InDesignSecrets does us the honor once again of introducing a product of ours to its readers : InlineMerge. This script extends datamerge feature by generating all the records inline in a same box. It’s a perfect tool for anyone that wants to create directories without using XML injection or buying plug-ins for for single use only.
Formerly, InDesign Secrets already introduced CSV2TABLE Basic. Later, David Blatner, one of the website contributors, told me he wanted to find a tool able to inject datamerge contents within a same story. As we were achieving our CSV2TABLE Pro prototype, we had all the material at hand to quickly set InlineMerge.
How does it work ? Just set your datamerge tags in a text frame.
You can use either regular text or anchored objects.
Run the script. You can then specify if you want to use a simple space character or a carriage return as a separator between every group of data.
InlineMerge then injects all the records in one continuous flow.
La même avec des objets ancrés :
Et le résultat…
Unlike InDesign standard DataMerge feature that will create a compound of dissociated frames at best, you now get an unique and contiuous flow. It’s now up to you to rearrange your layout stressless as all the merged data will fit.
Thanks again to InDesign Secrets for they playful introduction of InlineMerge ! Read the genuine post here.
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Illustrations from David Blatner — InDesign Secrets