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XChange International and Adobe Plug-in developers offerbundle savings of 50% for Photoshop and InDesign users (September 21, 2007)
“Historically, InDesign and Photoshop users have not given much thought to what great investments plug-ins are to their workflows,” states William Buckingham, Technical Director for XChange. “Tedious and repetitive tasks can be automated and the plug-ins almost always return the user’s investment within the first few weeks of use. We are receiving more and more enquiries about InDesign plug-ins and requests for recommendations for a user’s particular workflow.”
The bundles will be offered for a limited time with one bundle available for InDesign users and one for Photoshop users. Contents of the bundles includes:
InDesign PRO Plug-in Pack ($298.00/£149.00)
Q2ID - Q2ID provides users a quick and easy way to migrate their Quark content into a new InDesign document with a single click using File->Open. Intricate details of the content within the QuarkXPress document are instantly re-created within InDesign. Items converted from Quark include: page positioning, colour models, fonts and styles, images, and text attributes as well as tables, layers, blends, runarounds, linked text boxes & anchored boxes, pantone colours and other colour models. The Q2ID (QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign) document conversion technology saves countless hours of scanning, re-keying and formatting. This product will convert and transform files created from within QuarkXPress on either the Microsoft Windows or Apple Macintosh OS, into an Adobe InDesign file, which then can be opened on both platforms.
Page Control - Page Control lets designers use multiple page sizes within a single InDesign document so inserts and foldouts can be created without awkward workarounds. Page Control enables users to resize an entire spread or the left/right pages independently, build & apply master pages of different sizes and expand the pasteboard for more working room — and all from InDesign's own Pages palette. And, the free reader plug-in means never worrying about compatibility with service providers. Users can finally take control of their pages with Page Control for InDesign.
Overset Manager - Overset Manager gives total control over text length and overset in InDesign enabling easy count, display, edit and print of overset text. The plug-in increases production security warning of overset on printing or exporting a file and lets users easily see if a file contains overset and which text threads are affected. Overset Manager is the ideal tool for anyone dealing with text-intensive files. And users can show or hide overset frames for the selected text flow or all text flows on the page. The Overset Manager palette lets users go directly to a specific overset frame, and start editing the text. Additionally, they will be alerted when printing or exporting a document containing overset text. With its extensive feature set, Overset Manager significantly increases the level of production security and helps to prevent costly mistakes. Alternatively, overset text frames could be placed to the left of the original text frame when using right-to-left languages such as Arabic and Hebrew.
Live Browse - LiveBrowse is a visual file browser making it amazingly easy to browse files from within InDesign and select images and text files to import directly into a document. The user simply selects their project folder containing their images, text files, spreadsheets, etc and then drags & drops the required file. With LiveBrowse importing is faster, easier and does not require an image database.
Photoshop PRO Plug-In Pack ($319.00/£159.00):
BlowUp - BlowUp offers the highest quality image resizing available—better than bicubic interpolation and any other third party solution. BlowUp makes advanced image scaling easy, preserves smooth, crisp edges and lines, and creates four times (1600% area) enlargements from any image without jagged artifacts or halos. In some cases, BlowUp can enlarge up to six times (3600% area) without obvious artifacts. BlowUp includes advanced features such as photo grain controls, enlargement-specific sharpening, and support for most image modes, including CMYK. BlowUp also supports 16- and 32-bit images and is optimised for multi-core and multi-processor systems. Graphic designers can now easily scale Web graphics up to print resolution or rescale everyday images for large format printing and outdoor advertising.
Photo/Graphic Edges - Photo/Graphic Edges is a suite of 14 photographic effects and 230 artistic brushes that give designers a host of options for unique, artistic image effects. The new version includes SmartLayers, Visual Layer Presets, Brush Effects, Unlimited Undo and lots of new features and creative content making it easier to give images more shape and dimension for extra interest and appeal. This new version of Photo/Graphic Edges includes dozens of new features and effects. PGE 6 includes SmartLayers, Visual Layer Presets, Brush Effects, Unlimited Undo and lots of new creative content. Photo/Graphic Edges 6.0 includes a stand-alone imaging application as well as a plug-in that works with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements®, Paint Shop Pro® and Corel Draw®.
Squizz - Squizz lets users precisely wrap almost anything. Squizz offers an advanced user interface with an extra large preview and now an unlimited zooming ability on any portion of the working area. Unlike Photoshop's Liquify, brushes have no limits with Squizz and the latest version provides new controls and an advanced user interface for maximum precision. In Squizz!, brushes are working through a virtual mechanism with the same speed, no matter what the picture size. Additionally, jitter and displace are added to the brushes features and warp rendering is faster on larger images. Advanced Grids with full control over the way a user creates make Squizz! perfect for label warp while grids are not available in Liquefy.
HVC Color Composer - HVC Color Composer gives professionals access to the perceptual HVC colour space for colour selection in Photoshop which makes navigating through colours and making the right choices in the right context a breeze. Also, for the first time, contrast between any colours can be quantified precisely, a huge benefit to the creative selection process. Users can easily gain power and understanding of colour relationships, and generate thousands of dynamic colour palettes, engineered for their unique needs.
The PRO Bundles are available now through XChange International . 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 [email protected]
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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