HOW CAN I LINK AN EXCEL TO INDESIGN?

There are three approaches used widely for linking Excel with InDesign.
And then there is Pagination. Let’s look at a comparison table.

Features

Ease of Use
Layout Development
Pagination Speed
Support
Spreadsheet Import
Basic Relationships
Advanced Relationships
Media Assets (jpg, png, ai, psd)
Place Command Options
Excel, CSV
InDesign Data Merge
CSV, TXT
InDesign XML Import
XML
Pagination
Excel, CSV, TXT, XML

Place Command Options

Pro

The Place command is a method of importing data from Excel to an InDesign document. It can be used with Excel and InDesign tables to paginate documents such as simple price lists and business cards. However, Place command options are best used in the population and updating of product sheet tables, since one of the features that this method offers is the creation and maintenance of the links between spreadsheet files and the InDesign document.

Cons

The Place command has a relatively limited feature set. This restricts its application to projects with only the most simple requirements. Check how Pagination combines the Place command’s ease of use with a much broader range of possibilities.

InDesign Data Merge

Pro

InDesign’s Data Merge tool is a standard method for paginating spreadsheets into business card batches, yearbooks, certificates, price lists and product sheets.

Cons

One of Data Merge’s main weaknesses is the need to prepare spreadsheets to InDesign’s exact import specifications. Only .csv and .txt files can be imported, and the conversion process can be daunting, complex, and prone to errors. Check how Pagination offers solutions that eliminate the need for conversion and significantly extend the Data Merge tool’s overall feature set.

InDesign XML Import

Pro

Importing XML files into InDesign enables you to automate almost any kind of layout. Text, graphics, attributes and tables can all be used to create complex documents such as calendars, multi-hierarchy price lists and technical catalogs. Pairing an XML import with JavaScript provides even more layout and automation possibilities.

Cons

XML requires a steep learning curve, and a dedicated team can be required to establish, maintain and troubleshoot the logic behind even relatively simple operations. This high barrier to entry and long-term resource commitment should be considered before using XML on any challenging database publishing or variable data printing project. Discover how Pagination offers the same high customization levels as XML but with far greater ease of use.

Pagination

Pro

Pagination is a cloud database publishing service that allows you to create, within seconds, documents in PDF and InDesign from any kind of data source, such as Excel, CSV, MySQL, XML, or exports from corporate databases. The speed and ease of use (you do not need any kind of initial training) have made it one of the world’s most popular tools, used by marketing teams and advertising agencies to develop their own publishing projects. Pagination does not require installation; you can access it from any device, any browser or operating system anywhere and at any time. It’s commonly used to create catalogs, price lists, circulars, product sheets, and look books from all types of documents whose information resides in a database or in one or more spreadsheets.

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