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Creo demonstrated two new versions of its Darwin Variable Information (VI) authoring tool. Darwin VI enables Adobe InDesign users to design, author and manage personalized variable information documents. It runs natively on Mac OS X and turns InDesign documents into variable data documents where every element is dynamic—text, graphics, charts, colors, layouts, backgrounds and entire pages. Darwin 6.1.1, also a Mac OS native application, reportedly features faster, more efficient variable information production. Upgrade prices are: from Darwin Desktop 4.5 to Darwin Desktop 6.1: $995 (U.S.); from Darwin Desktop 4.5 to Darwin Pro 6.1: $1,995. New packages: Darwin Desktop 6.1: $2,995; Darwin Pro 6.1: $4,795.
Software provider XMPie launched uDirect for Adobe InDesign CS, designed to enable creative professionals to produce personalized, visually rich variable data print documents within the native InDesign environment. uDirect enables automatic definition of business rules, extraction of field headers from a data source and population of "content objects." Priced at $2,500, it includes support for PDF and one additional VDP output format selected by the user upon installation.
Adobe announced its new online VDP Resource Center (www.Adobe.com/vdp). The Web site enables creative professionals, marketing departments and print service providers to learn about implementing Variable Data Publishing, download free trial software, and purchase VDP plug-in solutions from Adobe ISV (independent software providers) partners, compatible with the Adobe Creative Suite. The VDP Resource Center showcases technologies and products to help in the creation of customized materials.
Human Eyes Technologies made its North American debut with HumanEyes Capture3D, an automated application designed to allow photographers to use any digital camera to generate 3D images for multiple uses—from packaging to backlit displays and wide-format commercial signs—quickly. A photo needs to be taken only once, and can be converted "from stamp to billboard size," according to the company. A free trial version is being offered, as is an introductory purchase price of $199.