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Old April 28th, 2009, 12:05 PM
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However, since you're using FusionPro 6.0, there's a much easier way to do all this, using repeated records. Just create the OnRecordStart callback rule and add this syntax:
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FusionPro.Composition.repeatRecordCount = 15;
var passNum = FusionPro.Composition.repeatRecordNumber;
var passID = (passNum <= 10) ? FormatNumber("000", passNum) : "SP" + passNum % 10;
FusionPro.Composition.AddVariable("PassNumber", passID);
Then change the text frame to use the "PassNumber" variable, change the main input data file to January-Speakers.txt, and compose. You can delete the other rule and the contents of your JavaScript Globals. Those few lines in OnRecordStart are all you need. Pretty cool, huh?

Note that there's no mapping required here, thus no need for ExternalDataFileEx. If you want to use any arbitrary set of pass IDs, then I suppose you could read them from a secondary data file, but they seem to follow a pattern which is simple enough to generate from the algorithm in the code above. Or you could just hard-code your set of arbitrary IDs in an array right in your rule, like so:
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var PassIDs = [ "one", "two", "foo", "bar", "whatever" ];
FusionPro.Composition.repeatRecordCount = PassIDs.length;
var passNum = FusionPro.Composition.repeatRecordNumber;
var passID = PassIDs[passNum-1] || passNum;
FusionPro.Composition.AddVariable("PassNumber", passID);
So I finally got a chance to try this (I used the second option for my "real world" example), but the variable "PassNumber" does not show up in my list of variables in the variable text editor window. Since it seems to make sense that the code isn't "run" until composition, how do I indicate the necessary variable in my template?
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Old April 28th, 2009, 05:39 PM
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Default Re: Using ExternalDataFileEx to output multiple versions?

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So I finally got a chance to try this (I used the second option for my "real world" example), but the variable "PassNumber" does not show up in my list of variables in the variable text editor window. Since it seems to make sense that the code isn't "run" until composition, how do I indicate the necessary variable in my template?
In the Variable Text Editor, just type (or copy-and-paste) the variable name into the "Variable" combo box and then click "Insert".
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Old April 29th, 2009, 08:37 AM
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In the Variable Text Editor, just type (or copy-and-paste) the variable name into the "Variable" combo box and then click "Insert".
That did it. Another tedious, recurring job tamed! Thanks Dan.
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