Atlas Software offers $5995 cross-platform dongle for PrintShop Mail
OCTOBER 31, 2002 — Atlas Software has introduced
its cross-platform dongle for PrintShop Mail. The
cross-platform dongle, which sells for $5,995.00 US,
can be plugged into either a
Macintosh computer or a Windows computer.
What is PrintShop Mail?
PrintShop Mail is a powerful, easy-to-use
software solution for variable-data printing
(aka personalization, or personalized printing). The
PrintShop Mail software, which
is available for the Macintosh platform
and the Windows platform, lets you get from
concept to production quickly because it lets
you use a PDF file file as your
"boilerplate" or "master"
document. This means that virtually any
software package can be used to create your
boilerplate document. For example, you can
use QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator,
or Microsoft Word to lay out your boilerplate
document. Then, just convert it to PDF
format, and you're ready to start
using PrintShop Mail to set up a
What is a dongle?
A dongle, which is also called a "hardware key,"
is a device that plugs into your computer and can
be programmed to enable or disable certain
features of a software program that is
running on that computer. The PrintShop Mail
software is set up so that you can use it
without a dongle to do most things, but
if you want to print final versions of your
documents, the dongle is needed. That's because
the PrintShop Mail software is designed so
that — if you're using it without a dongle —
it will only allow you to print a small number
of documents at a time, and each page of
each document that you print without a dongle
has the words "PrintShop Mail"
printed on it in big letters. As soon as you
plug the PrintShop Mail dongle into your
computer, these limitations go away. That is:
if you're using the dongle,
you can print as many documents as you
want in one print job, and the pages
do not have the big "PrintShop Mail"
watermark on them.
This scheme allows you to use the PrintShop Mail
software without a dongle to design your
variable-data documents (because the
watermarks and the
limit on the number of documents does not
affect the design process), but you'll need the
dongle when it's time to print the final
versions of your documents.
How does the cross-platform dongle work?
The cross-platform dongle is a
key that works on both Macintosh computers and
Windows computers, and it's easy to move it
from one computer to another.
The PrintShop Mail CD comes with the Windows
version and the Macintosh version of the
PrintShop Mail software on it, so you can
install PrintShop Mail on both kinds of
machines. By planning how you use
the dongle, you can actually have more than
one person using PrintShop Mail at the same time.
For example, if your PrintShop Mail dongle
is plugged into your Macintosh computer, the
person that's using the Macintosh computer
can be printing final versions of
variable-data documents —
and at the same time, somebody else can be
using the Windows version of PrintShop Mail,
without the dongle,
to design a new variable-data document.
How to get more details or buy
To find out more about PrintShop Mail and the cross-platform dongle,
or to make a purchase, contact Citation Software
by phone at 888-260-7316, or send an email message
If you already own a Windows or Macintosh
PrintShop Mail dongle and
want to upgrade to the cross-platform dongle,
call the phone number above or send
email to the email address above to get