PersonalEffect Release Notes

Version 12.2 (June 27, 2023)

  1. Added: A new page numbering controlling page visibility feature lets you define whether a page in your design will or will not be visible, depending on the specific page-numbering logic that you set.  Read more     |     Video training
  2. Added: XLIM now honors RGB color swatches.
  3. Added: uChart now honors RGB color swatches.
  4. Added: Digital PDF accessibility.
    From now on, when you produce an Interactive PDF or Adobe PDF using the “Separate files for each recipient”  option (or you process only a single record), the output will include InDesign-supported accessibility features, such as tag information.
  5. Added: The uProduce dashboard now includes new maintenance options which are designed to help you with server maintenance tasks, such as SQL server maintenance and deletion of unneeded server objects.  Read more     |     Knowledge base article
  6. Added: Ability to mark data sources as “not permanent”, even when GDPR is not enabled.
  7. Added: Support for Apple Silicon M2 chip.
  8. Deprecated: The Filler page production option is now deprecated and replaced by the new “Page numbering – page visibility” option. It will continue to work,  but we recommend that you move to this new option.
  9. Fixes: Various bug fixes and improvements, such as:
    • Dashboard security and performance enhancements.
    • uCreate Excel usage issues, when an Excel file is opened in MS Excel.
    • uCreate panel vs. document preview discrepancies.
    • In uCreate, it is possible to control the number of InDesign server instances used during turbo production.
  10. Important! Type 1 fonts are no longer supported in Adobe apps, specifically in InDesign version 18.2 and above. See PostScript Type 1 fonts end of support.


Version 12.1.1. (June 1, 2023)

  1. This is a maintenance release that includes various bug fixes.


Version 12.1 (March 30, 2023)

  1. Added: New PDF/VT-3 variable data format is now available in uCreate Print and uProduce.  Video training
  2. Added: Ability to start working on your document and make it fully dynamic before connecting to a data source.  Read more
  3. Added: The uCreate Print user interface has significantly changed to improve usability Video training:
    • Clickable large button to start adding dynamic content to the document.
    • The creation of new content objects, variables and input data fields has been redesigned to simplify the process of creating these objects. 
    • The task of editing a rule now has its own dedicated rule editor. 
    • It is now possible to highlight in the document only selected content objects.
    • Ability to select multiple pages and apply dynamic properties to them at the same time. 
    • You can now set the output resolution of a PNG and JPEG proof jobs in connectivity mode.
    • The panel can be resized to the full height of the screen.
    • The panel can be scrolled using the mouse wheel.
    • The dial indication automatically moves to the variable when a dial content object is turned to a variable.
    • Improved organization of the Preferences dialog.
    • Ability to turn a link content object into a variable.
    • Ability to select the save location for the document structure file.
    • Improved icon design.
    • New advanced capability to embed and extract a plan into or out of the InDesign document. 
  4. Added: Ability to sort table records by the primary field configured in the plan. 
  5. Added: When producing a job using flat data, you can now use filtering to filter the data.  Video training
  6. Added: Ability to generate flat data directly from the plan and data source.
  7. Added: New compression and asset collection options for proof set and flat data creation.
  8. Added: Ability to resubmit a job directly from the job center, preserving the job’s configuration.
  9. Added: Ability to control the number of InDesign server instances used during turbo production.
  10. Added: Additions to the uProduce REST API.  Video training
    • Document structure
    • Plan object dependencies
    • Delivery provider send
    • XES delivery provider verified senders
    • XES delivery provider status details
    • Data source CSV upload options
    • Append data source tables
    • Port operations
    • Tracking
      • Campaign changes
      • Jobs
      • Port operations
      • Add events
      • Export events
      •  Flattened queries
    • Clone entities
      • Data sources
      • Asset sources
      • Documents
      • Campaigns
  11. Added: Support for SQL Server 2022. 
  12. Fixes: Various bug fixes and improvements, such as:
    • Better handling of uImage smart objects.
    • uCreate find and replace.
    • Dashboard security.
    • Improved port error descriptions.


 Version 12.0.1 (December 6, 2022)

  1. This is a minor release that addresses uStore internal functionality.


 Version 12.0 (November 17, 2022 )

  1. Added: Support for Adobe CC-2023 only.
  2. Added: Direct mail enhancements of version 11.3 are now supported also for XLIM.
  3. Added: Support for macOS Ventura (version 13).
  4. Fixed: Various bug fixes and improvements.


Version 11.4 (November 17, 2022 )

  1. This is the last version that supports Adobe CC-2022.
  2. Added: Direct mail enhancements of version 11.3 are now supported also for XLIM.
  3. Added: Support for macOS Ventura (version 13).
  4. Fixed: Various bug fixes and improvements


 Version 11.3 (September 29, 2022)

  1. Added: Direct mail enhancements. For customers who do direct mail or transactional work, the uProduce server includes new features to help manage mail output which includes a different number of pages per recipient. These include creating a flat ADOR data file in addition to your chosen VDP output format, using the flat ADOR data as a data source, and using the new Preflight output format.
  2. Added: The uCreate Print user interface has significantly changed to help improve usability.
  3. Added: A new analysis method that analyzes the full structure of the document has been added. The result of this analysis is an XML file that accompanies the document in its full life cycle.
  4. Added: The following new API methods have been added:
    – Ticket templates
    – Mail templates
    – Destinations
    – Delivery providers
    – Population management
    – Input fields customization
    – No data source production
    – UI control (visibility and theme)
  5. Added: Support for AWS S3 as a destination target.
  6. Enhancement: Log files are now aggregated daily to reduce their number.
  7. Change: Microsoft Compact SQL has reached its end-of-life and is being replaced by SQL Server Express LocalDB.
  8. Change: Missing recipient fields in the data source are now treated as null (empty values) instead of failing the job.
  9. Change: From now on, only a single InDesign version will be supported per XMPie version. This version supports Adobe CC-2022 only.
  10.  Fixed: Various bug fixes and improvements, such as:
    –  Latest Mac OS issues
    – uCreate connectivity preview invalid line feeds
    – XLIM preflight XNIP errors
    – IIR for barcodes issues

Version 11.2.2 (June 13, 2022)

  1. This is a maintenance release that includes various bug fixes.

Version 11.2.1 (May 23, 2022)

  1. This is a maintenance release that includes various bug fixes.

Version 11.2 (May 8, 2022)

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  1. Added: The Page numbering feature is now supported also for XLIM documents.
  2.  Enhancement: The ability to use run information in page numbering has been added. For example, “Run Page Index” and “Run Record Index”.  
    Read more     |     Video training
  3. Added: Support for Adobe Typekit fonts.
  4. Added: New QLingo functions: Fetch, AsJsonArray.
  5.  Added: New REST API functionality: Port management.
  6. Deprecated: File-system asset source with authentication.
  7. Fixed: Various bug fixes and improvements, such as: 
    – Job doesn’t fail on zero recipients.
    – Improved uCreate Import CPKG process.

Version 11.1 (January 9, 2022)

  1. Added: Windows Search Indexing.
    When using the file system asset source type, it is now possible to use Windows Indexing to improve search performance.
    This is especially useful in cases when the file system asset source contains many folders and subfolders. During production, searching these folders may take a long time and could thus affect asset-resolving performance. If you observe poor performance when searching for asset files, it is advisable to use Windows Indexing.  Read article
    Note that this feature is relevant only if your folders contain a large number of files, otherwise, this will result in performance degradation.
  2. Added: PersonalEffect now supports MP4 and MPEG video assets for XM campaigns.
  3. Enhancement: Options in the uCreate Print panel right-click menu have been modified to allow you to easily carry out common tasks.
  4. Added: When working in uCreate Print Connectivity mode, it is now possible to create a proof in PNG format to streamline uStore product creation.
  5. Added: New REST API functionality: Auto Purge jobs.
    Jobs can be set to be automatically purged, in which case they are deleted and all traces of them are removed from the system. 
    The Time to Live (TTL) of the job, which defines how long to keep the job data before it is automatically purged, is configured in the ticket.
  6. Added: Additional performance counters.
  7. Fixed: Various bug fixes and improvements, such as:
    – Issues with anchored text box have been solved.
    – PDF on Demand link now works, even if the entire email job has not yet been completed.
    – The “Auto convert to nonbreaking spaces and hyphens” option has been returned to uCreate Print. 

Version 11.0 (November 28, 2021)

  1. Added: Support for Adobe CC-2022.
  2. Added: Support for Apple Silicon (M1).
  3. Added: Support for macOS Monterey (version 12).
  4. Added: Support for Windows 11 operating system.
  5. Added: Support for Windows Server 2022 operating system.
  6. Fixed: Various bug fixes and improvements.

Version 10.2.1 (October 14, 2021)

  1. This is a maintenance release that includes various bug fixes.

Version 10.2 (October 1, 2021)

  1. Enhancement: The performance of the page numbering feature has been significantly improved, and output creation has been optimized (smaller output size and faster RIP).
  2. Enhancement: The uProduce RESTful API now covers many more functionalities, such as assets, fonts, data sources and cpkg.
  3. Deprecated: XMPieDotNetLibrary SDK has been deprecated, and is replaced by the RestAPI functionality.
    If you’ve used it, replace it with the RestAPI. However, it will still continue working after upgrades, and replacement to the RestAPI can be done at a later stage.
  4. Added: Ability to create InDesign keyboard shortcuts for uCreate Print actions.  Video training
  5. Added: PersonalEffect now supports Web ADORs for use in Circle analytics.
  6. Experimental: Improvements and bug fixes to XMPie’s uPlan Visual Code extension.
  7. Fixed: Various bug fixes and improvements.

Version 10.1 (June  30, 2021)

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  1. Added: A new Page Numbering feature has been added, which enables you to create design elements that incorporate page numbering information.

    The page numbering information can be formatted using JavaScript logic to display as text or barcode, or to control visibility.
    Read more in  English  Deutsch   Français     |     Video training

  2. Added: uProduce RESTful API, which exposes uProduce functionality via REST API calls.
    Currently this API is partial and does not cover all uProduce functionalities and capabilities, which will follow later on. This API is fully compatible with the web services API. The two APIs can be used in conjunction to cover the entire range of uProduce functionalities and capabilities. 
    uProduce RESTful API conforms to the Open API Specification (Swagger) v.2 and v.3, which is used to create API clients such as Postman and Visual Studio.  Video training

  3. Experimental: XMPie’s uPlan Visual Code extension.
    The uPlan Visual Code extension is used as a plan editor within Visual Code to define advanced business rules and logic for your campaigns. Note that this extension is currently in the experimental phase.   Video training
  4. Enhancement: Right-click menu options in the InDesign document are all gathered and organized logically under the “XMPie” menu option.
  5. Enhancement: New option for automatic formatting of uPlan’s QLingo code, making the code uniform, clean and easy to read. This is especially useful after pasting code.
  6. Fixed: Various bug fixes.

Version 10.0.2  (March 17, 2021)

  1. This is a maintenance release that includes various bug fixes.
  2. This version is the final version that formally supports SQL Server 2014 and lower. 
  3. Support for macOS Big Sur.

Version 10.0.1  (January 17, 2021)

  1. This is a maintenance release that includes various bug fixes.
  2. Added: TLS 1.2 is now supported also in Cross Media.

Version 10.0  (November 4, 2020)

  1. Added: Support for Adobe CC-2021.
  2. Added: New uPlan search option. 
  3. Enhancement: Changes in the licensing mechanism to support additional database server fail-safe configurations.
  4. Fixed: Various bug fixes.

Version 9.8.2  (August 24, 2020)

  1. This is a maintenance release that includes various bug fixes.
  2. Deprecated: ADOR Core Server (also called Mini Server) is deprecated as of September 1, 2020. 
    Version 9.8.2 is the final version that contains the ADOR Core Server.
    ADOR Core Server features are still supported but are no longer being developed and will no longer be included in future releases.
    Support will continue up until September 1, 2021.

Version 9.8.1  (July 19, 2020)

  1. Added: Due to various security vulnerabilities in Java, uPlan Java has been upgraded to OpenJDK 14, which is also an integral part of uPlan.
    When upgrading, former Java (10.0.1) is not automatically uninstalled. It is recommended to uninstall it.
  2. Added: Documentation added for the Web.URLContentAsFile function. Read more
  3. Fixed: Various bug fixes.

Version 9.8  (June 28, 2020)

  1. Added: uCreate Print now gives you the ability to select which page and layer of your PDF document will be used in your design.
    Read more     |     Video training
    Note that layer data that span multiple content streams are currently not supported.
  2. Added: New QLingo asset handling functions. Read more
  3. Added: New QLingo function for generating a dynamic color shape. Read more
  4. Added: Custom JavaScript functions can now directly access uPlan’s built-in functions, or other custom functions. Read more
  5. Added: Improved support for Australian postal barcodes.
  6. Added: Optional performance counters in log files.
  7. Enhancement: uImage server processing stability improvements, including Photoshop unwanted UI disabler.
  8. Enhancement: Improved query-handling in the Plan Interpreter.
  9. Fixed: Multiple stability improvements and bug fixes, such as:
    •  XLIM jobs fail/hung in specific scenarios (140079).
    • Imposition produces PDF/VT instead of PDF (140213).
    • Cases of incorrect proof of JPG (140153).
    • Failure during upload of data source with several tables (139907).
    • PDF-on-Demand various issues.
    • Issues relating to handling text boxes with tables.

Version 9.7.2  (April 2, 2020)

  1. This is a maintenance release that includes bug fixes to improve MacOS Catalina stability.
  2. Added: Support for user selection of both PDF compatibility level and PDF standards compliance.

Version 9.7  (January 15, 2020)

  1. Added: Support for Adobe CC-2020.
  2. Added: Support for MacOS 10.15 – Catalina.
    Versions earlier than 10.14 are no longer supported.
  3. Added: Custom JavaScript functions can now access the values of various uPlan elements, such as Recipient record values, Variable values and UserView record values.
  4. Added: New QLingo string function – CleanNumber.  This function allows to strip any characters from a string, leaving only digits. This is particularly useful for cleaning up telephone numbers and leaving only digits.
  5. Added: New QLingo string function – FindByRegExp.  This function keeps only the characters matching the definition of the regular expression.
  6. Added: New GetEnv uPlan function – GetEnv(“SplitPart”). In case of splitting a job, you can get the current split part number.
  7. Added: It is now possible to change XMPie’s automatic caching mechanism in the output stream, according to which reusable objects such as Graphic ADORs  are placed into the output file only once and are referenced for all additional records that use the same object.
    Now, if your Graphic or Text File ADOR will be unique for every record in the database, you can disable the caching mechanism by renaming the ADOR object to include .unique at the end of the ADOR name. Similarly, for reusable Text ADORs, it is possible to enable the caching mechanism by adding .reusable at the end of the ADOR object name.
    It is recommended that you change this automatic behavior only if you fully understand the caching mechanism, and the impact of the change.
  8.  Known issue: Legacy PDF production does not work on uCreate Print for MacOS. You can perform the production on the server.

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