New in DesignMerge for Adobe InDesign: “Consecutive Numbering” Utility & the “Conservative Number” Keyword Variable Link!

June 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: General 

These two new features make it easy to include a consecutive number in your printing jobs.

If you would like to produce a job that includes a consecutive number and no other variable content, use the new “Consecutive Numbering” Utility to generate a database that consists of a single field containing the consecutive numbers that you need for the job.  Then, use Quick Setup to set up a new DDF (Database Definition) for the consecutive number database, place the DDF’s consecutive number variable link in the document, and merge. It’s that simple!

DesignMerge Pro also makes it very easy to produce a VDP job that includes a consecutive number along with other variable content even though the consecutive numbers are not in the job’s database.  To do this, add the “Consecutive Number” Keyword Link to your document’s DDF.  Next, place the Consecutive Number Keyword Link in the document along with your other Variable Links.  That’s it! You’re ready to merge the document.

While merging, this special Consecutive Number Keyword Link will generate consecutive numbers for the job on-the-fly!

For more details about these two Consecutive Numbering features, please see tutorial #5, the “Tips & Tricks” tutorial, which is available in PDF format in the DesignMerge Tutorial manual in  your DesignMerge product folder. For more product information click here.

Top 5 Performance Tips for Variable Data Printing Jobs!

December 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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DesignMerge performance is primarily determined by the capabilities of your system (faster computer, faster hard disk drive, etc.). However, here are a few things you can do when designing a document for variable data printing that can also improve its performance. These are not requirements in order to use DesignMerge on a document, but can definitely enhance performance:

1. Move the job’s files to your local system (not your file server system) before merging.

2. For variable picture links, use EPS graphic files that contain previews.

3. Remove all non-printing content from the document.

4. Unlock all objects in the document.

5. Move variable content to the front of the page.