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Yes, the data set exporting is very well tucked away. To export the data sets into pdf's you need to do this: Make a new action where you simply save a pdf document. Then from the corner menu in Actions window, select Batch... You should: Select the action you just made Select source: Data sets and Override action "save" commands. Then press ok. I ...


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You can assign an individual Paragraph Style for each line/placeholder (Phone, Mobile, E-Mail) in which you define the Bullets and Numbering as the associated Character (T, M, E). Make sure to Remove Blank Lines for Empty Fields when merging the document, so the empty cell wont result in an empty paragraph. This way the prefixes shouldn't show.


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You can dynamically load text into Illustrator using an XML file. Using the Variables panel, you can import an XML file and use that to control the existence of objects, what images appear in linked image containers, and what text appears in a text frame. You can also control the data that appears in a graph. The typical workflow is to create a ...


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You can operate on the PDF file, there are software that can merge pages in a PDF. This is fast as its basically just a append operation to the PDF file. (you can do this with a text editor if you must). Off course you lose the features of inDesign. On a similar note you can let the printer add the changes, or inject the change just before print, by ...


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You can use this short little snippet of a script: #target illustrator function ChangeTextContents(){ if(app.documents.length > 0 && app.documents[0].selection != null){ var newText = prompt("Enter new text:", ""); if(newText != null){ var sel = app.activeDocument.selection; for(var i=0; i<sel.length;...


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Data Merge is not a terrifically sophisticated tool, and it sounds like what you're trying to do here is pushing it beyond where it was designed to go. I see three approaches that could work, and one that may or may not. Two of them are workarounds: Apply a single paragraph style to the lot, then use Search/Replace to change the paragraph style of list ...


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I feel compelled to weigh in because I finished a slightly similar client project 2 weeks ago - a local promotional vendor, who has no experience with data-merge, needed 300 unique ID cards designed. Their client provided an Excel spreadsheet with employee names, addresses (apparently satellite offices), phone numbers and email addresses. The promo company ...


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For this kind of logic to work within InDesign, you need a script. Data Merge is pretty simple -- no different from the "Mail Merge" you find in word processors. Without a custom script, you have two choices: create the correct number of individual lines in the original CSV or create one instance of each label and print it the appropriate number of times by ...


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Use InDesign for this. Link the PSD in InDesign as a background image, and overlay the names from a CSV list, which should be typed in the format below. Then use Data Merge to set up importing the names and use a paragraph style to format these over your PSD background. name Anton Gabriele Carla ...


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It is a reported issue associated with custom page sizes and Preview of multiple record layouts. This problem can be demonstrated quite easily by changing the page dimensions after creating it, and I'd guess that's what you've done. The multiple record preview snaps the multiple blocks to the designated margin position relative to where the edge of the page ...


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InDesign's data merge feature is - like much Adobe software - old, rusty and in desperate need of an update that will probably never come. Often, it's easier to solve data merge problems in the spreadsheet than in InDesign. I'd deal with this one by changing the spreadsheet from being like this: ---------------------- | @Image | Text | ----------------...


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Your problem is that Excel uses semi-colon separators when InDesign looks for comas. Prefer tabbed text format on export and everything will be fine ;)


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I recommend using Adobe Acrobat Actions (I'm using Acrobat Pro X). It takes a little time to setup the first time, but once you have the main action created, generating the different reports with each custom letter is very fast. Those 40 PDFs you'll need six months from now will probably take 5-10 minutes to create. First Time Through First, create your ...


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When you put the pavement image in a new layer above the red background, I would try to do some smoothing first to make the colors more consistent. Additionally, your image is of very bad quality and you should try to use a better image of a similar pavement. When you think the quality of your image is OK, convert it into gray or black/white by thresholding ...


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If by DataStream you mean XML file then the answer is yes, as long as we speak about text. Illustrations are a different subject. The first thing to decide about is network protocol(s) and server. On one hand server should support protocol allowing your OS to incorporate stored documents into your filesystem. In other words, InDesign should allow you to ...


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You're not missing anything. Datamerge is not able to make true tables by itself. It is great for making things like contact sheets or business cards or labels etc. things that repeat the same layout over and over. It is not good at putting data into an Indesign table. There is a free script that may be useful in getting this into a table for you found here....


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I'm not certain if you're asking if there's a way to replace automatically links that have new file names or update all links without doing it manually. So these are probably very simple ways you already know. Unfortunately I don't know any script or plugin that can replace different files with different names. To update all links that are in the same ...


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InDesign indeed is not performing enough with such huge documents. Once that said, you can think of a script that will generate documents one record at a time. But given the extensive amount of documents to produce, you may consider PDF/VT solutions like DesignMerge from Meadows Publishing, XMPie from Xerox, SmartStream designer from HP or Callas PDFChip. ...


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No it's because InDesign looks for commas as a separator while Excel will use a semi-colon. Prefer Tabbed Text as export format. InDesign will like this better ;)


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CSV is comma-separated values. On some windows machines (when win is not English) the comma is changed with semi-colon. And in the result csv files are exported with ";" in place of ",". You can change it in windows regional settings or just save file as Tabbed Text.


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There's scripts and plugins you can get to do this within InDesign but it doesn't do it (to my knowledge) natively. I don't bother with scripts or plugins and instead will just open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat after and then its hard to find but go to: Organize Pages → Split That will let you separate the document into individual PDFs. You can also ...


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Your text file is probably non UTF-8 encoded. Re-save your source file in UTF-8 and it should be fine.


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Try doing the same at 100% zoom. Then you should see what you expect. The dissolve blend mode can be a little tricky. It is not anti-aliased when you zoom out. When you merge the layers the actual pixels remain the same, but the preview is anti-aliased and looks smoother.


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Alternatively, you can use a GREP style to make this "conditional space" visible or not. Please note this workaround would work assuming your paragraph starts with "Title" or "Name", otherwise we shall think differently... 1- Insert a normal space between your fields: <<Title>>[normal space]<<Name>> 2- Create a character style (...


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You would just use conditional text. Choose Window > Type & Tables > Conditional Text to display the Conditional Text panel. Then choose New Condition from the Conditional Text panel menu, and type a name for the condition. Select the text to which you want to apply the condition. In the Conditional Text panel (Windows > Type & Tables > ...


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The complete code is: #target illustrator function test () { var doc = app.activeDocument; function cycleUpdateAllDatasets (doc) { for (var i = 0; i < doc.dataSets.length; i++) { var d = doc.dataSets[i]; d.display(); d.update(); }; }; cycleUpdateAllDatasets(doc); } test();


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You are all wrong, the software is out there. I work for a bulk mail company and routinely export PDF files through a plug-in designed to interact with Indesign. I still have all Indesign capabilities and can attach lists that are up to 100,000 names in as many merge fields as i want. The software is called EngagIt. I can do everything from merge imagery, to ...


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You need to select the text path insertion point and apply your tag. It's likely that you selected the parent frame instead:


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InDesign native Datamerge won't allow you to create hyperlinks on the fly. You need at least Scripting to achieve that. A plugin such as EasyCatalog is also a good candidate.


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since you mentioned Variables, one possible solution would be to turn your placeholder text in illustrator into variables with the help of this script, then create a valid xml variable library and load it to populate your text placeholders.


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