Import from anywhere

Import from anywhere

Import your data from something as simple as a text file, directly from an ODBC-compatible database via the optional ODBC Data Provider module or from an XML file or URL feed using the XML Data Provider module.

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Manipulate and format your data

Manipulate and format your data

Data is displayed in a spreadsheet-style panel within InDesign – format, sort, group and query your data right from within InDesign.

You don’t need to return to the source of your data to do something as simple as sorting or querying your data – manipulate your data to show just the records you want to work with.

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Link to your document

Link to your document

Link your data to  InDesign document content – both text and pictures can be imported at the click of a button.

By creating a link from your database to your document you can ensure that your document always contains the latest information from your data.

The link is bi-directional, so you can modify the data in the document. For instance, if you find your source data to be in error, you can modify it in the document and update the source data to ensure the error never reoccurs.

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Dynamic Libraries and Document Templates

Dynamic Libraries and Document Templates

See InDesign libraries come alive with EasyCatalog! By including Field Specifiers — placeholders that show EasyCatalog where and how to insert field content — in your library designs they will be automatically populated with live data when dragged to the page.

Construct complex, design-oriented, pages in seconds containing data from your data source. It’s as simple as selecting data in your EasyCatalog panel and dragging the library item to the page.

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Insert Tabular Data

Insert Tabular Data

Creating InDesign tables has never been so easy. Use your EasyCatalog data panel to define the running order of records and fields, and hit the insert button. A new InDesign table will be inserted in the document, containing your live, linked, data.

Tables stored in EasyCatalog libraries will also be populated with linked data with the number of rows in the table prototype being adjusted to accommodate the amount of data you’ve selected in the panel.

Complex tables created from an XML structure can also be created using the optional XML Data Provider module.

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Check for Errors

Check for Errors

EasyCatalog can check the integrity of your documents to ensure the document content matches the source data.

Eliminate costly mistakes by checking the document for errors – EasyCatalog will highlight fields in the document and in the panel whose content does not match the original data.

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Update the Document

Update the Document

If your data has changed at the last-minute, EasyCatalog can automatically update your document – or all of the documents contained within an InDesign book. Any formatting you have applied will be preserved where possible.

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Who uses EasyCatalog?

Our catalogue, which was over 750 pages this year, was previously done by hand. Not only does EasyCatalog reduce the risk of human error, but its extensive range of features, shortcuts and multi-purpose applications meant that the production time was more than halved. If you have any database publishing needs, from product catalogues to price lists, you should definitely consider EasyCatalog as a solution. We did, and we’ll never look back.
Adam BeardowHead Graphic DesignerTrilanco LtdUK