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Jon

Variable Data tools - on the desktop

Jon Nedry - Creative Director specializing in healthcare marketing

I'd like you get your thoughts on the best options on the market for VDP -- on the desktop. I'm not looking for a full-blown, server-side solution (we already have that), but something I can use on my desktop to produce simple jobs in which the deliverable is a PDF. Ideally, something that just has a bit more functionality than InDesign's built-in solution.

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  • June 11, 2012
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  • Michael J.

    Michael

    Michael J.

    Implementation and Support Specialist at Datatech Smartsoft. Inc

    Okay, so - something better than InDesign - but no server...

    humm...

    Most "productive" solutions are pulling data from something...

    http://blog.siliconpublishing.com/2010/10/scene7-web-to-print-vs-indesign-server/

    So, I have always liked:

    www.siliconpublishing.com/

    but, one you might peek at is;

    http://www.meadowsps.com/site/marketing/productinfo/designmerge.htm

    Hope that helps !

  • Jon N.

    Jon

    Jon N.

    Jon Nedry - Creative Director specializing in healthcare marketing

    Thanks Michael! I guess what I'm looking for is an InDesign plugin that runs more like a merge (with an Excel or other database document), but has conditional logic, can handle type well, gives me more capabilities for positioning images, etc.

    DesignMerge could be a candidate, but I have to believe that in the 10 plus years since it came out, someone has come up with something better. I've used Printable's tool, and toyed with a few others, but I'm hoping for something that's a bit smarter than what we've seen in the past. Maybe I'm hoping for too much?

  • Amir G.

    Amir

    Amir G.

    Program Manager at HP

    If you are preparing jobs to be printed on HP Indigo presses, use HP SmartStream Designer. An InDesign plug-in, with very wide functionality, including rules logic. You can download evaluation version at www.hp.com/go/SmartStreamDesigner.

  • Tom H.

    Tom

    Tom H.

    Production Solutions Executive at Xerox

    A great plug in for Adobe In-Design is XMPie. They have a tool suite called uDirect Classic which includes logic based rules for how data is merged. Check out their Linked In group XMPie or thier website http://www.xmpie.com for additional information.

  • David

    David W.

    Sales/Marketing at MetroPresort

    I would look at FusionPro. We use the server version but the desktop sounds like what you are looking for and the price is right for a single user.

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