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Citation Software News
November 3, 2004

Welcome to the "pre-holiday" issue of our newsletter!

Click the links below to read about the topics that you're interested in.
Global Graphics appoints Citation Software as exclusive OEM reseller for Jaws PDF SDK products in the USA
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Get a branded demo version of our CustomizedDocsOnDemand.com Web-to-print portal for FREE!
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November sale on variable-data-printing solutions: Buy before November 30th and save $200!
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Check out these useful JavaScript Rules for DL-100 and DL-10
    Click here to get access to pre-written DL-100 Rules.

Citation Software: Who we are and what we do
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Global Graphics appoints Citation Software as sole USA reseller of OEM libraries for PDF technology

A new agreement between Citation Software and Global Graphics Software designates Citation Software as the only authorized OEM reseller of its Jaws PDF SDK libraries (Software Development Kits) in the United States. If you are developing a commercial application that needs to generate PDF files, display PDF files, modify existing PDF files, print PDF files, or convert PDF files to another format, you should give us a call at 888-260-7316 to discuss your requirements and arrange for a free trial.

Our pricing plan is designed to be palatable even to very small software-development firms.

Here are just a few of the features that are supported by the various Jaws PDF Software Development Kits:

PDF creation
  • Convert many document types to PDF — including native documents generated by the application that you are developing

  • Encrypt/password-protect PDF files

  • Linearize PDF files

  • Select from various compression types

  • Generate thumbnails automatically

  • Include Portable Job Tickets in PDF files

PDF viewing, annotation, manipulation, navigation, printing
  • Single-page display and continuous-page display

  • Navigation via bookmarks, thumbnails, and links

  • Zoom in/Zoom out

  • Add, modify, and delete bookmarks

  • Annotation support: note, highlight, strikeout, and underline

  • Select and copy text by line or paragraph

  • Print and print preview

  • Support for CID fonts

  • Support for Web-browser integration

PDF conversion
  • Convert from PDF to PostScript

  • Convert from PDF to EPS
Free demo versions of the Jaws PDF SDKs are available. So, if your application must support some of the features listed above, contact us at 888-260-7316 to discuss your needs.


Get a FREE, custom-branded demo version of our CustomizedDocsOnDemand.com Web-to-print portal!

Citation Software recently introduced its CustomizedDocsOnDemand.com Web-to-print system. Targeted for printing companies, print-and-mail houses, and direct-marketing firms, CustomizedDocsOnDemand.com is a Web portal that makes it easy for users to place orders for customized versions of many kinds of documents.

This competitively priced Web-to-print solution is ideal for creating direct-mail pieces, marketing collateral, coupons, real-estate ads, and many other kinds of documents.

Here are just a few of the features that are supported by CustomizedDocsOnDemand.com:
  • User can type directly onto a document when it is displayed on the screen.

  • A document can be customized with stored information about the user (company name, address, phone number, email address, Web URL, more).

  • A document can also be customized with information from a database uploaded by the user.

  • On-screen representations of documents are generated by the same document-composition engine that is used for print-ready files, so fidelity is assured.

  • Several different output formats are supported: Optimized PDF, PostScript, VPS, PPML, PPML/VDX, more.

  • The system automatically notifies specified individuals via email when an order is placed.

  • You have complete control over who gets print-ready files.
If your company meets our qualification criteria, you can get a FREE demo version of CustomizedDocsOnDemand.com! This is basically a Web portal that will run on our CustomizedDocsOnDemand.com server and will be branded for your firm. You can use it to demonstrate the system's capabilities to potential customers — so you won't need to spend any money on the system unless and until you get customers on board.

To make the arrangements for your free, custom-branded CustomizedDocsOnDemand.com Web portal, contact us at 888-260-7316.


Buy the new version of DL-100 or PrintShop Mail before November 30th and save $200!

New versions of two mainstream variable-data-printing solutions have been released recently. The two solutions are:
  1. DL-100
  2. PrintShop Mail
As an authorized reseller of both products, Citation Software is offering special pricing on these new software versions for a limited time only. If you buy either product from Citation Software between now and November 30, 2004, you can save $200 on your purchase.

Here are some facts about both products.
DL-100

DL-100 is a set of plug-ins that let you turn any document into a variable-data document. Available for both Macintosh and Windows, DL-100 is a powerful yet easy-to-use solution for variable-data printing.

The core of the DL-100 product is an Adobe Acrobat plug-in that allows you to use Adobe Acrobat to associate areas in a PDF document with information in a database.

Here is a partial list of features supported by DL-100:
  • Populates documents with variable text and variable graphics based on contents of database

  • Provides CMYK and custom-color support for variable text and for backgrounds and borders

  • Supports dynamic text flow from one area of a document to another

  • Supports dynamic insertion of pages for variable-length documents

  • Has seamless cross-platform font-management support

  • Supports ODBC

  • Supported graphic formats are TIFF, JPEG, GIF, PDF, and EPS

  • Supports a variety of bar-code formats

  • Supported output formats are PDF, PostScript, PPML, PPML/VDX, VIPP, and VPS,

  • Supports PDF encryption

  • Supports PDF linearization

  • Embedded JavaScript interpreter allows you to handle string parsing, formatting, and complex conditional-processing tasks.
Along with the Adobe Acrobat plug-in, DL-100 comes with an InDesign plug-in and a QuarkXTension that facilitate creation of variable-data documents that begin as InDesign documents or Quark documents.




Buy between now and November 30th and save $200.00!

The regular price for DL-100 is $3,300.00 US plus $650.00 US for support & maintenance, but if you buy between now and November 30, 2004, you can get DL-100 for only $3,100.00 US. To take advantage of this offer, contact us at 888-260-7316.

PrintShop Mail

PrintShop Mail has the distinction of being the easiest-to-use variable-data-printing solution available today. It allows you to turn any document into a variable-data document. It runs on Macintosh computers and Windows computers.

Here is a partial list of features supported by PrintShop Mail.
(Some features are available on Windows version only.):
  • Populates documents with variable text and variable graphics based on contents of database

  • Provides CMYK support for variable text and for backgrounds and borders

  • Supports dynamic text flow from one area of a document to another

  • Supported graphic formats are TIFF, JPEG, GIF, PDF, and EPS

  • Supported output formats are AHT Vite, Fiery FreeForm, Fiery FreeForm2, PostScript, PPML, PPML/VDX, PrintStreamer, VIPP, and VPS

  • Supports copyfitting (sizing text dynamically to fit a specific area)

  • Supports a variety of bar-code formats

  • Supports layout repetition (n-up layout) with stack sorting

  • Expression Builder allows you to handle string parsing, formatting, and complex conditional-processing tasks

Free trial version available

You can get a free trial version of PrintShop Mail by clicking the "Download PrintShop Mail free trial" button below.


Buy between now and November 30th and save $200.00!

The regular price for PrintShop Mail is $4,995.00 US, but if you buy between now and November 30, 2004, you can get PrintShop Mail for only $4,795.00 US. To take advantage of this offer, contact us at 888-260-7316.

Useful JavaScript rules for DL-100 and DL-10

If you use the DL-100 or DL-10 variable-data-printing software, you probably know that it is possible to instruct the software to manipulate data and make decisions on the fly while it is composing your output file. You do this from within Adobe Acrobat by clicking DL-100 > Edit Rules > New (or by clicking DL-10 > Edit Rules... > New if using DL-10 instead of DL-100) and providing JavaScript code.

We've established a small but growing on-line library of DL-100/DL-10 rules written in JavaScript code. Here's what's in the library so far:
A rule for converting upper-case data to mixed-case data

This rule lets you convert VICKI to Vicki, CHARLES to Charles, etc.



A rule for printing optional address field with comma

This rule lets you print 212 Main St., Apt 44 if your database record contains an apartment number but 212 Main St. if your database record doesn't contain an apartment number. Notice that the comma is printed if there is an apartment number, but the comma is not printed if there is no apartment number.



A rule for adding frame-bar characters to POSTNET data

This rule lets you convert 230279724446 to s230279724446s
or 230279724446 to /230279724446/
or 230279724446 to |230279724446|,
etc.


To get the JavaScript code for these rules, go to www.citationsoftware.com/DL100_rules.htm.


Citation Software: Who we are and what we do

Citation Software is a provider of services and products related to electronic-publishing technology, particularly on-demand-publishing technology, variable-data-publishing technology, and Web-to-print technology. We've been involved with electronic-publishing since 1986.

We are a reseller for many leading software vendors, and we are also an Application Service Provide for Web-to-print portal services (see our CustomizedDocsOnDemand.com Web site).

Do you need a PDF-creation tool? A variable-data-printing solution? An imposition solution? Or perhaps you'd like to offer Web-to-print publishing services to your customers? Give us a call at 888-260-7316. We'll be happy to help you identify a solution that meets your requirements!

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This newsletter has been brought to you by Citation Software Inc., value-added resellers of software for people involved with printing & publishing. You can reach us by phone at 888-260-7316, and you can find us on the Web at www.CitationSoftware.com.
 




    
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