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PrintUI Professional—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.


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.


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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PrintUI Professional—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 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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