MadeToPrint Auto

Hot folder automation at its best

Teams struggling with insufficient or unfriendly output procedures inside leading publishing tools can use axaio MadeToPrint to speed up and to optimize their printing and exporting workflows through standardization.

axaio MadeToPrint Auto is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator or QuarkXPress allowing fully automated print and export from your design document to one or more output targets. The automation process is based on an integrated hot folder support. MadeToPrint Auto includes connectors for WoodWing Studio, vjoon K4 and Quark Publishing Platform. Furthermore it can be integrated with automation systems such as Enfocus Switch. On top we are offering a jobticket connection (XML) for individual custom requirements.

Fields of application

For creative/production teams in agencies, in-house departments

Creative and production teams often struggle with insufficient or unfriendly document output procedures inside industry leading publishing tools. In comes the axaio MadeToPrint, the intelligent printing and exporting add-on to Adobe® InDesign®/InDesign Server®/Illustrator®/InCopy®/QuarkXPress®. It relieves designers for all technicalities of preparing files for print. It solves output flaws, misprints, issues with layers, etc… by extending, enhancing, checking and streamlining all output processes. Production managers can create MadeToPrint output jobs once, making them available to all users, to get consistent output from every workstation.

For publishing environments

Typically, several teams simultaneously work on a large number of documents, against the deadlines! Today they still run into output flaws, misprints, issues with layers, etc… even with leading layout and publishing tools. axaio MadeToPrint Auto and MadeToPrint Server solve current issues by automating, extending, enhancing, and streamlining printing and output processes. Predefined job sets provide identical output from every file for increased efficiency, as well as considerable time and cost savings.

MadeToPrint seamlessly integrates in any editorial system. Specific integrations have been made with vjoon K4, WoodWing Enterprise, Van Gennep PlanSystem4, Quark Publishing Platform and Enfocus Switch. Any publisher looking to standardize output in order to decrease cost and errors should have a look at MadeToPrint.

For conventional or digital full service printers

The production processes leading to the final printed document need to be as efficient and reliable as possible, especially when handling specialized documents in multiple languages and versions. axaio MadeToPrint is the ideal gate keeper and offers streamlined and faultless production with standardized file naming, adding info bars, handling language layers and finally providing a fully imposed ready to print file. Needless to say that this adds a tremendous efficiency increase, and considerable time and cost savings. MadeToPrint can easily be integrated in any production automation solution. A configurator for Enfocus Switch enables an easy configuration of the entire workflow.

For packaging design and prepress teams

Adobe Illustrator remains the tool of choice for the creation of packaging designs. At the same time, PDF is the file format of choice, for file exchange and review. With MadeToPrint for Illustrator, axaio provides a solution to automate PDF output from Illustrator with all the advantages such as cost savings and reduced errors.

MadeToPrint for Adobe Illustrator is the perfect tool to automate the creation of different packaging versions, standardize file naming and increase output consistency. Once an output specification is set up in a MadeToPrint JobSet all files processed with that JobSet will consistently fit the same specification. It also allows you to extract all kinds of versions from the same master file, different language versions, low resolution for customer approval, a technical specification version for making the die cuts and more. Packaging designers and pre-press professionals are now able to create PDF files from Illustrator, without having to worry whether complex layer structures are correctly handled, or whether naming conventions and other production specifications are set correctly.

License price Auto version

for Adobe® InDesign®License price, excl. SMA fee

for Adobe® InDesign®
(optional for Enfocus Switch)
€ 2.490
for vjoon K4 € 4.490
Stdfor WoodWing Studio € 4.490

with jobticket mode € 4.490
for Adobe® Illustrator®License price, excl. SMA fee
for Adobe® Illustrator® € 4.490
for QuarkXpress®License price, excl. SMA fee
Quark XPress Logo
Enfocus Switch Logo
for QuarkXpress®
(optional for Enfocus Switch)
€ 2.490
Quark Publishing Platform Logofor Quark Publishing Platform € 4.490

Note for SMA: For MadeToPrint Auto, the conclusion of a Software Support and Maintenance Agreement (SMA) is mandatory for the first year after purchase. It amounts to 20% of the list price per year. The contract includes free updates/upgrades as well as technical support and thus offers both technical and financial planning security.


  • Supports Adobe® InDesign® CC 2019-CC 2023 and
    QuarkXPress® 8 - 2019
  • Supports Adobe® Illustrator®/InCopy® CS6-CC 2019
  • For Windows and Mac

Release notes

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With Screenshots and step-by-step explanation our tutorials help to configure and use the MadeToPrint product.
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  • Considerable time and cost saving through automation and standardization
  • No need to configure and double check settings again and again
  • Greater functionality and control over any type of output
  • Secure output workflows through standardization
  • Reduced error levels hence increased productivity and reliability of PDF creation
  • Streamlined print and export operations
  • Improved collaboration
  • Integrable with vjoon K4, WoodWing Studio, Quark Publishing Platform for a status-based output
  • Customizable through jobticket connection
  • Configurator for Enfocus Switch

Key Features

  • Combining multiple output steps and executing them simultaneously:
    create job sets that contain several output steps and combine different types of printout or export to be launched as one output step
  • Target different output channels:
drive different destination printers in in your network or export to several file formats from a single job set
  • Export to different file formats automatically:
    export InDesign files to JPEG, PDF, interactive PDF, EPS, PostScript, INX, SWF, IDML, Flash or InDesign Packages
  • Processing layers individually or in combinations:
combine layers flexibly and output them as variants, e.g. for multilingual files or regional versions
  • Multifunctional layer views in InDesign with included MadeForLayers functionality’:
    group different layers in one design document into logical combinations; create one single layer view for each language or regional version or provide a technical, marketing-oriented and legal view of a design – with a single mouse click (See tutorial!)
  • Flexible export customization with ’Parameter Overrides’:
    apply various output parameters for different documents “on-the-fly” – flexible and easy
  • Extended PDF check with ’PDF Post-Process’:
    run a preflight check during PDF export based on e.g. callas pdfToolbox profiles
  • Dynamic definition of file and folder names:
configure destination file and folder names based on rules and use tokens (variables) to insert information at runtime; conveniently choose from token list to set up your own configuration
  • Flexible handling of files/folders/books: 

    process current document, all open documents, all documents in a book or all documents in a folder
  • Preflighting before printing/exporting:

    check document for missing/changed links or missing fonts before output
  • Font loading and image update:
load required fonts and update modified images before output
  • Single page output: 

    print all pages or spreads of an InDesign document individually, or export each as a separate single file
  • Generating an info bar:
    create a slug at the top of a page in printed output and exported EPS or PostScript files
  • Batch processing with script support:
output all documents in a folder and optionally run scripts before or after each pass
  • Packaging feature: 

    activate the InDesign packaging function separately or as part of a job set and collect all images, fonts, profiles and settings for an InDesign document into a single folder
  • Imposition option: 

    generate fully imposed PDF files; a wide selection of immediately usable imposition templates is included, and custom imposition templates can be added easily
  • Distiller option:

    for better compatibility with legacy workflows, create PDF files by sending PostScript through Adobe Acrobat Distiller
  • Putting a frame around each page:

    add a frame to the output to highlight the page border; line type, position, color and opacity for the frame can be configured as needed
  • PostScript expert option: 

    when printing to a PostScript printer or exporting EPS or PostScript, PostScript code snippets can be inserted for highly customizable output
  • Auto job priority:
    define the order of your jobs to let process more important jobs earlier
  • Supporting publishing systems: vjoon K4, WoodWing Studio, Quark Publishing Platform
  • Status based MadeToPrint job activation
  • Keeps publication components up-to-date
  • Individual layer/layer combination output
  • Status controlled output
  • Links output to condition/status of layouts, articles, images inside the editorial system
  • Checks out layouts unattended
  • Updates contents right before output
  • Checks layout back-up into editorial system database

Click here for a complete list of features.

Need Help?

If you need help in defining what automation version you need, please go to the detailed overview.

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