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Data merge - custom non-grid layouts for multiple records?

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Nov 12, 2021 Nov 12, 2021

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Hello all,

 

I'm pretty versed in ID but very new to Data Merge, and I'm currently trying to figure out if it's going to be right for the application I need. 

 

I'm creating a statistics sheet/infographic. Ideally I'd be able to ask for the statistics in a CSV, plug them into ID, and export; but things are rarely that easy! I know if I want to have multiple records on a page, I can do so in a grid using the Create Merged Document options. However the design I'm working with has multiple sizes of text & textbox, and doesn't conform to a grid. Is there a way I can lay out multiple records in the way I'm hoping? Screenshot below, so you can see the layout of the document and the test CSV. 

 

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As you can see I've tried a single textbox (Visitors), multiple textboxes (Programming), and separate but connected textboxes (Statistic/Number). I just wanted to see if there was any difference in how they behaved.

 

I'm open to scripts if one already exists for this, but I can't write them due to various permissions issues. I'm also fully prepared for this to just not be possible, but I want to exhaust my options here before moving on, because this could be the perfect solution!

 

Thanks for any advice you might have!

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Nov 12, 2021 Nov 12, 2021

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Data Merge has to have identical layouts for each record. I don't know about scripting, but there are several options in third-party catalog plugins that will do what you want. I use EasyCatalog for this, and I like it, but I don't know about the others.

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Nov 12, 2021 Nov 12, 2021

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InDesign's Data Merge is pretty well limited to its one-off trick. Once your needs go even slightly beyond that, you're in catalog plugin territory...

https://pagination.com/indesign-catalog-plugins/

 

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Nov 14, 2021 Nov 14, 2021

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I agree with the other posters here - this is beyond Data Merge.

 

Solutions would be either catalogue plug-ins for InDesign; or XML publishing (but this is a steep learning curve)

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