AutoPrice™ provides sophisticated linking of QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign documents to any external database of information. As the name implies, AutoPrice is great for performing pricing updates on catalogs, retail flyers and similar publications, but is also perfect for updating phone lists, time tables, or any other type of information that can be referenced by a “key value” such as product number (SKU).
Establish Links to Your Database
AutoPrice works by letting the user establish “placeholders” within new or existing QuarkXPress or InDesign documents which are linked to a database record. To assign a placeholder, highlight the text that you wish to link to your database and specify a unique identifier (part #, SKU) which is used to locate a particular database record. For products which have different price breaks, AutoPrice lets you specify additional search criteria for differentiating between the variations.
Unlike other software products which require that you link to a specific text box, it lets you link to any range of text anywhere in a document. This means that you do not have to restructure your layout to accommodate the links, making design and editing easy to manage.
Each placeholder appears as a blue underscore which floats with your text as you make changes. Placeholders can be edited and styled like normal text and once assigned, they are saved with the document so future updates are a breeze.
To update a document, select Update Document... from under the AutoPrice menu. The latest information will be extracted from your database and inserted automatically.
Special Price Styling Features
The price styling capabilities of AutoPrice allow you to automatically style incoming prices in virtually any fashion. And the search criteria feature can easily handle special price stratifications, such as quantity pricing.
Documents can be updated in flat-file, or ODBC mode. The ODBC software module allows users to program their own SQL queries and store them with placeholders inside of the QuarkXPress or InDesign documents. This software module is compatible with most major database packages, and provides true bi-directional data flow between QuarkXPress or InDesign documents and your database system.
Report Generation and Data Export
AutoPrice provides a built-in report generator capable of generating reports which include a comprehensive list of every item that was updated, its current value, page number, missing items, error codes, and much more. This information is ideal for proofing purposes, index generation, or you may simply wish to merge the data back into your database or spreadsheet program. For database population, our AutoPrice Data Exporter module provides even further exporting capabilities by allowing you to extract and format QuarkXPress content into flat-file tables that can be uploaded into virtually any web or e-commerce database.
Includes Batch Processing Feature
For larger publications that are stored as separate documents, AutoPrice provides a comprehensive batch processing feature. This is genuine, built-in batch processing, which means it's fast, reliable, and incredibly easy to use. Just select the jobs you want to update, choose your database and reporting options, and go! It will process the entire batch of jobs and give you a full report when it's finished. And with our Batch Print™ XTensions module, you have the option of printing the pages when you're done.
Comprehensive Picture Support
In addition to prices and other textual information, AutoPrice also supports pictures! Just click on a picture box, type in your SKU, and click OK. When you update the document, it will search your database, locate the picture and automatically import the pictures into perfect position. For missing pictures, AutoPrice offers advanced searching capabilities and error reporting.
AutoPrice Key Benefits
• Saves time by reading information
directly from database. No more manual price changes.
• Allows last-minute revisions so published information is always up-to-date.
• Reduces errors and speeds proofing.
• Instantly swap out product pictures, logos or any type of graphic image.
• Versioning: Spin off multiple catalog versions from a single original.