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Topic: Xmpie or Fusion Pro (Read 1838 times) previous topic - next topic

Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #15
If you are anywhere close or are already going to Print18 in Chicago, I know FusionPro will be there, since their headquarters are located in Illinois. It's a good chance to talk to the nerds. And I'm sure if you contact them before the show, they can arrange a hands on demo there.
Mac • Prinergy 8 • Preps 8 • RBA • Fusion Pro

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"Those who make you mad, control you."

Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #16
So I guess, even though you're in Acrobat, the available fonts would match the ones you are using in Indesign?
It is kind of fussy about fonts, but you can always copy the font to the system folder, do the job, and remove it when done if in a pinch. I've had to do this for some IMBCs.
"I'm not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells."
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“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
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Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #17
If you are anywhere close or are already going to Print18 in Chicago, I know FusionPro will be there, since their headquarters are located in Illinois. It's a good chance to talk to the nerds. And I'm sure if you contact them before the show, they can arrange a hands on demo there.

Well it's about a 7 hour drive from here so unless my boss springs for a flight, hotel room, meals and an extra day off I won't be going. Thanks anyways.

Plus, I'm not sure if I could cross the border to the US these days. I smoked pot about 30 years ago.



Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #18
If you are anywhere close or are already going to Print18 in Chicago, I know FusionPro will be there, since their headquarters are located in Illinois. It's a good chance to talk to the nerds. And I'm sure if you contact them before the show, they can arrange a hands on demo there.

Well it's about a 7 hour drive from here so unless my boss springs for a flight, hotel room, meals and an extra day off I won't be going. Thanks anyways.

Plus, I'm not sure if I could cross the border to the US these days. I smoked pot about 30 years ^minutes ago.
*fixed!
"I'm not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells."
– Richard Pryor

“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #19
If you are anywhere close or are already going to Print18 in Chicago, I know FusionPro will be there, since their headquarters are located in Illinois. It's a good chance to talk to the nerds. And I'm sure if you contact them before the show, they can arrange a hands on demo there.

Well it's about a 7 hour drive from here so unless my boss springs for a flight, hotel room, meals and an extra day off I won't be going. Thanks anyways.

Plus, I'm not sure if I could cross the border to the US these days. I smoked potatoes about 30 years ago.

* now it's fixed. They won't know a thing.
Mac • Prinergy 8 • Preps 8 • RBA • Fusion Pro

"Your superior intellect is no match for our puny weapons!" - Homer J. Simpson

"Those who make you mad, control you."

Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #20
If you are anywhere close or are already going to Print18 in Chicago, I know FusionPro will be there, since their headquarters are located in Illinois. It's a good chance to talk to the nerds. And I'm sure if you contact them before the show, they can arrange a hands on demo there.

Well it's about a 7 hour drive from here so unless my boss springs for a flight, hotel room, meals and an extra day off I won't be going. Thanks anyways.

Plus, I'm not sure if I could cross the border to the US these days. I smoked potatoes about 30 years ago.

* now it's fixed. They won't know a thing.

That might explain the drain bamage.


Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #21
Another thing to consider between the InDesign plugins (XMPie, SmartStream, DesignMerge) is that while you're processing the job you can't use InDesign. With FusionPro all of the work is done in Acrobat, but there's a separate application that does the processing so you're machine isn't tied up. There are server versions of XMPie and SmartStream, but I'm pretty sure you need to add at least a zero to the price.

FusionPro does kind of suck when it tries to keep formatting though. Leading, font sizes, colors, line breaks, forced caps, etc. need to be double checked.

As far as scripting languages, I would say FusionPro and JS is much easier than QLingo. If you need a custom javascript to let's say change a dollar amount to words instead of numbers (like on a check), you can just google for it and it'll probably be on stackoverflow for you to copy and paste. To do that in QLingo would require a lot more expertise in programming. We frequently do jobs in excess of 100,000 records with multiple pages in FP.


Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #22
Does anyone know if fusion pro would support multilple data files? Even being able to use 2 at once would be useful.


Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #23
Does anyone know if fusion pro would support multilple data files? Even being able to use 2 at once would be useful.

I haven't done it, but have read about it, on the forum. I've included a link to the forum below.

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Mac • Prinergy 8 • Preps 8 • RBA • Fusion Pro

"Your superior intellect is no match for our puny weapons!" - Homer J. Simpson

"Those who make you mad, control you."

Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #24
Does anyone know if fusion pro would support multilple data files? Even being able to use 2 at once would be useful.
Obviously, I've had it recall multiple variable image files. I haven't used it for multiple data, though.
"I'm not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells."
– Richard Pryor

“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
― Ernest Hemingway

 

Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #25
Does anyone know if fusion pro would support multilple data files? Even being able to use 2 at once would be useful.

If you mean cross referencing data files, yes. You just create a rule to load the external data file "OnJobStart", then another rule to find the matching row or rows and return the value.

Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #26
Just uninstalled the FP demo, it was just way too buggy on my Mac. Couldn't get the rules to work right, it did not recognize the fonts i used in the .indd document to test.

I can only say that working through acrobat is not a good option on my Mac. I have Pitstop and Quite Imposing installed so that's just another layer of complexity....and acrobat has been buggy on this machine to say the least.

I watched the demo then gave it a whole 3 hours of playing around which produced about 10 more gray hairs. From the positive comments I read here I am not saying it's a bad product, if it worked properly, I would definately like to use it.

Back to the drawing board. I looked at the DesignMerge website and their pricing is very bizzare. Just give me one cost for something that works and not break everything down into modules!

I hope there's another option out there in under the 2 grand range cause that's about all we have to work with.

Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #27
If you're feeling wacky, try reading through the thread on the Affinity forums about people wanting Data Merge functions in their newest app. They don't have it, but people mention some other software I wasn't aware that does do data, and fairly well apparently.
A little diddie ‘bout black 'n cyan...two reflective colors doin’ the best they can.

Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #28
You'll have to go back and look at a post I had on FP a while back. There's a certain order to install, so they all play nice. It works well, provided you activate fonts correctly as well. And I think there's a backup font activation protocol built in to FP to "force" it if it's not seeing something correctly.
"I'm not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells."
– Richard Pryor

“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Re: Xmpie or Fusion Pro

Reply #29
I am going for a webinar the demo for DesignMerge Pro to check that out.

Price is over 6,000 CND so that may be an issue.

They are in with Enfocus somehow, so that is a good sign I would think.

I would definately prefer to work only in InDesign, that would be a big plus.