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We've been using Pagemaker 7.0 for a "data merge" application. The jobs has grown over what PM7 can handle. We are making 10,000 pages that have 24 variable data elements per page. the data comes from a CSV file. In PM 7 this is taking hours (almost a day) to merge, before printing. Very little graphics are involved. Adobe suggest In Design, but they are not really sure. (They in fact, told me to ask the User forum.) The question is: Should we use In Design, or should we be looking outside of Adobe? Anyone have a suggestion? Thanks, Mike ...

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    We've been using Pagemaker 7.0 for a "data merge" application.
    The jobs has grown over what PM7 can handle.
    We are making 10,000 pages that have 24 variable data elements per page.
    the data comes from a CSV file.
    In PM 7 this is taking hours (almost a day) to merge, before printing.
    Very little graphics are involved.
    Adobe suggest In Design, but they are not really sure. (They in fact, told me to ask the User forum.)

    The question is:
    Should we use In Design, or should we be looking outside of Adobe?
    Anyone have a suggestion?

    Thanks,

    Mike Seidman
    Michael_Seidman@adobeforums.com Guest

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    InDesign's merge is pretty much the same as PM7. I think that large merge
    projects as you describe will be problematic.

    You might look at third party programs such as "Print Shop Mail" which does
    the merge at print, rather then simply making a new doent page for each
    data record. There are others...


    Larry



    Larry_Grohman@adobeforums.com Guest

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    You might be able to get away with MS Word, It can merge staright to the printer so you don't have to make a 10,000 page file. Ive done 6,000 double sided so 12,000 pages before in it with a full A4 page EPS Form in the backround with no troubles.
    Luke_Meehan@adobeforums.com Guest

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    I agree with Luke.

    Unless you need the layout and typography capabilities of a DTP app, you'll be far better off with a word processor such as Word or WordPerfect.
    Stu_Bloom@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Thanks, I will do some experimenting with Word.
    Mike Seidman
    Michael_Seidman@adobeforums.com Guest

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    I am using Adobe Indesign 2.0 and am trying to do a data merge to create a kids art gallery in a pdf doc. I have a .txt source file that contains the images and data for each artist. The trick is, I want to create a border for each artwork that is unique to the art itself. (This needs to be an automatic process). Can do a data merge and give an attribute for a frame already in the template? In other words, can i give a color setting as a field in my record, and then when i data merge, it takes that color attribute and makes the border be that exact color?

    Thanks
    Jim
    jim_meyers@adobeforums.com Guest

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    You really have version 2.0? Which plugin are you using for this?
    Datamerging facilites started with InDesign CS1 Pagemaker Edition (aka
    InDesign 3.0) to become part of the distribution, and was inserted as
    standard function in InDesign CS2 (aka InDesign 4.0).
    By the way, if you really have InDesign 4.0, there isn't a function to
    do what you want.

    Jens
    Jens Guest

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