The Basic Functions

Dynamic Rules

Script types, colors, backgrounds, paragraph styles and much more can be allocated dynamically via rules. Logical operators and string operations can be used for this purpose. In this manner, you can for example, highlight all new items using the criterion “Introduction date less than 6 months” in color or store promotions under a special label.

Dynamic Template Allocation

You can allocate alternative templates for specific cases by freely defining rules. Thus, you can for example, use a larger template at the beginning of a page or a different structure for a promotional product.

Catalogue Definition

Using catalogue definition, you determine which datasets are used with which templates. Sequence, page layout and the use of static pages can be freely set up.

X/Y and Flow Layout

You can specify precise positions for frames via an X/Y layout. Almost all high-quality documents are produced in this way. In addition, the flow layout provides the option of arranging frames in a seamless sequence. Frame width is thus dynamically adjusted to the space available. One template can therefore be used for various page formats and sections. Templates can also be converted without errors from one template mode into another.

Filtering and Sorting Data

Should the data source not provide optimum data, you can freely filter and sort the data in InBetween, for example, to adjust the presentation sequence of products.

Combination Frames

Various data fields can be assembled in one text frame using combination frames. This can be done using different styles and images can also be anchored within the text. A fundamental advantage of a combination frame is the flow within a text frame. Frame positions can thus be set manually without any effort.

Text Replacement

Via text replacement, specified texts can be replaced by control characters or by other texts. Thus, for example, abbreviations can be converted in InBetween without the existing data losing its media neutrality as a result.

Text Formatting

InBetween can handle formatted texts (inline formatting) and convert them into the various output formats. Formats supported are, for example, bold, italics, superscript and subscript or listing. Defining special characters within the text is likewise possible, which are subsequently replaced by appropriate symbols and icons. There is also an option for transferring DTP tags (Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress tags) to the relevant application.

Defining Data Paths

Data paths and selections in the data source can be separately predefined. This simplifies distributing the work between IT and creative areas. All access to the data can be fully predefined for known formats.

Variables and Placeholders

Variables and placeholders are set up in the templates, but are not filled until the editorial process. The variables can be set up in the PIM system (by product managers), in the page-planning module (by the editor) or in the DTP client (by the DTP operator). The variables are primarily used to access the layout operation in combination with format converters (e.g. adjusting positions/sizes). Depending on your requirements, you can furthermore select one of several possible values (e.g. different text lengths).

Output Media and Functions Supported

Depending on the output medium, it was recorded whether the relevant layout function will be supported by the renderer. This is displayed in color in the characteristics dialogue. You can still specify the additional settings via the configuration plug-in.

Language Selector

For working with data sources containing several language variants, the relevant current language can be selected via a language selector. In this manner, you can quickly select the appropriate language variant for self-service scenarios in the web or via the DTP client.