4.6 SR1 Release Note Overview

Nowadays, a publication is not created by one person only. From the first ideas to the final production, it is the common work of different persons. Consequently, InBetween 4.6 brings several improvements for the support of teamwork and collaborations: Comments and instructions can be easily added, workflows can be defined, and comprehensive publications can be structured by sections. The different responsible persons can work in parallel on the same publication.

The use of the Flipbook has been optimized, now offering a search functionality, a navigation overview and a multi-language user interface. . The generation of PDF documents is now more than 40% faster than in InBetween 4.5. DTP Client user interface has been entirely integrated into the look and feel of Adobe InDesign. Please welcome the new Joblist in DTP client. InBetween 4.6 SR1 allows even the propagation of changes in the frame structure, e.g., new table rows and columns, which will be passed to the document to be updated. Existing values and manual formatting in the document will be kept. Moreover, the capacities to create templates directly in Adobe InDesign have been enhanced. Completely new and versatile layout perspectives originate from the option embedding InDesign scripts withing the generation process. Using table headers and footers simultaneously offers new ways to structure tables.

Besides the improved output formats Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint, InBetween 4.6 SR1 also supports the current versions of Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress. There are two alternative calculation modules for font metrics, allowing the most accurate result for each project.

Last but not least, installation and handling of the new InBetween has been simplified.

InBetween 4.6 SR1 comes with an integrated Java runtime environment and an integrated Tomcat Web Server. A separate Java installation is no more necessary.

 

Overview of new features:

 

Annotation Management:

Since the beginning of the InBetween product story, it was possible adding comments directly in InBetween using dedicated frames on a revision layer. This functionality has been considerably improved by new graphical elements in InBetween Publication Wizard and InDesign DTP-Client, allowing customers not only inserting comments but also visual emphases on page level. Collaboration within a multi-user environment among the persons responsible for a publication, product managers, graphic designers and marketing specialists will be upgraded to a completely new level of communication.

Workflow Management:

With the new release, even more complex workflows and working processes can be supported by the publishing system. Tasks such as publication planning, page composition, finishing, translation, and approvals can be defined in details and assigned to the individual actors or user groups. State information can be set for the entire publication or single pages, including a detailed description. Email notifications can be triggered. The new release even allows different users working on the same publication at the same time.

Sections and placeholder pages:

Longer publications usually consist of different parts, representing different product groups or company areas, for which dedicated persons are responsible. The new release allows to express and display this segmentation visually using sections. Moreover, it is possible adding placeholder pages to a publication, in order to pin the total number of pages or the number of pages within a section, without having the need to determine structure and content of the pages. Placeholder pages can be designed and populated with generated or editorial content at a later time.

New Flipbook:

Publications always and everywhere: Use the new Flipbook! As a pure web application based on HTML5, only a popular web browser is necessary to show a catalog in a print-like way. This makes flipbook catalogs independent from operating systems and devices, and opens a wide range of applications from desktop computers until mobile applications. Both online and offline scenarios can be supported. The Flipbook can be called either locally on the file system or via the Internet, e.g., provided for download on the company web site.

In order to find specific contents easily, Flipbook offers various kinds of search methods, reaching from a simple full-text search to enhanced options. For a survey of the entire publication, a page overview can be used, providing a fast and easy way to navigate through the pages. The language of the user interface can be changed in the menu. For each language, the displayed texts and labels can be adapted individually for each Flipbook.

Faster generation of PDF documents:

The generation of documents in PDF and HiRes-PDF output formats has been improved and a new caching mechanism for font properties has been introduced. This allows a reduction of generation times by 43,9% in comparison to InBetween 4.5. This is especially important for the generation of datasheets, when many PDF documents have to be created in a sequence or in parallel.

Invoking InDesign scripts within a generation:

InDesign scripts are suitable for various design concepts: Mere mechanized tasks and complex functionalities – all this is possible with one click. With InBetween 4.6 SR1, these possibilities are also applicable within automated publication generation. For the output formats Adobe InDesign, HQ‑PDF, and Interactive PDF, an available InDesign script can be selected which will be executed automatically during generation process. Parameter and data needed by the script can be provided, too. Creative special effects, interrelations to other documents – the areas of application are not limited.

DTP Client is fully tailored to InDesign look and feel:

The user interface of the InDesign DTP Client has been adapted to InDesign look and feel so that it Is fits completely into the InDesign user interface. Even InBetween preference now appear as a part of the InDesign preferences. This makes InBetween completely intuitively usable for graphically-oriented users familiar with Adobe InDesign.

Joblist:

The new feature “Frame update” in the Joblist allows updates of existing documents even more precisely, providing a very detailed overview on data changes. For example, Joblist now displays changes in the table structure, and not only the contents of table cells can be updated, but also table rows and columns can be replaced, inserted, and deleted.

With the new update mechanism, InBetween can adapt newly created frames and table cells to the existing InDesign layout. The user has the choice whether the styles defined in the InBetween templates, the styles defined in the InDesign document, or a combination of both will be used. This even works when an entire publication is being generated in an existing InDesign document.

Template import:

The improved template import offers new possibilities importing complex elements from InDesign into InBetween. Besides dynamic tables, base definitions for compound frames can be created directly in InDesign. This way, enumerations of values and sort orders can be realized easier than it has been before.

Complex tables:

Difficult tables with a huge count of information have always been the strength of InBetween. In InBetween 4.6 SR1, it is now possible using table headers and footers simultaneously. Thus, tables can be constructed even more sophisticated, and there are many new possibilities in table layout.

Improved creation of Office documents:

Automating Office documents offers various chances creating documents such as technical documentations, sales sheets and training materials, pressing one button only. In InBetween 4.6 SR1, the output formats Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Powerpoint have been renewed (Microsoft Word will follow in the next release). Generation is now perceptibly faster, and the created documents can nearly rival documents created with professional layout tools such as Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress.

Improved layout of the Admin user interface:

The user interface of the InBetween Admin application has been adapted to current UI standards. This simplifies administrative tasks and makes the interface easier to use for system administrators.

Integrated Java Runtime Environment and Web Server:

InBetween 4.6 SR1 will be delivered with an integrated Java Runtime environment based on AdoptOpenJDK 1.11 and the integrated web server Apache Tomcat 9. A separate installation of Java and Tomcat can be omitted. Licensing the new Oracle Java development environment is not necessary.

Alternative calculation of font geometry:

InBetween 4.6 SR1 comes with two alternative calculators for font metrics and the distribution of text on a page: Both the new calculator of Java 11 and the legacy font calculator of Java 8 can be used. This calculation affects the output in PDF, HiRes-PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and image formats. Per default, InBetween Database Publishing will use the new font calculator. However, in some cases, the legacy calculation is more accurate. Users may switch to the alternative font calculation using InBetween Admin interface.

 

Apropos professionally layouted documents. Of course, InBetween 4.6 SR1. supports the current version of Adobe InDesign CC 2020 and QuarkXPress 2019.

We are proud to announce that InBetween has become more secure. Not only threats coming form outside the company network are chanceless. InBetween can save your data even in the case that the IT systems have already been attacked.

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