Pagemaker-Scripting with databases

Pagemaker-Scripting with databases

Post by Bernd Goldschmid » Mon, 06 Mar 2000 04:00:00

Has everyone of you ever connected a database (preferably Paradox or CSV) to
Pagemaker 6.5?
How does it work?
Are there online-Resources on this topic?

Tanks a lot for your help,

Bernd Goldschmidt


Pagemaker-Scripting with databases

Post by Gordon Woo » Wed, 08 Mar 2000 04:00:00

PageMaker does have an ODBC filter that enables it to import and
format data from any ODBC-enabled database.

You can also script the import of database material in any character
delimited format. This is the system we've used to create
adverti*t layout dummies in PageMaker from databases which contain
the booking details -- the script brings in the listing, and draws the
ad boxes as frames on the pages with details of the ad within
the.frame; when told it will then go and get the ad to replace the

You'll find details on PageMaker scripting resources listed on the
Sources page of our website: <;

On Sun, 5 Mar 2000 23:40:57 +0100, "Bernd Goldschmidt"

>Has everyone of you ever connected a database (preferably Paradox or CSV) to
>Pagemaker 6.5?
>How does it work?
>Are there online-Resources on this topic?

>Tanks a lot for your help,

>Bernd Goldschmidt

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