page layout and document production

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    • Decades of experience in all programs and platforms
    • InDesign/Quark/FrameMaker, as well as legacy programs including Interleaf, Pagemaker, Corel and Publisher
    • Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint
    • Templates and master pages
    • Stylesheets and standards
    • Typesetting and layout
    • TOCs, indexes and lists
    • Hyperlinks
    • Interactive elements
    • Platform conversions and version updates
    • New documents, revisions, reformats and updates
    • Standardizing and streamlining of old standalone documents using templates, styles and automated processes
    • Parallel development for print, PDF and e-Book
    • Data-driven publishing using data exports or XML workflows
    • Project management
    • Learn how the latest features can improve efficiency and cut costs
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How we can help you right now.

Every day, thousands of pages of business communication are produced exactly the same way they were ten or twenty years ago. Laid out one at a time in a program such as Quark or InDesign. Perhaps a bit of color on the cover. Inside, a basic design made up of text, line art and grayscale photos.

And many of these pages are created right here, at CPG.

CPG has been the one-stop shop for business communication since the days when pasteup involved actual paste, and we remain one of the few vendors that can handle everything from InDesign CS6 to legacy programs that haven't been updated in a decade. For many of our customers, this is precisely the service they need, allowing them to maintain and update their product publication library while keeping expenses down and deadlines predictable. They appreciate our old-school commitment to quality and integrity, our ability to meet any deadline, and our legacy support for programs many other vendors won't touch.

At the same time, CPG has been a leader in publication innovation for more than half a century. We introduced data-driven publishing to parts catalogs back when you ran it through a mainframe computer that took up half a room. We have shown small companies how increased efficiency, faster deadlines and streamlined production allow them to go head to head with the big companies. We have shown big companies how the leading edge can put them in the lead in their industry. Our old-school commitment works pretty well in the new school, as well.

Whether you are old school, new school, or just school of hard knocks, CPG will get your message out quickly, cost effectively, and accurately.

Where we can take you.

The idea that a buyer in Hong Kong can use his phone to browse and order products directly off the catalog of a company in Kansas, or that a builder on the West Coast can read the latest updates to an installation manual that an East Coast company completed just minutes earlier, is no longer Science Fiction, but everyday business reality. Traditional barriers between vendor and customer are breaking down. This means small businesses can compete with the big guys. Local businesses can reach customers across the country and the globe. Basic manuals and catalogs can become potent marketing tools at no additional cost.

Virtually all aspects of document creation can be automated, from generating page numbers, TOCs and indexes on the fly to laying out hundreds of pages in a few minutes through a single data merge. Documents can be produced or revised, and then distributed nationwide or worldwide, in a matter of days.

Best of all, anybody can do this. And CPG will show you how.

Plan. Then act.

Evolution or revolution: CPG is your safe choice at any speed. We start with a thorough evaluation that focuses on the bottom line. New technology requires new approaches and new procedures, and machines update much more quickly than people do. It is important that you see the benefits of every step you take, and that you continue to hit current deadlines. You don't want to jump too fast or invest too much before you are set up to maximize your return. We work to build support and understanding across all departments and lay the groundwork for the future while meeting the needs of the present.

What are the steps that will make up your plan? Check out this list.

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    • Move old and legacy-format documents to the current version of your layout software.
    • Update artwork and centralize storage of art files.
    • Standardize your look, feel, naming conventions and usage.
    • Standardize your graphic approaches as well: don't use tables in one document and lists in another for the same information.
    • Develop layouts for all media: page, web, mobile, tablet, e-book.
    • Separate text from formatting through style sheets and templates. Link text boxes into a single flow of text wherever possible. Remove as much page-specific formatting and text box-specific formatting as possible.
    • Develop a functional framework for your text, either through XML or data tables.
    • Redesign page layouts to smooth the transition from page-by-page production to a data-driven model. Simplify wherever possible.
    • Automate production of TOCs, indexes, page numbers, headings, tabs, lists and notations so they can be generated on request.
    • Move text from illustrations and graphics to your page layout program, so it can be accessed directly from one document.
    • Pull text from documents and build your data, or work with your IT department to synch publication information with existing product data.
    • Develop scripts, variables and overrides to allow data-driven page creation to meet all variations in your information.
    • Get ready for a brave new world.
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One thing hasn't changed.

Effective communication is still about the fundamentals: the right words and the right images in the right design. And it is fundamentally true that CPG will keep you looking good as you look to the future.