The new release of our dynamic publishing software - InBetween 4.7 is officially available.
An essential basis of the InBetween strategy is the constant dialogue with our customers. Because what our customers need and want is the most important thing for us. The update 4.7 is based under this premise.
The new release is part of our progress to make the products of our software family easier to use and more and more tailored to the actual use cases of our customers. InBetween 4.7 with many highlights for even more comfortable workflows contains numerous highlights and new functions.
The variety of the supported output formats has been augmented by Adobe Illustrator.
With InBetween 4.7, AI documents – editable vector graphics – can be generated automatically. This gives an additional benefit especially for the creation of packaging and labels. With the Illustrator DTP client, users can compose, e.g., product-individual labels out of pre-formatted elements. An update of the values in the Illustrator document in case of a data change or a language shift are also available. Of course, the template model of InBetween also applies here, for example, that a template can be created in InDesign and then used in Illustrator.
InBetween supports the creation of Office documents in the output formats Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint already for many years. The quality of the output has now been improved significantly again, whereupon the main focus in the current release was Microsoft Word.
In InBetween 4.7, Word documents generate faster than InDesign documents, and they contain the same depth of detail and fidelity of layout, as long as the high requirements of print are not needed. This makes the use of InBetween attractive for areas such as operation manuals, tender letters, business reports, and training material.
Although InBetween is based on a central user management, users had to login for each web application separately.
In the future, this is evitable. Thanks to a new concept of user authentication for all web applications, a single login is sufficient to use all licensed web applications. Likewise, users can switch among Publisher, Publication Wizard, and Marketing Board without the need of an additional login.
Publication Wizard plays a central role in case that publication structure cannot be described completely in the data, but is determined by the responsible person during the creation of the publication. This web application enables users compiling and personalizing page sequences without the need of special graphic skills.
With the new release, Publication Wizard has become even easier to use: Applying section within a publication has been improved and dialogs can be arranged on the screens according to the user’s convenience.
In everyday's work, there can be the situation that a correct image has been assigned to a product, but this doesn't show the intended message. In such cases, an image section can be useful.
In order to support this use case, Publication Wizard now offers the possibility cropping and zooming images to select the appropriate image section for the concrete appearance of an image on a page.
A main function of the DTP client is the creative placement of single pre-formatted templates and content elements on the document pages. However, there was also the possibility selecting more than one element at the same time and drawing them on a page.
This placement of several products has been enhanced. Now it is possible defining order rules (e.g., arrange in matrix form) as well as describing the spacing between the templates in detail. As a matter of course, the automatic arrangement can span across several pages.
There are many cases where each template has a fixed position on a page when it has been placed in InDesign. However, in other cases it is advantageous if a template can arrange and move automatically in the page flow. This can be realized using the linked flow layout, linking templates to each other. Inserting, moving or deleting a product within a linked flow layout will automatically move the assigned templates on the following pages.
The synchronization function in DTP client allows a quick and efficient overall view of the differences between the InDesign document and the data source. Such differences can occur, e.g., if data are changed or corrected after a document creation.
InBetween shows the changes, highlights them and allows to jump directly to the positions of the changed elements in the InDesign document. With InBetween 4.7, a comparison view has been integrated showing in detail which words or characters have been modified.
Generally, a template created in InDesign can be used in all output formats. In some cases, the layout of the draft can't be taken over successfully, e.g., if a text contains manual formatting of single words rather than working with styles. The new release checks newly created templates for potential problems and displays these to the user, inclusive recommendations for the correction.
The output format HiRes-PDF gains an increasing popularity in fully automated publication processes such as the creation of datasheets. The output format has a significantly better quality than Preview-PDF, but is much faster than the InDesign-based HQ-PDF. This allows the production of 50.000 datasheets overnight.
With the new release, HiRes PDF becomes even better. The file size of the generated documents could be reduced with reduction of quality, embedding only the font characters that appear in the document. On the other hand, the range of valid image formats could be enlarged, adding images formats such as PSD and TIFF, which are important for print purposes.
In the practical work with fonts, one and the same font style can have different names in InDesign, Word, and PDF. In such cases, InBetween users had to add a font with all its styles multiple times and use a formatting switch to determine which of these fonts is the right one for a particular output format.
This has been changed so that each font has to be added only once, and the translation into the required font name will be done automatically in the background.
InBetween supports the creation of barcodes, EAN codes, and QR codes already for several years. For one-dimensional codes, we used a specific font, which had to be available for a correct output. In order to get rid of this restriction, we renewed our barcode renderer.
From now on, we produce a barcode as an image in the required size which can be used on each device and be scanned without any limitation.
The InBetween REST data source becomes more and more popular, since it allows a live data access without the need of a database access. However, there was the disadvantage that each InBetween data query could cause a chain of single webservice calls, influencing generation times.
This behavior has been improved appreciably. Now the required data will be cached, and only data elements changed in the meanwhile will have to be loaded again. For the actual generation process, data retrieval is a local database query. For more and more PIM system, InBetween offers a ready-made REST connector, e.g., Akeneo, Riversand, and ContentServ.
The operation of InBetween becomes easier and easier. In the current release, the setup of a new publication project has been re-designed with the target that all user groups can perform the necessary steps intuitively. At the same time, the number of required clicks was reduced from 74 to 16. In addition the import of existing publication projects was renewed. The time to import a project could be reduced by more than 50%.
Along with the new release, InBetween has been adapted to the current versions of Microsoft Windows and MacOS. Furthermore, InBetween supports the current versions of Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress.
Would you like to install or test the new release? Please contact our support team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then immediately receive information on how to obtain the release and of course your new license key.
The InBetween team will be happy to support you with the installation of your new InBetween system and the migration of your publication projects.
We look forward to your inquiry!