Learning Pathways

Desktop-based variable data print

Welcome to the first step in learning XMPie products. Whether you have one of our plug-in versions (for Adobe InDesign) that comes with a desktop package (uDirect), or a version that comes with your server configuration (PersonalEffect), everyone new to XMPie should start here.

Understanding the basics of how XMPie works, starts with learning about our Content Objects. We call them ADORs (Automatic Dynamic Content Objects).

Our dynamic Content Objects are built to be reusable elements, allowing you to place the same object not just on a print piece, but also on a personalized webpage or email. Our technology allows these objects to be customized when ordering a product through an online store, or generated by programming your platform’s integration.

With that thought in mind, everyone needs to walk before they can run. With XMPie, learning what content objects are and how they get started is like learning to walk. Therefore this is the best place to start.

Our plug-in for InDesign is called uCreate Print, and it has many features. Most features are available in every version, while a few functions require a particular license. The tutorials here are built with the thought you have the most common functions available to you. For more information on uCreate Print, check out the User Guide.

Track A: Dynamic print design with uCreate Print Standard
The first tutorial you should read and/or walk-through is called EDU Open House (or the uDirect Classic tutorial).

Track B: Dynamic print design with uCreate Print Standard, uImage & uChart
The second tutorial should be done if you have our products uImage and/or uChart. You should read and/or walk-through the expanded EDU Open House (or the uDirect Studio) tutorial.

Track C: Advanced dynamic print design features with uCreate Print Standard
There are many features within our plug-in, including working with Audiences to help reduce the complexity of business rules related to template versioning, or VDP Design Considerations, or using dynamic barcodes such as the USPS Intelligent Mail, or GS128 or QR Codes. Check out this pathway in for your next steps in learning.

Track A

XMPie Dynamic Design with uCreate Print Standard

EDU tutorialOverview
This dynamic print tutorial is a campaign for EDU (a university), who is reaching out to prospective students, grabbing their attention and inviting them to their Open House event.

This done with personalization that includes highlighting the school they are interested in with text and images, a discount based the application fees, and in special cases, a personal message when they are eligble for a scholarship. Once the design is complete, you generate a merged, dynamic print-ready document (output).

Aims & Objectives
In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn the basics of variable data print (VDP) with XMPie uCreate Print/Print Standard/Designer (plug-in for InDesign).

Prerequisites & Downloads
uCreate Print plug-in requires Adobe InDesign, and the appropriate XMPie version to match your version of InDesign. You will need basic InDesign skill to perform these tutorials.

InDesign version XMPie version Download
CS 6 (or higher) v7.1 - v8.3 PDF | Files
CS4 / CS5 v4.6 – v6.x PDF | Files

Next Steps
In the next pathway, you repeat the above by expanding on the personalization to include Photoshop-generated personal imagery and a school-based informational pie chart.

Track B

XMPie Dynamic Design with uCreate Print Standard, uImage and uChart

EDU tutorialOverview
This dynamic print tutorial is a campaign for EDU (a university) who is reaching out to prospective students, grabbing their attention and inviting them to their Open House event.

This done with personalization that includes highlighting the school they are interested in with text and images, a discount based the application fees, and in special cases, a personal message when they are eligble for a scholarship. Added touches are personalized imagery (uImage), and a dynamic pie graph (uChart). Once the design is complete, you generate a merged, dynamic print-ready document (output).

Aims & Objectives
In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn the basics of variable data print (VDP) with XMPie uCreate Print/Print Standard/Designer (plug-in for InDesign), as well as how to incorporate uImage generated images using uImage (add-on) and setting up a simple individualized pie chart (add-on).

Prerequisites & Downloads
uCreate Print plug-in requires Adobe InDesign, and the appropriate XMPie version to match your version of InDesign. You will need basic InDesign skill to perform these tutorials.

InDesign version XMPie version Download
CS6 or higher v7.1 - v8.3 PDF | Files
CS4 / CS5 v5 - v6.x PDF | Files

Next Steps
After you’ve done one or both of the EDU Tutorials, you should dive into learning more features listed in the next track.

Track C

Advanced dynamic print features with uCreate Print Standard

Overview
The video tutorials in this section can show you how to do some very specific things with the uCreate Print plug-in that you may need in your projects.

Aims & Objectives
The list of tutorials can be watched in any order desired, however we do have them listed in our suggested order.

Prerequisites & Downloads
uCreate Print plug-in requires Adobe InDesign, and the appropriate XMPie version to match your version of InDesign. You will need basic InDesign and uCreate Print skills to perform the tasks within these tutorials.

XMPie Audiences Panel This video tutorial shows how this feature helps you define segments or groups of audiences and how to use those groups to set your Content Objects (ADORs). Watch
Design for VDP It’s an art! In this video series, we look at tips and techniques to improve your design’s to increase the speed performance of your output. Watch
Creating the USPS Intelligent Mail Barcode This video tutorial demonstrates how to create the USPS Intelligent Mail barcode with uCreate Print / uDirect. Watch | Files
Working with Barcodes (v6.2 +) This video tutorial shows you how barcodes to setup the function to generate barcodes in uCreate Print Standard v6.2 or higher. Watch
uImage Optimization Techniques Every second counts when generating hundreds or thousands of images with uImage. This video training will show you some techniques to help you save some time. Watch
Creating uImage Picture Fonts uImage can use it’s own assets to generate design rich images. This video tutorial walks you through creating your own assets for your uImage templates. Watch | Files
Need More Practice uDirect Studio Tutorial (Happy Birthday) was created years ago, and while many things have changed, grab the files and try to do this campaign on your own. Files