At my current company, we-- the in-house design team-- oversee the creation and ordering of each employee's business card. This involves:
- Duplicating a page in the master Indesign Document that houses all of the business cards
- Placing the employee's information into the relevant fields on the new page
- Exporting a JPG of that page for proofing (must rename file to correct format first)
- Emailing that proof to the employee
- Make any revisions if needed
- If not needed, export a PDF of that page (must rename file to correct format first)
- Send PDF to the printer
This process is tedious, and when multiplied out over the 4 - 10 card requests we may get at one time, time consuming as well. I know the real solution is to outsource this process to a printer-managed service that will allow the employees to setup, proof, and order their cards themselves, but the challenge we've run into there is that those services don't allow you to use custom typography, nor do they have a means by which proofs may be sent to us, the design team, for approval before the employee is allowed to place the order.
I've looked into automating the process in some fashion, but InDesign's limitations (namely its lack of an "export current page" feature and an ability to name files based on a certain fields) have made this prospect unlikely. So, those of you in or who have been in a similar situation, what would you recommend as a more efficient workflow for cranking these cards out?
Edit: to clarify, this document was initially created with data merge, but for new cards it's more practical to enter them manually. Each card in the indd document is based on a master page with paragraph/character styles.