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Arbortext Layout Developer

Arbortext Layout Developer is designed for the automated production of complex printed documents

Arbortext Layout Developer (formerly known as 3B2) enables automatic publishing of complex documents without sacrificing quality. Best-in-class typographic capabilities coupled with powerful automation tools allow users to create DTP quality output in a server or desktop environment. Global language support allows multi-lingual formatting from a single template, reducing production costs. Interactive fine-tuning enables content and aesthetic changes to be made post-composition.

Arbortext Layout Developer is used throughout the world to automate the production of complex printed documents such as STM (Scientific/Technical/Medical) journals, legal documents, technical documentation, catalogs and directories. Because of its powerful formatting capabilities, the engine that drives Arbortext Layout Developer is also the default underlying publishing engine for all Arbortext publishing products.

Do you want to:

  • Spill text around a graphics clipping path
  • Bleed off the page
  • Get fancy with corners, gradients, and borders
  • Add and rotate frames anywhere on the page
  • Work with any font needs and language formatting requirements
  • And so much more!

With Arbortext Layout Developer you can do all this and much, much more!

Features and Benefits

  • Increased efficiency by automating processes and eliminating content conversions, you can improve productivity and increase the efficiency of your publishing process
  • Reduced production costs by reducing manual effort and eliminating unnecessary tasks enables you to reduce your publishing costs
  • High quality and consistency by automating, single source publishing ensures that your information is consistent across all types of documents and media, and Arbortext Layout Developer's high-quality output ensures high-quality, professional publications.
  • Take advantage of Arbortext Layout Developer's power with all the Arbortext publishing products:
    • You can use it to touch up documents.
    • You can do live manipulation of PDF output from XML source data from the desktop UI.
    • You can create templates that can be attached to Styler Stylesheets for use in Arbortext Styler and Arbortext Publishing Engine.

In addition to reducing costs and production time, automation also gives publishers the flexibility to update information more frequently and to produce publications in more variations for multiple target audiences.

Listen to the podcast: Real-Life Requirements for Advanced Layout from XML Content

“With Arbortext Layout Developer [and the APP engine], you get the tools to create the layouts that you want. You don’t have to cut down your requirements for what you want to achieve, you just have to spend a little bit of extra effort achieving it.”

Simon Taylor

Product Manager, PTC

Design XML Layouts on the Desktop!

Layout Developer is a desktop application that gives users three key capabilities: create the templates (also called stylesheets) that control document layout; initiate the automated publishing of a document; and manually adjust each page’s layout after publishing.

Authors, designers, and production managers can use this desktop application for individual steps in the publishing process or the entire thing: Creating templates, initiating publishing, and touching up the results. Publishing tasks can be done directly from the desktop application or through server-based publishing.

Unattended, Server-Based Publishing

The powerful rendering engine that lies beneath Arbortext Layout Developer also underlays Arbortext Publishing Engine. Your templates can be used with this server-based application provides fully unattended publishing that can optionally run multiple simultaneous publishing jobs on additional servers in the same local area network.

You can increase the number of simultaneous publishing jobs by purchasing a license for each additional CPU. The enterprise version provides server functionality such as queue management, priority handling and load balancing.