Using placeholders and variable data templates, you can easily combine static and dynamic content, for example, automatically integrate varying barcodes or customized logos into your production workflow, without having to stop or slow down the printing process.
Dynamic content can be integrated into a printing run by inserting data fields which serve as placeholders for variable data values. These data fields can be used at arbitrary places in your layout. Before printing, the placeholders are replaced by the variable data values (= the content which can consist of text and images).
For most variable data printing, a simple tab-delimited text file containing the text content and the location of the images is sufficient.
How to print variable data
1. Create a template with placeholders for images and variables for text which you want to have dynamically replaced.
2. Create a corresponding tab-delimited text file containing the text content and the location of the images.
3. Choose File > Combine. The Combine dialog is displayed.
4. Activate the option Import Variable Values.
5. Click on the browse button and select the tab-delimited text file.
6. Click OK.
Both files will be “combined” so that the placeholders and variables are replaced by the content.
Using placeholders for dynamic content.
Text file containing the text content and image locations.
Final document with replaced content.