I've been doing prepress for Indigo the last 7 years, and have come to take Smart Stream Designer (previously known as "Yours Truly") for granted.
Looking past it's shortcomings, it's a very powerful plug-in for InDesign both for variable data and imposition. The rules-programming makes for some cool variable data.
The free version can only handle up to 50 records (I think) after the initial 90 days of trial.
Printshop Mail can do some of the same things but is not very precise in the setup and has very limited imposition capabilities. I use it for making templates for the web-2-print version called Printshop Web Suite.
Indesigns Merge function makes it possible to use all the filters and advanced typographical/graphic function in the variable data. But a large job with a lot of records will make a VERY heavy document. Can be very useful in RIP's that support "Master" and "Slave" merging (a static document/page gets the variable data put on top from the light document that contains a page of each record).
A [k] version of smartstream designer would be my number one choice....
I've been using HP Smartstream for a couple of weeks and it's powerfull. We don't have a server to proces large data bases yet, but this program can output in PDF format in a very ligth way (i'v done files about 18000 rows a time).
Recomended! (i'm using a mac trial by now, can anybody post a (K)?)
use coreldraw to print vdp or u can use fusionpro "u can buy it or lookfor a parch
Print shop mail is very easy to use for VDP!
Print Shop Mail is easy to VDP soft, Seagul Bartender that's ok too
XMpie is the best choice for Xerox users!
Wasatch is ideal for me for VDP. Give it a go, its great.
unless your doing allot of VDP regular indesign should suit your needs
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I think PrintShop Mail; but need Postscript Printer
if there are not many data, and InDesign comes with an option to combine data, make a pdf and then ride in the preps for you to enter the maximum potential spread, then the hp InDesign plugin can also export to pdf .. . that would sell for you too.
XMPie! Integrated to indesign, very good choose!