Using the EasyCatalog Pagination Module, configure templates that define how each record should appear, and EasyCatalog will automatically position them on the document. The template used to set each record can also be determined at pagination time by indicators in the data — ideal when your data has an associated ‘style’ field. You can also specify templates for the pagination of groups, so for instance, you can automatically insert headers into the document.
The running order of records is determined by the EasyCatalog panel – use the sorting, grouping and filtering features to create the sequence of records to paginate.
EasyCatalog Pagination Module offers Flow-based Pagination
So named because it flows Product Styles into a standard InDesign text flow – each Product Style appearing as an anchored box. By applying pagination rules, via the EasyCatalog Pagination Rules panel, individual boxes in the style can be configured to expand or contract to fit the amount of content.
This simplest form of pagination, yet one of the most powerful, flow-based pagination is suitable for many applications where records are simply flowed into the document one after another. If data is grouped in the panel, EasyCatalog can also insert Product Styles for each of the groups, allowing group headers to be inserted, for example.
Where you data contains positional information, such as X and Y co-ordinates, EasyCatalog will position your record templates on the document automatically.
Other add-on modules are available for more advanced features including:
- ODBC Data Provider for creating two-way links to a database including FileMaker and Access (this requires setup with the OS)
- Relational for working with multiple data sources
- XML Data Provider for importing data directly from an XML file
EasyCatalog for InDesign is a Plug-in (for both Mac and Windows) that offers a truly simple, intuitive drag-and-drop interface. As the name implies, EasyCatalog is easy to set up and use. Simply connect to a datasource, insert placeholders into your document from the EasyCatalog Panel, apply formatting as you usually would to design elements, group related elements together into a “Product Style,” store your Product Styles in an EasyCatalog Library, and then populate copies of your product styles with records from your database.