Variable Data Import Palette

Data importThis palette is only available with Variable Data Printing Extension.

This palette is used to define a data file for Variable Data Printing. You can select the file, clear the name of the file and read the file again if it has been changed in an external application. Button Default PDF dir allows you to define additional folder for files if any field contains PDF or image name and this field is used as a data source for print variable images (PDF option on the Info palette in Variable, Numbering & Custom marks mode).

Additionally it is possible to define fields and records delimiters. For data exported from Excel in csv format use semicolon and enter. However, other delimiters can be used depending on the structure of the data file. For example a file exported from Word can be used, where individual fields can be separated by end of line (enter) and records can be separated by two enters.

For character encoding option automatic encoding recognition is best suited (for Unicode and default system encoding). If records and fields are recognized, content of the file is displayed in a table. Otherwise only preview of the contents is displayed without splitting into fields and records.

ProHot version only: if you use variable data in the template for hotfolders, there are two options for using a data file: if the file is selected on this palette, this selected file is always used. If the file is not selected, the *.txt or *.csv file must be saved in the hotfolder (name of the file can be arbitrary). This file will be used as data file. Use Clear button to cancel the file selection; the fields and records delimiters definitions and the default pdf dir are also considered if no data file is selected. This file must be saved before the imposition begins, i.e. before the pdf for imposition is saved.