An article template is an individual IDML file with its own format, layout and configuration in printformer. However, it can only be used in combination with a master template that contains corresponding containers.

Example view of a template with three containers, all article templates shown in the sidebar and can be placed in the containers by drag&drop.

Make sure that their format is not larger than that of the container (otherwise they will be inserted offset upwards). If the articles are smaller, they can be aligned (horizontally and vertically) or moved in the container. Article templates should always be created without bleed. (If desired, an additional contour SVG can be created so that elements that extend beyond the working area of the article template are cut off).

The packaged InDesign article template file is uploaded and configured in the menu item Publish > Templates > Article templates:

The tags determine in which containers (of the master template) the articles can be inserted. In order to get a preview of the article template in the editor, a PNG/JPG has to be uploaded. After saving, the DataKeys are displayed under Content > Media source you can select from where image files are loaded from.

Usage as page planning (feed)

Article templates can be automatically filled with content (texts/images) using a Feed (page planning). The container can also be added with the attribute catalog-template-identifier so it will be automatically filled with this catalog-template by creating the draft).

Placeholders (text or image blocks) with corresponding DataKeys are set in the article template:

In the master template configuration, the checkbox catalog (within Content) must be activated:

The assignment of texts or images for placeholders is done via a table (CSV file):

If a page planning is now created in printformer, the products generated by the feed can be pulled into the containers:

For article templates that are filled with several data sets, the DataKeys must be numbered accordingly:

  • 1|data-key

  • 2|data-key

  • 3|data-key

  • etc.