2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 15, 2011 7:37 AM by peter minneapolis

    Best Practice - how to populate print & digital layout template

    [spacecowboy]

      Greetings,

      I'm new at this so not even sure what to put as the title. Let me know if I should update it to something clearer.

       

      I need to create a small booklet that consists of personal profile pages. I imagine I can design a template layout in InDesign and then populate the fields with data from a form. Something like a mail merge in Word. Is this possible? Can I send out PDF forms to people and then use the forms to populate the InDesign template?

       

      I would also like to have the data feed a separate layout for a digital booklet mobile app. What software would be able to do that?

       

      Thanks in advance for any feedback and assistance.

        • 1. Re: Best Practice - how to populate print & digital layout template
          John Hawkinson Level 5

          Given a spreadsheet of data, you can produce multiple similar InDesign pages with variant data. See the help for Data merge.

           

          I dont' know about PDF forms. I mean, certainly you can can send out PDF forms and I'm sure you can get the PDF form result data into a spreadsheet, it would be fairly useless otherwise...but perhaps someone else can offer specifics.

          • 2. Re: Best Practice - how to populate print & digital layout template
            peter minneapolis Level 4

            [spacecowboy] wrote:

             

            Greetings,

            I'm new at this so not even sure what to put as the title. Let me know if I should update it to something clearer.

             

            I need to create a small booklet that consists of personal profile pages. I imagine I can design a template layout in InDesign and then populate the fields with data from a form. Something like a mail merge in Word. Is this possible? Can I send out PDF forms to people and then use the forms to populate the InDesign template?

             

            I would also like to have the data feed a separate layout for a digital booklet mobile app. What software would be able to do that?

             

            Thanks in advance for any feedback and assistance.

            You can design forms in Acrobat that have a submit button that sends the collected data to a receiving server where a script does the processing. You can also specify that the data is extracted and sent via email to a recipient. Search Google for terms like "acrobat retrieve data from pdf manage forms data spreadsheet" without quotes for details.

             

            HTH

             

            Regards,

             

            Peter

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