SOURCE: Finite Matters Ltd.

August 14, 2007 11:14 ET

Finite Matters Ltd. Updates PatternStream Publishing Application; Now Compatible With Adobe InDesign

GOOCHLAND, VA--(Marketwire - August 14, 2007) - Finite Matters Ltd. (FML), a leading provider of variable data publishing software, today introduced an optimized version of its automated publishing application, PatternStream®, to give graphic designers that use Adobe® InDesign® page layout software a more efficient way to acquire data from databases, XML files and other sources for data-driven projects such as catalogs, directories, reference books and other pattern based information for print and electronic distribution.

PatternStream uses a unique method of viewing data-driven publishing projects as the merging of a data structure with a document hierarchy. This patented technique, developed originally using the FrameMaker application programming interface (API) has been extended to work with the InDesign API and also for generating standalone XML files. The advantage of this is that a user, once proficient in this methodology, can choose the formatting engine best suited to a given problem.

"For years PatternStream has been the best application for setting up complex database publishing projects using FrameMaker. We now bring this same versatility to the InDesign page layout world," said Tony Luca, Chief Scientist and Vice President Technology of FML.

"It's great to see PatternStream support InDesign and InDesign Server now," said Chris Kitchener, InDesign Server product marketing manager at Adobe. "For years it has worked with Adobe FrameMaker so this extended level of support is a welcomed addition as it helps to further facilitate the automated publishing process for our customers."

System Requirements, Pricing and Availability

Recommended system requirements for PatternStream 3.0 are: Intel® Xeon, Xeon Dual, Centrino® or Pentium® 4 or AMD Opteron™, Athlon 64™, or Turion™ processor, Microsoft Windows XP or Vista, and InDesign CS2 or CS3 or InDesign Server CS2 or CS3. Systems require at least one GB RAM, 200 MB of free hard drive space, and 1280x860 resolution screen.

PatternStream 3.0 can be purchased from the FML website for prices starting at $2,499.99 (US) depending on desktop or server environment, InDesign or FrameMaker publishing engine, and PatternStream type, development or runtime.

A free 45-day trial is currently available at

About FML

FML offers quality, cost-effective database and automated publishing and information management solutions for the private sector, government and organizations. FML has extensive experience and expertise in implementing a wide variety of complex database and automated publishing systems.

Customers include Amcor Sunclipse, Columbia Books, eMap, F+W Publications, Health Net, Inc., Honeywell, Hutton Communications, IMI Cornelius, MediQual, MFS, Mayo Foundation, McGraw-Hill, New Zealand Exchange, Nicor Gas, RAAF AIS, Square D Company, Standard & Poor's and the University of San Francisco.

FML is the leader in state and local government budget database publishing and is used to publish city, county, school district, and state budgets and other financial information by governments in more than 15 states and Canada.

PatternStream is also used to publish budget, financial and statistical information for federal government departments and agencies including the Department of Defense and the intelligence community.

FML has working relationships with Adobe, CACI, CGI, IBM, Oracle and other OEM and third-party resellers to resell and support PatternStream implementations and enhancements.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Marjorie Mayo
    Public Affairs
    Finite Matters Ltd.
    fax 804-556-1183