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Am I doing this right? Data merge / template

Explorer ,
Feb 28, 2024 Feb 28, 2024

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I am working on putting a deck together with about 20 entries of identical data format. I am frustrated because some of the basic functions of Indesign I am hoping to use like a template that adjusts all pages when I change the parent do not seem to kick in, leaving me wondering if I am doing something wrong or if I have the wrong impression of the software.

 

For example, here is a parent layout I am working on:

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 The behavior that I would expect is that I could create my twenty pages, place the text and media, and then dynamically update all pages by changing the parent.

 

This seems to at least work for the image frames, but when I adjust the text frames, nothing happens. I changed the font color from black to white in the parent template and nothing happened.

 

Thus, I have begun to rely on using data merge to populate my content given than I seemingly have to regenerate the entire document when I update the parent. However, my understanding is that is the basic concept of a parent in the first place, leaving me a little unsure about the correctness of my approach. 

 

I appreciate any insights and help.

 

Thanks

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Explorer , Feb 28, 2024 Feb 28, 2024

Sorry I forgot the link

 

Hi, please see updated post with clearer explanation of issue:

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/how-to-keep-children-matched-to-parent/td-p/14455642

 

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Hi, please see updated post with clearer explanation of issue.

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Sorry I forgot the link

 

Hi, please see updated post with clearer explanation of issue:

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/how-to-keep-children-matched-to-parent/td-p/1445...

 

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I don't use built-in DataMerge mechanism - prefer to write my own solutions - but in order for the object on the page to be updated after changing it on the Master - this object needs to be overriden from the Master to the regular Page.

 

And I don't think you can update objects overriden from different Masters? Overriden object have only one "origin" - if you change Master applied to the Page - how InDesign can know which object from the new Master should be linked to it?

 

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