This ? has to have been asked before, sorry I did not find in multiple searches.
Is there a way to send a data merge directly to a printer?
I have a data merged postcard with variable images on front and address info. on back for 20,000 records.
Creating merged doc. or exporting pdf will produce a 40,000 page document if it actually succeeds.
Is it possible? Any help is much appreciated!
PS I'm on CS5
Nope. That's the way Data Merge works. It's primitive, but it's free. A real in-the-printstream solution is certainly a possibility for many commercial printers, but such modules are not inexpensive.
On the Indesign side, when you are ready to merge, from the flyout select export to PDF. This method creates just a PDF not an intermediate Indesign doc. And direct the PDF to a printer hot folder.
As for your DFE, I can not direct you specifically with either an EFI or Creo DFE (and the many versions) that drive the Xerox 1000. However, both solutions will have the ability to share a folder, and once a PDF is copied to folder, you will need to select PDF to process, and the process might already be setup as an automatic function.