MetaCommunications has released a new software package for Adobe CS3 users called Production Pack 5.0.

Production Pack 5.0 is a selection of automation tools for Adobe's Creative Suite 3, designed to work with MetaCommunications other product, Workgroups 2007.

The tools enable CS3 users to automate page layout and illustration tasks by accessing digital assets, electronic job tickets, and schedules from within their creative applications.

Production Pack 5.0's plug-in interface integrates directly with Workgroups 2007, enabling users to quickly access information about the job or project they are working on.

“Users can pull up job tickets that contain page layout instructions, schedules, and even the images that need to be placed,” says Robert Long, executive vice president of MetaCommunications.

Production Pack 5.0 consists of Adobe Creative Suite Plug-ins and QuarkXPress XTensions which automatically capture detailed multi-page document previews, rich XML metadata, and seamlessly integrates with Workgroups 2007.

Workgroups 2007 is an integrated process and productivity management suite for creative, publishing, and prepress.

It's comprised of four modules: Job Manager; Virtual Ticket; Approval Manager; and Digital Storage Manager. These modules are designed so users can adopt those they most need initially, but can still expand the solution later.

Production Pack 5.0 is available immediately and is included free of charge to licensed users of the Workgroups 2007 suite.