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Quote from: DigiCorn on February 07, 2024, 02:23:53 AMDon't they have tech support for a reason? I once had a job... The Polar Express. It's a special event every Christmas season by the CSRM (California State Railroad Museum). They run an old train in honor of the movie (and play the movie on screens inside) for November and December 4x a day, 4 days a week. It's the hottest ticket in town; you have to be a member of the museum society for at least a year to get an advanced purchase. It usually sells out for the season in the first 5 minutes. Once upon a time, it was my job to make the tickets. The tickets CANNOT AND MUST NOT EVER be resold and if they find out you bought them from someone else, the tickets are immediately voided and unusable. There were 6 cars (IIRC). Each car's ticket had a different image. There were 4 runs per day. Each run had a different color. Each car had an assigned seat with a unique code/number. Each car had a different number of seats. Each ticket was imprinted with a different date and time. Then, we had a hologram sticker printed that had to be manually applied to each ticket to prevent counterfeiting. Essentially, IIRC, there were something like 56,000+ tickets to be printed, and each ticket was unique.

I did this in FusionPro, and before I even started the job, I had to program an Excel file - they didn't supply one. I usually got the job at the start of September, and the tickets went on sale the first of October, so it had to be deliverable after that. It usually took a day to create the Excel file, and then 2 days to program the code in FusionPro for the color background swap, the car image swap, the dates, times, car numbers and unique barcode. It ran digital on 120# stock 4/4 and had to back up perfectly with no skew. After approved, it took about 2 days to run, and about 2-3 days in bindery because they always miscut and we had to rerun random tickets.

Originally it was like 768 separate files (6 cars x 4 times a day x 4 times a week x 8 weeks) because I wasn't smart enough to figure out all the proper programming. Then I enlisted the FusionPro guys to help, and we got it down to a single file, but had to export it in 768 files, but luckily, that's one export. I don't even remember if these are the correct numbers, but I'm using it as an example of how complex the job was. Until you deal with something like this, I am the VDP God.
I hear ya, had a few doozies over the years but not as challenging as this. If you ever get back into it and they ask you for a backfield file if the job has a scanline on it, Joe (and now me) could help you.


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The dumpster was immediately removed.
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