Suggestions for creating photo directory?

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  1. ultrafiel macrumors member

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    I have a project to create a photo directory of the members in an organization. There are around 200 people that will be on it, and I'm looking for the best way to put it together. I have a digital photo of each current member, but want an easy way to keep things working with additions or changes. All I need is a print-out of the photos with their corresponding names and telephone numbers. It should have around 30 people on a page. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to do this? I was thinking some kind of database, maybe in Filemaker, but was hoping there are some templates for that or another program that I didn't have to set everything up for. Thanks for the help.
     
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  4. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    definetly do a database as it will give the most flexibility down the road. As for templates, unfortunately, I don't know fo any off the top of my head. Perhaps Google could locate some.
     
  5. reaper macrumors 6502

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    BTW, I was just kidding. I would definitely go with a database approach. Which one all depends on what UI you are most comfortable with.

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    Dunno if PC users will have to read the database, but you could always print to PDF.
     

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  7. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Why *not* just use address book? It will work just fine for printing a basic directory. You wouldn't have more than basic control over output, but it produces a totally serviceable directory. For a few more options, you could consider something like NOW Contact. A database is overkill for this project.
     
  8. ultrafiel thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the advice

    thanks for the advice so far. I need to print hard copies of this, so I'll be making it also available as a pdf. I can't really use address book, because although nice, I need to fit more people on a page. I though of Photoshops contacts sheets, but I don't know if I can add the extra info I need. I think I'll be going to Filemaker still, but if there is anything else you can think of let me know. Thanks.
     
  9. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    You could also use the "mailing label wizard" feature in MS word. Essentially you'd be doing a mail merge; you could use Excel to store the names/pictures. I haven't checked to make sure the photos would work using this setup, though.
     
  10. reaper macrumors 6502

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    I think the address book would be a great way to do it in an informal setting (which is why I joked about it in the first place), but for a formal, job-related task I think that the address book would be quite limiting in the output and customizability arenas. There are better ways to produce a higher quality product and, if you are using a database for the project, you can tie in all of the information so that you have a complete and seemless information source for all of the personnel needs of the company.

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