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Set-up for data merge output XMpie uCreate & InDesign

Need to use XMPie to produce barcodes in InDesign for 2D barcode fonts.

Data Matrix
QR Code
PDF417
Aztec


Application: InDesign, Excel, XMPie, uCreate

08-15-19     35 day(s) ago    

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Here are the steps to format the data:

1. Install 2D barcode fonts (Data Matrix, QR Code, PDF417, Aztec)

2. Format the data in Excel using the VBA solution (VBA Data Matrix, VBA QR Code, VBA PDF417, VBA Aztec)

3. Copy barcode column and paste with Values Only into another column to remove macro formula encoding to that column.

4. Save file as .xlsm

5. Select and delete the encoded barcode column. Rename columns if preferred to help with data merge.

6. Save file as .xlsx (macro free dbase)

7. In InDesign, make text box where the 2D barcode is to be placed on artwork. Type a descriptive word and change the font to IDAutomation2D.

8. Link to data source (.xlsx file) in XMpie add-on within InDesign. Fields will populate in uCreate window.

9. Link InDesign 2D encoded text with barcode field in uCreate.

10. The barcode may be split up into multiple lines. Resize font and/or adjust line spacing to bring it together forming a the 2D code.

11. Perform any needed data merges with any remaining data fields needed.

12. Display the barcode.

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