axaio software launches new product – MadeForLayers – efficient layer organization with layer views

Berlin - July 12, 2011 - axaio software, developer of automation solutions for PDF creation, printing and content correction workflows for the publishing and printing markets, introduces axaio MadeForLayers, the plug-in for Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator that helps organizing and simplifying the creation and editing of complex documents.

Companies working with layers as part of their multi channel production and quality assurance during production processes, need to coordinate and organize their layers in a way that is logical and efficient for all working teams. When preparing different document views for the production flow, error-prone and time-consuming manual procedures often result in misprints or time delays. axaio MadeForLayers helps saving design time and reduces human errors while working with layer-heavy documents. Different layers can be combined into layer views, showing for example different language or regional variants of a document with a single mouse click.

Standardized document creation processing

axaio MadeForLayers makes it possible to save layer combinations into layer views and apply them to new or existing documents to standardize how documents are structured. A specific layer view can be set as the default document view to determine which layers will be visible initially when the document is opened. New layer views can be created from the currently visible layers and can be adjusted at any time. Metadata definitions can be added to layers to enable workflow automation in production.

Different layer views for specific document views

axaio MadeForLayers can be used for multilingual production. By grouping all layers for a specific language into a layer view, switching between layers literally takes only one click, reducing the chance of errors and minimizing confusion while editing.

In regional publications such as sales brochures, catalogues, etc. axaio MadeForLayers can customize content for different regions or target groups. Creating layer views allows organizing these different editions. This can be done for existing documents or a template can be created to streamline editing of all future production.

axaio MadeForLayers also brings the solution for packaging service providers. In a typical packaging workflow, many stakeholders must review, comment and approve different design and technical versions. Generating and keeping track of all of these versions can prove to be a logistical nightmare. Organizing the source Illustrator or InDesign document with the proper technical, marketing and legal layer views allows everyone to see just the information they need.

User-friendly and intuitive layer palette

axaio MadeForLayers includes an user-friendly and intuitive layer palette for efficient layer handling, with three specialized palette modes:

  • The minimal view mode makes it possible to quickly switch between layer views.
  • The standard view mode allows switching between layer views and layers can be created, edited and deleted.
  • The maximal view mode makes it possible to switch between views, to create, edit and delete layers as well as add or edit metadata to layers.

MadeForLayers in combination with MadeToPrint

When combined with axaio MadeToPrint – the intelligent output automation solution – the different layer views can automatically be printed or exported to a needed format, instantly creating output for all different language, regional or technical versions without any chance of mistakes.

Each layer view can be converted to a separate output file in any of the file formats supported by MadeToPrint (PDF, PostScript, EPS, IDML, ePub, image formats,etc.). It is also possible to export a single PDF file containing all the different layer views and in a format that is compliant with the latest ISO PDF/X-4 standard.

Prices and availability

axaio MadeForLayers is immediately available; a 30-days trial version can be downloaded from

axaio MadeForLayers is available for 149,- Euro for a single user license. A 5-user license costs 649,- Euro and a 10-user license 1.249,- Euro.

About axaio software

axaio software streamlines PDF creation, printing and content correction workflows for Adobe InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator and QuarkXPress environments. Its flagship product, MadeToPrint, vastly enhances the reliability of PDF creation, print output processes as well as export to other file formats. It offers three levels of automation from semi-automatic over hotfolder processing to true lights out server processing with MadeToPrint Server.

axaio products seamlessly integrate into editorial environments based on vjoon K4, WoodWing Enterprise 7, Van Gennep PlanSystem4 or Quark Publishing System. axaio solutions are being used by publishing houses, advertisement agencies, prepress and packaging companies all over the world.

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