The EasyCatalog ODBC Data Provider Module for InDesign works by taking a snapshot of data that can be updated at any time. This overcomes the need to have a constant connection to your database and means you to carry on working during periods where the database is unavailable and even work at home or on the move!
The Data Provider is also bi-directional, so any changes to linked content in InDesign can be updated straight back into the database. The Data Provider knows when a field has changed and efficiently applies any updates back into the database.
Spotted an error in your data? Update it on the document and send the change back to the database to prevent the error being repeated in future.
Multiple views of your Database
Any number of data sources can be configured at one time, each with it’s own SQL statement, allowing a virtually unlimited view of your database. As with all EasyCatalog panels, you can create new views at any time – each with their own sorting, grouping and filtering configurations.
Support for your particular database is dependent on the availability of ODBC client drivers – Windows users usually get these at no extra cost from their database vendor.
Other add-on modules are available for more advanced features including:
- Relational for working with multiple data sources
- XML Data Provider for importing data directly from an XML file
- Pagination, which is required for doing advanced paginated layouts