[XeTeX] Used XeLaTeX for a Thanksgiving Card here at work

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Nov 14 08:18:31 CET 2007

Everything ``just worked''.

Had to do some fancy find-replace and a bit of manual work to get the  
Excel data files over to LaTeX, then a lot of cleanup and tweaking  
'cause the data was inconsistent or downright incorrect, but the  
typesetting end went perfectly. Best of all, since XeTeX includes a  
graphic only once, referring to it w/ subsequent uses, the file sizes  
were quite manageable (We guesstimated a couple of terabytes otherwise).

1,581 records. It did take about an hour and a half to typeset the  
cards proper on my 2.5GHz G5 though (3,162 pages, each of which had a  
multi-megabyte graphic and every other one had a bitmap signature  
graphic). Aside from the graphic / filesize angle, using InDesign for  
this wasn't a straight-forward option since you can't place a graphic  
using its data merge feature --- I'd've had to use XML to get the  
data in.

My sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make this possible by  
providing XeTeX and LaTeX and TeX!


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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