Catalog Automation using Adobe InDesign

Better sales and improved bottom line in one hit – how?

Produce more pages, more accurately with existing resources.
Get catalogs to market quicker with less management time.
Easier last minute pricing and less proofing
Predictable print dates and lower costs

Can be configured to handle any layout using our catalog automation

Catalogs were produced by Catalog’nTime catalog automation system and output to InDesign or Quark XPress. The design is entirely prescribed by the user and there are no constraints imposed by Catalog’nTime – what you design is what you get.

Catalog Automation

How it works

Transforms product data from a database into groups and lays out pages automatically in Quark XPress or Adobe InDesign. Using unique algorithms, designers can transfer their design to “style templates” for products so they replicate the layout and style.

Typical Users

Promed, a medical supply company, builds their 380 page catalogue in one week. Starting with data from their ERP system they export the base data ready for import into the catalogue software.

Using pre-designed templates such as half page, quarter page or any shape they please, they assign a template to each group of products which is automatically linked to a table style. Sections comprising 5 to 30 pages or more are then built automatically in Quark Xpress or InDesign.
The pages are then finalised as normal DTP pages and output to PDF. Promed have been using the software since 2007.

Robinsons, the market leader in retail equestrian supplies, produces four catalogues per annum and have cut the time taken from 18 – 20 weeks per catalogue to just 8 – 10 weeks.

Installed in 2006, it has changed they way they work. The now have fewer people working on the catalogue and the same people now have time to work on the website and on other campaigns. The have also made suggestions that have lead to some breakthrough algorithms that automatically build price tables from a range of sizes and colours of products. The data is automatically fed from their ERP system, reducing the error rate substantially.