Balfour Introduces All-New Yearbook Plug-In for Adobe® InDesign®

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Balfour, a leading provider of yearbooks, introduces first yearbook plug-in for Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud®.

The end result makes yearbook production and submission easier, faster and virtually worry-free.

This week Balfour announced a major update of BalfourTools®, their comprehensive yearbook creation plug-in for Adobe InDesign. The plug-in is the first designed specifically for Adobe Creative Cloud for Windows and Mac OS. BalfourTools is also compatible with InDesign versions CS5.5 and CS6.

“BalfourTools has always been recognized as an essential tool for creating yearbooks, but this completely-new version takes it to a new level,” said Mike Cobb, Director of Marketing for Balfour. “Our development team’s singular goal was to meet yearbook advisers’ and staffs’ biggest needs, using the latest technology. The end result makes yearbook production and submission easier, faster and virtually worry-free.”

The new version of BalfourTools includes the ability to set up the yearbook at one time, applying templates per spread or section as they are created. To accommodate yearbook teams’ divergent schedules, it also includes built-in adviser-to-staff and peer-to-peer messaging for communication across class periods.

Among the most welcome improvements are organization features that allow spreads to easily be moved while renumbering all successive pages and links. Content management is completely customizable to meet each staff’s needs. This BalfourTools update is the fastest to flow student portraits (in just a few minutes) while pre-checking the number of portraits needed per grade or section. A new file verification feature identifies potential print conflicts before submission, including image resolution, links and bleeds.

BalfourTools for Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud/CS6/CS5.5 will be available for the 2014-15 school year, and can be previewed by contacting any Balfour Yearbook representative.

About Balfour
Balfour is a premier provider of school spirit and recognition products for students, military personnel and professional sports teams nationwide. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Balfour has sold yearbooks, class rings, graduation products, varsity letter jackets, athletic championship (professional and amateur), military products, and affinity jewelry for more than 100 years. Balfour is owned by Commemorative Brands Inc., a company of American Achievement Corporation (AAC). AAC is a portfolio company of Fenway Partners.

About Fenway Partners
Fenway Partners is a middle market private equity firm based in New York with approximately $1.6 billion under management. Fenway invests in profitable businesses with significant upside potential. Fenway companies typically have leading franchises and operate in two core industry segments: branded consumer products and transportation/logistics.

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