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Working with Auto Serialization

Auto Serialization allows you to set a number of options to create serialized copies of text objects.

Original Object

Copies created using Auto Serialization

1. Serialized Text.

  1. Select the desired objects.
  2. From the Arrange menu, select Auto Serialize.

    Every word of selected text appears in the Text Selection box on the right side of the Serialization-Layout dialog box.

    Auto Serialization Layout

  3. Select the text to be replaced.

    To select multiple items, click on them.

  4. Adjust the following parameters:

    Number of Copies

    Number of serialized copies to be created

    Number of Columns

    Number of columns containing the serialized text

    Column Spacing

    Spacing between columns of serialized text

    Row Spacing

    Spacing between rows of serialized text

    Data File

    Lets you specify a delimited data file to serialize. (Leave this field empty to enter text manually.)


    Click to find a file to serialize.

    Edit File

    Select to edit the content of the file you want to serialize.

    Ignore first row in file

    Check to prevent the first row in the file from appearing in the serialized text.

  5. Click Next.

    Auto Serialization Data Source

  6. To manually edit a text field:
    1. Select the desired field.
    2. Type new text in the Edit Text field.

      To move to the next field, press Tab, Enter, or left-click the desired field.

  7. To enter sequential data in the text fields, select a starting field and click Auto serialize.

    The Serialization dialog box appears.

  8. Adjust the following parameters:


    Enter a positive or negative integer.


    Enter a character or group of characters.
    (Both text and numbers are acceptable.)


    Enter a starting value according to the Type selected, Numeric or Character.


    Specify the increment amount for the serial text.

  9. To save the current configuration as a data file, click Export.
  10. Click Finish.
  11. If desired, ungroup the serialized text to edit just part of the job.

See Also

Arranging Objects

Changing Auto Serialization Attributes Using DesignCentral

Resizing Objects

Moving Objects

Rotating, Shearing, and Mirroring Objects

Duplicating Objects

Grouping Objects

Compounding Objects

Masking Objects

Locking Objects

Changing Object Order

Aligning Objects

Spacing Objects

Nesting Objects

Snapping Objects

Deleting Objects