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Tools to help with InDesign Database Publishing

There are plenty of excellent database publishing tools to use with InDesign. Some are built in to the program (XML, Data Merge, for example), and some are provided via third-party plugins and other software. We've collected iinformation about the best of them here, along with additional helpful material such as books and learning resources.

Publishing Catalogues, Directories, Price Lists and so on with InDesign

InDesign is a great tool for producing all kinds of data-based publications such as:

Document type
Name Description

A Designer's Guide to Adobe InDesign and XML


An in-depth look into how you can use XML to automate publishing without learning a lot of scary programming code. Written specifically for graphic designers and production artists who are already comfortable working with InDesign. More info ...

The Designer's Apprentice: Automating Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign in Adobe Creative Suite 3

Adobe Creative Suite 3 has fantastic tools for minimizing the drudgery of graphics production work: The key is to make your computer and Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign do rote tasks for you. And although the concept of automation may sound intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. Learn what automation is, why it’s as natural as breathing, and how it can take over routine work, freeing you up to be creative. More info ...

InDesign Tagged Text Reference
Adobe InDesign Tagged Text Reference Describes how InDesign text tags work and includes a complete tag reference.
InCatalog Enables bi-directional data updating between I:nDesign and a database. Very useful for jobs such as automatic price updates.
Q2ID A plugin that provides a quick, easy and affordable method for you to migrate all your QuarkXPress content into a new Adobe InDesign document.
Running Headers Automatically creates variable page-reflective headers
Xtags Extends the Adobe Text Tags to enable additional features such as picture and text box creaiton and filling,m applying master pages to imported text, and more.
Software CatBase

A very flexible database publishing application which offers many customisable features, such as conditional formatting, mixed formatting, sophisticated, flexible table creation, conditional data selection, and much much more.



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