The different types of layout
There are many types of layout PRESSHOUSE can automate. Whether product catalogs, price lists, datasheets, labels, magazines: PRESSHOUSE has a rich toolbox to deal with the special requirements of the different layout type.
Product catalogs are the supreme discipline of content automation and database publishing. They are prime candidates for efficient content automation and database publishing with a rate up to 100 percent. Major challenges are the controlled positioning of elements on pages and the extensive use of tables.
PRESSHOUSE offers over 50 XML attributes for controlling the creation of pages and elements. Tables can have any layout of columns, rows, and cells. So it is only a question of cost and time to design these layouts than a question of possibility.
Price lists are often simple lists in table layout with a few columns. Potential challenges are repeated column headings and linked text frames.
PRESSHOUSE can repeat column headings in two ways: Use of InDesign table headings and repeated frames outside the layout area. Text frames can be linked in an flow over many pages.
Data sheets consist of one or two pages of compressed product information. The positioning of text and tables on the page is fixed, but in a very free layout. One challenge is not to overlay the various unlinked parts on the page.
PRESSHOUSE can group elements and position them on the page with absolute coordinates. Within the group, elements can move other elements horizontally or vertically in order to maintain the original distance between them and to avoid overlapping areas.
Brochures are small booklets with a page number divisible by four. Often 8, 12 or 16 pages. The biggest challenge is the mix of structured and unstructured layouts within the brochure.
PRESSHOUSE can mix automatically and manually designed pages. Blank pages can simply be inserted during the automation process to manually fill these pages after creation. Both types of elements can be repositioned manually to give the layout an exciting expression style.
Labels are product signs, business cards, address labels, lists of EAN codes for scanners, etc. They have little information and the layout is fixed and very simple. They are the oldest type of content automation.
Although labels are very simple and easy to create using other tools, PRESSHOUSE and Adobe InDesign can be used for labels with a higher level of design, such as transparencies and overlays, color management, professional typography, etc.
Magazines are at the other end of content automation and database publishing. Each page consist of an another layout, no rules can be applied to the positioning of the items on the page. So they aren’t really candidates for efficient page automation. Although PRESSHOUSE can do some initial work for you.
PRESSHOUSE can initially position text frames and pictures with magazine content on a page. The initially filled elements can easily be repositioned on the page without breaking the connection to your database. This means that later text updates can be carried out very easily without having to create a new one. Positions remain fixed, overset text can be adjusted manually.