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Catalogue Plugins Reccommendations?

Explorer ,
Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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Hi there,

Is there any Designer willing to share with me any reccomendation about plugins to make automatic impaginations?

 

I need to be able to wait unitl the last minute and then throw everything into the mounth of the software, I did some experimentation with ConTeXt (which is another dialect to TeX) but it is too difficult to me.

 

The catalogs I work with are pretty visual, with a lot of pictures of products of any sizes, I need something that is able to modifiy the layout accordingly. This is a niche inside InDesign so it is very difficult to find online reliable sources but also articles you may consider worthy are welcomed!

 

Thanks in advance,

D. 

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Community Expert ,
Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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Have you had a look at this one

 

http://emsoftware.com/products/emcatalog/

 

 

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Explorer ,
Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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Hi,

thanks for your reply I stepped into that one, looks promising although their website doesn't show any documentation.

I'd like to find a product that thinks as a designer and not as a programmer (like for instance ConTeXt) otherwise we need a programmer to perform the automation and the logic behind. 

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Community Expert ,
Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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Ok then - there's a free 2 week trial on the InCatalog one. Worth a try.

 

There's also this one I forgot about

https://www.65bit.com/software/easycatalog/

 

 

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Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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Do you have any direct experience with any of those?

What would be your favorite one?

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Community Expert ,
Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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Personally - I do not - but in 15+ odd years on these forums these 2 have always been recommended. 

 

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Explorer ,
Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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Gotcha! Well I'll investigate about both!

Thank you very much!

D.

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If neither of those meets your needs, EasyCatalog is another good option. 

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Explorer ,
Nov 03, 2022 Nov 03, 2022

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Quick update, the manuals and the tutorials of InCatalog where in the website my bad...

I skimmed those and to me the emphasys is put more on the accurancy of the text fields rather than to fluid/automatic layout.

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Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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Maybe something custom made would be better?

 

Can automate anything - as long as it doesn't require A.I.

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