comes from the data source. Now, DataLinker users can take advantage of all of the robustness of InDesign's scripting API to write scripts against their data. XML Rules scripts are short and simple, making it easy for users with a beginning knowledge of scripting to get up and running with scripts for DataLinker-created documents.

System Requirements:
Same as host application (Adobe InDesign CS2/CS3) on Macintosh® and Windows® platforms.

DataLinker for both InDesign CS2 or CS3 are available now through XChange International for. To order, or for more information, users can visit www.xchangeuk.com, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours. Email address is info@xchangeuk.com.

XChange are a leading supplier of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension® technology; Adobe InDesign®, Acrobat® and Photoshop® Plug-ins® and other design and publishing utilities. XChange offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site. The company are headquartered in Central London and also offer specialist training on many of the solutions they sell.
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