By: E&P Staff
WoodWing Software, Detroit and Zaandam, The Netherlands, has released the Smart Styles productivity plug-in for the new Adobe Creative Suite 5. An intelligent formatting tool, it automates repetitive formatting of text, frames and other objects in InDesign and InCopy.
In addition to compatibility with Adobe CS5, the new version of Smart Styles supports new interactive styling elements for media, buttons and animations. Other CS5 features supported by Smart Styles CS5 are all frame corner effects, paragraph span columns, and vertical justification in non-rectangular frames.
WoodWing (www.woodwing.com/en) said it is close to the beta stage of CS5 versions of other plug-ins and the Enterprise publishing system. The beta-version releases are expected in May.
Smart Styles users simply drag a styled object into a Smart Styles library, after which Smart Styles analyzes its formatting. Page designers can then drag this SmartStyles object out of the library and onto another page element to apply the same formatting. Smart Styles also can deal with variations when the target object is different from the original.
Smart Styles libraries can be opened and shared by multiple users. Smart Styles also adds basic spreadsheet functionality to InDesign and InCopy by allowing users to insert formulas into tables and sort columns by multiple attributes, such as alphabetical or numerical values, with ascending or descending options.