FAQ Interactiv’ Publisher – EasyCatalog
(Frequently asked questions about Interactiv’ Publisher – EasyCatalog)

Interactiv’ Publisher gives you the autonomy to create documents in an automated way on InDesign thanks to the automatic layout of EasyCatalog (65bit Software).

Interactiv’ Publisher therefore includes the acquisition of the InDesign EasyCatalog plug-in, as well as support at every stage for the implementation of this plug-in (supporttraininginstallation of EasyCatalog, expertise around your data in order to be able to link them to InDesign correctly etc.).

EasyCatalog is the ideal tool for creating files such as catalogs, product sheets, data sheets, directories, labels and more. EasyCatalog lets you automatically and securely assemble data from Excel, XML, database and PIM files in Adobe InDesign. Making changes? Updates to your data are reflected directly in your layout.

EasyCatalog is the benchmark solution for automated catalog layout.

If you compare EasyCatalog with other automation tools, you will notice three major advantages: it is much more ergonomic, it displays your data directly in InDesign so that you can manipulate it without any need to copy/paste, and your InDesign files are directly linked to the data.

EasyCatalog can retrieve data from any data source: Excel file, CSV, XML, Database, PIM / DAM

EasyCatalog can connect to any PIM on the market, thanks to its ODBC connector. This additional module enables you to update your InDesign document as soon as a modification has been made in your database, and conversely, to update your database when modifications have been made to your InDesign document.

Interactiv’ Technologies has also developed its own PIM, Interactiv’ DataBase.

It is very easy to transcribe a catalog into different languages. For example, you can translate a French document into English in just a few clicks. You will save precious time by automating this type of publication.

What is the duration of an EasyCatalog project?

Thanks to the Interactiv’ Publisher solution, EasyCatalog can be set up in a few weeks. The training only requires a few days. The duration of each project can be personalized according to the needs of each person and the internal skills of your company.

EasyCatalog lets you create all kinds of publications: catalogs, data sheets, product sheets, directories, labels, etc., even with lots of pages. You can also automate the creation of labels, barcodes, product sheets and price lists.

While some catalogs may not seem automatable at first glance, they can become so with a simple restructuring. In fact, over 3/4 of all catalogs, directories, data sheets, product sheets, labels, etc. can be automated. Our graphic designers will be happy to work with you to explore the possibilities of automating your documents.

Can I layout a catalogue in EasyCatalog with a very large number of references / information?

The data can be sortedgrouped, and filtered with the EasyCatalog pallet to make it easy to work even with many references. A search tool also allows you to find and isolate a particular reference.

Is EasyCatalog useful if my document only has very few pages?

Even if a document/catalogue has few pages, this is not an obstacle to its automation. EasyCatalog is useful in the following cases: marketing support based on the product database, translating catalogs in several languages, regular updates of product information, etc. Choosing Interactiv’ Publisher (EasyCatalog) to automate your publications will save you time and invaluable productivity.

Who can participate in an InDesign or EasyCatalog training?

Approved training organization (Qualiopi certified), Interactiv’ Technologies allows you to acquire the necessary knowledge to use InDesign and EasyCatalog in total autonomy: whether you are a Graphic Designer, a Computer Graphic Designer, or in the Marketing and Communication departments, regardless of your skills in DTP

What level is required for the InDesign and/or EasyCatalog training courses.

We offer courses for all levels: whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced, you will find courses adapted to your needs. Our courses can be academic or customized, individual or group courses, etc. : We adapt to your needs.

What are the points covered during the training courses?

During the training sessions, you will cover a wide range of topics. This will also depend on your level. The courses can also be personalized if desired.

In EasyCatalog’s classic training courses, the following points are developed: import/export, panel configurations, creation and assembly of templates, custom fields, assemblies for summaries and indexes, synchronization between a data source and an InDesign document, etc.

Among the InDesign training courses, we provide Basic Training, but also training on GREP styles, or other ‘personalized’ courses.

Can the training courses be paid for?

As Interactiv’ Technologies is a Qualiopi approved and certified training center, the training courses can effectively be handled by your OPCO. Contact our team to find out more about support by filling in the form.

Is there a support team in case of need?

Yes, you can decide to take the package which includes support: our team of experts will always answer you, every working day from 9 to 6.

The price fluctuates depending on the project. It depends, for example, on whether you want to simply buy EasyCatalog, or if you want to be trained for it, if you want access to the future updates, to our support, etc.

For the acquisition of EasyCatalog, is it a subscription or a purchase?

It is a purchase: you only need to buy (and therefore pay for) EasyCatalog once, during the purchase. Then, you will always have it.