?FirstLogic (www.firstlogic.com) demonstrated its DocuRight
variable-data-publishing solution at On Demand 2002. The DocuRight
solution consists of 1) Microsoft Office add-on software that lets you
use the Windows version of Microsoft Word as a tool to design
templates for variable-data documents, and 2) a standalone Windows
application or Unix application that merges a database with a template
to produce variable-data documents in PostScript, PCL, PDF, VIPP,
Metacode, AFP, or IPDS format.
DocuRight's powerful page-layout capabilities are suited for producing
virtually any kind of variable-data document ? from basic personalized
letters to transactional statements of varying lengths to
graphics-intensive documents in which graphics & text are positioned
and formatted dynamically.
You can store variable text in Rich Text Format (RTF); you can split
and send print jobs to multiple printers for efficient load balancing
and printer utilization; and you can generate data-driven graphics
such as bar charts & pie charts.
To get more details about DocuRight, contact Citation Software Inc. at
As for the free or opensource areas the closest I found to a serious
group working with VIPP format was here :
And it doesn?t look like they are quite ready for prime time yet.
Not much else is working with this format at the present time.