does that mean you cannot use DataMerge with link paths like the one you mentioned?
So you cannot do DataMerge with InDesign because all images are on the server?
And you cannot move images to your desktop because of the DAM?
Thats right. When i fill my listfile with these links, the DataMerge(-engine) seems to bypass the DAMs plugin, errors, and places nothing instead.
My idea was to let run a script on the indd-file, look for filepaths and replace them. But I guess I dont deal with plain text here.
Ill hand in a screenshot of the error tomorrow morning, but its a common i-cant-find-that-link alert.
If you can access assets location from IDS, then you try to use symlinks in order to fool InDesign (long shot, not tested here)
Otherwise, http based links are not supported by default but DAM providers sometimes provide plugins to allow such links.
You may want to ask to the vendor.
IDS? Do you mean InDesign Server?
Don't think that InDesign Server is involved.
what DAM system is installed?
The DAM is provided by Canto named Cumulus. As I encountered the DataMerge not working, they said they correspondened with Adobe developers only to find out, with our setup using the 'vault'-tech*, its currently not possible. Which is bummer to find out afterwards. Canto is keen on helping us out with many occuring problems, but from my point of view the plugin-team did a mediocre job, not checking out what InDesign actually can do besides justing placing images. For example: they forgot to support indd-files as a asset, with their plugin I have to work around (using pdf) not being able to place an indesign-filetype.
We have this reoccuring jobs, where I roll out a 15-page document by DataMerge filled with ~150 links, and the excel-list has 95 of this records. We still have to bypass the DAM, and thats not feeling right.
*Can someone give some insight what the heck this 'vault'-setup/configuration really is/does, is it a plugin-developer-feature, and is it possible that Adobe messed up here?