I have been searching for this for a long time but I can't seem to find an answer. So I would like to ask the community. I have been using Corel Draw for years and I found it to be amazing. But every time I find resources online, its for Adobe Illustrator. So I try it out. It's also great but has some things I really miss from Corel Draw (and a lot that I wish were available in Corel). I then learned that Illustrator InDesign and Photoshop together does a better job than Corel Draw. Now let's say I have to create 25 certificates with different names and photos. On Corel I would create a master layer and do a print merge of an excel sheet and paste in the photo. Simple and quick. I am trying to do the same with Illustrator but A) NO master layer B) Highly convoluted way to data merge (saw some tutorials - too many steps and didn't seem easy. had to write xml etc).
I didn't try InDesign but from what I have researched, it seems like InDesign is mostly about layout and typography so it won't be able to do what I want. I would like to be proven wrong.
At the moment, I am creating a basic template from AI and opening into Corel Draw and then using previous method. Can someone tell me a better way or is this the only viable (quick and easy) option?