Has anyone succeeded in merging Airtable data with InDesign CC layouts/style-sheets? :nerd_face:
We’d love to be able to leverage online datasets to populate nicely designed layouts for PDF export. This export will be done both locally, as final artwork files for professional print; and hopefully… automatically.
We’d :sparkling_heart: LURV :sparkling_heart: to be able to generate PDFs, in the cloud, using real-deal layouts, that can then be relayed/ingested via other integrated services like Dropbox, Slack, email, etc.
How would you build an Airtable-InDesign CC-Google Cloud Print-Slack/Email stack?
THANX YALL! :dancer:
Couldn’t you just use 65 bit catalog software, an indesign plugin? and then use airtable >> export out CSV >> then just use that?
I suggest looking into Adobe Indesign plugins, https://www.65bit.com/
Cloudprint, why not just run phraseexpress (autohotkey application) ? You can port in excel data and automatically generate forms from it
Literally just export out your CSV and integrate it into anything that integrates into a CSV
For slack integration an API should suffice
Email stacks, use API, zapier should have integrations here too
Alternatively, if you can get an ODBC connection, and just mimic that to airtable, you could integrate a lot of things that way as well
Bumping this… Has anyone found a relatively easy way to pump Airtable data into InDesign layouts?
We could nearly fully automate many laborious documents (catalogs, for instance) if we could leverage Airtable as a CMS for layout content. And ideally, it would live-update, or present a “broken link” within InDesign when the content needs to be refreshed. We would like to use AT as a single source of truth for product info, and not trap versions of half-truth in documents!
We’ll be rolling this out via EasyCatalog for our next catalog. It’s not a direct connection as we’ll be dumping out a CSV file for EasyCatalog to read. To be honest, that part is not much different than how we did this some years ago with Excel and EasyCatalog into InDesign, but now the content we’re using is being validated in Airtable by a larger team. Much better to have that happen there than in a proof.
I’ve done quite a bit of work with InDesign automation outside of plug-ins, building custom scripts. I’ve used CSV file workflows typically when client workflows require it, but most recently adapted scripts to access Airtable data directly and on demand when the scripts are fun using curl.