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Data merge referencing incorrect file path for images.

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Apr 29, 2024 Apr 29, 2024

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I've been using this template for years without a hitch, but today referenced file paths in data merge for images is referencing the incorrect folder. Text paths are completely OK. I have looked at merges from years ago and tried to re-run them and the same thing is happening. 

 

For example I have a CSV with a path to folder SVG Company Logos, but the missing images are pointed to the folder where the INDD file is saved. In this case I set up a folder called "temp" since I started from scratch. If I put the images I'm referencing in that "temp" folder, it works, but I have always been able to reference a separate folder (SVG Company Logos).

 

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Any thoughts on what has changed here? It's quite frutstrating as the workaround is not exactly conducive to the intention of data merge.

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Community Expert , Apr 30, 2024 Apr 30, 2024

InDesign 19.4 doesn't support HFS paths by default anymore (the ones with colons).

 

You need to change them to POSIX or disable default POSIX paths, see here:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/data-merge-not-working-absolute-paths-macos.html

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/data-merge-issues-when-upgrading-to-indesign-19-4/m-p/14588028/page/2#M572308

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Apr 29, 2024 Apr 29, 2024

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Data merge can only get the folder of images it's directed to.

 

There's a script here
https://creativepro.com/import-folder-full-pictures-page/#:~:text=Setup,download%20and%20install

 

This will create the CSV file with the correct path to the folder of images

 

 

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Naja, mir ist anhand der Screenshots nicht ganz ersichtlich, wie der genaue Dateipfad aussieht.

Aber Du könntest das Datamerge-File in den Ordner legen, indem die Logo sind. Dann brauchst Du in der Excel-Tabelle nur noch den genauen Dateinamen anzugeben. Pfadangaben sind dann nicht mehr nötig

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Sorry, I forget the translating.

 

Well, I can't quite see what the exact file path looks like from the screenshots.

 

But you could put the Datamerge file in the folder by the logo. Then you only need to enter the exact file name in the Excel spreadsheet. Path information is then no longer necessary

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InDesign 19.4 doesn't support HFS paths by default anymore (the ones with colons).

 

You need to change them to POSIX or disable default POSIX paths, see here:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/data-merge-not-working-absolute-paths-macos.html

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/data-merge-issues-when-upgrading-to-indesign-19-...

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You are my hero. Thank you.

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