> I could renumber tombstones easier.
Earlier on you strongly objected to dead numbers. Tombstones are pretty dead, for more than one reason actually.
Yes, InDesign is a professional layout program. No, that doesn't include numbering decks of cards. It's kind of hard to "blame" Adobe for overlooking that market, but you pull it off convincingly enough.
Why do you need the numbers "alive" anyway? If you make these cards on a regular basis, make a blank template of 104 pages (oh, sorry -- "52 pages") and type them in by hand. Save as template file, and as long as InDesign can open that particular file, you'll have your numbers ready just the way you like'em.
Thanks for the complement.
My biggest problem is "maintenance," which means adding, deleting, and moving cards around. In all cases, the deck has to then be renumbered, so that a fresh printing produces a cohesive, in-order deck. Just like other textbooks, the information that used to be on page 33 in one edition now appears on page 37. The cards do not have all the same layout. I usually have about five major layouts per deck. Thus, there is no way I know of to "flow" text from a textfile into a set of templates to build an entire deck.
Imagine that you produced textbooks, including indexes, internal references and TOC. But ... the software you used had no way to number pages. And if you decided to hand number pages in, say, Thailand, those page numbers were dead text strings and could not be used to auto-generated a TOC or Index. What would you do?
This would be a lot easier with a Work & Turn layout instead of sheetwise, Any possibility of doing that?
I've thought about that. From a layout perspective -- definitely easier. However, all printers (that I know) charge "per impression" -- for both digital printing and offset. Two passes through a press is prohibitively expensive. My printers all want a "press ready" PDF file that is just load and go.
so it runs on a perfecting press and prints both sides in one pass? I actually don't think it would cost any more to make the same set of plates twice and run it that way, unless this is 4/1.