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I was planning to move over to Affinity Publisher from InDesign but I use Data-Merge all the time and, as far as I know, data-merge in Affinity Publisher is still a long way off.  Just wondering if anyone has any news about the possible arrival of Data-merge?  For the moment, I'm holding off making the move away from Adobe InDesign.  Oddly, it is the lack of data-merge in Affinity Publisher which is making me stay with Creative Cloud (high monthly payment I am keen to bring to an end).

 

Richard

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3 hours ago, Richard Broom said:

I was planning to move over to Affinity Publisher from InDesign but I use Data-Merge all the time and, as far as I know, data-merge in Affinity Publisher is still a long way off.  Just wondering if anyone has any news about the possible arrival of Data-merge?  For the moment, I'm holding off making the move away from Adobe InDesign.  Oddly, it is the lack of data-merge in Affinity Publisher which is making me stay with Creative Cloud (high monthly payment I am keen to bring to an end).

 

Richard

I don't know the types of data merging you do, nor whether you use a plugin or not. But if you are using ID's built-in, outdated data merge, have you considered using Word or Libre Writer's data merging? In some cases, the resulting word processing file can simply be copy/pasted or imported into APub, or a pdf generated to open/place in APub. 

Which is what I would do if that was all that was keeping me from switching. 

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4 hours ago, MikeW said:

I don't know the types of data merging you do, nor whether you use a plugin or not. But if you are using ID's built-in, outdated data merge, have you considered using Word or Libre Writer's data merging? In some cases, the resulting word processing file can simply be copy/pasted or imported into APub, or a pdf generated to open/place in APub. 

Which is what I would do if that was all that was keeping me from switching. 

humm not really. I have some projects that I do with Word when it doesn't required anything so professional. But if I have to work on a professional designed layout I would never be able to work with Word. I tried importing jpg onto Word for example, but the freedom you have with Indesign is just unlimited. I only wish I could merge Excel in Indesign instead of using CSV. Affinity would be definitely ahead of the game if they offer that feature for pros.

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Hurry up Affinity, Data Merge for publisher and Smart Object for photo! 2 tools most of us need to make the full move over from adobe!

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20 minutes ago, Gift said:

Hurry up Affinity

I doubt that we forumsters are in the position to tell Serif (the publisher of the Affinity range of software) to hurry up.

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Data Merge is almost the *only* feature I need to switch to Publisher full time and give up the unreliable (and much too expensive) InDesign... :6_smile:

 

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On 10/11/2019 at 9:47 AM, tdilenarda said:

Data Merge is almost the *only* feature I need to switch to Publisher full time and give up the unreliable (and much too expensive) InDesign... :6_smile:

 

I Agree it is very important feature. I like affinity range a lot, but I still have to use 50% of time Serif PagePlus for the things that need data based repeated prints. I would live to use Afinity Publisher instead. The Serif PagePlus data merge can serve as an inspiration for laying out idea of implementation of data merge to affinity range. It has some good features mainly hanling the preview of the output and some bad features (using weird .sdb format for data input).

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Still a non-starter for me. It's a shame really, because I like the suite, but I can't justify the cost without data merge. For me this would necessarily include assurance that the software will further allow for merging images into a document based on the cvs file as well, even if at a later date. This is really the only feature keeping me from purchase, and with it a 5 star rating and review on the App Store. I used the beta software and really liked it until I went to merge the long sheet of data in a cvs file.

Has Affinity discussed a timetable for this feature at all?

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Data Merge would make Affinity Publisher an instant buy for me. I use it for creating and updating card games in InDesign, and there's not really a tool out there with the same ease of workflow. I understand this is a big feature request, though some update on this, a loose timeline, or just some showing off a very early prototype would be really nice! Thanks.

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On 10/26/2019 at 7:38 AM, big smile said:

+1 for Data merge for all Affinity apps (Photo, Publisher and Designer)

It is extremely unlikely that this will ever make its way into Photo as that program is not really engineered for the construction of multi-page documents.

Designer doesn't build multi-page documents either, at least not yet, but there were hints that it might do so later on, so that is at least a possibility, though realistically I would not anticipate a data merge tool except in Publisher.

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On 10/27/2019 at 11:57 AM, fde101 said:

It is extremely unlikely that this will ever make its way into Photo as that program is not really engineered for the construction of multi-page documents.

Designer doesn't build multi-page documents either, at least not yet, but there were hints that it might do so later on, so that is at least a possibility, though realistically I would not anticipate a data merge tool except in Publisher.

Data Merge doesn't necessarily have to be for creating multi-page documents.

Photoshop and Illustrator have data merge and it's used to output multiple JPEG files that have the same core design but use the data for variations in names etc. 

 

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Yes please! Mail merge or Data merge for variable fields like InDesign et al. I would use it for personalised greetings, business and post cards to make the marketing messages stringer and more personal. The ability to link a data file csv etc) would be great. Soon as possible if you would peeps.image.thumb.png.a7130f40e0429a9d99b4c0568954dec9.png

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Data or mail merge is a pre requisite, without it I cannot move from my existing publishing software, have been waiting to see that it is in before I purchase since beta days. We print variable data products like pl;ace cards, point of sale price tags, labels etc and without being able to handle variable data, the product is dead in the water before we start. Absolutely love affinity photo, use it every day and know that publisher would be the same :-)

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