EasyCatalog Support & Reference Guide

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Getting started with EasyCatalog

Introducing EasyCatalog

Getting started with your automated catalog

Downloading and installing Adobe InDesign

Detailed instructions for installing EasyCatalog

Navigating EasyCatalog components within InDesign

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InDesign concepts for EasyCatalog-based catalogs

InDesign fundamentals for catalog production

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Workflow design

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Sourcing & loading product data

EasyCatalog can import data from a CSV file, spreadsheet or XML file as well as linking to data held in a business database via ODBC.

Introducing the EasyCatalog panel

Loading or updating data in an EasyCatalog panel

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Product management principles

Managing detailed product information for thousands of products (Coming soon)

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Managing product images

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Choosing a layout

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EasyCatalog for teams

If your workflow includes multiple designers, graphic operators or contributors.

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Creating automated pages

EasyCatalog can easily create grid and flow layouts based on your design preferences.

Creating automated content using ‘Paginate Into Text Flow’

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Creating content templates

EasyCatalog uses an enhanced version of an InDesign library file to hold pre-prepared layouts, including field specifiers for product and category data.

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Controlling content using Pagination Rules

EasyCatalog includes powerful features to control your templated content.

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Creating tables using EasyCatalog

EasyCatalog allows you to create table-based catalogs quickly and easily.

Creating simple tables with EasyCatalog

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Updating data

Managing data updates

EasyCatalog provides separate methods for updating data in both directions between the source data, EasyCatalog panel and document.


Managing large documents

InDesign prefers book files for >20 pages. EasyCatalog has specific tools to integrate.

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Creating an index/table of contents

Which table of contents method is right for my catalog?

Creating an index using EasyCatalog

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Advanced data management

Tidying your data with EasyCatalog data cleansing

Using regular expressions (REGEX) with EasyCatalog data cleansing

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EasyCatalog Panel Flyout Menu

The EasyCatalog Panel Flyout Menu allows you to control all aspects of EasyCatalog.

Commonly used items include:

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EasyCatalog Field Options

Data fields within the EasyCatalog Panel can be configured to control data types & formatting, picture options and advanced data cleansing.


EasyCatalog Pagination Rules

Pagination Rules are used to control the way your layout templates are merged with your product data.

Commonly used items include:

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EasyCatalog Custom Fields

EasyCatalog includes powerful functionality to allow you to organise, manipulate and extend your data.

Transform and supplement your data with EasyCatalog Custom Fields


EasyCatalog Computed Fields

Computed Fields are similar to Custom Fields, however the field transformation is applied directly to the EasyCatalog library item. Depending on your application, this can reduce the complexity and number of your Custom Fields.

Should I use a Custom Field or a Computed Field to transform my data?

Custom Field and Computed Field function reference


EasyCatalog Book Menu

EasyCatalog includes an additional menu available via InDesign’s book menu. Many common features can be applied to either the whole InDesign book, or to selected documents.

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