Monday, May 31, 2010

CopyFlow Gold for InDesign CS5 Update available

We have just posted an update to CopyFlow Gold for InDesign CS5 - version (CS5) 5.00b8.

This update now adds a new import/export format - 'CFG XML', a simple XML format based on an IDML skeleton. This format is meant as a replacement for 'Tagged XML Format' which was based on Adobe Tags. Going forward CFGXML should be more complete and handle all document types. It looks very much like XLIFF, but without the idea of a source and a target language - so CFGXML will be easier to include in some workflows.

On import in CS5 both XLIFF and CFG XML now determine the language name of the (optionally) created new InDesign document by looking first at the target attribute in the file element at the beginning of the XLIFF/CFGXML file, and if that is blank, then at the CFG XLIFF Preferences. This should also make it easier to copy and edit multiple language imports from a single (XLIFF or CFGXML) export.

Other changes include several semantic fixes to XLIFF attributes, and the inclusion of Master page names in the exported XLIFF.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

CopyFlow Gold Upgrades

There are two levels of upgrades for CopyFlow Gold - if you need the upgrade for a new major version of your application -- let's say to go from InDesign CS4 to InDesign CS5, you can order an upgrade from the NAPS online store .

If you already have a license but want to get the latest 'dot release' for your current version you can simply download and re-install the appropriate demo. CopyFlow Gold should find and remember you license key information to automatically convert the new 'demo' to product. However; it is recommended that you not install a new version in the midst of an active job. It is always best to export and re-import a document's text with the same version.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

CopyFlow Gold for InDesign CS5 Available Today

The first version of CopyFlow Gold for InDesign CS5 is now available. This includes all the features from the latest version of CFG for CS4 and a few new features. We are calling this a beta -- because we have a few new features in the works which are not yet completly ready.

XLIFF now exclusively uses Adobe IDML as its internal skeleton format - this should give better round-tripping results. The XLIFF export format has also been extended to better handle Index items, cross-reference text, text variables, etc.

We are planning a new XML format also based on an Adobe IDML skeleton. Called CFG XML, this is also IDML based. This simple XML is intended to phase out the older Tagged XML format which was based on Adobe tags.

Click here to download a CFG CS5 Demo.

CopyFlow Gold for QuarkXPress - Troubleshooting Import Problems

The good news is CopyFlow Gold (CFG) has been available and used productively with QuarkXPress ever since Quark 2.0. But even after all these years - there is occasionally trouble re-importing a .tag file - a bad tag in the file or a 'dirty' Quark doc are most often the problem, but here are the things to try and think about - in order.

1. Preferences:

The most reliable round-trip format to use is 'Single Tag File'. Your CopyFlow Gold preferences should be set to the defaults : esp. Box Types=Text Only & Inline Tags set on.

2. Encoding:

The character encoding preference should be the same as when the file was exported. Sometimes, especially when exporting to Unicode (UTF-16), an edit or translation tool somewhere in the workflow fails to preserve the encoding and rewrites the file in a single byte encoding before CFG is called upon to re-import. This often results in a 'blank' import. If this happens you can use a good text editor to determine the actual encoding of the text file and temporarily set the CFG preferences to this new encoding before import.

3. Quick Sanity Test:

With CopyFlow Gold do a quick batch export to a new empty folder followed by an immediate import of the .tag file you just created. If this works you know the problem is probably in the .tag file you are trying to import and not in the Quark document or your system.

4. Quark Versions:

Check Quark versions:
  • For QuarkXPress 7 you should be using at least 7.31
  • For Quark 8 you must be using at least 8.02.

If not, go to and download a free upgrades.

5. Clean Quark document.

Try cleaning the Quark document by doing a Quark Save As... to a file of the same name - but in a new folder. Then re-try the import from the new Quark file.

6. Where The Import Fails:

If the Import is failing part way through the batch import process - reduce your Quark view to 40% and watch the import, concentrating on observing the last box selected at the time of failure. Restart Quark and with the CFGTool displayed click the last box you observed selected - its name will appear in the CFGTool. Then you can find that name in the .tag file and look for a broken tag.

In addition, the last piece of the tag file may remain in the import folder - named "boxname.xtg" for example 'box41.xtg' - this tells us the import failed on box41. You can disable the import of 'box41' by selecting the box named box41 and then using CopyFlow Gold's Name Box menu - to clear the name, click OK and save the Quark document. CFG only tries to import text imto named boxes.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CFG for Illustrator CS5 -- Now Available

The demo of CopyFlow Gold for Adobe Illustrator CS 5 has now been uploaded to the free demo page NAPS web site !

CFG for Illustrator now includes a feature to 'ignore' certain tags when round-tripping text to and from you CAT Translation system, so as to minimize the splitting of text runs.

A video tutorial demonstrates how to translate a folder of Adobe Illustrator documents:


Monday, May 17, 2010

CFG for InDesign CS4 update 4.6

CopyFlow Gold for InDesign CS4 has been updated to version CS4 4.6 today. This version includes a number of new features and a few bug fixes.

Existing users of CFG for CS4 can update their versions by simply downloading from and installing. CFG should remember your registration keys.

XLIFF now better supports Custom text variables, index entries, cross-references, TOC, etc.

The skeleton file type can now be either INX or IDML. ( IDML is recommended and the default)

AutoPrice tags are now handled in XLIFF export with placeholder tags.