“Traditionally we have customers that have expended substantial resources in converting InDesign documents to the Pageflex format so that they can benefit from the robust variable composition features we offer,” explains Jeff Perk, Director of Product Management at Bitstream. “By embracing InDesign as part of our product mix, we enable these customers to streamline their workflows by staying entirely in the InDesign environment without sacrificing the business benefits they gain by automating document versioning tasks with the power Pageflex offers.”
A Release That Meets Customer Needs
Adobe InDesign users in Macintosh environments will be able to directly upload templates packaged on the Macintosh to the Microsoft Windows-based Pageflex Storefront. No conversion process is required.
“While end users have always been able to use a Macintosh to visit a Pageflex Storefront online site and customize a document, the Pageflex software for making templates has always been only available on a Windows platform. This has limited our appeal to the large community of Macintosh devotees in the graphic design community,” explains Chagnon. “We are very excited that our Studio ID plug-in to InDesign can be used on a Macintosh or Windows system. The two platforms are equivalent in how they produce templates for use in Pageflex Storefront.”
Excitement for the release of Pageflex Storefront 7.0 has been building for some time. In March Pageflex Storefront 7.0 won two Best of Show Awards at the ON DEMAND Conference & Exposition. The awards were in the Web-to-Print and the Document Creation Software categories. It was the only product to win in more than one category.
Carl Carter, Services Director at ROI Distribution in the UK, a Pageflex reseller and experienced user of graphic arts technology, describes the new capabilities with Adobe InDesign by noting, “Brand creativity is key for organizations, but so is reaching the market with the right message, as one without the other has little measurable success. The forged relationship between Pageflex products and Adobe InDesign creates a marriage of creative wonder and variable desirability. Through this relationship, both brand integrity and message are delivered with one comprehensive solution - a solution that allows creatives to be creative and marketers to market without the need to compromise. No longer are the two most powerful industry assets separate but become a unified offering with greater capability.”
Pageflex 7.0 Enhancements
The immediate release of Pageflex 7.0—which includes Pageflex Storefront, Pageflex Server, and Pageflex Campaign Manager—includes a wide range of customer-requested enhancements.
Ability to setup a schedule for Pageflex Campaign Manager to automatically generate and send future personalized email messages.
Added support for use of Pageflex Storefront and Campaign Manager with a wide range of newer Web browsers.
Modernization enhancements to the Pageflex Storefront and Pageflex Campaign Manager user interfaces.
User requested enhancements to the published APIs enabling additional automation capabilities.
Expanded options for configuring how emails are sent from Pageflex Storefront and Pageflex Server.
Expanded site management capabilities for Storefront Administrators.
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