XChange International has released of the CopyFit Desktop plug-in for InDesign CS2 and CS3. Previously available only as an XTension for QuarkXPress, CopyFit is designed to detect and remedy overset (or underset) text conditions in an InDesign document.
CopyFit works by modifying overset text within a box using a set of attribute parameters (point size, scaling, leading, etc.) as a guide. All of the CopyFit parameters are user-definable, and can also be changed to specify the order in which the parameters are applied. CopyFit settings can be defined and stored as sets. Each box in a layout can be “tagged” with its own set of unique CopyFit settings, and the tagged boxes can be copy fit at any time.
CopyFit settings and operations are controlled via the CopyFit palette. CopyFit can work interactively on a single box, or can process an entire document with a single click. In addition to providing extensive control over copyfit parameter selections, the user can also choose from one of several pre-defined “fit styles” that can be used to simulate practically any copyfitting methodology. By selecting the appropriate style, a designer can programmatically mimic the steps that they would take to copyfit a box manually. This exclusive feature ensures an aesthetically pleasing result.
CopyFit can also be configured to automatically check for overset conditions during Save, Print, or Save as EPS operations, prompting the user when such conditions are detected.
The plug-in costs £119 plus VAT.
XChange has also announced a limited promotion offering customers the opportunity to purchase QuarkXPress 7-compatible XTensions now and receive the version 8 upgrade for free.