For Immediate Release
Contact: Amy Williamson, Product Manager, MultiAd® Creator
MultiAd® Releases Creator Professional version 8 Public Beta
September 11, 2006 (Peoria, IL) Today MultiAd unveils MultiAd Creator Professional version 8, delivering a new set of features that will enhance productivity in workflows like never before.
"MultiAd has really focused our attention on customer service and we are pleased that the release of Creator Professional version 8 builds on this tradition,” said Jill Addy, senior vice president of MultiAd Builder. “Every feature in the new release of Creator Professional has been suggested by our customers and we are pleased to be able to offer a product that has so many robust tools built into the actual application.”
New features include:
Soft Shadows: This feature opens up new creative possibilities for professional graphic designers. Users can apply a soft shadow to any element, path or graphic. Live text or text that has been converted to a path can also have a soft shadow. To create just the right special effect, users can adjust the horizontal and vertical offset as well as the radius.
Print Press Spreads: This feature revolutionizes the way users can print from Creator. Users can now reorder the Creator document to print in the exact order that is necessary for their press or local printer. In addition, Creator offers four print order options such as alternating outside-inside, alternating inside-outside, outside only or inside only. These options are also available when exporting to PDF.
Multi-Column Text: This feature divides a placed text block into the desired number of columns and allows for a user-defined gutter width. Users simply place a text block, click on a text block setting and fill in the number of columns and gutter width, and Creator will replace the original text block. This feature allows users to quickly define a space with a text block and move on immediately to formatting.
Sort: This features allows users to place a text block with information that contains names, prices or addresses, and have the option to resort that text block to accommodate a change in the desired order of the entries. Users can resort the prices or numbers in ascending or descending order. Words, such as names or addresses, can also be resorted in a different order as well. Creator provides the option to select sections of the text to resort, no matter if the sort criteria is the first word in the paragraph, the last word or any word in between.
Baseline Grid: This feature allows users to set and lock a baseline grid to improve the appearance of text when creating text in multiple columns or with multiple text blocks across the layout. The baseline is the invisible line on which letters and numbers rest. Since headlines and body copy may not share the same point size, aligning their baselines to a grid ensures that they line up across the layout. A baseline grid can be applied to a selected page or to a master spread.
Preset Sizes for 48-inch Web Presses: Based on recent trends in the newspaper industry to publish using a 48-inch Web press, Creator now provides a preset Page Size Set of SAUs for 48-inch Web presses, in addition to the 50-inch and 52-inch Page Size Sets.
Container Self-Scaling: This feature allows any element to be assigned its own individual container setting. This setting supersedes any previous setting on the tool itself. There is no need for users to go back and review or change the tool setting every time they wish to contain an item in the element. There is no need for users to remember the shortcuts to temporarily override the container tool setting. Users can simply double-click to select the element info and choose from four container settings. Combined with a matrix, this feature allows every element in the matrix to have the same container setting. This proves invaluable in speed and ease for users who wish to make a quick template and use each element as an individual container.
Contain Graphic with Place Graphic Menu: This feature saves users time when placing a graphic into a container. Users can define the element to contain and then select “Place Graphic into Container” from the Files Menu or use the shortcut for this function. The graphic chosen will then be placed directly into the container, using the predefined container settings.
Pricing and Availability:
The public release of Creator Professional version 8 Beta is available now as a free download on the Creator Software Web site at http://www.creatorsoftware.com/partners/beta_testers/. This release is available for PowerPC-based Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, Intel-based Mac OS X 10.4 or later, and Windows 2000 or Windows XP. The final product is expected to be introduced in late 2006.
*For a complete list of all of the new features in Creator Professional version 8, visit www.creatorsoftware.com.
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