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Data-merge is a software function which compiles a final file from multiple sources of information.

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Multiple-page, varied-information Data Merge in InDesign?

Can I use Data Merge in InDesign to input various information from a .cvs file into multiple pages of a resource directory? The idea is sustainability for the customer... lay it out once and then ...
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Data Merge InDesign CC layout problems

If you know about Data Merge, you know most people have trouble with styles or with actual entries. Here, I'm having trouble with the layout itself. The document I'm working on will shift down and to ...
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Illustrator: Edit text in multiple text boxes at the same time

I have two text boxes that I need to have identical text, but in different fonts. Is there any way I can edit only the text content of both at the same time (keeping the fonts different).
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Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set?

With the Variables window in Illustrator you can make something a bit like a data-merge document with lots of variants for different records (InDesign’s data merge is usually better, but I have to use ...
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Indesign data merge and facing pages

I know that my question is could already be asked, but I can't find a clear answer. I'm new to Indesign (i'm coming from webdesign), and I have to create a catalog. Each page contains the photo of a ...
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Can I use Illustrator to import text data and populate text boxes?

I have a long list of organizations in one column in my csv. I would like to populate separate text boxes within one Illustrator file with this data. These text boxes are not in a table, but in a ...
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Complex data merge in Adobe InDesign for business cards

I have a spreadsheet of people's info for business cards including name, title, phone, mobile and email that I want to use as the input file for an InDesign data merge. The phone, mobile and email ...
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Is there a way to apply Paragraph styles on a conditional basis

I think the question I am asking is the following: Is there a way to apply Paragraph styles on a conditional basis (until they encounter a specific character or word) or, if that is not possible, is ...
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Combining multiple data merge documents in InDesign

I have a report made in InDesign that needs to go to several different types of recipients (e.g. study participants, advisory board, and other powers-than be). The report everyone gets is the same, ...
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Proper set up for using Indesign, exporting to PDF, and then data merging PDF

I've been doing some preliminary research regarding data merging. I have a client requesting layouts of essentially sales package components. His current workflow is to use Word to data merge with ...
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Can a Word Document Be turned into a Data Stream To allow for Editing over the Network to Update a link into InDesign?

So here is the idea. To have a Folder on a Server containing Word Documents for all our books and Materials. Turn These Documents into Data Streams that are linked to InDesign Documents. Allow ...
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How to auto delete a space left after a data merge in InDesign?

I have an InDesign document which is filled from the data in a CSV file using data merge. The CSV has columns for First Name, Middle Name & Last Name, but some of the data in the CSV isn't filled ...
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Data merge exports to multiple PDFs all uniquely named from data

I’m looking to automate data merge to create multiple PDFs per row of data (each PDF would have 10 pages) and with each PDF being named uniquely based on a column in the data. Specs: InDesign ...
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Indesign Data Merge - Variable number of pages from column in CSV file

I have a CSV file with one line per SKU and a column "Qty" specifying the quantity of each SKU in a large shipment of products. To clear customs in the country I'm in, I now need to stick one label ...
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OpenOffice table data merge into Indesign table (single page)

I need to import data into a table in InDesign (CS6). But i keep getting the same value in every single cell, what am i doing wrong? 1). I start by making a .csv file in OpenOffice with some test ...
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Batch Saving Data Sets - Illustrator Error on Data Set Change

I am trying to update all the Data Sets in my Illustrator document so that when I do a Batch Action Save I don't get the following error: The current values have not been captured and will be ...
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Indesign - How to create a conditional space between fields in a data merge

When performing a data merge in InDesign, is there a way to conditionally include a space between fields? Something like as follows: <<Title>>[conditional space here]<<Name>> ...
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How can i add contrasted lines from a layer to another?

Hi i have this layer : And this layer : And what i want to do is add those black lines to the red layer but i dont want the white parts , how can i do this ?
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Indesign newlines with datamerge

I have an InDesign document with a data source (csv). Part of the template looks like this: <<first-title>><<first-text>><<second-title>><<second-text>>...
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InDesign, Data Merge and Variable Text Wrap

I am working on card game with many, many cards. These cards have variable icons on them (example: some cards have the moon icon and some don't) I am using data merge to place the images where needed ...
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Why does InDesign only return the field name when I data merge multiple records on a master page?

I'm trying to data merge multiple records on a page. The single record per page works fine. But when I try for multiple records through the master page I get this: Why is InDesign displaying the ...
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Indesign Data Merge & Smart Text Reflow- not deleting blank pages

Apologies if this has already been answered-- I looked and was unable to find anything that addressed my specific issue. My question will make more sense if I briefly explain what I am trying to ...
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How can I merge a heap of text into an image using Photoshop 2017 CC?

I have a templated PSD image that I want to use to build a heap of "memes" (for want of a better word). I have a heap of tips in text format. Most of them are 1-2 sentences at the most. I want to ...
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InDesign combines all csv separated columns as one field in data merge

I am trying to import an Excel CSV into InDesign Data Merge. Everytime I try to export the csv, it appears in Data Merge as only one field, with fields separated by semicolons, although in Excel I ...
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Conditional text in InDesign data merge

I'm using InDesign to data merge a mail list with a letter. Some entries are single addresses, others are married addresses; in the salutation the customer wants to greet the reader by first name(s). ...
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How do you save each file created by Indesign Data Merge

I have used data merge to create 100 PDFs, how do I save each one individually with its own name?
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Updating all image and data links in an Indesign Book

I'm fairly sure that this is impossible but I thought I'd ask anyway. I have an Indesign Book file composed of a large number of documents, each with multiple image and .csv links. The linked files (...
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Indesign data merge not working with special characters

Data merge is not importing certain characters correctly. Namely greek letters (Ψ, Ω, etc). I've tried different fonts and still no dice.
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InDesign: Data Merging from spread sheet for timetables

Ok So my job is creating timetables for bus routes having them in DL leaflet form and A4 pdf from for online. Currently I build them both individually (Which is obviously very time consuming) so I ...
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InDesign data merge template not following path

I'm creating a curved path which is being used as a placeholder for data merge content. I create the path, click on it, then double-click the field in the data merge window. It places <<...
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InDesign Data Merge with hyperlinks [closed]

I want to run a data merge with text and photos and I want to be able to hyperlink the photo to a website. I have about 400 entries with the data merge that will each be on a separate page but I can't ...
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In Indesign cs6, is there a way to link placed text that was generated using data merge?

I'm working on a catalog layout and have all product information is a csv file. I'm using data merge to import this into Indesign so that my paragraph and character styles stay intact. Other people ...
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data merge not generating multiple records.

I need to know what i'm doing wrong. i'm making a catalog that needs 4 images per page. as so. i know i can't do that with facing pages so i separated the two pages and created individual file for ...
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Quickly merge text frames in InDesign

Is there a way to quickly link text frames in InDesign? The only way I know is the one-by-one select the in/out handle on each text frame. My use case: I used data merge to create a merged Indd for a ...
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Best Approaches to streamline production design for assets

I'm looking for some suggestions for how to do best manage a design pipeline that requires lots of assets that need to be created based off a few core templates. For our marketing we have 2-3 core ...
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InDesign: images using Data Merge

Probably missing something simple. I'm trying to set up a post card template that has a couple hundred images that I'm trying to merge: I set up the .csv correctly, to the best of my knowledge: but ...
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How to delete unused data sets after a batch export to separate files?

I read the answers to the following question: Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set? So now I have multiple files created...awesome! But now I ...
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Create automatic low & high res pdf, png with inDesign for multiple user

I am working on a platform, which should create from an inDesign file a low and high-res pdf, a png and maybe a new indesign file with the new data. These steps are in my mind. User logins or create ...
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Faster merge software than Indesign Data merge

We have created an Indesign document for 450.000 letters we need to send. Included in this letter is a Datamatrix barcode. We are trying to merge the data, but it takes forever, we can only do batches ...
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How to make 150+ certificates, each with a different name

I have a "Certificate of Recognition" PSD file with a blank line for the name portion. Is there a way to input all the participants' names without duplicating a certificate for each person ...
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Why does Indesign combine my csv columns into a single entry, when data merging?

I'm data merging a csv file into a indesign file to export buisness cards. However when I select the csv for data merging, Indesign reads the file and should display the columns in the file as seperat ...
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Data Merge fouling up Single Quotes

While using InDesign's Data Merge feature, I've noticed that all my single-quotes are getting turned into other non-English characters. For example, here's a snippet of the source .csv file: And ...
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How to set a variable on selected text only using illustrator?

I am making flashcards using Illustrator and I'd like to select only a one character in a text and set it as variable. I will then populate that letter with a dataset. This one character is ...
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Adobe Illustrator Variable Data - XML & CSV data drops apostrophes and quotation marks in data

I am generating a custom report with custom graph data for each record. Since I need to generate the graph data I am stuck with Illustrator as the program to develop the unique designs for each record....
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How to change text couple times and save every single one?

Is there a way to make really quickly ID's for events? I have a background for my ID's but I have to make them one at a time and save it for each person on the list. Can I somehow automate this ...
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Variables and Data Sets in Adobe Illustrator

I've created a document with around 50 Art Boards. I've added a Data Set which is just updating ONE art board. My questions is, can I get the Data Set to work across ALL the art boards. OR - can ...
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How to set the background color by data source?

i have multiple vcards, where each person has a different background color. what is the best approach, to have all the vcard data in a data source file and also control the color by this file? ...
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Create multiple playing card designs with variable text data

I'm creating a card game, and have 220 cards to design and export as CMYK PDFs for offset printing. Each card will have the same design but different text. I've saved the text for each card in Excel. ...
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how to populate only complete data with easy catalog

I am working with Easy Catalog by 65bit for the first time. Right now I am merging data by setting up field markers. I have included a screen shot of an Excel spreadsheet for reference purposes. I ...
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Mapping Excel data with id’s into InDesign

Is there a way when mapping from Excel into InDesign to assign id’s to the data that is being mapped? For instance, see the image below and record id 15. If we have a column header labelled “id”, can ...