Form Letters in inDesign with iCloud Contacts?

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Dec 21, 2021 Dec 21, 2021

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I would like to create a form letter in Indesign and use my iCloud contacts as a source, is there a way that I don't have to import and export several times?

So far I am exporting my Contact with the App to VCF then use an online tool to convert them co CSV then I open up the CSV in Excel and epsort them into a txt with semicolon seperation, the source is then accepted but the german vowel mutations (ö,ä,ü,ß) are removed or exchanged for other letters.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Dec 21, 2021 Dec 21, 2021

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Export your Contacts as a Unicode 8-UTF text file

 

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/767666

 

 

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Dec 21, 2021 Dec 21, 2021

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Is there a reason you need to use InDesign? 

 

If email or PDF, Microsoft Word or a program such as FileMaker Pro.

Word can access iCloud contacts and do mail merge.

FileMaker Pro would have to import the contacts into database fields.

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Dec 23, 2021 Dec 23, 2021

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I use it also for personalized greeting cards so I need it to work in InDesign as well.

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Dec 23, 2021 Dec 23, 2021

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You didn't really mention how you plan on distributing the cards, but I'm assuming via email.

You can build your card in AI, save out as a PNG, place in Word, and merge. 

 

You can certainly do the merge in ID and export, but you will have to send separately. 

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Dec 22, 2021 Dec 22, 2021

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Thank you both for the useful information. I will test out the Unicode 8-UTF export as well as the way using MS Word.

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