Package Central Updated for Adobe InDesign Workflow Automation
When it's time to prepare InDesign documents for sending to a service provider for output, users can make use of the application's Package command to gather the required files. The packaging process creates a folder that contains the InDesign document (or documents in a book file), required fonts, linked graphics, text files, as well as a customized report that includes the information in the Printing Instructions dialog box. The problem is that operator workstations become tied up by the output process.
Package Central is designed to automate InDesign packaging by processing files from hot folders. It offloads packaging to a central system, leaving operator workstations free from the output process. Production artists, prepress operators and designers submit files to hot folders that reside on the network, with Package Central automatically collecting the files from its station using hot folder settings, as well as auto-activating documents.
The primary Package Central features and benefits include processing InDesign files from hot folders; font auto-activation; automatic update of modified links; variable package folder names; automatic e-mail notifications of process stages and errors; automatic error handling; the ability to automatically export InDesign documents as PDF and IDML files during packaging and save them into the final package folder; and detailed logs. Version 1.9.1 adds support for the 2015 release of InDesign for Creative Cloud.
Package Central for Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2015 can be purchased on the Zevrix Solutions website for $149.95. It requires a Mac server to run but can work with both Mac and Windows InDesign documents. A trial version is also available for download.