How to include printer settings for DesignMerge print output

It is not possible to include printer settings in DesignMerge PDF, PPML, or VPS output because these formats do not support this. DesignMerge applies the InDesign Export PDF process when producing PDF and the InDesign Export EPS process when producing PPML and VPS output. Since both of these InDesign export processes do not have a feature to include printer settings, DesignMerge PDF, PPML, and Creo VPS output cannot include printer settings. 

Note omitting a specific printer's proprietary settings in DesignMerge output allows you to process that output on whichever digital printer you prefer at the time that you choose to print the output. 

Since printer settings are not included in DesignMerge PDF, PPML, or VPS output, the print controller will automatically apply its default settings if you choose to print the output directly. However, there are other methods available which you may use to apply custom printer settings to your DesignMerge output:  

  • Hot Folder: If your digital print controller provides a feature to set up hot folders, choose to print the DesignMerge output as a file to a hot folder that has been set up to apply specific printer settings. 
  • Printer Hold Queue: If your print controller does not provide a hot folder feature, send the DesignMerge output to the print controller's Hold queue where you can select printer settings for that output before you print it. 
  • Printer Settings: If your print controller does not provide a Hold queue, first change the default settings for the printer to the settings you wish to apply, and then print the DesignMerge output.
  • Print DesignMerge PDF output: If none of the above options are satisfactory, use DesignMerge to produce PDF files. Then, open the PDF in Acrobat Reader, for example, and use that application to print the PDF, as this type of printing process (where you are printing pages that are in a single open document) will allow you to include custom printer settings. However, please note that while this will allow you to include printer settings when sending the pages to your printer, this also converts the content that is sent to the printer to a PostScript or other PPD format, which automatically removes all variable data print optimizations that were in the PDF file. In other words, it will take longer to print the job.

Another option would be to use DesignMerge to Create PostScript output instead of PDF, PPML, or VPS output. It is possible to include printer settings in DesignMerge PostScript output in the same manner that you can include printer settings when using the InDesign Print process to print a document. However, please note the PostScript format does not support the variable data print optimizations that the other DesignMerge variable data print formats provide. This means it will take longer for DesignMerge to produce this output and for the digital printer to print this output. Also, the file size of the output will be much larger. Considering this, you may prefer to apply the DesignMerge Page Sets per Job feature (a setting that is available on each DesignMerge Print Driver dialog) to produce several output files where each contains a range of the records being merged.