4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 13, 2016 12:09 PM by fmp

    Publishing tools

    JaredHague

      Hi

       

      I have a client that is using FileMaker and Indesign to publish magazines etc.  I was wondering what other tools people are using to make catalogs, yearbooks etc.  We just want some info about what programs are being used in the community and why you have chosen the programs you are using for your workflow.

       

      The goal is to publish the content in as few steps as possible.

       

      Thanks.

        • 1. Re: Publishing tools
          mikebeargie

          InDesign. It's been the industry standard since Quark fell out of favor (although it's still around).

           

          Although Quark still loads data from external sources and will work with FileMaker via ODBC.

           

          If you're looking for an alternative to InDesign, then Quark is probably the next place to look.

          • 2. Re: Publishing tools
            Malcolm

            InDesign and FileMaker Pro are both AppleScriptable. You can automate complex workflows, reducing the workload to a few mouse clicks.

            • 3. Re: Publishing tools
              David Moyer

              HI,

              caveat:  my publishing could be characterized as "vanity-publishing".  Anyhoo, I wrote a FM program to create Sudoku puzzles.  Then I adjusted it to create entire books.  (I also used FM to design the covers).

              So, my perspective on your question ... I used FM to create a group of .pdf files.  Then I used an Adobe product, Acrobat Pro, to compile the entire project and add page numbers.  I don't know if that's a sufficient platform for you.

              • 4. Re: Publishing tools
                fmp

                I second FMP and InDesign, as well as add Photoshop and Illustrator. Applescript is the magic that lets them work together and makes automated workflows possible, dependable, and efficient.