Cacidi Extreme CC Light
Cacidi Extreme Light, the market leading design driven automated InDesign document builder, intuitively lets you create advanced catalogues, price lists, stationary, direct mails, and much more based on static or live connected data sources. Updating future productions is even more simple, and happens lightning fast.
Cacidi Extreme Light is the most advanced and yet easy to use standard software available for automating graphic design. Whether you produce catalogs, brochures, pricelists, business cards, or other single or multipage documents containing text, image and barcode content, Cacidi Extreme CC optimizes your production by bringing down tedious and repetitive tasks like copy pasting and local formatting of text, manually importing and scaling images and barcodes, as well as updating content for future productions, to an absolute minimum.
Cacidi Extreme Light offers four different production methods of choice, allowing any type of job the most suitable production flow. The production methods included with Cacidi Extreme are:
Step'n Repeat method
Create one single either simple or advanced design with Adobe InDesign, save it as a Cacidi Extreme Item Design and have Cacidi Extreme Light automatically produce as many content variable objects as number of records in your data source. The Step'n Repeat method is very often used for simple but effective production of business cards, mail merges, price tags, labels, etc.
Combine as many Cacidi Extreme Item Designs as you like on a single page or queue of pages, and build your automated documents totally controlled by the designers choice of layout. Very often used for brochures and catalogs with a page range from 1 to 50 pages, where the designers general overview is in charge of the production flow.
Using the AutoCalc method allows a production setup partly driven by the designers full creative freedom combined with a database setup for arranging records in groups, select pre-defined Adobe InDesign paragraph- and character styles, define Cacidi Extreme Designs use, etc., that will let Cacidi Extreme automatically dispatch and arrange the layout in the Adobe InDesign document. The AutoCalc method is very often the better choice for production of extensive catalogs, price lists, manuals, brochures, etc., typically including from 50 pages up to thousands of pages.
The Cacidi Extreme Update method applies to all the methods above. No matter what type of production method a first build of your document is based upon, the Cacidi Extreme Update method will at any time let you progressively update text, image and barcode content in your layout, as changes apply to the data source. Practically all Cacidi Extreme customers utilise the Update method, when publishing future editions of their initially automated productions.
Direct integration with LiveMerge CC Light
The Cacidi Extreme CC Light works in full integration with the Cacidi LiveMerge CC Light product (see specific product sheet for Cacidi LiveMerge CC Light). In an optimal production workflow, use Cacidi Extreme for the fast automatic layout and page allocation and then use Cacidi LiveMerge for fine adjustments and creativity.
Built-in data grouping
Using an intuitive user interface, you can set up preferences for product group selections, directly within the Cacidi Extreme CC project settings. This feature makes it easy to create complex price lists and similar productions, without the necessity for external consultancy services.
Automatic Data validation methods
Cacidi Extreme CC Light includes data validation features, such as numbers formatting, including a mask of the actual formatting ###.###.,##.
IF statements allows for eg 0 or 1 values in your data (equal to true or false), to easily make sense when included in data text fields. Even automatic removal of empty data lines, deletion of empty image frames, and new visual adjustment options for images.
Automatic pre- and post document processing
The Pre and Post-Script features can trigger a script to perform before or after the actual Cacidi Extreme CC Light catalogue building process, and can as an example, be used to change document setup/margins by instructions from a data source prior to the automatic catalogue build. In another example Post-Script can be applied to achive automatic print of the finished automated document, or create an index or table of contents within InDesign. Or, even be used to instruct InDesign to export the finished catalogue in one or more PDF settings. These are just inspirational examples. Only the imagination of the catalogue producer sets the limit.
Note! Cacidi Extreme CC Light is available in a high-end version as well as a Light version.
Cacidi Extreme CC Light includes the same featureset as found in the high-end version except for these specific features: Not option for direct live database connectivity (static text input file only), Not all autocalc methods included (Non-breaking vertical, Non-breaking horizontal and Measure Placement Inline are included), not option for exporting dynamically built content out of InDesign using Cacidi features.