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Make cards from datafile?

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Julius
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For my card game, I've got about 450 unique cards. I keep the data for them in a .csv file (like an excel spreadsheet), and I have a simple php web page that generates a 3x3 grid of cards to print out. This allows me to change a stylesheet when I want to change how a card looks (add an icon, change the font), rather than modify 450 cards individually.

My problem is that using this method, I can really only print somewhat smallish cards. I cannot get my printer to do a full page from a web site. I was hoping to move up to standard playing card sizes for my next prototype for playtesting. Is there some piece of software that will take a datafile (any format really, even out of a database or otherwise) full of variables (name, hit points, flavor text, etc), and 'pretty it up' to look like a playing card, so I can print 9 on a sheet?

Edit: One of the varaibles is a filename for an image to be loaded. I'm not sure if that affects your response. Also, I have no problems altering the data to be in a different format, or even changing the artwork to be in a different format. I'd much rather make sweeping large scale changes than have to do 450 cards by hand.

Jebbou
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Make cards from datafile?

I am not sure if this will help you, but there was a post in regards to Avery labels, which seemed a good way to easily print cards:

http://www.bgdf.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=1575&highlight=avery

There were also many discussions in regards to creating cards. Searching for "Avery" in the forum search gives a lot of results.

Jeb

RobBartel
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Make cards from datafile?

In one of the other threads, Seo found an interesting tool for this called NANDeck. The developer is very open to new suggestions and has demonstrated a quick turnaround time on new features. Check it out and see if it meets your needs.

Rob

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