An automated SetFast production system produces series of complex legal guides of up to 3000 pages in length. The content (editorial, tables, and statistics) is automatically drawn from pre-existing Microsoft SQL databases and laid out in InDesign with graphs, maps and infographics created on the fly.
To quote their production manager: “we just watch as it does everything”. The initial layout of each book, which previously took around 1750 man hours (5 DTP operators working full-time for 10 weeks), happens overnight.
Since installing the SetFast software in 2007 Chambers has massively expanded the number of titles produced, with the same number of production staff.