Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Data Merge, part of InDesign CS3 Long Documents.
Let's take a look at data merge or what I like it to refer to as poor man's XML.…Data merge can be a massive time saver whenever you have a layout that follows a rigidly consistent structure,…and I say rigidly consistent structure because without that data merge is easily tripped up.…Data Merge involves taking tab or comma delimited data and then merging it, essentially doing a mail merge into your layout.…Now, in this example, I have several catalog items and here's an example over here on the pasteboard of how I want them to look.…
Now my data has been prepared in Excel, but it could be prepared in anything that will make tab delimited data.…Let's take a look at how it looks in Excel. And we have got ten of these different catalog entries.…This is essential. The first row will define your fields, so you got to have a header row first of all.…The tricky thing is if you are going to include images in your data merge,…then your image field must be preceded by an ampersand.…
Now if you try and type in an ampersand in Excel, it's not going to like it unless you precede it with an apostrophe.…
- Setting up templates and master pages
- Working with Bridge
- Creating books
- Planning and managing styles
- Troubleshooting with the Story Editor
- Managing footnotes and endnotes
- Searching with GREP
- Generating a table of contents
- Automating layouts
- Repurposing material as PDF and XHTML documents
Skill Level Intermediate
1 . Getting Started
2. Planning Your Project
3. Setting Up and Applying Master Pages
4. Working with Booked Documents
5. Getting the Most from Global Formatting
6. The Story Editor and Editing Tools
7. Footnotes and Endnotes
9. Understanding GREP Searches
10. Generating a Table of Contents
Styling a table of contents7m 57s
11. Automating Layouts
12. Repurposing Material
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