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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide

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For Variable Data Printing

Guide FusionPro Quick Start For Variable Data Printing Introduction Welcome! This guide lets you start working

Introduction

Welcome!

This guide lets you start working with FusionPro quickly by going through a basic example to learn the workflow; starting from the initial design through composition.

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Click the button or object that the mouse is sitting on.

Double-click.

Double-click.

This points to items you need to look at, click, or select.

This points to items you need to look at, click, or select.

Note - read before continuing.

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Click and drag.

Click and drag.

Definition

Definition

Instructions are specific to InDesign.

Instructions are specific to InDesign.

Instructions are specific to QuarkXPress.

Instructions are specific to QuarkXPress.

 

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Is this guide for me?

This Quick Start guide is for users wanting to do Variable Data Publishing. Users wishing to create versioned documents should use the FusionPro Quick Start For Versioning guide.

Variable Data Publishing (VDP) – VDP is used when – VDP is used when

you have multiple records in your data and each record will have a different output. A personalized postcard, where each postcard is different, is an example of VDP.

Versioning – This is used when you have a single data – This is used when you have a single data

record and you want multiple copies of the same output. A business card, where you load one record and print 500 copies, is an excellent example of versioning.

The purpose of this guide

This guide walks you through the creation and composition of a very easy, variable-based postcard. When you finish going through this guide, you will have learned how to create, set up, and compose a FusionPro job.

Files included with this guide

To save you time in following this guide, the basic files have been created for you already. In the installation folder for FusionPro, look under Tutorials\Quick Start-VDP. This folder contains the files and images used. As you need each file, it will be referenced in the guide.

Topics covered:

A. Introduction – 1

B. Creating the FusionPro Job – 1

C. Tweaking the FusionPro Job – 15

D. Choosing Output Formats – 17

the FusionPro Job – 15 D. Choosing Output Formats – 17 Creating the FusionPro Job Five

Creating the FusionPro Job

Five steps:

1. Open & export your template.

2. Choose your data file.

3. Build your layout.

4. Preview your layout

5. Compose your output.

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide Open & export your template The most common workflow is when

Open & export your template

The most common workflow is when a designer builds the background in either InDesign or QuarkXPress and then sends you the file. After receiving the file (such as this postcard, you can simply open the file, mark some of the frames as variable, then export the file.

mark some of the frames as variable, then export the file. Static Template – The InDesign

Static Template – The InDesign or QuarkXPress file

that serves as the static, or non-changing, background of the variable PDF file.

The static template is opened in Adobe Acrobat so that you can finish designing the layout.

This section walks through the creation of this travel postcard:

section walks through the creation of this travel postcard: Open the template file: 1. File >

Open the template file:

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File > Open and open the file Postcard-Template . and open the file Postcard-Template.
File > Open and open the file Postcard-Template .

the template file: 1. File > Open and open the file Postcard-Template . 2. 2 ©

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the template file: 1. File > Open and open the file Postcard-Template . 2. 2 ©

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 3. 4. Repeat step 3 for the graphic frame on page

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Repeat step 3 for the graphic frame on page one (ensure that Variable Graphic Frame is selected for the InDesign plug-in) and the large text frame on page two.

5. When finished:

and the large text frame on page two. 5. When finished: 6. Save the file as

6. Save the file as MyPostcard in the default folder:

6. Save the file as MyPostcard in the default folder: The template will now open as

The template will now open as a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat.

The template will now open as a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat. Choose your data file

Choose your data file

Once you have exported the template, the PDF opens automatically in Acrobat and FusionPro prompts you to create and associate data with the file – This is the data file. Once complete, you will have an input PDF file.

Input PDF File – The special PDF file that can be – The special PDF file that can be

edited in Acrobat using the FusionPro plug-in.

Data File – This file contains the data information for – This file contains the data information for

the job you are currently working on.

The data for this postcard will have the following seven fields (the first line) and the six records:

Name,Address1,Address2,City,St,ZIP,Dest

Evan Kuzzen,26 Balding Rd,Apt 6,Taos,NM,87571,Vegas Rob Allan,1968 Hawksford Ln,,Chicago,IL,60606,France Angela Hutchuk,907 Butternut Ave,Suite 2206,Salem,OR,97302,France Jim Smith,5 Conder Way,,Aurora,CO,80013,Vegas Thomas Jones,45 Green Bay,,Sturgis,SD,57785,Vegas Mikey Spikey,982 Waltham Rd,Apt B,Eau Claire,WI,54701,France

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Choose the data file:

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Desktop™ Quick Start Guide Choose the data file: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Associate images

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Quick Start Guide Choose the data file: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Associate images Now
Quick Start Guide Choose the data file: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Associate images Now
Quick Start Guide Choose the data file: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Associate images Now

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Quick Start Guide Choose the data file: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Associate images Now
Quick Start Guide Choose the data file: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Associate images Now

Associate images Now that you’ve chosen the data file, you need to associate the external files, which are images in this sample, with the job.

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associate the external files, which are images in this sample, with the job. 1. 4 ©

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 2. 3. 4. 5. In the Images sub-folder of this tutorial
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 2. 3. 4. 5. In the Images sub-folder of this tutorial

In the Images sub-folder of this tutorial directory, are the following files. Hold down the <Ctrl> key (Windows) or the Apple Key (Mac) and select these two files (clicking OK after selecting them):

• Vegas.eps

• Paris.eps

The Resources dialog box should look like this:

Paris.eps The Resources dialog box should look like this: 6. 7. Create the first (graphic) rule

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Paris.eps The Resources dialog box should look like this: 6. 7. Create the first (graphic) rule

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The Resources dialog box should look like this: 6. 7. Create the first (graphic) rule Now

Create the first (graphic) rule Now that you have added the two resources, you need to create a rule that will use the correct image for the person’s travel destination.

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a rule that will use the correct image for the person’s travel destination. 1. © 2005,

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 2. 3. 4. 5. The Default Value box allows you to
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 2. 3. 4. 5. The Default Value box allows you to
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 2. 3. 4. 5. The Default Value box allows you to

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 2. 3. 4. 5. The Default Value box allows you to
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 2. 3. 4. 5. The Default Value box allows you to

The Default Value box allows you to set a default return value that will be used if there is no value for the field in the data.

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be used if there is no value for the field in the data. 6. Create the

Create the second rule The second rule uses a template, or pre-built rule, that needs one small edit to work with this job.

(skip this section if you are using the evaluation version).

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with this job. (skip this section if you are using the evaluation version). 1. 6 ©

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 2. 3. 4. Change the following: • Rule Name – ZipCodeBarcode
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 2. 3. 4. Change the following: • Rule Name – ZipCodeBarcode

Change the following:

• Rule Name – ZipCodeBarcode

• Expressions: change “ZipCode” to “ZIP”

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Expressions: change “ZipCode” to “ZIP” 5. 6. 7. 8. Build your layout Now that you have
Expressions: change “ZipCode” to “ZIP” 5. 6. 7. 8. Build your layout Now that you have
Expressions: change “ZipCode” to “ZIP” 5. 6. 7. 8. Build your layout Now that you have
Expressions: change “ZipCode” to “ZIP” 5. 6. 7. 8. Build your layout Now that you have

Build your layoutExpressions: change “ZipCode” to “ZIP” 5. 6. 7. 8. Now that you have created the data

Now that you have created the data and input PDF files, the next step is to add a variable text frame to the input PDF.

Variable Text Frame – A rectangle, drawn in the PDF file with the FusionPro Text Frame tool, that will hold text.

with the FusionPro Text Frame tool, that will hold text. Edit the variable text frame (

Edit the variable text frame (with the FusionPro Text Frame tool, that will hold text. see page 10): The content and

tool, that will hold text. Edit the variable text frame ( see page 10): The content

see page 10):

will hold text. Edit the variable text frame ( see page 10): The content and formatting

The content and formatting from the original QuarkXPress file will be exported with the input PDF file. This section is for InDesign users who type the information in the text frames.

section is for InDesign users who type the information in the text frames. 1. 2. ©

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section is for InDesign users who type the information in the text frames. 1. 2. ©
section is for InDesign users who type the information in the text frames. 1. 2. ©

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In the Variable Text Editor, type Welcome

first line. Then highlight the field «Dest» from the Variable drop-down.

to on the

the field «Dest» from the Variable drop-down. to on the 4. 5. 6. This inserts the

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«Dest» from the Variable drop-down. to on the 4. 5. 6. This inserts the field «Dest»

This inserts the field «Dest» into the Variable Text Editor.

inserts the field «Dest» into the Variable Text Editor. Make the following changes in the Variable

Make the following changes in the Variable Text Editor:

• Highlight the first line and change the text to 26-point Arial.

• Press the bold button.

the text to 26-point Arial. • Press the bold button. • Press the italics button. •

• Press the italics button.

• Press the bold button. • Press the italics button. • Center-align the text. • Change

• Center-align the text.

• Press the italics button. • Center-align the text. • Change the color to White. 7.

• Change the color to White.

• Center-align the text. • Change the color to White. 7. Ensure that the Variable Text

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Ensure that the Variable Text Editor looks like this (the text has been left highlighted for illustration purposes.):

text has been left highlighted for illustration purposes.): 8. 9. 10. Go to the second page.

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been left highlighted for illustration purposes.): 8. 9. 10. Go to the second page. 8 ©

Go to the second page.

left highlighted for illustration purposes.): 8. 9. 10. Go to the second page. 8 © 2005,

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Insert the fields so that the
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Insert the fields so that the
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Insert the fields so that the
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Insert the fields so that the

15. Insert the fields so that the Variable Text Editor looks like this (notice that there is a comma between «City» and «St»):

(notice that there is a comma between «City» and «St») : If you have the evaluation
(notice that there is a comma between «City» and «St») : If you have the evaluation

If you have the evaluation version, do not insert the «ZipCodeBarcode» field and skip steps 16-20.

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Complete the following:

• Highlight the field «Name» and change the font to bold, 14-point Arial.

• Change the remaining fields, except «ZipCodeBarcode», to regular 10-point Arial.

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Highlight «ZipCodeBarcode» and change the font to 12-point IDAutomationPOSTNET.

With «ZipCodeBarcode» still highlighted,

font to 12-point IDAutomationPOSTNET. With «ZipCodeBarcode» still highlighted, © 2005, Printable Technologies, Inc. 9
font to 12-point IDAutomationPOSTNET. With «ZipCodeBarcode» still highlighted, © 2005, Printable Technologies, Inc. 9
font to 12-point IDAutomationPOSTNET. With «ZipCodeBarcode» still highlighted, © 2005, Printable Technologies, Inc. 9

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21. Ensure that the Variable Text Editor looks like this:

21. Ensure that the Variable Text Editor looks like this: 22. 23. 1. 2. 3. Go

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that the Variable Text Editor looks like this: 22. 23. 1. 2. 3. Go to File

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the Variable Text Editor looks like this: 22. 23. 1. 2. 3. Go to File >

Go to File > Save and save your work.

Edit the variable text frame (

Save and save your work. Edit the variable text frame ( see page 7): Ensure that

see page 7):

save your work. Edit the variable text frame ( see page 7): Ensure that the text
save your work. Edit the variable text frame ( see page 7): Ensure that the text

Ensure that the text in the Variable Text Editor is still:

• 26-point Arial

• Bold

• Italicized

• Centered

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Go to the second page.

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Complete the following:

• Highlight the field «Name» and change the font to bold, 14-point Arial.

• Change the remaining fields, except «ZipCodeBarcode», to regular 10-point Arial.

 
If you have the evaluation version, do not insert the «ZipCodeBarcode» field and skip steps

If you have the evaluation version, do not insert the «ZipCodeBarcode» field and skip steps 9-12.

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Highlight «ZipCodeBarcode» and change the font to 12-point IDAutomationPOSTNET.

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With «ZipCodeBarcode» still highlighted,

IDAutomationPOSTNET. 10. With «ZipCodeBarcode» still highlighted, 10 © 2005, Printable Technologies, Inc.

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 11. 12. 13. Ensure that the Variable Text Editor looks like
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 11. 12. 13. Ensure that the Variable Text Editor looks like

Ensure that the Variable Text Editor looks like this:

13. Ensure that the Variable Text Editor looks like this: 14. 15. Go to File >

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that the Variable Text Editor looks like this: 14. 15. Go to File > Save and

Go to File > Save and save your work.

Edit the variable graphic frame: like this: 14. 15. Go to File > Save and save your work. 1. 2. 3.
Edit the variable graphic frame:

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save your work. Edit the variable graphic frame: 1. 2. 3. Save your file. Add a
save your work. Edit the variable graphic frame: 1. 2. 3. Save your file. Add a

Save your file.

Add a variable text frame and rule Edit the variable graphic frame: 1. 2. 3. Save your file. 1. 2. 3. Go to
Add a variable text frame and rule

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Go to the second page

your file. Add a variable text frame and rule 1. 2. 3. Go to the second
your file. Add a variable text frame and rule 1. 2. 3. Go to the second

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 4. 5. 6. 7. In the Variable box type Tagline and
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 4. 5. 6. 7. In the Variable box type Tagline and
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 4. 5. 6. 7. In the Variable box type Tagline and

In the Variable box type Tagline and click Insert.

5. 6. 7. In the Variable box type Tagline and click Insert. 8. 9. 10. 11.

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Select the variable and change it to regular 8-point Arial.

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Select the variable and change it to regular 8-point Arial. 12
9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Select the variable and change it to regular 8-point Arial. 12
9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Select the variable and change it to regular 8-point Arial. 12
9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Select the variable and change it to regular 8-point Arial. 12
9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Select the variable and change it to regular 8-point Arial. 12

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 14. 15. The rule name is the same as the name
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 14. 15. The rule name is the same as the name
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 14. 15. The rule name is the same as the name

The rule name is the same as the name of the variable you manually inserted in step 7. Variables can point to field names in your data or rule names.

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point to field names in your data or rule names. 16. 17. Preview your layout The
point to field names in your data or rule names. 16. 17. Preview your layout The
point to field names in your data or rule names. 16. 17. Preview your layout The

Preview your layout

The Preview feature in FusionPro allows you to quickly see how the final output of your job will look, without having to compose all of your records. During preview, FusionPro displays a lo-res version of the output.

Use Preview as part of your design process and compose the job once you are finished building the job.

Using preview

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and compose the job once you are finished building the job. Using preview 1. © 2005,

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 2. 3. Jump to first data record Jump to the previous
FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 2. 3. Jump to first data record Jump to the previous

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 2. 3. Jump to first data record Jump to the previous
Jump to first data record Jump to the previous data record Jump to the next
Jump to first data record
Jump to the previous data record
Jump to the next data record
Jump to the last data record

Compose your output

Once you have finished building the job and have checked the layout using the Preview feature, you will be ready for the final composition. Composition renders the job according to the output format that you choose.

the job according to the output format that you choose. Output PDF File – This is

Output PDF File – This is the final PDF file that you will send to the press.

Composing the output PDF file

1. 2. Enter the path and file name for the output PDF file.
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2.
Enter the path and file name for the output PDF file.
output PDF file 1. 2. Enter the path and file name for the output PDF file.

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 3. 4. This starts the composition process. This will open the

This starts the composition process.

Quick Start Guide 3. 4. This starts the composition process. This will open the Output PDF
Quick Start Guide 3. 4. This starts the composition process. This will open the Output PDF

This will open the Output PDF file in Acrobat.

5. The output should look like this:

PDF file in Acrobat. 5. The output should look like this: Tweaking the FusionPro Job Introduction

Tweaking the FusionPro Job FusionPro Job

Introductionoutput should look like this: Tweaking the FusionPro Job While, initially, the postcard looks fine, in

While, initially, the postcard looks fine, in some records there is a space between the first address line and the city. This blank space is caused when there is no data for the field.

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In the output, look at the second page of the second record:

In the output, look at the second page of the second record: If the only item

If the only item in a paragraph is the field, such as the line for «Address2», then you can suppress the field from being composed.

then you can suppress the field from being composed. Tweaking the job Preventing empty fields from

Tweaking the job

Preventing empty fields from being inserted

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the job Preventing empty fields from being inserted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 16
the job Preventing empty fields from being inserted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 16

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the job Preventing empty fields from being inserted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 16
the job Preventing empty fields from being inserted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 16
the job Preventing empty fields from being inserted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 16
the job Preventing empty fields from being inserted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 16
the job Preventing empty fields from being inserted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 16

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FusionPro Desktop™ Quick Start Guide 8. 9. When composition is finished: Notice that the blank line

When composition is finished:

Quick Start Guide 8. 9. When composition is finished: Notice that the blank line (for the

Notice that the blank line (for the second record) is removed from the Output PDF file:

(for the second record) is removed from the Output PDF file: Choosing Output Formats Overview FusionPro
(for the second record) is removed from the Output PDF file: Choosing Output Formats Overview FusionPro

Choosing Output Formats

Overviewis removed from the Output PDF file: Choosing Output Formats FusionPro provides several options for your

FusionPro provides several options for your output; from different formats, font embedding, and more. For more information, read the FusionPro User Guide.

more. For more information, read the FusionPro User Guide . 1. 2. Selecting the output format

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Selecting the output format

information, read the FusionPro User Guide . 1. 2. Selecting the output format © 2005, Printable
information, read the FusionPro User Guide . 1. 2. Selecting the output format © 2005, Printable

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3. This allows you to select any of the FusionPro file formats:

PS (PostScript) – produces PostScript output and, optionally, optimized PostScript.

PDF (default)

VDX – produces ANSI VDX compliant output.

PPML – produces a ZIP file for EFI & Xeikon RIPs.

HP PPML – produces multiple files that are optimized for the HP PPML RIP.

Single File VPS – produces a single VPS file containing everything required by the press.

Multi-File VPS – produces a smaller VPS file containing only the PostScript information. Re-usable objects are placed in the directory specified in the Advanced tab of the Composition Settings dialog box.

Digimaster PS – produces PostScript output that is designed for the Heidelberg Digimaster press.

VIPP – produces PostScript that is optimized for Xerox™ VIPP-enabled presses.

that is optimized for Xerox™ VIPP-enabled presses. Setting Up Imposition (optional) FusionPro has imposition

Setting Up Imposition (optional)

FusionPro has imposition within the software, allowing you to print multiple copies of the output on a single sheet.

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to print multiple copies of the output on a single sheet. 1. 2. FusionPro requires a

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print multiple copies of the output on a single sheet. 1. 2. FusionPro requires a FusionPro

FusionPro requires a FusionPro Imposition (.FPI) file. To create this file, use the FP Imposer utility that is installed alongside FusionPro, under the Printable installation folder. Complete instructions for creating the FPI file are included in the same folder.

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creating the FPI file are included in the same folder. 3. Select the slip sheet location.

Select the slip sheet location. Slip sheets require the use of an unused body page. For more information on setting up slip sheets and unused body pages, please see the FusionPro User Guide.

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up slip sheets and unused body pages, please see the FusionPro User Guide . 4. 18

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Further Reading

FusionPro comes with several manuals and tutorials. These explore the full power of FusionPro in greater depth:

• FusionPro User Guide for the Adobe Acrobat Plug-In

• FusionPro Rules Editor Reference Guide

• FusionPro Tags Reference Guide

• FusionPro Utilities Guide