I’ve written about Em Software’s Xdata as “one of the most valuable ‘hidden weapons’ for publishers in the past 18 years.” With more studios now using both QuarkXPress and InDesign, you can now buy a bundle of Xdata and InData for $475 — a savings of $325. This sale on these award-winning variable-data tools lasts through January 31, 2009, available through XChange International for electronic delivery worldwide. To order, or for more information, visit www.xchangeuk.com.
To explain what the product does, I’ll lean on their press release:
“In today’s economy, they are constantly looking for ways to save time and money in production, and both Xdata and InData offer that opportunity at an amazingly affordable price. They pay for themselves, and then some, with the first use. Users are amazed as the savings they experience immediately.”
Xdata and InData are document building tools that bring the full layout, design, typographic and picture publishing power of InDesign and QuarkXPress to bear on all data-driven repetitive publishing tasks. Simply put, Xdata (for XPress) or InData (for InDesign) work like a “mail merge on steroids.” Users write simple text statements to import and format their text and graphics. Then the menu-driven tools, in a few clicks, build documents at hundreds of pages per hour.
Users can take advantage of InDesign or XPress’ typographic controls for each variable field and for any intervening text, to get just the right look for their data. Xdata and InData have a powerful English-like scripting language. Users can put any field from their data source in any order in the text flow, force page breaks, generate headers/footers, apply master pages as needed and lots more.
Xdata and InData’s scripting language can be used to build simple or complex rules for including or excluding fields, pictures and static text. And there are no limits on the data: records and fields can be as many and as long as needed.
Xdata and InData offer users automation for product catalogues, financial and legal reports, conference guides, abstracts, real estate guides, trader and swap magazines, classified advertising, timetables, phone books or directories, course listings, television guides and more.
Em Software have been in the data publishing tools business for well over a decade, are one of the oldest Quark XTension developers in the world, and were one of the very first InDesign plug-in developers. Em Software’s products feature a risk-free 100% money-back absolute satisfaction “no-quibble” guarantee. They provide tools that operate cross-platform (Mac OS and Windows) and cross-product (QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign), as identically as possible, so users can choose the best platform and design tool for their needs. They also feature generous upgrade and cross-grade policies.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.