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Streamlines and standardizes PDF
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Efficient Layer Organization

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Nordic (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway)
Baltic Region (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)
of leading PDF technology from axaio software GmbH.

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    axaio solutions are being used by publishing houses, advertisement agencies,
    prepress service providers, printers and packaging companies all over the world.

    They can seamlessly integrate into publishing systems such as
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    axaio MadeForLayers Efficient Layer Organization
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    axaio MadeForLayers is a plugin to Adobe® InDesign® and Adobe® Illustrator®
    that streamlines and simplifies the creation and editing of
    complex documents, based on layer views.

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    axaio MadeForLayers is available for Adobe InDesign CC 2018.

    axaio MadeForLayers (and axaio MadeToPrint) for Adobe Illustrator support
    'Processing Steps metadata' for a standardized layer operation.

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axaio MadeForLayers
Efficient Layer Organization with
Adobe® InDesign® and Adobe® Illustrator®

    Creation and editing of complex documents for the packaging
    industry and other purposes requires efficient design tools.
    Tools that can manage layer-heavy documents and multiple technical versions.

    axaio MadeForLayers is a plugin for Adobe® InDesign® and Adobe® Illustrator®,
    that helps streamlining and simplifying the creation and
    editing of complex documents, based on layer views.

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    Different layers can be combined into layer views
    (i.e. logical combinations of layers that make handling
    layers efficient and dependable) showing different language
    or regional variants of a document with a single mouse-click.
    MadeForLayers saves design time and reduces human errors
    while working with layer-heavy documents.

Fields of Application for axaio MadeForLayers in
Adobe® InDesign® and Adobe® Illustrator® Environments

Language layers in MadeForLayers
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    For Multilingual production:
    Use layer views to organize your multilingual documents.
    • By grouping all layers for a specific language into a layer view,
      switching between layers literally takes only one click, hugely reducing
      the chance on error and minimizing confusion while editing.

      With the output finesse of axaio MadeToPrint one can then
      easily create either one master PDF file containing all
      language variants, or one PDF file for each language.

    For Regional Publications:
    In region-specific publications such as sales brochures, catalogues, etc.
    parts of the content are typically customized for different
    regions or target groups.
    • Creating layer views with MadeForLayers allows
      organizing these different regional editions.
      This can be done for existing documents or a template
      can be created to streamline editing of all future production.

      In combination with axaio MadeToPrint one can easily save
      separate files for each regional edition afterwards.

Layer Views in Packaging
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    For Packaging Service Providers:
    In a typical packaging workflow many stakeholders must review,
    comment and approve different versions of a design.
    Generating and keeping track of all of these versions can
    prove to be a logistical nightmare.
    • Organizing the source document in Adobe Illustrator or InDesign
      with the proper technical, marketing and legal layer views makes
      it easy to generate a single PDF file.
      With axaio MadeToPrint you can print layouts or export PDF files
      using specific layer views predesigned in axaio MadeForLayers.
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Processing Steps - Support of Additional Metadata
    Processing Steps metadata:
    MadeForLayers for Adobe Illustrator supports additional metadata,
    called "Processing Steps".

    Adobe Illustrator layers can now have both regular metadata and
    processing steps metadata attached to them.

    The Processing Steps metadata standard is of key importance for packaging-,
    label- and large format-specific groups of processing-steps data.

    It standardizes metadata for layers to allow for interoperability between
    devices in exchanging data for non-print processing steps. In addition,
    it defines rules for objects on and interdependencies between layers.

    The PDF Processing Steps specify how parameters for
    subsequent processing steps can be stored in a PDF
    in a standardized way.

    It creates the possibility to add standardised terms to each layer to
    help identify the layer in subsequent processing steps in the workflow.

    This type of information has usually earlier been defined as
    technical spot colors in a PDF.
    For lack of standardization, everybody has been using different names,
    which made workflow automation very difficult.

    Processing steps metadata is primarily interesting for packaging since,
    in addition to the printing objects, a good deal of additional information
    are defined in a PDF for packaging.
    This allows a language independent identification of these objects.

    This is done by grouping page objects in layers
    (technically: optional content groups, OCG), and adding metadata to
    those layers to identify them as processing steps.
    Metadata can now be used for selective display of the elements for validation.

    A marketing person is interested in other elements than a prepress specialist.
    For proof output cutting lines, braille, etc. are also printed while for
    CTP output they are automatically omitted.
    In addition, subsequent systems (e.g. impostion, embossing, braille)
    which support this standard can retrieve the information relevant for
    their processing step directly in the PDF data.

    Use cases include:
    • metadata identifying processing steps;
    • limitations on the interaction between PDF graphics objects
      that are part of a processing step and other PDF graphics objects;
    • limitations on PDF graphics objects in processing steps;

    • Easily identifying data corresponding to "Structural" finishing steps, such as
      • Bleed, cutting, creasing, drilling, embossing, folding, foil stamping,
        folding, glueing, perforating, punching, stapling, varnish free;

    • Braille in a document;
    • information panels;
    • indications of physical dimensions;
    • indications of intended positions of graphical elements;
    • printed white, for example on transparent or metallic surfaces;
    • printed varnish.

    The standardisation is based on the upcoming ISO Standard 19593,
    which defines the use of PDF to associate processing steps and content data.

    With the help of the Processing Steps standard,
    standardization of automation of processing steps
    in packaging production can be improved substantially.

    The processing steps metadata is filled out for each layer using
    the MadeForLayers panel and is then retained in the layout application.
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    The Processing Steps option is also accessible through the layer handling in
    MadeToPrint for Adobe Illustrator.

    In MadeToPrint the metadata is transfered automatically
    into the PDF for output export.

    Interactive as well as profile driven evaluation, modification and
    preflight of Processing Steps is supported in callas pdfToolbox.

    • Group layers into layer views to streamline different working methods:
      • Working with multiple language versions.
      • Working with regional variants of ads or editorial contents.
      • Working with complex packaging documents
        containing design and technical layers.
    • Create, edit or delete layer views.
    • User-friendly and intuitive layer palette for efficient layer handling,
      with three specialized palette states:
      • Minimal view, to quickly switch between layer views.
      • Normal view, to additionally create, edit or delete layers.
      • Extended view, to additionally create, edit or delete layer views
        and add or edit metadata to layers.
    • Save layer view combinations and import them into existing documents.
    • Add metadata to layers to enable workflow automation based on
      standardized metadata rather than layer names.
    • Set a specific layer view as the default document view to determine
      which layers will be visible initially when the document is opened.
    • Create a new layer view from the currently visible layers;
      add or remove layers from layer views to adjust.
    • Keyboard shortcuts for a faster and more comfortable
      switching between the different layer views.

    In combination with axaio MadeToPrint
    • Export to a single PDF file containing different layer views
      in a format compliant with the latest ISO PDF/X-4 standard.
    • Export the default layer view to any of the file formats supported by
      MadeToPrint (PostScript, EPS, PDF, IDML, image formats,...).
    • Export each layer view to a separate output file in any of the file formats
      supported by MadeToPrint (PostScript, EPS, PDF, IDML, image formats,...).

    Product Benefits:
    • Quicker document editing.
    • Standardized document creation processing.
    • Focused working and therby efficient.
    • No accidential layer mix-up.
    • Available as part of MadeToPrint, for an error-free document version export.

    System Requirements:

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