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printformer block types (tags)

Overview of the printformer template features

Tags are used to mark parts or elements in an InDesign file so that they can be identified later in the printformer (instructions). The required tags for the printformer are defined via the DTD (Document Type Definition).

Additional attributes can be assigned to the tags. This allows to restrict editing features.




With the PFBarcode tag, QR, EAN13 or Code128 codes can be created in the printformer editor. The text to be generated as a code can already be inserted in the InDesign template or later directly in the editor.


This tag is assigned to elements in the InDesign template in order to edit them in the printformer. PFBlock is used for texts, assets (images and graphics) and shapes.


Containers are placeholders for article templates (= template with its own format, layout and configuration, which can only be inserted into a container). They can each be filled with one article template for which restrictions can be made.


GridContainers are placeholders that can be filled with several article templates according to a grid (e.g. 2x3 units). The grid of the container is defined in the InDesign document by tag and attribute.


The PFPage tag can be used to create a printed sheet (avail template) on which individual pages of a printformer template can be placed as you wish. This simplifies the editing of more complicated print products. For example, gatefolds, flap pages etc.


Frames tagged with PFPrintArea define one or more print areas in a document. The associated avail template determines how many panels should be placed and how they should be arranged.


This tag is used in combination with PFPrintArea. It assigns the content from the corresponding editor template to the blocks of the avail template.


The PFPlaceholder tag is used to create text placeholders in order to include content via the form editor or automatically via an external data source.


The PFTemplateBoundary tag can be used to define a workspace/print area within the IDML file (independent of the page format created in InDesign).

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