9 Replies Latest reply on Feb 5, 2017 3:14 AM by Zaid Al Hilali

    Ticket Numbering




      I am creating a file in inDesign for a client that is asking for numbered tickets. They'd like to be able to print a specific number for each ticket. I've read some of the older answers for similar questions that refer to Data Merge, but I'd prefer not to take that route if avoidable. What I'd ultimately like to do is create a space for the numbers to go, select the number of pages within the Print menu, and have the spaces populate with the corresponding numbers while printing.


      If this is not possible within inDesign, is it possible in Acrobat? If neither, is there a program or script that would allow me to do this?


      Much thanks

        • 1. Re: Ticket Numbering
          Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          It's neither possible in InDesign nor in Acrobat in the way you describe. The best answer is to create the numbers in Excel and use Data Merge.


          If you want to explore the scripting route, I'd suggest asking in the InDesign Scripting forum:


          InDesign Scripting

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          • 2. Re: Ticket Numbering
            Sandee Cohen Adobe Community Professional

            It depends what the design is for the tickets. But if you set up primary text frames, linked for the area for the numbers, you can create a numbered list with the numbering format you want. Then, just pour in a whole load of paragraph returns that have that numbered list applied. And make sure each numbered paragraph is set to start in the next column.


            I haven't tested it since I don't know your layout, but it should work.


            As far as printing goes, you could just set the first of the numbered list to start at the number you want and then print just those pages.

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            • 3. Re: Ticket Numbering
              Marie_D Level 1
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              • 4. Re: Ticket Numbering
                vinny38 Level 4


                Can you tell us more about what you are calling "specific number", is it just 00001, 00002, etc... (I guess not, that would be just too easy ^^)

                Please also provide a screenshot of your design, that could help

                • 5. Re: Ticket Numbering
                  BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                  Let's not overthink this one, folks.


                  Create the numbers in Excel (shouldn't take more than a minute or two). Save it as a text file.


                  Create the text frame for the numbers in InDesign and if there are more than one ticket per page, link them. Place the text file into the first frame with a shift click to auto flow and create new pages.

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                  • 6. Re: Ticket Numbering
                    BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                    Hit send too soon:


                    Some tips to make this easier:


                    Create a paragraph style for the numbers and have them always start in a new frame. Create an object style for the frame and assign the paragraph style to the object style.

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                    • 7. Re: Ticket Numbering
                      jonathanh43333500 Level 1

                      Thanks everyone for your time and comments. What I was hoping to avoid was having to render out every ticket inDesign before printing. Seems like that is unavoidable. I'll try the way you folks have suggested, thanks again.

                      • 8. Re: Ticket Numbering
                        BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                        That’s known as variable data printing.

                        • 9. Re: Ticket Numbering
                          Zaid Al Hilali Adobe Community Professional

                          I'm experimenting on a technique I read in InDesign magazine by Stefano Bernardi which may work. It is as follows…

                          1. Create a text frame on the Master page, while dragging, split the frame horizontally and vertically using arrows on the keyboard (Gridify your frame), this way all frames are threaded, you may do the same on both pages of the Masters (Spread) but make sure you link last frame of left Master page and first text frame of right Master page.

                          2. Create a Paragraph Style for the sequential numbers, in the left pane, click on Bullets and Numbering to access its options and change it as per below screenshot.


                          3. In left pane, click on Keep options, and change Start Paragraph option as below, and hit OK.


                          4.  Type tool, place insertion cursor in the first text frame on page 1, (remember this frame is on the Master), apply your paragraph style you've just created, press and hold Return button as this will apply Paragraph Style and the cursor will jump to next frame.

                          Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 3.09.53 PM.png


                          5. What I did more, I changed InDesign's Type preferences for Text reflow so InDesign would add and delete pages as needed automatically.