Different document views for your production flow become hard to manage and often result in misprints or valuable time loss. Generating and keeping track of various document versions can be a logistical nightmare.
Why work with layers views?
When creating complex documents in InDesign, it’s crucial that you build your document in an organized manner. Whether you want to create multiple versions of a single document (or you want to build incredibly complex artwork), working with layers and layer views can be very beneficial for controlling and keeping track of the creation and production of complex documents.
Organizing the source document with the proper views (e.g. technical, marketing or legal), allows for all your teams to see only the information they need, to review, comment or approve a version of the document. MadeForLayers for InDesign makes it possible to combine different layers into layer views. Being able to logically organize layer views helps to streamline working with documents that contain multiple language or regional versions or simply different editorial content.
MadeForLayers speeds up document editing with layers views and makes it a cinch. Once you define your layer views, switching between them while editing can be done quickly and easily with one mouse-click.
Additionally, your defined layer view(s) can be applied to new or existing documents. A specific layer view (containing layer names and metadata definitions) can be set as the default document view determining which layer will be visible when opening the document.
New layer views can be created from the currently visible layers. They can also be adjusted at any time. This way, the document structure can be standardized and production automation can be enabled (thanks to metadata definitions added to layers).
Standardized document creation processing
Save layer views – containing layer names and metadata definitions – and apply them to new or existing documents to standardize how documents are structured and to enable automation in production.
Even though the single-click layer view switching will not be available on workstations without MadeForLayers, it uses only standard InDesign functionality. Files created or edited with MadeForLayers are perfectly usable on other workstations.
Fields of application
For multilingual production
Use layer views to organize your multilingual documents. By grouping all layers for a specific language into a layer view, switching between layers literally takes only one click, hugely reducing the chance on error and minimizing confusion while editing. With the output finesse of axaio MadeToPrint you can then easily create either one master PDF file containing all language variants, or one PDF file for each language.
For regional publications
In region-specific publications such as sales brochures, catalogs, etc., parts of the content are typically customized for different regions or target groups. Creating layer views with MadeForLayers allows you to organize these different regional editions. This can be done for existing documents or a template can be created to streamline editing of all future production. Again, in combination with MadeToPrint you can easily save separate files for each regional edition afterwards.
For packaging service providers
In a typical packaging workflow many stakeholders must review, comment and approve different versions of a design. 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 makes it easy to generate a single PDF file with axaio MadeToPrint and allows everyone to see just the information they need.
- Group layers into layer views to streamline different working methods:
Working with multiple language versions
Working with regional variants of ads or editorial contents
Working with complex packaging documents containing design and technical layers
- Create, edit or delete layer views
- User-friendly and intuitive layer palette for efficient layer handling
- Save layer view combinations and import them into existing documents
- Add metadata to layers to enable workflow automation based on standardized metadata rather than layer names
- Set a specific layer view as the default document view to determine which layers will be visible initially when the document is opened
- Create a new layer view from the currently visible layers
As part of MadeToPrint
The MadeForLayers functionality has been included in axaio MadeToPrint – the intelligent output automation solution. In combination with MadeToPrint, all different versions of a publication can automatically be exported or printed with the standardized settings and without risk of mixing up content in complex documents. With the output mastery of MadeToPrint you either one master PDF file containing all the different layer views or one PDF file for each layer view can easily be created.