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    Coreldraw print merge

    I haven't been on here for a long time but i'm hoping someone may be able to help me using the print merge function on coreldraw. I have corelx7 and have watched numerous youtube tutorials on print merge but it never seems to work as advertised. Trying to print to my old uls v460. Anyone have any suggestions on this. Talked to the good people at uls but i have not spoken to anyone using the print merge successfully. Most, if they have used it at all gave up and entered data manualy. I have 800 plates to engrave help!!!
    Roger McDowell

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    been using corel for 20 years and I can't figure out the print merge, gave up after finding Gravostyle made it mind-numbingly easy...

    There IS a way to accomplish your goal, relatively easy if the names are all on one line, a bit more complicated but do-able if on two lines-

    First thing is, plan on doing the names one column at a time. You can do as many plates as you want as long as you don't go past Corel's limits..
    for an example, lets say 24 plates down, plates will be 1 x 3". So, make a 1x3 plate, then copy it vertically 23 times...
    next, type an "A" at the (predetermined) correct height, and center it in the top plate. (I'm using 18pt Arial Bold for this example)
    mx1.jpg
    then snap a guideline at the baseline of the "A"...
    mx2.jpg
    --now, copy the guideline down 23 times, THEN,
    type "A" [return] until you have 24 A's as shown. (you only have to do this once )
    mx3.jpg
    Now -- select the 24 A's, then click on the "shape" tool (right under the arrow tool)
    mx4.jpg
    grab the handle and start pulling down the text, get the bottom A as close to the bottom guideline as possible--
    (chances are it won't cooperate )
    mx6.jpg
    you need to click on the Text tab an open the Paragraph Formatting menu-
    note I have the line spacing circled, it's currently 357.034%--
    From here just keep raising the percentage manually until the lower A
    aligns with the guideline... I found 358.05% was about perfect--

    SO, now we have a perfect setup to run 24 names down, and I save the job-
    Then, I backspace all the A's out except the first one.

    From this point, you just need your names listed vertically in a text doc, excel or word doc.
    Copy the first 24 names (I used an old variable notepad list) to the clipboard,
    highlight the lonely A on top, then click the paste button--
    Voila, the names replace the A perfectly, and I have 24 plates ready to go...
    mx8.jpg

    This will work with 2 line text, just takes some time to find out how many line spaces will get it close to start with, then go from there...
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    Check on YT, there are some easy to follow tutorials on there. Most are for older version of CD but worked a treat on X7. Will PM a link if I bookmarked it.
    Darren Wilson

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    Darren Wilson

    Tool Control Solutions

    Gerber Syst. 48 CNC Router
    Epilog 36EXT
    MAX MPS-20 Galvo 20w MOPA Fiber
    Roland LEF-200 UV Printer
    Wisely/JPT 60W MOPA

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    I use print merge almost daily. It works perfectly.
    Roy Brewer has done dozens of useful CorelDraw tutorials. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbZpC0JXXcs

    The key is following step by step. If you leave out a step it won't work.
    Mike Null

    St. Louis Laser, Inc.

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    Thanks for all the helpful info guys. I've watched tons of YT videos but I'll check out your recommendations. It's simple spreadsheet in Excel but it's about 400 rows long and I'm trying to pull in four lines of text to each tag. I actually got the PM to work but in the page setup in the driver for my ULS V460 it has an option to locate the page on the engraver workspace. I select "top left" and the one page moves to top left. Then I tell it I want 9 columns wide and it the 9 columns centered horizontally. That's hard enough to work with but then when I sent the file to the laser set to raster the text and cut the outline the laser shows the file but 0 speed and 0 power. I've talked with the guys at ULS but without much success. Most are not very familiar with the PM function or tried it and gave up.
    Roger McDowell

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    Ken,

    Will Gravostyle work with ULS machines?
    Roger McDowell

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    Gravostyle will work with any machine if you're willing to export-as-DXF the files it creates, just import into Corel or whatever, put the plates (or?) in place and go- I do this at LEAST 5 times a day. The only catch is text becomes curves, but that's not an issue as long as you proof all text in GS before exporting--
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    ELEVEN - rotary cutter tool machines
    FOUR - CO2 lasers
    THREE- make that FOUR now - fiber lasers
    ONE - vinyl cutter
    CASmate, Corel, Gravostyle


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