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Signed up for the forum just to say: will completely switch over to Affinity once Data Merge is implemented and anchors can be used to navigate pages after PDF export.

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@Jeremy Curry, @EerieAria, @Bruno Belo, @burkeingraffia, @Himura @swanlike @Decimortis @jcdickinson & all the many others who created accounts to contribute to this thread  

Welcome to the Serif affinity forums :) 

I hope you are satisfied when it is implemented, thank you for your patience.


Patrick Connor
Serif Europe Ltd

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Posted (edited)

Then, from your words we can deduce that this function will be implemented shortly in Publisher.

Version 2.0 or still v 1.X?

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darn, I probably would not have bought this if I knew the data merge was not there! 

I was excited at the prospect of not spending 70+ a month for adobe and purchased the suite based on all the positive reviews and from what I saw - but didn't remember the monthly mailers in my haste - I cannot lose InDesign without having that feature. 

Does anyone know any work-arounds? plugins? other software? (besides Microsoft word)

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2 hours ago, SarahPower said:

darn, I probably would not have bought this if I knew the data merge was not there! 

I was excited at the prospect of not spending 70+ a month for adobe and purchased the suite based on all the positive reviews and from what I saw - but didn't remember the monthly mailers in my haste - I cannot lose InDesign without having that feature. 

Does anyone know any work-arounds? plugins? other software? (besides Microsoft word)

Monthly mailer sound like some newsletter that could probably quite easily be handled by html/css/js. Any browser could make it to a pdf, if required.

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On 6/16/2020 at 5:49 PM, Patrick Connor said:

I hope you are satisfied when it is implemented, thank you for your patience.

Patience et longueur de temps font plus que force ni rage.

Patience and length of time do more than force and rage.

Nous sommes tous impatients. 🙂

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5 hours ago, SarahPower said:

darn, I probably would not have bought this if I knew the data merge was not there! 

I was excited at the prospect of not spending 70+ a month for adobe and purchased the suite based on all the positive reviews and from what I saw - but didn't remember the monthly mailers in my haste - I cannot lose InDesign without having that feature. 

Does anyone know any work-arounds? plugins? other software? (besides Microsoft word)

Well, you can do it the old way. You can create the data merged layer with Word (combine correspondence or mail or something like that) and the common background with Affinity, exporte both to pdf and merge them in Acrobat Pro or similar app. That`s the way we did it before Indesign :)

Upps i have seen "besides Microsoft Word" right now... Sorry mate.

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Nisus Writer Pro has a merge feature, if you are on a Mac, and it uses RTF as its native file format, so you can import the output directly into Publisher:

 

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There is software specifically for variable data that is far more powerful then Indesign. This is one I have seen recommended many times https://fusionpro.com

Personally the data merge option in Indesign is enough for my variable data needs at the moment so would not be leaving Indesign for Publisher anytime soon. Publisher also cannot handle embedded fonts in a PDF which would makes placing a client supplied PDF in Publisher a nightmare if you did not have the fonts loaded already. 

My guess is we may see this come in V2, I doubt there will be any big changes from the requests in this version as they will want people to upgrade. Hopefully PDF passthrough is top of the list and works in V2 as that is the foundation for a lot of other things like data merge if you are not working with a native file. 

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Fusion Pro comme les logiciels de gestion de données variables (VDP) sont de bons produits mais plutôt dédiés pour le traitement de gros volumes, le marketing, l'impression numérique... les fonctionnalités sont orientées dans ce sens et le prix de ces produits n'en font pas une solution "grand public".

Fusion Pro like Variable Data Management (VDP) software are good products but rather dedicated to the processing of large volumes, marketing, digital printing... the features are oriented in this direction and the price of these products does not make it a "public" solution.

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+1 for me its a must have feature. I would also hope for an option to have relative path links, so thats its possible to work on shared folders without needing to embed everything.

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Another +1 for data merge. IMHO absolutely essential feature for Publisher and I would actually love if Designer can do that as well.

Absolutely amazing would be also option to do it from script. E.g. run publisher similar like following `Publisher.exe -input my_publisher_file -output data_merged.pdf -data datafile.csv`. This way the processes can be hugely automated.

 

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