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June 6, 2006 9:53 AM Subscribe
I work at a small design firm. On our staff are several people responsible for drumming up new business. They would like to be able to edit and update text/images to a sales document. They want do this without having to task one of the designers to work on it. They want to be able to do it themselves without screwing anything up.
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This is a 14 page introductory sales document. It could be easily templated with some pages consisting of columns of text and other pages consisting of images of the work with accompanying captions. This document will be used in various mediums, on-screen client presentations (via powerpoint or acrobat), as a file that can be emailed (via pdf) and will be printed as hard copy on a color printer (from InDesign?). I want to set up a system that is bulletproof. They should be able to add/edit/swap text and images without a steep learning curve and without screwing anything up.
What are some ideas on how best to accomplish this? Should I begin with an InDesign file and have all the text imported via an XML doc. That way they only need to edit the XML doc and review changes in InDesign. Should I do the same with the images? Have them name the files appropriately and link them to the InDesign for automatic updates. I've never seen an example of how something like this is done so any suggestions would be helpful.