Cryptologist and proprietary file formats Thomas Jefferson Wheel Cipher

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Search InDesign Files Spotlight with Markzware PageZephyr SearchPageZephyr Search content search application was developed for proprietary file formats. This desktop search solution to search InDesign is much like breaking codes or being a Cryptologist. Cryptography is a very interesting study, dating back to the Greeks usage of transposition ciphers, but surely was used long before that by Mesopotamians and Egyptians.

Thus, it was with interest that we read this WSJ article titled, “Two Centuries On, a Cryptologist Cracks a Presidential Code” about this man who broke a 200 year old coded message sent in 1801 by Robert Patterson, a mathematics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, to then-president Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson, who has patents and inventions which included the portable copy press, also dabbled in secret code with the wheel cipher:

Thomas_Jefferson_Wheel_Cipher“Jefferson even wrote about his own ingenious code, a model of which is at his home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Va. Called the wheel cipher, the device consisted of cylindrical pieces, threaded onto an iron spindle, with letters inscribed on the edge of each wheel in a random order. Users could scramble and unscramble words simply by turning the wheels.”

What more creative way to kick off your graphic design, publishing or print morning than with this little invention history from one of the founding fathers of the United States!

Markzware, creators of the popular Q2ID, ID2Q and Pub2ID file conversion plug-ins. Markzware’s content search technology, PageZephyr Search (desktop search), is a Macintosh-only program that will search InDesign CS through InDesign CC files, and then allow you to search and view the text content in INDD files, and copy & paste the found content.

Potential uses for PageZephyr Search include: locating layout files in a large storage volume, repurposing or archiving content, or sifting through large volumes of InDesign files for eDiscovery purposes.

Markzware PageZephyr Search content search application assists companies with large volumes of desktop desktop publishing (DTP) documents. Advertising agencies, creative departments, and account production services that have developed content created within Adobe InDesign, can take advantage of this technology.

Content developed for print can now be found by the content provider for content creation and/or web usage. Content on the internet allows your information to be seen, providing a revenue opportunity.

Markzware does what many have said is the impossible. Via Markzware’s content search application, users can search DTP proprietary file formats and now even search and extract content in those proprietary file formats that is rightfully yours. Surely, Mr. Jefferson would agree.

Cryptologist and proprietary file formats Thomas Jefferson Wheel Cipher

Title: Cryptologist and proprietary file formats Thomas Jefferson Wheel Cipher
Published on: February 1, 2010
David Dilling

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