I have (for the sake of argument) 2 illustrator files. One contains some vector drawings with multiple layers. I'd like to use two "versions" of that file so I'm using variables and datasets to toggle some layers and change some textfields. Now, in the other file, I'd like to link (place) to these two versions. When placing external files you can choose between several options, for example which artboard you'd like to include from a certain file, but I can't find an option for choosing which dataset (from the to be included file) I'd like to use?!? It seems to be using the one which was "active" while saving the file.
So, is it possible to include an illustrator file with a particular dataset and then the same file once more with a different dataset? And if so, how? It seems a bit redundant to duplicate the original file (with the 2 datasets) so it can be included in another one... for every change in a layer for example I would have to save the file twice? (Or more if I had more datasets)
It seems to be using the one which was "active" while saving the file.
Yupp. Data sets are only evaluated inside the document referencing them. Short of updating the file to be embedded with a script or building the variables in the main doc, I see no realistic way to handle this easily. This sounds more like a case for InDesign in the first place...