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Citation Software News
June 10, 2004

In this early-summer version of Citation Software News, we're focusing on new vendor relationships, affordable PDF-creation solutions, affordable server-based preflight technology, and affordable solutions for managing mailing lists.

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Citation Software and Global Graphics ink reseller/integrator agreements

Citation Software forms reseller relationship with Peoplesmith Software

Cost-effective PDF-creation solutions generate PDFs compliant with corporate standards

Powerful preflight technology makes it easy for print-providers' customers to create good PDFs

Straighten out your jumbled mailing lists easily; do merge/purge with different data formats!

Sir Speedy in Butler, PA regains lost customers after buying MAILERS+4 software

Citation Software and Global Graphics ink reseller/integrator agreements

Recently executed agreements between Citation Software Inc. and Global Graphics Software designate Citation Software as an Authorized Reseller and Authorized System Integrator for software solutions that are based on the Global Graphics Jaws PDF Technologies.

These agreements allow Citation Software to offer powerful and affordable PDF-creation solutions and PDF-based preflight solutions that are based on the Global Graphics Jaws PDF Technologies. One example is the Jaws PDF Server product, which is a centralized server solution that converts PostScript, EPS, PDF, and TIFF files to optimized PDF formats. It's priced very competitively, beginning at just $1,700.00 US for a 25-user license. (Pricing is subject to change without notice.)


Citation Software forms reseller relationship with Peoplesmith Software

Citation Software has signed an agreement with Peoplesmith Software for the purpose of reselling Peoplesmith's very fast, powerful, yet affordable data-hygiene/postal-automation solutions. Most of these solutions are available as both desktop applications and programmer's libraries (APIs).

Included in Citation's new line of Peoplesmith offerings are RightFielder, a versatile and unusual application that straightens out jumbled mailing lists (even if they are in "print image" format or "label" format); and Double Take, which is an extraordinary merge/purge solution that allows you to process files in different formats, with different field structures, without taking the time to manipulate the files and get them all into the same format with the same field structure.


Cost-effective PDF-creation solutions generate PDFs compliant with corporate standards

Now that Citation Software and Global Graphics software have reseller/integrator agreements in place (see above), Citation Software is offering powerful and affordable PDF-creation solutions that are based on Global Graphics' Jaws PDF Technologies.
Jaws PDF Server is an affordable solution for creating PDF files that meet corporate standards. It is a centralized server solution that converts PostScript files, Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files, and one-bit TIFF files into PDF files.

To use Jaws PDF Server, users just drag and drop PostScript files, EPS files, and TIFF files onto hot folders for conversion to PDF format from Windows, Macintosh, and Unix workstations. Windows clients can create PDF files from within any application by printing to PDF printer drivers across a network.

The software is multi-threaded, so it can produce PDF files optimized for different PDF configuration settings simultaneously — such as print-quality optimization, Web optimization, and press-ready optimization.

The PDF files can be used with Adobe Acrobat products or with other PDF viewers and tools.

Pricing begins at $1,700.00 US for 25 users. (Pricing is subject to change without notice.)

For more details on features and pricing, click the "Learn more about Jaws PDF Server" button below.

A free trial version of Jaws PDF Server is available. To obtain it, please call us at 888-260-7316.


Jaws PDF Library is a software-development kit (SDK) containing a powerful set of functions that allow PostScript-to-PDF and PDF-to-PostScript translation functionality to be embedded into third-party solutions and workflows.

Designed specifically for OEMs and ISVs, the Jaws PDF Library is based on the core technology of the Jaws PDF-creation family of products and is aimed at programmers using C or C++. It is a library of routines that accepts PostScript-file input, or a location for a PDF file, and converts the input into either a PDF file or a PostScript file. PostScript output can be either standard PostScript or Encapsulated PostScript (EPS).

Configuration of most aspects of PostScript output and PDF output is possible.

A variety of platforms are supported.

The Jaws PDF Library SDK costs $10,000.00 US for corporate customers and $5,000.00 US for government customers. Runtime licenses are $35.00 US per user, or less, depending on the number of users. (Pricing is subject to change without notice.)


Powerful preflight technology makes it easy for print-providers' customers to create good PDFs

As a result of Citation Software's recently executed reseller/integrator agreements with Global Graphics (above), Citation Software is now offering Jaws PDF Courier, which is an Internet-enabled electronic-document-delivery toolkit that places preflighting upstream at customer sites to assure print-service providers that the PDF files they receive from customers can be printed. Providing an easy-to-configure set of client- and server-based applications, Jaws PDF Courier can be used to create customized and complete Internet-based printing and document-delivery services.

Jaws PDF Courier incorporates Enfocus PitStop preflighting technology so that print-service providers can make PDF creation and preflighting available to their customers to maintain a high degree of control over how those files are produced. Because PDF files using Jaws PDF Courier are created to the printer's precise specifications for a given workflow, errors, rework and downtime are dramatically reduced and productivity increased.

Benefits provided by Jaws PDF Courier
  • Because Jaws PDF Courier moves controlled PDF creation, proofing, and preflighting upstream, with the customer, there is less wasted time at the printer's site dealing with problems like missing fonts or problematic images. This frees up more time for handling other customers' jobs and ultimately increases revenue.

  • The Jaws PDF Courier system is set up so that files from a particular print-provider's customers can be uploaded to that particular print provider only. This allows print providers to develop closer ties with their customers.

  • Customized and pre-configured customer software allows print providers to better target their customers by offering higher value and differentiated services.
Packaged as a software development kit (SDK), Jaws PDF Courier is available to system integrators and OEMs who customize the software for themselves or their print-service-provider customers.

Call us at 888-260-7316 if you'd like to talk with us about Jaws PDF Courier.


Straighten out your jumbled mailing lists easily; do merge/purge with different data formats!

Now that Citation Software has finalized its reseller agreement with Peoplesmith software (above), Citation is offering the complete line of Peoplesmith solutions for manipulating and managing mailing lists on Windows computers.
RightFielder is a program that straightens out jumbled databases! If you have databases with fields in different orders and/or with the wrong information in the wrong fields (for example, company name is in the city field, state is in the Zip code field, etc.), RightFielder is for you!

Believe it or not, RightFielder even works in situations where you've got more than one kind of data in the same field (for example, if the city and state are together in one field).

RightFielder can even deal with "print image" files and "label format" files! And, it handles addresses outside the United States.

The Desktop Standard Version of RightFielder costs $445.00 US, the Desktop Pro Series Version costs $695.00 US, and API pricing starts at $995.00 US. (Pricing is subject to change without notice.)


Double Take is an extraordinary merge/purge solution that allows you to process files in different formats, with different field structures, without taking the time to manipulate the files and get them all into the same format with the same field structure. For example, you can process dBASE, Xbase, and ASCII files in one run — and it's okay if the names and addresses are not in the same fields in all of the files.

You can also work with ODBC-accessed files directly.

Double Take does suppression and intersection runs; parses street addresses; gives you precise control over how matching is done; splits name fields, address fields, and city-state-zip fields on the fly; and much more. And, it generates editable reports.

The desktop version of Double Take costs $2,995.00 US; API pricing starts at $3,995.00 US. (Pricing is subject to change without notice.)


Sir Speedy in Butler, PA regains lost customers after buying MAILERS+4 software

It was good business for Bill Longstreth, a 17-year Sir Speedy franchise veteran in Butler, PA, to print up his customers' mailers and then send them to the nearby mailing house for postal processing. But when that mailing house lured his customers away by offering to print the pieces themselves, he said, "That's it! The last straw!"

Frustrated, he called the corporate offices of Sir Speedy for help. He wanted to get his customers back. He found out about MAILERS+4 postal-automation software and incorporated mailing fulfillment into his copying and printing services at Sir Seedy.


New services . . . new customers

Bill approached this new opportunity for revenue with enthusiasm and sent out a direct mailer announcing his new mailing service. His message was simple: "Let us show you how to turn a mailing piece from 37 cents into 19 cents per piece." It worked. Bill got his customers back, and then some.
"I picked up customers I'd never had before by offering mailing services."

Get your automation discounts here!

Before investing in MAILERS+4, Bill could only offer, at best, the Standard Mail Presorted Basic rate of 27 cents per piece. But now that he has MAILERS+4, he can presort a customer's list to the Standard Mail 5-digit ZIP Automation rate of 19 cents per piece. For a customer that has been paying the full postage rate of 37 cents per piece, that's a huge savings of 18 cents per piece!


Greater savings . . . just an SCF away

With the help of the software, Bill found he could reduce the actual postage rate even further by presorting the mailings to the SCF level (Sectional Center Facility). He needs at least 200 pieces that qualify for this level, which MAILERS+4 shows him, and then he has to physically drop the mailing off at the SCF site. That?s no problem for Bill Longstreth. The short drive to the SCF site is well worth the almost .03 per piece savings on the postage. Bill saved an additional $600 on one mailing.
"It's beautiful," he says, of his MAILERS+4 mailing software. "It's meant nothing but financial gain for Sir Speedy."
Pricing for MAILERS+4 starts at $195.00 US. (Pricing is subject to change without notice.) To learn more about MAILERS+4, please contact Citation Software Inc. at 888-260-7316.


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