Only available in version with Variable Data Printing Extension.
The practical use of a Variable Data Printing Extension consists of two steps: the first is the data source definition and the second is the use of data from that source. A file containing records (rows in Excel for example) can be used as a data source, where each record contains individual fields (Excel columns for example). The file must be in text format, individual records and fields must be separated by specified characters. These delimiters can be defined and the data file can be selected in the Data Import palette. A typical file is .csv, where the fields can be delimited by a comma (or a semicolon or a tab) and the records by end of line (enter). This format can be easily exported, for example, from Excel or from most database applications. Fields and records can be also delimited by other characters. It is possible to use a * .txt file exported from Word for example, where individual fields can be delimited by enter and records by two enters.
Data from this source can be used in text or as a PDF or image name. You can use references to individual data file fields (these references are replaced with the data from a file when rendering and exporting), as well as the field you can use as the image name. Data can be used in Variable Data, Numbering & Custom Marks mode. Turn on this mode by clicking the button on the Marks palette, using the toolbar button or the edit menu. You can then insert the text using the AB button on the Info palette. After clicking the Properties & Var. data button the Text properties palette appears. Here, the text can be combined with the [FIELD1], [FIELD2], etc., inserted using the drop-down list. If the data file contains names of images or PDF files, use the PDF button on the Info palette and select a field containing the image name.
You can use several references to the data file (text marks or custom pdfs), e.g. one for an image, another for a name, another for an address, etc. Of course, for the correct synchronization of values used in the marks the same mark properties must be set – assignment to positions or to the sheet and the display properties must be the same, while using the two-sided sheet must also be suitably set displaying on the front and back, on the front only or on the back only.
You can use two repeat modes of pages for imposition if there are not enough pages to use all records from the data file. In that case, either only the last page is repeated, or after the last page is used, the first page is used as the following, followed by all the other pages for imposition (imposition will start from begin again).
See the example of the use at www.montax-imposer.com/how-to.