Plugin’ in to the Creative Suite
Since the beginning of time (or at least since the beginning of Adobe Systems Incorporated), photographers and designers have always wanted their applications to do more with less. Thus, the demand for plug-ins was created. Developers identify a need, create a solution, and then through the power of marketing, convince users that their plug-ins will make them faster, stronger, and better smelling. Sometimes they’re right, and sometimes, well, let’s just say those developers aren’t around anymore (even though their websites are—would somebody please clean up that mess on the Web?).
Click here for our list of Photoshop Plugins.
You probably know that there’s a plethora of plug-ins available for Photoshop, but did you know there were just as many available for Illustrator and InDesign? Well, we thought we knew until we started the research. Originally, we were going to show illustrations demonstrating each plug-in, but as the list grew, we threw that idea into the Trash (PC: Recycle Bin). We were also going to list all of the Photoshop plug-ins, but those alone would have taken up the next six pages. So we decided to focus on Illustrator and InDesign and bring some of the lesser-known plug-ins to your attention. (We didn’t want to leave Photoshop out completely, though, so we do have a list of developers at the end of this article, and we have a more complete list of Photoshop plug-ins available online at www.layersmagazine.com/psplugins.)
Finally, to keep our list manageable (read less than 30 pages), we had to set some rules. First, we’re only focusing on commercial plug-ins—no freeware here. Second, we’re not including anything such as brushes, actions, or templates. Third, the plug-in must have a host application to work (no standalone apps). And fourth, they have to work with CS4. This turned out to be one of our biggest challenges. Some websites had “All of our plug-ins work with CS4” in big bold letters on their homepage (thank you!), while other sites had this information buried in their FAQ pages (or worse yet, in their Read Me files after downloading the software). Thinking back on it, we should have added a five-second rule: If a typical user can’t determine if a plug-in is compatible with CS4 in less than five seconds, then it’s off the list.
And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for (no, not the actual list of plug-ins, but our disclaimer). Even though we tried our best, this list in no way should be considered a complete or comprehensive (or even accurate) list of all available CS4 plug-ins (that goes double for the prices). Heck, by the time you read this, some of these companies could be out of business and 50 new plug-ins could have been announced (welcome to our world). Also, this list should not be considered an endorsement for all of the plug-ins that appear on it. Yes, we’ve tested a lot of them, but we’d have to quit our day jobs if we had to test all of them. To help you help yourself stay better informed, here are some resources to learn about current and new plug-ins: the Adobe Marketplace & Exchange (www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange) and www.pluginsworld.com. And now for the moment you’ve really been waiting for…
Illustrator CS4 Plug-Ins
ZDragon—Work with high-quality 3D models, including VRML and 3dm files. (Inquire for price); Windows only; Illustrator CS–CS4.
All Artlandia plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in Illustrator 10–CS4.
SymmetryWorks 5—Enables textile designers, interior decorators, stationery developers, Web designers, illustrators, etc. to make repeating patterns quickly and imaginatively. ($249 Download; $275 Box)
LivePresets—Companion to SymmetryWorks to create live pattern swatches or symbols. ($125 Download; $134 Box)
Phantasm CS, Designer & Studio—Range of plug-ins providing color adjustment tools, vector halftones and duotones, print production previews including separations and ink coverage, embedded image editing, and more. (Approx. $40 for CS, $80 for CS Designer, and $140 for CS Studio); Mac and Windows; Illustrator CS–CS4.
Avenza Systems, Inc.
MAPublisher 8.1—Cartography plug-in offering more than 40 GIS tools to help you create the maps you want. ($1,249); Mac and Windows; Illustrator CS3 & CS4.
MadeToPrint for Illustrator—Optimizes exporting, archiving, checking, and printing of Illustrator documents, including fully automated output. ($6,490 Auto; $5,790 Desktop); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS3 & CS4
All BABY UNIVERSE plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in Illustrator 10–CS4 (Mac) and Illustrator 8–CS4 (Windows), except where noted.
BPT-Pro3—Enables Illustrator to be a highly functional 2D CAD tool. ($90)
EXDXF-Pro3—Allows users to import CAD-standard DXF files to Adobe Illustrator, and to export AI files to CAD so data is compatible in both applications. ($90)
DB Palette—Image database plug-in that can bundle images together (including linked files, such as EPS) and export them to one folder to take the finished work to the printer. ($110)
DDCSV—Auto-pagination plug-in that uses a CSV tag to enable drag-and-drop placement. ($999); Mac (Illustrator CS3 & CS4) and Windows (Illustrator CS2–CS4)
CoCut 4X4—Adds high-end sign-making features, such as plot and job managers, for color printing, and automates the print-and-cut process. (Approx. $870 Professional; $435 Standard); Windows only; Illustrator 8–CS4.
All CValley plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in Illustrator 8–CS4.
Xtream Path 1.3—Drag anywhere on a path to edit it, without being constrained by control points. ($139)
FILTERiT 4.3—A variety of effects for creating simple to complex images quickly, from basic distortion to 3D transform. ($129)
Digital Graphic Solutions
Flexocase—Flexographic tools including box and case templates, repro tools, ink guide, and borders. (Approx. $145); Mac only; Illustrator CS3 & CS4.
Instant Barcode—Allows creative professionals to create, verify, fix, and read barcodes in Illustrator. ($299); Mac and Windows; Illustrator CS2–CS4.
EskoArtwork provides numerous plug-ins for prepress and packaging design covering everything from creating barcodes, improving design productivity, preflighting, and everything in between. Illustrator plug-ins include barX, viewX, Instant Trapper, boostX, checkX, imageX, Dynamic Content, seamlessX, stepX, trapX, Studio, and Studio Toolkit for Boxes. (Prices range from $259–3200); Mac and Windows; Illustrator CS2–CS4.
Free Soft s.a.
Silhouette—Convert black-and-white or color bitmap images into ready-to-use vector designs. (Approx. $290); Mac and Windows; Illustrator CS–CS4.
Productivity Pack—Set of five Illustrator plug-ins, including Cocatenate, Nudge Palette, Square-Up, Cutting Tools, and Trackplan Tools. Proof Block is also included for Mac. ($45; $10–20 for individual plug-ins); Mac (Illustrator 10–CS4) and Windows (Illustrator 10–CS3).
(Andrew’s Vector Plug-ins for Illustrator)
All GraphicXtras plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in Illustrator 10–CS4.
Andrew’s Vector Plug-ins Collection, volumes 1–25—Collection includes 25 volumes of plug-ins that produce a wide range of effects, plus symbols, brushes, styles, pattern swatches, gradient swatches, and more. ($90 Collection; $15 each for individual volumes)
All Hot Door plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in Illustrator CS–CS4, except where noted.
CADtools 6—Sixty-two tools for 2D drawing, editing, and dimensioning; labeling; and isometric drawing and dimensioning. ($279)
MultiPage 4.1—Create and export or print multiple pages easily in Illustrator. ($99); Illustrator CS3–CS4
Perspective 2—Work with isometric, oblique, and perspective drawing tools. ($179)
MagiSign 2.3.3—Produce signs and transfer any selected paths to one of more than 300 compatible cutting plotters. ($599); Mac only; Illustrator 10–CS4.
All Nineblock Software plug-ins are Mac and Windows Compatible and work in Illustrator 10–CS4.
BetterHandles—Create and edit Bézier curve handles. ($19 Personal/nonprofit; $29 Commercial)
SnapMeasure—Measuring tool that can snap to points, handles, and paths and set the constrain angle. ($14 Personal/nonprofit; $24 Commercial)
North Atlantic Publishing Systems, Inc.
CopyFlow Gold for Illustrator—Exports text to a computerized translation system, and then batch imports the translated text back into its original location, preserving text formatting. ($395); Mac and Windows; Illustrator CS3 & CS4.
Path Styler Pro 1.5—Apply and edit live raster effects directly to paths and text objects. ($99); Mac and Windows; Illustrator CS–CS4.
Stephen Vincent’s Plug-ins
All Stephen Vincent plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in Illustrator CS3 & CS4.
Kimbo 3—Adds 11 tools in two tool groups to the Toolbox that make it easier to create difficult, time-consuming designs. ($40)
Mesh Utils 3—Provides seven commands in the Object menu, one effect, and one tool to create, color, and manipulate gradient meshes. ($30)
Tessella 3—Allows for pattern creations—such as rhombics, hexagons, and triangles—that you can adjust using Escher Edit mode. ($40)
Point Tweaker 2.5—View and finely adjust the coordinates of path points. ($28)
Curvius 3—Adds Crenellate, Roughen, Roulette, Straighten, and Arrowhead effects. ($25)
Enfold 3D CX—Use Photoshop graphics applied to 2D Illustrator art, then define die-cut lines and folding scores to create professional folded 3D designs. ($695); Mac and Windows; Illustrator CS3 & CS4.
All Worker72a plug-ins are Mac only and work in Illustrator CS3 & CS4.
Scoop—Collects copies of font and placed image files, extracts embedded raster images, and places them in a new folder. ($47)
SepPreview—View and print Illustrator documents as color separations, in color. ($47)
QuickCarton—Quickly build complete corrugated carton layouts for regular and half-slotted cartons. ($47)
Point Control—Provides path- and point-editing functions in one easy-to-use panel. ($10)
Zoom to Selection—Zooms view based on selected art and adds three new commands to view menu: Zoom To, Zoom From, and Fit Selected. ($7)
Tag72a—Automatically tag and update documents with user name, document name, file path, print time and date, and save time and date. ($25)
ArtOptimizer 2.2—Eliminate excessive image data to automatically reduce the size of images linked to an Illustrator document. ($129.95); Mac only; Illustrator CS–CS4.
InDesign CS4 Plug-Ins
EasyCatalog CS4 4.0.2—A database publishing plug-in that can import something as simple as a text file or directly from an ODBC-compatible database via the optional ODBC Data Provider module. ($1,299; optional modules range from $199–599; $299 Lite); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS–CS4
All aextra software plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in InDesign CS4, except where noted.
Clever TextLink 2—Quickly and cleverly threads and unthreads text frames in various ways. (Approx. $75); InDesign CS–CS4
InDihyph Pro 6—Provides professional hyphenation for more than 40 languages using five hyphenation quality steps. (Approx. $250)
InDitect Pro 6.0.1—Provides professional spell checking and dictionary management for InDesign. (Approx. $210)
BatchXSLT for InDesign—Creates a flip page eBook website with a mouse click, including full text search, active clickable links, images export, osCommerce shop connections, and more. (Approx. $845); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS2–CS4
MadeToPrint Standard—Optimizes exporting, archiving, checking, and printing of InDesign documents, including fully automated output. (Approx. $505); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS2–CS4
All Badia Software plug-ins are Mac only and work in InDesign CS4.
BigPicture 4—Provides instant access to detailed image information, complete picture lists, a unique search and relink engine, plus tools for updating, revealing, opening, renaming, replacing, and moving multiple links. ($129)
Exportools 3—Automates exporting individual pages into separate files, plus extracts text, exports pages as images, and exports selections of items. ($119)
Printools 6—Provides printing tools for error-free output, including batch printing, rename at print, print to file in different formats, custom slugs, and preflighting. ($129)
All Cacidi Systems plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible, and versions are available for InDesign CS2–CS4.
Extreme CS4—Optimizes production of tedious and repetitive tasks such as copy-and-paste, text formatting, and importing and scaling images and barcodes for catalogs, brochures, etc. ($4,900)
LiveMerge CS4—Efficiently lays out any kind of data-based InDesign document. ($1,360)
BarCodes CS4—Creates barcodes directly in InDesign. ($399)
LiveBrowse CS4—A visual file browser, this plug-in makes locating text files and images faster than before. ($125)
Contact Sheet Pro CS4—Creates high-quality contact sheets and picture packages with all the creative features of InDesign. ($399)
Batch CS4—Automatically converts QuarkXPress and Adobe PageMaker files into InDesign files. ($85)
Cropmarks CS4—Applies cropmarks, bleedmarks, and guides to individual objects. ($36)
All Chris Paveglio plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in InDesign CS3–CS4.
InDesign Font Catalog 2.1—Creates a sample of each font family available and makes smaller listings for other styles such as bold, italic, etc. ($15)
InDesign Image Catalog 3.3—Takes a folder full of images, creates a file with a specified number of image frames, places the files, and places image information below it in a text frame. ($20)
PDF Bee 3.2—Uses a watched folder to output InDesign documents as PDFs, checking for image links and fonts. ($90); also requires Adobe Acrobat Distiller 8–9
All Codeware plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in InDesign CS4.
Xactuell 5—Database publishing tool that connects to almost any number of SQL databases. (Starting at approx. $1,450)
Opi Swapper—Manages low- and high-resolution data, allowing low-res images to be swapped for high-res images (and vice versa) from a single picture frame to all open documents. (Approx. $145)
PictureXTracker—For image files whose locations have changed, this plug-in makes it easy to search for and reassign folders or volumes of picture files related to one or more documents with a few mouse clicks. (Approx. $145)
Creo Print On-Demand Solutions
DARWIN VDP Software 3—Easily produces VDP (variable data publishing) jobs, allowing personalization of documents for delivering the right message to the right customer. (Inquire for price); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS3 & CS4
Croptima InPlate—Professional imposition plug-in for creating perfect bound, saddle stitched, step and repeat, and incremental imposition schemes. (Approx. $75); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS3 & CS4
All Ctrl Publishing plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in InDesign CS3–CS4.
CtrlChanges—Keeps track of all text changes, including who made the changes and when, plus displays added and removed text in Layout view. ($60 Light; $229 Standard; $549 Pro); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS3 & CS4
CtrlLayers—Expands the power of layers by allowing the creation of new InDesign documents from visible layers and importing layers from other InDesign documents. ($229); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS3 & CS4
DATAform Add-on 6—Full-featured database publishing tool that features the ability to create boxes with more than 70 specific properties, create text frames with any formatted content, and create anchored text and picture boxes or lines. (Approx. $1,600); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS2–CS4
All DTP Tools plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in InDesign CS–CS4, except where noted.
Cross-References PRO 1.1—A modular system that responds to every referencing need, including pointing across different documents and live updates. ($139); InDesign CS2–CS4
History 2.3—Provides a History panel similar to Photoshop allowing users to see all available redo and undo steps and to save versions. ($55)
Layer Comps 1.1—Similar to the same Photoshop feature, this plug-in can store multiple snapshots of current layer states. ($40)
Layer Groups 1.2—Brings another Photoshop-like feature to InDesign for organizing and controlling layers. ($40)
Page Control 2.2—Creates different page sizes and both vertical and horizontal spreads inside the same InDesign document. ($85)
All Em Software plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in InDesign CS2–CS4.
Xtags 4/5/184.108.40.206—An import and export text filter for building text with full styling, anchor and fill picture and text boxes, size boxes to content in various ways, translate text and tags on input, etc. ($400)
InData 4/5/220.127.116.11—A document-building tool that brings the full layout and design power of InDesign to data-driven repetitive publishing tasks. ($400)
InCatalog 4/5/18.104.22.168—A bi-directional linking tool that creates transparent links between InDesign documents and databases for automatically updating data. ($800 Standard; $1,200 Pro)
FOLDRite Template Master 2.0.3—Provides a quick-and-easy way to choose from 85 folding styles, customize them to specific needs, and build production-ready InDesign templates instantly for folded brochures, flyers, etc. ($299); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS3 & CS4
Cropster ID 8—Sets up crop marks for bleed, trim, safety, folds, and page gutters. ($109); Mac only; InDesign CS–CS4
Greeker ID 8—Temporarily obscures live copy so clients can focus on the design and not the copy. ($79); Mac only; InDesign CS3 & CS4
ColorBreaker ID 8—Places tags that contain pertinent color information, and accurately points to items and text blocks with smart arrows, providing information that print providers need. ($219); Mac only; InDesign CS2–CS4
ProScale ID 9—Resizes selections or entire documents nonproportionally without distorting text or pictures using IntelliScale technology. ($149); Mac only; InDesign CS–CS4
Slugger ID 8—Places crucial document information on a page or margin (such as signoffs and color usage) that automatically updates every time a page is printed. ($219); Mac only; InDesign CS2–CS4
InMath 1.8—A plug-in for real mathematical typesetting that depicts mathematical expressions solely using characters—no graphical element or anchored or linked frames needed. (Approx. $720); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS2–CS4
All In-Tools plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in InDesign CS2–CS4, except where noted. These plug-ins also require the most current version of APID ToolAssistant to be installed.
World Tools—Enables the use of right-to-left text without purchasing the ME (Middle Eastern) version of InDesign. ($49); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS4
AutoFlow Pro—Provides extensive automated flowing and reflowing capabilities of entire InDesign documents. ($99); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS3–CS4
Column Flow—Flows text in variable number of columns based on paragraph style. ($59)
Formatting Tools—A set of utilities for making formatting text easier. ($29)
Proper VJ—Creates vertical proportional justification based on space before settings. ($44)
Reflective Objects—Adds the ability to set non-anchored objects and guides to spine-relative positions. ($39)
Running Headers—Creates page reflective headers with many unique options. ($59)
Side Heads—Extracts text and creates anchored text frames, as well as returns extracted text frames to the main text flow. ($39)
Story Tools—Gives the ability to assign a logical and physical order to stories. ($24)
Drop Words—Creates the “drop words” common in Hebrew typesetting. ($39)
Multi-Lingual Tools—A set of utilities for laying out multilingual documents. ($29)
InDesign Imposition Plug-in
InDesign Imposition Plug-in—With one click, this plug-in takes any InDesign document, converts it into a PDF and imposes the PDF onto a new InDesign document. ($39.99); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS2–CS4
MathMagic Pro 6.7 for Adobe InDesign—A multipurpose equations editor for mathematical equations and symbols. ($695 with two-year free upgrade; $499 with limited free updates); Mac and Windows; InDesign 2–CS4
Kitchen Wisdom Publishing
Recipe Design Wizard—A plug-in that assists in the design and layout of food recipes in InDesign. ($99.95); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS–CS4
All Markzware plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in InDesign CS3 & CS4.
Q2ID v4—With a single click, converts all elements in a QuarkXPress document into an InDesign document, including text, images, and fonts. ($199)
PUB2ID v.2.1—With a single click, converts all elements of a Publisher document into an InDesign document, including text, images, and fonts. ($199)
Meadows Publishing Solutions
AutoPrice—Streamlines the production and versioning of catalogs, price flyers, and financial documents by providing sophisticated linking to external databases. (Inquire for price); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS–CS4
DesignMerge Pro—Creates personalized (VDP) 1:1 marketing documents by linking to a database file. (Inquire for price); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS2–CS4
CopyFit—Detects and fixes overset (or underset) text conditions in any InDesign document. ($225); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS3 & CS4
All MetaDesign Solutions plug-ins are Mac (InDesign CS3 & CS4) and Windows (InDesign CS2–CS4) compatible, except where noted.
SpellPlus—Enhances spell check in InDesign, augments the list of supported languages, and provides thesaurus and typesetting hyphenation support. ($89)
BrowsePlus—Integrates real-time, tab-based Web browsing right inside InDesign. ($49); Windows only
IndicPlus—Provides support for typography involving bidirectional complex scripts such as Indic scripts. ($69 for CS2 & CS3; $25 for CS4)
North Atlantic Publishing Systems, Inc.
CopyFlow Gold for Adobe InDesign—Exports text to a computerized translation system, and then batch imports the translated text back into its original page location, preserving text formatting. ($495); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS2–CS4
PDF2ID 2—Converts PDF documents into fully editable InDesign files, re-creating the intended construction and layout of documents. ($299 Standard; $399 Pro); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS2–CS4
(also know as Lightning Brain)
All Rorohiko plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in InDesign CS–CS4, except where noted. Most of these plug-ins also require the most current version of APID ToolAssistant to be installed.
FrameReporter—Adds new navigation features to InDesign (jump to named stories or frames) and displays nonprinting info labels next to selected page items. ($29)
MagnetoGuides—Magnetizes one or more guides to help laying out structured, repetitive documents, automatically adjusting to the size and position of multiple page items. ($59)
Spreadulator—Allows for the editing of page items all at the same time. ($29)
SudokuGenerator—Generates Sudoku pages directly in InDesign. ($49)
StoryTweaker—Allows text edits of a master InDesign file by multiple users without the need for a copy of InDesign. ($99); InDesign CS3 & CS4
All Slendro Solutions plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in CS2–CS4.
StyleReporter—Places style name labels for each story in InDesign for both paragraph and character styles. ($89.95)
GeometryReporter—Generates and displays measurements for any box within an InDesign document, including text, picture, and unassigned boxes. ($96.95)
PictureReporter—Places image attribute labels for each placed image in InDesign. ($59.95)
All Soft Horizons plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in CS–CS4.
Chartbot Barcodes—Creates barcodes of all types without using any barcode fonts. ($495)
Chartbot Charting—Turns out large quantities of charts of all types from InDesign. ($995)
TypeFitter—With a single click, this plug-in fixes overset text, widows, imbalanced columns, and more. ($99 Classic; $199 Pro); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS3 & CS4
DataLinker—Links data anywhere on an InDesign page, or merges data into documents and tables. ($299); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS2–CS4
BarcodeMaker—Creates up to 27 different types of barcodes using a single user-friendly panel. ($169); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS–CS4
ImageSwapper—Automatically rotates and scales high-res images when replacing low-res FPO images. ($199); Mac and Windows; InDesign CS2–CS4
All Triple Triangle plug-ins are Mac only and work in InDesign CS3 & CS4.
Mechanical Cubed—Efficiently creates, resizes, preflights, and routes mechanicals through all stages of the process. ($326; $199 Slug Cubed only; $149 Crop Cubed only)
Color Spec Cubed—Quickly and accurately creates callouts that identify fonts, colors, and linked graphics in InDesign documents. ($149)
All Virginia Systems plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in InDesign 2–CS4.
Sonar Bookends InXref 7.5—Generates cross-references for a single file or hundreds of files using the book capabilities in InDesign. ($195)
Sonar Bookends InSeq 8.2—Automatically numbers figures, tables, paragraphs, etc. along with any references in text to those figures and tables. ($195)
Sonar Bookends InFnote 7.2—Automatically numbers, sorts, and assigns style sheets to footnotes and endnotes. ($195)
Sonar Bookends InDex Pro 7.1—Generates indexes based on word frequency, proper nouns, subjects of sentences, lists of words and phrases, marked items, or any combination thereof. ($395; $195 Standard)
vjoon professional publishing
All vjoon plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in InDesign CS4.
Overset Manager 6.01—Gives complete control over text length and text overset, enabling users to count, display, edit, and print overset text. (Approx. $105)
Notes Manager 4.01—Enhances the notes feature in InDesign with filters for displaying notes and various options for displaying search results. (Approx. $105)
All Woodwing plug-ins are Mac and Windows compatible and work in InDesign CS2–CS4, except where noted.
Smart Styles 6.0.1—Provides the ability to drag-and-drop styles for tables, objects, and text, plus table sorting and spreadsheet-like calculations and formulas. (Approx. $290)
Smart Image—Automatically adds caption and credit text frames when placing images. (Approx. $215); InDesign CS3 & CS4
Smart Layout 6—Provides article functionality for efficient newspaper layout. (Approx. $725)
Smart Speller 6—Improved spell checking for InDesign. (Approx. $435 for one language)
Smart Hyphen 6—Improves hyphenation and text flow in InDesign. (Approx. $435 for one language)
All Zevrix plug-ins are Mac only and work in InDesign CS–CS4.
LinkOptimizer 4.0.7—Reduces file sizes by automatically reducing image resolutions, scaling and cropping images in Photoshop according to their dimensions in InDesign, and reimporting them to InDesign at 100%. ($239.95)
BatchOutput 3.5.3—Automatically prints and exports multiple and single InDesign documents to various formats. ($119.95; $699.95 Server edition)
InPreflight Pro 2.6.11—Quickly checks document fonts, colors, and links, and locates potential problems based on user-defined preflight presets. ($139.95; $99.95 Studio)