Every catalog is designed to be individual and different. The challenge for developers is to create a system that supports any design and any layout. There is no such thing as a single system that will do every kind of catalog. There is system that will do most and that system is Catalog’nTime. The question is why do you need a catalog system in the first place. The answer may be that you don’t. In most cases the answer is that you would benefit from one. Between one organisation and another the variable is the extent of the benefit or the ROI (return on investment).
Catalog’nTime is an application that incorporates a database that supports all the usual standards and allows importing and exporting of all content. Crucially, the system is user configurable such that the database structure can be altered without the need for database skills or programming. The jewel in the crown is the way content is transformed to page output. Transforming data from database to DTP is an art that we have worked on for many years, from hanging indents to properly kerned fractions.Every catalog producer’s workflow is different and the way our system is used by different clients varies. It is important that clients can work the way that suits them best. Whatever the chosen method, we seek the highest level of automation possible to give the best return on outlay.
We consider that implementation is not complete until the system has produced a catalog and the users are comfortable with the system. This often means extended one to one support. We have reversed the call centre trend and frequently provide pro-active support to check whether a project or catalog is on track.
Catalog’nTime has been in use since 1999, producing all manner of catalogues and publications in many languages. It is continuously updated not only to keep pace with operating systems but also to improve the efficiency, features and user experience.