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360Works Scribe 4 Released For FileMaker OCR

360Works announces 360Works plug-in, introducing Scribe 4! 360Works Scribe is the ultimate document automation plug-in for FileMaker; it allows integration with Word, Excel, and PDF documents.

 

 

We are taking it to the next level by adding in the ability to read your scanned documents, such as receipts, forms, or contract PDF files, with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) functionality. Additionally, we added features to allow you to merge PDFs and get meta-data from them, plus multiple fixes for existing functionality in Scribe.

 

Scribe 4 ships with new OCR functionality to read your scanned documents and extract text to be added into FileMaker. As an example, a law firm can scan in loads of paper legal contracts and have the text extracted and imported into the appropriate FileMaker records!Scribe leverages the technology of Amazon Textract which goes beyond simple OCR by not only extracting text but also identifying key information like the contents of fields in forms.

 

We added two new functions to merge and manipulate PDFs with Scribe. As an example, if you have a couple of PDFs stored in container fields, the new function ScribePDFMerge allows the two PDFs to be merged together. The new ScribePDFSplice function allows a multi-page PDF to be split up into smaller PDFs. This is beneficial if you have containers with multi-page PDFs, and only need to utilize a specific part of the entire PDF file.

 

Now get meta-data about a PDF, such as the name of the author and page count. The new ScribeGetPDFAttributes function will return various meta-data about a PDF. This can be helpful if you want to have FileMaker manage PDF files according to the author or number of pages specified in the meta-data.

 

We also made upgrades to the existing Scribe functionality. When using Excel with Scribe, the Excel cell reading and writing images to Excel cells has been greatly improved. We also made fixes for the ScribeDocSubstitute function for replacing a value.

 

Scribe 4 is available now.  For new license purchases, we have several license types available based on number of users, client-side or server-side usage, and a solution bundle license for developers with a vertical market solution. A free, fully functional demo is available to test Scribe. While in demo mode, Scribe will run for 2 hours every time you launch FileMaker (or FileMaker Server, for server deployment). Full pricing, license type information, and the demo version can be accessed at the Scribe product page.

Output Factory Update Improves Layer Versioning, File Naming

Zevrix Solutions releases Output Factory 2.4.18, a maintenance update to output automation tool for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 5 stars by InDesign Magazine, Output Factory automates and simplifies workflows of printers, publishers, prepress houses, and design agencies worldwide. The software helps eliminate repetitive tasks as well as costly errors through batch processing, automatic preflight, and time-saving output options.

 

 

This version improves the functionality of plug-in’s advanced variable name engine in combination with layer versioning – a feature that allows users to export combinations of InDesign layers as single files. It now allows users to insert contents of specific text frame on the current version layer into the file name of the resulting output document. This option is especially helpful for users who need to assign distinctive unique names to their layer-specific output files in PDF, TIFF. EPUB, PNG and other formats.

 

“With Output Factory, I’ve got our magazine production down to six minutes from three hours,” says Jeff Middleton, a Toronto, Canada based graphic designer. “Once I set up all my presets, it was insane how fast it was. I load all my InDesign docs into Output Factory, press play, go grab a coffee and come back to my entire magazine.”

 

It supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, IDML, EPUB and several image formats. It offers the following key features:

  • Output multiple InDesign files
  • Export page groups as a single files
  • Variable output file names
  • Output files to multiple formats with one click
  • Create PDF security presets
  • Layer versioning: output layer combinations as single files
  • Eliminate errors with automatic preflight

 

Output Factory can be purchased from Zevrix website for $170 USD (Lite version $120), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Trial is also available for download.

Zevrix Holiday Sale Extended on InDesign and PDF Tools

Zevrix Solutions announces that it has extended its holiday sale until January 8. The company offers 50% discount on all products and upgrades. Zevrix makes several prepress automation plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, as well as solutions for graphic files checkup, PDF workflows and automated file delivery.

 

 

LinkOptimizer lets users reduce linked graphics size by eliminating excess image data, perform image adjustments and convert file formats. The software automatically scales and crops the images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in InDesign, changes resolution to the specified target, and reimports images to InDesign at 100%.

 

Output Factory is another InDesign plug-in which lets users eliminate repetitive tasks through automation of printing and exporting. It offers batch output, layer versioning, variable file names, output as single pages, automatic preflighting and much more. A server version of Output Factory can process InDesign files automatically from watched hot folders and serve unlimited users on a network.

 

Zevrix offers two PDF workflow automation tools: PDF Checkpoint and BatchOutput PDF. PDF Checkpoint helps users automate preflight and conversion of multiple PDF files, while BatchOutput PDF allows for hands-free PDF printing from watched hot folders. The company also offers BatchOutput Office, a suite of output automation tools for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

 

The line of Zevrix products also features Deliver – a file transfer program which automates delivery to FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and local servers. The software offers hot folder processing, automatic email notifications, file compression and encryption, and detailed delivery history.

 

Zevrix software can be purchased at 50% off until January 8, 2020 from Zevrix website.

SmartOffice App for iOS Premium Plan Added

Artifex Software Inc. announce the release of a tiered premium plan for the popular mobile office editing and PDF viewer app, SmartOffice.

 

 

This app enables you to view, edit, create, share, present and print Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and PDF documents on your mobile devices. Customers who upgrade to the PRO version can utilize advanced tools including Track Changes and PDF form filling, while users who don’t require these advanced features can use the standard app for free.

 

“Artifex is pleased to move to a freemium pricing model. This allows end-users to try our standard product free of charge (and free of ads) while offering advanced features on a subscription basis,” said Miles Jones, President of Artifex Software. “Our easy-to-use editing functions and powerful PDF annotation features make SmartOffice the perfect match for today’s on-the-go world. Offering our solution for free will expand our reach and broaden the SmartOffice audience.”

 

Effective immediately, SmartOffice PRO is offered as an in-app upgrade with either a monthly ($2.99) or yearly ($13.99) auto-renewable subscription. The SmartOffice standard mobile app is available for no charge for iOS on the Apple iTunes App Store and Android on Google Play. Additional premium features for SmartOffice PRO will be released in early 2020.

 

SmartOffice by Artifex is a leading Mobile Document Productivity Suite that solves the BYOD dilemma. SmartOffice supports all major document formats, increases mobile productivity, and offers excellent conformance with Microsoft Office document standards. The SmartOffice mobile app for personal use can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store. The SmartOffice SDK and viewers for enterprise use are integrated into dozens of customer solutions and are available through a commercial license. For more information, please visit our website.

PDF Checkpoint Now Supports macOS Mojave

Zevrix Solutions releases PDF Checkpoint 1.9.7, an update to PDF preflight and conversion automation tool. Remarkably fast, PDF Checkpoint automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes batches of Adobe PDF files. PDF Checkpoint is an ideal tool for users who need a fast, affordable and easy to use solution to check PDF files for errors and convert them to the desired format and color space.

 

 

The update adds support for the recently released macOS 10.15 Catalina and is offered as a free update to licensed users. The update also fixed an issue in which previews of CMYK images in PDF created by Affinity products appeared inverted.

 

“PDF Checkpoint saves me a lot of time when deciphering client-submitted ads for large magazines,” says Miles Linklater of design studio 24pt Helvetica in Vancouver, Canada. “It’s a great idea to enable color profile conversion in PDF files so easily.”

 

Features:

  • Batch preflighting and conversion of PDF files
  • Check PDF fonts, colors, images and metadata for specific attributes
  • Convert PDF color mode using ICC profiles
  • Split files into single page PDFs
  • Route files by preflight results into success and error folders
  • Export PDF as images with specific resolution, color and page scale

 

Users can preflight a folder of PDF files and convert them to TIFF images at 300 dpi while scaling each page by 50%. Users can also create print-ready PDFs from such apps as Apple Pages and Swift Publisher by converting colors to the recommended CMYK profile.

PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on Mac App Store and Zevrix website for $39.95 (USD), as well as from authorized resellers. The update is free to licensed users. Trial is also available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires macOS 10.8-10.15.

BatchOutput PDF Automation Tool Now Supports macOS Catalina 

Zevrix Solutions announces BatchOutput PDF 2.2.42, an update to the PDF printing automation solution for Mac. The only consumer-oriented product for automatic PDF printing on the Apple market, the software allows users to process PDF documents from watched hot folders. The software saves the time and effort of opening and printing each document manually.

 

 

This version introduces support for the recently released macOS 10.15 Catalina and is offered as a free update to licensed users. BatchOutput PDF has been notarized by Apple, which is a mandatory requirement on Catalina as part of Apple’s experimental security initiative.

 

“This is one of those apps that you never knew you needed until you spend a day using it,” says Glen Saville of eponymous design firm in Hornchurch, UK. “If you handle a large number of PDFs daily this will save you time, without a doubt.”

 

With BatchOutput PDF users only need to drop their PDF files into watched hot folders – and the software will print the documents automatically using the hot folder settings. For example, users can create hot folders for color and black-and-white printers, specific paper sizes, duplex modes, various color profiles and other controls.

 

BatchOutput PDF helps users eliminate countless repetitive tasks of opening PDF files and adjusting print settings manually by bypassing the print dialog.

 

The app offers the following key features:

  • Print PDFs automatically from watched hot folders
  • Create hot folders for different print settings
  • Detailed output history
  • Specify password for encrypted PDFs
  • Save time and hassle of printing each PDF manually

 

BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from Zevrix website for $24.95 USD (Server version $99.95), as well as from Mac App Store and authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download.

Recosoft releases PDF2ID 2020

Recosoft Corporation has shipped PDF2ID 2020, the latest version of the PDF-to-InDesign converter plug-in for Adobe InDesign(R) 2020. PDF2ID 2020 supports Adobe InDesign 2020 in addition to supporting InDesign CC through CC 2019 for the macOS and Windows platforms. Additionally, PDF2ID 2020 automatically recognizes Bullets and Numbering creating the associated property in InDesign. Finally, PDF2ID 2020 adds enhanced Page Layout property controls including support for Vertical folds and Facing pages.

 

 

“Over the past few years we directly spoke to our customers in ascertaining which features they wanted to see in PDF2ID; we were able to deliver the majority of these with PDF2ID 2020 while adding support for Adobe InDesign 2020” explained Paramjit Chadha, MD, Recosoft Corporation

 

New Features:

  • Support for InDesign 2020 – PDF2ID 2020 now supports and integrates with InDesign 2020. InDesign CC through CC 2019 are supported as well.
  • Page Layout Property – PDF2ID 2020 allows specifying the page layout orientation allowing greater control over the standard page orientations recognized. Vertical Fold and Facing Page types can now be specified for a specific range of pages.
  • Bullets and Numbering recognition – PDF2ID 2020 recognizes and processes Bullets and Numbering; applying the specific paragraph property, related text and creating the associated stylesheet.
  • Convert Complex vector graphics to externally linked vector files – PDF2ID 2020 includes a new option that collects a set of complex vector graphics objects into externally linked vector graphics files.
  • Support for latest macOS APIs and technologies – PDF2ID 2020 fully supports macOS 10.15, including the elevated security enhancements and requirements. Additionally, the entire file management mechanism has been replaced with modern macOS filing API’s.
  • Layout processing enhancements – Layout processing enhancements have been made across the product including enhanced table generation, paragraph recognition, graphics processing and text frame generation.

 

PDF2ID 2020 is available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license):
* PDF2ID Standard 2020 US $199.00
* PDF2ID Professional 2020 US $299.00
* PDF2ID Standard 2020 Upgrade US $99.00
* PDF2ID Professional 2020Upgrade US $149.00

Cocoatech Updates Path Finder with Version 9.0

Cocoatech releases Path Finder 9.0, which is an update to their popular file browser for Path Finder 8 users. Path Finder allows you to view hidden files, compare, merge and synchronize folders, batch rename and batch select files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system and much more. Path Finder is one of the oldest software on the macOS market (*first released in 2001) and boasts a large and loyal userbase. The application is extremely customizable and allows you to work how you want.

 

 

Path Finder 9 brings back collapsible module shelves as requested by the community. There are four shelves, on each side of the browser window, each shelf is now fully customizable and can accommodate for arbitrary number of freely arranged and customized modules. Path Finder 9 improves compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina, fixes many potential crashes, memory and CPU consumption issues, UI and other bugs and annoyances. Overall, the application is more robust and stable, providing a solid foundation for further development and improvements. With the Path Finder 9 release, Cocoatech announces a new yearly release cycle to get new features out to users as soon as possible.

 

Path Finder supports Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish languages.

 

You can try Path Finder for free for 30 days with all the features available to you during that period. Path Finder costs $36.00 (USD) for a single user license applicable for up to 3 user-owned computers, and $18.00 (USD) when upgrading from version 7. The software is available for purchase from the Cocoatech online store or from within the application itself.