[Solved] Want replacement for PrintMaster (mailmerge, etc)

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[Solved] Want replacement for PrintMaster (mailmerge, etc)

Postby 45dodger » Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:27 pm

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I have been using the program PrintMaster 16 (PM16) to make postcards, labels, envelopes and so on.

I have several address books created within PM16. The program can access any of the address books to do a mail merge with any of the postcards, labels, etc. that I have created. How can I most easily do these things in OO.o?

I currently use Writer for simple text documents so I have a little familiarity with OO.o.

Thanks for any guidance.
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Re: Want replacement for PrintMaster (mailmerge, etc)

Postby acknak » Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:49 pm

OOo can create documents with merged data inserted from a database. OOo can use several types of database file already, but I'd say that the chance that it can access the data you already have in PM is slim. If you can find out what kind of database PM uses, we can tell you if it can be used by OOo.

Alternatively, you may be able to export your PM data to a CSV or other text file, which OOo can use.
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Re: Want replacement for PrintMaster (mailmerge, etc)

Postby 45dodger » Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:08 pm

PM16 can export the address books as two types of text file, either comma-separated (CSV) or tab-delimited. I would want to have OO.o import the files and be able to edit, modify and so on without needing PM16 in the future.
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Re: Want replacement for PrintMaster (mailmerge, etc)

Postby acknak » Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:22 pm

Either of those text formats should import into OOo just fine. I prefer tab-separated; CSV has many variant interpretations that often lead to subtle problems.

You can import to a spreadsheet and use that as your 'database', or you can set up a real database. The spreadsheet is easier to edit/maintain for small, flat (single-table) data sets, but is less flexible. The database is more flexible and powerful, but far less convenient and carries a steep learning curve getting started.
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Re: Want replacement for PrintMaster (mailmerge, etc)

Postby 45dodger » Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:46 pm

It sounds as though the spreadsheet is what I should try first. I have looked at several spreadsheet programs and also data base systems, and all require a good bit of learning. The shorter learning curve with the spreadsheet would be much appreciated. Thanks for the helpful information!
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