Automated Publishing

Automating Illustrator or Photoshop

We can provide the means to do data-driven creation of Illustrator files. Strategies to accomplish this include AppleScript or the Illustrator SDK (software developers kit).

Active Lightning can accomplish Photoshop automation via one of these strategies: Photoshop actions with batch processing or scripting, JavaScript, AppleScript, or the Photoshop SDK (software developers kit).

Our automation of Illustrator or Photoshop is usually for the Macintosh X (or Unix) platform.

Other Automation Related to Desktop-Publishing

The marketing communications community has many diverse needs for automation. Challenge us! We have competency in many technologies that can be strategically used together to satisfy desired objectives related to automated desktop-publishing:

  • AppleScript
  • PERL
  • Unix shell scripting (helpful for Mac OS X)
  • JavaScript
  • VBScript
  • Yahoo Widgets
  • Flash ActionScript
  • database technology: MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, FileMaker
  • Adobe applications: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, others
  • QuarkXPress
  • PatternStream: automates InDesign and FrameMaker
  • DeskNet: automates QuarkXPress, supports copy-fitting rules
  • Enfocus PitStop® Professional: pre-press flight check
  • Thumbs Plus: batch image processing
  • 3rd-party tools to automate the imposition of pdf pages
  • Operating systems: Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Unix

Active Lightning has the technologies and Specialists to accomplish many objectives related to automated desktop-publishing and the production of marketing communication.