I need to be able to pull sequential serial numbers each time I open coreldraw and send to the laser for etching. I have a customer that buys in batches everyday and I need to be able to track the serial numbers already used so they don't get etched again. Is there a way to do this in CorelDraw? I have looked into the print merge feature, but I may be using it incorrectly as it doesn't appear to pull number sequentially and track what numbers have been used before.
Short answer, No, corel can't do that. I suggest sticking with the print merge option and add a little note in the file of what numbers were already used. Or title your folders by date and numbers used then create a new folder next time.
If I have a 16 bank fixture, is there a way to auto load a list of serial numbers and change them by clicking on it in the list? I assume this is what print merge does. I can get a list to load, but I can't cycle to the next number in the list easily. I usually don't create a new file each time I etch. I have a master template set up where all I will have to change are the serial numbers. Hopefully this makes sense.
It can be done. I rarely have to print merge so my skill set is limited but I have experimented a bit. Basically you create 1 design then create your print merge field (serial #) picking the start and end numbers. Now you insert the field onto your design, moveit into place, change font and color etc. Then perform the print merge. Next time you need more numbers made pull up that file and place a note in it the you already did XX thru XXX and maybe a date. Click on your ser # and edit field to input the next numbers
You can also use an excel spreadsheet to get your data from.