NEW! - Custom and Fitered Record Range Support
Custom Record Ranges: AccurioPro VDP users may now utilize custom record ranges for all VDP applications. In previous versions, the user was able to specify a range of records to process, but could not selectively process individual records. This new features allows you to add any record range you would like, including continuous ranges as before. Record ranges should be separated by commas and dashes, as is common in Adobe applications. For example, (1,5,7,9-12,17-21) would print the records 1,5,7,9,10,11,12,17,18,19,20,21.
Filtered Record Ranges: In VDP workflows, it is common practice to identify a few records out of a large data file that should be used for proofing purposes. The new AccurioPro VDP version provides a way to filter the record ranges to process based on a set of user-defined criteria. As an example, you can specify whether a variable data field should be empty, not empty, or contain a specific value. AccurioPro VDP will automatically search all of the data file records, and extract only those record numbers that match the specified criteria. This new feature is accessible via the dropdown menu next to the record range area on the main AccurioPro VDP dialog window. Check out the video for more details!
NEW! - Label Sort Mode
In addition to Step By and Cut & Stack mode, AccurioPro VDP now includes a brand new mode named Label Sort. The Label Sort mode can be used for label printers and cutters that require the variable data output to be printed in a continuous fashion, with the data split across two or more rows or columns on the sheet, and with each sheet picking up where the other left off. To use this new feature, you create the same multi-up layout as you have done before, but when you start the merge you simply select the Label Sort option. The software will ask you to confirm the number of Rows and Columns that you have specified on the sheet, and will proceed to sort the data in the appropriate order. This feature is fantastic for label printers or Duplo cutters that require the VDP output be produced in a very specific order. Check out the video for more details!
NEW! - Specify Number of Copies per Record or Page
AccurioPro VDP now includes a feature for printing duplicate copies of an entire Page Set, or for Each Record. For Page Set duplication, we have implemented a new Control Frame that allows you to conditionally control how many copies of a job to print. Whatever number is in the control frame will be the number of copies printed. You can set the number of copies variably by placing a Variable Link inside of the Control Frame, which can pull data from a separate data field. For multi-up applications where your data contains a Quantity field for each record, we've also added an option for that. By checking the new Enable Copies per Record preference item, you will be prompted at the start of the VDP merge session to select the Variable Link that holds the quantity value for each record. During the merge, each record will be processed repeatedly up to the quantity entered into the field. This approach can be useful for business cards and other items that must be printed in a multi-up fashion.
NEW! - Support for GS1 Data Matrix and EAN-8 Bar Codes
The 2D Bar Code Module has been modified to support GS1 Data Matrix code generation. In addition, the Linear Bar Code Module now provides support for EAN-8 linear bar codes. The new Data Matrix and EAN-8 support both require an updated set of fonts be installed on your system. For details on this, please visit www.meadowsps.com/barcode-update.
NEW! - Additional Image Positioning Options
For variable picture links, two new options have been added for adjusting the Vertical and Horizontal alignment. These adjustments are applied to the variable image after the initial positioning options have been applied. For example, let's say you have a variable picture that you want to scale and size to fit an image frame (which is the default option). Sometimes, this leaves the picture in the middle of the picture frame with additional white space on either side. For this example, you can now also set the Horizontal Alignment of the picture after it has been scaled to align the image to the left edge of the frame, but retain the original scaling. This is a great option for signatures and other images where more precise positioning is desired. Check out the video for more details!
NEW! - Optional HTTP Module
The HTTP module provides support for variable pictures and other assets that can be referenced via a URL reference (ex: http://www.yourwebsite.com/images/imagename.jpg). Images can be stored on any server or storage location accessible via HTTP, and every image format supported by Adobe InDesign can be referenced in this same fashion. Full integration has been provided with the built-in AccurioPro VDP Preflight Report, which will verify the image locations prior to the start of a merge. Assets can also be collected and downloaded locally using the Preflight feature for improved overall performance. In addition to URL-based image support, the HTTP module also provides direct database connectivity for AccurioPro Catalog users. Rather than work through an intermediate CSV data file, for example, the HTTP module can permit direct updating of documents by connecting to an external database system.
NEW! - Updated Pro Pack Module
NEW! - User Interface Changes
We've made a few user interface changes to try and consolidate the menu items between AccurioPro VDP and AccurioPro Catalog. Here is a summary of those changes:
We changed the Merge Document action to now read Update Document. This feature is used by some AccurioPro VDP users to update the content of the current InDesign document with a single record of data. We also added a Merge... item in the flyout menu on the AccurioPro VDP floating panel.
We modified the main AccurioPro VDP dialog to provide access to the all features from under the Action dropdown menu. Those features include Update Document, Variable Content Report (previously named Report), Batch Processing, and the new Variable Link Report.
To access any of these AccurioPro Catalog features, select Merge... from under the main AccurioPro menu, or under the floating panel flyout menu, and then select the feature from under the Action dropdown menu. The CopyFit and Rules options are available on the separate Options tab on the main AccurioPro Catalog dialog window.
NEW! - Variable Link Report for AccurioPro Catalog
The helpful Variable Link Report has been added to the AccurioPro Catalog Action menu. This feature will provide a list of all AccurioPro Catalog placeholders used within the current document. The report lists the Link Name, Rule, Search Key, and Page Number where each placeholder is located. This handy utility is fantastic for tracking down problem or hidden placeholders in your InDesign documents.
Fixed DDF Switching with Placed InDesign Documents Issue
This release fixes an issue where documents that contained other placed InDesign documents sometimes caused an unwanted switch in the DDF when the document was first opened.
Fixed Smart Tags Crash with Empty Lines
With the Smart Tags feature enabled, some customers reported a crash condition that occurred when an empty line was being removed. This issue has been identified and repaired in this release.
Fixed Page and Frame Rule Reporting Issue on Master Pages
For Page and Frame rules, the report dialog window always displayed any such rules that were assigned to master pages as being on page 1 of the document. This issue has been repaired in this release.
Fixed Hide/Show Layer Action Undo Issues
Fixed an issue related to the hide and show layers Rule Action. When performing an Update Document event, the layer actions were not respecting the Undo/Redo command properly. This issue has been repaired in this release.
Fixed Invalid Search Key in Rules Panel
Fixed an issue related to the display of the Sequence Number/Search Key in the Rules panel when a Page Rule was selected. The correct value is now displayed in the panel. This was only a user interface issue and did not affect the performance of the software.
Fixed issues with UTF-8 data in Rules Data, File Paths, Variable Link Prefix and Suffix [16.70b0]
Various issues related to UTF-8 data being embedded in rules data and file paths were repaired in this release.
Changed default 2D bar code sizing mode to Shrink to fit to improve performance [16.70b0]
The previous default sizing mode for 2D bar codes was set to Auto, which automatically sized the bar code to fill the frame. This could result in degraded performance. The Auto sizing mode has been renamed Size to Fill, and the new default mode is now Size to Fit. In the Size to Fit mode, the bar code is only adjusted if it oversets the encompassing text frame. This results in significant performance improvement in most cases.
Changed Data Matrix format menu to list the size of the bar code to be created [16.70b0]
The previous Data Matrix format menu listed a single number identifying the available formats. This menu has been modified to represent the overall dimensions of the Data Matrix bar code in terms of horizontal and vertical dots.
Fixed issues related to GS1 Data Matrix encoding [16.70b0]
Several issues related to GS1 Data Matrix encodings have been repaired in this release.
Fixed a Mac-only issue related to the Document fonts folder [16.70b0]
Certain fonts on the Macintosh that were resident to the local Document fonts folder were not being processed during the print driver session. This was a rare occurrence, and was typically related to fonts containing trademark characters or other unique naming conventions. This issue has been repaired in this release.
Changes to Multi-up Imposition Feature
The multi-up imposition feature now detects when a document had been previously imposed, and prompts the user to delete any existing Imposition Layers. The Imposition Layers include the Crop Marks, Imposition Frames, and Imposed Objects layers that are automatically created by the imposition process. This allows the user to clear existing imposition elements when running multiple impositions on the same document.
Fixed issue with batch mode in PDF Exporter module for AccurioPro Catalog [16.70b0]
The previous version of the PDF Exporter module would result in an error during batch processing. This issue has been repaired in this release.
Improved support for software activation via proxy server [16.70b0]
The software activation has been modified to work when used on systems that utilize a proxy server without requiring custom setting modifications.