i´ve tried to save the bom as .xml and make an import to InDesign.
So, InDesign make import the xml-file, but it shows no text.
What do i wrong here?
Thanks for help.
See the link below to directions on how to import a XML into Indesign to make sure you are doing it correctly.
Import XML in InDesign
InDesign works perfectly with excel, why you need xml?
Have you tried to create csv and import this from composer?
Thanks for your answers. But somehow the import to Indesign doesn't work. Background is the following:
I want to export the modified BOM table and import it as a link to Indesign. This should adapt to changes in the design data as soon as I update the Composer file. Indesign would also report to me that the link has changed.
A certain automatism should therefore take place.
CSV file works only conditionally and is not acceptable.
I am open for further help and suggestions.
One more time excel file is OK for you? I use perfect Indesign linking to excel report files without any problems.
I can help you with linking excel file, you can try to do the same with xml.
Hi, how would you describe the steps to import and link this with excel? Can you explain that briefly? Because, in the Composer I can only save xml or cvs.
Ok, Indesign can import xml (File>Import xml), but I don`t know what is it and how it is. With excel linking situation is nearly perfect:
1. Edit Preferences > File Handling > Links > check option "Create Link When Placing Text and Spreadsheet File"
2. File > Place with "Show Import Option"
Open links panel to be sure that document is linked
Well, that seems to work. Take a closer look at this. Thank you very much.
Keep in mind only one drawback of these linked tables.
Linked table threading as separate flow is super, it`s possible to split it, to repeate headers on each page and so on. But:
It`s impossible to split long linked table which is anchored to text, it`s possible only to change it`s dimentions to fit all data. At the same time it`s impossible to thread text frame and linked table frame in one flow.
Hello again, I have a another question about Composer and I think you´re a professional. Here you can create 3d PDF, that's nice and good. But, can I create a 3D PDF in which the customer can also pull the 3D model apart? I mean, the customer should be able to pull or move individual parts apart. Currently you can only pan, rotate and zoom. Or is there another software with which this can be implemented? Thanks in advance.
Hi Sven, unfortunately I can`t help you with this, I don`t familiar with Composer. I like your good idea, but even car parts catalogs don`t have such ability, only 2D exploded view. Now, thanks to 3D PDF, you can make 3D PDF of exploded view and I think it`s enough at least for me.
I forgot to mention about one thing.
Indesign works only with absolute paths for all linked files. So, when you decide to copy your project for other new project, rename root folder of old project. At first opening of new (copied) project Indesign don't find old path and ask you about new one, you point it and Indesign will use new path. After this you can rename old project root folder back to original name.
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