Comentado Thu Mar 1, 2012 2:02PM
if there is any Adobe software in which when I set up changes to a photo & text file that it would automatically make the text changes through selected other files? I do a regular publication in which the indiiduals have their photo on and a greeting. The greeting changes every publication and rather than opening 100 files and copy and pasteing in the new text I was wondering if there was a more automatic system.
Presently I have them set up in Illustrator but could re-set in any Adobe program.
Thank you in advance!
Comentado Thu Mar 1, 2012 11:36PM
Well - any document with a lot of text and pages would be better set up in InDesign rather than Illustrator. I'm not sure, but maybe this might help:
Another thing I might do is utilize the library to drag the same block of text and/or photos into multiple files - or perhaps this is something you could apply to a master page. Though none of these suggestions are automatic. Perhaps someone else knows a better way.
(Edited on 2012-03-20 21:10:15 by mtngigi)
Comentado Fri Mar 2, 2012 1:35AM
It might be better looked at as a Microsoft Word project? Word has lots of automation features for content.
Comentado Tue Mar 6, 2012 4:35PM
I'll check out the link ... there isn't a lot of text its basically a couple paragraphs and I do the main publication aready in InDesign so I will definately check out the supplied link.
Sorry but Microsoft Word ... left me screaming liking a bansheeeeeeeeeeee as that would definately not combine well with the rest of the file but Thank you for your suggestions!
Comentado Wed Mar 7, 2012 10:02AM
Posted By AllThingsCreative:
Sorry but Microsoft Word ... left me screaming liking a bansheeeeeeeeeeee
That's why I can make a living out of it.
Comentado Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:55PM
If the text is the same in all files, a simple way to do this is to use the InCopy route that Anne-Marie describes in the InDesign Secrets post that @mtngigi linked to.
To completely automate the process, though, since it seems to be very standardized across all documents, you could move the text frame to a master page in one document, add all of them to a new book and remove the text on all the normal pages.
In the Book Panel flyout menu, choose "Synchronize Options" and be sure that "Master Pages" is checked. At this point, any time you change the text, you can synchronize all the documents via the Book Panel and the text will be updated throughout.
You don't have to open all the documents, only one of them plus the book panel. Be sure to select the document you changed as the "Style Source" in the Book Panel, select the ones you want to change and click the Synchronize button.
It's your choice at that point whether you want to print them individually or via the book panel.
Comentado Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:04PM
@AllThingsCreative: Word is not a design tool. It's a decent tool for text manipulation, but can't produce professional graphic work under any circumstances -- that's why it drives you crazy if you try to use it for a job like this.