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    variable data printing

    i am looking for a program that enables us to print variable data, either from excel or any other dbase
    Our rip for the imagepress doesn't support, right now we do it in indesign with excel

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    I think it will be useful Printshop mail,
    search for it on this forum
    goodbye

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    Filemaker can do it.

    Filemaker can do it.

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    can you tell more about?
    with indesign and excel you can do many things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hui buh View Post
    can you tell more about?
    with indesign and excel you can do many things.
    you CANT do serious VDP with indesign and excel!

    image you have to print 1,000 individual records:
    with indesign you have to generate a pdf file with 1,000 pages, if you are going to print duplex, you will have to create 2,000 pages!

    you will need a special VDP solution for fast and efficient imposition and printing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandoz View Post
    i am looking for a program that enables us to print variable data, either from excel or any other dbase
    Our rip for the imagepress doesn't support, right now we do it in indesign with excel
    Hi, these programs are specific for the job:
    -Smartstream Designer
    -Fusion Pro
    -Xmpie UDirect
    -Printshop Mail
    -Bartender
    -Kodak Darwin
    some are indesign plug-ins that do job lighter and faster.
    all of them allows you print variables barcodes and variables images.

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    thanx will try them out

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    does any have darwin for cs3/cs4?

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    InDesign can do quite a bit if you'd like to avoid shelling out some extra cash, but it requires some serious man-handling and creativity to make it happen.

    of the most useful formulas when creating my Excel master spreadsheet is the CONCATENATE function that allows me to indicate a file path. The CONCAT column becomes my @barcode column for processing in InDesign:

    Example:
    Cell F1: (Path to barcode source folder) /Volumes/Exupéry/Users/levato/Documents/Projects/Barcodes_Source/
    Cells B2 through B1024: name of individual image file
    Column C: @barcode with this formula repeated =CONCATENATE($F$1,B2,".jpg")

    Note that the .jpg extension is added, the file path cell remains fixed, and Excel Auto-Complete will automatically adjust the 'B2' reference to B3, B4, and so on…

    Again, it takes a lot of creativity but it can be d!

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    we already tried with luck indesign and excel, everything is great, except when we print or try to make a pdf.
    We are printing a 15000 records VDP job, but we can only export or print 250 records at t ime, or indesgin crashes

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    We use xmpie plugin at work with indesign its a godsend ,so easy to use as long as you've got a well organised database it takes seconds to impose the data for dynamic printing. Sending it to the rip takes ages but then again I guess it would.
    Last edited by todesign; 06-06-2013 at 08:44 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandoz View Post
    we already tried with luck indesign and excel, everything is great, except when we print or try to make a pdf.
    We are printing a 15000 records VDP job, but we can only export or print 250 records at time, or indegin crashes
    I'm sure we have printed more than that at a time and were running it on a old nail of a mac. What's you system spec and what version of indesign do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by todesign View Post
    I'm sure we have printed more than that at a time and were running it on a old nail of a mac. What's you system spec and what version of indesign do you have?
    the number of max. records depends on the page contents of indesign.
    if you have text only there will be no problem with 2.500 records.

    if you have a lot of images, shadows and transparancies on your page indesign cant handle so much pages for exporting to pdf. you have to split the export into smaller chunks.

    so indesign VDP functions are crap at all.

    we use xmpie too and had no problems with 25.000 addres records in 1 database.
    it just runs smooth.

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