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Jul 17, 2012 7:27 AM

Hello,

 

The University I'm working for needs to standardize clearance badges for a risk management department. Presently we are using a combination of Excel and some other program to allow us to keep a standard template, and through excel, pull up a new card instantaneously for a person as needed.

 

I'm looking for an Adobe product that could do virtually the same thing, but allow us greater freedom in design. I've complained since day one that name badges are being designed in Excel and this other software (whatever it is) since it severely limits your abilities. Is there an Adobe product that can follow a structured design, with precise measurements, and even allow for quick switching between information such as a name, department, etc. without saving hundreds of files? Or even a combination of programs? Thanks.

 
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    Jul 17, 2012 12:04 PM   in reply to Evan Berrett

    specialist,

     

    It sounds as if Ilustrator and possibly also Acrobat could be a choice.

     

    You can create badges with vector artwork (and images) in Illustrator and make systematic changes there, and you could use the option of saving to PDF with the option of anyone being able to make simpler (text) changes in Acrobat or even reader.

     

    Depending on the artwork, you could also consider Pohotoshop for the creation of the badges.

     

    You may ask for more specific guidance in the Illustrator forum,

    http://forums.adobe.com/community/illustrator/illustrator_general?view =discussions#/?per_page=100

     

    or the Photoshop forum,

    http://forums.adobe.com/community/photoshop/general?view=discussions

     
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    Jul 17, 2012 1:53 PM   in reply to Evan Berrett

    specialist,

     

    I am a bit unsure about

     

    call up a name

     

    Can you elaborate?

     
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    Jul 17, 2012 2:23 PM   in reply to Evan Berrett

    specialist,

     

    This may be one for one of the Acrobat forums here,

     

    http://forums.adobe.com/community/acrobat

     

    maybe Acrobat SDK or Creating, Editing & Exporting PDFs.

     
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    Jul 18, 2012 8:54 AM   in reply to Evan Berrett

    There are certain LiveCycle Products that can certainly do what you want, but that is what we call expensive if that is the only task it is going to be used for. Certainly, data can be imported via a script from Excel, SQL, or other source and imported into form fields in an Acrobat form and printed. While I am not a big fan of Excel and would probably be happy to use FileMaker for the task (after all we are talking about a database task here). Using Excel or Word isn't terrible, it is only a badge.

     
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    Aug 30, 2012 10:54 AM   in reply to Evan Berrett

    Why Don't you design the art of the badges on Adobe Photoshop rather then any other software. This will be very help full and easy to get your work done professionally. All the Printing Company uses this software in order to get the good results.

     
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    Sep 13, 2012 7:11 AM   in reply to Evan Berrett

    How about InDesign for creating the badges and use Data Merge to pull from the Excel document?

     
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    Sep 25, 2012 11:49 PM   in reply to Evan Berrett

    I am doing my animation in Arena and we are using Adobe Photoshop,Illustator,Dreamviewer for designer.I recommend adobe products.If u need cheap designer click here.

     

     
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    Oct 11, 2012 10:34 AM   in reply to Evan Berrett

    In the past I've worked with clients on creating certificates and awards where I faced a similar issue.

     

    A solution that worked for me was designing in Adobe Illustrator where more creative freedom is allowed, then I would import my files into InDesign. Once using InDesign I would switch in the necessary elements (name, picture, etc.) and save accordingly. The "Place" feature in InDesign is specifically useful if your interchanging images.

     

    I hope this is helpful.

     

    Daniel Ordonez

    www.danielordonezdesign.com

     
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    Oct 17, 2012 11:48 AM   in reply to Evan Berrett

    I'm the music business and sometime we have to make "Backstage" passes" and "Access All Area" passes with a bar code or a name on it. None of us is a professional designer, and we are very happy doing this with Photoshop Express. We had a trail version of Illustrator and it is a very powerful program, but I think it may be a bit over the top for what you would need it. It can be intimidating with all of the options. Just the humble view of a composer of instrumental music and surely no specialist in this field, but I hope it helps !

     

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    May 27, 2013 12:35 AM   in reply to Evan Berrett

    Adobe Illustrator, i think is a good solution for your situation.

     

    Regards

    WTV3D

    http://www.wtv3d.org/

     
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    Jun 21, 2013 5:02 PM   in reply to Sternos

    I think that using simple symbol to make it less stressful when viewing

      

    Robert Hai

    http://vnbacsi.com

     
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