Chili releases v6 with Dynamic Layouts
Chili publish is releasing Version 6 of Chili publisher, the software to simplify and automate graphics, which comes with new features that facilitate the online editing user experience and speed up what it says is the flawless production of on-brand visuals.
Supplied in Australia and new Zealand by Workflowz, its SaaS solution, Chili publisher Online, also features the Dynamic Layouts concept, a technique which enables users to adjust elements on the canvas by relative - not absolute - values. Any original design within a Smart Template can now be turned into any custom-size visual by any user.
According to the company version 6 of Chili publisher consists of the most elaborate feature set to date. It is available as a SaaS solution (Chili publisher Online) and says Chili, empowers users to give customers self-service access within any e-commerce, branding, marketing, print, or visual creation setup. Version 6 includes improvements to enhance the user experience, improve content control, and tune PDF output.
Enhancements include property formulas, selectable reference points for transformations, leading and tracking controls for copy fitting, new cropping mode, custom path editor, and font subsets for PDF output.
John Arnsdorf, product marketing manager at Chili publish, explains: “Major ustomers like the American Cancer Society, Airbus, and also the one-man MyCreativeShop, need to create engaging, on-brand content quickly, efficiently and flawlessly. That is what Smart Templates must do. Version 6 does it better.”
Dynamic Layouts is a new methodology for building the most flexible Smart Templates using a combination of alternate layouts, object anchoring, and a new property formulas option. It starts with a whole new way of positioning elements on a canvas. Instead of starting from an origin point and using a transformation matrix (x and y coordinates, scale, and rotation) with absolute values in inches, mm, px, or degrees of rotation, Dynamic Layouts use relative values. These can be relative to canvas size, another element's position/size/rotation, variables, or any data source (PIM, DAM and the like).
Customers can now create a single template that can accommodate output of literally any size while the content can reflow in a pre-planned, intelligent way. Practically, this means any design can be turned into one Smart Template in Chili publisher. With Dynamic Layouts, that unique design creates outdoor signage, a beach flag, floor sticker, an email header, a webpage header, a LinkedIn graphic, an Instagram post, a Facebook ad, anything. Users can now DIY their own visuals without burdening the designer or marketing department. Smart Templates will make sure that the brand guidelines are protected at all times.
Allowing everything on the page to be sized and positioned relative to page elements and the page itself unlocks a new level of flexibility. John highlights the added marketing value of the concept: “This breakthrough is a real technological masterpiece that makes it possible to create insanely intelligent templates with minimal effort. Just plug in the pixel dimension and out pops a perfectly sized graphic that’s ready to go. Any marketer, brand owner, printer, or user can scale visuals, leverage content creation everywhere and scale the content distribution worldwide.”
Chili publish will roll out Version 6 to all customers and the Dynamic Layouts feature within Chili publisher Online for subscription customers as of15 June.
On 9 and 11 June Chili publish will show all functionalities during a preview webinar, prior to the official release on 15 June. Registration is free, yet required, click here to register.