Automate Catalogs & Mailings with Xdata

If you’ve ever wondered how those clever folks who automate the production of catalogs actually do it, check out Cyndie Shaffstall’s article in X-Ray magazine.

She focuses on Em Software’s Xdata XTension for QuarkXPress 6 & 7, which brings incredible power to database-publishing tasks. You create a QuarkXPress “template” that defines how you want the information to look, then Xdata imports and automatically formats data you’ve exported from a database or spreadsheet.

In addition, Xdata can import specific pictures that are cited in the template and the data file. It can manipulate text from inside individual data fields and create “directory-style” headers and footers on each page or spread.

Xdata costs $400 and comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee.