my work does them often and uses indesign to do this in conjunction with a free script called "indy's number generator".
it works using the data merge feature. won't go into specifics or a tutorial here but it can be done.
Right, that approach is discussed in the post Steve linked to.
But it is not VDP.
Where can I find a tutorial with this program?
Are you looking for an InDesign tutorial?
I suggest Sandee Cohen's inexpensive Peachpit Press book "InDesign CS5 QuickStart Guide" (there are editions for earlier versions of InDesign as well).
InDesign is much too deep and complex an application to be covered in a simple tutorial.
Of course, there's the free Help file (Help > InDesign Help) but you'll never learn the program that way. It's just a reference for specific topics.
Actually I was trying to respond to CDFlash regarding a tutorial on the "Indys Number Generator" program.
Sorry for the confusion.
on the indystimer website there is no set of instructions or tutorials but the script is only used to generate the range of numbers that I want for the database e.g. 000201-000500. this can be done in excel too but i just find the indysnumbergenerator a lot quicker.
in terms of actually making a datamerge, see the adobe tutorial http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/indesign/articles/indcs2at_datamerge.html
to make a datamerge so that the end result is pages printed single sided but in duplicate so the records appear:
pdf page 1 - record 1 top sheet
pdf page 2 - record 1 bottom sheet
pdf page 3 - record 2 top sheet
pdf page 4 - record 2 bottom sheet...
is to design the merge on one page including the variable data, BUT once it is finished, duplicate the page from the pages palette so that there is now two pages in the file. when exported to PDF via the data merge as above should result.
is this what the OP is after?
3 years later, I just found the Indys Number Generator after reading an article at InDesignSecrets.com. The writer provides the missing tutorial:
Also mentioned and linked is another free script for numbering called Lottery Numbers.
WAIT A MINUTE! I just realized the author of the article is the above poster CD Flashman! He must really like that script.