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.
Engage features include:
- Text on Curve (with instant preview, editing in place)
- RGB, CMYK and Spot colour support as Global colours
- Conversion of selected text to fields
- Shadow support
- Layer support
- Text library support with CSV import
- XML output/input + properties to define Form (e.g. for Web)
- Barcode support
- PPML output support
- Batch process with file size reduction
- GUI with field positioning functions (alignment, spreading, size equalization)
- Rich text support for text fields
- Images with transparency (GIF, PNG, TIFF,PSD)
- Field Masking (oval, rounded corners)
- Text Variable support (global and local)
- Photoshop Integration
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.
Yes. This can be provided in two ways:
- Become a reseller of Engage VDP
- 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.
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.
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.
Yes. Engage can be used for creating calendars.
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.
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.