Linking specific rows and cells to layout template elements

Dec 22, 2020

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I'm designing a board game, so I need maaaaaany cards. I prefer to design them in InDesign, but balancing stats needs constant correction. Doing it manually takes too much time and I feel exhausted after every such session.

I have a summary table in Excel, but when I drop it in InDesign it results in the whole chart appear on the page. What I need however is to link each cell to a corresponding text element on the card. How do I do that? Is it possible?

I tried to do it with XML but it was 1) complex 2) lacked of flexibility 3) outputs text as paragraph, not as separate parameters.

 

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Linking specific rows and cells to layout template elements

Dec 22, 2020

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I'm designing a board game, so I need maaaaaany cards. I prefer to design them in InDesign, but balancing stats needs constant correction. Doing it manually takes too much time and I feel exhausted after every such session.

I have a summary table in Excel, but when I drop it in InDesign it results in the whole chart appear on the page. What I need however is to link each cell to a corresponding text element on the card. How do I do that? Is it possible?

I tried to do it with XML but it was 1) complex 2) lacked of flexibility 3) outputs text as paragraph, not as separate parameters.

 

card.jpg

table.jpg

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Dec 23, 2020

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Hi,

maybe you should try Indesign's Data Merge feature

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Great thanks! Looks like this is what I needed!

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