AO Producer is a Macintosh™ and PC based Adobe InDesign™ Plug-In and Macintosh based Quark XPress™ XTension:
- Creating and tracking pages of an edition as defined
by AO Organiser
- Presenting the layout person with only the items
assigned to the page in a convenient list form
- Producing the PostScript file for final output or
- Generating integrated PDF for immediate viewing by
local and remote client applications
- Modifying or adding items on the page and replacing
them in the database if required
- Saving each page as a single document or as
multi-page document but allows in any case on screen
page pairing for spread design as well as shifting of
pages within the edition
AO PageRobot is an Adobe InDesign™ Plug-In and Quark XPress™ XTension. This module gives the page layout application direct, background access to the
AO Campaign database. It allows automatic (“listener”) operation; it will open, update and save pages in the background, without operator assistance. The pages are then stored to a centrally defined place to be turned into PDFs using Adobe Acrobat™ Distiller. Multiple Global Values can be defined to enable for example the creation of print quality PDFs.
But even if PDFs are not to be generated AO PageRobot is useful to allow quick updates of content without operator intervention, for example to allow product managers or authors to see if their text changes fit the planned space on the page. The generation of these low-res proof PDFs are fully integrated. The PDF is directly stored in the database for access by local and remote clients.
The trigger to process pages is setting a 'Wait' status and once completed the page moves to a 'Done' status in
If images or fonts are missing or modified, an error is logged, the page may still be processed and edited later.
Key advantages of PageRobot:
- Makes page PDF proofs available throughout the
- Unlimited Distiller paths for different job options.
- Ideal for last-minute price changes, copy-fitting and
automated PDF generation and to create final PDFs
for print to specific printer requirements.
AO Templater is an Adobe InDesign™ Plug-In and Quark XPress™ XTension that enables the set-up of template pages and modules as groups of boxes where each box is assigned to one or several
AO Campaign database items.
Images can be assigned by publishing order, which is probably the normal method for photos, or by a specific name as it may be the case for logos or alternatively by other fields (e.g. image type). Additional conditions (e.g. Where Usage = Print) can be added to the assignment.
Once the template page is created it will act as a master page. A template module can be stored in a library.
A new page is then opened with a template which may or may not contain template modules. Once the modules are placed (a group of boxes) a product can be dragged over the group of boxes and all items assigned are filled into the boxes.
The operator just has to crop and size the images and add legends or other non-assigned items. As long as the items stay grouped another product can be dragged and all the boxes will change their content to the new product.
Any change in layout or sizing does not affect the dragging capabilities.