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Engage FAQ

How easy is Engage to use?

What are the main output features of Engage?

Can Engage VDP be used on a Mac?

Can I provide this Engage technology to my customers?

Can Engage be used just for creating personalised PDF files that are to be used online or just for viewing?

Can I use Engage on my own website?

Do you offer a web to print solution?

Can I create personalised calendars?

Can I try Engage before purchase?

Can all PDF files be used?

How easy is Engage to use?

Very easy. These are the steps to create output:

1. Create a PDF file. This can come from any source such as Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign, Quark Express etc.

2. Open the PDF file into Acrobat.

3. Use the Engage Tools to create Variable fields in the PDF file.

4. Load the PDF file into Engage VDP as a template.

5. Connect a database.

6. Run the batch function in Engage VDP.

reates the batch runs matching data with the specified data to create the output PDF files using Mapsoft Server Technology.

What are the main output features of Engage?

Engage features include:

Can Engage VDP be used on a Mac?

The Engage Acrobat plug-in can be used on a Mac. Engage VDP is currently only available for the PC. However the Engage ASP.NET control can be installed on an intranet or web site and can then be run from a Mac through the web browser with almost identical features as the Desktop version.

Can I provide this Engage technology to my customers?

Yes. This can be provided in two ways:

  1. Become a reseller of Engage VDP
  2. Purchase the Engage ASP.NET control which can be integrated into a web site and can then be run from a Mac through the web browser with almost identical features.

Can Engage be used just for creating personalised PDF files that are to be used online or just for viewing?

Yes. Engage be used just for creating personalised PDF files that are not necessarily going to be printed. If the PDF files are going to be read online then it is important that they are not too large to start with. In creating text fields try and match fonts that are already in the document and don't link up to images in the final output that are too high a resolution.

Can I use Engage on my own website?

Yes. You can purchase the Engage ASP.NET control and integration kit (Engage SDK). This can be integrated into a web site. We provide an integration service and/or we can provide training to a web designer on how to do this.

Do you offer a web to print solution?

The Engage ASP.NET control can be run in web to print mode and or Variable Data Printing mode. The PDF templates for both are identical.

Can I create personalised calendars?

Yes. Engage can be used for creating calendars.

Can I try Engage before purchase?

Yes. The plug-in for Acrobat is a free product. The Windows version and can be downloaded from here. The Mac version can be downloaded from here. Engage VDP can be run in tryout mode and serial numbers can then be purchased. A tryout version can be dowloaded from here. If you are interested in the Engage ASP.NET control then please see a demonstration of the product here. These pages demonstrate a lot of the features of the product.

Can all PDF files be used?

If your PDF file can be loaded into Acrobat then it can be used. We license the same PDF technology that is used in Adobe's own products such as Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop etc. Therefore you can be confident that your PDF files are not going to be degraded. If you want a "real" Adobe PDF workflow from design to print then Engage products will help you achieve this.