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Mar
21
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Mar
21
accepted What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?
Mar
20
comment Script won't output bleed on PDF export, and stuck on other portion of script
Oh, that is neat! And very useful actually, as I'd like to keep this script on the server for my entire team to use.
Mar
20
comment Script won't output bleed on PDF export, and stuck on other portion of script
What does that mean in terms of the script itself? Sorry, I don't really know any scripting; what I managed above was the result of several hours and research and frustration.
Mar
20
comment Script won't output bleed on PDF export, and stuck on other portion of script
Brilliant, thank you!
Mar
20
asked Script won't output bleed on PDF export, and stuck on other portion of script
Mar
19
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Mar
19
comment What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?
After reading all of the suggestions here, I do think I'll switch over to PDF proofs. It will definitely save time, as outputting/renaming files twice was a huge PITA. Thank you!
Mar
19
comment What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?
@Ryan I'll take a look at what we've got now and see if I can make the merge work. Thanks!
Mar
19
comment What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?
@Ryan AH, I've got you now. So keep all of the information in the CSV and merge the required names directly to PDF instead of bothering with a new document? Hm. If memory serves, the reason I didn't do this initially was because some frames had overset text that I needed to adjust manually in the merge result. There's also some content differences between the cards that requires manual editing, as InDesign's conditional capabilities aren't robust enough for these particular changes.
Mar
19
comment What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?
@e100 Several online print companies have business options that will essentially give you your own WYSWIG editor (managed by them) that allow you to load your template and overlay text fields on it so that your company's employees can go in and fill out the fields, see the proof, then order the card. The problem we've run into is that these WYSWIG editors don't allow you to use your own typefaces, which is something we'd need to be able to do.
Mar
19
comment What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?
@Ryan Ah, gotcha! So, to clarify, the merge document-- the one with the placeholders-- is a separate single page doc. Our working document is the one created as a result of the merge, so we have no merge fields in it. So you're suggesting creating merge fields in our working document and merging directly into it? I didn't realize this was possible in INDD; I thought you had to merge to a new document or PDF by default. Then again, I haven't had a circumstance where I've needed to merge into an existing document before now.
Mar
19
comment What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?
So the format for our filenames is LastName_Firstname_BC_Date_Version. I see that automator can extract text from a PDF, which seems like the only way it would know what the Lastname_FirstName portion should be, but I'm not sure how to convert the extracted content into something Automator can use. I'll see if someone in a similar scenario has come up with an automator workflow or applescript for this in the past. RE: output, we do need a proper export at the end because we've got spot colors; the cards run on a press. Thank you for the suggestion so far!
Mar
19
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Mar
19
comment What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?
@joojaa I'd love to improve our workflow but, as I said, with zero scripting knowledge what seems trivial to you is not readily apparent to me. I've been researching this for some time actually, but all of the possible solutions I've found either address only one small piece of the problem or don't apply to my situation at all. Re: data merge-- creating a CSV, going through the entire merge process, then adding the resulting output back into the main INDD file, seems cumbersome for small quantities of cards. If scripting would make this faster somehow, what languages would be required?
Mar
19
comment What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?
@Ryan OSX 10.9. The proof doesn't have to be JPG, but our overall print design workflow involves JPGs for proofs and final output formats like PDFs for, well, final output. Mostly to conserve space.
Mar
19
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Mar
19
revised What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?
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Mar
19
comment What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?
We already have character/paragraph styles set up in the existing template. You're suggesting we break each card out into its own template versus having them all in one document?
Mar
19
comment What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?
@joojaa How so? I know I can do data merge for the employee info-- that's how the initial file was created-- but doing that for new records would require copying/pasting the info from emails into a CSV, running the data merge on a new document, then merging those pages into the original doc-- by which point entering them manually would be faster. I don't know any scripting languages, so I'm not sure how to accomplish anything beyond Adobe's inbuilt functionality without plugins.