Cacidi Extreme CS4 is the most advanced and yet easy to use standard software available for automating graphic design. Whether you produce catalogs, brochures, pricelists, business cards, or other single or multipage documents containing text, image and barcode content, Cacidi Extreme CS4 optimizes your production by bringing down tedious and repetitive tasks like copy pasting and local formatting of text, manually importing and scaling images and barcodes, as well as updating content for future productions, to an absolute minimum.
Extreme CS4 features:
- New and improved user interface
- The Cacidi Extreme CS4 has been optimized to take advantage of the most high-end technical and designer friendly features, and is now in full integration with the Cacidi LiveMerge CS4 product (see specific product sheet for Cacidi LiveMerge CS4).
- Direct database connection
- Cacidi Extreme CS4 allows you to connect directly to a MySQL database for a live feed of data. With no stops in between, you draw data directly from the database during your catalogue production. This new feature builds on top of the existing and previously implemented feature for building the catalogue based on a static text file export. Optionally you are able to query directly from Cacidi Extreme CS4 by SQL queries or regular text search directly within your database. Each separate project created with Cacidi Extreme is allowed itÕs own settings and definitions for database and querying.
- Built-in data grouping
- Using an intuitive user interface, you can set up preferences for product group selections, directly within the Cacidi Extreme CS4 project settings. This feature makes it easy to create complex price lists and similar productions, without the necessity for external consultancy services.
- Custom data feed
- The feature Custom data feed, brings an unique possibility, by the means of scripts, affect import of data in Cacidi Extreme CS4. It is not complex to create a script, which by the request XMLHttpRequest (part of Web 2.0 and AJAX), extracts data from all kinds of web services. Custom data feed provides information about product groups and queries from InDesign/Cacidi Extreme CS4 to the script.
- New amazing positioning engine
- New and revolutionizing approach to page building: Build in first automated process the required amount of pages, continue in a following process adding more pages, and apply even more dynamic content on top of already built content.
- New methods of dynamic design positioning
- Chess Position Placement and XY Placement are new Cacidi AutoCalculation methods, adding to the previously already implemented AutoCalculation methods. These apply new advanced possibilities for placing dynamic designs by instruction set from the data source, and is implemented in Cacidi Extreme CS4 for even more flexible and accurate placement methods.
- Chess Position Placement allows poduction schemes, where the data source includes information about which page and grid tile in an automated InDesign production, and similar to the concept of a chess game, places itself on eg. A3 in a predefined grid.
- New data validation methods
- Cacidi Extreme CS4 includes much more data validation features, such as built-in text field formatting, including a so called ÓimageÓ of the actual formatting ###.###.,##. Built-in ÓIFÓ statements allows for eg Ó0Ó or Ó1Ó values (equal to true or false), to easily make sense when included in data text fields. Even automatic removal of empty data lines, deletion of empty image frames, and new visual adjustment options for images.
- Automatic pre- and post document processing
- The new Pre og Post-Script features can trigger a script to perform before or after the actual Cacidi Extreme CS4 catalogue building process, and can as an example, be used to change document setup/margins by instructions from a data source prior to the automatic catalogue build. In another example Post-Script can be applied to achive automatic print of the finished automated document, or create an index or table of contents within InDesign. Or, even be used to instruct InDesign to export the finished catalogue in one or more PDF settings. These are just inspirational examples. Only the imagination of the catalogue producer sets the limit.