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Teams struggling with insufficient or unfriendly output procedures inside leading publishing tools can use axaio MadeToPrint to speed up and to optimize their printing and exporting workflows through standardization.
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axaio MadeToPrint Auto allows fully automated print and export from your design document to one or more output targets. The automation process is based on an integrated hot folder support. MadeToPrint Auto includes connectors for vjoon K4, WoodWing Enterprise 7/8/9/10, Van Gennep PlanSystem4 and Quark Publishing System. Furthermore it can be integrated with automation systems such as Enfocus Switch.

Fields of application

For publishing environments using Adobe InDesign/InCopy or QuarkXPress as publishing program

Typically, several teams simultaneously work on a large number of documents, against the deadlines! Today they still run into output flaws, misprints, issues with layers, etc… even with leading layout and publishing tools. axaio MadeToPrint Auto and MadeToPrint Server solve current issues by automating, extending, enhancing, and streamlining printing and output processes. Predefined jobsets provide identical output from every file for increased efficiency, as well as considerable time and cost savings.

MadeToPrint seamlessly integrates in any editorial system. Specific integrations have been made with the WoodWing Enterprise 7/8/9/10, PlanSystem4, vjoon K4 editorial systems and Enfocus’ Switch automation platform. Any publisher looking to standardize output in order to decrease cost and errors should have a look at MadeToPrint.

For conventional or digital full service printers

The production processes leading to the final printed document need to be as efficient and reliable as possible, especially when handling specialized documents in multiple languages and versions. axaio MadeToPrint is the ideal gate keeper and offers streamlined and faultless production with standardized file naming, adding info bars, handling language layers and finally providing a fully imposed ready to print file. Needless to say that this adds a tremendous efficiency increase, and considerable time and cost savings. MadeToPrint can easily be integrated in any production automation solution. A configurator for Enfocus Switch enables an easy configuration of the entire workflow.

For creative and production teams

Creative and production teams often struggle with insufficient or unfriendly document output procedures inside industry leading publishing tools. In comes the axaio MadeToPrint, the intelligent printing and exporting add-on to Adobe InDesign/InCopy/QuarkXPress/Illustrator. It relieves designers for all technicalities of preparing files for print. It solves output flaws, misprints, issues with layers … by extending, enhancing, checking and streamlining all output processes. Production managers can create output jobsets once, making them available to all users, to get identical output from every workstation with one mouse click.

For packaging design and prepress teams

Today, Adobe Illustrator remains the tool of choice for the creation of packaging designs. At the same time, PDF is gaining popularity as the file format of choice for file exchange and review. With MadeToPrint for Illustrator, axaio provides a solution to automate PDF output from Illustrator with all the advantages such as cost savings and reduced errors.

MadeToPrint for Adobe Illustrator is the perfect tool to automate the creation of different packaging versions, standardize file naming and increase output consistency. Once an output specification is set up in a MadeToPrint JobSet all files processed with that JobSet will consistently fit the same specification. It also allows you to extract all kinds of versions from the same master file, different language versions, low resolution for customer approval, a technical specification version for making the die cuts and more. Packaging designers and pre-press professionals are now able to create PDF files from Illustrator, without having to worry whether complex layer structures are correctly handled, or whether naming conventions and other production specifications are set correctly.


  • Considerable time and cost saving through automation
  • No need to configure and double check settings again and again
  • Greater functionality and control over any type of output
  • Secure output workflows
  • Reduced error levels hence increased productivity and reliability of PDF creation
  • Streamlined print and export operations
  • Improved collaboration through standardization
    • Integrable with vjoon K4, WoodWing Enterprise 7/8, Van Gennep PlanSystem4, Quark Publishing System
    • Integrable with Enfocus Switch

Key features

  • Combining multiple output steps and executing them simultaneously: create job sets that contain several output steps and combine different types of printout or export to be launched as one output step
  • Target different output channels: drive different destination printers in in your network or export to several file formats from a single job set
  • Export to different file formats automatically: export InDesign files to JPEG, PDF, interactive PDF, EPS, PostScript, INX, SWF, IDML, Flash or InDesign Packages
  • Processing layers individually or in combinations: 
combine layers flexibly and output them as variants, e.g. for multilingual files or regional versions
  • Multifunctional layer views in InDesign with 'axaio Layers': group different layers in one design document into logical combinations; create one single layer view for each language or regional version or provide a technical, marketing-oriented and legal view of a design – with a single mouse click (See tutorial!)
  • Flexible export customization with 'Parameter Overrides': apply various output parameters for different documents “on-the-fly” – flexible and easy
  • Extended PDF check with 'PDF Post-Process': run a preflight check during PDF export
  • Dynamic definition of file and folder names: configure destination file and folder names based on rules and use tokens (variables) to insert information at runtime; conveniently choose from token list to set up your own configuration
  • Flexible handling of files/folders/books: process current document, all open documents, all documents in a book or all documents in a folder
  • Preflighting before printing/exporting: check document for missing/changed links or missing fonts before output
  • Font loading and image update: load required fonts and update modified images before output
  • Single page output: print all pages or spreads of an InDesign document individually, or export each as a separate single file
  • Generating an info bar: create a slug at the top of a page in printed output and exported EPS or PostScript files
  • Batch processing with script support: output all documents in a folder and optionally run scripts before or after each pass
  • Packaging feature: activate the InDesign packaging function separately or as part of a job set and collect all images, fonts, profiles and settings for an InDesign document into a single folder
  • Imposition option: generate fully imposed PDF files; a wide selection of immediately usable imposition templates is included, and custom imposition templates can be added easily
  • Distiller option: for better compatibility with legacy workflows, create PDF files by sending PostScript through Adobe Acrobat Distiller
  • Putting a frame around each page: add a frame to the output to highlight the page border; line type, position, color and opacity for the frame can be configured as needed
  • PostScript expert option: when printing to a PostScript printer or exporting EPS or PostScript, PostScript code snippets can be inserted for highly customizable output
  • Auto job priority: define the order of your jobs to let process more important jobs earlier

With editorial system connection

  • Supporting publishing systems: vjoon K4, WoodWing Enterprise, Van Gennep PlanSystem4, Quark Publishing System
  • Status based MadeToPrint job activation
  • Keeps publication components up-to-date
  • Individual layer/layer combination output
  • Status controlled output
  • Links output to condition/status of layouts, articles, images inside the editorial system
  • Checks out layouts unattended
  • Updates contents right before output
  • Checks layout back-up into editorial system database

Release notes

2.7.310 17 July 2018

  • Feature: when running sets, using the page ranges from the included settings can be used
  • Bugfix with single page output when using jobtickets
  • Bugfix in token engine when filename contains ”(_)”
  • MadeForLayers updated
  • New version of pdf post processing engine (version 10)

2.7.306 3 August 2017

The new version 2.7.306 includes a new feature, optimizations and bug fixes:

  • New: new token – EQUAL
  • vjoon K4 ticket mode – after processing the document, the folder in IN folder is also cleaned up
  • Better handling of parallel job processing (lock files enhanced)
  • Better handling of sections in page label
  • Parameter Overrides feature – printerMarksOffset for PDF has correct data type now
  • “Locked” InDesign files are ignored in IN folder when they can not be processed
  • Warning dialog in auto mode did sometimes crash
  • MadeToPrint InDesign menu does not remove MadeForLayers nor MadeToCompare menu item
  • Order of pages is now exactly as in page range
  • Editing the name of a job does no more select another existing job automatically when having the same name

2.7.304 24 January 2017

The new version 2.7.304 includes additional features, optimizations and bug fixes:

  • PostProcess variables can be filled with Tokens
  • Parameter Overrides dialog stays on top after showing help
  • Stability for book processing improved
  • Parameter Overrides: XML tickets can read “enums”, values shown in help dialog
  • Parameter Overrides does not keep old values anymore
  • Package is checked after creation, check for existence of InDesign file

2.7.303 3 November 2016


  • Page range strings support more options, just like in InDesign.
  • Post process scripts are also executed when there was a preflight error.
  • New MadeToPrint Server UI for import configurations.
  • Enable “Open PDF after export” even when Post Process is not chosen.
  • Server UI shows remaining time of time limited licenses.

Bug fixes

  • Some options have not been saved to settings (e.g. when using the default value for a list).

2.7.302 31 August 2016

Bug fixes

  • Choose folder dialog for Batch mode did crash.
  • Radio buttons in run dialog were set incorrectly.
  • UI update after job imported.

2.7.300 27 May 2016

New features

  • New export mode 'Export to INDD file'.
  • Auto mode can now process Photoshop, Illustrator and image files (JPG, PNG).
  • Configurations Manager:
    • Sort print- and autojobs in Configurations (customer based, brand based, …).
  • Jobticket mode has new optional key:
  • Improvements in file handling (could not move files in some cases, Standard and Auto).
  • Job list has filter/search Button to show in which job sets a print job is used.
  • ENTERPRISEMETADATA can read from database.

Bug fixes

  • Auto mode hang with 0KB files in Hotfolder.
  • File was not detected in Hotfolder.
  • General Ticket Mode for Server versions.
  • Documents could sometimes not be saved.
  • Better detection of busy documents/folders when copied to Hotfolder.
  • Assertion from wxWidgets removed.
  • Various small improvements.

2.6.296 25 November 2015

Bug fixes

  • PDF export with large XObjects on master page is much faster now.


Major New Features

For all versions

  • Preprocess scripts can be executed per scope: job, page or layer.
  • After installation settings from an previous InDesign version can be imported.
  • When copying/moving files to a server the operation is repeated in case of failure (e.g. temporary loss of server connection).
  • Book export: Layers can be exported separately.

MadeToPrint Standard

  • MadeToPrint-Jobs can be run via InDesign Shortcuts (First ten print jobs are listed in menu, can be ordered by rating).

MadeToPrint Standard & Auto

  • Compatibility with Adobe Creative Cloud 2014.

MadeToPrint Auto & Server

  • Scanning of files for multiple jobs is much faster.

Other Changes and Bugfixes

  • Parameter Overrides: PDF/X-4:2010 can be chosen for Standard Compliance (is PDF/X-4:2007 for ID 5 - ID 7.0).
  • Preflight report file is UTF 8.
  • Overwriting output files improved.
  • JPEG export handles transparency for correct output.
  • TokenEngine: Token result can now contain apostrophe or quotes.
  • SwitchMode: MTP_ID_Pre_StatusInfo.txt contains the right information.
  • Fixed a problem with truncated file names for overwritten files on certain operating systems).

2.5.284 25 November 2010

New features

  • Hotfolder can have priority. Higher priority hotfolders are processed completely before other hotfolders are scanned.
  • PNG export can now use smoothing options.
  • TIFF export can now use smoothing options.
  • layer handling: Print layer views by name.


  • Better handling of distiller processes.
  • Better handling of PDF post process.
  • pdfToolbox version is updated [pdfEngine 7.0.1 (252)] (more PDF profiles to choose from).
  • K4 MetaData can now be accessed in K4 v6.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed bug in external library, which caused some installation to export false PDFs.
  • Order of pages is exactly as in the page range string.
  • Page range from jobticket can also be used for jobsets.
  • Infobar preview is shown in InDesign CC on Mac again.
  • Scaling and moving of page content when using Infobar works again.


  • Enhanced stability and speed.

2.4.280 25 November 2010

New features

  •     Preflight: Can search for missing links in specific folder.
  •     PDF output files can be opened by default PDF application (in standard mode).
  •     pdfToolbox Preflight has detailed report settings in PDFPostProcess.
  •     Page Range: in manual processing Ask token can be used.
  •     Preflight report contains both axaio preflight and InDesign Preflight report.
  •     In book mode pre- and postprocess scripts work on the book.

Bug fixes

  •     Indexing output file doesn't change page numbering.
  •     If outputting separate layers, InDesign preflight is executed multiple times to ensure all layers are checked.
  •     Books are also preflighted when started manually, preflight works on the contained documents.
  •     Status information in jobticket was incomplete, out file is now O.K.
  •     When links are missing the repair function is called multiple times because InDesign may return wrong values.
  •     Some minor changes (logs, processing).
  •     Mac: better check if all files in a folder are ready (copying is done).


Ringier AG – A Satisfied axaio MadeToPrint Customer Since 2004

Martin Werren, Head of Business Solutions
Martin Werren, Head of Business Solutions

Ringier is the largest internationally operating Swiss media company, producing more than 120 newspapers and magazines worldwide as well as running printing plants, several radio and TV stations and over 80 web and mobile platforms.

In 1996, Ringier installed axaio MadeToPrint – at that time for Quark Publishing System. Since then, the software has been used first and foremost to create fully automated print data. This primarily consists of high resolution PDFs following the PDF/X-3 standard, but also includes lower resolution PDFs and thumbnails for downstream systems.

“Back then, we implemented MadeToPrint so that we could standardize and automate our print output,” explains Martin Werren, Head of Business Solutions IT for the Publishing and Content Management Technologies department at Ringier AG. “Standardization is really important to us. MadeToPrint supports all of the required ISO standards for PDF output and helps us avoid mistakes. It relieves our layout artists from repetitive tasks and lets them focus on their real job: design.”

By using MadeToPrint, Ringier saves 60 to 90 minutes of valuable working time per day. The software is very robust and reliable and its performance with the appropriate hardware is outstanding.

And now with a server — for even higher productivity

axaio MadeToPrint is available in three different versions: MadeToPrint Standard (€349) is an InDesign plugin that allows you to optimize and safeguard the output of individual files in PDF format or other file formats. Using predefined JobSets, you can achieve identical output results on every workstation with a click of the mouse, thus ensuring a higher level of efficiency and fewer mistakes. MadeToPrint Auto (from € 2,490), is a plugin that enables a standardized, automated output from InDesign. MadeToPrint Server (from € 5,490) is based on processing with Adobe InDesign Server (included in the package). With the server version, output processes are fully automated around the clock to process high document volumes faster and more securely and meet the highest demands in publishing and printing environments.

For many years, Ringier optimized its output workflow with the MadeToPrint Auto version, operating on seven computers. Due to its scalability and speed, the decision was made to upgrade to the server version of MadeToPrint recently. “The increase in productivity in comparison to MadeToPrint Auto is roughly 30 minutes per day for each publication,” reports the IT chief. “Another motivation for the upgrade to the server version was the consolidation of the infrastructure, meaning less time and effort required for support in the IT department.”

In the meantime all titles (“SI Style”, the “Glückspost”, “Landliebe”, “Schweizer Illustrierte” and the integrated newsroom of the “Blick Gruppe”) are produced with the server version of MadeToPrint.

Integration and support — simply top class

“The integration into our existing Woodwing editorial workflow was completely smooth and easy,” beams Martin Werren. “To help us get started with MadeToPrint, our system integrator provided support for our colleagues for a single day. Everything else could be set up gradually with internal resources. In combination with Woodwing Enterprise, nothing else on the market comes close. MadeToPrint is really efficient, flexible, and it meets all our requirements. Plus, we can count on very good 2nd level support from our integrator A&F and excellent support from axaio."

Up to date

With the massive changes in the publishing and media world, customer needs have of course also changed over the years. And Ringier has felt the shift from analog to digital media. Whereas before there was only “print”, now web, smart phones and tablets have been added to the mix. Ringier provides its services via all of these channels, keeping all of its people and lifestyle customers happy in the process.

By acquiring other companies and making various investments, Ringier has been able to extend its field of expertise. In addition to publishing, Ringier AG has also established itself in the digital sector: internet-based and mobile e-commerce services such as shopping portals or Groupon services, and classified ad services such as car, furniture and job platforms. And that’s before we get to the entertainment sector, covering everything from TV, radio, events and entertainment services (ticketing, etc.).

Mr Werren provides a summary: “MadeToPrint Server is by far the most effective tool for generating highly automated ISO standardized output files from an editorial system. We’re delighted with the product, and we’d take that step again anytime.”

About Ringier

Ringier is the largest internationally operating Swiss media company, producing more than 120 newspapers and magazines worldwide as well as running printing plants, several radio and TV stations, and over 80 web and mobile platforms. Situated in the heart of Zurich, the Pressehaus has served as the headquarters of Ringier AG since 1978. Over 1000 employees visit this location every day. Together with its branches in Germany, Hungary, China,Vietnam, Romania and Africa, the company is comprised of roughly 8000 employees. With its 180-year history, Ringier stands for a pioneering spirit and individuality as well as independence, freedom of expression and diversity of information. The company’s hallmarks are excellence in products, journalistic quality and first-class entertainment. Founded in Switzerland in 1833, Ringier has been family run for five generations.


With more than 18 million members, ADAC is the largest automobile club in Europe and the second largest in the world. ADAC is particularly active in the fields of road transport, consumer protection, transport safety and education about road safety. The ADAC Verlag uses MadeToPrint for archiving and for the creation of the ePaper ADAC Motorwelt and for delivering texts to news archives.

Aste Helsinki are builders of innovative media communications providing comprehensive digital and print communication as well as marketing solutions for various types of organizations, publishers and brands. At the moment 70 committed professionals are helping more than 200 brands and enterprises to process and share content in the right way and in the right place: books, magazines, online, brochures, social media, tablets, phones – wherever each target group is best reached by your messages. MadeToPrint helps Aste Helsinki to publish its materials with the highest quality and efficiency.

Axel Springer SE is one of the largest digital publishing houses in Europe, with numerous multimedia news brands, such as BILD, WELT, and FAKT and nearly 14,000 employees. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, the company is active in more than 40 countries with subsidiaries, joint ventures, and licenses.

Bauer Media Group is a large European-based media company, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany that manages a portfolio of more than 600 magazines, over 400 digital products and 50 radio and TV stations around the world. The portfolio extends to include print shops, postal, distribution and marketing services. For years, the publishing house uses MadeToPrint for PlanSystem 4 for its production process.

The WIENER Bezirksblatt is the leading free newspaper in Vienna that is delivered to households. With a range of 35.9% it reaches 536,000 readers. In order to achieve such great values, it not only needs a great team, but also good, stable technology.

Within the Funke media group, FUNKE magazines covers several publishers and service companies such as Gong Verlag, FUNKE Programmzeitschriften, FUNKE Women Group, FUNKE Frauenzeitschriften, Deutscher Rätselverlag, Verlagsgruppe Bahn, FUNKE Zeitschriften Marketing, FUNKE Zeitschriften Service and MZVdirekt. The magazine portfolio consists of tv program magazines, women's magazines, numerous special interest magazines and various special publications.

Founded in 1877, HORNBACH is the only company in the DIY sector that can look back on a company history spanning five generations. At present, the independent, family-run company operates 148 large mega stores with garden centers in nine European countries and is satisfied MadeToPrint user.

The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials.

maidl-service is a German media service provider and an long-time axaio OEM and Sales partner. Its own solution isobella_media is a production ready workflow system, designed for PDF creation. The graphical workflow engine PowerSwitch (Enfocus) drives products like MadeToPrint Server (axaio), pdfToolbox Server (callas) and the built-in Colorserver. This enables automated processing of InDesign data on a powerful central system.  Have a look at the video.

Media Markt is Germany's and Europe's Number One consumer electronics retailer. Media Markt offers a huge variety of branded products at low prices, competent staff, excellent service, and a distinctive advertising presence. In Germany, the company currently has 260 markets. For the production of its promotional materials the company uses the solution axaio MadeToPrint.

Medienpartner International GmbH is a company of Hubert Media. Next to IT media, photography, advertising applications, video and the development of highly efficient workflows, their core competency is digital prepress. Every year, the company processes over 140,000 magazine pages - from yellow press to the premium segment. Magazine titles like BUNTE, ELLE and FOCUS magazine, are just a small selection.

Premedia AT is a system partner for customers in trade, heavy industry, banks and insurances who want to automate their print data processes. 25 years of experience in the optimization of processes in the production of communication make Premedia a leading service provider for renowned customers.

The Mondadori Group is one of the top publishing companies in Europe. It is Italy’s biggest book and magazine publisher and the third largest in the consumer magazine segment in France. Mondadori’s activities also include advertising, digital, radio, retailing and direct marketing. The Group is the absolute leader in Italy’s book market, operating through publishing houses including Edizioni Mondadori, Einaudi, Piemme, Sperling & Kupfer and Electa.

Premedia AT is a system partner for customers in trade, heavy industry, banks and insurances who want to automate their print data processes. 25 years of experience in the optimization of processes in the production of communication make Premedia a leading service provider for renowned customers.

Ringier is the largest internationally operating Swiss media company, producing more than 120 newspapers and magazines worldwide as well as running printing plants, several radio and TV stations and over 80 web and mobile platforms. Since 1996 Ringier is a convinced axaio MadeToPrint user. Thanks to MadeToPrint Ringier saves between 60 and 90 minutes of valuable working time per day.
Read the full report here.

For the production of its promotional material Saturn relies on the solution of MadeToPrint axaio. The electronics retailer Saturn offers a wide range of electrical appliances and consumer electronics at the best price as well as competent service and expert advice. Saturn is currently represented at 157 locations in Germany. For the production of its promotional material Saturn relies on the solution MadeToPrint from axaio.

Somedia is the leading media company in south-eastern Switzerland. The publishing house is family-owned and offers information, knowledge and entertainment through print, radio, TV and online to people in south-eastern Switzerland. As a competence center for communication, Somedia produces and publishes for companies, third-party publishers, associations and authorities in the field of print, video and web. In total Somedia has 930 employees.

“We use the software MadeToPrint for the production of magazines for our customers including PDF provision for everyone, printouts for image editors, editing cycles with comments,labels, etc ... - We are thrilled that our need for printing has significantly reduced. The complete workflow has become much more transparent, because with the PDF files we always have an overview of and access to the current status of the entire project”, Dr. Markus Schönmann (CEO storyboard GmbH)

“We use MadeToPrint for years and are very happy with it. Specifically, the output of our editorial system WoodWing Enterprise runs very reliably and efficiently using MadeToPrint Server”, says Patrick Stalder, Project & Application Manager at Tamedia. Tamedia is a Swiss media company based in Zurich. Tamedia's daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, online platforms, together with its printing facilities make it one of Switzerland's leading media enterprises. The company was established in 1893 and has been listed on the Swiss stock exchange since 2000.

TUI Germany GmbH is the German market leader in tourism. It is a subsidiary of TUI Group, the world's leading tourism group based in Hannover. Besides the core brand TUI and 1-2-FLY, Airtours and L'TUR or TUIfly belong to the German TUI Group. For their catalog production TUI Germany has been counting on MadeToPrint fro years: “MadeToPrint is the ideal complement for the delivery of files to our production system for print production. Our MadeToPrint jobs ensure high reliability and short processing times. Especially in the field of our catalog production we appreciate these benefits”, says Hendrik Bender, Consultant Media Technology.

WEKO is a traditional, family-run company for furnishings with currently 1,000 employees and is located in several German cities: Pfarrkirchen, Rosenheim , Linden and Eching near Munich. The Group includes two large furniture stores, two discounters and a 5000 sqm retailer specialized in kitchens.

“Thank you for MadeToPrint. - A great help for our production ... and everything runs smoothly. For the possibility to run layers separately, we even get tributes from the print shop! Thumbs up ...!", Thomas Schilling (Graphic Studio Mathias Weintz GmbH)


MadeToPrint: Automate & standardize output workflows for print and packaging

This session will give you an overview of how MadeToPrint speeds up, standardizes, automates, streamlines, safeguards, combines and controls even the most complex and individual output requirements to PDF and other files from your preferred layout application. Too much for you? Not for MadeToPrint!


Did you like the video? Then you might want to have a look at related videos in the following playlist!

New MadeToPrint workflow possibilities & features

Learn new ways to use MadeToPrint to standardise & automate printing processes for more reliability from within InDesign, Illustrator, XPress and more.
Not to forget: see what happened in MadeToPrint in the last 12 months!


Did you like the video? Then you might want to have a look at related videos in the following playlist!

Webinar - Take MadeToPrint to the next level!

At the VIP Event 2017, René Treuber (Product Manager of axaio) talked about taking MadeToPrint to the next level through using all of its features. There are several useful functionalities within MadeToPrint that are often not used in end user workflows. In this video some of these will be explained in detail and demonstrated step by step.

01:05 - Preflighting within InDesign
05:54 - Token engine for file naming AND Scripting in MadeToPrint
15:43 - Parameter overrides to modify InDesign export presets
19:33 - Jobticket mode to drive MadeToPrint variably using XML Jobtickets
26:08 - PDF Post Process using the integrated callas pdfEngine to run pdfToolbox Profiles


Did you like the video? Then you might want to have a look at related videos in the following playlist!

Webinar - Why MadeToPrint?

At the VIP Event 2017, Olaf Drümmer (CEO of axaio) talked about what MadeToPrint is and what it can do for you.

00:53 - Where did MadeToPrint come from?
12:36 - What is MadeToPrint? Creating good output
20:00 - Making full use of MadeToPrint in a workflow
27:08 - Configurations for even more options
30:32 - Integration of MadeToPrint in design applications
32:40 - Scalability, there's a version for your needs
35:28 - Summary & questions


Did you like the video? Then you might want to have a look at related videos in the following playlist!

Webinar - Experience the advantages of MadeToPrint for QuarkXPress

David van Driessche, CTO at Four Pees, will be giving this English webinar about the advantages of MadeToPrint for QuarkXPress.

Webinar - How to standardize the output with axaio MadeToPrint for Adobe InDesign

Creating output from Adobe InDesign or Quark XPress is not challenging. Consistently and reliably creating different pieces of output from InDesign documents for different targets, using a standard naming-scheme, output settings, output locations ... can be very challenging. axaio MadeToPrint is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign, InDesign Server, Illustrator, Quark XPress or InCopy that streamlines and automates the output from these applications to achieve a maximum of efficiency. The webinar will provide an overview of axaio MadeToPrint with a demo of how flexible and helpful output processing with MadeToPrint can be.

How to upload large files to support?


When sending problems to support or asking questions about a specific functionality, it is always helpful if you supply as much information as possible:

  • Profiles or Process Plans when working with pdfToolbox or pdfaPilot
  • Example documents 'before' and 'after' to explain the problem or question
  • Screenshots explaining the specific problem

When such files are over 2MB it is more reliable and quicker to send them to us through our Dropbox. This article describes how to do so.


  1. First of all, please give your documents a unique name. If you already have a case ID (a 5-digit number), please include this case ID in the name of the file(s) you are going to send to us.
  2. Click this link to browse to our Dropbox upload page
  3. Click 'Choose files from your computer' and navigate to the files
  4. If you are not logged into Dropbox, fill out your First and Last name and email address
  5. Click 'Upload'

You will receive an email confirming your files were uploaded succesfully.

Using MadeForLayers Layer Views in MadeToPrint

MadeToPrint has the capability to use layer views from MadeForLayers for printing and the export to various file formats (PDF, EPS and various image file formats).

Layer Views in MadeForLayers

Layer Views in MadeForLayers with multi-lingual or regional variants of a publication (see tutorial Language layers in MadeForLayers).

Add a new MadeToPrint Setting

In this example a MadeToPrint job is created, and the layer views are exported to a PDF/X-4 file.

Printer Settings

Under Printer (1) you can select the destination file (PDF). The PDF default settings are opened by clicking the Setup... button (2).

In this example, the default PDF/X-4:2008 (3) is used since it supports PDF/X as well as layers.

Layer Settings

Under Layers you will find two options that allow you to open the layer views from MadeForLayers.

Two modes are listed at the bottom: Print default layer view and Print all layer views separately.

  • Selecting the option  Print default layer view (1) applies the default view (which you may have defined yourself) to the PDF file.
  • The option Print all layer views separately (2) causes all layer views that were created in the original document to be included in the export.

Finally, the selection is  saved (3).

Using MadeToPrint Setting

In the  start window of MadeToPrint, you can then select and use the new setting by pressing the  Print button.

Creating jobsets in MadeToPrint

How to export a high resolution PDF, a low resolution PDF and an InDesign package at the same time? All you have to do is to create Printjobs for different output qualities/channels and then combine them into a jobset.

Open MadeToPrint configuration (edit) dialog

From InDesign File menu choose MadeToPrint...

Click on  Edit to open the configuration dialog.

Create a MadeToPrint job for highres PDF export

In the configuration dialog create a new print job.

Give the job a name to identify it

Go to "Printer" section to configure the kind of output

From Destination pulldown choose File (PDF) and click on  Setup... to choose the PDF Export preset.

You can choose a predifined preset or a user generated one. If you want to generate your own PDF preset please do so in advance in InDesign itself (File -> Adobe PDF Presets ->Define...)

Predefine Output folder and file name

Choose your folder where you like MadeToPrint to export the final PDF to. You can use tokens to define dynamic folders which will be automatically created on runtime. The folders can be on the local hard disk or on any server volume which is mounted on this machine.

Check for missing fonts and images

As this job is an export job for a high resolution PDF you should enable the MadeToPrint preflight to ensure all linked images and fonts are available.
After choosing Apply the MadeToPrint job is ready to use.

Create an MadeToPrint job for archiving

Create another MadeToPrint job, this time we set it up to export an InDesign Package. Therefore create a new Job by clicking the same icon.

Choose name for identification

Now we are creating a Printjob which creates an InDesign package containing all linked images and used fonts.

In Printer section choose no Output

as Destination choose "No Output" (which means that there will be no PDF etc created by this job).

In the Feature panel go to Package...

Activate Packaging

Activate the option to Create an  InDesign Package.


For package creation you have to manually package an InDesign file once! This is needed to initiate the InDesign packaging processor. This only needs to be done once for InDesign - after that you can create as many jobs as you want without the need to reinitialize it.

Predefine folder name for package

Predifine the folder where the packages will go to. You can use token for generating date-based folders.

You now can save the jobs.

Create a MadeToPrint job for lowres PDF export

Simply repeat the steps from  Create a MadeToPrint job for highres PDF export with some other settings to have a lowres PDF.

Choose an Export preset for lowres PDF

Choose the Smallest File Size  preset or any other that fits your needs.

Choose another folder location

Choose another output folder where MadeToPrint should export the lowres PDFs to. You can choose the same folder as in the first job, but it should be clear what the PDF stands for.

Create a MadeToPrint jobset for multiple output channels

Click on the icon for Creating a new Jobset.

Submit general settings

Name it with a good name (1). You might also want to set a higher rating  (2) so that this Jobset is at a top position in the list.
After that go to the  References Print jobs  (3)  section.

Add Printjobs to the Jobset

Choose to  Add multiple jobs...

Select printjobs

Select the jobs you want to be executed (1) and submit via OK  (2).

Save the Settings

Apply to save the jobs.

Close the configuration mode

Close the Configuration mode.

Run the Jobset

You now can run the Jobset (when having a document open). Therefore select the Production jobset (1) and choose Print (2).
PS: Jobsets can also be combined with autojobs to have automated (hot folder based) creation of different output versions.

Check the output ...

MadeToPrint will now create an InDesign Archive  (1) with current date as folder name, a low resolution PDF (2) and a high resolution PDF (3) in one go.

Export InDesign Books with MadeToPrint

This tutorial shows that you can process InDesign Books (*.indb) with MadeToPrint automatically (hot folder based) to PDF or PostScript.

Create a MadeToPrint PDF export job

Choose a high res PDF Export preset in MadeToPrint.

Configure the filename

Choose the token «BOOKDOCNAME()» instead of «DOCUMENTNAME()» to get the name of the book. «DOCUMENTNAME()» would name the PDF according to the first Layout of the book (e.g. "Section 1.pdf").

Enable MadeToPrint preflight

To ensure the high quality update the MadeToPrint preflight. It will check if all images and fonts in the documents are available an try to load missing images from the provided package.

Create the Hotfolder Job

Go to the Autojob-Configuration.

Give a speaking name.

Set up Action

To recognize books MadeToPrint needs to trigger documents "Process Documents" (1) and must run in "Process complete folders" mode (2).

Choose the hotfolder

Tell MadeToPrint where to look for books. Therefore simply browse to your hot folders by selecting "Choose...".
Tip: If you choose "Turbo..." you only need to browse to the "main" folder, MadeToPrint will then automatically create the subfolders "In", "Out" and "Error" and fill out the fields accordingly.

Save the job

Click Apply (1) to save the jobs and Close (2) to quit the configuration mode.

Start monitoring

Click Start to start the hotfolder monitoring.

Drag Book folder to hotfolder

This is a sample of how a book folder may look like. This is just a sample - the only important thing is that there is a book file in the topmost level.

Drag the whole folder to the configured IN folder.

As soon as the copying is finished MadeToPrint Auto will recognize the book and start exporting it to PDF.

If the status bar turns green the book has been processed successfully.

You will find your final PDF in the Result folder as defined in the MadeToPrint printjob (see above).

Creating greyscale PDFs directly out of InDesign using MadeToPrint

With MadeToPrint, you can add a Post Process processing, which means that you can run a pdfToolbox profile on any output PDF you have created. You can not only create a grayscale PDF but also include a preflight to check against specific requirements or optimize your PDF for a specific output channel.

Create a new Printjob (1) and name it accordingly (2).

Choose destination File (PDF) (1) and click Setup... to choose the PDF Export Preset.

Choose any of the PDF Export preset you like.

Predefine your output folder and PDF file name (1).

Go to the "PDF Post Process" panel (1) and Activate the PDF Post Process. Now MadeToPrint will export the PDF from InDesign with the PDF Export Setting you choose above and after successful creation of the PDF it will apply a pdfToolbox profile to the PDF file before putting it to the output folder. In our sample we choose Convert to grayscale (2) which will result in a grayscaled PDF at the end. You can add any pdfToolbox setting (profile) which fits your needs the best.

After finishing job setup save the job (Apply) and exit the configuration mode (Close).

In the main MadeToPrint dialog you now can choose your Grayscale PDF job an click on (Print).

MadeToPrint will export the InDesign File to a Grayscale PDF...

...and as a result you got your print-ready, grayscaled PDF.

Using layer combinations

This tutorial briefly shows how you can set up layer combinations in MadeToPrint to generate separate PDFs (or other output formats) combining different layers of your document.

Starting with an easy sample document containing three different language layers (en, de, fr) and two layers with elements used for each language.
Exporting this document to three different language PDF needs you to select the correct layers, export the document, select the next layers, export the document, ...
You can automate this with MadeToPrint (Standard, Auto and Server) and the option "Print Layer Combinations".

Create a new MadeToPrint Job

First, create a new job (1), give it a name (2). Afterwards decide (3) which printer or export you want to use. In the sample I create a PDF.

Now (1) define the output file name with tokens. Add the layer name (2) to the filename to identify the document. If this is done, you can go to the layers (3) section.

Define Layer Combination

As default, all visible and printable layers gets printed/exported. As we want to export layer combinations, click on the dropdown (1)...

...and choose "Print Layer Combinations".

MadeToPrint has inserted the layer names of the document to the list of fixed layers.
Fix Layers will be combined with each individual of the Per Document Layers to get multiple outputs.
In our setup we want the en, de and fr layers to be "per document" (per PDF), together with the small and big car layers.

Now small cars layer, big car layer and en layer gets exported to a PDF file, small cars layer, big car layer and de layer produces a seperate file, and finally small cars layer, big car layer and fr layer produces a file.

Save setting

Click on Apply (1) to save the setting and Close (2) to close the edit mode.

Run the job

Select your job (1) and click on Print (2).

MadeToPrint is now exporting the document to seperate PDF files.

Now you have 3 PDFs beside of your document. The destination of your output could be somewhere else, if you have set up a different location in the MadeToPrint job.

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