Indesign CS5 Conditional Data Merges

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by citizenzen, May 26, 2011.

  1. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    So the request has been made by another department to merge data conditionally: if X is not null, then populate Y.

    We're a bunch of graphic designers using Indesign CS5, and while we're pretty comfortable with Indesign's data merging, I think we may have discovered its limitations.

    I've found a couple of products, such as DesignMerge that say they can do conditional data merges. But it costs between $1,000 - $3,000 dollars!

    Anybody ever do conditional data merges in Indesign? Got any hints for us?

    Hopefully one that doesn't cost $1,000?

  2. InDesign macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2012
    This is not possible, InDesign only allows easy publishing jobs where consistency is the key. So no conditional formatting.
  3. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

    Jim Campbell

    Dec 6, 2006
    A World of my Own; UK
    I've used Xtags in the past, which is pretty straightforward to use and $400 for a single-seat ID license.



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