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EasyPrintUI—PrintUI Announces EasyPrintUI Enterprise Edition

To address the growing demand for global marketing automation and the need to push marketing decisions and personalization to local field marketing and sales teams within enterprise companies, PrintUI has released the Enterprise Edition of our popular EasyPrintUI service.

Don’t mistake the name “Easy” in EasyPrintUI Enterprise Edition. Enterprise companies have complicated business structures but they would still like to have a quick and uncomplicated setup. EasyPrintUI Enterprise Edition accomplishes all of this. The setup is painless … get started the same day you sign up. The Enterprise feature set addresses the complicated business structure of big companies. It starts with all the features in EasyPrintUI Basic and Advanced and then adds more…:

  • Users can be authenticated via a company server without requiring an EasyPrintUI sign in.
  • Be able to import users.
  • Be able to export users.
  • Administrator can define a business structure (business units and departments).
  • Users are assigned to a business unit and department.
  • Adds a new user type of Approver.
  • Adds support for a new “form” template type in HTML format.
  • Form-by-form settings overrides.
  • A customized job can be converted into a template.
  • Let’s you control which templates to show to users by business unit and department.
  • By default, supports 150 end users, but add as many as you need for a modest per user fee.
  • Runs on a server hosted by PrintUI that is dedicated only to your company.

In addition, the Enterprise Edition is available with the following options:

  • Dedicated InDesign server (hosted by PrintUI)
  • On-premises EasyPrintUI server
  • On-premises InDesign server.

Click here for more information and a price quote.

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EasyPrintUI—PrintUI Adds Translation and Globalization Features

As part of our push to satisfy the needs of global marketing we are happy to announce the following important features.

Spelling

Spell Check

We now support full inline spell checking that flags misspellings as the user is typing. We use the same spelling dictionaries that are used by OpenOffice, Mozilla Thunderbird and Firefox, Google Chrome and the Apple OS X operating system. We currently support 23 languages and will be adding more later. If your language is not yet supported talk to us and we’ll get it added. (You can get an XML list of the currently supported languages here.)

Note that to enable spell checking, a run-time option (Flashvar) must be used when loading the web editor to specify which language to use.  By default, spell checking is turned off.

XLIFF APIs

When localizing marketing collateral for global markets, the ability to automatically populate designed content with translated content can be very important. So we have added APIs to import and export of XLIFF, which is a standard format for exchange of translation strings. It’s supported by all the popular translation software and translation memory solutions. To take advantage of these XLIFF APIs you’ll need a developer, or PrintUI,  to build an interface between PrintUI and your translation software or translation memory solution.

Localizability of the PrintUI Panels

Another need when dealing with global markets is allowing designers to work in their own language. With this in mind we’ve made architectural changes to our InDesign panel to allow for full localization. As with our web editor user interface translation, we’ll need your help translating the English strings. Please contact us if you are willing to help.

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EasyPrintUI—New Features to Make PrintUI More Flexible

We’ve added some other features to make for very flexible workflows.
Liquid Layout

Liquid Layout

Today we have added support for InDesign’s Liquid Layout feature that allows for automatic repositioning of elements when a document changes sizes. When using the PrintUI APIs to request output of any type (PDF, JPEG, or PNG), the output size can be requested at a specific size. Any Liquid Layout settings in InDesign will automatically be applied.

For example, we have been getting requests for this feature from folks who generate advertisements so that they can take the same customized advertising piece and output it in different sizes and form factors to match the requirements of different publications. This is both for print as well as digital output. We’re very excited by the possibilities Liquid Layout enables.

How use Liquid Layout in InDesign is beyond the scope of this post, but we recommend checking out the following links to learn more:

Non-selectable

Non-Selectable Objects in an Editable Layer

Until recently, the concept of editable and non-editable objects were very clearly delineated in PrintUI. All editable objects which are rendered in our web app were defined on editable layers, while non-editable objects were always on the background or foreground layers.

This generally works well, but there are times when there’s a need to have a non-editable object sandwiched between two editable objects. By selecting the “Non-selectable” checkbox in the tagging panel, that’s now possible. Any object that’s designated as “non-selectable” will be rendered as any object in the web editor, but interaction with the object is not possible in any way.

An additional use for this option is one that has come up many times when talking with users. Non-selectable objects can be modified using our variable data APIs, but not editable by the end user. There are many applications where there’s a need to prepopulate some text or images, but you do not want them to be editable by the end user. Making the object(s) not-selectable is a perfect way to do this.

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EasyPrintUI—EasyPrintUI Version 2 Released

We’re excited to announce version 2 of EasyPrintUI Basic and Advanced client and team portal service. This release has a focus on branding and administrative controls. For current EasyPrintUI Basic and Advanced users you probably noticed that these features recently show up as part of your normal subscription.

  • Basic Plan
    • Bug fixes.
    • History of job actions (submit, approve, download, etc.) are now shown in the job details.
    • Administrator can enable users to be notified of status changes for a job.
    • The administrator can enable the HTML5 editor in addition to the Flash editor.
    • “Which Categories” on the Users page supports:  role, email, company, phone, country, and time zone.
  • Advanced Plan
    • All the Basic Plan features.
    • Control which file types an approver can download (PDF, JPEG, or IDML).
    • Control which file types an end user can download (PDF, JPEG, or IDML).
    • Specify a default PDF preset for approvers.
    • Let approvers select a PDF preset to use.
    • Let end users select a PDF preset to use.
    • Be able to use a watermark on approver PDFs.
    • Be able to specify a message to use for emails sent to approvers.
    • Email notification is sent to users when a job is rejected.
    • Allow galleries to use “image filtering” so that images can be shown based on the template and frame.
    • Support an image gallery for replacing the page background.
    • Support numerous additional web application options on the Advanced Settings page, including adding and removing pages and the ability to change the text on the Finished button.
    • Users can now download a PDF proof before submitting their job.  Proof PDFs can have a watermark.
    • Administrators can search for jobs and also specify a date range on the Jobs page.
    • End users can search for jobs and also specify a date range for jobs on the History page.
    • Many additional template-by-template settings overrides.

 

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EasyPrintUI—New PrintUI Gallery Hosting

As you may know, PrintUI clients have been able to add their own image galleries to the PrintUI web editor for a long time now.  This gives our clients full control over what their end users see when they click on Add Image or Change Image while customizing a template.  In fact, if run-time options are used to turn off the social galleries, such as Facebook, and to turn off the ability for end users to upload images from their computer, the set of images can be completely locked down.

But what’s new is that rather than having to develop the code and host your galleries on your own server, you can now use PrintUI’s new gallery hosting option to get you up and running instantly.  For only $39 per month, you get all of these features:

  • Be up and running in just a few hours.
  • Use secure FTP to upload your images.
  • Supports all common raster and vector images, including EPS, PDF, and Adobe Illustrator images.
  • Full control of gallery tabs and the folder structure within each tab.
  • Users can search for images.
  • 10 GB of disk space.
  • PrintUI maintains the servers.
  • High performance bandwidth between the gallery server and other PrintUI servers which results in a better user experience.
  • Works with all PrintUI installations including EasyPrintUI, Magento, and any PrintUI Professional deployment.

 

Contact PrintUI to get started with your own gallery today.

Hosted Gallery

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EasyPrintUI—EasyPrintUI Update

We just pushed out an update for EasyPrintUI that has a few improvements…

We’ve heard from a number of our clients that their end users would like to save their work so that they can finish it later.  So now after the end user clicks on the Finished button in the editor, they will see a new Save For Later button on the job submission page.  Clicking on Save For Later takes the end user to their History page which shows an Incomplete button next to the jobs that they have saved.  Clicking on the Incomplete button takes them back to the editor where they can continue their work.

A side benefit of the Save For Later button is that any message or order ID on the submission page is also saved in the History.  In fact, the order ID appears in one of the columns of the History so it could be used by the end user for notes or other information about the job to make it easier to figure out what they’ve been doing.

Another new feature in this version gives administrators the ability to specify who can download the customized job on a template-by-template basis.  Go to the Templates page and click on the Options button next to the template of interest.  You’ll see a new Downloads of customized results choice in the Other Options section.  Choices there are:  only my company, end user, or end user if signed in.  Of course the equivalent settings on the Settings page continue to control the default behavior for any templates that don’t have this setting specified.

We’ve also made some bug fixes in this version and we have improved how we handle expired jobs.

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EasyPrintUI—New Features in EasyPrintUI

Today we have added several new features for EasyPrintUI and have begun restructuring the code with the intent of supporting localizations later this year.

New Features for EasyPrintUI Advanced

The most significant new feature for the Advanced version is template-by-template options.  In other words, for each of your templates you can now optionally override the default settings that you set via the administrator’s Settings page.  For example, you may want to have a different approvals workflow for certain templates.  Or perhaps you want to use a different image gallery or restrict what the end user sees as far as editing options for some templates.  You can now do all that and more by just clicking the new Options button next to each template listed on the Templates page.

Another new feature lets you specify the resolution of JPEG downloads.  You can set a default value, but also override the resolution on a template-by-template basis.

New Features for All Versions

When a user clicks on your logo in the heading area of the web page, you can now specify a URL to link it to whatever web page you want.  You might, for example, want it to go to your business’s web page rather than the EasyPrintUI home page.

End users no longer lose the customizations they have made to a template if they don’t actually finish submitting their job.  Instead, the job is marked as “incomplete” on the History page and they are able to continue with their customizations and submit the job later.  This even works if the user gets to the Submit page and then realizes that they want to request a new account.  Once you approve their account request, the job automatically appears in their History, but marked as “incomplete.”

The History now also has a Remove button next to each job so that end users can delete the job if they no longer need it.

The Download and Approval pages now show only the buttons that make sense.  And when a PDF, JPEG, or IDML version of the customized template is downloaded, a friendlier file name is used.

And, of course, a number of bug fixes have been made.

Please enjoy the new features and let us know what you think.  We’re also always interested in hearing your ideas for new features for EasyPrintUI.

 

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EasyPrintUI—View-As and Other Features Added to EasyPrintUI

We have added several new features to EasyPrintUI based on requests from our clients.  If you’re not familiar with EasyPrintUI, please see a description or videos to see how you can be up and running with your own web-to-print or web-to-web solution with zero programming and in only one day.

 

View As

In EasyPrintUI, you can easily set up several users to see different sets of templates.  For example, let’s say that a design agency is using EasyPrintUI for two clients called The ABC Company and The DEF Corporation.  Of course they want ABC users to see only the ABC templates and the DEF users to see only the DEF templates, but they want to test their configuration to make absolutely sure.  All they have to do is to click on the View As button next to an ABC or a DEF user on the EasyPrintUI administrator’s Users page and they’ll see exactly how it will look to that user.  The web page even tells you which user’s view you are seeing, like this…

 

PDF Presets

With the EasyPrintUI Advanced Plan, you can now select which PDF preset to use for generating high-resolution PDF files.  You can select from one of several built-in presets:

  • High Quality Print
  • PDF/X-1a:2001
  • PDF/X-3:2002
  • PDF/X-4:2008
  • Press Quality
  • Smallest File Size
 

Or you can create and upload your own PDF preset using InDesign.  (A PDF preset has a .joboptions file extension in InDesign.)  PDF Presets options are found on the administrator’s Advanced Settings page.

 

Image Gallery Options

Several PrintUI clients have implemented a “gallery connector” that connects images stored on their servers to the PrintUI web application.  Their end users can then select from those images while they are customizing a template.  Each set of images is selected via tabs in the image gallery feature.  Here’s an example of what that looks like if you run one of the demos on printui.com

The People, Places, and Backgrounds tabs represent three different image sets on our demo server.  If you create your own gallery connector on your own server, you replace those tabs with anything you want.  You can even pass XML into your gallery connector at run-time so that you can restrict which images to show to which users.

Then, all you have to do to make it work with EasyPrintUI is to use the Advanced Settings to specify the URL to your connector as well as the XML to use for the qualifiers.

In addition, you can also control other aspects of the way the gallery appears to your end users including whether or not to allow end users the ability to upload images from their computer, and whether or not to show the built-in social galleries for Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa.

 

Run-Time Options

The Advanced Plan also lets you set myriad options to control how PrintUI’s web application looks to your end users while they are customizing a template, including:

  • Show the “Add Image” button
  • Show the “Add Text” button
  • Show the “Preview” button
  • Show the “Start Over” button
  • Show the “Full Screen” button
  • Zoom to fill screen
  • Show the text palette when editing text
  • Initially show all edit fields
  • Colors to show in color picker
  • Show non print layers
  • Preview non print layers
  • Show styles or fonts in text palette
 

Other Features

Some other new features that you might find useful:

  • When an end user submits their job, they can now specify an ID to use for their own tracking purposes.  They can use it for any purpose, including, for example, a purchase order number or a project code.
  • If a user hasn’t yet signed in at the point where they are about to submit their job, they can now do so without losing their customizations.  After signing in, they are returned to the job submission page with the fields filled in with their signin information.
  • You can now ask us here at PrintUI to manually add a new administrator to your account.  Although we shouldn’t have to use that very often, it could be useful in a situation where, for example, you accidentally change your own user role from Administrator to something else.

 

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